zapatos Posted August 24, 2014 Share Posted August 24, 2014 It just bothers me on a visceral level that we seem to be replacing, "Innocent until proven guilty" and "shoot to immobilize" and "there are ways to deescalate situations without lazily killing those involved" with "shoot to kill" and "shoot first, ask questions later" and "look at a cop the wrong way and he can shoot me 6 times until I'm dead even when I am unarmed." It seems somehow counter to ideals of freedom about which we as a nation seem so proud and so constantly evangelical. I couldn't agree more. This should not be an 'us versus them' type of thing. The police are 'us' too, and they are there (or should be there) FOR us. What is particularly galling to me is that those who seem quickest to want to 'fight back' against the government, and argue that we need guns to protect ourselves against the government, are often the same people who have a knee-jerk reaction to support the police against the 'thugs' who were shot or are protesting. These same people showed up with guns to support Cliven Bundy but are no where to be seen for Michael Brown. The racism is apparent. The overt racism in this country has always been obvious to me, but being a white male I often miss out on seeing the more subtle forms of racism. It is only because of my wife's job that I have gotten a much better view of what blacks and minorities have to deal with in recent years. My wife works at a hospital in St. Louis whose patients are primarily minorities. The hospital puts a great deal of emphasis on employing minorities in the belief that it is good for their patients to see health care workers who look like them. Because of the hospital's emphasis on diversity, my wife is involved in a large number of activities aimed at making its employees understand each other. One particular exercise she went through on an offsite function, was to line up about 50 participants on a 'starting line'. The facilitator then read off a series of factors that the participants might have experienced growing up, and that each time a factor was read off that applied to a participant, that participant was to take one step forward toward the 'finish line of success'. The factors were those things that have been proven to increase the likelihood of success in life, such as access to healthcare, etc. My wife said that when the first person crossed the finish line (a white male) the visual made a compelling point, with while males leading the pack, while females behind them, and people of color far in the rear. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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