Sunday, June 7, 2020

Will Smith - Racism Is Not Getting Worse, It Is Getting Filmed

An important element to the ongoing protests over police racism is that it is nothing new. In fact it is not even getting worse. As Will Smith states, "Racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed"

An important lesson here is that the the power of transparency can be transformational. Let's hope so anyway. Yet transparency alone does not work.  Progress also requires that people care. As we have seen since George Floyd's murder, people do care about police abuse.

Sadly my experience with the legal system is that even with transparency (i.e. the evidence I have) lawyers are able to get away with crimes because no one, or more correctly not enough people, care. So crime continues unabated. 

I hope those guilty of George Floyd's death are held accountable for their actions in court. But I suspect it might take protests just as large or even larger that the recent ones against police abuse of power before the judiciary acts according to the law.

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