When people are killed in the line of duty I always hear the same sentiment: “They knew the risk when they took the job.” How come we can’t apply this logic when criminals are killed during arrests? “They knew the risk when they did the crime.”
Answer: Because it’s not ok for police to kill people (of any color). Cops should be trained to kill only as a last resort. In some countries, cops aren’t even allowed to carry a gun on them. They have to leave it locked in a safe inside their patrol car and call in for special permission to use it. So no, I refuse to accept that people (that’s what criminals are) should just “know the risk” of being killed by a cop.
By the way, when a person commits a crime, not only do they have the right to a fair trial, but it’s in the public’s best interest that the case is investigated thoroughly. It’s kind of hard to interrogate a dead man. Not impossible, but hard.
Government: “We need to shut down the economy in order to protect ourselves from a deadly virus.” People: “F*ck you, I won’t do what you tell me.” Government: “We need to shut down the economy in order to atone for our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness.” People: “Where do I sign?”
Just once, I’d like to see us all agree on something. Anything. Like, “Yes, I agree, drinking water IS good for you.” And then we’d all chug a glass of water together and be like, “Ahhhh.”
“Of all the things I hold in high regard, rules are not one of them.” – Frank Underwood
When I was in 3rd grade we were asked to write a letter to the POTUS. I recently came across this letter and noticed the little edit that my teacher decided to add in red. I don’t know if to be mad at the teacher for trying to force her political views on me, or to thank her for trying to open my eyes at such an early age…
“Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. We investigate the key arguments, counter-arguments and ad-hominems from both sides. But the picture would not be complete without a thorough discussion of “America’s last taboo”, as Edward Said once referred to it: the USA’s role as Israel’s best (and only) buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.”
The problem begins when we set “peace” as some future goal, and then expect someone “out there” to achieve it for us. There is no path to peace; peace IS the path. It begins with me, and it begins with you, and it has nothing to do with governments, or politics, or false promises of a better “tomorrow.” The sooner we all realize that, the faster we can start creating the kind of world we want to see.
You’re good people and all…
BUT your government is repressing and violating the human rights of millions of people, killing thousands of innocent civilians, breaking countless international laws, promoting racism and religious fanaticism, all in the name of “security” and “peace”, and you’re letting it happen because they have got you living in fear.
The kitten is only here to get your attention.
NOTE: It took me over 30 years to open my eyes to what is happening. Now we wait patiently for the rest of us…