Likewise DC. Your viewpoints and the viewpoints of others are important to me. I want to learn and share. Dialog of this nature is critical.
dcapodic wrote:I guess I can respect the thin blue line then too, even though as WPJ points out, it is not the perfect symbol. It appears to be a lot better than the one that BLM uses, would you agree?
One organization is not really an organization, while the other is:
- State and Federally funded
- Trained professionals
- Oath takers
- Equipped like the military
expect our police forces to be better than the likes of some unorganized, seemingly random group of malcontents with bullhorns and signs. Our police forces are mandated
to be better! Comparing one to the other is like comparing a YMCA pickup game to the New York Knickerbockers (shout out). Our police forces are undertrained and over equipped. Much like our military and their controlling powers, we throw easy solutions at difficult problems. We ask our officers to engage in communities where poverty, crime and drugs run rampant. We ask our officers to be counselors, moderators, peace keepers, educators, mentors and split-second decision makers...for a really shitty wage. We ask them to check their personal problems and biases at the door. It sucks DC, and I will always respect the sacrifices that these men and women make daily. But I DO
hold them to higher standards than BLM.
Add to this the political and social media-driven pressures, and you're dealing with a highly stressful career. I can understand why the blue line exists for cops. It eventually becomes them (LEOs) versus:
- Hordes of lawyers trying to profit from their mistakes.
- Criminals of all backgrounds and various levels of crime.
- Their Internal Affairs (IA) departments.
- The aforementioned politicians and social media nuts.
- And firefighters.
BLM is an imperfect group, established on a false narrative. This is a fact, but they do exist for a reason. Consider this - The Black Panther Party of the 1960s were also an imperfect group/movement. In short, their MO was to fight fire with fire versus the MLK sect of protesters who assembled in peace. Who got the holiday? Sometimes good can come from a sea of bad though. You won't read much about the Black Panthers providing books and clothes in their communities. You won't read about the protection they provided to the threatened, or the community cleanup programs they instituted. You'll just hear about a bunch of scary dudes in berets with guns. BLM can become something more significant, but right now I am not fully on board. I see no structural hierarchy. I see directionless passion. But I understand the struggle:
- Economic-based discrimination.
- Historical bias by police, government and corporations.
- Educational disadvantage.
- Over policing.
- Drugs, poverty, crime and teen pregnancy.
- Overt and surreptitious racism.
- And firefighters.
Without equal awareness for the plights of each group, we will never arrive at a complete solution. That is why we must talk. Not just here at NYKFP, but nationally. Our President invites these folks to the White House for a reason. Conversation. Enlightenment. Ideas. I am not threatened by this. On the contrary, I am inspired. In my mind they could be talking about the same things we are talking about here. And that benefits us all. God bless and Happy Friday bro!
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." Dwight D Eisenhower