So, I’m sure everyone has seen the news report of yet another unarmed black man killed by those who are hired to protect and serve. I’m sure everyone has also already seen the video that will surely get these officers paid administrative leave and acquitted of all charges. I’m sure we’ll all hear the excuses levied therein: he was a bad person, the officers feared for their lives, his hands were raised in a threatening manner as he was walking towards the officers.
Meanwhile, the Broward County Sheriffs Union wants to end police escorts for the Miami Dolphins because some of the players knelt for the anthem, and they want to withhold those services until the team owner goes against his own beliefs and force them to stand. Remember: Stephen Ross is in favor of what those players are doing, and he is putting his own money behind advancing race relations and driving social progress. Also, the largest police union in the nation has endorsed a racist, sexist, misogynistic fraud of a human being for president. So, I guess not all unions are bad, huh?
Detractors to both the Black Lives Matter movement and the silent protest started by Colin Kaepernick like to say there’s a time and a place for protesting, but they want to dictate that time and place, missing the entire point of a protest in the first place. Protests are not supposed to be off to the side; protests are open and messy. Protests are supposed to inconvenience, and they are supposed to be a starting point to a dialogue. That dialogue may be unpleasant, but it’s one that has to be done. Or, have people forgotten their history: the Boston Tea Party wasn’t some dainty little sit-down; it was one of the starting points to the Revolution that helped form this country. Also, don’t forget the first person to die for this country: Crispus Attucks.
If you don’t listen to people when they say they’re hurting, this is what you get. And, this is what you’ll continue to get until you stop plugging your ears and going “la-la-la” and actually LISTEN to what is being said. Listen, emphasize, and think. Maybe then, you’ll see where we’re coming from.
If you don’t, then you’re being intransigent. And, intransigence is never good.