All opinions are not of equal value

In recent weeks I’ve seen a significant uptick in debates where people seem to take the view that their uninformed opinion on racism, civil rights, and police brutality are of equal weight to an informed opinion. That just isn’t the case. This is a somewhat long post, but I’ll try to be as brief as I can without skipping anything important. A couple of years ago I hurt my shoulder in a martial arts accident. I could tell something was … Continued

Communication security for protesters (and everyone really)

I wanted to throw out a suggestion as to communication security. I believe (and hope!) that we are in a pivotal moment in civil rights history that may prove to be just as important as the work done in the 1960’s. While that is great, it also causes to me worry about governmental interference. Whether that is local police with those Stingray cell tower simulators that allow them to capture and spoof messages, or some more concerted effort at the … Continued

Why I don’t focus on “black on black” crime instead of police brutality

In response to the question of why I don’t focus on “black on black” crime and do focus on police brutality, I would offer the following. “Black on Black crime isn’t a thing As The Root correctly points out, according to the FBI’s uniform crime-reporting data for 2016, 90.1 percent of black victims of homicide were killed by other blacks, while 83.5 percent of whites were killed by other whites. While no life is inconsequential, the statistical evidence shows that—just … Continued

My response to the “Believe it or not, its OK to be all three” meme on Facebook

I’ve seen the following picture floating around today, and would like to take a moment to explain the problems with it. Starting in the top left circle, almost all of the people I’ve seen sharing that picture have never said a single word against police brutality or racially-motivated violence. Instead, they ignored the issue for years, and only now post the above picture. That strikes me as disingenuous in the extreme. It is also worth noting that this is not … Continued

My response to the “those who hate us will still call us when they need us” pro-police meme

The above image is total garbage. When the police involuntarily take my money through taxes and have a monopoly on law enforcement, of course there are some things for which I have to call them. I also use the electricity from the electric company no matter how displeased I may be with that company, since they are my only option for electricity. I also make a point of being well armed, as I will not trust my safety to the … Continued

To my friends and “family” who turn a blind eye to racism and police violence

There is something that I don’t understand, and which I’m hoping someone can help me understand. I know people (on facebook and in real life) who don’t seem to care about the police violence that has led to civil unrest. I have people that I call friends and even family who have not said a single word when it comes to the ongoing, well documented, and pervasive problem of police brutality. Even more confusing to me are the ones who … Continued

Grouping people together by Race versus Grouping people together by Occupation

I think it is worth exploring the difference between having distrust or even hatred of “all cops” versus having distrust or hatred of “all black people.” The two just aren’t equivalent. Forming an opinion about someone based upon an immutable characteristic (such as race or sex) is wrong. The color of my skin is not something that I can control, and so it tell you nothing about my thoughts, beliefs, dreams, hopes, etc. Just knowing that I’m black doesn’t tell … Continued