If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’re probably aware of a great deal of demonstration going on in certain parts of the United States at present. You may also have noted that there are people out there, taking advantage of the legal, peaceful protests to perform more radical, none too peaceful activities—to the point of literal riots and looting by some.
As would be expected in a repressive regime like the one we have here in the U.S., law enforcement officers are cracking down hard on the peaceful protesters, as well as the rioters and looters.
Wait, you mean to say you hadn’t noticed this trend? That would—of course—be because it isn’t occurring.
The reality is, the folks in uniform have not only been quite careful to not harm or even infringe upon the rights of peaceful protesters (even the ones who are running interference for the rioters and and looters), but have done their best not to harm the abusive, lawless folks (and have also made it their business to not infringe on their rights).
As bad an idea as that may seem—and I kind of agree that it is—the truth is, it’s beginning to look like a prudent move. Why?
Before I answer that question, let me be clear on a couple of personal perspectives in the interest of full disclosure.
To begin with, I don’t generally think even peaceful protests are a good idea. Don’t misunderstand, people demonstrating peacefully with the intent of engaging others, and getting them to think about that which they support—people choosing to be friendly, helpful, and to distribute or disperse information on something—can bolster or aid their cause. That being said, if something is severe enough to cause widespread protest, it probably needs more action within the system than outside it.
The other problem with protesting, is that there are invariably people out there who think they understand the situation, but really don’t. By way of example, anyone having taken any time to review the statistics with regard to black folks being killed by police officers, should be aware the numbers are exceptionally low. In fact, to the great credit of those enforcing law, that’s true for all kinds of people, not just black individuals.
There are arguments to the effect that the numbers are unreasonably high by percentage, but those arguments can be identified as almost entirely statistically anomalous on review for multiple reasons that I won’t get into here. As well, the “raw” numbers are so small, that even if they were inaccurate (say, by a factor of ten), they would still barely be worth consideration when looking at other ways in which it’s more common for black folks (most especially young men) to meet their ends through violence. It should not need said, but I’ll do so in any case, that I’m not indicating that real issues that occur need not be addressed—of course they should.
Secondly, considering the sheer populations of the areas in which protests are happening, the number of folks currently out on the streets supposedly for various causes is really quite small. I’m by no means saying that they’re not causing huge and expensive damage to various buildings, people and other resources that will take a large amount of time, effort, money and other resources to remedy. And to be clear, I believe I am akin the majority of residents in the United States in that I support the idea “black lives matter,” but don’t support the Marxist movement that goes by that same name—nor do I support Antifa (who interestingly enough, I consider to be using tactics taken directly from the Fascist playbook). And by the way, I don’t believe most Americans support Antifa any more than do I.
As far as this little essay is concerned though, all of this is secondary. I mentioned that I believe various authorities are doing something I wouldn’t have initially thought to be prudent in being so easy on those who choose to act illegally and hide among those behaving lawfully in the doing of it.
The interesting thing is, I’m pretty sure a bunch of folks are beginning to wake up to what’s going on—not so much in terms of what most government entities are doing, but in terms of what’s happening otherwise.
This is important because I don’t think they disagree only with those who commit any number of infractions at various levels of criminality, but with those currently non-violently expressing their views.
Put simply, the average U.S. citizen doesn’t even stand with the peaceful protesters.
Let’s face it, most of us hold more in common than we do in contrast with our fellows. This is true in this case as much as in any other. To say it plainly, I’m not trying to insinuate that the average American doesn’t believe black lives matter (and that strong action should be taken when police officers murder black folks, for example). I’m not trying to say either, that people in this country think there’s “nothing wrong with” the political status quo.
Frankly, I think the reason we have the president we do at present is precisely because they don’t believe that.
With all of this though, it doesn’t take very long before individuals get positively fed up with, others trying to cram their sometimes-horribly-radical beliefs down our collective throats.
To the folks currently doing the protesting, you may not believe it at this moment in time, but I’m pretty well certain there are far more folks who disagree with you, than those that agree.
Here’s the thing though. Even if folks agree with you in terms of ideology, that doesn’t mean they agree with the idea of making your dogma into an odious noise in the nostrils of all those who don’t agree.
There’s a reason for expressions like, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” People will already be resistant if you’re the proverbial honey. You can often be assured they’ll draw their swords if you’re vinegar.
I think it vey likely some swords are about to leave their sheaths shortly. When that happens, I have a feeling some folks who currently think they’re on top of the world are in for a rude awakening. Getting up each morning and going to a j-o-b, serving in armed forces in times of conflict, digging ditches, even writing software, these things make one tougher than a lot of folks realize. Want to find out how tough? Keep up the clamor and observe the outcome.
Thanks for reading and may your time be good.