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Fallows quotes an e-mailer:


One point that I haven't seen made is that this sort of abusive behavior is reported routinely by people of color and by people of lower economic status. Yet their complaints are routinely dismissed or ignored in the media. Sometimes it takes middle and upper class white people getting hurt to get the media moving.

As Fallows notes, it really is the video that's killer. The fact that people of color suffer this sort of treatment rather routinely is small comfort. 

I would not say that the amount of violence we countenance from the state is unprecedented, or historically out of whack. But I find it undesirable nonetheless. I am hoping for a better world. We are better than we were, but not good enough.

Mash-up courtesy of The Lisps.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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