By TwoOneFive 20 Comments
An article was written by a Temple University student, Shannon Mcdonald, titled BLACK AND BLUE. Its a report she wrote after spending some time driving around with a rookie cop, Bill Thrasher, in the 22nd district of Philadelphia. (in case you're wondering a district is the same as a precinct). The 22nd, which I am quite familiar with, is a shit-hole to say the least.
The article is the reason officer Bill Thrasher, 24, is now working a desk job, and people are calling for his dismissal from the force.
You can ead the article Ms. Mcdonald wrote here.
she actually wrote this story first here
[Oh and believe me, the irony in the name of the neighborhood is very common in this city, strawberry mansion sure sounds sweet...well try to going to nicetown! that place is just as bad hahahaa)]
ps. in case you are interested, there is already a facebook group in support of this officer here.
I don't think he should lose his job. I don't think he is racist, despite the terms he carelessly uses. Anyone who lives in and grew up in Philly (like myself) has plenty of black friends and possibly even family (like myself), there is just no way you couldn't have. Its just that people tend to not care about the terms they use when it comes to criminals or bad people in general. They will call a white guy who shot somebody in Kensington (a bad predominantly white neighborhood) during a robbery a white-trash-kenzoid, or a black guy who did the same thing a nigger Sorry, I'm not the one doing this, I honestly never use the n-word but I'm just telling you how it is. I have had this conversation with friends and family members many times (whether i was shootin the shit with some teammates in the football locker room, or at a bar with my brother-in-law, who is black), and there is always that sense of agreement, theres a difference between a black/white person and a nigger/white-trash. There is (obviously, but I fear people getting pissed about this) no difference between blacks and whites. I know using racist words will always be bad, and, as long as someone is listening for it, will only prolong racism in general. I just think its obvious that even though people tend to use the words, they are not necessarily using it to be racist or because they are one, only that many people think its okay to call a bad person a racist term. Do you get what I'm saying?