Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Excluded by intersectionality: Keith Vidal (plus a note about the series and "the talk")

Cop shoots dead a tased, restrained, 100lb teen: "we don't have time for this" - Boing Boing:
Mark Wilsey, identified as Vidal's father, told reporters that his family had called the police to help get his son to a mental evaluation during a 'schizophrenic incident' in which Vidal had picked up a small screwdriver.

Two officers were able to calm Vidal, reported Star News Online. A third arrived and entered the family's home, and the teen was tased and restrained on that officer's instructions, then shot in the chest.
I'm discontinuing my blog that focused on identitarianism and call-out culture, but I'll continue the excluded by intersectionality series here. In cruising the web, I've noticed that the believers in "insectionality" only care about the intersection of women and people of color, thereby excluding white men, which creates a world in which poverty and police abuse seem to be racial and gender issues rather than universal ones. Unfortunately, the US government does not keep standardized records of police killings of innocent people, but we have enough data to know that anyone who makes any comment about race in the US without acknowledging class is creating a very simplistic picture of the world. So I'm noting extreme cases of injustice affecting white men and boys because the simple truth is injustice, especially involving our increasingly militarized police force, affects everyone.

Every parent should give their child "the talk" about how police may not be your friend and should be treated with the same respect you would treat any potentially lethal creature. I got "the talk" when I was a boy because my father was involved in civil rights and war protests.

Mind you, "the talk" is not anti-cop. There are some fine people I know who are or have been cops. "The talk" is simply realistic. Sometimes the system railroads people. Sometimes bad cops use the system as a shield. One way to tell the difference between a good cop and a bad cop is to listen to whether the cop agrees that the current system needs fixing.

ETA: 10 Rules for Dealing with Cops, By a Cop