This is quite simple. Forty or so years ago, I was arguing with my dad about giving the black community one more opportunity or grant or program or benefit and THAT would straighten things out! My dad, a very good man and one who had made sure he helped blacks by picking those he thought had potential and hiring them, (long before it became a law or even popular), once told me it won’t make a difference. He pointed out that culture dominates everything else. And a small group of serious troublemakers drain our resources in schools, job and prisons far more than any other. They are just work. Endless work.
After all these years, all the programs and set asides and grant and scholarships (one estimate was 22 trillion dollars!), we still have today the same strident angry insulted group I personally witnessed back in the late sixties? That is heartbreaking.
But what is the goal here? On the small scale in the shooting in Charlotte, Scott’s family is looking for a multi-million dollar payout. That is the precedent being set nowadays. And don’t think that doesn’t cross the mind of the black man making the decision out on the street! A hardened criminal thug type, or a prison veteran doesn’t fear death like most people.
In Scott’s case, he had only a few choices. A felon with a bad history in possession of drugs and a gun. He’s going back to jail. So he can comply- and go back to jail. He can fight- get whipped and go back to jail. He can run- get tackled and go back to jail. Or he can refuse to comply- get shot- and get a huge payday for his kids.
But in the bigger picture I keep hearing that the black community (which is really the loud minority of that community) is tired of trying to “stay within the lines” of our overall American community. They see the police as there to simply keep them in line- because they cannot keep themselves in line. After generations of trying, but with horrible federal input (like welfare and other family busting influences), certain elements of the black community don’t want to play by society’s rules any longer. They want out. They quit.
The trouble is, where do they go? The answer- nowhere. So they are in a place that wants a certain level of accountability, but they don’t want to provide it. It creates a conflict between the society’s peacekeepers- the police- and society’s misfits- the anti-social element within the greater culture. For example, the police show up and say “You can’t rob that guy and shoot him in the leg.” The thug says “Why not, I’m hungry and need some weed, but have no money. He has money. And it isn’t like I killed him or something, just winged him in the leg!” “But you can’t!” “Why not? If you look the other way, everything is cool”
And that’s the problem. Obama wants to federalize the nationwide police policy in such a way that we all just look away. We don’t see it, it’s not a crime. No crime reported, lower crime rates and suddenly everything looks great. Don’t believe me? Look at Obama’s heroes- the E.U.- and its Muslim crisis. What do we see? You see the media, the government, even the people refusing to admit they are in trouble with Muslim immigrants. Their normally peaceful cities are being crushed under the weight of Islamic infiltration. (Which, by the way, is not by accident.) The point is the EU is now refusing to admit to the assaults and abuses and attacks by the Muslims. No crime report equals no crime. No crime, no reason to commit resources. Smart right?
So what about having separate rules for different groups? Muslims can blow stuff up if they are unhappy? Gays can piss on the steps of the Catholic Church? Women can demand- and get- the highest office in the land just because they are women? But white male Christians…are they a special interest group now? And if so, what do they get?
In reality, separating police behavior according to the contact’s race or color or gender choice is impossible. Not that lawyers in black robes won’t try, like in Massachusetts.
The court ruled that the vague description of black men in dark clothing was insufficient to establish reasonable suspicion. The court believed that officers needed just a little bit more information to detain Warren and his partner. The officers actually got that additional bit of information when the men fled from officers. The description, time, and proximity to the crime, along with the fact that they actively ran from police was plenty to reach the level of reasonable suspicion; or so we think. The Massachusetts Supreme Court disagrees.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court said:
“We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilt. Rather, the finding that black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted for FIO [Field Interrogation and Observation] encounters suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt. Such an individual, when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity. Given this reality for black males in the city of Boston, a judge should, in appropriate cases, consider the report’s findings in weighing flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion calculus.”
Jimmy Warren’s conviction was subsequently overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
This is the rules that Obama, et. al. want to apply. That cops have to be aware of black issues when dealing with, or arresting, blacks. Not that carrying a gun, running from the police, etc. should be something the black kid should be held accountable for. Because, apparently, that is how they roll! So, I guess in Massachusetts, he gets a pass to carry a gun and not worry.
Here’s the rub. If each group gets a little extra special treatment, how do the police tell which group is which? Outside a gang of white Mormons with blue eyes and blonde hair, and ultra white skin, how do they know? So how do they react? And doesn’t that fly in the face of the “equal treatment under the law” theory of justice?
And what if the kid is half black, like Obama, is his white half in trouble, but his black half is okay? And which side gets the higher value?
I think what bugs me the most is after so many years of really knowing what went wrong, instead of fixing that (because it is politically tough) the politicians just want to throw in the towel. And that will definitely put the end to any chances for black America to get equal footing. Like cancer, crime and thuggery will destroy everything healthy and good around it.
It’s like many people just wasted forty years of their lives trying to make it different, including me.