Kenosha, Wisconsin is the latest scene of, what would appear a senseless act of violence by police. There’s little to go on for us in the cheap seats but it’s pretty easy to jump to the conclusion that a racist cop lost control and Jacob Blake shouldn’t have tried to break up a fight.
I still contend that it is simply impossible to judge from here in Dumont or even down the street in Kenosha. Even as time passes, witnesses are reluctant to come forward fearing reprisal from whichever side their testimony can damage.
George Floyd’s death is called a killing in a broad sample of media without any official declaration from an investigation. How does this serve the Black community? That question is the one seldom asked for some reason. How do we right the wrongs, so that we can live in peace?
Drugs should be legal and regulated for quality. Breonna Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky would be alive today if not for this 80-year old boondoggle. She was in a house raided for drugs and there were none found. Eighty years and what we have to show for it is death from competing gangs, crusading law enforcement, disrespect for law enforcement in other areas because police are misused to act as a parent instead of a defender of rights, and overdoses from dope of unknown quality.
Police officers should be independent employees competing with each other in defense of the people. Police unions protect these thugs that make it hard for all the decent cops to get along in the community. Competition is the great improver. Unions stifle competition.
There is a direct correlation between the rise of the welfare state and crime. The replacement of family by “The Village” has had a well-documented effect on crime rates. Defunding police and increasing social programs would be an extension of the welfare state that is blatantly a form of bribery and sets a bad example for future generations.
These intrusions into the lives of peaceful and agreeable people by government create waste and poverty. The difference between the effect of these programs on Whites and Blacks is the tendency by compassionate and guilt ridden Whites and power hungry Black leaders to point to slavery and Jim Crow as being responsible for the Black community’s lack of competitiveness. It is easy to point to this and give up, rather than try to function in an economy handicapped by government distortion.
The handouts are what give the Black community a disadvantage, and it continues. Ariel Atkins, chief organizer for Black Lives Matter Chicago had this to say when looters struck high end stores August 10, “That’s a reparation. Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance.”
What I would like to hear from Black Lives Matter would be the same sort of thing that Jacob Blake’s mother said on CNN, “My family and I are very hurt, and quite frankly disgusted. And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. You shouldn’t do it. … it’s just not acceptable.”
The difference between these two women is this, one has a son with three kids to support who is critically injured and may never walk again. The other sees people as mere parts of a collective. And that’s what racism is, viewing people as groups rather than individuals. As individuals we live in peace every day. The function of law should only be to preserve the rights of individuals, like Jacob Blake.
Written August 27, 2020