Cops Lives Matter


So do black lives, white lives and human lives.

That said, I’m sorry I have not made a bigger deal of the deaths of black men — from all causes.  The media sometimes make it seem that it is open season on black young men.  Because their experiences are vastly different from my own, I cannot imagine the actual rage and fear involved in the deaths of black youths  involved with police.

Young black men die in conflict with police too often.  Most murders of black men are by black men.   By far.  

On the other hand.  There is no justification, no mitigation and no excuse for shooting down police and members of the public.

Black Lives Matters and the many agitators who either love conflict, or who want to benefit from that conflict…those folks should be looking to their consciences today.  They didn’t pull the trigger, but they may have helped fuel the hatred toward police, and white people.



 

Anthony Baker of The Recovering Legalist says it better:

He wrote it a while back, but reposted his own essay after last night’s shootings. – Dave

Let me reiterate. ALL LIVES MATTER.

Yes, I said it, and I will not back down. Why? Because to do so would be un-biblical and un-Christlike. Regardless how one might want to politicize the issue, as a follower of Jesus, as one who believes God made all mankind in His image, I must stand firmly on Truth, not catchphrases.

Racism is wrong. Bigotry is wrong. And taking a statement that excludes the inherent value of all human life as your mantra is also wrong.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I would not have agreed on several things, particularly in areas of theology and what is called the “social gospel.” Nevertheless, I believe Dr. King and I would have seen eye-to-eye regarding the “Black Lives Matter” thing. He would have said, “NO! NO! NO!” to all the violence and hatred. I believe he would be heartbroken at all the calls for unrest. He would certainly be ashamed of those who have used race as a tool for their own gain. Was it not Dr. King who envisioned a “color-blind” society?

If a person can’t say that “all lives matter” in public without being condemned, without being forced to apologize, then what does that say about the lives of others? What about my family? What about the Asian family down the road? Or the Indian woman that walks down the street with her husband and son? What about the Native American?

 

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11 Responses to Cops Lives Matter

  1. Neal N. Bob says:

    In my opinion, for what it’s worth, this is inherently about government, which I distrust the competence of across the board. Republicans have spent the last several years losing their shit about the IRS not giving tax-exempt status to political groups, going so far as to call it “tyranny,” but cops are the branch of government most likely to directly fuck with you to the point that you get dead. And they demonstrably fuck with certain classes more (and with far greater levels of violence) than others. I’m not aware of a single instance of a tax collector blowing a representative of Americans for Prosperity away in the street because their returns weren’t properly itemized.

    That’s been going on for decades, but it’s significantly more difficult to deny since it’s been on videotape. You’re right that that leads to rage. Of course it does, particularly when nothing happens and the good folks at Fox News create a “War on Cops” and blame Obama for it. If I were a young black man in those circumstances, I’d think that no one was taking it seriously and that perhaps some “Second Amendment solutions” were in order. Isn’t that what Sharron Angle said when she ran for the the United States Senate?

    That’s not to excuse or justify it. But I can’t say that I don’t understand it. And I’m sure that attitudes would be a whole lot different if the police started shooting people in the back at a Tea Party rally. Or white guys gets shot to death at a traffic stops in front of his families. Or a 12 year old boy is killed within TWO SECONDS of a cruiser pulling up to them. And these things are now happening – on camera – several times a week. People might not actually be crazy in thinking that there’s a license to kill, which isn’t true of black-on-black violence. It’s comparing apples and hand grenades.

    If folks are going to rail at “government tyranny,” it’s incumbent on them to at least be consistent about it.

    I’d also point out that this is a problem specific to North America, where the policing model is clearly broken, most likely because it’s been militarized beyond any and all reason. Because of first the idiotic War on Drugs and now the War on Terror, some communities probably aren’t nuts to think that they’re being occupied. That’s true in my country as well, although far from the same extent.

    I’m not a huge fan of Black Lives Matter because I’ve found that mass movements – especially political ones – are usually little more than collectivized ignorance. But I wonder if things would be different if they started carrying “Don’t Tread on Me” flags at their rallies. After all, I don’t remember many Republicans getting particularly outraged when he told his audience how best to kill federal law enforcement officers twenty years ago.

