(OP-ED) — The opinions of the author of this post are just that … opinions. This article contains information about racism, recidivism and socialism. The reader may consider this article politically “charged” for a reason, in part, because the real truth of the matter has not been reported by the mainstream media and is subject to your further scrutiny of the facts. None of the information in this article is legal advice and should not be construed as such. When all one has to rely on is statistical data, outcomes in any scenario can be flawed. My understanding of the incidents and the backlash involving the George Floyd execution has taken several dramatic twists and turns, the same twists and turns that may have affected your thinking over time as the events continue to unfold.
Merriam-Websters Dictionary defines this term to mean “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
The use of the foregoing noun has historical roots dating back to 1902. Throughout America’s history, which many believe has been woefully distorted by political ambitions and divisive objectives, there isn’t one connection that I’ve noted in researching this term and its intended use that hasn’t had some sort of political undertones. Of late, when someone uses this term, it’s generally meant to inflict guilt at the party who seemingly appears to possess this “human trait”. Racial differences only matter when people consider themselves “inferior” and the term is bandied about to bring about feelings of oppression and anger. Now why would the media and politicians not take any of what has been happening in America of late into account when it comes to oppression, hurt feelings and the reasons behind it?
To me, the understanding of what motivates people to behave in the manner unbecoming of American value systems has caused me to delete my personal Facebook page, as I couldn’t stand to face the publicly-displayed and government-monitored divide in society (expressed in social media) which has been fueled by means of a political nature for the purposes of influencing the determinate outcome of an election for the intended use of promoting a contrary agenda. It is sad when happy thoughts have to be influenced by thoughts of hatred and disgust.
Not to be mischaracterized singularly, the Irish were also brought over to America as slaves since the mid-1800’s. Remember the signs, “Irish need not apply”? That’s discrimination (toward a perceived inferior group of white people). Do you hear all of them screaming, “Irish Lives Matter”? Do you see them burning buildings, looting and murdering people. Nope. But we all celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because it makes us feel good. I’m hoping it’s for all the right reasons, not discounting Irish history. Like the blacks, the Irish are fully well-aware of their history too. The only people I hear dropping the term racist are those who use the term for the purposes of furthering an agenda. Remember, this is America … land of the free and home of the brave? Try land of the fee and home of the slave … that might be more accurate, given the state of taxation, regulation and debt slavery many of us now find ourselves in.
Merriam-Websters Dictionary defines this term to mean “a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior, especially a relapse into criminal behavior.”
What the mainstream media hasn’t really emphasized was that George Floyd had a past, a violent criminal past. There are reasons for this. The media has become leftist in its thinking. Instead of reporting the news, it creates news. It creates conflicting opinions. It “magpies” emotional concentrate on the public for the purposes of scaring people into wrong thinking and fear. With very little effort, I managed to pull up historical data about George Floyd, who seemingly has become the key poster child for the Black Lives Matter campaign.
And this was the continuing saga which lead to a very bad outcome for George Floyd. Floyd was busted for theft and did prison time dating back to 1998. In 2002, he was arrested for criminal trespass, convicted … and spent 30 days in jail. In 2005, Floyd was arrested a second time for possession of cocaine and sentenced to 10 months in jail after previously be sentenced to 8 months for the same offense in 2002. In 2007, he plead guilty to illegally entering a woman’s home, pointing a gun at her stomach and searching the home for drugs and money and was sentenced to 4 years in prison, for which he served 2 years of that sentence before being released. Floyd later moved to Minneapolis (2014) trying to get a fresh start, where he worked as a bouncer at a local restaurant, making a video encouraging younger generations to make good choices and to stop gun violence.
Unfortunately, he was arrested for allegedly attempting to pay for something using a fake $20 bill at a convenience store. And as you well know, things went downhill from there.
How much leeway do you give a person who has a propensity to backslide into their criminal past before you say enough is enough? And we’ve been told that the cop who sat on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes until Floyd succumbed to his physical detention knew Floyd from working together at the same club. What are we to make of the phrase, “Two wrongs don’t make a right” when a movement’s basis for nationwide protest has devolved over making George Floyd a poster child?
You also have to ask yourself what the recidivism rates of black men are as opposed to white men. In this instance, I’m using statistical data to define the basic political tenets of this “movement” that claims to be disparaged, when we all have the same opportunities and rights in America (it just boils down to HOW we make use of those opportunities). USDOJ 2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism
In making my argument here (food for thought) …
- The statistical data shows that George Floyd was less likely to fall backwards into a career criminal path the longer he stayed away from behaviors conducive to crime. In other words, maybe moving to Minneapolis (change of scenery) was a positive move for Mr. Floyd, up until the time he allegedly passed a $20 bill to a store clerk and was tracked down and detained by Minneapolis police, four of whom are now charged with his murder.
