Harrisburg Happening

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Riot Follows Police 'Rough handling" of Driver

The New York Times is reporting that angry Hassidic Jews rioted in Brooklyn last evening and set a police car on fire. Apparently, police man-handled an elderly gentleman who was pulled over for talking on a cell phone while driving.



Blogger GastonStreet said...

People feel alienated by police. Drugs, guns and violence have segregated our city into the haves and have nots. In todays society it's a CRIME to be poor. How do you instill the "possibility" of pulling yourself out of poverty when there is so much attention given to immediate gratification. This is a gotta have it now, make me feel good society. We have to change ourselves, down at the core, and start anew. I feel for the family of the latest police shooting. But, this is the direct result of a conscious decision by African Americans to be viewed as "mean, don't mess with me, or I will hurt you". Granted, it was a response to the mistreatment of the past, and a way to get basic human respect. But, this is what you get, fear. Fear by whites, fear by the police, fear, fear, fear. Wether it's justified or not, it is prevelant. Fear anyone of color....This is the consequence.

April 05, 2006  
Blogger Ad Hominem said...

I fear the cops too. The white ones more than the black ones. To me they seem to epitomize the ubiquituous "man."

Maybe it has to do with brutality or search and seizure issues. Not sure. Maybe it is in how I have typically been treated and regarded (as I perceive it of course). Either way, society needs a fundamental change. I think what scares white people about black people or people of any color other than white is prejudice and/or a fear of the poor. White kids on the corner of market and 13th scare me as much as black or Hispanic ones. Desperate people scare me. But then again so do wealthy or influential people who are ingrained in whatever power structure they are in. We need a shake up top to bottom. We need to give the poor a better chance and the rich a little fear of being too controlling. Maybe we could use some good old-fashioned class riots. I wasn’t there, but maybe someone could tell me if it worked in the 60’s or 70’s.

April 05, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

Those weren't class riots, they were race riots. As far as I'm concerned they didn't work. I was in John Harris High School at the time and one day I had black friends the next day no one would talk to me because I am white. The violence of those race riots is just another instance of white/black division and fear. Those were the years that divided Harrisburg, and the boundries were established with the river in between. That was white flight and what we got was a segregated city. Look at the results, a minority, poverty population. The middle class moved out to the suburbs. It's been a downward spiral ever since. Sad but true.

April 05, 2006  

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