This Geraldo Rivera issue could get quickly overblown.
I am with the guy in his purpose of exposing that we as a society do not have an equitable treatment of blacks and whites. Geraldo was totally right on that point.
But there is acknowledging the problem and bullshit solutions to it. The hooded sweatshirt…? Alright, let’s be frank. A black teen dressed a certain way is going to get shot eventually in certain Caucasian situations. Is it his fault? Absolutely not. Is he to bear the responsibility of hundreds of years of racism? No. The responsibility for this event lies solely on this guy who shot a black teenager while working an unofficial legal job.
There’s never a case of justifying a shooting because someone was black and dressed a certain way. We do need to address things like like race, attitudes and perceptions—not to blame a victim for being shot with no purpose–but to protect our own, to create safety while we deal this these absolutely REAL problems of violence and race. The kid was so not “asking for it” but WE are asking for this when we keep these inane rules where a grown man can even shoot a kid and it becomes a matter of social discussion rather than an immediate homicide case.
“I am for anarchsim, not the protester crap, but I just like the idea of making our own rules.”:
I agree but I still think we need to be ruled by a state to keep everything collective.
“Fuck that, I don’t need a government to steer me right.”/
No, none of us want it but there’s got to be a figure of direction if we want things to change.
“We can make decisions as we go. We don’t need someone to hold our hand through the basic steps of civility.”
Watched a documentary on marijuana, mainly medical marijuana.
My take on marijuana is simple: I tried it a few times, hated the experience, I don’t care for the rights of casual users that I want to waste political space for getting high… the only thing I can get aboard on is the decriminalization argument. Stop wasting tax money arresting, convicting and jailing casual pot users. Recreational users–I’m not against your activity–I just think you’re the least oppressed people and need to learn to ride backseat behind things like water utilities and grain subsidies on the list of things actually meaningful.
But I wont block medical progress. If cannabinoids show useful in treating disease then by all means lets rack it up! But first of all, smoking a plant is not pharmaceutical. I take 60mg of my drug and I can expect 60mg because of acute testing. It’s not “snort a pill or five or whatever works, man.” You can’t dose, can’t (as is) measure the content of medicinal vs. potentially dangerous chemicals, etc.
Counter-arguments to legalization that push the D-R-U-G scare into blockading also make no sense. To shut off research or doctors’ right to make decisions about health issues because stoners get high in parking lots does not resonate with me at all because we already have plenty of medicine out there with legal prescription for basically heroin deriviates (many of them stronger and more addictive.) Fentanyl, look that up. So clearly there is more than fighting drugs.
If you ask me this shit is all about rights. We know, and I certainly know, alcohol is a far worse drug, but it can be procured at any restaurant and grocery store. Marijuana, even with a doctor’s prescription, means harassment from the DEA and controversy. I am not keen on legalization because I think it smells like burnt baby diapers and skunk weed, makes me nauseous, but otherwise it’s not a public disturbance unless you’re driving, working or in a position that requires sobriety for public safety. Criminalization otherwise is just arbitrary police force to justify more arbitrary policing.
I’d like it legal, with controls perhaps. I’d like people out of jail. I’d like advocates to stop purposefully lying about false benefits other than their selfish want for recreational use. I’d like the DEA and such to respect the law of states. I’d like them held more accountable for violation of due process and Constitutional violations than those tried for possession. I’d also like it if you didn’t smoke around me because pot smells fucking disgusting. Lighting nag chaampa helps only like making a White Castle hamburger taste better by putting chocolate sauce on it.
Got another implied comment that it must be nice to have disability checks coming in for my depression.
Yes, it’s great. Everyone should be getting in on this.
All you have to do is attempt suicide three times, spend weeks in psychiatric wards, develop a few crippling addictions, wake up with the same energy you have with a bad flu everyday and then spend 16 months in court trying to convince a judge that you are actually sick.
Then you get the “benefit” of a monthly check that’s below the wages of a minimum wage burger flipper.
I get that people may feel resentful that I am collecting upon the Social Security I worked for since age 16, no one wants to work while others get handouts. But spend a bit of time in my shoes, experience what I have experienced and then come back and talk to me about who has a “privileged” existence.