    To be fair, the Left isn’t any better. Both sides are determined to make this about idiotic talking points, but talking points aren’t going to make this any better and they’ll probably make it a whole lot worse.

    As a godless foreigner, I grew up loving America from the outside. But I now see it disintegrating before my eyes; first politically, then economically, and now socially. And neither the Left or the Right is as interested in trying to understanding why as they are winning the goddamned news cycle.

    My apologies in advance for turning this into an essay.

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  2. Neal N. Bob says:

    Yikes. This should read “I don’t remember many Republicans getting particularly outraged when G. Gordon Liddy told his audience how best to kill federal law enforcement officers twenty years ago.”

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  3. Never. Ever. Apologize pot putting honesty in front of people here. I used to think this was 1775. Then I figured it was 1939. Nah. This is 1968. That year was a mess, too.

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    • Neal N. Bob says:

      ’68 is a good analogy, but maybe not a perfect one.

      If you look at it in the historical context, you see people who were finally given the right to vote, but didn’t see things change on the ground. The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act, after all, probably wouldn’t mean much to you if the government continued beating the shit out (or killing) you on loose predicates, either. Vietnam certainly didn’t help matters much.

      So, what did you get? Well, George Wallace, for starters. And the upending of the entire political system, which started with the Depression and accelerated in the 60’s, where the North and South flipped partisan allegiances, albeit over 30 years.

      “Law and order” became gradually seen as unequal, where Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater-Lewesinsky and even the Plame affair saw the underlings go to jail, but never the people in charge. Then there was the banks in 2008.

      But regular folks, and especially minorities, got caught up in the maw of the criminal justice system like nothing had ever changed, except the that cops had become a clearinghouse for the Pentagon.

      Sell a little weed? THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT! Illegally sell weapons to Iran? Well, you’ve got a job at Fox News! By the way, ever notice that Mark Furhman is on Fox a LOT and no one ever mentions that he was convicted of perjury in “the Trial of the Century” anymore?

      This isn’t ’68. It’s worse.

      And that should be really scary.

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      • gmhowell says:

        I’m not sure that Fuhrman is a good example. I believe his perjury charge was related to a claim that he hadn’t used a racial epithet. Unfortunately, while a lie (and thus, perjury) it was a stupid question, and an honest answer would have screwed him just as hard. Remember, the US is a country where people object to the use of the word ‘niggardly’ due to similarities to that other word.

        It’s hardly the crime of the century.

        On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM, Dave Alexander & Company with David Edgren and Gus Bailey – The Artisan Craft Blog wrote:

        > Neal N. Bob commented: “’68 is a good analogy, but maybe not a perfect > one. If you look at it in the historical context, you see people who were > finally given the right to vote, but didn’t see things change on the > ground. The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act, after all, pr” >

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      • Neal N. Bob says:

        Difficult to say. You had a heavily racially-charged case where the detective who found a key piece of evidence and had previously SUED the LAPD for an early pension because his job made him hate blacks and Latinos was asked if he had used a certain word, and he lied.

        And Ito was easy on Furhman. The jury only heard two excerpts of something like 12 hours of tapes.

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      • gmhowell says:

        (I know you meant the OJ case. I forgot that you had used that phrase while I typed that last line. Coincidence. Or too much JWR.)

        On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM, Dave Alexander & Company with David Edgren and Gus Bailey – The Artisan Craft Blog wrote:

        > Neal N. Bob commented: “’68 is a good analogy, but maybe not a perfect > one. If you look at it in the historical context, you see people who were > finally given the right to vote, but didn’t see things change on the > ground. The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act, after all, pr” >

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  4. omegapaladin says:

    Either All Lives Matter, or Useful Lives Matter. There is no middle ground. BLM activists should consider that deliberately creating a racial conflict in which you are outnumbered is also known as suicide.

    As far as the police issue: The problem is that law enforcement does not have solid standards for approaching deadly situations. The standards that are present do not provide legal protection to police officers who follow them. Get some use of force experts, veteran police officers, and others to come up with a model police use of force code that states could adopt. I would also encourage local police departments to get rid of “trouble” cops – some officers get attract trouble and get involved in shootings much more than others.

    Also, we should sell surplus military gear to the border patrol, not the cops.

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