Online Video Has Brought to Light Old News: Sanctioned Violence against Black and Brown Bodies

Online Video Has Brought to Light Old News:  Sanctioned Violence against Black and Brown Bodies


In Thomas Jefferson’s memoir, Notes on the
State of Virginia. He wrote that the slave is incapable of love. The slave is incapable
of possessing and sustaining complex emotion. And that black people are inferior to whites
in both the endowments of body and mind. And so for me that’s interesting because the
man who was largely considered the intellectual founding father of this country responsible
in large part for the conception of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution didn’t
think I was fully human. He didn’t think that I was capable of loving my mother. Didn’t
think I was capable of loving my sister, my brother, my partner. Didn’t think I was
capable of having passion, of creating art. And so there’s, you know, an entire history
from the very inception of this country of black people being dehumanized by the state
and people who represent the state. And so that’s why I think it’s important
to have this socio historical context and understanding so that when we see a police
killing black men and women in the streets we recognize that this isn’t sort of something
happening out of nowhere. That this is actually consistent with the narrative that has been
given about to black people throughout this country’s history.
And so it’s part of what’s happened now is that we live in a hyper documented era
in which everything is being captured on camera phones and in videos and gone viral and shared
on different social medial platforms. And a lot of people are saying where did all this
come from. Like how are the police doing this. Like why are they doing this. This just happened
out of nowhere. When actually this has been happening for an incredibly long time in black
communities. We’ve been experiencing disproportionate incarceration. We’ve been experiencing stop
and frisk. We’ve been experiencing police brutality on an ongoing basis for decades
and decades and centuries if we’re being honest. And what’s happened now is that
now there’s sort of these primary sources, so to speak, these empirical evidence of these
events transpiring in America and the world is being forced to like look themselves in
the mirror and reckon with how so many of us have been complicit in allowing such a
thing to take place for so long and to really be forced to ask ourselves what are we doing
or what are we not doing to allow this state sanctioned violence against black and brown
bodies to continue. Black children in this country in part, you
know, necessitate a different way of means of parenting it the sense that they – it
is important to inform a black child of the realities that exist around them without making
that child feel as if it is their fault, right. Like racism isn’t a child’s fault. Systemic
oppression isn’t a child’s fault. At the same time you have to teach that child how
to navigate a world that is often taught to fear them. My mother and my father had ongoing
conversations with me throughout my childhood and my adolescence and my teenage years. And
even now as a young adult about understanding the way that I was seen even if I wasn’t
able to see that myself. To recognize that when I went out with a group of my white friends
or when I – if I’m in a an interracial relationship or if I am engaged in certain
activities that those things are perceived differently because I am a black man and that
the United States and the world has certain sort of stereotype or caricature of who they
believe black men to be. And that there are people judging me before I ever open my mouth.
That there are people who have decided who I am before I’ve ever had an opportunity
to show them or to engage with them. And that this exists in every sort of realm of class. And I think that was an important thing for
my parents to teach me as well as that, you know, I come from a home with two parents
with professional degrees and I attend Harvard University where I’m getting my doctorate.
And I think a lot of people can operate under this assumption. They’ll say oh Clint. You
made it. You’ve transcended, you know, racism and you moved beyond these like oppressive
forces and obstacles that have sought to keep you down. And the reality is that’s not
true. The reality is that I still get followed around in stores wearing my Harvard paraphernalia.
The reality is that I still can’t catch a cab on Massachusetts Avenue. The reality
is that there are people who, you know, white women will cross the street when walking towards
me on the sidewalk at night time. And it doesn’t matter where I wear my pants. It doesn’t
matter, you know, how well I speak or how smart I am or, you know, what my house looks
like. Because I’m a black man and that is the first thing people see. And that it immediately
for them it triggers an implicit biases that they have been socialized to believe about
who we are and what we do or do not do. I think oftentimes it’s easy for us to exist
in a bubble and not to move beyond our own reality and to step outside of our shoes so
to speak and, you know, walk around in someone else’s. And, you know, some people simply
don’t interact with people beyond their own demographic whether that’s socioeconomically,
racially, culturally. And I think the only way that we can understand what is taking
place in other people’s lives is to listen. And I grew up in a family where listening
was the foremost important thing we were taught to do. You have to humble yourself in order
to recognize that you don’t know as much as you think you know. And whether that’s
listening to my grandfather at the dinner table as he went on and on and on. I love
him dearly. Or whether that’s listening to a classmate explain what a hijab is when
I didn’t understand why someone would wear a scarf over their head, you know, in fourth
grade. I think all of these – we have to be concerted in taking all of these opportunities
to recognize that our reality is not everyone else’s.

