The Sandra Bland jury is 80% white.

I live in NYC, a liberal, progressive city familiar with very public police overreach and discrimination.  We seem to regularly pay million dollar settlements to the families of victims murdered by cops (that never go to jail).  If I find eight random white people on the street and ask them about Sandra Bland, at least two of them will say “Well, she should have just put out her cigarette…” or “She disrespected the officer…” or “She had a history of mental illness…” and that’s here, in NYC.

Eight white people in the South?  In Texas? 

The good people of Waller County might as well get their checkbooks ready.  There will be no indictments here, but of course, taxpayers will be forking over a multi-million dollar settlement in a civil suit against the police.

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This Native American artist is putting white people on helmets to protest offensive mascots 

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Life in the Paris Suburbs

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An Interactive Guide To Police Killings And The System That Excuses Them

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