It’s Not Enough to Fight Trump—Progressives Need a Vision for the Future – In These Times

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19896/progressives-democrats-third-party-vision-obama

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Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no. – The Washington Post

The study also sought to answer whether officers were more likely to shoot and kill someone who is unarmed if the shooting happened to occur in a high-crime area. They concluded that is not the case.“The only thing that was significant in predicting whether someone shot and killed by police was unarmed was whether or not they were black,” said Justin Nix, a criminal-justice researcher at the University of Louisville and one of the report’s authors, said in April. “Crime variables did not matter in terms of predicting whether the person killed was unarmed.”

Source: Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no. – The Washington Post

Now silly me, I actually care when any unarmed person is shot and/or killed by the police. Police brutality is a real thing that needs to be addressed on every level. And, oh by the way, young black men are still dying at a disproportionate rate. Just saying.

Scorched-Earth Politics: Bernie Sanders and the Dishonest Campaign that Gave Us Trump

This is a good read, and articulates the problems I have had with the “Bernie or Bust” mentality. While complaining about the established Democratic party, he attempted to hijack it because he was unwilling to do the work to move the mountain he would have needed to shift to run as a Progressive. Even after losing the nomination (and yes, shady DNC and all, he lost it), his Bitter Betty half-hearted endorsement was the damning with faint praise that kept his faithful tied to his toga. With all the negativity in his campaign against Hillary Clinton, it would have taken a sincere and transformative effort to create a coalition to keep the Presidency out of reach of one of the most reprehensible human beings ever to disgrace American politics. Instead, Bernie basically kept running, and his lip service to support was “meh” at best. “Bernie or Bust” resulted in an epic, monumental bust. Some folks will keep blaming it all on Hillary (because some folks will always blame Hillary), but I am not a Bernie acolyte, and never shall be.

 

“Let me just make a brief comment. Be happy to take a few questions, but we don’t have an endless amount of time. I’ve got to get back.”

Source: Scorched-Earth Politics: Bernie Sanders and the Dishonest Campaign that Gave Us Trump