Let’s just review some of the things that have happened since the beginning of the year 2020. Put on a mask. Stay at home. Stay six feet apart. Close down the country. Call “criminals” “protesters.” Get people used to virus testing. Change rules over night. Allow people to tear down statues and deface government property. Prosecute citizens for practicing their Constitutional rights. Apologize for history. Set up check-points. Let citizens have a taste of what it is like to depend on the country for capital. Eliminate small businesses through a financial crunch. Shut down religious gatherings. It’s not even the middle of August and all of the aforementioned has already happened.
I fear that in many ways it is already too late. I’m fifty-six years old and am clearly playing the back nine in life. I don’t wanna be bothered. I wanna be left alone. I have a few things left on my list in life. Number one is getting my eighty year old mother out of Florida and back here in Cleveland with family. I never used to think that way. I used to sneak out of the house as a kid just to get away from her. Funny what happens when you get older and seek wisdom.
I thought I made the correct decision in choosing Willoughby, Ohio as my final destination. I was wrong. Corruption and deceit is alive and well here in this small town. Is it everywhere and we never noticed? Where should you look for it first? Is it already too late?? I wish I had the answers because I clearly missed the first round of questions.
So I’m sitting here watching the chaos in Charlotte, North Carolina and I think I have it figured out. Don’t judge the many by the actions of a few. I understand the frustration that people have regarding excessive force but black cop shooting black guy doesn’t equate to “beat the shit out of white people.”
Did the cop use excessive force? I don’t know I wasn’t there. Will an investigation determine who was at fault? I don’t know as I don’t fully trust “investigations.” What I do know is this: there are two kinds of people in this world, good and bad. The conversation should start and end there. Apply that belief to any situation and it takes race and ethnicity out of the conversation. Is there racism in our society? Yes. It’s permeated by those that are bad. Is there corruption in law enforcement in this country? Yes. Again these would be the bad people. See how easy this is? Let’s continue. Is there corruption in any business in this country? Yes. Once again my theory applies.
This should not be about race this should be about stopping the bad and promoting the good. If something bad happens and you react in a bad way then you become part of the problem and not the solution. We all have experienced frustration. When we let frustration turn into anger we usually make bad decisions and we then become part of the bad. Bad also affects the credibility of your cause. If you want to fight the bad then you need to be part of the good otherwise your desired solution is clouded by your bad reaction.
The sun will go down tonight in Charlotte and people will have the chance to make a decision. Will it be bad or good? Only time will tell but at this point I think we are moving backward instead of forward; and that’s very bad.
I like to laugh and write about funny things. What is happening in Ferguson, MO is not funny and has consumed me for the past week. I am a news junkie yet I am surprised when I find out how many are not aware of the unrest and racial tension in this town of just over twenty one thousand.
Cliff note version of what happened: Michael Brown, 18, and friend were walking in the middle of the street. Police officer tells them to get back on sidewalk. The story differs from here. According to police there was a struggle for his sidearm. According to witnesses Brown ran from officer and was shot in the back. Autopsy results have since shown the shots entered the front of Mr. Brown but that isn’t going to bring Mr. Brown back or squelch the pain of his family. Of course the media vultures Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton swarm on the city like vultures looking for meat. They are not there to help. They are there for self promotion and basically a can of kerosene introduced to a bonfire. They say they stand for civil rights but I concur and say they wish for civil unrest.
At the beginning of this unrest Ferguson police brought in TANKS and swat vehicles and shot rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd of demonstrators including some news crews that were only trying to do their job. The wise move was then made by the Governor to put the State Highway Patrol in charge of security. So who is to blame? As usual I believe truth lies in the middle. There were characters of ill repute that demonstrated with violence and didn’t really care about the life of Michael Brown that was lost. I also believe there are a few police officers that view themselves as “soldiers with toys” that have no regard for the law that they were sworn to uphold. This is an example of the few ruining it for the many.
We all come from different ethnic backgrounds. We may differ in color. We may differ in religious beliefs but the one thing we have in common is that we are human beings. I hope we all soon accept that reality and act in a brotherly way.