Regarding AJW’s Jun 19, 2017 post
I stumbled across your blog(?) and have started read your post , finding that you are a very good and motivated writer. I encourage you to continue and to analyze the events and historical artifacts that you chronicle as proofs of your convictions. Where writing about our agreements is reassuring and usually mundane, discussion of questionable observations is where intellectual interest and energy are mostly focused for the energetic engagement. The focus is to better form a coherent and pattern matching fabric of understanding which usually reveals that people are people. Within that fabric, we focus upon ripples, rips and miss-matches that are magnified by tribal views, conflicts, hurt feelings and residual feuds.
OK, so what?
So… we focus upon questionable ideas of both speakers and listeners, to unveil misconceptions and miss-statements
Very Generally: Blacks have been heavily abused. Up until the mid-1960, correcting these abuses was painfully slow. The mid=60s through the early ’70s jolted and accelerated these corrections. Since the ’70s, corrections have occurred at an accelerated pace. Black economics are now more integrated into the greater economic and social system than they have ever been in the US.
People that own property are not always rich. Is property ownership a “dog whistle” of yours, perhaps a prejudicial thumb on your scale? Do you own nothing? Although I own my home, a pick-up, and a house that I lease out, I am not rich; I’m just a middle class guy, walking an economic tight-rope and hoping to not fall off while I support my family. Naively categorizing people is an important indicator of our prejudices. Perhaps we should start there?
You still believe that Michael Brown was an innocent, despite the many Black testimonies that outed him as a neighborhood problem that finally made threats that were definitively defended against, and he died. The prejudiced, rhetoric-blinded riots that followed destroyed property owned by mostly middle class people that supported the community with employment and distribution of goods. Both the community, employees and entrepreneurs were struggling before the riots. The protests were premature and misplaced attacks on that community.
You once sympathized with the police, “your oppressors.” You’re still sympathizing with your other sets of oppressors, whom you apparently have not recognized yet. It may take a while before you recognize who the list might include, and even longer before you agree that they are oppressing and manipulating you.
So, Get into it:
1. Black lives have always mattered in the US. They were and are an important workforce and cultural influence. Police respond to violent domestic events to protect and separate opponents. These are rarely rich people. Yes there were slave patrols that were specialized in their tasks. There were also segments of the police that dealt with murder, assault, rape, theft, arson, imports, taxes and traffic. Horses and wagons were traffic too. These problems existed and were addressed before, during and after slavery.
2. The police are frightened, causing them to cautiously bulk up defensively and offensively. There have been a lot of general shootings and assassinations directed at the general and policing populations. Police are expected to pursue and step into the middle of altercations that can suddenly turn violent towards them and others. Real life people have been killed by gang’s vigilante-police, also for little to no reason. The two police forces occasionally collide without notice, and they are both armed. Most police announce who they are in a variety of ways; gang police are anonymous; they are without uniforms, although there may be telltale colors and tattoos. Neither groups anxieties are alleviated, only elevated. Be as cautious as they are.
3. A confetti of fear and misunderstanding has been cast into each other’s faces for decades, as seen in your #3. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve been involved. Sweeping up informational and opinionated confetti and casting it over and over adds to the presumptions and anger. It also drowns[SH1] out understanding and analysis. Yelling our beliefs feels better than listening to analyses that cause us to modify our beliefs and understandings. The blended and long simmering soup of historical memories and events is important and can be sorted out by objective historians in the quiet of libraries, interviews and subsequent thought. It cannot be sorted out during heated exchanges, which usually embellishes, emotionally miss-emphasizes, and demeans others’ contributions. Step back. Talk to us about the facts of recent events that are relevant to today’s social and legal climates; move to correct them. Because of social and legal changes, revenge over events from decades and centuries ago is irrelevant, except for feudal attitudes that disallow healing. Do you want healing? I do. Healing will sluff off disabling scabs of the past and allow better, more comfortable movement of everyone in our society. You and your readers are valuable. You’ll be more valuable to society and your community when you heal, grow, and support your community. This does not exclude differentiation. Diversity expands and knits the economy.
BUT: Cops who killed so many of us “on accident” are actually held accountable. Their lives are taken into tumult. Cops, lawyers, politicians, business owners, criminals also watch and reassess. “Mistakes” always cause reassessment of our situations, even observers like me and you.
I agree that cops are not our friends. Despite their human foibles, fears and misunderstandings, they should be trained and viewed as unattached protectors, with an ability to facilitate resolution of “simple” disputes. They should be devoid of attachments to either side of a dispute, something that a friend cannot be. Just give them the facts, being careful about your biased opinions. If airing the facts with the police cannot facilitate a resolution, it’s a subject for court review, after a separation of the two parties.
You want to abolish the Police? What will you replace it with? How have the Gang-Police been working for you? Any new policing organization will evolve fearful and privileged practices. .. Good Luck,