Note: this isn’t the writing I love. It’s the quiet voice of REASON to replace the societal NOISE heard in the media. (If you see value in the proposal, pass it to several people. If possible, put it in someone’s hand who can give it wide appeal. If you think the writer needs correction, don’t do the above, but write me.)
I’ve seen the headlines and read the stories. I’ve heard shouts from high and low abhorring the death of a black man unjustly killed while manacled. What I haven’t seen—though admittedly not party to all newspaper accounts—is a balanced account to reduce the mounting tumult.
It’s time for both sides—police and blacks—to think objectively, and for all onlookers to stop being so one-sided in their protests. Bull-horn shouts will pass, and unless people of good-will on both sides meet and make positive decisions, little will have been accomplished.
I suggest that cool, quiet, objective voices from each side meet to reduce tensions that unpleasant encounters have turned into explosive confrontations. The following certainties could guide the discussions.
First, LAW rules the land. Any effort to reduce the police presence in society is so mindless that it shouldn’t be imagined, let alone considered. Yet voices in San Diego are presently pushing that agenda. Here’s hoping the City Council will torpedo that silliness to the depths from which it came. The way the LAWS are enforced can change, in some places have already changed, further education of its officers will change the behavior of the officers must change.
Second, stop using slogans that are at best divisive and at worst racist: whether it’s POLICE POWER, WHITE SUPREMACY or BLACK LIVES MATTER. Consider Police Power. It’s provocative. Police officers are authorized to stop and arrest those they think are suspicious of illegal activity. They have been specifically trained to use only the necessary force to induce compliance.
One circumstance modifies this rule. If drugs or alcohol are involved, rules are dismissed. Every fair-minded black onlooker has to admit that if person has the right to use any force that addiction has given him to escape confinement, the officer involved has the right to use any force necessary to achieve it. If the suspect is manacled, the officer has no right to excessive restraint. Then he has broken the law and his training, has become an extra-legal enforcer, and should be subject to arrest, arraignment and trial.
Consider White Supremacy. That wrong-headed nonsense has a home only in minds bereft of reason, humanitarianism and God’s love for all mankind. Consider Black Lives Matter. It’s racist—and I’m surprised that people of otherwise sound reasoning haven’t said it. Can they feel so subjectively sympathetic that they can’t see the implications of the sentiment?
Black lives matter? No more than Asian, Indian, Spanish or Caucasian. And not for any reason unconverted humanity may suggest. All human life matters because once born, every person is destined to spend eternity with God or without God; saved or condemned; in Heaven or in Hell! Think about this fact, folks!
And here’s something else to think about. Since all human lives matter, why are some of the women gathering to protest police brutality so brutal as to murder by abortion millions of babies annually? End Part I