Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Black cops and blue lives
This is a fascinating interview with two black cops. It explores their simultaneous recognition (as black men) of and concern about the systemic bias in American policing, and their defensiveness (as members of the fraternity of police) vis a vis Black Lives Matter or any other criticism of police as a group. I learned a lot. I especially liked an analogy that one of the black cops makes about knowing that police brutality is wrong, but still rooting for the cop to get off the hook. He compares it to when you're watching a ballgame, and a player on your team clearly fouls someone. You know it's a foul, but you somehow convince yourself that it wasn't, since you want your team to win.