It does make me think of an interesting point, though. How much blame does or should Hollywood have in this when it comes to glorifying "bad cops."
How many movies have portrayed cops who "break the rules" and rough up bad guys as the heroes?
How many episodes of Law & Order: SVU (for example), showed Stabler abusing suspects but still portrayed as the hero because his intentions were portrayed as "good"?
I wonder how many people see these types of depictions, which are often nothing more than "bully as hero" power fantasies, and took those perceptions with them when pursuing law enforcement careers. I wonder how many people see these types of depictions and have come to think or otherwise normalize the belief that it's okay for police (or FBI or whomever) to "break the rules" sometimes if they believe it's somehow in service of justice?
That's an interesting take. Of course, the cops in SVU could never learn if they wanted to talk to someone, it might not be a great idea to call their name from across the street and half way down the block.
You could have a movement to push for cop shows to show cops doing their job correctly. But sure, let's cancel Paw Patrol. That'll work.
I think that's a fair thing to explore. Movies/TV shows do glorify what should be seen as improper conduct by LEOs.
But...it's something to explore, not something that requires an across-the-board condemnation and "deletion." There are an awful lot of shows and movies that have glorified criminals, too. I'm betting they'll be no large-scale take down of Godfather/mob-type movies (what would Scorsese do then, make superhero movies), the Sopranos series, or the Fast and Furious franchise.
The student's email was a template. Other faculty got an identical letter. Afrikan Student Union leader Cydni Willhite says it was Klein's tone that galled them.
"What kind of professional says that to a student? A simple 'no' would have sufficed and we would have went on our merry way," Willhite says. "A lot of other professors got the same exact email from students and said, 'no.' And guess what, the students sucked it up and took the final. That was it."
a) they were fishing for a target, and
b) the lesson is NOT to explain yourself nor start a dialogue when a student emails a request, but rather be terse with a yes or no answer, only
There is an effort underway to get me fired at Cornell Law School, where I’ve worked since November 2007, or if not fired, at least denounced publicly by the school.
From Saturday, June 6, through Monday, June 8, over 15 emails from CLS alumni were received by the Dean of the law school, demanding that action be taken against me ranging from an institutional statement denouncing me to firing. I don’t know whether and to what extent that number has increased since Monday. The Dean properly has defended my writings as protected within my academic freedom, although he strongly disagrees with my views.
The effort appears coordinated, as some of the emails were in a template form. All of the emails as of Monday were from graduates within the past 10 years.
Only one of the emails was shared with me, with names removed, on the condition that I not post it or quote from it. I am permitted to characterize the complaint: My views are not consistent with the law school Dean’s public statement on police violence and my writings were hurtful and divisive, and the person could not understand why I am still on the faculty. [As an aside, my writings are consistent with the Dean’s statement, but that’s another matter.]
My clinical faculty colleagues, apparently in consultation with the Black Law Students Association, drafted and then published in the Cornell Sun on June 9 a letter denouncing “commentators, some of them attached to Ivy League Institutions, who are leading a smear campaign against Black Lives Matter.” While I am not mentioned by name, based on what I’ve seen BLSA and possibly others were told it was about me. The letter is absurd name-calling, distorting and even misquoting my writings, to the extent it purports to be about me. According to a document I’ve seen, the letter was shared with these students before it was published in the Cornell Sun.
None of the 21 signatories, some of whom I’d worked closely with for over a decade and who I considered friends, had the common decency to approach me with any concerns. Instead they ran to the Cornell Sun while virtue signaling to students behind the scenes that this was a denunciation of me. Such is the political environment we live in now at CLS.
We demand a retrial of all People in Color currently serving a prison sentence for violent crime, by a jury of their peers in their community.
We demand that the funding previously used for Seattle Police be redirected into: A) Socialized Health and Medicine for the City of Seattle. B) Free public housing, because housing is a right, not a privilege. C) Public education, to decrease the average class size in city schools and increase teacher salary. D) Naturalization services for immigrants to the United States living here undocumented. (We demand they be called “undocumented” because no person is illegal.) E) General community development. Parks, etc.
