Midtown NYPD commanding officer posts, then immediately deletes, outrageous tweet

NYPD commanding officer Edward Winski decided to post something inspirational on Twitter for Motivational Monday, but quickly deleted it. The quote is from Jack Nicholson, playing Col. Jessup in the movie, A Few Good Men, a scene with Jessup testifying regarding two privates he ordered to kill another soldier. In the current climate of protests in New York City that the commanding officer chose to post this to the verified Twitter account of the precinct for motivation is just flat-out tone deaf and shocking, if not revealing.

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Mind you, this quote is given by Col. Jessup just seconds before he admits that he did the unthinkable and ordered the “code red” to have a fellow soldier killed. What in the world was Edward Winski thinking?



Source: www.dailykos.com

Social Psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt, 2014 MacArthur Fellow, describes her research into racial bias [VIDEO]


Social Psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt is investigating the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize people and the far-reaching consequences of stereotypic associations between race and crime.

The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more. Learn more at www.macfound.org/Fellows.


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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Joy DeGruy


As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research Dr. DeGruy has developed her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and published her findings in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”. The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have gained in the past to heal in the present.

P.T.S.S. is a theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora. It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.

Thus, resulting in M.A.P.:

  • M: Multigenerational trauma together with continued oppression;
  • A: Absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in the society; leads to
  • P: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

Source: joydegruy.com

Decolonizing the Mind: Healing Through Neurodecolonization and Mindfulness


“Decolonizing the Mind: Healing Through Neurodecolonization and Mindfulness –

Author, educator, medical social worker and citizen of the Arikara (Sahnish) and Hidatsa Nations in North Dakota, Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, Ph.D. works with indigenous communities, teaching about healing the trauma of colonialism.


On January 24, 2014 he spoke about his experiences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, sharing his ideas about how to go about doing this through techniques of mindfulness, thought and behavior which he refers to as neurodecolonization. ”

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Behavioral violence and systemic violence




Systemic violence


Systemic violence is the harm caused against individuals or groups of people through social structures. Systemic violence and behavioral violence aren’t juxtaposed, the latter is dependent on the former; we can’t properly conceive of behavioral violence without understanding its systemic causes. We may think of the US Army in the Iraq War for an example. It’s obvious who’s pulling the trigger against the Iraqi population are American soldiers, but we don’t blame just the individual soldier, we also blame the structure of the military itself, a product of the need for repressive organs in class society.


Systemic violence puts individuals through social arrangements in positions of discomfort. They cause injury and hence are are violent; they are embedded in the structure of society and a product of its normal functioning and hence systemic. Racial segregation, only in part caused by behavioral constraints and mostly a product of systemic causes accumulated throughout the settler-colonial history of the United Statesclaims 176,000 lives a year, tens of times more than the deaths caused by firearm-related homicide.


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“Suspicion Nation” – Addressing the Critics; Re: Maddy


“… Maddy, I can understand you more now as a person, but I still don’t like that you changed your vote. There, I said it.  Does that mean that I hate you?  No.  Does it mean I have no respect for you as a person?  No. If I were to meet you, I would want to sit and hear about everything you experienced in Seminole County.  I think we might have something in common moving away from our hometown within our hometown, to find that people in other parts of this great nation are not welcoming to “outsiders.”


I would tell you that our brains process what our guts tell us.  Example?  When you were mocked and demeaned, did you first feel it in your gut, or your brain?  It took your brain time to discern that the women were not laughing with you, but at you. If your gut hadn’t processed their motivation, your brain would not have discerned it.

So, what is the problem that the anti-Trayvon Martin camp has with Maddy and Lisa Bloom’s interview of her?  They allege that Maddy told Reverend Sharpton on his Politics Nation program, that she had not been bullied.


Thankfully, that interview is on Youtube.  Reverend Sharpton said that there are those who question what happened in the jury room.  Did people pressure people?  Were people bullying Maddy?  He asked her directly, “Were you bullied, Maddy?” Maddy hesitated.  She started her answer with “we.” She stopped again, and when she continued stated, “I can’t say I was bullied.”


As she continues, she goes back and repeats what she has always contended; i.e., that the way the law was read to her, she could not say that Zimmerman was guilty.


What I see in Maddy’s interview on Politics Nation, and her interview with Lisa Bloom, is that Maddy speaks of two distinct times.  She tells Lisa Bloom what happened BEFORE the jury deliberated and it was at that time when she was bullied.   By the time that the jury deliberated, two of the jurors had already re-defined Maddy in her person to believe that she was not educated and intelligent enough to understand anything presented to the jury at trial, neither the jury instructions, nor the law to in which to apply the facts.  By the time of jury deliberations, there was no further need to bully Maddy.  She was already intimidated…”

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The Triple Package Review: Debunking Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld | Prerna Lal


“In their newly released book, The Triple Package, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld propose that some groups are naturally better than the others due to certain cultural traits they possess. I was on HuffPost Live to discuss the book, and to debunk its central notions, which you can watch here:”



Community Village‘s insight:


Prerna Lal’s article covers:


  1. Amazed about the publicity and attention that this book is receiving because it is saying nothing new
  2. The Triple Package is ahistorical
  3. Perpetuates the model minority myth, which then justifies anti-black racism
  4. Dangerously suggests that we have moved beyond racism, which is simply not true

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