Police brutality? Complex problem deserves attention
Dear Straight Talk: My friend, 17, is very cold with me now that he's involved in the protests against police brutality. My dad and uncle are both police officers. While I feel terrible for the accidents that have happened, I can't agree that all police are bad. Any ideas for getting our friendship back? —"D", 17, No. Calif.
Editor’s Note: I’m extremely grateful for the panel’s handling of today's topic. Everyone moved the ball forward productively and sanely on this insane topic that is causing unnecessary bloodshed on both sides of the divide. The meta-analyses by Brandon, Icis and Colin are especially helpful in getting a longer, deeper view of the problem.
Colin has, in several recent columns, been sharing valuable insights regarding the causes and effects of our country’s wealth redistribution (where a few rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer). Today, he extends this to the topic of police brutality and how our extra-stressed and hyper-militarized police departments are one of the effects of wealth redistribution. I hope you follow his links and learn more about this yourself.
In our “Wishes for the World” column a few weeks ago, Colin spoke about the TPP (Transpacific Partnership). I bring it up again and hope readers will check that out again and follow his links there, too, because the TPP has been drafted by multinational corporate leaders and they are trying to fast track its passage without even allowing Congress to read the draft. The authors of the TPP are heads of the same multinational corporations who have brought us this country’s wealth redistribution, the decimation of the middle class, and the increasing militarization of our homeland police forces.
The TPP has been crafted in secret, which is why you’ve not been hearing about it. But Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and now a well-known economics columnist, is now talking about it a lot. Here’s a link to an article five days ago in Salon.com.
We are living in critical times. It’s a bad time to be anesthetized by social media, dumb TV, and a constant stream of text messages. It is in everyone’s interest to be paying attention to a variety of news sources and getting involved. Colin’s recommended book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” is a great place to get an overview of the problem.
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