100 Replies to “Online Video Has Brought to Light Old News: Sanctioned Violence against Black and Brown Bodies

  1. Don't resist arrest, that simple. I had an officer point his point his gun at me and scream "lay on the fuckin ground!", over 1/2 an ounce of weed. And you know what? I did exactly what he said.

  2. "Institutionalized racism"

    We don't even have to talk about racsim.. we can simply talk about history. And what we see is that indigenous peoples have been historically subjected to gross and persistent human rights violations through the ongoing processes of colonisation, including dispossession of their lands, territories and resources; attempts to destroy their political, legal, social, and economic systems and institutions; marginalisation, racism and discrimination, and genocide.. This appears fairly consistent across most western nations. So the only logical conclusion is that perhaps it's a Christian thing.

    I'm not in favour of any race being favoured (or mistreated) over others. But the fact that western govts are still failing to address the the issue of racism only means they're in the business of creating artificial conflicts between racial groups where none need exist… i.e., institutionalized racism.

  3. It has been heightened since 2008 when Obama got elected. Hell I keep hearing white talk about how they wish the 1950s would come back. Between hating Mexicans, Blacks, Muslims, and gays the white agenda is full for the year of 2016.

  4. Who participated in slavery? ALL RACES (yes, even blacks)
    Who was subject to slavery? ALL RACES (yes, even whites)
    Who ended slavery? WHITES

  5. "Our reality is not everyone else's." Reality, is what it is, no matter your viewpoint. Our viewpoint is not necessarily the same as everyone else's. He talks about a white woman crossing the street when seeing him coming, guess what, they do that when they see white guys coming too. I suspect we are not as far apart as this all makes it seem.

  6. What are black communities doing to address the problem of being perceived the way you say? Are you humble enough to look inwards or is your mind already set on the "victim culture?" Just claiming racism is no way to even start to have a conversation on the issue. Be humble and honest. Instead of giving cryptic messages about your thoughts, why not show the instances in which we can work together to eliminate racism if it is found to exist.

  7. The American black community is a minority and yet the ratio between violence and crime in that said community out weighs all of other minorities and demography by a lot… that is where this stupid notion that black lives are in danger from police where they kill one another and commit crime more…. plus the whole basis of this is not even true they are just playing the victim card.
    What a narrow minded educator this moron is… never even mentioning anything about both sides of the problem which is their freakin crime culture.

  8. I think often times it's easy for people to focus solely on the unfair things in their daily life, and ignore the people who treat you with respect. I will admit that there is a bias towards black people in the the US, but this race bait stuff needs to stop. This whole blame society thing, leaves no one to blame. No one is held accountable. We just generalize and don't judge people on individual merit. There is so much focus on race, right now, that I've never felt more separated. BLM has hurt the bond blacks and whites have had. More and more people will start to call them out. If I didn't care, I wouldn't have spent this time typing.

  9. IMO this "urban ghetto" culture that surrounds a lot of black communities is the cause of most of their problems. It encourages crime and lawlessness and discourages achievement and success. Black communities are going to keep suffering for as long as they are being raised in that type of culture.

  10. Poor black people. Persons of they're identity invented rap music. Ever since they've become slaves to the concept of playing the victim just because that's way cooler.

  11. Black people cause racism to continue long past the point where white culture has stopped embracing racial superiority by indoctrinating their children with racism "awareness".

    White people do not teach their children to treat dark skinned kids any different than any other kid. They indoctrinate their children with the notion that you treat everyone else the way you want to be treated no matter if they like you or not because not everyone will like you in this world.

    Can anyone see how these two cultural perspectives might clash in ways that give rise to social strife and inequality? Can anyone see how black "victims" might offend and inflame white "guilt" on a cultural level? Can anyone understand that the end of racism starts not with awareness, but with cultural blindness?

