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Larry Sandersonlsanderson on June 17th, 2017 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm stealing this.
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on June 17th, 2017 05:31 pm (UTC)
Please do.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on June 17th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
Meh, "white people'. It's not "white people", it's "people who have apparently been living under a rock for the past half-century or more".

Remember the Columbia University protests? That was when I first learned that American politics are violent. Remember Kent State, where the National Guard murdered four white college students and wounded nine more, one of whom was paralyzed? Remember the WTO protests in 1999, where - as usual - the cops started the violence by firing pepper spray, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades at protesters? (I wasn't there - I'd intended to go, but my 10-year-old daughter begged me not to, because she was afraid I'd get beaten or shot. Even at ten, she knew.) The list could go on, and on, and on.

Politics in America is not just violent for people with darker skin. It's violent for everybody who takes it to the street, and it always has been. Really, the surprising thing is that it's not more violent than it is - that we don't (yet!) have snipers with assault rifles randomly gunning down protesters and police alike at every demonstration.

Edited at 2017-06-17 08:25 pm (UTC)