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Listening to songs I liked most four years ago, two memories strongly resurfaced.
1. Two friends and I had tickets to see The Thermals, a band we already liked nostalgically in 2010, but we agreed that before going we should all get high. I can’t remember what we did, I suspect just smoke weed, but maybe Adderall, and we were running pretty late for the show. By the time we made it the one block to the venue one of my friends was like, “Well, I’m high!” And I was like “Yeah I’m high too.” And then we left our third friend there.
2. When I started my job our HR coordinator quit and my boss invited me to a happy hour for her last day. I’m principally against socializing with coworkers but I felt on the spot and agreed. I ended up drinking way too much and the ex-HR girl got the impression I was pretty fun and invited me to meet up with some of her friends and I agreed, again uncharacteristically. It was just one friend, a guy she was pursuing, and I spent one drink texting the lyrics to “Hard in the Paint” to a friend and then Irish exited.
the news coming out of ferguson rn shouldn’t tell you there are “good cops”. a good cop would be standing on every platform they have shouting for at the very least charges to be brought against every cop in ferguson. that’s not happening, though, is it? no. what they are interested in is “marching with” the protesters. making them feel they’re “heard”. pacifying the situation.
what the news coming out of ferguson should tell you - that the protesters immediately marched with those cops anyway in the name of no more violence, that the so-called “riots” immediately ceased at the first sign of official support for their grief, however minimal the effort was - is that the people of ferguson are not the perpetrators of violence in this situation, and they never were, and they do not want to be.
the protesters - they want peace. the cops don’t want peace to come out of this situation. they want control. always, always remember that there is a difference.
imagine a police force accountable to the community, though - you won’t be imagining an american one.