Cognitive Dissonance

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On the violence of the past week:

Now, when the news breaks of the next mass shooting, I’m grateful when the casualties are in the single digits, instead of horrified that it occurred in the first place. I’m not okay with this.

These are places where we should feel safe — schools, shopping centers, churches.

Instead, we applaud the manufacturing of bulletproof blankets and whiteboards. We hold our breath waiting to hear whether the “threat” has been neutralized.

It’s not, and at this pace, it never will be. I’m thirty years old. I remember after Columbine, we all said, “Not one more.”

It’s been a decade and a half. We recite the names of the dead in a ritualistic manner, prayer beads on a never-ending string. We ask, “How did this happen again?” and drop the question because it’s never the right time. There never will be a “right time” when the violence happens all the time.

It’s the right time NOW.


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The father of a young man gunned down Friday during the rampage in Santa Barbara said he is asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez.

'I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a s—- that you feel sorry for me,' Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down his face. 'Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.'

The Washington Post, covering Richard Martinez’s press conference today. Martinez is calling on people to mail their Congressional delegation postcards reading, “Not one more.”

(Source: Washington Post)

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Atlanta Police Officer Still on Duty after Numerous Shocking Offenses, Records Show

I collaborated with Matthew Cardinale, editor/founder of Atlanta Progressive News, on an exposé of Officer Edward Rabb. Rabb is currently serving as a cop for the Atlanta PD despite a 735+ page disciplinary file containing charges of domestic assault, failure to respond to a call, losing a suspect’s gun, failure to appear in court, a DUI, and a violent sexual assault.

Share widely, especially if you live in Georgia. Read the full timeline here:

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Sure, it’s possible that he didn’t realize that the nose, wig and beard — taken together with his performing a song about the joys of frugality — might converge into a kind of racist Voltron.

But that would be like frolicking through a fruit patch, tripping face-first into a dirt pit, and then emerging, dazed and face blackened, clutching a watermelon. Your story might in fact be legit, but so many things would have to go wrong in a particular order that you would kind of have to understand if no one believed you.

NPR’s Code Switch on Macklemore dressing up as an antisemitic stereotype for a recent secret performance in Seattle.

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(Source: NPR)

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