It’s been a long time coming.
It was fifty years in the making. For those of us old enough to remember a man who was probably the most conniving, ill-intentioned, greedy, self-centered individuals to ever hold the Presidency of the United States: Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Looking back to those days, America’s Knight in Shining Armor had been assassinated. The nation watched and mourned the death of John F. Kennedy. We also watched as Johnson was sworn-in as the nation’s 36th President aboard Air Force One with Jackie at his side.
It felt as though we all took a sword through our hearts.
We would soon learn that Johnson was nothing like Kennedy. Kennedy was a New England rich liberal, through-and-through. He was idealistic and acted as though he believed everyone was ‘good’ on the inside. (We later learned he was also one of the horniest guys to ever sit in the Oval Office, but that’s another story.)
Johnson was a polar opposite: Southern Democrat, supported the Klu-Klux-Klan, believed “niggers” should be kept in their place – which meant away from white people. Without question, Johnson had no use for integration of the races – just like almost all Democrats of the day. He convinced Democrat leaders that this seeming ‘assistance’ to Blacks would literally ‘BUY’ their votes forevermore which has pretty much been true over the years.
Once he was President, he concocted a plan. The Democrats would take credit for creating a massive social welfare program aimed at Black people. There was the “Great Society” of which the “War on Poverty” was a key part.
We learned about “Aid to Dependent Children” which issued checks ever month to poor women who had children that would help pay the rent, utilities and provide food. The cash flow would be endless, SO LONG AS NO MAN WAS PRESENT IN THE HOME. That’s the kicker which has destroyed the nuclear American Black family for the ensuing 50 years. Without a male provider and protector, these single-parent families would be dependent upon the government and would raise their children to be the same.
COPS TOOK THE BRUNT
Let’s cut to the chase. Two critical results of this massive give-away. The first was to reward women for promiscuous sex with any man who came along. As I heard one very pregnant black woman brag to her friends, “I can’t wait until the baby gets here because my monthly check will go up another hundred dollars, or so.”
The second issue is this: with no father in the home, the disciplinarian was gone. There was no one to teach and enforce values and morality. Of greatest impact has been this: I believe that it is almost impossible for a woman to turn a boy into a man. In God’s plan, it takes a man to accomplish that.
Absent a father, where do young Black boys learn how to be a man? On the street, from gang members and other ill-suited teachers.
- No respect for authority.
- No concept of right and wrong.
- No respect for the property of others.
- No respect for life, itself.
I developed a theory when I worked on the street in the ghetto-suburb of neighboring Detroit. Many young Black men, determined what was right (vs. wrong) by these two measures: (1) What do I want and (2) Can I get away with doing/stealing it?
If a young man came to what he saw as the ‘correct’ answer to those two issues, it was ‘All Systems Go.’
Move ahead 50 years, and we have Black men who become indignant if not violent when confronted or challenged about their illicit actions.
TODAY’S FAILED LEADERS
Last Saturday morning, Fox News ran a story from Lansing, MI. Here’s what it said, in part:
A Lansing, Michigan police officer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday after struggling with someone who was a “resistive and combative” assault suspect, before eventually deploying a Taser and placing him under arrest.
Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green placed one officer on administrative leave with pay, “pending a formal internal affairs investigation that encompasses review of the actions of all involved Officers.” The officer placed on leave also was not immediately publicly identified.
Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Baker Street at approximately 11:21 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a fight involving between five and six people. Upon arrival, officers determined one of them, a 25-year-old male, was the primary suspect in the assault.
Cell phone video shot from inside a vehicle shows a lengthy struggle outside in the rain between a group of officers and the suspect, whom police say was resisting arrest as they attempted to pin him down on the pavement.
At one point, the suspect can be heard yelling, “I can’t breathe.” The video out of Lansing appeared to show the officers back off of the suspect, and one officer can be heard telling others to help roll the suspect over so he can breathe.
The witness who took the video said, “They didn’t need to arrest him that way, they didn’t. It doesn’t take that many people to subdue someone.”
Officers deployed a Taser and delivered strikes, police said. The suspect was finally placed under arrest and transported to a hospital for an evaluation, which is “standard protocol after a Taser deployment,” according to the department.
Two officers sustained minor injuries during their efforts to arrest the suspect, police said.
Lansing Council Member Brandon Betz said the incident further justified calls to defund police. “This is just another example of police doing what they do best, which is being violent against people of color,” Betz said during an interview with WILX.
The entire article and accompanying video can be viewed here: https://www.foxnews.com/us/michigan-lansing-police-officer-leave-viral-arrest-assault-suspect-i-cant-breathe-taser.
LET’S SEE … an officer is on paid, admin leave. Which is standard practice when there is an OIS, not simply a struggle with some street thug attempting to use the newly-issued, Black Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card, “I CAN’T BREATHE, I CAN’T BREATHE …”
The chief’s backbone immediately turned to jelly while he became a complete candy-ass. And the cop – who did what he was trained to do – effected an arrest on someone whom the officer believed had broken the law.
The suspect ignored a lawful order from a law enforcement officer. A crime. Not uttered just once by a single officer but, many times by multiple officers. All were ignored.
- No respect for authority.
- No understanding of right vs. wrong.
- Seemingly, no respect for life, itself.
Thank you President Johnson and all of the Democrats who have perpetuated this scam on Black people and ultimately, all who must live and deal with the Black people who have been so needlessly ruined.
SO, BROTHERS, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW?
It is obvious that the phrase, “I CAN’T BREATHE” is a lesson well-learned by miscreants of color all across the country.
If and when you hear it, you need to pay it heed. Failure to do so, can cost you your career, your family, your home and everything you’ve worked for.
And, Black men on the street know it.
I suggest the first thing you should do is examine your own situation, your agency and the community being served. No two are alike.
Thankfully, some sheriffs and some chiefs of police have already made it crystal clear: They are not going to tolerate this bullshit from Black actors on the street. Period. They will stand up for and stand behind their cops to the bitter end.
Better still if the elected officials and community leaders have shown the same backbone.
When it comes to dealing with this nonsense on the street, a phrase of my father comes to mind:
Right is right, wrong is wrong and shit will never float.
If there is even a shred of doubt in your mind about your leaders having your back, do your best to get them to clearly state their position. (I know, that may be wishful thinking.)
If you are uncertain of getting the support you need, you may be left with only one option:
When encountering an uncooperative Black subject, use your best verbal command voice to get compliance. If that doesn’t work, DO NOT GO HANDS ON, DON’T USE AN INTERMEDIATE WEAPON OR ANYTHING ELSE.
Simply walk away.
Report your action and the reasons truthfully and be done with the call. Sadly, we at a moment in time when we, as cops, are unsure of our footing. The recent election appears to have taken away the greatest supporter of cops that we’ve ever had.
We won’t know how future officials will behave until they take office. If their words are to be believed (doubtful), our life on the street will only become worse.
This has been a very difficult year for Americans everywhere. Including for the crew here at CopBlue. I have done some serious soul-searching through this unsteady times.
I recall something asked of me by my very first LT when I was struggling some years ago. He said to me, “Jimmy, how’s your faith? This may be a good time to lean on it.”
He told me he had something for me. He reached into his desk and pulled out an envelope with a sheet of paper in it and gave it to me. He explained that he has one of his own and when he feels the need, he takes it out and reads it. To say the least, I was puzzled about what profound thoughts this paper must contain.
We parted company. In a quiet, private place, I read this few words from that page: from Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I still have that piece of paper. These days, it’s on my desk, right in front of me. I read from it regularly and think about what it means in my life. It has helped me immensely, it may just help you.
God bless you.
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