We demand the hospitals and care facilities of Seattle employ black doctors and nurses specifically to help care for black patients.
We demand the people of Seattle seek out and proudly support Black-owned businesses. Your money is our power and sustainability.
Probably the most disturbing story involved Intercept writer Lee Fang, one of a fast-shrinking number of young reporters actually skilled in investigative journalism. Fang’s work in the area of campaign finance especially has led to concrete impact, including a record fine to a conservative Super PAC: few young reporters have done more to combat corruption.
Yet Fang found himself denounced online as a racist, then hauled before H.R. His crime? During protests, he tweeted this interview with an African-American man named Maximum Fr, who described having two cousins murdered in the East Oakland neighborhood where he grew up. Saying his aunt is still not over those killings, Max asked:
I always question, why does a Black life matter only when a white man takes it?... Like, if a white man takes my life tonight, it’s going to be national news, but if a Black man takes my life, it might not even be spoken of… It’s stuff just like that that I just want in the mix.
Shortly after, a co-worker of Fang’s, Akela Lacy, wrote, “Tired of being made to deal continually with my co-worker @lhfang continuing to push black on black crime narratives after being repeatedly asked not to. This isn’t about me and him, it’s about institutional racism and using free speech to couch anti-blackness. I am so fucking tired.” She followed with, “Stop being racist Lee.”
The tweet received tens of thousands of likes and responses along the lines of, “Lee Fang has been like this for years, but the current moment only makes his anti-Blackness more glaring,” and “Lee Fang spouting racist bullshit it must be a day ending in day.” A significant number of Fang’s co-workers, nearly all white, as well as reporters from other major news organizations like the New York Times and MSNBC and political activists (one former Elizabeth Warren staffer tweeted, “Get him!”), issued likes and messages of support for the notion that Fang was a racist. Though he had support within the organization, no one among his co-workers was willing to say anything in his defense publicly.
Like many reporters, Fang has always viewed it as part of his job to ask questions in all directions. He’s written critically of political figures on the center-left, the left, and “obviously on the right,” and his reporting has inspired serious threats in the past. None of those past experiences were as terrifying as this blitz by would-be colleagues, which he described as “jarring,” “deeply isolating,” and “unique in my professional experience.”
To save his career, Fang had to craft a public apology for “insensitivity to the lived experience of others.” According to one friend of his, it’s been communicated to Fang that his continued employment at The Intercept is contingent upon avoiding comments that may upset colleagues. Lacy to her credit publicly thanked Fang for his statement and expressed willingness to have a conversation; unfortunately, the throng of Intercept co-workers who piled on her initial accusation did not join her in this.
I saw the Twitter meltdown around that a few days ago. I had no idea what the kerfuffle was about. By that, I mean that I knew what the woman was complaining about, I just found it so incredibly stupid and intellectual dishonest that I was nonplussed.
All Fang did was interview a guy and the guy was just giving his opinion (and spitting out actual facts). The far left doesn't care about facts, though. They care about victimhood narratives that they can milk for moral indignation and likes.
Great line from Taibbi in that article:
Our president, Donald Trump, is a clown who makes a great reality-show villain but is uniquely toolless as the leader of a superpower nation. Watching him try to think through two society-imperiling crises is like waiting for a gerbil to solve Fermat’s theorem.
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A twitter search of "Akela Lacy" is quite informative and entertaining. She's clearly a part of the cadre of progressive cyberbullies masquerading as journalists. Check this tweet from some tool named Tyler Tynes:
One has to ask, who is the "us" he(?) refers to? Is English his first language? Is he actually getting paid to write stuff? Who WON'T twitter give a blue check mark to? Is his entire account and career an elaborate parody?
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Also, this tweet from Akela Lacy deserves some recognition:
Lol, what kind of journalist sits around writing stuff while people are dying? She's clearly horribly butthurt by Taibbi's piece and can't really offer up any sort of defense for her douchey behavior, so she's trying a lame deflection.