Reading Dave Eggers’ “Your Fathers”: Room 57–Illiteracy

Room 57: Illiteracy, Profiling, and Cops [see previous post on morals]

—I know you’re tired of people picking on cops, but we have to interrogate you too.

—Asiomerican lives matter. Carry on.

—There’s a bit from when Thomas is talking to you and he has this theory that the reason you shot his friend was because “you and your buddies can’t read.”

—That’s right. Kind of an unfair charge directed at a cop.

—I think he has a point.

—That we’re a bunch of ignorant redneck bullies?
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_Not Worth Fighting For_ Review: Part 5

The last chapter dealt with Hitler.

Chapter 5 deals with a question we might often overlook: “Must Christian Pacifists Reject Police Force?”

One reason it’s overlooked is that, until 200 years ago, military and police weren’t really seen as separate entities in most of the world.  They are both government agents authorized to use force, and even violence, if necessary.  The distinction remains important because, unlike war, police can truly “be accountable to legislative regulation” that “at least stands some chance of punishing only the guilty while protecting the innocent.”

In this chapter Schlabach first introduces the concept of nonviolent policing, which some people may regard as a joke.  How are police effective if they don’t use force?  But the same question could be asked of soldiering, perhaps.
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