     Black people, stop teaching your children that all white people are racist. White people, stop letting black "victims" get under your skin.

    Problem solved.

  12. in 2016, are there actually any laws in america that pertain to the oppression of blacks or white supremecy? as far as i am aware there are none. I think that the vast majority black people who have interactions with police do so due to their own criminal actions, same as most whites that have interactions with police. The high incarceration rate seems to directly correlate with the high crime rate in black communities, when 13% of the popoulation commit over 50% of all the violent crimes in the country, i think this obviously has something to do with the high incarceration rate. But of course, all cops are racist, whites are evil and all black people are noble and oppressed……………shame on you big think

  13. Maybe it's because blackbodies have near perfect absorption and emission. In fact, a perfect blackbody has an emissivity value of 1. (Where my physics majors at?)

  14. At 4:25 he sounds like me before I got psykiatric help lol. Im 99% sure, that its all in hes head.
    I used to think that if someone laughed in table next to me they were laughing at me and that everyone who walked behind me was stalking me.
    Get your head off your ass, world doesen´t revolver around you. Shit like that happens to EVERYONE and it isnt some kind of "system of opression", just human nature.

  15. TA;DW (too annoying didn't watch): earnest black man. quotes Jefferson. claims America as inherently racist. supports claim with personal narrative.

    classic.

  16. One day black people are going to realize that the only reason they are looked upon negatively is because black people in America commit a disproportionately large amount of violence and crime. If you want to stop racism, stop acting like a criminal. When black communities become enlightened then, and only then, will you achieve the viewpoint of the populace you desire.

  17. A big problem with this is the cell phone video has become the new anecdotal evidence that just gets wide spread and mass accepted by people, then everyone just assumes this is happening in mass across the entire world.

    Its not racist, you know how I know? Because when I see a video of a black person getting shot by the cops, its scary! Now if it was subconscious, institutionalized racism… then as a white person I shouldn't be scared watching those videos should I? I should be thinking "that sucks but it will never happen to me because I'm white" but thats NOT what I think, I go back in my mind to all the interactions I've had with the police and think about how close I was to being shot.

    So if these shootings are institutionalized racism, how come as a white person when I view a video of someone getting shot by a policeman… I also get scared about the cops shooting me?

  18. Cry babies in the comments are unsubscribing for hearing this honest mans truth? America is finally changing and you can't handle it lol buckle up

  19. I'm confused. So if our forefathers were racist then I'm resist? People are not allowed to change? Thomas Jefferson was not perfect and not every idea or opinion of his was original or correct. To much emotion and not enough logic in this "big think" production. I subscribed in hopes of broadening my mind but this narrow minded production is a disappointment. "Because Jefferson was racist the government and every government worker is racist" bunch of nonsense!

  20. To all the racists in here: Unsubscribe. It's what Big Think wants you to do, because they don't want to be associated with you. They are putting all these race and gender themed videos up to get you to unsubscribe, so do it.

  21. Criminality is not found in our DNA, if you persecute a minority you will get a negative reaction. We are all judged in one way or another, some greater some lesser this will be debated again and again. The sentiment in this film is sound, which is to say that we all need to compromise and live in peace. If you don't like that idea then get used to the notion that your just a hater of the other. This is prejudice my friend, get over your fear and stop justifying it with states. If I wondered into a dangerous place I'd not be thinking, Oh thank god they're all white I'm safe now. No because that would be stupid! Desperate people do desperate things, regardless of colour. Equality in society must be the goal for one and all, rich, poor, black, white, male, female, left, right etc. Peace on earth and good will to all men.

  22. The one common denominator with police shootings is a) criminality, b) resisting arrest. Its the same in the white community, more white people are shot by cops than blacks and its usually because they decided to fight the cops. You cant compare past abuses of blacks to modern day blacks. Blacks of the past were oppressed even when they did nothing wrong, blacks today have equal rights and only have problems when they indulge in criminal behaviour, and resisting arrest. I do think US cops shoot too many people, US gun culture is out of control, but people need to look at how they are contributing to bad outcomes.

