John Oliver on the Supreme Court: "The Impact Could Be Dire"

Belafon9/28/2020 1:26:29 pm PDT

re: #92 danarchy

Not to minimize the disparity of use of force against black people by police, they are killed at twice the rate of whites and that is fucking horrible and needs to be fixed, but there are over 10 million arrests in the US every year, of those about 1000 end in a police killing, of those about 250 are black and of those maybe a couple dozen are un-armed.

It is fucking tragic and police reform is necessary, they are far too ready to use force and escalate situations unnecessarily but media and social media in particular are giving an entire generation of black Americans PTSD for something that is extremely rare.

Gonna call BS on this. It’s not just the killings, it’s the disproportionate use of targeting blacks for arrest, which as been going on since Jim Crow. It’s not PTSD. Their reaction is entirely justified. The killings by police are the highest profile, but the use of the police against blacks to subjugate them is clearly documented.

Edit: To be clear, I’m calling out the PTSD part. They have been overly targeted in way too many ways, from traffic stops that no whites would be stopped for, to far stricter courts, to unnecessary killing with no punishment for the police unless the bullets come close to white people. If it happened like this to white people, there would be complete police reform, not going after their concern about being a target.