- Since Mr. Floyd was “alleged” to have passed a fake $20 bill to a clerk for the purchase of merchandise and hadn’t had his day in court, maybe Floyd didn’t know the $20 bill was a fake at the time he passed it to the clerk. We will never know the answer to that question because Floyd is dead and will never get his day in court.
- If Floyd was taking advantage of the “opportunities” afforded to every American in making a living and surviving peacefully in a fully-functioning society, then his path would have never been meant to cross with the paths of the four officers who detained him and (on camera) snuffed out his life.
- The fact that no one came to the aid of George Floyd by calling 9-1-1 and speaking to a supervisor about what the police on scene were doing (and dispatch could have had a supervisor on scene in minutes when the camera filming started to put a stop to the cop’s bad behavior) to Floyd was inexcusable when it comes to aiding a fellow citizen in trouble. I don’t see these people being charged and prosecuted for failing to stop and render aid to a dying man.
- Just because the cops were in positions of authority doesn’t mean they get to be judge, jury and executioner on scene. The mentality of bringing forth an African-American prosecutor to preside over the prosecution’s case doesn’t serve the movement well if a white prosecutor could have gotten the four officers convicted for their behavior (thus sending a measure of confidence to the community that this isn’t all about race). This remains to be seen. To me, it’s window dressing.
- In making Floyd the “poster child” for the Black Lives Matter movement, it gave the media the opportunity to create more news and heightened the actions of the demonstrators, who, on camera, demonstrated their willful disregard for others’ life, liberty and property by not only shooting and killing members of their own race (the majority of the demonstrators were of African-American descent, but whites who also sympathized with the plight of oppression of Americans across the nation also participated in the events of late) but giving the media an opportunity to change the political climate in America by influencing voter opinions of how the government dealt with the protests in each situation it was presented with.
- Most of the protests took place in cities politically defined as being within “Blue States”, or states politically dominated by Democratic voters (as opposed to Republican voters). The mayors of the “hot spots” are noted as being of the Democrat political persuasion, which may have accounted for the amount of damage to property and lives lost as the result of the mayhem surrounding the protests.
- The movement appears to be fighting within its own factions as to how long the protests can continue, given the fact the nation is embroiled in a first wave of a viral pandemic. This is not to say that peaceful protests (like in Punta Gorda, Florida last week) cannot continue; however, when demonstrators start calling for police “defunding” and calling for a “revolution”, the mindset of the movement is devolving. Punta Gorda Police have just acquired body cams and plan to train for their use shortly; however, if you defund the police department, how then can you afford body cams? This makes their “defunding” argument worthless.
- In a society where there is no means of security or control mechanisms in place, anarchy takes precedent. In that event, it’s every man for himself because others who are deemed to have little respect for life, liberty and property (those who think they’ve been given less of an opportunity) take lawlessness as a means of self-expression and exact retribution on other members of their own race as well of other races as a means of gaining political satisfaction in opposition to law and order and the general welfare afforded to all Americans as guaranteed in the U. S. Constitution.
- One can only point to the rates of recidivism (as in Floyd’s case) and the numbers of the current prison population (which in the U.S. far exceeds any other country in the world) to illustrate how bad choices make for disastrous results. Using these modalities and statistics, if an individual is afforded the same opportunities in America as his fellow man … and that individual takes every positive step in being a productive citizen … none of this portion of America’s history would have to be relevant because everyone would have equal “footing”. (Everyone does have an equal opportunity here folks. It’s just that some don’t want to take advantage of it.
Taking a passage from within the Book of Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 19, Verse 32 … “Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Whether this might be considered “out of context” or otherwise, it is fitting given the nature of the protestors’ objectives. Are the protesters simply just protesting police brutality? Are they protesting for equal rights, which they already have? And why then, is burning, looting and killing part of their agenda? What does that prove, other than the ability of heathens to do the devil’s work? None of this is spiritual really. It’s all selfish and self-serving. The Constitution is what it is. If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any. If all the protesters know is the right to assemble, it accomplishes nothing. They have to be aware of ALL their rights. Again, ALL LIVES MATTER under the framework of the Constitution.
Of late, the Minneapolis City Council has voted to disband its police department in favor of some other more transparent agency. More window dressing … only this time, those who need protection from criminals in Minneapolis won’t be able to rely on 9-1-1. Who are you supposed to call for a domestic violence matter? A social worker? This is insanity at its finest. But what are we to expect from a liberal-leaning city? If it was me, I’d move the hell away from there as fast as I could. You don’t stand a chance in the foreclosure courts in Minnesota if you’re affected by mortgage defaults. They even have the “MERS Statute”, which pretty much gives MERS (or its representatives) the right to bend you over in court and (insert your own imaginative deviation here).