No Good Guys, No Bad Guys: Fr Greg Boyle on the Policing We Need

image I don’t know anybody who’s said this better. Whoever you are, whatever your politics or race or social status or experience with the competing forces of order and disorder in this broken world, please read Fr Greg Boyle SJ’s op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times.

If we think crime is the vocabulary of the bad guy, then we deploy special troops to round up a bunch of them. Our default assessment of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, or the shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina, is racism. But the deeper analysis is that these men may have been seen as bad guys, and their race may have had less to do with what happened to them than that perception.

Read and think. G-Dog knows of what he preaches. Here beginneth the lesson. Attribution: Image by the author

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