One of the biggest complaints of the black community, (and the left and the media) is that white people aren’t listening to their complaints when it comes to police interaction with their community; specifically the very visible (due to technology) shooting of young black men.
“I will call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families, who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have the talk about … how to really protect themselves, when they are the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with the police… I’m going to be talking to white people. I think we are the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens, and we have so much more to be done, and we have got to get about the business of doing it. We can’t be engaging in hateful rhetoric or incitement of violence. We need to bring people together.” — Hillary Clinton, Democratic nominee for President
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is always good advice. Empathy and understanding of another point of view can go a long way towards building trust and bonds that build a just society. BUT, what Hillary (and her compatriots) are asking is that whites also set aside our intuition and reasoning; and that would be a mistake.
Yes, we (whites) should be listening to the “legitimate cries” of the black community. The problem is, many of the cries aren’t legitimate; and the insistence that they are (despite all evidence) tarnishes the cries that should be listened to.
As for the engaging in “hateful rhetoric and incitement of violence”, I would assume this is directed at the black community (and the left and the media)… but this is Hillary Clinton. Ninety plus percent comes from the left.
Whites Not Listening:
To some extent, whites not properly listening is true. But why? Is it just because white people by their nature or environment are hateful people? If you listen to left (and blacks), we (whites) are simply racist. Some might call that “hateful rhetoric”
To be fair, there are still white racist in this society as there always have been and always will be. It is simply the nature of humanity. BUT, I content white racism is at a historical low in this nation. Still, whites are not listening to black concerns… Why?
I think there are two reasons.
When you start a discussion or argument by attacking the character of your audience, especially if your accusation is erroneous, the natural reaction is to dismiss out of hand any argument you put forth after that. Even if you argument is right (morally) and factual; you’ve predisposed people to ignore you.
The best way to describe this is “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” syndrome. And THAT is the main thing going on here. Many, if not a majority of the hysterics drummed up by blacks (and the left and the media) are based on the false premise that they were unjustified.
The best example of this is “hands up don’t shoot” referring to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The narrative went that Brown had raised his hands in surrender and pleaded “don’t shot”… before being killed by the white police officer. All that crap was disproven by the Department of Justice. A DOJ predisposed to the left and the arguments of the black community. In truth Michael Brown was a thug who had just strong-armed a local merchant before taking his thuggery to the streets. Whites know this. They know “hands up don’t shoot” is all based on a lie.
Yet “Hand up Don’t Shoot” is still a rallying cry today (literally). If I have a point I want to make, a grievance I want to bring to light… I’m defeating my purpose to shouting a lie. The phrase is tainted (by your own fault)… find another one. And as long as I’m giving advice; make it less hateful and less violent. “Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon” isn’t it either. If what I’m hearing (while I’m listening) is a lie, or a call to violence… I’m not really going to bother going any further with the discussion.
I’ll leave it here and resist the urge to list further examples; of which there are many…
Unfortunately there really are wolves (bad cops & unjustified shootings) out there. But when you cry wolf so many times you do a great injustice to the true victims; and make it harder to actually fix actual problems.
I don’t know the circumstances of the latest grievances (Baton Rouge and Minnesota). Yes I’ve seen the videos; but don’t know enough details to make a reasoned determination (as is the case with most people). Here’s a few examples of questions that might affect that reasoning. In both cases, where were the guns the men had. Were they ever visible? Were their hands ever near them? I’m not saying either shooting was justified or not… I’m just saying there should be a thorough investigation and charges if they are warranted… and not, if they are not.
Some claim that the due process shouldn’t be followed because the system is broken and whites do not hold the police accountable. I haven’t seen that. Show me. And I’m not talking about rhetoric, show me the evidence.
I watched an interview of the organizers of the Baton Rouge protest; all of them very young (teens and early twenties). They were calling for nothing less than the lynching of the policeman involved in the shooting. The idea of due process or a trial was not reasonable to them. The more concerning aspect of the interview is that due process seemed an alien concept to them. Is history and civics not taught in this nation anymore?
We are either a nation of laws or we’re not; despite the best efforts of the left (Obama, Clinton) to continually circumvent the Constitution and the rule of law…
White people SHOULD put forth more effort to listen to the legitimate cries of our black brothers and sisters. We should rise above the slander, vitriol, and (to be blunt) racism being hurled at us almost continually. There are wolves (bad cops and unjustified shootings) out there and we must watch for them and work for justice. We must do this even as the world screams wolf with every other breath and curses us.
Black people SHOULD put forth more effort to listen to the legitimate objections of their white brothers and sisters. They should rise above the rhetoric of race pimps and adopt the tools of intuition and reasoning. Make this about wolves (bad cops & unjustified shootings) not race. Step back from vilifying all law enforcement (which attributed to the deaths of five police officers in Dallas). Denouncing violence (mostly looting, violent attacks, and vandalism) would go a long way as well. And finally… help us white folk remove the spec of racism from our eye…
THEN, you may find a more receptive and cooperative white community in solving real problems.