As a general rule I almost always defend the police. There are many reasons for this default position, chief among them is that social justice warriors are constantly crying wolf and making exaggerated claims of police brutality. Whenever a new allegation of excessive force hits the news my initial instinct is to roll my eyes and say, “Here we go again.”
Fair minded people have been trained to respond this way after listening to these unfair accusations for so many years. When we heard that Michael Brown was senselessly murdered by a racist cop in Ferguson, Missouri, and then found out that Brown was a dangerous criminal who was trying to assault the officer, some credibility was lost. When protesters and rioters took to the streets after the incident even more credibility was lost. When this pattern repeated itself time and time again across America, all credibility was lost. Now when we hear about wrongdoing by the police we jump to the conclusion that the accusers are either exaggerating, twisting the facts, or flat out lying.
This was my gut reaction when I heard about the incident that occurred in Minneapolis. “Time to defend another police officer from slander,” I thought. Then I watched the video and realized something very rare had occurred. I was wrong. Making any kind of judgement based on a video is usually unwise because it rarely shows what led up to the events you see on the screen, but the video that shows now former police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on the neck of George Floyd is different. The problem is not that Floyd was innocent. He was a bad guy who had committed a crime. He then refused to get into the police car, so force was warranted. The problem is that once he was no longer a threat, Chauvin remained on his neck. Even if you say that Floyd was still somehow dangerous in handcuffs, the officer remained on top of him even after he had lost consciousness. This was certainly excessive force. There is no excuse for Chauvin’s actions and he deserves to be punished firmly. In fact, the Bible tells us that the punishment for murder should be death.
We should all be united on this. Unfortunately, there is the race problem. No, I don’t mean with the police. In fact, I watched the video multiple times and there is exactly zero evidence that race played any part in Floyd’s death. Chauvin used terrible judgement and is certainly in the wrong, but there is no reason to believe that Floyd’s race was a factor in what occurred. So who has the race problem? The people who are making it about race, obviously.
The racial division and rioting we have seen is not just because of what happened to George Floyd. It is a result of the media reporting on the events and ridiculous statements by public figures. The left is once again trying to divide us. If you are the one who makes it about race, then you have the race problem. When the headlines constantly tell us that “an unarmed black man” was killed, they are giving us irrelevant information unless there is evidence that he was killed because he was black. Correlation does not equal causation. George Floyd being black was not the cause of his murder. George Floyd was murdered and he happened to be black.
The media needs to stick to the facts, remain fair, and quit advocating for the left and trying to divide us. Last week President Trump said something obviously true, that mail-in voting will make it easier to cheat in elections, and was “fact-checked” for making claims that lacked evidence. (Could the claim lack evidence because voter fraud is now so easy to get away with?) If the media wanted to make things better in our country maybe they should fact-check Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey when he said of Floyd, “He’d be alive today if he were white.” That claim surely lacks evidence considering the fact that 42 white people have been shot and killed by the police this year. The only reason to say something like that is to pit people against each other based on skin color. It is evil.
Then we have the protesters. What is it that they want to accomplish? Please do not hit me with the Colin Kaepernick memes. He was supposedly protesting “bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Chauvin was arrested and will be prosecuted for his crime. I just said he should face the death penalty. Explain to me how Kaepernick or the protesters want a tougher punishment than I suggest, and remember, leftists are usually the people who are against capital punishment. Also, do not tell me they are protesting for the murdering to stop. Almost everyone wants that so who are they trying to persuade? How is throwing rocks through windows and burning down buildings supposed to end murder?
People will point out that some of these feelings are based on historical racial injustices. They are undeniably correct, but that should be more reason to avoid cheapening real claims of racism by saying everything is about race when it is not. Remember from the story of the boy who cried wolf, when he actually encountered a real wolf, nobody believed him and came to help.
Why is the left trying to sow division? The usual reason, power. They know that if people are united then they will lose votes. This is why the media is always trying to scare people and cause hysteria. At least this might give the hysterical people something else to focus on instead of trying to stop friends from eating dinner together, going to church, and keeping kids from playing Little League games.
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Well said, Steve.
I agree – especially the media purposely making everything about race, thus being racist themselves.