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Bailey Jones

I imagine that the lack of people of color "in the pipeline" reflects the historically toxic nature of the relationship between police and communities of color. When I was a kid, we were taught that cops were heroes - but the images we saw on TV of the beatings, dogs, and water hoses being deployed against civil rights activists in the south was anything but heroic. I remember the murder of 12 year-old Santos Rodriguez in Dallas, and the riot that followed, like it was yesterday - even though it was almost 50 years ago. That history - and the history before and after - has created a chasm that separates minority communities from the law enforcement community. I hope that a new generation of black and brown men and women will be the real heroes, and step across that chasm by becoming law enforcement officers, to protect and serve the residents in their own cities and towns.

This will be good for all communities. A recent Texas A&M study of police in two Texas cities found that white officers use force 60 percent more than black officers, and use gun force twice as often. While white and black officers discharge their guns at similar rates in white and racially-mixed neighborhoods, white officers are five times as likely to fire a gun in predominantly black neighborhoods. Less police violence is a good thing. More community based policing is a good thing.


Stephanie Martin

Highway 6.

Jose' Boix

I applaud the efforts to help educate our community and explain the value of education so that we can continue to use the model of "most competent" when hiring and/or promoting. It is great to work to ensure more individuals become more qualified, skilled, and complete whatever tests are required to fill a job.

What is a bit concerning is that we seem to be shifting to a "demographically based competency (DBC).” Our efforts should be more effectively focused educating our community on the value of becoming "most competent." Just my thoughts.

David Schuler

If Black and Hispanic are capitalized, why is white in lower case?

Carlos Ponce

The AP has decided Black should be capitalized but white not be capitalized.(It needs further study[rolleyes].)


Bailey Jones

Hispanic is capitalized because it is derived from the Latin Hispanicus, for Spain- so it's a proper noun. Black is capitalized because it denotes a particular shared historic identity, not a skin color. For instance, there are other dark skinned races that are not part of the American Black experience. White isn't capitalized because it doesn't denote the same sort of uniform history. I capitalize neither, because I'm lazy.

David Schuler

On the US Gov census 2020 pages on ethnicity, White is capitalized along with Black, Hispanic, American Indian and so forth. I'm with the GOV on this one - if you capitalize one, you capitalize all. Isn't that the long term goal - everyone is treated equally?

Bailey Jones

That sounds reasonable to me.

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