Choosing To End The Madness

Since I was a kid, I have lived in the middle of “racial tension”.  I use the quotes only because the name we have called the reality of figuring out the racial landscape has changed time and time again.

Right now, we are living in what looks like a world gone mad.  Our “Freedom of Speech” has gone down the toilet as we kowtow to the people who assume that they are the most recently aggrieved.  There are things we can’t say, things we can’t do, people we can’t talk to- and an unlimited list of things we shove down deep.

Worse, our leadership seems to have chosen a side… and if your skin is the wrong color, that side isn’t the one you’re on… if one judges by appearance only.  Very unfortunately, the recent issues are only about appearance.

I’m odd.  People looking at me tend to see a Latina.  Some see a native American.  Others see a mulatto.  I can tan seriously under a 30 watt bulb.

Oh wait.  I’m none of the above… ish.

Today, the local Mall was closed down by a “die in”.  What protestors thought they would gain by this is a mystery to me.  What was accomplished is a whole lot of pissed off people.  A whole lot MORE pissed off people.  People who would otherwise support the cause now hotly debated… but also have lives that they believe to be important- even MORE important.

Today in New York, two officers were murdered in cold blood by a man who murdered his girlfriend earlier in the day.  To many, the death of these officers is acceptable.  The officers were white, the murderer was black, the cops “deserved” it… for reasons that I simply don’t understand.

So now what?

Is there a way to describe the issues that separate the police and the communities they serve without protest?  Is there a way to actually communicate?

I believe there is.

Stop screaming!  The louder you yell, the deafer I become.  TELL me your issues so that I can hear them.  I can’t hear a damned thing as long as the repetitive chants are drowning out any way to discuss the issues.

Stay the fuck out of the roads!  Trust me- I can hear you and sympathize with you when I am not being blocked from getting to work.  I live in snow country- blocked roads should only mean that the plow hasn’t been through.

“No justice, No peace” is stupid.  You aren’t defining either justice nor peace.  “Hands up, Don’t shoot” NEVER happened- according to testimony.  “What do we want, DEAD COPS!  When do we want it? NOW!”  Umm, so no cops should be available to anyone?

“I Can’t Breathe”.  I say that once a week.  Why?  I have COPD and I use my rescue inhaler at least four to six times a day.

Can we maybe think in terms of discussion?  Or do we still need to destroy things and people?

Do we sanction murder as long as the right color people are the ones being killed?

Or do we challenge that which is wrong.  Define it, clarify it, and speak to it.

Martin Luther King is one of my heroes.  As a child, my father taught me to love the process of discrimination- to love the process of thinking about all the sides of the question.  To think about what the outcomes might be, to think HARD and to be DISCRIMINATING.

Discriminating isn’t about race.  It’s about choosing.  I choose red over green,  I choose fine over coarse, I choose wine over beer.  At a finer level, I like a bright green, not a dark red, I like a silky fabric over burlap, I choose a fine wine over a harsh beer.

Check your Dictionary.

As a child I was taught that prejudice is evil.  To “pre-judge” a person is to not consider that person.  That is wrong.  A man comes to the court to be tried for a crime.  It is PREJUDICE for me to assume that the person committed the crime.  I must DISCRIMINATE as I look at the evidence- what looks most like the truth?

I have opinions abut the recent “racially” bent cases.  I dare not utter a sound on any of them.  I don”t care to be targeted and I am certain my neighbors would prefer I shut up.

We MUST decide that we want to FIX the challenges in our neighborhoods.  We MUST reject bloodshed.  So many great people have gone before us seeking only peace.  Are we so shortsighted that we can’t consider all they have done?

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