Snow, Cops, and Racism

I am reblogging this for a couple of reasons. On the one hand, I understand her frustration. My father was a state trooper for 22 years, and I always feel the need to respond “NOT ALL COPS ARE BAD”.
But then, as even my dad has said, “There are bad people who have become police.” And from the perspective of people of color everywhere, there are many more officers who demonstrate the bad towards us than the good that this post so adamantly defends.
The takeaway for me? All police officers should police neighborhoods the way that they would want their own policed–then we would not have to write blogs like these having to defend the good ones from all the other ones.
And by the way: the reaction that the author felt from the comment is how black people feel when a white person discounts our experiences with law enforcement. “You suck. The end. You suck.”

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I’m going to start by saying this is going to be a more serious blog than usual.  So if you don’t like that sort of thing, click off now and read my next blog for the usual humor.

That said, it’s been snowing.  A lot for NC.  And I want to take a second to give a huge shout out to our local police department.  We have a wonderful beat cop that goes above and beyond.

This is a cop that knocked on my door at 10 p.m. one evening, just to find out what he can do to help our neighborhood.  And, even though my dog almost tried to eat him, he said she was a “good girl.”  This is a cop that has been policing my street to catch speeders in an effort to keep our neighborhood safe.   This is a man that recently challenged our neighborhood kids to a snowball…

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6 Comments

  1. I guess you would have had to use some formula in order to come to that conclusion then, I’m assuming? I mean bad things do happen, at the hands of bad people, but I never would have thought that the equation of good cops to bad cops would fall above 50% bad. Especially in a profession that employs close to 800,000 (2008 wikipedia figure) people of all race, color, and gender. That’s pretty startling actually. I’d like to work your equation myself though.

    If you don’t mind me asking, what exactly is the formula you uses to come up with that figure?

    1. But once more, your thought process comes from your personal background, and not mine. Or those around me.

      It further makes my point that my story rather than being taken at face value because it is my experience is being questioned. Perhaps my statement is “all encompassing” but guess what? Every negative encounter I have had with police and just plain old white people has been because they have trusted an “all encompassing” prejudice that did not apply to me as a person.

      1. Well, regardless of how I FEEL about any issue, I do try to make a diligent effort to root my conclusions in real facts or at minimum rational and reasonable thought.

        I recognize, that life’s personal experiences (bad or good, but for the purposes of this discussion I’m referring to bad ) play a large role in helping one form a negative opinion about something. An old saying comes to mind, “Don’t toss the baby out with the bathwater.”

        If I may, I’ll give an example of the juxtaposition of feelings/emotions versus rational thought based in facts.

        Little Johnny is in 3rd grade. There are 30 other children in his class. On the first day of school, out on the playground at recess, Billy-the-bully walks up to Johnny, while no other kids are around, and stomps on Johnny’s toe causing him to cry hysterically. Billy-the-bully was later called in to the principal’s office, but he denied doing this terrible thing to Johnny and ultimately he gets away without any repercussions and Johnny later realizes this. Everything about how that played out for Johnny, was an injustice and it’s wrong and it just plain sucks!

        It’s a traumatic experience for Johnny, and it makes him ultimately resent his entire 3rd grade year and every kid in his class. That bad experience helped form a perception in Johnny that everyone in the class was like Billy-the-bully in 3rd grade, when in fact there were 28 other kids who never bothered or harassed Johnny at all. Actually, several of those kids tried to help console Johnny once they realized he was hurting and great pain. Johnny was so distraught that he was temporarily out of control of his emotions, as anyone would be after such a painful and undeserving event.

        As Johnny got older, all the while holding on to that stinging bitterness that came from this traumatic event in his life, he decided it was time to launch a crusade against ALL the kids in his CLASS. He was on a mission to expose them all as the evil doers he truly believed them all to be. After all, they were in the 3rd grade class when it happened, therefore they are all just as guilty as Billy-the-bully. Johnny wants everyone in the class to experience the pain he endured on that dreadful day. Johnny fuels this crusade for justice with the emotion generated from reliving the terrible experience over and over in his mind. But remember, Johnny was traumatized by only one bad person. “Who cares!” says Johnny.

        Johnny then lives his life on a never ending crusade to have everybody in his 3rd grade class exposed and crucified as the assailants that caused him so much pain and anguish. Johnny’s vision becomes blurred to the point of blindness. This blindness does not ever allow Johnny to see, much less acknowledge that the facts of the event will clear the names of 28 innocent kids in the class, all who had nothing to do with the terrible, traumatic experience Johnny endured so many years ago.

        Johnny woke up every day for the rest of his life eschewing facts, logic, and forever broadcasting to the world that his 3rd grade class was filled with miscreants and monsters.

        The moral of this story is, “Don’t be a Johnny.” Welcome those 28 innocent kids into your world and see them as the majority of good, as opposed to Johnny’s misguided beliefs of them being the majority of the bad. Oh, and don’t worry, karma along with the good Lord upstairs will catch up to Billy-the-bully.

        Thank you for your time.

  2. Just curious, the part that reads,
    “And from the perspective of people of color everywhere, there are many more officers who demonstrate the bad towards us than the good that this post so adamantly defends.”

    Is that something you believe?

    1. This is something that I have personally experienced, as well as have watched others experience it. So yes, because of experience and what I hear from family and friends and see on the news and read about, it is something that I believe.

      I did not always believe that, though. And maybe I won’t always. But right now, yes. I do.

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