Thursday, December 24, 2015

Irritation 'tis the season

I get how there have been abuses by police and some feel each one has been racist. I read the stories and see how some in our country feel abused and angry. Others take on the grievance to have a cause that can make them feel righteous. Well where it comes to the latest, which led to blocking airports and malls to show that some lives have not been valued enough, I'd like to say--

If you are so concerned about violent deaths of your people, why don't you start in your neighborhoods? The likelihood of a minority being killed by a police officer is far less than being killed by gangbangers or someone angry over a drug deal gone bad and shooting the wrong people. Crime of minority on minority is far greater than white on minority. So why not start with valuing your own community and trying to get your kids to get an education where they can get a job that doesn't involve crime or drugs? Don't bother telling me it's harder for you as that's a cop out. Make sure your kids do their homework. Keep them in school. Watch your neighborhood for behavior that threatens others. Maybe the police reacting as they have has a reason. Don't give it to them.

Comparing a movement that has hands in the air, using a phrase that was never used by the one the crowd is supposedly mimicking is not remotely like Martin Luther King and what he did. He didn't just shout a few words. He had arguments he brought to bear. He didn't stop airports. He had peaceful demonstrations not intended to mimic terrorists but intended to speak truth. A few words, based on a lie to begin, don't remotely resemble King, who was a philosopher.

The media loves this movement. They follow up on every story intended to increase rage. Any minority doing something violent is excused as though they could not help it. That is not showing respect to the minority or anybody else's intelligence. The media is doing all they can to create the current drama-- they and a few leaders who want to profit from it and become important at least in their own eyes by leading others to anarchy.

Terrorism is not a valid political tool. It was not for Occupy and it's not for this one. Political tools come with facts and getting leaders to run for office who have the agenda you value. One person said by causing disruption during the holidays, they will get people to listen. Terrorists have the same argument. I've heard it during the Vietnam War, from other activists for various causes but it's no more valid to blow up a building than to try and destroy a merchant's economic year. This won't win anything but enemies and increased cracking down.

Rather than concentrating on one policeman killing one minority, look at the whole record of the law enforcement. Bring up facts regarding why something happened and whether it was one misjudgment or a pattern. Right now the whole effort by anarchists, whatever color and whatever purpose, turns off most of those needed to make real change. Anarchy doesn't in the end profit anyone. That was not what Martin Luther King was about. Get back to that and you have something!

Christmas is a season to remember what the season could be about, instead of what it too often is-- religiosity, consumerism, ostentatious displays, greed, anger, disappointment, and competition. 

Too many in this country are not having good times right now. It's not just a minority issue but one of misplaced values. Driving across the country from Tucson to the Oregon Coast Range, I saw a lot of what this country has let happen. It's time to get serious about changes but incidents like blocking malls or airports might seem satisfying to those who like chaos. It won't make the changes we really need. More thinking of what Christ, no matter who you think he was or wasn't, actually taught might...

9 comments:

Ingineer66 said...

Excellent post. I think the disparity is economic, not color based. But that doesn't sell ads. And the police are good or bad regardless of color as well. After the Baltimore riots the media reported that half the cops involved in the death were black. That information should have been widely released earlier and it may have reduced the destruction.

In a nearby town, a white cop killed a white car crash victim and it was pretty much swept under the rug because the cop is related to a local politician. Now they have released the dash cam video and it looks about like the Chicago video except he didn't fire 16 shots. But he did try to cover up that he shot the guy.

Rain Trueax said...

we usually pretty much agree with you leaning right and me leaning left. I read an article this morning about the campus unrest with students wanting censorship and cozy learning rather than an intellectual zone. I had to wonder if kids graduating from that kind of cozy environment, where their thinking is not challenged, will actually find successful lives. It is a very weird time is all I can say.

While I don't like BLM, I also see a problem out there. One young black man wrote about being stopped for a broken taillight. The police officer asked if he was armed. He was with a concealed weapon permit. He turned over the gun. The officer was very nice to him and only gave him a warning. He felt it was an example of how police can be fair... EXCEPT, have you ever been asked if you were carrying a gun if you got stopped on a warning? I have not. I wondered if that has changed and they ask everyone or if that was because the young man was black. In that case, it's not exactly unbiased, is it? Likely more police officers have been shot by armed whites than blacks... So I do get the concern but they are not going at it right, in my view, anymore than Occupy was.

Ingineer66 said...

I definitely think that "driving while black" is a real thing, but I also know a white guy that is a cop and he was on vacation up in the mountains and drove his truck up to a cop in a snow storm to ask about highway closures and the cop put his hand on his gun as they approached. I don't think my friend looks threatening at all. So it is not just minority's that get treated that way.

Rain Trueax said...

The police appear to need more training. Or the salaries they can earn don't encourage the top of the line to apply. The recent shooting of a teen with a baseball bat in a domestic dispute is a good example of a policeman gone amok with killing the kid with 6 or was it 7 shots and the neighboring lady with a shot gone wild. I wondered if they did a drug or alcohol test on that officer...

Rain Trueax said...

Incidentally, why is I-5 through Stockton always such a terrible highway for road condition? Overall, the freeway seemed improved but Stockton was just as bad as ever.

Ingineer66 said...

The Stockton district seems to march to a different drummer and I don't know much about them, but I agree completely. It seems like that construction project has been going on for five years and it is always a mess.

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Rain Trueax said...

hi Michael. Always nice to see someone here. I neglect this blog so badly :( Some is how the subjects are plain annoying right now lol