Hate the cops.

Why should kids be taught to hate the police? Because there are 2.3 million people in jail in the US right now and every single one was put there by a fucking cop. Some people talk about good cops and bad cops, but a good cop, a cop doing their job properly, still puts nonviolent drug users in jail for many years, totally ruining their lives as they lose their jobs, houses, cars, romantic partners, access to college, and become substantially less employable upon release. A cop doing their job properly still gives homeless people tickets for vagrancy which they obviously can’t pay and when a warrant is issued as a result an officer doing their job properly arrests those homeless people. An officer doing their job properly peppersprays and arrests environmental protesters so that logging companies can clear-cut old growth forests. An officer doing their job properly is evicting a family from their home as you read this because the parents’ jobs were shipped overseas so that the bosses could make eight figures a year instead of seven. Those people will become homeless, vagrancy tickets will be written, warrants will be issued… And then there’s the “bad ones”.

One thought on “Hate the cops.

  1. Independent Radical November 8, 2014 at 21:13 Reply

    I don’t kids need to be taught to hate the cops. It comes pretty naturally (at least to working class and non-white kids), when they see what cops are like. I saw the cops try to arrest my mother once, when I was a kid. She had not even down anything wrong and they demanded she tell them what country she had come from, as if that were somehow relevant.

    “….still puts nonviolent drug users in jail for many years, totally ruining their lives as they lose their jobs, houses, cars, romantic partners, access to college, and become substantially less employable upon release.”

    Ironically that probably makes them more likely to use drugs. I think drug use is a harmful habit (though probably not as harmful as cigarrette use), but if the fear of addiction and physical health problems does not discourage people from using drugs, the possibility of arrest probably will not either. We need to address the conditions that cause people to use drugs and become addicted to them (poverty, stress, boredom, etc.)

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