There are people who have been waiting for this. Not necessarily the death of cops, but that one event that allows them to paint all protesters as anti-police, anti-american.
That one terrible event that allows them to make it more than it is, and take shots at their political opponents.
There is a national frustration that there are two standards: Whether it’s a “Black v. White” standard or a “Conservative v. Liberal” standard…
…if connections can be made to tarnish the underdog, the powerless, or the left… that happens immediately, loudly, by players of the highest level.
And if connections can be made to tarnish the establishment, the entitled or the right well… that’s blown off as conspiracy theory.
Cliven Bundy should be in jail. Had the world gone crazy on him when two people on his ranch peeled off and killed two cops… had there been a national conversation and reaction to domestic terrorism or sovereign citizens and media fueling this kind of hatred by elevating them to “patriot” or “hero,”… I’d be writing differently about this moment.
But no, those same types lined the rooftops in Ferguson, this time not to protect protesters but to protect business. They went from training guns on feds to training guns on protesters. People just decided to point their guns at other people. And again, there were those that made them heroes. But mostly, silence.
So here we have a disturbed individual who shot his girlfriend and then killed two cops. But suddenly, he’s the face of a people who want there to be accountability when police murder unarmed men? Or roll up in their car and shoot a kid in 1.5 seconds (and then lie in the report?) And this is allowed to go unchecked, unmocked, unexamined and without response?
To everyone who posts something idiotic like “Well, you got what you wanted,” get bent. I don’t want this. I don’t want any of this. And you’re one more person attempting to use these dead police officers to tamp down a very legitimate complaint from those who feel there is a double standard that ends in death.
You’re no better than the person who picks up a corpse in Mogadishu and parades it in the streets.
And we both know what happens next. Cops – understandably upset – will overreact to a protest. Not in New York because I think that’s a professional police department that knows how to deal with protests… even when they are upset or grieving.
But in Ferguson? They’re going to walk into the next major protest with every weapon they have.
And you – persons suddenly upset about the death of THESE specific cops – will be cheering for it.
And I reject it.