Greetings dear readers!
There’s trouble in Black paradise.
In light of national voices bursting with outrage over the relentless gunning down of unarmed Blacks and disenfranchised folk, by mostly white male cops, typical pundits flood the matter.
Select people of color join white commentators, saying this is not a reflection of general law enforcement departments—but rogue officers.
I join progressives saying it’s actually the rogue officers that challenge a power mongering police culture (profuse with racial and sexual discrimination). Rogue officers risk all to reform it.
Average commentaries never attach the word culture to the body of national police institutions (fleshed out by Trouble In Black Paradise and outlined in my previous blog); such would indicate there’s a tangible, developed history leading to the creation of a living enforcement entity.
To do so they would have to actually look at and examine what has been keenly sculpted by white colonial dynamics: the ruling aristocratic (we’re always correct) “us” against the majority (unruly, subordinate and must be totally contained) general populace “them.”
The practice predates our country’s founding—today its forces blaze with a runaway life of its own.
Pundits would have to move beyond showering law agencies with altruistic platitudes (or blind hopes that they’d naturally uphold humane moral standards); they’d meticulously scrutinize the operating trail.
Evidence would be clear, showing either a continuation of corrosiveness, or tangible action based change (exclusive thug-like domineering legacy severely overhauled with inclusive, welcoming behavior).
I say that the agency’s “us against them” mentality mostly rages on. Standard police culture blatantly slaps the public’s face with its entitlement attitude, and then presents itself as the victim.
Following Ferguson’s incident where unarmed youth Michael Brown was gunned down, there was a peculiar thing. Responding to protesters identifying with Brown (people who know and reckon with the same vicious culture) white male and female cop supporters pushed back; rallying with their own street protest—proudly shouting that they all were Darren Wilson as well.
After unarmed Eric Garner died at the hands of New York City officers (with no grand jury indictment) the mayor daring to show public empathy (and whose position stands especially for serving and protecting the public) did the extraordinary: he proclaimed the need to engage public concerns [about NYC’s vicious police culture legacy] to begin repairing the breech. The police response: turning their backs on the mayor in protest at public events—including the funeral of recently fallen officers.
Following national protests San Francisco Supervisors proposed a benign proclamation, merely recognizing concerns about ongoing unarmed public deaths by officers—many being local. A former Police Officer’s Association President Gary Delagnes (a white male) ranted and raged insult in the media; he complained that police morale would be hurt; he threatened that enforcement protection in their districts might in essence waver, guaranteeing a jeopardizing of key colleague relationships between themselves (the leaders) needed for service and resolution decision in legislative process—in essence, the use of civic bullying and systemic extortion.
Most Supervisors (Blacks included) caved-in and retracted.
America’s disenfranchised, especially Blacks, up to this day found the entirety of their existence in this country clubbed with an aristocracy’s administrative message:
You are not and never will be us; you are not worthy human beings deserving of justice and respect; you are here to serve our elite interests (in the name of patriotism and strengthening the economy); and you are replaceable, as your lives are disposable.
Pundits believing that major overhauls now steer departments nationally never pose this serious question (let alone answer it): why then, is there still a need for “Black Police Officer’s Associations” all across this country?
Findings in the recent Federal probe of Ferguson’s total civic/systemic governing practices are absolutely damning. Resignations began immediately and fallout has just begun.
Previously Wilson was fired as part of the Jennings, MO. department that had duplicate racial and other related issues (revealing that some city legislators are serious about climate “change”) only to be scooped-up by Ferguson—who must have known of his last job situation (unless they hire officers blindly).
Similarly, counter protester’s blanket support of those now “outed” racist officers and crooked officials (proclaiming sympathetically to “be Wilson”) now have unadulterated knowledge of Ferguson’s brazenly putrid internal climate. Their knee-jerk message: “white fear” justifies our being judge and jury, gunning down unarmed Blacks (we deem as generally degenerate) on our whim as well—and we applaud this!
In light of the “probe’s” damning evidence of blanket racist corruption, don’t hold your breath waiting for “overwhelmingly white” counter protester’s apologies—or retractions.
When civic leaders consider those they govern as treasured family and themselves as family heads, resolution and problem solving has respect in a family-like approach.
Standard etiquette tells a person how to treat another as a “decent” human being—period!
Police departments wanting to eradicate, or at least begin greatly minimizing avoidable deaths set a clear approach. Official leadership never simply flips their noses at the loss of unarmed lives, but assertively demonstrates respect for those they oversee: a desire to end senseless killing (not uphold sterile rationalizing) is clearly expressed; solutions are actively solicited from community members and leaders via brainstorming sessions (and other avenues).
Most critically: strengthening the bond between departments and patrolled communities—flushing out detached, antagonistic power flaunting on the officer’s side and reversing public mistrust (due to unjustified chronic belittlement and harassment)—must be the top goal; its campaign rigorous and given high priority.
Something shouldn’t be missed. Neighborhoods exhibiting a stronger air of trust, respect and more intimate familiarity with their officers, absolutely produce more profound social successes.
Patrols better distinguish strangers (and threatening unlawful behavior) from harmlessly mischievous “locals”—making them less likely to shoot innocents; locals seeking safer streets are more forthcoming with evidence amplifying crime solving potential; and officer deaths are far more diminished where excellent relations exist.
In essence, the priority switches from nurturing “power thrills” (by keeping communities under siege) to refining crime solving (and crime stopping) techniques that protect constituents.
Officers (and pundits) who screech in defense of rationalizing the “us against them” mentality—shoring it up as a necessary business—reek irony; it is they who actually foster the climate of police culture exposed in Ferguson that nationally both nurtures and creates the Darren Wilsons.
Old school cops here, prioritizing “power trips,” produce extracurricular turmoil, subjecting communities to greater overall risk—they are the very source amplifying danger to their own lives.