Category Archives: Racism

A Different Kind of SWATing

For those who don’t know what SWATing is, it’s when someone, as a form of harassment, calls the police and tells them there’s an emergency–often someone with a gun–which then usually results in a heavily armed response against an unsuspecting … Continue reading

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Tracking, Criminality, and Homelessness

In response to the charge that drug arrests for pot possession don’t lead to incarceration, I argued that those arrests can be thought of as ‘pre-criminal tracking’ (as in academic tracking, not surveillance): The good news is that ten percent … Continue reading

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Five Black Churches << One CVS

Just so we’re all clear on the point (boldface mine): The major media networks have been eerily silent about the latest wave of racist violence. In the last 10 days, five black churches have been set on fire in the … Continue reading

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Sunday Sermon: De Facto Versus De Jure Segregation

Richard Rothstein describes the agency underlying segregation (boldface mine): The federal government led in the establishment and maintenance of residential segregation in metropolitan areas. From its New Deal inception and especially during and after World War II, federally funded public … Continue reading

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Trump Is the Republicans’ Own Fault

I don’t just mean that he’s embracing the politics of the blood (fascist historian Giovanni Gentile’s phrase to describe Mussolini), but also that Republicans had a chance to kill off the issue of immigration entirely–and flubbed it (boldface mine): So … Continue reading

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Reconciling Calls in D.C. For Vice Squads With Black Lives Matter

Last week, the president of the D.C. Logan Circle area Area Neighborhood Council (‘ANC’), in response to an increase in murders, called for the reinstitution of vice squads. I had some doubts: This works, until an innocent yet somehow suspicious … Continue reading

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Trump Is Still the Sarah Palin They’ve Been Waiting For

Paul Waldman writes (boldface mine): Both parties are drawn to populist appeals, but they come in different variants. The Democratic version tends to be both performative and substantive — they’ll rail against the top one percent, but also offer policy … Continue reading

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