The latest campus free speech controversy has a twist: It involves a conservative professor conspiring with students, in emails that sound like they were written by comic book villains, to dig up dirt on a progressive undergraduate.
(via Right-wing prof Niall Ferguson plotted to get dirt on a liberal student – Vox)
Paid protestors! Campus indoctrination! Right wing social justice warriors are out of control.
What Conservatives Willfully Ignore When They Cry ‘Tyranny’
One of the regular features of our contemporary political life is conservative complaints about being victims of “government oppression.” You know what I mean: having to pay taxes to help “losers” is an outrage. Having to buy health insurance is tyranny. Not being allowed to discriminate against gay people is a denial of religious liberty. …
The 50th anniversary of the violence on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, should have served as a graphic reminder of what real “government oppression” looks like: police dogs; fire hoses; truncheons; deputized thugs. An entire state mobilized to deny the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, in the broader aim of denying the right to vote.
This came to mind after reading some of the polemics directed at the Ferguson protests.
It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did
Grand juries nearly always decide to indict. Or at least, they nearly always do so in cases that don’t involve police officers.
Whenever a black kid is gunned down by police, the first thing I see pop up on my Facebook feeds is Why isn’t anyone speaking out about black on black crime? This is concern trolling at its worst.
Virtually everyone agrees that in the case of black on black crime, that one party is the criminal and one party is the victim. Virtually everyone agrees that the victim is not to blame. That the victim didn’t wasn’t the cause of the crime. Virtually everyone agrees that the black criminal is a criminal and should face justice.
In the case of police shootings of unarmed black kids, there is disagreement if the shooter is a criminal who should face justice. There is disagreement about the role of victim. It’s a completely different situation because of that disagreement.
So when someone asks about Black on Black crime, they aren’t looking for an answer and they aren’t looking for a discussion. They are looking to prevent a discussion.
Lastly, black on black crime is not being ignored just because you aren’t seeing it.
Woman saying ‘we’re ready for Ferguson’ accidentally shoots self in head, dies | WGN-TV
The female victim, identified in a police report as Becca Campbell, 26, was a passenger in a car involved in an auto accident. Her 33-year-old boyfriend was driving, the sources told CNN.
The boyfriend, who wasn’t identified, told police that the couple had bought a gun because of fears of unrest related to the pending grand jury decision on the shooting of Michael Brown, the sources said.
If police in Ferguson treat journalists like this, imagine how they treat residents
That police in Ferguson are targeting journalists so openly and aggressively is an appalling affront to basic media freedoms, but it is far scarier for what it suggests about how the police treat everyone else — and should tell us much about why Ferguson’s residents are so fed up.
This should be a major point of discussion.
Black People Are Not Ignoring ‘Black on Black’ Crime
The notion that violence within the black community is “background noise” is not supported by the historical record—or by Google. I have said this before. It’s almost as if Stop The Violence never happened, or The Interruptors never happened, or Kendrick Lamar never happened. The call issued by Erica Ford at the end of this Do The Right Thing retrospective is so common as to be ritual. It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.
A must read.
Ferguson Police Beat Up Wrong Suspect Then Charged Him For Getting Blood On Uniforms In 2009
The police served an outstanding warrant to one Henry Davis, 52, according to the Beast — but they were actually looking for a different Henry Davis who had a different middle name and Social Security number. But after the police apparently ran Davis’s license plate number and saw his name, he was pulled over and arrested
The Guns of Ferguson: When Tyranny Really Comes into Town, the NRA Goes into Hiding
One would think, given his views on freedom of assembly and the importance of democratized violence, that LaPierre would be shouting through a megaphone for the besieged citizens of Ferguson to powder their muskets and cry liberty!
The NRA represents gun manufacturing and gun sales. They don’t really care that much about the rights of gun owners beyond the right to buy more product.