Its not always black and white… Ferguson revisited
No opening paragraph with glimpses at my old life and how it relates to today’s posting just the headline I know you are familiar with… “Two police officers shot on the steps of their police station”. What parent-less idiot would shot police officers for no just reason and how could this person grow up to think that this shooting would garner a response favorable to its cause?
The race situation in this country has no hope of ever completely changing when we have parent-less idiots: singing racial slurs on school busses, white supremacy members that think any race other than white is inferior to them, black teenagers that have no respect for police or anyone in authority, whites and blacks who think they are ‘entitled’ too…well everything that others have to work hard for and cowardly thugs that think shooting policemen will in some way further their agenda.
There is a term used, back when I was in the Army, that said we have to “change the hearts and minds of our enemy”, but I am too much of a realist to think we could no more change the ‘heart or mind’ of those who burned down their neighbors stores in Ferguson, Missouri than the white supremacists who think racial purity is the only answer.
I have used the phrase ‘parent-less’ a couple times above because I am sure anyone that shoots policemen or burns their neighbors business could never have had a parent that taught them right from wrong. I do think we can change the minds and hearts of our children as long as we get to them early enough, because as parents we set the example for our young by our every word and action. Young people are like sponges that absorb every thing that happens around them and these observations mold them as they mature.
If they hear us continually berate and disrespect the police or we continuously comment derogatorily about some actions taken by them they how can we expect them to act differently. If we show by our example that living on unemployment, assistance or food stamps allows us to have a somewhat normal life do you think that they will go out and take a job at $7.00 an hour that requires them to show up on time every day and work hard? When we do not support a teacher when they say our child needs to study more in order to pass will that student work any harder? And when they see everyone from local officials to congressmen and even the President ignore laws how can we expect them to obey any law at all?
This posting presents no solution only food for thought,
but I say even if it is too late
we still must start now to change this cycle
because we have seen the direction of the road our nation is on.