It’s more than cosmetics
NextDoor social media is warning users:
It is time to expand our plan for improvements to our platform and our company. With our employees, neighbors, partners, and advisors, we are taking action. We will better educate our neighbors on what is — and is not — allowed on our platform, drawing a firm line against racist behavior and removing comments and members who violate the rules.
It will be interesting to discern the San Francisco-based social media site defines as “racist.” Blaska now fears that he will go the way of the New York Times opinion page editor — defenestrated for swimming upstream against the mob.
• A petition has been launched to change ‘racist’ name of Lynchburg, Virginia. Never mind that John Lynch, the founder, was a Quaker who believed in emancipation and freed all of his slaves.
• In Philadelphia, a statue of outspoken abolitionist Matthias Baldwin was defaced with the messages “colonizer” and “murderer.” (More here.)
• CVS and Walgreens will no longer lock beauty products for women of color behind closed cases. (More here.)
Unless Black organizers have specified that you need to come to a rally for buffers against the police, as a legal observer, or to collect other white people, why are you going to a protest when you’re the oppressor? Then there’s the white folks that show up ready to antagonize us and insert their opinion about how Black people are navigating their pain and oppression. From “We all just need to love each other!” and “This is a class issue!” and “No more violence! *Insert MLK quote*” — WearYourVoice, a digital magazine for and by LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and people of color
The Cancel Culture
On-line neighbor Meghan vents that she “is going to enjoy my Saturday without the poison you … seem to enjoy spreading. You’re not interested in learning AT ALL from my perspective.”
Actually, we ARE interested in Meghan’s perspective, which is why we read John Nichols and the other Marxists at The Nation. We even read what the New York Times allows us to read on its pages.
Meghan signed off vowing to “continue to try to protect ALL children by keeping police outside of learning spaces.” Which poses a topic of discussion for all Madison’s Meghans. Many activists want to keep police out of ALL spaces, not just learning. (See: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, Seattle.) If cops are bad in schools, aren’t they bad everywhere else?
Why not potential police officers?
Paula, another neighbor of Meghan’s thinking, invites her neighbors to “ponder how we have evolved to view and treat youth in schools as potential criminals, rather than minor-aged students who are engaged in a process of growing and learning.”
• “Potential criminals”? Myjee T. Sanders, age 15, is held over for trial in the August 25 shooting death of a 17-year-old at his home in Fitchburg.
• “Potential criminals”? Madison Police on Thursday 04-16-2020 arrested a 15-year-old Madison teen who was identified as the suspect in the Colony Drive burglary …
• “Potential criminals”? Khari Sanford, one of two 18-year olds charged with the execution-style murder of Dr. Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre on March 31— the parents of his girlfriend, two liberal white people who lent the minority lad their BMW.
Did the police make them do it? (Innocent until proven … etc.)
Someone needs to explain how many Madison WI K-12 students have been traumatized by police versus how likely many more have been traumatized by an absent parent (whether through desertion or prison), domestic violence, substance abuse, criminal activity, the gangsta culture, and poor nutrition. And why do so many black people become police officers?
Notice something? New York Times apologizes for publishing an opinion by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton calling for the use of federal troops to quell rioting, it has no problem with publishing a column calling for the abolishment of police, Jonathan Turley observes. And yes, they mean Abolish The Police.