As a White Male Heterosexual: I DON’T UNDERSTAND

Maybe its just me, but maybe its not.  I don’t get it.  I don’t understand why laying claim to my race, sex, or sexual activity should set me above, below, or on par with anyone else.  I see people.  I see human beings.  Then I see the culture of a person – not race, sex, or sexual ‘preference’.

I profile people.  We all do.  There is not a person alive on this planet who doesn’t size up and otherwise measure every person they encounter into a category of their past experience in order to know if a situation is safe or not.  And to know if the people we are about to encounter are having a good time or out on the prowl for trouble.  We don’t get our judgments right either.  Our preconceived ideas of the world are all filtered through our perceptions.  And we all know how ‘right’ our individual perceptions are…seriously, we all think we are right and that is a logical fallacy.  We can’t all be correct.  Someone has to be wrong.  Now consider for a second that you might be that someone…because I am assuming that I am correct on this one.

So I don’t understand when people protest a shooting that happened back in 2014 because a video was just released showing an individual who was on PCP and had a knife, had slashed at least one tire of a police cruiser, and was running down the middle of the road and then is shot by a police officer.

What I also don’t understand is how we expect our police officers to not be on edge and trigger happy when they are basically peace-keepers who are bound by the most restricted rules of engagement (ROE) that anyone would want to operate under.  Having been a war zone that transitioned into a peace keeping operation I was amazed at how tight our ROE became (Iraq 2003) once Baghdad fell.  If you have never carried weapons for a job where you had the authority and responsibility to take and preserve life then I don’t expect you to understand my perspective either.

Cops are putting their lives on the line everyday that they are on the job, and for some, even the days they aren’t on the job because of who they have put away.  Police officers are asked to keep the peace in a peaceful way.  Because of the tight ROE they have been in altercations where they have had to exercise restraint, getting beat up, stabbed, and shot – or knowing one of their fellow officers who was.  They have seen what their fellow man is capable of, not just against police officers but against family members, rival gangs, corporate crimes, and more.

Gangs are no different with regards to the itchy trigger finger.  If you observe gang members you will see the same paranoia that cops have.  You develop a kill or be killed mentality and you are more jumpy and scared than a rabbit surrounded by a pack of wolves.  See this video for how difficult it is to subdue someone on PCP.  Or check out this video for how intense someone can get when on drugs.  Just hang out on YouTube.com looking at videos of cops busting people who are high on PCP.  Does it give you a new perspective?  What other options were available?  Maybe this is where a sedative could be used to tranquilize persons who are high that can’t be arrested through normal processes?

The cops in this 2014 shooting knew that the man was high.  And based on how he was acting and not responding they knew that he was essentially super human, for lack of a better word, in what he was capable of.  The amount of voltage needed to arrest him would have been deadly.  I believe that the cop did what he thought was right and didn’t see the man as black, but rather as a threat to himself, his fellow officers, and to the citizens that he swore to protect and serve.  But lets be real for a second.  If the 17 year old wasn’t shot, and he had killed an officer in the line of duty as five officers tried to get him into handcuffs then this would be a non-existent national headline.  It would have made the local papers and news stations but national media would have left it alone.

Let’s switch gears for a moment.

Now let’s show the reverse effects of this current movement.  I was at Walmart a couple of weeks ago and me, someone who claims to not care about race, all of a sudden cared about race.  An African American lady and her children were in front of me checking out.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  I was on edge.  I was worried that I might do something to offend her that I wouldn’t even know was offensive.  So I gave her as much space as I could. I normally would have put my groceries right up next to the person in front of me on the conveyor belt with the little divider in between but I waited until their was at least a foot or more of separation.  I don’t think that reaction is the intention of the movement, is it?  Do you want me to walk around in fear of offending everyone I encounter who is not white, male, or heterosexual?  I don’t think that lady would have cared, but the point I am making is that the media attention on this is encouraging profiling and stereotyping where none existed before.  I never would have cared prior to the recent media coverage who was in front of me at Walmart.

So I don’t understand.  How am I supposed to help?  How am I supposed to think and feel?  Help me understand what this is about.  All I see are angry people who are falling victim to a communist movement masquerading as racist killings by cops and a failed justice system (which I don’t disagree with the justice system needing an overhaul – but is it necessarily racist?).

