Going to stake out a controversial position here: If someone points a gun at you and then steals a car, it's actually fine to call the police.
My favorite part of this is the guy who said he regrets calling the cops on the teenagers who demanded his car at gunpoint and should have offered to help them instead
Read to the end, where a Minneapolis man sets up a new purity test: Would you call the police if someone is pointing a gun at you? Because you could be endangering that person's life
A lot of white Americans say they plan to rely less - or not at all - on the police after watching George Floyd's killing on video. I wrote about an uber liberal neighborhood where that commitment is already being challenged.
This article is amazing. I can’t decide on my fave person in it. Mom who doesn’t want to be “judgemental” but doesn’t want her children playing by the homeless encampment or guy who called “a community activist” when a guy was passed out in his elevator.
“I shouldn’t call the police when someone pulls a gun on me and demands the keys to my car” seems like more than a bit much.
After George Floyd died, a Minneapolis neighborhood promised not to call the police. Already, the vow is being challenged. This nuanced story from is so good
Everything about this is so darkly funny: the residents of Powderhorn Park, "a tree-lined" Leftist hotbed in Minneapolis, decided to stop calling the police, and the local criminals, drug fiends, and assorted riff-raff decided to take notice, and advantage
Such a nuanced and smart piece by ⁦
White neighborhood vows to not call police. Homeless camp grows. Mothers now afraid to let their children play at the park or walk their dogs because the once safe community is unsafe. But good news, they’ve checked their privilege and something
The current situation can lead to loss of reasoning and common sense. From NYT: 'A Minneapolis Neighborhood Vowed to Check Its Privilege. It’s Already Being Tested.'
There's a lot going on in this article but a lot of the problems and terrible choices here stem from the failure to house people properly. Individual homeowners don't have an answer to mass homelessness.
This story is so profoundly textured and written with such care, with portraits that reflect the depth of each person’s story. Words: ⁦⁩ images: Jenn Ackerman
This piece is fascinating.
A Minneapolis Neighborhood Vowed to Check Its Privilege. It’s Already Being Tested. great story from
Remember that South Park episode where the citizens protested the police to the point that the police stopped doing their job and then homeless people started to take over the town? It’s literally happening in Minneapolis. Matt and Trey are prophets.
The dumbest white women in America: "The women agreed to let any property damage, including to their own homes, go ignored ... Rather than turn to law enforcement if they saw anyone in physical danger, they resolved to call the American Indian Movement."
"Mitchell Erickson’s fingers began dialing 911 last week before he had a chance to even consider alternatives, when two black teenagers.. cornered him outside his home [and] pointed a gun at Mr. Erickson’s chest, demanding his car keys."
"[W]hile Ms. Albers used to feel only pride about the work she put in to revitalizing the community, now, she sees her work as gentrification that may have pushed out nonwhite residents."
Fascinating article and an example of the trickle-down effects of a paltry-by-wealthy-nations-standards safety net -- it becomes the job of individual residents, or the cops when they are called, to make sure people get the basic help/services they need
This story of people wrestling with this moment is so good
“It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.” A progressive Minneapolis neighborhood learns about life without calling the cops. It's not all unicorns prancing on rainbows.
There's *a lot* going on in this article.
Now we have to do the work to get THERE from here. We need new institutions and new infrastructure and it won't happen overnight.
Fantastic, close-in look at a Minneapolis neighborhood that crystallizes the challenges white Americans face in vowing not to call the police (and IMO foreshadows other ways newfound anti-racist ideals will be tested). by
This piece is sitting weird for me. On the one hand, it captures its topic well (how well will white people stick to a no-police policy), OTOH, there are 300 people living in tents in a park and your focus is on how white homeowners feel...
A Minneapolis Neighborhood Vowed to Check Its Privilege. It’s Already Being Tested. - The New York Times