Worth Repeating

Racism doesn’t require the presence of malice, only the presence of bias and ignorance, willful or otherwise.

–Charles M. Blow, NY Times Op-Ed piece, a day after “a New York grand jury refused to indict a police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk.”

Time to Call Berlitz

right after you call Chief Kunkle:

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said this afternoon that his officers have written at least 39 citations to people over the past three years for not speaking English.

Apologizing publicly to the city’s Spanish-speaking community, the chief said all officers and supervisors involved will be investigated for dereliction of duty. All pending citations will be dismissed, and people who paid fines will be reimbursed.

Whether or not to accept the apology I leave up to each individual caller’s discretion…

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Not Worth Repeating

”I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way. I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”

—Justice of the peace Keith Bardwell, on why he declined to marry interracial couple somewhere in Louisiana.

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Worth Repeating

“…I don’t know and don’t really care if Professor Gates lost his cool and acted like a jerk.  I do know, however, that Gates didn’t have a gun and the power to throw Crowley in jail.

So I have one other wish to draw from my pillowcase on halloween:  It would be nice — real nice — if our discussion of this incident embraced more than just race and included police tactics generally.  Crowley had the power to toss Gates in jail because he didn’t like what Gates said.  That just isn’t right.”

—von at Obsidian Wings

And here’s a great Op-Ed on the same subject by Stanley Fish in the Times.