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November 8th, 2010
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Some days there's too much to give each its own post.


  • One can argue whether the jury that convicted Johannes Mehserle for manslaughter with a gun enhancement should have convicted him of murder instead, but that's kind of moot at this point. When the judge elected to overturn the gun enhancement and sentence Mehserle to a paltry 2 years, with double-credit for time served, there's a very clear message sent that the law doesn't think brown skinned people's lives matter and that it's not afraid of saying so. It's hard to count the number of ways that's bad message to send.
  • Hey geekboys! Stop harassing women at our events. Stop excusing the harassing of women by focusing on their behavior rather than the behavior of the harassers. It shouldn't be necessary to say any of that, but apparently it is. Here's some resources for those who have to deal with the folks who have chosen to disregard the memo -- no one hasn't gotten the memo.
  • Once upon a time, same sex marriage was a Christian rite.
  • Via delux_vivens, a history of lies told to make you afraid of Muslims, starting with the song of Roland.
  • I love having good authors for friends

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From:jonathankorman
Date:November 8th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
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What I find particularly baffling about the whole Mehserle / Grant misadventure is that it teaches not only that PoCs are valuless in the eyes of the law — which is evil, but at least a comprehensible lesson to send in the name of White supremacist society — but that for PoCs, there is no percentage in complying with a cop's directives. You'd think that with whatever kind of racist blinders you have, you'd see why that's a very bad message to send.
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