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"I can do whatever I want and the system will protect me": a rejection of "the bad apples" narrative

Copyright Takashi Watanabe

UMD's Dr. Dana Lindaman pays a lot of attention to what's going on in contemporary culture.

He has a friend and colleague in France and the two men collaborate on analysis of the politics and myths in our cultures - Lindaman analyzing the French and Jerome Viala-Gaudefroy looking at the American.

Lindaman also has a beloved older brother who is Black.

His most recent article, co-written with Viala-Gaudefroy, was prompted by video seen around the world of George Floyd's death, and  a rejection of the idea that incidents of police brutality are isolated to a few "bad apples."

Lindaman saw it differently when he watched the video of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck.

"It was the impunity in the man's eyes," says Lindaman. "He's backed up by an entire system that says, 'I am not responsible for this man.  I can do whatever I want to this man, and the system will protect me.'"

You can read the full article,  "Police violence in the United States: what lies behind the ‘bad apples’ narrative" here.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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