If you or I acted the same way with a police officer, we'd be treated the same way. She reminded me of an employee I had who was a pill addict and would go on with unmitigated belligerence for hours, talking incessantly and none of it good. It then appears that Ms Bland hung herself in her prison cell. She noted on her documents that she had tried to kill herself the year before because she had lost her baby. Her method of self-euthanasia? Pills.
So, in a nutshell, a suicidal woman picks a fight with a police officer, gets arrested - just as despicable white me would if I acted the same way - and hangs herself with a trash bag a few days later in her cell. Cameras confirm she was alone when she hung herself. So who's the villain?
Had she acted like a normal human being instead of a bully, she would have left peacefully with her ticket in her console and would go straight home to tweet about the putative injustice of being pulled over by a white officer because she failed to use turn signals. That would indicate that we are the same free country that was and is.
But there is something markedly different about these recent cases where black Americans have attacked police and then claimed victim hood. Mind you, I am not dismissing police overstepping their bounds with citizens. As we become wards of the state because of our relentless march toward socialism, police are increasingly looking at all of us as peons. However, Officer Darrin Wilson did not look at Michael Brown as a peon but as a mortal threat as he rushed toward the officer in an effort to kill him. Wilson killed Brown in self-defense, pure and simple. It was either Wilson or Brown. One would die that day.
And as for Sandra Bland; she killed herself. Who's the villain? I know many of the Christian fathers and mothers of the early church were martyred but I know of not one who killed themselves and was considered a martyr. Martyrs don't kill themselves. Period.
And yet lost in all this is that many black Americans are living in an environment that stands in the way of them being able to achieve financial security. In one sense, black Americans are more upwardly mobile than ever before, participating in the economy in greater numbers, and we want to grow that trend. Yet too many are still paying high rents for slum dwellings, whose children are going to awful public schools, and are afraid to walk through their own neighborhoods due to increasing numbers of dangerous drug addicts and gang members. And this rampant malaise is the one true way their local police are failing them. The first reason for government's existence is security, and we must make sure black communities are safe environments.
It is an irony that, had Sandra Bland's car been stolen minutes before she was pulled over, she would have seen come to her aid the same deputy she was abusive to. And what protocol should there be for an out-of-control citizen like Sandra Bland?
In conclusion Black Lives Matter in a way that other lives don't matter. And here is a very significant point I don't think the Democrats or Republicans get; neither party has cared about blacks to do anything significant to help them. They have been just another identity group where votes can be easily harvested with shallow rhetoric. The last 25 years has been an era of fickle political theater around issues that never seem to get resolved. And blacks are realizing that the Democratic party is one of the biggest culprits in perpetuating the fires of the conflict that burns them.
The Democrats have bought black Americans at the cheapest price in American history. Benefits that fail to raise any humans out of poverty are not benefits; they're distractions to keep them voting Democratic. Black Americans are waking up from 50 years of the welfare state and realizing that it was, as President Lyndon Johnson said himself, "I'll have those niggers voting Democrat for 100 years." Not so fast, Mr Johnson. Your game might be running out of gas halfway through.
Hopefully, the Black Lives Matter movement will inspire a stronger sense of community that will encourage personal responsibility. And it must be said here that, if Black Lives Matter is ever going to be a transformational movement, then it must begin with blacks believing that black lives matter themselves. Blacks have led the world for far too long in murdering their own children in abortions. Black Lives Matter is an unequivocally pro-life statement, unless blacks are merely joking about it.
While we need to be vigilant of our police, ensure our schools are preparing black Americans for success, expand opportunities, and help increase the standard of living on all fronts, the black community has to stand against the plague of illegitimacy, to attack the subculture that frowns upon literacy and civility, and promote a shift toward personal responsibility.
And if the root cause of "white privilege" is that white parents actually watch out for their children and leave them an inheritance, then they should copy them rather than scorn them. Most of the demands on BlackLivesMatter.Com sound like a communist manifesto but they can shed light on what is desperately needed in the black community. See Black Lives Matter - Learn Our Demands.
The current state of Black America is anything but just. For Black people in the U.S., the shadow of crisis has not passed.
Our schools are designed to funnel our children into prisons. Our police departments have declared war against our community. Black people are exploited, caged, and killed to profit both the state and big business. This is a true State of Emergency. There is no place for apathy in this crisis. The US government has consistently violated the inalienable rights our humanity affords.
We say no more.
This country owes Black citizens nothing less than full recognition of our human rights. The White House’s current racial justice initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, ignores too many members of our communities. It does not address the inhumane conditions we collectively experience living in a white supremacist system. The issues facing Black women, immigrants, trans and queer people must be included and we demand a full expansion of My Brother’s Keeper to do so.
We demand the same inclusion from our movement.
None of us are free until all of us are free. Our collective efforts have exposed the ugly American traditions of patriarchy, classism, racism, and militarism. These combined have bred a violent culture rife with transphobia, and other forms of illogical hatred.