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Hero Vultures

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On January 12, 2020
Heroic vultures pissing, shitting, and puking on a Border Patrol tower so much that it disrupts its functionality is an early front-runner for my absolute favorite news item of the year: A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) radio tower near the Texas-Mexico border has become home to some 300 vultures, which have coated the structure’s entire […]
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The Murder of Fred Hampton

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On December 4, 2019
Fifty years ago today, the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State’s Attorney, and the FBI assassinated Illinois Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton. In a predawn raid around 4:30 AM on December 4, 1969, police officers attached to the State’s Attorney’s office, working with information supplied by the FBI, stormed Hampton’s apartment on […]

Say Her Name

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On October 28, 2019

This is an important piece from the imminent Kimberlé Crenshaw, on the need for intersectional analyses of the plague of police violence. If we want to get a broader sense of the problem here, we hav

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Reparations, Round Two

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On June 21, 2019
On Wednesday I wrote a brief blog post in which I said that it was racist to oppose reparations for Black people, and that it was also racist to do nothing to actively support them. My point is correct, but was mostly derivative, at least within that context–I was essentially just directing people to an […]

Running from Cops

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On June 18, 2019

I finally finished the six-episode “Running from Cops” podcast. It is fantastic and infuriating, detailing the ways that shows like Cops and Live PD have purposefully and unethically disto

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