When You Try To Change The Subject When I Tell You What Is Offending Me, You Are Denying My Humanity.

The idea that police offi­cers can­not do their jobs cor­rect­ly if they are not allowed to abuse and even mur­der inno­cent unarmed cit­i­zens, is an idea per­pet­u­at­ed by haters of human­i­ty.
It is best for police depart­ments and the cit­i­zen­ry that those who feel threat­ened by the spot­light are in fact leav­ing to find oth­er means of employ­ment.
To them, I say, “don’t let the door hit you where the good lord s***t you”. There is no bina­ry choice between per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ly, & being held account­able. The two are inter­con­nect­ed and should under no cir­cum­stances be decou­pled.
Police offi­cers are giv­en immense pow­ers, includ­ing the pow­er to take life under extreme cir­cum­stances, they must be held to the high­est stan­dard of per­for­mance pos­si­ble.
As a police offi­cer decades ago, I car­ried that bur­den that I may have to take the life of anoth­er human being because I was forced to.
Today, we see police offi­cers actu­al­ly rel­ish­ing the idea and rev­el­ing in the pos­si­bil­i­ty of tak­ing life and abus­ing those they are sup­posed to be pro­tect­ing.
As a for­mer police offi­cer who strove to oper­ate under the high­est stan­dards, I find it insult­ing, that the sup­port­ers of police in the United States see police oper­at­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ly, and being account­able to be anti­thet­i­cal con­cepts.
In light of the polit­i­cal right’s unmit­i­gat­ed sup­port for police regard­less of the crimes they com­mit, their sup­port must, there­fore, be acknowl­edged for what it is, anoth­er iter­a­tion of that seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion’s dis­re­gard for black life.


No mat­ter how much this seg­ment sticks its fin­gers in its ears and shout[ ” we are not lis­ten­ing,”] (tongue hang­ing out), it does not change the fact that their stead­fast sup­port for police.….all police, regard­less of their crimes.…. in fact, has lit­tle to do with sup­port for law enforce­ment, but is instead a default valve through which they express hatred for black peo­ple with­out actu­al­ly seem­ing to do so.
No mat­ter how much this racist bunch yells that those who ral­ly and demon­strate for their right to live, hate the police, it does not make it so.
In fact, many police offi­cers and for­mer offi­cers are look­ing at this mess in sheer hor­ror. Many of the peo­ple in the streets demon­strat­ing have fam­i­ly mem­bers who are police offi­cers. What these con­sci­en­tious cit­i­zens do not want, is to see their loved ones hurt because of what their col­leagues are doing.
When these peo­ple default [to all lives mat­ter] or some retard­ed and con­vo­lut­ed argu­ment that peo­ple who are demon­strat­ing want to see anar­chy, they do two things. (a) They again rein­force that they do not believe that black peo­ple’s lives mat­ter & (b) demon­strate that they do not care about the lives of those that police are tak­ing away.

This group does not need con­vinc­ing, they do not want to be con­vinced. Remember that America had to fight a civ­il war to end the igno­ble prac­tice of slav­ery, even though most did not want the prac­tice to end.
Even the revered Abraham Lincoln could not have cared less whether slaves were free or not, his focus was on pre­serv­ing his pre­cious union.
If the peo­ple who lament cops resign­ing and call­ing in sick because they are being held account­able, are shown pic­tures of black babies being fed to croc­o­diles as a part of American his­to­ry, they would not care.
These are they who tell you that Donald Trump is some­how sent by their God, even though Trump is an amoral and immoral crea­ture devoid of human empa­thy.
I have zero prob­lems with peo­ple who dis­agree with me, what I have a prob­lem with is the idea of triv­i­al­iz­ing my point of view, or worse pre­tend­ing to not hear me or acknowl­edge that my point even exists.
When you try to change the sub­ject when I tell you what is offend­ing me, you are deny­ing my human­i­ty. You are telling me that I do not mat­ter.
When it gets to the stage where you believe that your right to live your enti­tled lives comes at the cost of my right to exist, we have a prob­lem.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, researcher, and blog­ger. 
He is a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog chatt​-​a​-box​.com. 
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