Black Lives Matter: An Outsider's Perspective

Date published: Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Once again another black person has been shot and killed by a cop in America. Riots have broken out across North Carolina. Once again the Black Lives Matter movement are in the headlines.

Now, let me give you a confession. I don't have any insider information on this topic. I have never been to North Carolina. I couldn't even point to the place if you showed me a map of the world. Nevertheless, I have a couple of points to make - based on all of the events that have unfolded.

As an outsider. No, wait. I'll start again. As a COMPLETE outsider - taking on board everything that I've seen - my best estimate is that there is a problem with institutional racism across some sections of the US Police community. I don't have too many details about this latest police execution - however - a couple of the ones which have been caught on camera are outrageously unwarranted. So, I happen to think that black lives do matter and my sympathies lie with the black communities who are affected by police brutality every day.

Yesterday I wrote about social justice warriors and - in the longest Inside Scoop I've ever written - I spoke at length about how the rise of the SJW movement is a problem that deserves to be tackled head on. I think it's unfortunate that Black Lives Matter is considered by some commentators to be a part of the social justice warrior movement. Personally speaking, I think there's a huge difference between the SJW's that I wrote about yesterday and a Black Lives Matter protestor. SJW's are - for the most part - students who are often from wealthy families. Black Lives Matter protesters aren't.

I understand that some unsavory behavior has been observed by Black Lives Matter protesters - such as chanting for dead cops. I'm not going to defend that kind of behavior. However, I think there's an important word that ought to be brought into the spotlight and the word is 'tacit'. The word tacit means:

Understood or implied without being stated.

In the West, and across most of the entire civilized world, there is a tacit agreement between the ruling elite and the poor. An approximation of the agreement is this:

If those who are in positions of power and authority refrain from killing and abusing large populations of poor people, then the poor people will not start rioting and behaving in a violent manner.

This tacit agreement has been in place since the days of the Roman Empire. It's an agreement that all of the political parties understand. The Royal Family of England certainly know about this tacit agreement. It's the reason why some countries have a welfare system! If there was not a welfare system - if we just left poor people to starve to death then, rioting and violence would run rampant. That is the deal.

Continually killing innocent, often unarmed black people for (literally!) nothing is a violation of the sacred tacit agreement that has held civilization together for thousands of years. My estimation is that the Black Lives Matter movement is made up of impoverished people who are deeply and directly affected by the behavior of the police. If I was a financially challenged black person in that part of the world then I would be afraid to go outside for fear that the cops might make me their next victim. Now, maybe that fear would be irrational but it would probably be there. Quite frankly, I think I'd be terrified of the cops if I was a poor black person, living in America. So, this is why there is certainly a huge difference - in my mind at least - between Black Lives Matter and the Social Justice Warrior movement.

Maybe I'm wrong.

Maybe there is no institutional racism problem. Maybe there is no such thing as police brutality. Maybe the cops who have shot and killed the various black people whom they've killed, behaved with integrity and to the best of their ability. It's possible. I could be wrong! I'm an outsider.

Guess what? The Rock was right, when he said this...

The Rock is right. It doesn't matter what I think and - in this instance - it doesn't even matter what you think! Regardless of whether or not there is a culture of institutional racism in the US Police Force, the solution is brilliant, simple and clear.


That's it, folks. That's your solution right there!

Do you think the cops in America are racist? Good! Give them better training!

Do you not think that the cops are NOT racist? Good! Give them better training!

Do you think that the problems are complex, that nothing is black and white and that we should deal with each incident on a case by case basis? Good!

Give the police better training!

America is tearing itself apart right now because of this problem and doesn't have to!

Let me tell you...

Yesterday I walked into a local supermarket looking like death warmed up. I had been working long hours. I was unkempt. I was disheveled. I had terrible eyestrain and, as a matter of fact, I could hardly even open my eyes. The computer screen that I had been viewing was in a room where the screen faced the window and the sun had been frying my brain for days. I was a mess and I must have looked like a drug addict. In any event, I headed into Morrisson's to pick up some lunch.

The shop has those faceless bleepy, faceless, computer checkouts, but - as normal - I decided to go to a checkout with a real human being. The person who served me was an older lady. She was well over 60. When I arrived at her checkout, she never said 'hello'. Even when the transaction was complete and I said 'thank you', she never said thank you back. When I left and said goodbye, she never said 'goodbye'. Instead, she just practically threw a receipt at me. Basically, she treated me like a dog. Now, you don't have to be a Jedi Knight to rush to the conclusion that this person was making some unsavory judgments about me. Her behavior was deeply unprofessional and I think it revealed some rather unpleasant truths about the person who was serving me. Nevertheless, I don't blame her. I blame her manager. GOOD TRAINING is the solution. With good training, all bad vibes go away and we can all go back to our lives.

There has never been a greater need for good training, not only for the police but for all corners of the civilized world.


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