Heard a guy on CNN last night, a civil rights-y guy, talking about Ferguson— they asked him what he wanted to see happen and he started babbling about how we “need to have a national conversation” on this, that and another. Where did that fucking phrase come from??? As soon as I hear that phrase I automatically know nothing’s getting done to fix anything— remember those “national conversations” we were supposed to have about guns? When did people EVER have “”national conversations?”” What does that even mean??? What did you bring to the “national conversation” on sex we were all supposed to have after that Santa Barbara Virgin guy got all shitty? I brought potato salad!
There’s all this concrete stuff that can and should be done— demilitarizing local police, increasing public access to police personnel records, wildly increasing whistleblower protections for cops reporting issues, increasing punishment for retaliation on whistleblowers, figuring out a way to increase hiring from policed communities themselves, create damage presumptions for family members of shooting victims, etc. And that’s just me jabbering onto a computer phone— I’m 93% an idiot, according to the most generous Facebook quizzes. Theres got to be smarter people than me out there thinking about this shit. But no, “national conversation,” we get instead! Who invented that stupid phrase?? Where did it come from and why do we pretend its normal when we hear it???
(Also the phrase “don’t punch down only punch up” when it’s applied to anyone but comedians making jokes about the oppression of minority groups / victims of violent crimes, or the involuntarily mentally deficient— that’s another one that I’m just not into).
In conclusion, I can’t even. (“I can’t even”, I like. Twist ending. “I can’t even” can get it.)(“can get it” is pretty good too— I like that it’s kinda raunchy…?)