An Estimated 60,000 March in Silence for Black Lives

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Just commenting early before the antisocial libertarian shitstains that infected Slog over the last few years somehow find something to criticize here. The march was incredible, thanks BLM <3.

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@2, the Black community in Seattle is doing a lot to address violence in their own neighborhoods. They are making the city much safer for Black people than the police ever have.

Read up on Safe Passage as just one example of the community-led work that's been happening for years: https://www.rb-safeplaceforyouth.com/what-we-do/safe-passage/

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The march uphill on 23rd lasted just over two hours- from opening banner to the last bicyclists and medic trucks.

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"Today a federal judge also granted a Temporary Restraining Order to BLMKC and other plaintiffs on a case brought by the ACLU (including Nathalie), preventing cops from deploying chemical agents on protesters unless they really want to." Unless they really want to? Not sure if this is a typo or sarcasm. But based on recent evidence, the police will always want to.

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re: Fake 'prez' holding Nuremberg /Klan Rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa OK, the site of a 1921 massacre by white mobs attacking black citizens and businesses with guns and explosives dropped from airplanes, on the very anniversary of the White Massacre:

“This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists --
he’s throwing them a welcome home party.”

--Senator Kamala Harris of California

Heigh heigh
hey ho
Fake 'prez'
's gotta GO.

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Thanks for keeping Tabs, Context.

Let us know when the next
transgressions occur, will ya?

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Keep the pressure on, BLM. Great work.

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Stop using the term Latinx as a catchall for Latin Americans. I live in a predominantly working class hispanic area (meaning Spanish is the most common language in the area) and the term is seen as a gringo term and not relevant to their culture. Nothing says white entitlement more than trying to define how to refer to others to give oneself a sense of being inclusive. Perhaps some queer of trans people may prefer the term but I’ve yet to run into a native Spanish speaker from Latin America using the term at all let alone referring to themselves in that manner.

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@16 Considering the Stranger a news outlet is your first mistake. It’s an entertainment weekly and liberal/progressive opinion publication. The Stranger slants far left and makes no apologies or pretense otherwise. Fox, OTOH, fancies themselves a news org and goes out of their way to promote themselves as such. When called out on their bias they claim to be “fair and balanced” when that’s hardly the case.

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@2: The Chicago P.D. ,which is known as one of the most violently racist police departments in the country, is also known as one of the most spectacularly indifferent and incompetent police departments anywhere in terms of actually trying to stop black-on-black crime. Chicago proves, just as most other big city police departments prove, that aggressive, violent policing which treats black people as intrinsically more dangerous than anyone else DOES NOT WORK in the fight against black-on-black violence.

And the black community has spent DECADES doing everything it can to fight black-on-black violence. Do you really think they don't care about stopping it? Do you really think they are ok with it?

Of course they aren't and you know perfectly well they aren't.

What they are saying, and what reality proves, is that aggressive, violent militarized policing is completely useless at combatting black-on-black crime, a form of crime the black community obviously cares about far more than you.

Here's what would ACTUALLY combat black-on-black crime:

1) Legalizing all drugs and treat drug use as a social and health issue, not a law enforcement issue-this would instantly end the "drug trade" and in ending that, would get of the economic basis for most gangs. Defunding the gangs by ending the illegal drug trade would get rid of the vast majority of violent crime.
2) Use a large chunk of the funds currently used for policing and redirect those funds towards loans and grants to allow people in neighborhoods and areas that "market values" has decided must be economic dead zones, to revitalize those communities by setting up networks of worker-owned cooperatives to provide the goods and services those communities need at a fair price and with decent, non-exploitative working conditions for those who run and work at the co-operatives.

Those steps would do more to end black on black violence than a million assault weapons the hands of an overwhelmingly white police force that sees itself as a "warrior elite" in a battle to the death against the civilian population.

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@2 -- Look, dipshit. It's pretty simple: Police misconduct leads to distrust of the police. Mistrust of the police makes it harder for police to do their job. Is that really hard to understand?

Throw in years of underfunding social programs while spending way too much on prisons and the militarization of the police, and it is no wonder we have both an ineffective and abusive police system. Seriously dude, look at Sweden: https://theweek.com/articles/918143/what-america-learn-from-nordic-police. They have a low murder rate, a high clearance rate (murderers get caught) despite having fewer police and way fewer people in prison. Understand now?

Right wing approaches don't work. Even when Democrats tried them -- with the support of plenty of progressives and black leaders I might add -- they weren't cost effective. To be clear, things like "three strikes you're out" actually do lower crime. But not nearly as much as social spending. It costs a shitload of money to have people on trial and incarcerate them. That money is way better spent preventing crime in the first place.

