Like many folks I’m drowning in the media’s obsession with race. You can’t turn on the TV without hearing about the Ferguson mess or the cop strangling Garner. I’m white so it’s easy to assume that I’m just a dismissive honkey who doesn’t care about the plight of the black man. Actually I care about the plight of Americans.
Racism doesn’t exist in the way the media, government and race hustlers portray it. Fact is the word racism means nothing because it hasn’t been used correctly in 50 years. Not everything is about racism. It might be about prejudices or bigotry but not necessarily about racism.
Hitler wanted a master race. THAT was racism. The KKK thinks whites are a superior race. THAT is racism. The New Black Panthers believe that blacks are superior. THAT is racism.
If I decide not to help a black man get his car out of a ditch simply because of his color that makes me a bigot, and an asshole. If a cop decides to strangle a black man because of his color then that makes him a bigot, and a criminal.
Everybody has their prejudices. I am prejudiced against smokers. I will not visit a smoker’s home. I won’t ride in their car. Nor will I stand next to them. If he’s black that doesn’t make me a racist. It just means I don’t care to associate with people reeking of cigarette smoke.
I think Obama sucks as a President. I abhor his policies. It doesn’t make me a racist. It makes me a Tea Party conservative, which by the way also does not make me a racist.
Funny how a “racist” country can vote in a black President but since he’s been at the job fewer than 10% polled says race relations are better.
Funny too how a supposedly racist political wing can vote in a black Senator from a southern State. Lots of racial things don’t add up but it doesn’t fit the media and political narrative of social divisions in this country.
Interesting how southern Democrats were the most bigoted bunch of damn folks in the country yet the political and media narrative protects that fact. Republicans were the ones who ended Jim Crow laws. Republicans freed the slaves. The KKK was a political wing of the Democrat party. Yet Republicans are the racists. Right.
Frankly I think that people are deriving a considerable amount of power and some may be making money off of fomenting racial strife in this country. If I was black I would be insulted to be used in such a manner. But I’m not and I pretty much just shrug my atlas watching the theater.
Cops behaving poorly is the lightning rod for the racial tension. I don’t think it has a thing to do with race. I think it has everything to do with a militarized police force. We’re focused on the wrong thing folks. That said I wouldn’t dismiss blacks behaving badly in poverty. That is a problem that seems nobody wants to solve, most of all Democrats who keeps them on their entitlement plantation. Yes I went there. But the entitlement plantation is not just reserved for blacks either. Plenty of poverty to go around for all races, just how the government apparently likes it.
What exactly did we think would happen when the DOD gives all this war armament to militarize our civilian cops? Law enforcement is on a power trip. They no longer protect the Constitution, they serve the government. Two wholly different things. They know they can pretty much behave like they want because the thin blue line and union will always have their back. The justice system will protect them.
It doesn’t seem to me like they respect those they supposedly serve. The only thing they half respect is a camera. That is the only thing protecting the people from cops.
Now, I’m sorry if you are among the cult of worship for cops. Most likely far more than not serve honorably. Unfortunately hardly a day goes by where I am not treated to a post showing brutality, ignorance or sociopathic tendencies by some member of law enforcement. And honestly what is it with cops and shooting dogs?
Judge Napolitano made a comment recently as he was pimping his latest book saying: “when cops fear for their safety over serving then you have tyranny.”
We are close to a police state in this country. Not quite there, but we are close. It will only take a bomb going off in a crowded mall before you start seeing cops rolling the streets in their MRAPs, setting up checkpoints, initiating curfews, etc. Who knows how much suck there will be? And the Constitution will have breathed its last.
So no, I don’t think this is an issue with race and law enforcement. I don’t think America is inherently racist. I think the government has gotten too big and intrusive. It’s not racism. It’s statism. The government and their media operatives would just rather you focus on their racist squirrel.