“In certain parts of the country, there is a sense of frustration among law enforcement officials who believe ongoing unrest is being enabled by progressive local prosecutors who’ve chosen to either downgrade or drop charges stemming from protests against police violence and systemic racism. It almost appears to me as if this lack of charging or downgrading charges in protests, particularly in charges related to assaulting police officers, may contribute to more assaults against police officers because protesters think that they just will not be held accountable,” By: Brian Higgins, Retired Police Chief of Bergen County, N.J., Adjunct Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Excerpt from: In crackdown on Portland protests, state troopers are back, ‘deputized’ as federal officers. Why it matters.
Turn It On Its Head: In certain parts of the country, there’s a sense of frustration among woke young adults who believe ongoing unrest is being enabled by law enforcement officials who’ve chosen to either downgrade or drop charges on officers who exhibit police violence and institutional racism. It almost appears to me as if this lack of charging or downgrading charges against officers, particularly in charges related to assaulting minorities, may contribute to more assaults against minorities because officers think that they just won’t be held accountable.
Commentary: The point of diversifying the police ranks with different nationalities is strictly for the white cop’s benefit, so that they won’t appear to be so racist anymore. When the public calls out the police chief for not protecting them from these bad apples, he thinks he’s being slick by firing back with the line: “Be the change you want to see. Become a police officer, we’re hiring”. Dim witted minorities who fall for this lie and apply, don’t realize that nothing will change, and they will also become part of the problem. This integration experiment has historically failed, because systemic racism is already ingrained into the institution. The dynamic that prevails below the water line is that these new recruits fall into the department’s class order, with minorities representing the lower ranks and only tolerated as token police with no real authority. The consequences are that these black cops have a chip on their shoulder due to the stigma they now encounter in their former black communities, and because they are also obliged to prove to their superiors that they are worthy to wear the badge. In order to fix any systemic problem, you need to do a deep dive into the underlying issues, first. Otherwise, you’re just prolonging it, by treating the symptoms instead of the root cause.
Definitions: Alternative Facts: Noun—Statements that are presented as truthful but contradict factual evidence. Synonym—Orwellian (doublethink). Idiom—Phrase first used by Kellyanne Conway.
Turn it on its Head: Verb—To cause something to be the opposite of what it was before.
Woke: Adjective—Hyper-aware, especially of social problems such as inequality.
“But we will only succeed if we reject the growing pressure to retreat into cynicism and hopelessness. We have a moral obligation to ‘stay woke’, take a stand and be active; challenging injustices and racism in our communities and fighting hatred and discrimination wherever it rises.” By: Barbara Lee