By George Smith
|George Smith||Aug 27, 2020, 8:56 AM (2 days ago)|
Sad is a good/bad word to describe the mess weser daily in the news.
Anyone who loots, commits arson or acts of violence should be arrested and locked up. I have written about the obligation of peaceful protestors to turn in criminals who are disrupting the peaceful protests with their own sick agendas.
But there are two sides to every story. The 17-year-old who killed two strangers with a rifle at a demonstration this week was a Trump supporter. Members of the peaceful protest chased after him and knocked him done and two men were killed for their trouble.
I do agree with those who believe “peace” in this time of vitriolic hate speech is elusive. And, yet, the struggle for orace must never crease.
It is a hard fact that there is a pervasive bias against black men and other people of color, that many police officers and ordinary citizens look at black men differently than they do white men. The shootings and deaths of black men under questioning or in custody cannot be justified. It has to stop or the violence and deaths will continue.
I’m not excusing the violence that are offshoots of demonstrations amd protests, just trying to explain the situation.
My son-in-law is black; I have two black grandsons and black cousins. I sat in while my son-in-law talked to his 16-year-old and 10-year-old about being black in a white-dominated society.
It broke my heart. I never had that talk to my two sons. There was no need.
Regardless of your feelings, or mine, Trump and his policies are supported by neo-Nazis, KKK groups, Qanon whackos and white supremacist groups. Trump does not have to BE a racist if those groups believe he IS a racist.
And they do believe it. And with the president seen as being four-square “on the side” of racism, the boundaries of decency and humanity are not shifted, they are removed entirely.
That’s where we are. It is where we will be until the November 3 election.
Can this country sustain four more years of vitriol, hate and division?
It’s a question we each have to answer. And how we answer it sets the foundation for the future of the United States.
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