Thomas Dixon is a once in a lifetime candidate who would be real medicine for the ills which plague society and our legislative branch.
Brilliant. Thank you for expressing the sentiments of a thousand exasperated local activists.
Mr. Van Hoy, if a police officer faces criminal charges, shouldn't the trial center around whether or not he is guilty of violating a law rather than whether or not he is he is following his training? If the debate is to be focused around whether or not Mr. Slager followed NCPD policies and procedures, didn't he stray from them when he left his cruiser and a passenger in Mr. Scott's car to pursue Mr. Scott on foot rather than stay with the cars and call for backup to pursue Mr. Scott? I remember hearing that in the weeks after the shooting last year.
I obviously want to see Slager punished to the full extent of the law, but passing time will see this case further politicized and obscured. In fact, it already has. In less than a year, we've gone from NCPD throwing Slager to the wolves and treating him like a pariah to NCPD officers standing up in court in solidarity with him. In a year, this will look like a police/conservatives vs. "thugs"/liberals issue to the jurors, and we'll end up with a mistrial or a not guilty verdict due to a lack of consensus on the first degree murder charge. It's sad, but this is what happens when police training and disciplinary processes are unreformable, and critics of bad police practices are branded as anarchists, criminals, or people who don't appreciate the job that police do or should do.
I'm not known for paying compliments to media coverage of this issue, especially here in Charleston, but I thank you, because your piece expresses simple but uncomfortable truths that many have been afraid or unwilling to publish. I disagree that it is not our place as white Charlestonians to explore and combat institutional and structural racial oppression, which is alive and well today. Our problems grow as we delude ourselves into thinking that proclaiming color-blindness and post racialism erases the systems of oppression still so powerful in our state and in our nation. As those who benefit, wittingly or unwittingly, from white privilege and subjugation, we need to be the ones to call it out and reject it. As members of a demographic whose voices are often heard a little louder than others, we need to speak up loudly and consistently on issues of race, rather than remaining silent and forcing our African American brothers and sisters to continue a centuries-long plea, which continues to be ignored and suppressed in the wake of our most recent tragedy. It is us who need to change, and that starts with those of us in the white community who understand how racism continues to function all around us. It is our responsibility as South Carolinians, as Americans, and as human beings who refuse to contribute to the subjugation and oppression of our brothers and sisters.
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