#29 – Yeezus by Kanye West

The lifting of the curfews across the country is a nice touch, and will hopefully mellow out some of our most enthusiastic law enforcement officers.  It was great to see mayors across the country commit to making the crucial changes we need to solve some of our most unjust systemic problems.  In Los Angeles especially, our mayor (Who is not up for re-election this year, by the way.  It may seem cynical to note this, but I feel like its important.) has committed to decreasing the LAPD budget by $150 million, redirecting those funds to community-building projects.  This is a start, but it will be interesting to see the policy changes that come with this plan.  So many issues contribute to our current situation that it’s hard to know where to start.    The militarization of local police forces has gotten completely out of hand.  There’s no need for a motorcycle officer to be carrying an assault rifle and a shotgun, in addition to their standard sidearm.  This is just one example of battlefield weapons and tactics on our streets every day, but it highlights an extremely aggressive mentality that pervades every situation that results in the death of a non-threatening person of color.  We can’t have people policing us who see random civilians as enemy combatants, especially on the basis of race.  It’s going to be a long road to lasting changes, but at least there are some signs of understanding and hope that it can be accomplished.

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