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In most cases.
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I have a solution to this problem: Do nothing

Because the problem is being framed as a race based problem, and I don't think there is a race based solution, whether segregation or desegregation. For as long as people identify themselves with a particular race, of course they will have differences with others. But the fact is people get along fine without identifying themselves as such. What needs to happen is for people to focus and develop their own individual identities. And it works quite well. People advance fine based on their individual merits, when they stop focusing on race or some other collectivist classification that screws with their own minds. If they do well and earn it, they may even be President one day.
People always seek to be part of a collective identity. That's why they support sports teams for example. It's us (who are the good guys) against them (who are the bad guys). This is why democracy is about you every four years being able to chose between two (or more) parties who don't really differ all that much. The real purpose of these elections is just to let people wave their flags together with like minded flag wavers and collectively feel righteous and superior to the other lot who want to achieve precisely the same (give or take some marginal and insignificant stuff) but are waving flags of a different colour.

I don't see anything that's fundamentally wrong about having an identity and sticking with it. There is a time for cheering on your favourite sports team or presidential candidate, provided you don't resort to malice or violence in standing up for this identity. But there also has to be a time to deescalate and get back to normal.

However, these collective identities are by self identification. So you can chose to wear sports colours on a match day and in doing so you know you might be antagonizing those of the other side. You can chose to put a Hillary bumper sticker on your car, and you know you are antagonizing your Republican neighbours. But you don't get to chose the colour of your face and you don't wear it to antagonize anybody.
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Re: Baltimore riots

The riots are creeping into Philly, and onto NYC.

They're headed the wrong way. Washington D.C. is in the opposite direction.
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Re: Baltimore riots

Another man who died at the hands of the police, but this time in the Netherlands.

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AMSTERDAM, July 2 (Reuters) - Dutch police fired warning shots and arrested 34 people during a third straight day of unrest on Thursday triggered by the death of a Caribbean man in police custody, and a temporary ban on public gatherings was imposed in a neighborhood hit by rioting.

The death from apparent asphyxiation on Sunday of Mitch Henriquez, 42, from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, has been likened to incidents in the United States that sparked protests over excessive police use of force.

Disturbances erupted anew overnight on Thursday and police on horseback charged protesters who set fires, hurled bottles and rocks and smashed shop windows, according to a police statement.

Later on Thursday, the mayor of The Hague imposed a rare temporary ban on public assembly in the neighborhood, where more than 60 protesters have been arrested since Monday, to try to stem the violence, the Dutch news agency ANP reported.
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Preliminary findings from an autopsy indicated that Henriquez died of asphyxiation after being held in a chokehold and pinned down by five white police officers. His death was almost certainly caused by rough police treatment, it said.
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Henriquez, who has three children and was visiting the Netherlands, was arrested at a concert on Saturday for allegedly shouting that he had a gun, and died in hospital on Sunday. He did not have a weapon, investigators said.

Police initially said that Henriquez had become unwell while on his way to jail. But amateur video emerged on Monday showing him being taken away in an arrest van, apparently already unconscious, after the heavy-handed arrest.

The five officers involved in Henriquez's arrest have been suspended pending results of an investigation.

The Hague's police force has previously been criticized by Amnesty International and in a 2013 Dutch TV documentary for targeting foreigners and immigrants disproportionately and with greater use of force.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/0...n_7712962.html


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