Ever since the spring the left and their radical elements have been rallying around the cry of “Defund the Police.” Now before I go any further, I just want too make clear that every single profession has a certain percentage of folks who probably shouldn’t be doing that job. That goes for every profession-teachers, police, firefighters, you pick one and there is dead wood in every one. Second, does police brutality exist? I would have to say yes to this. But, and this is a big but, and I will not lie, it is nowhere near the level that the radical SJW’s say it is. Now before you go off and say that’s because I am white, let me tell you a quick story.
I taught in NYC from 1997-1999 in a not so nice area of the Bronx. My first couple days were uneventful as we had many hours of professional development and we ate lunch with the administration and our colleagues as a way to bond with our new found friends. On the first day when we actually had kids in the building, I joined several teachers as they headed to the local Bodega to get lunch. Two minutes after leaving the building, an unmarked police car pulled up and four undercover officers jumped out and told me to get up against the wall. Not knowing what I could have possible done, it soon became apparent as to why they stopped me. The first question they asked me was, “What is a white guy doing in this neighborhood?” As you can probably guess, I was the only white person in the group.
I did as I was told, provided ID and answered all of their questions. They were part of the “Search and Frisk” units that were a part of NYC at the time. After about 7-8 minutes I was let go and off we went to lunch. Over the course of the next two years, I had to have been stopped no less than probably 40 times, all because I was a white guy in a neighborhood that was pretty much 100% minority. This included walking to stores, walking to and from the train several times when my car was being repaired and even hanging out in front of the school.
My parents raised me to have a healthy respect for all authority. Under no circumstance should you be disrespectful or rude to an authority figure.
Where are the parents today teaching kids this? Instead, they are teaching the next generation to hate the police and challenge them when they are confronted. In just about every case where an African-American is shot by the police, once you see the entire video, the police have not acted illegally. Once again, I am not saying it is true in every case, but much of what we have seen over the last few months could have been prevented if they had just LISTENED to the police. And as we also have seen, groups such as BLM and ANTIFA don’t bother to wait for all of the facts, they see the snippet of film and then do what they do.
So, with all of that, these groups are calling to defund police across the nation. Not every city, town or municipality, but enough for a person equipped with some degree of logic to say, “WTF?”
When it became apparent that actually saying “Defund the Police” wasn’t such a hot move, then we had to listen to the fools who said that we needed to “reimagine the police,” or the ones who say that social workers should be sent on the calls where mentally ill people are involved. Really? (More on that in a later post). And of course, my favorite are the people who say, “shoot them in the leg.”
Some folks may not want to hear this, but if you just listened to the police and obeyed all of their commands, the police wouldn’t have to react in a violent manner. In almost all of the cases over the last few months, once the entire video came out it was obvious that the police were not at fault.
And to end my rant, all you have to do is a Google search of all of the people screaming about defunding the police actually calling the police for anything from bad Uber rides to undelivered food. Now that is the height of hypocrisy.
Parents, teach your children from a young age that they need to have respect for their authority whether they like it or not. It might just save their life.