Archive for September, 2008

Talk about Bait & Switch

Posted on September 19, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, Police | Tags: , |

I learned that approximately two years ago, a young man in the Englewood community was taken to the police station for questioning about a shooting that took place, and ended up catching a drug case. It was claimed that he had marked money on him. It is unknown if that were true or not. However, he is still fighting the case.

While all of the details of this case are not known because I did not speak to the young man personally, it is not unusual for Chicago’s best to pull the classic bait and switch. Gotta love’em

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White Privilege

Posted on September 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you. White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do–like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor–and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college–you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it, a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Tim Wise is the author of White Like Me (Soft Skull, 2005, revised 2008), and of Speaking Treason Fluently, publishing this month, also by Soft Skull.

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Jason Austin is Free

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, Police | Tags: , |

I know I am a bit late with this, but I have a few words about this issue.

Charges have been dropped against 26-year-old Jason Austin, the man accused of killing Detective Robert Soto and Kathryn Rombert on August 18, 2008 due to a lack of evidence. Read the full story at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-austin-soto-shooting-websep11,0,4043059,print.story.

T\his guy was accused because the police needed to pin the murders on someone. Jason Austin was the fall guy. Now, they are back to square one. I pray that this guy is NOT the murderer for real.

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Police Car Ran Red Light

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, Police | Tags: , |

Police car 8188 ran a red light on 66th & Halsted in Chicago at 6:53 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2008. So much for obeying the law.

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A Citizen’s Guide to 911 Caller Anonymity

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, Police | Tags: , |

Taken from a document distributed at a CAPS (Community Alternative Policing Strategy) meeting.

Any person reporting a crime may inform the call-taker that (s)he wishes to remain anonymous.

* Clearly state your request to remain anonymous to the 911 call-taker.

* The call-taker will not this on the event record, which will make your information unavailable to a police dispatcher. 

* If you call 911 again with additional informaton, you must request to remain anonymous, as another call-taker may take your call.

* Do nt mistake basic police investigative techniques as ignoring your wish to remain anonymous.  Police officers have a duty and obligation to canvass crime scenes for potential witnesses.  Without knowing you called and requested to remain anonymous, police may knock on doors in the surrounding area attempting to locate potential witnesses.

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Notes from CAPS Meetings

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: Chicago | Tags: , |

Be on the watch for people cutting phone wires.

If you ever have an issue with an officer, you can call for a supervisor to come on the scene right then and there.

Don’t forget to visit the sex offenders website.  You can either go to http://www.familywatchdog.us/ or the department corrections in your state.

People are preying on seniors at alarming rates.  Please check on seniors you know to be sure they are OK.

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Sarah Palin’s Pregnant Daughter Bristol

Posted on September 3, 2008. Filed under: Parenting | Tags: , , |

Republican Vice President nominee Governor Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is 5 months pregnant.  While both Democrats and Republications have pushed this issue to the side because it was a white female, think about what would be happening had it been an unwed black teenage.  The Republicans would have taken this issue and run with it.  She would be called a “Baby Mama,” “promiscuous,” – everything but a child of God.  As it is, this conservative republican woman has announced that she and the family are proud of her daughter’s decision to keep the baby.

 Check out what Mary Mitchell has to say about this issue at http://blogs.suntimes.com/mitchell/2008/09/st_paul_the_sarah_palin_bombsh.html.

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Officer Soto’s “Friend”

Posted on September 1, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, Police | Tags: |

This was started in the mid-part of August and finished on August 31, 2008.

The resounding word “friend” has become an annoyance.  Not because it is overused in every day conversation.  But because every news station is highlighting the relationship Officer Robert Soto had with DCFS social worker, Kathryn Romberg.  It has become overly annoying to me because it is a cover-up of what’s really going on.

First of all, why was this married officer out at 1:00 a.m. with a woman and not at home with his wife and family?  That speaks volumes in itself.  So, to the media and the Chicago Police Officers covering up for the shady actions of their fellow officers, speak the truth and shame the devil.  Oh, you don’t know what the truth is.

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Cobb County Cops are Just Wrong

Posted on September 1, 2008. Filed under: Police | Tags: , , |

A citizen caught police officers having a good time smoking weed and drinking alcohol while on duty in Cobb County, Georgia in 2007.  She called authorities to report her findings, and was pulled over by the officers.  Not only was she pulled over, but her video tape AND video camera were confiscated.  It is over a year later and she has not gotten her items back.  The police is probably getting a thrill over watching videos of the citizen and her mate getting their freak on in the video.  To get her personal belongings back, she had to go to court.  We know what’s going to happen.  The officers won’t be on the video doing their dirt, but they are going show the young lady in all her glory!

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