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Elie Mystal's latest clickbait screed: "I Feel like Prey" (ATL Redline)

I Feel Like Prey Elie Mystal Monday 5:45pmFiled to: POLI...
guy who gets it
  07/13/16
how are these people able to just ignore the statistical rea...
We Must Believe Women
  07/13/16
He's right about cops although probably not about race - the...
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
nothing better to save a flagging journalist career than pos...
We Must Believe Women
  07/13/16
Its not just deaths its the perverse moral authority our TTT...
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
lol in your ideal world, how exactly should that exchange go...
We Must Believe Women
  07/13/16
Did you mistakenly wander over here from a police union chat...
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
you mean like in Baltimore where the cops stopped arresting ...
We Must Believe Women
  07/13/16
lol
boner police
  07/13/16
People in areas where crimes are committed regularly would s...
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
I don't think I really disagree with you all that much. But ...
We Must Believe Women
  07/13/16
I don't think its worth getting into the details of any spec...
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
Hmmm u can see why I was confused then when you said H...
We Must Believe Women
  07/13/16
Heh, fair.
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
cr
;:;;;:::....(:::
  07/13/16
He poasts here. Rach gave him a five day contract that he ke...
As Done As Donny
  07/13/16
Wonder wat his annual reviews are like.
Super Not Okay
  07/13/16
i think first we should speculate on his moniker.
As Done As Donny
  07/13/16
Yes, under the name "FATCEPS," in case it wasn't o...
Talk to Your Kids About Niggers
  07/13/16
fatceps is much smarter and more sane&chill than elie. E...
guy who gets it
  07/13/16
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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:12 AM
Author: guy who gets it

I Feel Like Prey

Elie Mystal

Monday 5:45pmFiled to: POLICE

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It’s human to believe that we have some kind of personal agency over our own survival. We’re self-aware beings. We believe we are special. We’re also fantastic at pattern recognition. Humans recognize patterns even when none are there. It’s perfectly rational for us to believe that we can increase our own survival outcomes through the personal agency of our careful planning.

When we see another human killed, it’s also perfectly rational to think about what that person could have done differently. It’s rational to add that data point to our list and try to construct a new pattern for how we can avoid the same “mistakes.” We believe, we must believe, that there is some choice or trait that separates the survivor from the fallen. It can’t just be random. The human intellectual achievement that binds all the progress of our species together... is to bring order from chaos.

That order is an illusion. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is a rule that never sleeps. Entropy, the decline from order into disorder, is the one true God. No matter what you do, the universe will break it, until chaos is all that is left.

The animals that we share this planet with, especially the ones who are predated upon by forces beyond their control, they are blessedly free from the flawed concept of personal agency. Prey animals rely on the group for defense, and the law of large numbers for planning. The antelope does not plan a response should a lion attack, nor does it analyze the errors of the cousin who was eaten last week. It’s entire individualized lion survivability strategy can be boiled down to: “avoid lions, if possible; run if not.”

As a black man, my only natural predator is a cop. Other things might kill me, the cop is the only one who acts like it’s his job. And the only survival strategy that I can personally implement is the same as any other prey animal: avoid or run away if at all possible. That is the extent of my personal agency. Because if they catch me, my life is no longer in my own hands. If they catch me, I am at their mercy, and there’s not a damn thing that I can do to re-take my input into my own survival.

Cops, and the people who want to believe that police are fundamentally decent as an institution, want you to believe that there is something you can do after these enemies have gotten you: “comply.” Do what the cops say, without question, and you will live.

Even if we table the issue that failure to “comply” with police is not a capital offense in any jurisdiction I’m aware of, the cops are pretty clearly lying about the benefits of compliance. It’s a song sung to white people so that white people think there is an order to their shootings. But we’ve seen time and again, on video, that “compliance” will not stop the cops from shooting you. Philando Castille was trying to comply. Eric Gardner and Alton Sterling were fully, physically, in compliance. Freddie Gray was in custody. They are all dead. So are many others. And there are legions of compliant black men who were beaten or violated in some way.

Compliance is just the lion telling its prey “ssshhh, it’ll all be over soon.” At the point where the officer can tell you to comply, he already has the power to kill you. It’s already up to him. There’s nothing you can do or not do to save yourself if the cop is of a mind to shoot you or beat you.

Non-cops, both white and black, comfort themselves with a different personal agency tune. “Just don’t [commit any number of minor offenses], or seem like the kind of person who would.” If I don’t wear certain clothes at certain times, while not driving too fast or too slow in my professional yet modest sedan, in neighborhoods accustomed to black people driving through, but not in neighborhoods where enough black people live to warrant enhanced police surveillance.... I SHOULD BE FINE.

