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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 03:46 AM

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” - MLK

I like that quote. A lot.

http://forusa.org/blogs/ivan-boothe/martin-luther-king-jr-his-own-words-radical-revolutionary-opposed-war/8435

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr.
”The Trumpet of Conscience”
Steeler Lecture, November 1967

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Reply “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” - MLK (Original post)
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loyalsister Dec 2014 #1
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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 08:38 AM

1. I like it too

In that spirit, I was really impressed to see this unexpected ally speak out


Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are


So in 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered.

I won’t say all, but many of my peers were deeply racist.

One example: A couple of officers ran a Web site called St. Louis Coptalk, where officers could post about their experience and opinions. At some point during my career, it became so full of racist rants that the site administrator temporarily shut it down. Cops routinely called anyone of color a “thug,” whether they were the victim or just a bystander.

This attitude corrodes the way policing is done.

As a cop, it shouldn’t surprise you that people will curse at you, or be disappointed by your arrival. That’s part of the job. But too many times, officers saw young black and brown men as targets. They would respond with force to even minor offenses. And because cops are rarely held accountable for their actions, they didn’t think too hard about the consequences.

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The number of people in uniform who will knowingly and maliciously violate your human rights is huge. At the Ferguson protests, people are chanting, “The whole damn system is guilty as hell.” I agree, and we have a lot of work to do.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/06/i-was-a-st-louis-cop-my-peers-were-racist-and-violent-and-theres-only-one-fix/

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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:01 AM

2. interesting indeed nt

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