I think it exposes a lot of the knee-jerk reaction that has entered into the liberal establishment, which is just another symptom of the problem with liberalism: emotions trump reason. If a police officer kills an unarmed black passenger in a car, then yes, there is a problem. But is that problem automatically “racism”? No, not necessarily. It could be poor police training. It could be a reckless individual. It could be a trigger-happy officer. It could be racism. The problem is that we don’t know until the facts are gathered and analyzed.
The problem is that they automatically assume X when explanations Y and Z are also viable explanations. And when other people don’t also fall in line behind explanation X, they start to cause problems because they don’t get their way.
I think the problem bridges the liberal-conservative divide. There is no doubt an element of racism in some of the shootings and in some police interactions. That is not the whole thing though. Yes, liberals jump to conclusions that confirm their own bias, that is not an exclusively liberal problem though. If it were how do you explain the rise of Trump? Trump is famous for spouting off on policies that not only ignore objective reality but are also impossible to implement and getting cheered for it by conservatives, examples include building a border wall and expelling illegal immigrants and muslim refugees.
There is plenty of magical thinking all over the political spectrum. For every BLM and SJW type on the left there is a sovereign citizen, or religious fundamentalist on the right that engages in the same type of garbage. It is these differences that are driving the wedges in American society deeper and the media is egging it all on because they get ratings and advertiser dollars out of it.
I am starting to think if a civil war comes, which I admit is a possibility, then it needs to come soon while I am still young enough to enjoy it.
I don’t think this movement is about liberalism, it is based on hatred of whites that the Obama administration has poured gasoline on.
I agree that there is an element of “getting back at the white man” inherent in the whole thing. I think when people like Obama or Minnesota governor Mark Dayton give their premature opinions on things, it’s a bit mistake.
Yes, liberals jump to conclusions that confirm their own bias, that is not an exclusively liberal problem though. If it were how do you explain the rise of Trump? Trump is famous for spouting off on policies that not only ignore objective reality but are also impossible to implement and getting cheered for it by conservatives, examples include building a border wall and expelling illegal immigrants and muslim refugees.
Trump had the advantage of celebrity which pushed him to the top. Also, he is an authoritarian, and that personality trait undoubtedly attracts people regardless of his politics. Now that he’s the Republican nominee, he’s going to be getting more and more support simply because the support has to go somewhere. Conservatives need to vote for someone, and the vast majority aren’t doing write-ins.
But I have to note that the excesses of people on the left and the right aren’t equal in terms of their damage. Generally speaking, those on the right want to be left alone, whereas those on the left require the state to get more involved in people’s lives. I don’t know about you, but I’m generally going to side with people who tell the state “leave me alone” rather than those who say “please regulate my world”.
“Generally speaking, those on the right want to be left alone, whereas those on the left require the state to get more involved in people’s lives.”
That I can agree with. It does seem that the liberals want to have more control over the individual than do conservatives. Something else that I have noticed is that liberal extremists tend to be more prone to violence than do conservative extremists.
I also think that much of the outrage is largely media driven. Compare the sympathetic coverage BLM gets with the derisive coverage of conservatives such as those in Oregon this past winter. There is definite media bias at work and in the media driven society we have the unaccountable media has an outsize influence on shaping opinions.
I think things are going to get much worse before they get better and the results of this fall’s election matter more than any of us know. They matter because there is not a leader like Lincoln anywhere on the horizon and the country could very fracture in a leadership void.
I agree that the outrage is media driven because the idea of white-on-black violence fits with “The Narrative”. You know what “The Narrative” is – the storyline that reflects the left-of-center politics and social beliefs held by editors and journalists across the country. Note how the high rate of black-on-black violence is ignored on our country. If black lives truly did matter, wouldn’t that be the larger story?
One other thing about the Oregon coverage. I teach at a college that is predominantly black (95%+), and at the time one of my students mentioned how the sheriffs just let the occupiers alone and if they were black the cops would never have done that. I think I mentioned that if the occupiers actually did violence to any person, then I’d be sure that the cops would not be patiently waiting around for the standoff to end.
I only vaguely remember how it ended. I think the fact that the occupiers didn’t actually use violence to gain control of the property (as far as I recall) made a difference. Also, I think it took place in a more rural area. I recall telling the student that the government didn’t want another Ruby Ridge or Waco on its hands, so treading lightly was a more prudent option.