Again, this is a failure of humanity’s overzealous pattern recognition. Honestly, whenever one of my friends or family members tells me about a new thing I can do to enhance my survivability, all I hear is “You were born under the sign of the potato, while Venus was rising in the cornhole of Uranus. You have nothing to fear from cops, dogs, or chickens today. But beware the great salamander.”

THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE COPS TO SHOOT ME. Don’t you get it? They can shoot me while driving through the suburbs or shoot me on the way to work or shoot me while I’m playing with my kids or shoot me while I’m drunk at a bar, and their justification will be false because there IS NO REASON to shoot me without due process of law.

African-Americans are hunted by the police. The reason I’m alive and Philando Castille is dead has nothing to do with how I wear my hair. It has nothing to do with where I drive or how compliant I am with authority.

It just wasn’t my time. The killer culled some other black man from the herd that day and, momentarily satiated, allowed me to escape. How many black men “fit the description” and took some brutality or bullets just before I drove through town? I’ll never know. All I know is that I was fortunate to avoid the police yesterday as I went about my business.

Tomorrow, who knows. It’s not really up to me. I can’t plan to NOT be predated upon.

All I can do is hope that the cops are not on the prowl when I dart out of my hiding place to gather food and supplies for myself and my family.

http://www.atlredline.com/i-feel-like-prey-1783478245

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916219)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:13 AM
Author: We Must Believe Women

how are these people able to just ignore the statistical reality that this shit basically never happens?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916221)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:14 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

He's right about cops although probably not about race - they kill white people indiscriminately too. But I am more curious about what he does for a living these days. He never writes on ATL and his "REDLINE" articles get like five clicks.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916225)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:16 AM
Author: We Must Believe Women

nothing better to save a flagging journalist career than position yourself as the Great Black Victim liberals can trot on as needed

and hes not right about cops you fucking moron, the number of unarmed people killed by cops is tiny

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916231)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:19 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

Its not just deaths its the perverse moral authority our TTT society gives 95 IQ power tripping thugs demanding that you "just comply" when they smugly ask "do you know why I pulled you over"?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916240)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:20 AM
Author: We Must Believe Women

lol in your ideal world, how exactly should that exchange go? Cops and citizens have an argument everytime? What is your IQ?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916248)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:26 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

Did you mistakenly wander over here from a police union chat board? In my ideal world we would have a third of then police we have and we word see them only when a crime was committed, and not get our cars impounded because the license plate light is out.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916259)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:29 AM
Author: We Must Believe Women

you mean like in Baltimore where the cops stopped arresting people after the Freddie Gray fiasco and crime skyrocketed? What exactly do you think is stopping those same people from coming to where you live and taking your shit? youre like an adolescent girl screaming at her father

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916268)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:30 AM
Author: boner police (boner police)

lol

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916271)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:40 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

People in areas where crimes are committed regularly would see police regularly. Even in those areas people would not be shot for selling loosies or bootleg videos because police would not be involved in stupidity like that.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916303)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:43 AM
Author: We Must Believe Women

I don't think I really disagree with you all that much. But why most you spread lies about this individual cases? Alton Sterling was approached by the police bc he was waving a gun around. He was killed because while armed he violently resisted arrest. Should the cops be forced to win the fight to stay alive? Or should you Not fucking resist when the cops know you have a gun?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916312)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:47 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

I don't think its worth getting into the details of any specific case. I don't think its true that black people are being targeted and I'm sure at least some of the deaths were not the fault of the officers. My point is that the backlash against the relatively rare deaths is really a backlash against rampant over policing.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916323)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:52 AM
Author: We Must Believe Women

Hmmm u can see why I was confused then when you said

He's right about cops although probably not about race - they kill white people indiscriminately too

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916341)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:55 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

Heh, fair.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916358)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:39 AM
Author: ;:;;;:::....(:::

cr

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916297)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:40 AM
Author: As Done As Donny

He poasts here. Rach gave him a five day contract that he keeps extending.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916304)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:41 AM
Author: Super Not Okay

Wonder wat his annual reviews are like.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916308)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 8:57 AM
Author: As Done As Donny

i think first we should speculate on his moniker.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916374)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 9:16 AM
Author: Talk to Your Kids About Niggers ( )

Yes, under the name "FATCEPS," in case it wasn't obvious that we have a low-IQ race-baiting obese half-black, half-Indian dude in our midst.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916447)



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Date: July 13th, 2016 9:30 AM
Author: guy who gets it

fatceps is much smarter and more sane&chill than elie. Elie has totally gone off the rails, so I think it's more likely that he's Idris Elba tp

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#30916504)



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Date: July 11th, 2018 7:25 PM
Author: guy who gets it (donny)



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3283833&forum_id=2#36407983)