I can't figure out how to respond to this whole thing.
I mean on the one hand we've got what appears to be a dumb kid on an apparent road to a criminal career, if not already there.
But at the same time I know what an idiot I was at 18...
Then we've got what appears to be a cop trying to stay alive, perhaps going a bit too far, will we ever know for sure?
Than we've got what appears to be long-standing tension between a community and the police who are tasked with protecting it.
I mean...what the **** is the answer here?
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
The people that are defending Michael Brown tooth and nail are assholes. Screw them for saying the cop shouldn't have been scared. What do they know what it's like to be attacked?
The people that are defending Darren Wilson tooth and nail are assholes. Perhaps in this case you're right. Or perhaps not. But you are an asshole for smearing a dead kid who you don't know. And are you are an asshole for dismissing the unrest, because you don't know what it's like to know that just because of your skin color you'll be treated differently by police. You don't know what it's like to see the guy in Walmart get shot carrying a BB gun, then Mike Brown, and then this 12-year old kid.
Both sides are filled with people who are either too ignorant or too partisan to see where the other side is coming from.
Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.
Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963... "These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference... I'll have them ni****s voting Democratic for the next two hundred years".
I am on the left and I do not support violent protest. I support non-violent protest and civil disobedience that is well-targetted. The goal should be to demonstrate that your side is the side that supports freedom, justice and peace for all.
Intentionally keeping ordinary people from going about their business freely is not non-violent protest. When people are stuck in traffic or on public transportation for a long period of time because protesters have intentionally blocked the streets, it is a form of kidnapping. Residual, unintended effects from a large protest (such as traffic backups) are not immoral, but intentionally causing harm to ordinary people is violence against innocent people. Wasting a significant amount of a person's time is causing harm. Not only is it wrong, it is not helpful for the cause being promoted.
Looting is even worse, it is nothing but greedy people taking advantage of an opportunity. Most destruction and violence is similar, I have seen who does it, and it is a handful of violent and destructive boys and young men taking advantage of the opportunity to act out their violent desires.
That said, one should not let the jerks who arrogantly and/or opportunistically highjack a protest distract from the original message of the majority of protesters who are peaceful and respectful of their community.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 11-29-14 at 10:50 PM.
Of course, if you want to go there, let's talk about what the two parties stood for before and after desegregation. You are familiar with the Southern Strategy, right?