Letters and Politics, for October 24, 2011 - 10:00am
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Enjoyed Dr. Reich comments very much. I am proud to have worked with his university. Could he talk about how we can get better people in Congress? Will he be willing to go on a tour to talk about "how to evaluate leaders" so that ordinary people can make better, more informed and intelligent choices. You should see the kind of people who run for office, who gets to runs and who gets voted in...in many small communities! Need a handbook on how to make informed choices on "the right leaders for you community", and what to ask your candidates!
II am so glad there is this concerted effort to hold the police responsible for "behaviors and attitudes" that are no longer about "community service, support, protection and security". In stead, ordinary people are now afraid of "the police". This is not healthy. It used to be different.
I was once followed by a police, long ago, when I drove my old run down doctoral-student car (you know what that looks like) for driving through Ventura county late one night (when I had completed by dissertation, and wanted to get away from my tiny studio and celebrate by feeling the wind in my hair). What dreams and hope I had! A police car followed me and pulled me over - only because I was in an old car in a fancy upper crust neighborhood, and I am colored (also my gender was not visible from the back when I had short hair) I was not parked, I was not driving outside the speed limit and I was not breaking any rules. If that cop had been a rapist in uniform I would be "gone" by now. He just pulled me over to see who I am (like he was a spy master), shone bright light on me, got information on me and then let me go. I took his name, reported him and had him fired. What kind of a psycho pulls over someone just because they can? And, because they are driving an old car, or an unfamiliar car? Or, through an expensive neighborhood? How classist and racist could a cop be? He spoiled my good mood...and it has been down hill since then! America is getting worse in many ways.
I am amazed at how many guys get pulled over, frisked, talked down to and just intimidated...because the cops want to show their power. What happened to the neighborly cop...who'd give us direction, doughnuts and chit chat about local issues? I knew such cops in downtown LA. One of them gave me ride late one night when I was walking alone. One of them let me use his phone when I had no cell phone and I had class to teach. What happened to those guys?That feels like decades ago.
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