  23. i'm saddened to see the comment section trying to sanitize this and take out the racial element. Some enlightened people are deeply afraid of the idea that they don't live in a post racial world, because it offends them so, and they wish to avoid this topic altogether and reduce it to theory. Its very sad to see people separate themselves from the problem in that way

  24. Ugh, why the f are we still having a race war within our own dang country, while radical musilims continue to threaten our way of life. Imagine the possibilities if we all decided to stop putting our time and energy into a subject that is being blown up for ratings and instead redirected our attention to eliminating this who actually do wish us harm….imagine if we all came together and started eradicating those jihad Allah musilim pieces of sheet from the earth… They are the true evil, they are the ones that is given a chance, will wipe us out of existence… If we are going to have hatred in our hearts, let's at least direct it at something that benefits us as Americans and stop finding reasons to kill one another

  25. Simply Said: the goverment is encouraging modern-day lynching of black people, as they always had. Youre stance on this says everything about you.

  26. Statistically speaking; A black man is safer walking in a white neighborhood, than a black one.
    Also, this man's pretext is upsurd, with his summation that "all history matters" in the context of today, and can be applied horizontally across past and present, in a one to one fashion.
    A bad frame work there, Mr. Smith. I hope you aren't teaching kids this boogeyman theory.

  27. ~ RACIST WHITEY ~

    Okay, hold up please, let's brake and look at what this man is talking about.

    First, the judicial, police, and correctional systems.

    Second, systematic racism reared up in all white hearts since Ol' Thom Jeff.

    Thirdly, mesh that shit ( first an second ) all up in spoon down the gullet.

    Now, what doesn't fit? Oh yes, these RACIST systems are made up of a diverse group of people, including blacks.
    The boogeyman Cliff Smith is chasing, is just that, a figment of his imagination on an Ozzy Osborn Crazy Train.
    Honestly, the man sounds like a "truther" in this video, drawing his conclusions from flimsy, anecdotal evidence, that can't be applied in the real world.
    You need to show the SYSTEMATIC RACISM, like literally, show it. Where is the police manifesto, stating it's hatred of blacks, and quota for black deaths that month? Show me any institution that is enveloped into society at large, that touts racism towards blacks.

  28. This expo was sound; my only beef was the tag "Black and Brown Bodies". Doesn't this sound bad, or is it just me? I mean, fuck the minds? They're just bodies?

  29. I have to wonder how many of those dislikes were chosen by people who don't have this problem personally?

  30. This was released today, thought it might curb some of the ignorance spouted in this comment section. Ask yourself, would this happen to a white man?: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/21/florida-police-shoot-black-man-lying-down-with-arms-in-air?campaign_id=A100&campaign_type=Email

  31. Instead of people trying to understand the black community and the history of why ghettos exist and crime is high in those neighborhoods, people just generalize that we're all bad and we all deserve to be treated unfairly by the police. No one is saying that the current generation of whites are racist, we are simply saying that the structures of the past have not 100% gone away. Its like some white people are like oh shut up about being treated differently by law enforcement, its no big deal. And FYI: as far as black on black crime: police should not be held to the same standards as FUCKING GANGS MEMBERS.

  32. While it's easy to make claims of racial persecution on a youtube video and sound justified in doing so, I will have to disagree with you friend. I'm from South Africa (half black) and my wife is a police officer here in the states, so I've had some interest in the topic of police persecution as well. From an outsider's perspective, it seems quite obvious that urban communities in the states bring about this "persecution" from law enforcement upon themselves. In urban communities, I've witnessed an ridiculous amount of illegal drug trafficking, mass concealing of illegal weapons, widespread refusal to cooperate with a DIVERSE city police force, along with a mentality that breaking state and federal laws is socially acceptable. I've also witnessed that many of these communities are mostly comprised of African Americans, and it seems as though the vast majority of this illegal behavior is exhibited by African Americans in the states. In South Africa, we don't rebel against our police force because of perceived racial disparities, as this would be considered a coup. We also don't make excuses (such as "racist" police officers) for the barbaric behavior of others in our community. All in all, I think you should reinforce your argument with facts about today rather than centuries long ago.

  33. I have a question as a white man: Do black people look at me and my actions as having an inherent racial, often subconscious, trait to them? Are you able to make the distinction between sincere intent versus racial intent in passing or does it take repeated interaction? Does my refusal to side with everything in the BLM movement stands for make me uncaring or does it make me skeptical with a need to rationalize?