Keith

 

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5 thoughts on “As a White Male Heterosexual: I DON’T UNDERSTAND

  1. tmonts819@comcast.net says:

    I appreciate a ll you said here. I have seen so many changes in my long life. It’s “scarey” as to know how to react in situations that we think normal, but are taken otherwise by others. I always know I MUST treat others as I would be treated. That’s what I have to base my thoughts and actions on, since that’s the way I was brought up to do. However, there are situations there just seem to be no answers on how to respond. That’s when fear sets in. I pray I will do what is right in everything whether others “think” it is. love you , grandson, prayers for you and all 🙂

  2. conradseitz says:

    You are not thinking straight. The video shows a cop shooting a man from at least ten feet away who was walking away from him, not once or twice but sixteen times, thirteen of which were after the man had fallen to the ground. This was after a crowd of cops had gathered and was following him. Clearly he was not behaving rationally, but he was not a threat and no one had even tried to take him down. Cops don’t get beaten up or shot or stabbed on a regular basis. Policing is not, by far, the most dangerous job; statements to the contrary are mythical.
    If this man, who was shot, had posed a threat, he would have been shot long before he was. The police who were present in massive numbers could have swarmed him and easily overpowered him, despite his being “superhuman” (a mythical representation of yours)
    You are completely buying into the myths that police propagate about their jobs and the threats they face. Being a soldier is one thing, a policeman another. Being a soldier in a combat area where everyone hates you and wants to kill you is one thing, being a policeman in the US or the UK is another. Why is it that UK policemen never shoot anyone? Because they are trained in conflict de-escalation; US policemen are NOT. Even if they have tasers, they don’t use them, preferring their guns.
    That’s another thing: you’ll say, “The Taser didn’t work, so he’s superhuman.” The Taser didn’t work because it didn’t make contact. The Taser is a stand off substitute for directly applying an electrode to the skin– it doesn’t always work, but direct application DOES, and being on PCP doesn’t make you resistant to 100000 volts. Even the Taser can be used in a direct application mode, but cowardly policemen are afraid to be even slightly injured and don’t use it.

    This post of yours is just another one of your many wrong-headed posts. Your belief in a two thousand year old text, thinking it is compatible with science is part of the basis of your mistakes. The Bible is NOT scientific in any way, which is partly why the Catholic Church punished Galileo for espousing heliocentrism. In Galileo’s day there wasn’t any science because the Church controlled all intellectual pursuits. I’m not blaming you for the Catholic Church’s positions, I’m just saying you are making the same mistakes. Empirical facts contradict the Bible on every important point, not that it has any effect on you because your preconceptions are so strong that they overpower your ability to perceive reality. That is why I don’t think my comment will have any effect on you: you can’t see the reality staring you in the face. The entire book of Daniel is a forgery that supposedly prophesies things that actually happened in the writer’s past.
    By the way, the purple spaghetti monster is real (it has been videographed in the deep blue sea) but it has no power over anyone, just as your G-d has no power over anyone, even if he were to exist, for which I have NO evidence.
    Oh, yes, I don’t HATE you for being an (imperfect) Christian, I feel sorry for you, with your delusions.

    I will repeat my last sentence for emphasis: Empirical facts contradict the Bible on every important point, not that it has any effect on you because your preconceptions are so strong that they overpower your ability to perceive reality. That is why I don’t think my comment will have any effect on you: you can’t see the reality staring you in the face.

    • First off, I like your name, Conrad Theodore.

      Second, it looks like you are reading through some of my post so it would be interesting to see if your initial perception of me changes or not.

      Third, the attacks on me and my illogical thought works both ways. Why? Because our starting points differ. I will never be able to see things your way anymore than you will see things my way. Maybe someone else is correct and we are both delusional.

      Can we exist within the same society with you and I having the same amount of freedom? I don’t believe so, but it will not be my fault. I will be the one that you loathe and desire to destroy in much the same way that we are pushed to hate Islam and the Russians. Other people far more powerful than you and I are at war with each other over the world’s resources. The other question is whose propaganda you are going to believe? Check out The Space Merchant, written back in the 1950s.

      Thanks for reading and responding.
      Keith

  3. Kim L says:

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a law enforcement officer in this day and age. The atmosphere in our nation seems to encourage people to rebel against authority, and in the majority of cases when an officer is accused of being abusive, they are not. They are simply doing their jobs, and it has nothing to do with race. Yes, there are exceptions. I saw a recent humorous video done by Chris Rock on what you should do to not get your “A” kicked by the police, and it really wasn’t rocket science. The language is not the greatest, but the point is well taken. As far as being on guard with the woman in front of you at Walmart, I totally get that. We need to pray for WISDOM in every situation. As Christians, though, we can be paranoid and focused on the negative of what could happen, or we can pray and ask God if this is an opportunity from Him to help others, when an opportunity presents itself. Galatians 5 says with the fruit of the spirit, against such there is no law. You are one of the kindest people I know, always willing to help others, and I am proud of you.

    • Fantasy sports allows the average enthusiast to be a general manager for a make believe dream team that they create. It is like a live action video game. I see it the same way that I do video games, on in small doses but it can and often does consume the players.

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