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Understanding the Dialogue around Lovelle Mixon
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Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 9:34 AM
Last week, Lovelle Mixon allegedly shot 5 cops, killing 4 of them. This fact is tragic. It is not only tragic because 4 public servants who have families were killed, but also because the retaliation in the black community in Oakland by police will be severe. If you know what I know, angry cops are capable of anything.
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Last week, Lovelle Mixon allegedly shot 5 cops, killing 4 of them. This fact is tragic. It is not only tragic because 4 public servants who have families were killed, but also because the retaliation in the black community in Oakland by police will be severe. If you know what I know, angry cops are capable of anything.

I suppose you are thinking what many Americans are thinking. How could he do this? He deserves to die. Armed dangerous gunmen deserve to die. Why are black youth so violent? But I want to push your thinking on this situation.

As Kevin Weston points out in a really controversial piece at New American Media,

If there were a scoreboard that displayed the number of police killed by black people versus the number of black people killed by police - it would look like the scoreboard of the Lakers playing a junior high school team. So when an aberration like Mixon appears - a once in a generation kind of event -- the implications are cosmic.

When police officers are found to have murdered young black men, they are almost always let off the hook, they do not face life in prison and they are not then hunted and killed. This is not to suggest that the murder of cops is justified, but to ask that we look at it within the context of police brutality and the damage it has wreaked on the black community.

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What about black vs. black?JimThursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:59 AM
answer to understanding lovelle mixonRaul CurlyWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 10:13 PM
MISUNDERSTANDING THE DIALOGUE AROUND LOVELLE MIXONRAUL CURLYWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 9:52 PM
ANSWERING SO CALLED "KEEPING IT REAL"Curly EstremeraWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 9:29 PM
BalancereaderWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 6:47 PM
Angry anybodies are capable of anythingKeep it realWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 5:23 PM
If it turns out that he was REALLY a rapist ..continued on another threadWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 3:21 PM