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Is Police Brutality Really A Race Issue?

Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was caught on camera, we have seen worldwide hysteria blaming the tragedy on something called racism, systemic racism, or institutional racism. George Floyd was of course black while the man with the boot on his neck was white. So that makes the incident racial?

Here are two clips from different locations which totally destroy this frankly ludicrous narrative. The next two clips show what the United States can expect if it totally defunds the police.

The first is from South Africa in 2013. A taxi driver is handcuffed to the back of a police van then dragged along by the vehicle. Later he was found dead in his cell at the local police station. This was a horrible spectacle with a horrible outcome. And not a white face in sight.

This second clip, from August 2018, shows a black police officer in Baltimore losing it with a man who appears to have done nothing wrong, and certainly nothing to deserve that. The second police officer present tried to restrain his colleague without success. Arthur Williams resigned shortly after the video went viral, and the following June although cleared of first-degree assault, he was convicted of second-degree assault. The victim’s injuries included a fractured jaw.

Williams claimed he had acted in self-defence, but the judge didn’t buy it, and he received a complex sentence which included nine months of prison time. Some would call that lenient. Again, this was an incident of wanton police brutality with not a white face in sight.

We are constantly hearing about how racist is American justice. Here is Kenyan justice; a man accused of stealing a motor cycle is beaten senseless. If the police hadn’t turned up, he would have been murdered.

The fourth clip shows a similar incident from Nigeria.

What was that about lynching being an American tradition?

Of course, angry crowds don’t always react so; you can find countless videos on YouTube of citizens arrests, heroism, or simple acts of kindness to strangers. But the prosaic fact is that a police presence is needed in society; think of it as a necessary evil. And race has nothing to do with it.

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John Ellis
July 13, 2020

How could the more educated and mostly white upper-half of society get away with hoarding all the land, wealth and healthcare, unless they first imposed a brutal police state upon the 50% working-poor?

As we are all born selfish and most die selfish, never must we allow a higher class of people to use the deadly force of government to enslave a lower class.

For the root cause of bigotry and predigest is simple: Most people love to be enriched upon the misery of those who have less education, less wealth or less whiteness of skin.

Reply to  John Ellis
July 14, 2020

Ellis, You are fulla BS! BTW, learn how to spell PREJUDICE!! (not predigest) Really!

Aleksandar Sarovic
July 13, 2020

We need police because we live in a brutal system which produces brutal people. Once we establish a human system, the police will not be needed. We can start producing such system in capitalism. Here is how Good Capitalism.

John Ellis
Reply to  Aleksandar Sarovic
July 13, 2020

Until the mostly white and more educated upper-half of society stops hoarding all the land, wealth and healthcare, only those of the lower-half, only the 50% working-poor, shall be allowed to police the poor.
Only the laboring-class shall police the laboring-class, that is absolute.

John Ellis
July 13, 2020

As police are all of the mostly white and more educated upper-half of society, the half that hoards all the land, wealth and healthcare, and as police spend 95%% of their time establishing a terrorizing police state for the 50% working-poor, half of police should be fired and replaced with cops from the laboring-class who have no education beyond high school.
For only those of the 50% working-poor should ever police the poor.

July 14, 2020

It’s good you point out incidences of incompetence and brutality in some who wear a uniform. They aren’t fit for the work and they resign or are let go and some are charged. And that’s good. But Floyd wasn’t killed by a police officer. And so many incidences that result in death are due to the detainee resisting, running, or attacking. Almost all are. It has nothing to do with race, except that it is a provable fact that blacks tend to resist, run,or attack more often than other races. That this gets played by the race baiteres and the… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  restless94110
July 14, 2020

The black community are the most pacifist and generous race on earth,
that is why they were so easy to enslave.

John Ellis
July 14, 2020

Police are all of the educated middle-class and they spend 95% of
their time establishing a terrorizing police state for the laboring-class.

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