2. Google whether your city or town currently employs evidence-based police de-escalation trainings. The racial make-up of your town doesn’t matter — This needs to be standard everywhere. Write to your city or town government representative and police chief and advocate for it. Multiply your voice by soliciting others to advocate as well, writing on social media about it, writing op-eds, etc.
However, most states neglect ordering police to learn de-escalation tactics. How about where you are?
Mark Levine is the counsilmember for where I live in District 7 of Manhattan. He can be reached at District7@council.nyc.gov. Who is yours?
On my run this morning, I listened to this very relevant, very good podcast from “On the Media” called “Boiling Point.” It takes a deep dive into explaining all the subtleties and ramifications of the “Karen” meme, white women’s role in perpetuating white supremacy, and what we can do about it. I urge you to listen.
Here’s a great piece in The Nation yesterday sent to me by my sister Laura:
People Can Only Bear So Much Injustice Before Lashing Out
by Elie Mystal
“This country could be on fire almost every night in almost every city. It’s not, because most black people in this country choose to exercise tremendous restraint. Most black people are still willing to talk this out. Most black people have the courage and fortitude to withstand the violence done against us without lowering ourselves to the level of an American police officer.”
Here’s a great explanation of Robin DiAngelo’s concept of “white fragility” by Katie Waldman in The New Yorker in 2018.
“In 2011, DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to describe the disbelieving defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged—and particularly when they feel implicated in white supremacy.”
And finally I leave with you with two minutes of Martin Luther King’s “A riot is the language of the unheard” speech: