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Re: “Heating Up

As the death of Michael Brown brings racial disparities at the forefront of conversation in the US, it also raises questions -- in myself -- that I think are worth asking.
Growing up a poor white male I feel my experience in life is not so dissimilar to what I've had described to me as, "the young black experience."
As a teenager I was harassed by police, pushed out of the school system, followed in stores by over zealous clerks, had friends who were close to me murdered, and spent a substantial amount of my youth incarcerated, where more than one time I had been the victim of excessive force.
I also knew, and enjoyed the company of, Steven Corkery, the young man who was shot by Spokane police in March of this year. At the time that I knew him he was a kind and friendly young man who was recovering from substance addiction. I have no opinion worth mentioning on his death, I only mention it as part of my life experience.
I say this, not to diminish what black people go through in America, but only to contribute a whimper in the otherwise roar of minorities who have done well in making their voices heard. I feel that living in Spokane (where young, poor, white men appear to be fodder in the war on drugs) should give us a unique perspective on the issue of police violence.
I am fully aware that racism exists. I hear, over and over again, that even black men are afraid of, or prejudice towards, young black men. Like I have said, I do not wish to diminish this fact, but only to shine a light on potential allies who may feel alienated and unrepresented. I think there is too much racism among poor people in our community and poor communities throughout the US. In my limited knowledge of American history I believe the problem can be traced back to times of slavery and indentured servitude, when slaves and indentured white servants began to organize together to stand up for their rights as human beings. When this happened, rich white men, gave poor white men bits of property so that they had a line of defense against black slaves who may begin to organize and revolt.
All I am saying is don't overlook your potential allies, it is not okay when police murder anyone. Yes black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by police, but where is the study that shows how likely poor white men are to be killed by police as well. Is there one? I haven't found one.

Posted by Jeremy Logan on 11/28/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “GU Shake-Up

"She expressed skepticism about their demand that any student found to have committed sexual assault be immediately expelled." WTF? ! ! ! ! ! ! !

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by #rapeculture on 11/28/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Fresh Spin

Good on you David!

Posted by Eric Battleson on 11/27/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Fresh Spin

Nice... Still love to pull out the old vinyl and take it for a spin. I'll have to stop by!

Posted by rafairfax on 11/27/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Fresh Spin

Congratulations David!!!!! Lots of love and success to you!!!

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Posted by Susan Miller on 11/27/2014 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Photos: Solidarity Action for Ferguson

We were too busy protesting about the lives lost. Meanwhile, the protestors were on hand protecting local businesses from predominantly out of town (check the arrest records) opportunists: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/25/us/ferguson-…

Posted by Kelli Crawford on 11/26/2014 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Photos: Solidarity Action for Ferguson

Apparently many of the small businesses that were looted and/or burned in the Ferguson riot were owned by minorities. Did anybody protest against that here in Spokane?

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Posted by muddydog on 11/26/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Ferguson: Calm down... for what?

Maybe you can dream of getting out of a culture that is self-defeating at every turn. So done with listening to babbling like yours. It's meaningless until black leaders call black youth out for their own actions; until we address the issue of 75% of babies born to single mothers; black-on-black crime., etc... Focus on the real issue.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by boredwithsamleole on 11/26/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

If you are suffering from depression, I recommend the http://destroydepression.com system.
Written by a former sufferer of depression, it teaches a simple 7-step process to eliminate depression from your life.

Posted by Ellie James on 11/25/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

Congratulations on your hard-won success! Keep it up! I admire you for helping yourself and others deal with an incredibly difficult challenge. Bravo!

Posted by Andrea on 11/25/2014 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Ferguson: Calm down... for what?

Michael Brown did not die because he was black in America. He robbed a convenience store, assaulted the clerk who tried to stop him, and then assaulted the police officer who tried to stop him. The tragic outcome was the consequence of his actions.

19 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 11/25/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “'It Just Felt Right'

Bless you. May you continue to find happiness and be an inspiration for others! Being true to oneself, no matter who one is, is the most courageous thing anyone could do.

Posted by Lorelei on 11/25/2014 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Inlander 2013 Short Fiction Contest closes at midnight

When is the winner announced???

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Posted by Carla Clark on 11/24/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Dialing up the past: The return of the Tiki Lodge

Never worked at the Tiki. But my first hotel job (I am retiring in January) was at the Trade Winds in 1977.
About at tropical as Missoula in December.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Frank Kuchno on 11/24/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “About a Boat

Wonderful and touching chronology. I, too, own a 1971 Jolly Roger, and would love to put together a comprehensive design history. I think this might be a good starting point for that. Is there a way I could contact you, for a little guidance?

Posted by Lew Townsend on 11/24/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Zag Machine rolls to Top 10, Seahawks are back and it's Apple Cup week

No love for EWU Football? #4 seed into FCS Playoffs and potential hosting Montana next weekend?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by GoEags on 11/24/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “CONCERT REVIEW: Mötley Crüe's fiery final U.S. show

I find it amusing that they and Alice stayed at the Davenport....can you imagine watching THAT ontarage walk in...!? Lol!

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Posted by Denise Guiles on 11/23/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Meet the guy who's giving away thousands of dollars in cash to the homeless in Spokane

I'm assuming that the point here is that there are many ways to "help" people. Since he's new to the area maybe he's not familiar with what we offer. I don't think he's saying not to giving to bigger organizations or Volunteering is a bad thing just breaking it down to a basic level to encourage sharing. As to the background I applaud the Inlander for researching and making sure all facts are present. Some people make bad mistakes and pay for them. Once the jail term/parole has been completed we as a society need to help incorporate them into "normal" life again. As to his victims. I hope he has returned what he can and I assume the compassion he seems to have for the homeless extends to them too.
I don't think the "public" face of Spokane has much of a leg to stand on when spouting about treating the homeless with diginity and respect. Look at the laws they've passed with the no sit/lie laws. The attitude seems to be see no evil/ hear no evil/ speak no evil. At work (yes downtown) I over hear conversations about buying dog food to eat because it's cheap and won't spoil, sore arms/legs/back due to carrying everything they own on their backs, where the best places to go and warm up without lectures of how they deserve the injuries that no longer allows them to afford a place to live. Afterall they didn't become a bachlor degreed citzen swimming in debt and about to go postal etc... This is the "respect" this city offers it's homeless.

Posted by Autumn Estes on 11/23/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Torture scenes on TV are worse than icky — they're boring

Pavel gets totured by Jack Bauer

Posted by Chris Hao on 11/23/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Who's In Charge?

Seriously? The former planning director was all talk. As much as people wanted to believe his words because he has an amazing gift for telling people what they want to hear, there's no substance. The mayor did the right thing.

A better analogy would be to cast Chesney as the tailor behind the "Emperor with no Clothes." Fortunately, he was let go before he caused a major embarrassment.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by thriller on 11/22/2014 at 10:19 PM

Recent Comments

  • Re: Heating Up

    • As the death of Michael Brown brings racial disparities at the forefront of conversation in…

    • on November 28, 2014
  • Re: GU Shake-Up

    • "She expressed skepticism about their demand that any student found to have committed sexual assault…

    • on November 28, 2014
  • Re: Fresh Spin

    • Good on you David!

    • on November 27, 2014
  • Re: Fresh Spin

    • Nice... Still love to pull out the old vinyl and take it for a spin…

    • on November 27, 2014
  • Re: Fresh Spin

    • Congratulations David!!!!! Lots of love and success to you!!!

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