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An Open Letter to Meghan Willard


Dear Meghan,

Tomorrow/technically today is like the first day of the rest of our lives, and, like, I’m not even done packing yet. Whatever. Congratulations to us though, we are finally getting the hell out of Reston/Denver. And as soon as we’re done in Asheville we can move to Seattle, establish…

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The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.

If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.

America Is Not For Black People  (via aestivalism)

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