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
At the risk of being a bit “brash,” I found this submission to be a rather obvious example of obsequious behavior, a quest for a social (ersatz) justice warrior indulgence.
What do you mean by, “How do we right the wrongs, so that we can live in peace?” About what wrongs are you writing? Please list them.
Then there is, “… 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.” Why didn’t you preface this with, “from what we are allowed to view by the corporate media, which is so often only a tiny part of a story and most always edited to support an agenda or desired narrative,…”?
Then you write, “George Floyd’s death is called a killing in a broad sample of media without any official declaration from an investigation.” Excuse me, Fritz, but the medical examiner has stated that Floyd died from overdoses of fentanyl and methamphetamines that compromised his other ailments of coronary artery and heart disease (Floyd had three-times the lethal dose of fentanyl, alone). The medical examiner report does not list the knee to the side of Floyd’s neck as contributing to Floyd’s death.
You continue with, “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.” Oh, so Ms. Taylor was killed simply for being at the wrong place at the wrong time (a victim of serendipity or just collateral damage)? You are implying that no mitigating factors that drove this shooting were involved. Hmm …
You appear to then go on to blame the cops for causing the deaths of people engage in criminal activity or suspected criminal activity. Let me ask you, if you did not have multi-acres of farm/ranch land for which to care, would you live among inner-city occupants or within a 90% black community? No? Why not?
“These intrusions into the lives of peaceful and agreeable people by government create waste and poverty.” Are you kidding? Please list these “peaceful and agreeable” communities that have been invaded by police storm-troopers. Or list the non-criminal “peaceful and agreeable” people that have been assassinated by police in the last ten years, or so.
“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.” Yes, yes, Jacob Blake was a saint and the cops refused to see him as an individual. I disagree. The fact that Mr. Blake is dead is because the cops did see him as an individual, a man with an extensive criminal history, including threats using a firearm, and with an outstanding arrest warrant, who was refusing the directions of the police.
Sorry, Fritz, but I (obviously) really do not get this article titled, “Solutions to the Race Problem.” Your one solution appears to be that cops are bad, and all blacks are innocent angels, just helpless prey for all cops who are all racists and who will all kill with the no provocation. So, we should have private police forces? Let’s see if one of these private cops, after working dad-after-day for a few months in an inner city or a 90% black community will not be impacted with LETSD (Law Enforcement Traumatic Stress Disorder). Believe me, these cops approach each situation seeing only individual behavior, not the goodness (that may, or may not) exist in the collective community.
Where are the other “solutions,” plural?
You are correct. I try to write to everyone, thinking I’d prefer not to live in an armed camp all the time and also caring for those so hornswoggled as the mass of so-called victims appear to be. What they seek is called justice but the long term effects continue their plight. Maybe they relish in the situation instead of really wanting improvement.
“Then you write, “George Floyd’s death is called a killing in a broad sample of media without any official declaration from an investigation.”” That’s right. They called it a killing without declaring it so with any official investigation results. I didn’t.
I moved here a long time ago for the reasons you imply.
I was not referring to intrusions on a certain group, just the economy at large, and its effect of limiting wealth creation generally.
I dated the piece because I was certain more information would change things. Now we know the cops were threatened with a knife. The guy had a warrant out for his arrest and he rivals Mel Gibson in invincibility.
I still contend the welfare state and the drug war and the contention that the fault for the problems is wrongly put on events 150 years ago.
Jacob Blake also had resisted arrest in the past.
I believe there exists a tiny number of blacks who have created wealth for themselves. The problem is, there are way too few capable of accomplishing this.
And what ” … effects continue their plight”? Surely not America’s past experience with slavery that was ended 150+ years ago. How does one explain the poverty and lack of technological, medical, educational, and innovation in any area? The “effects”of slavery? Please … Try a brain that just might be wired differently.