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Friday, October 4, 2019

Hugging the killer of your brother: biases ignite and they CAN change ...

As a Dallas police officer is sentenced in court and as impact statements of other loved ones are directed to her injurious killing, the brother of the deceased takes a different tone. This podcast look at his ability to focus on the reason for the murder trial, conviction and sentencing (in what may also be an injustice as the mother and other family members make clear too) is a story of great determination, passion, love and internal wherewithall. This young man, barely over the age of adulthood, grabs onto what matters most to him ... what his deceased brother wanted. He therefore finds a way to keep alive the character of his valued older and now gone sibling. Yahoo news reports in a way that captures all sides of relative legal, cultural, moral and political arguments of our day. Their reporting is worth 10 stars for news reporting! From the coverage of crooked systems, faulty investigations and training, faith toting Jesus moments before the jailhouse, seasoned prosecutors and crying judges along with the hug of a victim sibling to a police officer killer are newsworthy moments. Today, as you listen, consider moving your biases to the side. #TalkifUwant

PHOTO CREDIT: Marco Bianchetti, and Unsplash

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Inequality has deep deep roots - almost everywhere it seems.

Inequality has deep roots in legal maneuvering.  It seems to me many think it better or worse here or there.   I'm not so sure ... 

An interesting story about Missouri law.  The state district court in this courthouse (lavishly built and now sitting empty for touring publics) ruled that black people were not citizens.  This case went to the Supreme court and was a contributing factor moving people to war - the civil war.  One justice used a seeming state's rights position, saying that another court could not dictate what Missouri wanted for itself in laws.  The state, to openly discuss this heritage (and it is heritage), vulnerably exposes its own path in inequality.  The resilience of the unequal trajectory is evidenced still in American culture,  not only in legalities over race, but also in ethnicity, religion, sexuality, political affilliation, privilege, nationalism, medical care, earnings disparities, homelessness, abortion, pharmaceuticals, credit and interest rates, education.   It seems the one upping movement is not limited to Missouri however ... but maybe to all of "us" who damn all of "them".