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The Police Aren't Here to Protect You, Uvalde Children, or Presidential Candidates
  • Should have rambo'd the shooter from the ladder like a true patriot to save that rapist felon. If you think about it, the cop probably actually did save him because the shooter had to rush to take the shot immediately after and didn't have time to aim properly.

  • Everything old is new again.
  • A few times as a kid I had to take a taxi alone. I knew the way home, but the driver decided to make a lot of unnecessary turns and go this round about way to run up the fair. I was probably in 3rd grade and knew what he was doing but didn't have the guts to call him out.

  • Lemons(?) of Lemmy, what is something that feels so obvious to you that you just get lowkey pissed at the world for not knowing?
  • Equality and equity are different, as it has been defined by various movements in the US. This definition has been adopted in mainstream usage for a while now. I'm surprised by your question, I feel this would be common knowledge to most people in western societies by this point. But I'm happy to answer if you are asking in good faith.

    Equality is sort of the color-blind approach to treating people equally, with little to no regard for their race. It looks at their individual circumstances, not making broad assumptions based on their racial background. For the record, color blind doesn't mean we dont seek to identify and correct racial issues, it just means we typically do so without creating race specific policies and instead apply the policies to everyone. My deep appreciation of equality as a fundamental principal is why I oppose equity and the strategic equivocation with which it is used.

    Equity is contrasted to that by putting race front and center, and often above all else when making decisions on resource allocation. It's how we get policies that broadly focus on racial groups. It's not always advertised but equity is opposed to equality, so that specific races can be selected to receive benefits, or excluded from receiving benefits.

    Speaking to the movement more broadly, In order to justify equity, anything that can be measured through the lens of race will be(deconstruction) and any difference in outcome will be flagged as racism, but only if white people are on the advantagous side.

    Why is this bad? Don't POCs need help?

    They often do, but our racial based policies to correct them are often counterproductive, discriminatory, or even harmful. Our need based programs already disproportionately benefit them, and will continue to do so more if we bolster them. Here's some quick examples of equitable efforts, just to give you an idea of how it manifests. These are extremely condensed, but I could pull links later if you want them.

    • Misguided attempt to remove sat scores from college admissions because of claims it's inequitable.
    • Despite overwhelming evidence that helmets save lives, helmet laws were cut because some demographics didn't wear them as often.
    • College students giving free covid masks to minorities but saying white people must pay.
    • There was an attempt to create a math framework that attempts to deconstruct mathematics into a racist construct.
    • When a professor did a comprehensive study of police violence and found no disparity in some aspects of policing, he was advised not to publish the results.
  • ACAB.
  • Your comment speaks to high level concepts but you didn't provide an the example to ground it to reality.

    Like others have mentioned they aren't seeing these examples of core issues having impacts on their day to day lives/communities. I'm not either. When it comes down to it, laws written to apply to everyone are generally enforced for everyone.

    Catching violent perpetrators pretty much always takes priority over non-violent theft. When we see acts of violence get immediate police attention it feels like the image you are trying to portay is inaccurate.