More on the racial conversation …

Yes, I do post my workout first. Deal with it. 🙂

Workout notes: weights only.
rotator cuff
squats: 10 x 0, 10 x 45, 6 x 75, 6 x 95
goblet squats: 5 x 35, 5 x 50 (these feel good)
pull ups: 15-15-10-10 (strong)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170 (so-so)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: dumbbell: 1 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 6 x 50 standing, 10 x 40 standing (tough to straighten the arms with the 50s)
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.
headstand (good), supine twist crunch: 2 sets of 12, yoga leg lifts: 2 sets of 10, vertical crunch (curl the pelvis) 2 sets of 10


All too often, when people say “we need a conversation about…” what they really mean is that YOU need to sit and listen to THEM as they wag their fingers at you. So this New York Times op-ed strikes some balance here:

But it was hard not to notice that her idea of a “conversation” is rather one directional: What she thinks we need to listen to is what most would consider the “black” side of things. We should listen to black families on having to counsel their boys to be extra careful in interactions with the police, to Black Lives Matter. We should listen to the police as well, she said — but notably, here Mrs. Clinton specified the five officers killed in Dallas protecting protesters, seeming to exclude cops generally.

All of this is good advice, but it leaves out quite a bit. If they were asked, many cops would say that they felt threatened, and even abused, in the dangerous neighborhoods — quite often black ones — where they are assigned. Other people would observe that white men are killed by cops as well, even though the national media rarely covers them. In general, in a real conversation on race, quite a few whites would probably complain that they were weary of being called racists, or disapprove of affirmative action, or think we exaggerate the harm of the Confederate battle flag.

To the extent that a call for a “conversation” on race omits mention of views like these, in favor of the idea that the conversation will “unite” us, it implies that these controversial views will be corrected (or silenced), that they will inevitably melt away in the face of logic or morality if only we all sit down and converse respectfully. Mrs. Clinton allowed that the conversation would be “hard,” mind you — but the thrust of her point is that America needs to take a deep breath and hear black America out.

I can recommend reading the rest of the column.

Then I recommend reading this too: the surgeon who tried to save the lives of the murdered Dallas police officers has a few things to say about his experiences:

A self-described military brat who moved around a lot as a child, Williams turned to medicine after spending six years in the Air Force as an aeronautical engineer. He got his medical degree from the University of South Florida in 2001, did his residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a fellowship at Emory University’s Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta before joining Parkland — the same hospital where President John F. Kennedy was brought after he was shot — six years ago. He’s married with a 5-year-old daughter.

He’s been stopped by police himself over the years and said he is mindful each time that he must act and speak in a way that doesn’t seem threatening. He lives each time in fear that he could be killed. He sees the news about other black men killed by police.

In one traffic stop, he ended up “spread eagle” on the hood of the cruiser. In another, when he was stopped for speeding, he had to wait until a second officer arrived. Just a few years ago, he was stopped by an officer and questioned as he stood outside his apartment complex waiting for someone to pick him up and drive him to the airport.

He doesn’t have such encounters every day but when he does, he’s on his guard and, “I’m always just praying for the encounter to end.”

And two conservative columnists have some interesting things to say: Kathleen Parker and Johah Goldberg. I recommend reading both, as I’d recommend listening to what Senator Tim Scott has to say (16 minutes, but very good)

I don’t know if this will go anywhere. But black people are justifiably tired of always being “guilty until proven innocent”, police are tired of being vilified and, in general, people don’t like someone else wagging their finger at them, while they are happy to do the finger wagging themselves. I do not pretend there is any symmetry here. After all, I’ve been stopped by police 4 times over the past 24 years (3 times when I really was speeding; once I was profiled). The Senator speaks of being stopped 7 times in ONE YEAR.

On the other hand, I have a safe job; I am not a police officer and wouldn’t be a good one. And yes, on the whole, police have treated me well, even when they’ve given me tickets. I can’t complain about how I’ve been treated, save that one time and even then, they were polite.


July 15, 2016 - Posted by | social/political, weight training | , , ,

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