Last week was a tough one. Over 7 peace officers were killed on the line of duty. One was executed while pumping gas. What threatening manner did he present? Was he abusing his power? Was he thrashing people of a different race around? Was he shooting at people when he couldn’t gone hand-to-hand? No. He was pumping gas. Shot in the back of the head and fifteen more times. Clear sign of hate and rage.
A Trooper in Louisiana stopped to assist what seemed like a motorist in need. What do you think ran through his mind? That he could possibly die? That the person was waiting to ambush him? Without even thinking he was going to assist someone who he thought was in need of assistance not knowing about the persons race, social class, or criminal history. Instead he got repaid with his life being taken with the last words he possibly heard was “You’re lucky you are going to die.”
Here in Michigan I had to wear the black band on my badge for a fallen State Trooper. He was accidentally knocked off his motorcycle and dragged down a highway road for several miles. Although this action wasn’t deliberate it’s still a tragedy nonetheless.
And lately a police officer was found dead at his house off duty. In what kind of society are we living in where we feel it is okay to kill someone because of what they wear and of their career choice? Isn’t that oddly similar to killing someone because of race?
These recent “progressive movements” (not naming the ones that have been highlighted in recent news) have done nothing except set us way back. Black vs White. Everybody vs the police. Why are people even mad? Mad at the fact that white people should pay for what they’ve done for black people? For something that happened several hundred years ago? Something that people nowadays have absolutely no control over history?
Well that’s where it should stay. It should be history. Instead people are choosing to make it a modern a issue. No one has been keeping people in low class societies. No one has been keeping a certain race down and oppressing them. I have had friends in the Marines and in the Air Force who grew up in the ghettos. They found a way out. Several of them are successful and most of them have jobs with college education. If they could do it with almost nothing then why can’t the rest of the world?
The issue is that no one wants to take responsibility for their actions. I hate to reference Rocky Balboa but he had a very great inspirational speech and a good point. During the scene where his son gets mad that he accepts a fight he calls his dad out about what he’s doing to him (in comparison to the “racial divide”). He kept saying that things were different because he was the reason behind it. His dad calmly reminds him of his son’s past. Of how he grew up. He had a good life, but as soon as he got older he started pointing the finger at something else and blaming everybody else for his failures. He said that’s what cowards do and he shouldn’t be a coward. He stated that he needs to start living life as a person and stop blaming others.
Its a movie, but it has a good point. Why point the finger at something else when people of all races, class, and color are more than capable of changing their own future in this world. Instead people take the easy way out. Of course it’s easier to blame something else instead of admitting you’re wrong. I’m guilty of it. I do it every now and then, but that hate always stays with me. It’s until I admit that I’m wrong that I can start to figure out how to fix it and never do it again.
Our job profession (law enforcement) is not an easy one. If one of us does something wrong, we all fall. Law enforcement officers are like a badly preset game of Jenga. There are hundreds of good officers who stand proudly of what they do, but one bad egg and we all fall.
In recent news…
An Arby’s denied service to a police officer. Instead of boycotting the entire company for one person’s actions people were quick to point out the “bad egg” in the company. Everyone banded together and hoped that the employee would get fired. And they did. But in comparison is that if a police officer does something that no one agrees with everyone is quick to blame the entire organization and not the individual. It’s a stretch of a comparison but its along the same idea.
We shouldn’t jump to conclusions. We shouldn’t point the finger at something else. We should accept the reality of the situation for what it is and go from there. Instead we are just going to be repeating history. These “movement groups” are doing nothing except setting us back in time. The divide between races haven’t been this bad in years. And, coming from an Asian man, Asians have been under the same type of treatment from white people in the past. Hell, Bruce Lee (the greatest and most memorable martial arts master of all time) couldn’t get most Hollywood lead roles because of the fact that he was Asian. Even blacks were involved in movies as early as the 1920’s. In the 40’s during the Second World War many Asians were placed into concentration type camps because they looked like the enemy. That was from our very own government. We were even slaves to building the great railway systems in the west.
But looking back we get maybe a page or two in history books and the best we got is the Chinese New Years. We don’t get a month. We don’t get novels of our history taught in schools. Instead we get depicted as the bad guys in movies fighting the Americans. In my point of view I believe that maybe we may have it even worse, but we don’t care. I love America. I love how it was able to give my parents a new life. It gave my entire family a new life. They all started with nothing. They came to this country as factory workers and quick mart employees and built up their own “American Dream“. None of us step on the flag and spit on peoples feet who serve our country to protect our freedom. Instead they are very good at policing their own. They handle their own business. In the Asian culture they pride themselves on raising their next generation to be even better than their own. I know my mother slaved day and night to make sure that I wouldn’t have the life she had before coming to America.
Just like the speech in the aftermath of the Texas Deputy… Black lives matter and cops lives matter so lets just drop the qualifier and say all life matters. My mom and my sister are scared to death of the job that I do. Not only do I get treated differently for not being white (the employees say things really slowly to me at the supermarkets I go to) but I also wear the uniform and badge that paints a target on me every time I go to work. Is it so hard to just look at the reality of the situation and band together to stop the hate and violence?
And if you won’t take my word for it or don’t understand what I’m trying to get at I’ll leave you with this Marine Veteran who is real about the whole situation.
Tomorrow when I go to work and officially on duty I can finally take the black band off my badge, but I will always wonder when will I have to put it back on to mourn the loss of another brother/sister of the force….
Have a great weekend everyone!
Also sorry I’ve been absent. I’ve been dealing with a lot in the world… It’s a whole other story…