Amber Guyger, forgiveness and other links

Amber Guyger murdered Jean Botham after walking into his apartment. She got 10 years because the jurors hoped for redemption if she got out young enough to start over. Botham’s brother forgave her, but the fact remains, Botham shouldn’t have died. And now one witness against Guyger has been killed, another lost her job for speaking up. They didn’t deserve it either.

It all makes me think of a PS article discussing how it’s supposed to be good news when victims of racism forgive — and maybe it isn’t: “The desire to see black Americans show forgiveness is a desire to avoid fully reckoning with black pain, or the lingering effects of trauma that do not serve the public performance as cleanly.” Fred Clark suggests the desire for forgiveness is because it gives power to the powerless: “The Powers That Be cannot abide the idea of the previously powerless having power over them, even so seemingly abstract a power as the granting or withholding of absolution. (And even though such absolution is something that none of their actions has previously shown them to desire or care about.) And so TPTB will not allow the victims of injustice to offer forgiveness, they will simply take it from them, thereby restoring and re-blessing the previous imbalance of power.”

Read both articles, they’re sharp. Now, moving on —

During the first Gulf War, the first President Bush encouraged the Kurds to rise up against Saddam Hussein … and then let Saddam crush them. Here we go again. Even Trump toady Lindsey Graham doesn’t like it. Hell, nobody outside Turkey does.

Trump continues ranting that by starting work on impeachment, the Democrats are committing treason. Dahlia Lithwick looks at why the Ukraine seems to have sucker-punched Trump in a way other scandals haven’t.

Students at for-profit Corinthian College have been entitled to debt relief on student loans since Corinthian shut down. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ignored the court order and pushed to collect.

The IRS says it’s more cost-efficient to audit poor people.

The oil-industry is pushing, successfully, to make protests against pipelines illegal.

I want liberals to be the good guys. But I agree with this blog post that renouncing power when we have it is not the right approach.

What’s killing the American dream?

The facial recognition industry says it’s ridiculous that anyone would abuse the technology in the West the way China does. Given the long history of police fighting for the right to spy on people or lock them up for not working, I am unconvinced.

“Mr. Trump ignored months of warnings from his advisers about what calamities likely would ensue if he followed his instincts to pull back from Syria and abandon America’s longtime allies, the Kurds. He had no Plan B, other than to leave.” Here’s one example of calamity. But Trump defends abandoning the Kurds because they didn’t fight for us in WW II.

A British family accidentally crossed the Canada/U.S. border while on vacation. What happened next — well these days, it probably won’t shock you, but it’s still bad.


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