Twelve score and 2 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that sacrifices will be made upon the altar of privilege to the great God of the White Establishment…
Wait. No. That’s not right.
Or is it?
This nation has protested. This nation has marched. This nation has petitioned. This nation has raised activist dins from within and without government halls. This nation has waged massive and sustained media campaigns. This nation has filed civil suits. This nation has demanded indictments.
This nation has honored nonviolent methods of reform across the spectrum.
And still, the thin blue line toes its line. And still, The People suffer the summary executions of their family, friends, and neighbors for stealing candy bars. Reaching for their IDs as asked to by their stand-by executioners. Being black in a white neighborhood.
And still, the thin blue line toes that line.
The Thin Blue Line
The thin blue line isn’t an actual line. It isn’t even an arbitrary one. The thin blue line is the automatic denial on the part of law enforcement agencies behind which they enjoy mutual protection for all their sins, complicit in murder after murder of civilians – on camera, no less – without fear of retribution and without any intention of changing.
When a video of a crime shows an indistinct but reasonably identifiable suspect perpetrating that crime, even if we’re talking about a 40 second video, we call that “evidence”. In fact, if we have video of a crime being committed, we tend to fairly universally refer to it as damning evidence.
When we see a video of such suspect killing another human being, the law enforcement agencies bring their unlimited power to bear to go after that suspect in the name of justice.
But when we see a 40 second video of police officers clearly executing a citizen, we are told by law enforcement – wait, you can’t draw conclusions from a 40 second video.
Isn’t it ironic that a 40 second video (or far far less) is plenty to convict a non-badge-wearing civilian for a crime, but we’re told that it isn’t enough to even accuse an officer?
As this nation has peacefully railed against this blind denial, more and more sons of grieving mothers have fallen to the inappropriate standards of authorization of the use of deadly force which law enforcement paradoxically insists it needs in the face of dangers which statistically do not exist.
Police Lives Matter
Yes. They do. However, the Police Lives Matter movement exists to perpetrate a fraud in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Yes, I’m declaring that a fraud. Openly.
I’m doing so because every conceivable metric in the world that measures officer safety agrees universally that it has never been a safer time in the history of the nation to be a police officer. Meanwhile, statistics exist all over the place that, particularly, black youths are being snuffed out. But they don’t want to give up the post-Patriot Act power they’ve been given, so toe that thin blue line, making themselves accessories to murder after murder of civilian and creating the very demon they allege to stand against.
So while we’re all watching citizens being dropped like flies, we’re told that it’s because it’s so dangerous to be a police officer that it’s necessary to sacrifice a possibly innocent person if there’s a chance that an officer might be in danger.
Voila the inappropriate shift of the standard of the use of deadly force.
Voila the increase in outrage over our law enforcement agencies operating contrary to the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and the presumption of law enforcement that their role is to take it upon themselves to act as judge, jury, and executioner.
They have turned streets into The Hunger Games. And Dallas District has, apparently, declined to participate any more.
Hopefully, where peaceful and nonviolent methods of reform have failed across the board, what happened in Dallas will make the establishment wake up and there will be no repeat.
But already, I’m seeing representatives of law enforcement double-down on the illusion that there’s an imminent danger to them that they aren’t, themselves, creating.
Cause -> Effect
This is an analysis, not a rally cry. Nonviolent methods of reform are the intent of every part of the design of this nation; they should be the mechanism for all change.
However… When nonviolent methods of reform fail across the board, there’s a reasonable expectation that The People are going to begin to use their 2nd Amendment rights to stand up to the injustice. That right, after all, is far more suitable to overthrowing out-of-control law enforcement (magistrates) than it is realistically suitable to rebelling against the strongest military the world has ever seen.
The effect sucks. It’s disgusting watching our peacekeepers being targeted.
Ask yourselves, though – just what is it going to take to get that thin blue line erased and our pre-Patriot Act police presence back again? Because that is most definitely the cause. Nonviolent action? Okay – which ones? The gamut of them have been wailing against the establishment for years to no effect. So you tell us – do we need to say “pretty please”?
Innocent until proven guilty. Peacekeepers.