    To expand on that last part to be more clear: The BLM movement does X action in retaliation to Y event. I look at Y event through a singular scope, in it's own form with no outside influence or prior events, and decide that I do not agree with X action and therefore I take Z stance. Does that make me uncaring of their movement, or does that make me simply someone who rather take the middle ground?

    I say this because I do care for what the BLM stands for, but at the same time I try to look at things through all scopes, and at times I can't agree with them. There is this mentality in the world that I believe does more harm than good and that is "If you don't stand with us, you're against us". There are those like myself who think and act in a way that for something to be truly equal, you need to meet in the middle and that sometimes make me agree with the other side. It gets confusing when you want to support something, but when you disagree with one aspect you get called out on it, and even though you articulate your reasoning, you are viewed as someone now standing against the movement rather than someone who is just standing outside for the time being because you do not agree.

  34. Not all pitbull are mean killing machines, but a proportionally bigger numbers of them hurt other animals than say a Maltese.

  35. Lots of closet racists disliking nothing unnusual there, ignorant assholes always turn their back on reality

  36. Get this: Black's commit more crimes. Take a random Black man and a random White man. The Black man is more likely to be killed by police, but he is also more likely to commit murder or some other crime.

  37. People get killed by the Police because they fail to listen and follow orders, plain and simple. The argument of this presenter further fuels the "civil disobedience" of blacks in communities who feel entitled to rebel because of some terrible historical issues this country has. That civil disobedience could very easily get you killed.

    Be a good person. Love your countrymen. Follow the law. Listen to the Police. It's not rocket science.

  38. Blacks should have voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Hilary won't do anything to change things.

  39. "…And the world?" fuck off. Your petty american black vs white racist drama is not a worldwide problem. Actually its looks pretty idiotic from my country's perspective…

  40. It is unfair to place historical figures up to the moral standing of today. Our times are so different that it would be irrational to even consider it. Just imagine going back in time and having your morals judged by them. Times have changed

  41. When I get racially profiled (which literally never fucking happens quit complaining about something that almost never happens)
    I don't get mad at the people "profiling me" I get mad at the other Hispanics that look like me for committing crimes, nobody on the street racially profiles me maybe cops but cops see that Hispanics commit a lot of crimes and they keep their eyes out for people like me BECAUSE IT WORKS

  42. Thomas Jefferson didn't know you, you idiot, so he couldn't have an opinion on you.
    And you're spouting bullshit for the rest of the video.

    "Our reality is not every else's."

    -The fuck is that shit, there's only one reality.

  43. "It's important to have this socio-historical context and understanding" i.e. fact-defying, victim-complex dogma.

  44. so…. who is killing more of the black community than anyone else?
    – your own community.

    who is protesting the loudest about the denial of black fathers to their children because of the acrimonious ex partner?
    – NOT your own community

    – who is calling for the death of policemen( regardless of whether are good or bad)
    – BLM( and using convicted cop killer shakar as their hero)

    – who is calling black policemen tokens and uncle toms for stepping up to protect all the people( black and white and all races )
    – your own community.

    – who is accepting funding from george soros , well known for manipulating economies to profit in order to agitate the population
    – BLM

    your own community (and through BLM) are sanctioning violence( physical, emotional, financial, mental) against your own community. They would call that Domestic violence if it was your partner.
     so… BLM are domestic terrorists.

  45. ….. The past track record of crime, drugs, violence presides blacks. We live with it. Clint get used to it because it's your life BUT you can make it fun and entertaining. America is a free country. It's up to you to listen, look, learn, love and laugh………. Bah hahahahahaha

  46. I doesn't see how most white people think slavery is over. American prisons act exactly like slavery and what a shock slavers (cops) mostly send black men to prison, what a coincidence…

  47. I JUST READ DOWN ALOT OF COMMENTS IN THIS VIDEO AND I 'M TRYING OF ALL THIS BULLSHIT TRYING TO JUSTIFY THE RACISM IN AMERICA BY ThESE SO-CALL INTELLECTUAL RACIST JUST SAY WHAT YOU MEAN BE A MAN ABOUT IT IF YOUR RACIST JUST SAY IT

