I'm Learning About the State of Policing

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Life-long learning is an incredible thing. But it's sometimes difficult due to cultural, emotional, philosophical, historical, and other -al type factors. Currently, I'm realizing how much more I have to learn about the law enforcement.

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Greetings, Citizen

I don't like commenting on stuff I know nothing about. But when someone else shares insights, I love to pass them along. I really appreciated the blog post What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege. Of everything I've read on the subject, this was the first that was somewhat encouraging. Give it a read yourself. It helped me gain a framework/schema for thinking about current events. His connection of being a bicyclist on a roadway built for cars makes so much sense.

In short, things are not good. The Police State has far more to do with how law enforcement treats certain groups of people (summed up in this image from a show I've never watched and never intend to, but the screenshot summarizes the blog post so well). One of my bloggy friends shared this video [NB: f-bomb at the end] that demonstrates how crazy things can get even if they don't escalate. I've had the police come to my door before, but they didn't treat me like that.

This reminds me of the lecture Don't Talk to Police (I'm sorry, I've lost the link of who first shared it with me). Cameron Russell also touches on the topic of race and privilege in her excellent Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. TED talk.

I have nothing to add to this conversation. I'm still learning a lot! But these posts and videos have helped me and I'm hopeful they will help you too.

What have you been learning about recently? Anything interesting you'd care to share?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Pseudo-Dad

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