We actually know what works. There is plenty of real evidence on what is effective. But the only thing conservatives want to spend money on is acting tough, which doesn't work. When leftists try and explain this, they are seen as being "soft on crime". When they want to spend money on social services, and explain how one benefit is less crime, they are told that we can't afford it.

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The number of ambulances is ramping back up.

Not back to the peak of ~10 in under half an hour, but there were three in about ten minutes yesterday.

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Apologies, C-text.

If I fail to live fully up to your Standards
I shall strive to do better but if I
haven't had my morning bowl
of Weedies* all bets are off.

*Breakfast of Champions

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What the hell are the reactionaries talking about regarding Chase, btw?

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Meanwhile, in the suburbs, America continues unabated.

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@24 -- Chase has a Rebuttal:

"@Context go back and listen to the video
the quote I referenced is there... Chill."

@ChaseBurns on June 13, 2020 at 9:31 PM

(I liked his 'fuck off back to 2005' better)

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@ 17

Stop riding the wave of other people's movememt to express your own undeserved resentment of whites. We never enslaved you, we only opened the door for you to come here, work hard and build a better life for your kids like we did. Speaking of 'white privelege', nobody required you fight and die for this country lile we did, yet you come here spitting this 'you're privelged' crap? I can see that coming from a black person, but your just being an opportunist using that term.

As for Latinx - of course it is a gringo term, which is sort of indicative that you are in another country where anything Latino hasn't been native for thousands of years.

And don't give me the colonialist white guilt trip because all races have taken the land they inhabit from one another at some point.

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I hope Seattle Times and The Stranger do their journalistic duty and publish how much money the SPD gets in its budget to fund military equipment purchases, from SWAT down to the lowliest police officer on the beat. That taxpayer money needs to go to anything else. Rebuilding roads, bridges, schools. Anything non-violent would be a better use of money.

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All police found responsible for attacking medics with chemical weapons should be in front of the ICC for war crimes. Seattle won't move forwards until we make police accountable.

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@25: Wait...that's IT! They accused the poor bastard of fabricating a quote because he had somebody saying "pepper-sprayed" instead if teargassed? Chase gets barbecued for, at most, getting one WORD wrong? An error which makes the non-expected thing sound slightly LESS bad? In what universe does a typo equate to fabrication? Jesus Christ on Spell check!

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Looks like pitbull cum Context
HAS fucked off, back to 2005.

Like Herr Gropenfuror
WILL he be back?
Stay tuna.

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@31,

The guy was quite possibly the NUTTIEST of all the various nutjobs we've had to endure and entertain here over the years. He was also irate and blathering on about journalistic standards in one of Charles' threads a few days ago. He (Charles) wrote a short post considering the possible future of CHAZ based on comparisons with two similar sites historically.

So then Nutso goes off on an incredulous tirade because the piece didn't include a third example that he saw warranting of consideration, and posted a number of comments accusing Charles of journalistic negligence, and repeatedly demanding an apology and retraction. A couple of us attempted to engage him and point out the logical fallacies in his assertions, though he'd just ignore, deflect, and dig in ever deeper.

Kinda reminds me of someone, now that I think about it.

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@context wasn't perpetually hostile, profane, and insulting. A tad annoying but certainly not abusive.

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When will this fake "protest" end ?! There is no racism in this country! Stop destroying and looting!
This new hashtag must be launched instead of "blm":
"Black, be thankful!"

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Utterly baseless and repeated assertions of journalistic malpractice is absolutely and undeniably insulting, far more so when evidence to the contrary is both easily accessible and ignored when presented on multiple occasions. And the repeated demands that Stranger staff respond to his idiocy probably borders on hostility, though I guess that's debatable. I'll concede he wasn't really profane, though I honestly don't really give a fuckity fuck-ass fuck-loaded fuck about profanity, so whatever.

(And I don't really know why he triggered me to the extent that he seems to have. I've been reading and regularly commenting here for well over a decade and believe that the paper and it's blog serve as a valuable and often entertaining resource, and so get annoyed when writers catch undeserved shit. They catch enough deserved shit. Context was a fucking garbage human generating garbage content and defenses of him are stupid as shit.)

I'll give it a rest for now though.

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@37..."black, be thankful"?

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And, mr "Cop", would you care to enlighten the rest of us as to what qualifies you to make the categoric statement that "there is no racism in this country"?

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