  48. So much racism STILL in this country! When will these racists realize that skin color is nothing more than pigmentation? We are all the same on the inside, wake up and use your brain instead of your hatred! Bullies pick on easy targets, a slighted minority is prey to these murderous thugs who are the very thing they purport to fear in 'black' people. They are terrorists and should be treated as such! Not all police are like this though, there are many good cops and good 'white' people out there. In reality black, white, brown are pigmentations of skin, we are all just people who want much the same things. Security, love, friends, etc. Stop the hate! It's time to love your fellow Americans! Time to end police brutality! We are one despite the blind who refuse to see it.

  49. I normally do not post comments on videos of any kind. I must state that I loathe racism in any form be it white on black or vice versa. However I recently ran across some research being done a concerning the financial aspect that people are wondering about and it is starting to look to some that while there may be some racial factors involved, class is also becoming something that might play a larger role than people originally thought. I believe judges in Houston are coming under fire for unconstitutional bonds. More or less making our prison industrial complex into a debtors prison industrial complex. The authors stated that the people of lower incomes are more likely to be unable to make bail, make each bargains that include shorter prison. sentences etc. simply because they do not have access to competent or dedicated council. This obviously results in these so called "low class individuals" making up more of the prison population (low class being lower income of all races). Another thing that the articles suggest is that once the system has it's "claws" in a person it is almost set up to force them to failure after their return to society. They used examples such as a person having served time for drug convictions being subject to searches of home and vehicle even years after they did their time and paid their fines etc and without any later arrests or crimes. All simply because they were convicted of possession 15 years prior at 17 yrs of age. Pardon my senility for not being able to post the sources but a reasonable search using the different available search engines should bring them up. Again, I despise racism in any form and at any level and it appears that it is starting to morph, for lack of a better term" into a class issue as well.

  50. I normally do not post comments on videos of any kind. I must state that I loathe racism in any form be it white on black or vice versa. However I recently ran across some research being done a concerning the financial aspect that people are wondering about and it is starting to look to some that while there may be some racial factors involved, class is also becoming something that might play a larger role than people originally thought. I believe judges in Houston are coming under fire for unconstitutional bonds. More or less making our prison industrial complex into a debtors prison industrial complex. The authors stated that the people of lower incomes are more likely to be unable to make bail, make each bargains that include shorter prison. sentences etc. simply because they do not have access to competent or dedicated council. This obviously results in these so called "low class individuals" making up more of the prison population (low class being lower income of all races). Another thing that the articles suggest is that once the system has it's "claws" in a person it is almost set up to force them to failure after their return to society. They used examples such as a person having served time for drug convictions being subject to searches of home and vehicle even years after they did their time and paid their fines etc and without any later arrests or crimes. All simply because they were convicted of possession 15 years prior at 17 yrs of age. Pardon my senility for not being able to post the sources but a reasonable search using the different available search engines should bring them up. Again, I despise racism in any form and at any level and it appears that it is starting to morph, for lack of a better term" into a class issue as well.

  51. BS…
    Emotions…emotions…emotions.
    What about FACTS?…
    15% of US population responsible for 60% of violent crimes…any clue what that 15% is made of?… Blacks.

  52. the state is anti-black? Yes in 1816 but in 2016, NO….now would you care to go into detail about any part of the state or perhaps a law that is anti-black in intent ……
    The black president?
    The black supreme court judges? The black police chiefs? The many black police? The black mayor? The black attorney general? The cities whom the councils are mostly black?

    Or perhaps the true anti-black thing is the black culture itself… when black on black MURDER is significantly higher than white on black murder or white on white murder. Here are the numbers to support my claim…..

    In 2012 white males were 38% of the population and committed 4,582 murders.

    That same year, Black males were just 6.6% of the population but committed a staggering 5,531 murders.

    Chicago's death toll from 2001-2015 was at 7,401.
    the combined total deaths during Iraq (2003-2015) and Afghanistan (2001-2015) wars were 8,321

    It would take cops 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of other black men in 2012 alone.

    on average 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between 2009 and 2012.

