By all means, if I don’t feel I am being treated fairly or receiving justice, I suppose I should riot by today’s BLM standards! When I watch the interviews of the rioters, they claim that they are not safe, their children are not safe and their elderly are not safe. They claim that the police treat them differently. Of course, they claim racism and bigotry.
The FACT that the police actually kill more white suspects than black suspects never seems to change the way they think. Neither do they stop and think what would happen to their neighborhoods if there were no police. The police protect them far more than they threaten them, regardless what they think. The police limit the drug flow, they cut the crime rate and they try to stop gang activity. I can think of only one type of person who would not like the police for doing that! It is basic math, where there is more crime there are more police. Where there is less crime there is less police. Most law abiding citizens want it to be that way.
Another thing I have noticed, when police confront anyone with a weapon they are immediately told to “drop it”. There seems to be a cultural difference between the way blacks and whites react to this. Most white gun owners I know are trained or well aware that possession of a firearm necessitates a different response to, and attitude about, your response. You immediately, slowly, without question or argument, put that gun down and put your hands up. If you are carrying you tell the officer immediately. Anything else can be interpreted as a threat. African-Americans seem to think we get treated differently, not so. When they are stopped it seems like many of them have a chip on their shoulder and believe that if they are not hurting anyone with the gun or not pointing it at the officer, then the officer can’t do anything. As the situation escalates and they still have not released the gun, they seem to think that there should be some dialogue. This is why there is more to carrying a gun than just possessing a permit. They also seem to think that police don’t have a right to protect themselves. Blacks think they are being treated differently when actually they are being treated just like anyone who does not do what the officer commands. It is rule #1 – always do whatever the officer commands, you can present your case and argue later.
This leads me to the next point I would like to make. In all of the media commentary I hear a lot about how afraid of the police young black men are these days. I accept that there might still be a few instances in this era of cell phone videos and police cameras. However, one of the primary differences in the way children are socialized in the two communities is the way in which they are taught to view the police. From the beginning, a white child is taught that the policeman/woman is an authority figure to obey. The child is taught this for his own safety. There is a much different attitude toward the police in many black households, consequently as the child matures the police are regarded as the enemy or the antagonist rather than the protector that he/she really is.
I wonder what these rioters/BLM activists really want. They will not get anarchy because the government and the citizens will never allow it. They are not going to promote any kind of negotiation, compromise or dialogue by attacking innocent citizens in cars, smashing windows, looting and stealing, beating up any white person they can, trying to throw a white media team into a fire started in the street, destroying random cars parked on the street, etc. The only thing that they seem to be doing is having a violent block party where they help themselves to other people’s property. It gives absolutely no legitimacy to their cause, their argument or their claims. If anything it makes them look manipulated, greedy and a great deal thoughtless.
If these people want change, why do they keep voting in the same Democrats over and over, decade after decade? If a political party cannot improve your life in 50 years and, in fact, things get worse…..why would you blindly keep following that party and voting for its candidates?
Lastly, as bad as it is to destroy someone’s livelihood or to trash their car ( which they probably haven’t even paid off), attacking someone with the intent to do bodily harm is inexcusable. Violence never produces positive results but violence against a fellow human being can have NO justification. When a protest becomes a riot, the national guard needs to be called at the first sign and curfew imposed. No quarter given, arrest anyone who violates the curfew.
Meanwhile, there is much on the net and TV. You could clearly see people bashing windows and looting. I hope that the police department views every video out there and pursues every lead and arrests every single rioter who broke the law.