RESPECT GIVEN IS RESPECT GAINED
reason so many people disrespect law enforcement officers is because law
enforcement officers show so little respect for the people, predominantly
minorities. I taught school for 32 years and every time the discussion came up concerning
law enforcement, black students particularly, spoke out loud and clear about being
harassed by policemen. I heard examples of students being arrested for jay
walking, being arrested for wearing a certain color cap in a mall, and for jogging
in a white neighborhood. And Lord knows how many examples I heard of teenagers who
were arrested and put in jail for smoking a joint.
also heard students give examples about the things their parents told them concerning
police brutality. This goes as far back as the seventies, so police brutality
is not something new in
want it well understood that I oppose all acts of violence, but don’t tell me
that when the violence stops, justice will be served, because that is just not
is a message that must be heard by all Americans.
is such a selfish act that any race of people would go so far as to destroy a
great nation rather than share it. Sharing is easy and much easier than
war. What kind of eyes cannot see what
hatred, prejudice, and white superiority, has done to
Now the question must be asked, what should African Americans do? They tried to call attention to injustices by the peaceful protest of taking the knee, and look what happened. The president called them SOB’s and white people cheered. Then they tried more peaceful means. A popular black man built a school and supplied all the equipment for students to attend free. Other black men put up hundreds of millions of dollars to help support small business owners. The news media became involved by reporting to the public what these men were doing. But even then the president got involved by using disparaging name calling not only for the ones that were performing the good deeds, but to the TV announcer who was reporting it. So I ask what choice is there for African Americans? Of course, I disapprove of the violence, but if these are not examples of damned if you do, or damned if you don’t, I don’t know what is.