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Sunday, July 10, 2016

When Will The Madness Stop?

I know I’m supposed to be on break from blogging, but recent events seemed to have elicited a response from me. The problem is, I don’t know exactly how to respond.

I’m simply speechless about how the past week alone has seen the world plunge into utter chaos and bloodshed, to the point where I don’t even know where to start.

The start of the week saw the deaths of two innocent black men at the hands of cops—yet again! And on the exact same day, no less! One man was pinned down and shot several times in the chest for selling CDs in front of a convenience store. The other man was shot point blank after being pulled over for a broken taillight.

The very next day, during a protest in Dallas of those shootings, some random jerkoff decided to us said shootings as an excuse to start shooting up the place, killing and wounding at least a half dozen police officers.

As if this weren’t maddening enough, the random jerkoff was killed off by the police using a “robot drone”—something you’d swear the military would use in the Middle East to kill terrorists, but was instead used on American soil by American police against an American citizen. (Because it wouldn't be 'murica if we didn't have an excuse to further militarize our police force.)

Meanwhile, the whole mess has elicited the usual Black Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter/All Lives Matter hashtag wars on social media, along with another trending hashtag #WhitePrivilegeMeans placing all the blame on white people. If anything, statistically speaking, "white privilege" means being more likely to be shot by the cops, yet having police brutality against your race ignored.

Don’t believe me? Just recently, a white unarmed teenager in California was shot down by police. I doubt you’re going to see that story running 24/7 in the news. You probably won’t even see #WhiteLivesMatter trending as a hashtag.

But I digress.

What can I possibly say about this whole mess that hasn’t been said about any other instances of police brutality in the past? What can I say about Alton Sterling or Philando Castile that hasn’t been said about Freddie Gray or Mike Brown or Tamir Rice or Eric Garner or Alton Sterling or any other person shot down or killed or brutalized by the police?

This very story has played out so many times by now that we already know what’s going to happen. The cops responsible for their murder will be place on paid vacation known as “administrative leave.” If any charges are made against them, it will be swiftly dropped by the time they step in front of a judge. The cops will be free to walk away as free men, while their victims will remain as worm chow in the ground.

Most Americans won’t care. Those that do will eventually forget a few days later, only to remember when the whole violent cycle starts again. Any discussion about the matter during this time will involve maybe one or two people offering sensible reforms, while the remainder of the conversation will involve conservatives defending the cops as only “doing their job”, while BLM and other black activists continue to scream at white people.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

And that seems to be the worst part about this whole mess. It’s a never-ending vicious violent cycle, dooming everyone to repeat the history that they refuse to learn from. This problem keeps happening and nobody seems to want to do anything about it. They barely want to acknowledge it, and when they do, it’s usually through B.S. identity politics.

As is the case with every 12-step program, the first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one, and until we admit we have a police brutality problem in America, it’s only going to continue happening.

 Leon H. Wolf from Red State (of all places!) managed to touch exactly on that in a recent editorial:
“I think the evidence would show that the vast majority of police do their jobs with the greatest professionalism possible. I don’t think that’s a sufficient answer to the reality of lingering mistrust between police and minority communities, especially in certain areas of the country. And the proliferation of cell phone video recording has really confirmed (in their minds) something they have long anecdotally believed or been taught - that police often interact with minority communities in different ways than they do with the white community.

And here’s the most important part: when they do so, they never or almost never face punishment.

…The most important safety valve to prevent violence like we saw in Dallas last night is the belief that when officers do go off the rails, the legal system will punish them accordingly. If minority communities (and everyone else, for that matter) believed that, resort to reprisal killings would be either non-existent or far less frequent.

But they don’t, and there’s good reason for that. And that is because a huge, overwhelming segment of America does not really give a damn what cops do in the course of maintaining order because they assume (probably correctly) that abuse at the hands of police will never happen to them. As long as the cops keep people away from my door, they have my blessing handling “the thugs” in whatever way they see fit.
When the ultra-conservative Red State speaks out against police brutality, you know it’s a real problem.