There is a lot of overlap between the way cops treat African-Americans and the way they treat people with disabilities. And in Denver, that conversation blurs into one about the Denver Sheriff Department’s violence and incompetence. There are times that call for conversations about overlap and blurring and intersectionality, and there are times we need to FOCUS. Right now, we need a bit of focus on a specific problem: the mortal danger of being an African-American — specifically, a young, male African-American — in any action with the cops.
Often discussions of derailing can sound like shutting down. That’s why I like the way Anita puts it:
Valid point, but different conversation, folks.
Stop Derailing This Conversation! – Musings Of An Angry Black Womyn.