Some have been outraged at the callous, insensitive remarks of Minneapolis police federation (no such thing as a police union) head Bob Kroll in the wake of his comrades back shooting of Thurman Junior Blevins, who was running away from them. Kroll in recent remarks on FaceBook tried to detract from the killing of Blevins, by saying people should be more concerned about Black people killed by citizens.
Why can’t we be concerned about both? But this is not a new tactic, but a particularly heinous one considering that Blevins has not been buried yet.
But Kroll like the rest of the folks who agree with him in Minneapolis and other cities who always seek to justify the killing of Black people by the police,may not be to blame it could simply be a matter of poor home training.
In other words it is possible that his mother didn’t teach him any better. One cannot do better if they do not know better.
While some may argue that my premise is a bit facetious, let us examine the evidence. Judging from Kroll’s comments regarding the lives of Black folks and his membership in a racist motorcycle gang he can be considered a racist, though he likely does not have the intestinal fortitude to openly admit it.
And what is reason for hating Black people? He is the well paid head of the federation of anti-working class people (and thugs) who have the freedom to abuse and mistreat and make Black people’s lives miserable on a daily basis and get away with it.
In Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Chicago and other areas where police have needlessly killed Black folks, the comments section in local newspapers and social media are filled with hateful statements supporting the police and denigrating the victim. In Sacramento a woman claiming to be “of faith” voluntarily wrote on social media that Stephon Clarke deserved to be shot. It is worth noting that no one asked her to give her mean spirited opinion, but she somehow thought it was important to express.
She should have learned in Sunday School the that implies one should not wish on others what they do not want done to them. But failing that someone should have taught her that it is inappropriate to pee on people’s graves and that the dead should at least be allowed dignity in death.
In Minneapolis the police federation head, Kroll tried to distract from the issue of the police killing by saying that only 1 out of 100 of people killed in the Twin Cities are killed by police. But that is too many, and these are human beings he is referring to, which again is possibly a reflection on something he was taught at home. The fact that he never considered how callous and cold this would come off to the families of those who have lost loved ones to police violence, causes one to wonder if his mother taught him to respect the dead and those grieving the dead.
Ironically while trying to point the finger at so called Black criminality; it is he and those like him that exhibits a criminal mindset, in fact worse than a criminal mindset because most criminals respect the dead and the grieving. No, this is the reflection of a human being who is not fully formed, a Neanderthal, a barbarian.
The greater White society attempts to paint the Black family as dysfunctional, but if it is especially in this nations ghettos it got that way by a series of discriminatory events and an environment not conducive to raising children correctly.
So what is the excuse of Bob and Becky? Why are they so upset and so mean spirited? They have had almost every advantage, they grew up in two parent suburban homes, eat three square meals every day, attended the best of schools, took family vacations, attended college, and have a decent paying job. So the question is, what is their excuse for acting like callous thugs on social media and comments sections? What causes them to be so angry and hateful at dead Black people killed by police?
What causes them to lash out and make nonsensical rebuttals to Black cries for justice by claiming Black people don’t care about Black people dying in the inner cities? It is nonsensical, because they have already indicated that they don’t care or like Black people, so why do they care if Black people are killing one another? Is it just another example of poor home training? Most people are taught not to kick people when they are down. And their religion, Christianity, has an imperative to “weep with those who weep.” But many of the mean spirited people will tell you they are people of faith and as their profile pics seem to indicate they adhere to family values.
Judging by the actions of most who call themselves “people of faith” especially the evangelical community, it appears to be an unreconstructed, narrow minded, bigoted and mean religion.
People like Kroll and the woman in Sacramento should not be hated, but pitied. They cannot help themselves they were not taught any better. It is likely they were taught to hate people who had not done anything to them, just for sport. They may have been taught that the only life that counts is White life. The Sacramento woman possibly thinks the golden rule only applies to fellow White people.
Thankfully many folks have pushed back against poor home training, social conditioning and programming and have awakened to realize that they and their neighbor share a common humanity and that we live in a country and system that seeks to pit us against one another for the sake of maintaining White Supremacy and US Imperialism (neo liberal capitalism, pick a term).
If we are to live in a nation as human beings more will have to reject their conditioning, because at the end of the day their hatefulness does not benefit them as much as they think. No man and no people are an island we are all as MLK put it, “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All [humans] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”
justice then peace