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Re: “Green Mountain Transit: Driver Broke Protocol, but Actions Weren't Race-Based

Some people may not like what I'm about to say but it's the truth. As a man of color in Vermont, I find it easy to go about my business without being harassed because this state is so white that 9.99 times out of 10, the criminal activity in this state is committed by white males. I rarely fit the description of a Vermont "perp".
Sure, there's racism here. There's racism everywhere. But to pull the Race Card out for such a minor incident does a disservice to those who are actually suffering from racial injustice.
I was kicked off school busses when I was a kid up in Maine. Not because I was the only non white on the bus, but because I was being a little shit.
This whole thing boils down to parents teaching their children how to behave in public spaces.

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Posted by walteriii on 05/31/2019 at 7:33 AM

Re: “How Should Burlington Police Its Cops? In the Street, Activists Say

My first memory of the police is from when I was 3. My father was a junkie and he abducted me for a week and went on a bender. When the police finally found us, I was taken to a police station downtown Seattle and 5 cops gave me their jackets so i could rest comfortably until my mother arrived. That being said, I've had cops on my front porch in bristol at a duplex I lived at on a snowy winter night. 2 of them were aggressively in my neighbors face who happened to be a black man with a white wife. They kept on stepping up to his chest and trying to force a reaction. He stayed super calm and they didn't let off from him until I showed up and interjected myself into the situation. They told me to go inside and that it was none of my business. It was my business though and I stayed with my neighbor until the situation de escalated and the officers left. I think there are 2 types of people that join the force. Those that do it out of duty to protect and serve, and those that do it to inflict their will(violently if necessary) onto their fellow human beings. We will never be able to fully weed out the "bad apples" so programs like Cop Watch are vitally important to ensure that the institution that is the people's first line of defense against crime doesn't become a haven for criminals. That is all.

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Posted by walteriii on 05/23/2019 at 8:18 AM

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