    112 black men died from justified and unjustified police involved killings annually during the same period of 2009 to 2012.

    source: an article written by:Jerome Hudson for Beitbart.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/28/5-devastating-facts-black-black-crime/

  53. I share the exact same views and realistically, this imposes a threat to the state. Everyone employed by the government has their job and salary at risk, therefor it's within their personal interest to perpetuate these injustices. The scary thing is that apple has recently obtained a patent which will disable the phone cameras when exposed to a certain light frequency. These injustices will once again go back in the dark if revolution doesnt come soon enough. That means boy-cot, expression and violence if needed, in the end, they swung first.

  54. I am somewhat surprised that so many racist arsehats wanted to watch a channel called "Big Think" in the first place.

  55. You, as a group, also experience disproportionate levels of intra-racial murder. What is BLM doing about that? How are they addressing this present reality?
    You, personally, are still subject to prejudice, yet you downplay the fact you took the necessary first step to dismantle that prejudice for future generations: You worked your as off, got smart and stopped whining.

  56. Notice how he just assumes the incidents that have happened recently must be about racist cops. He just assumes the cops are guilty, no need for investigation or a finding of all the facts. He, along with many other voices, have tried and convicted them based nothing more than social media and in some cases, outright dishonesty (stop, don't shoot!)

    Everyone knows that there are a few bad apples among cops that will treat minorities unfairly and if it wasn't for this blatant dishonesty, we could probably come to agreement on some things, but this race baiting and this constant playing of the victim card prevents all that. He laments about how a white woman might cross the street at night if she sees him coming, without also lamenting how members of his own race commit insanely more crime – murder, rape, assault, etc.. – than any other race. Of course she might cross street – that's being perfectly prudent and smart.

    He talks about "state sanctioned violence" without being specific, but the details are critical here. If someone resists arrest, violence is sanctioned and perfectly justified. If you don't want that violence to come upon you, don't resist arrest. Don't run from the cops so you can ditch your gun or your drugs to avoid more charges. Don't refuse to obey and officers commands. Don't assault an officer, try to take his gun, and then complain if you get shot yourself. Don't repeatedly bash a guy's head into a concrete sidewalk and be surprised if you get shot.

    Of course, there are incidents where police cross the line – and like with the officer who shot the guy in the back while he was running away – the consequences are severe.

    We can agree on some things, but there are things I for one will NOT agree with:

    – blacks get no sympathy for slavery 150 years ago. I didn't own any slaves and they sure as hell haven't picked any cotton
    – blacks get no sympathy for Jim Crow. Neither of us was even born and they haven't been made to sit in the back of the bus
    – blacks don't get to complain about a few white cops killing black men while purposely and simultaneously ignoring that 97% of black men are killed by members of their own race for which they say almost nothing.
    – blacks don't get to make lame excuses of poverty or lack of opportunity when they act horribly
    – blacks don't get to complain about a woman crossing the street at night while young black men are responsible for a highly inordinate amount of crime
    – if blacks are looking for white guilt, they'll not get an ounce of it from me

    I'm all on board for finding room for agreement. I'm all for weeding out cops who act like jack-booted thugs – and these types do exist. But as long as the dishonesty continues, as long as half-truths are spread, as long as rushes to judgement become the order of the day, I feel myself just getting pushed farther and farther away from wanting to have any discussion about it at all.

  57. More disgusting race-baiting propaganda. We Americans, of which white people are the majority, elected a black president, and instead of progressively moving forward, which is the American way, we are going backward at a frightening pace thanks to this kind of rhetoric.

  58. where I come from they say "crea fama y echate a dormir" which means if you act a certain way or you act or react negatively on things, next time something happens similar to what you are known for doing, others will blame you for it since you are famous for doing things like that. now why do I say this? well, black people largely have adopted this thuggish attitude always doing or supporting various types of crimes or attitudes and now, no matter what kind of person you are, no matter if you are a saint, others will see you as a thug. blame the "naggers" for that.

  59. As a black man in this country I'm viewed with a guilty lens & everything that I do must prove that I'm not guilty. the problem is people don't won't to accept this perspective because it goes against everything they was taught.

  60. If you don't understand the System of WHITE SUPREMACY that is Racism then anything else you think you understand will only confuse you! ..

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