With all due respect Ferguson, Missouri, It’s not just a racism problem, it’s a police-ism problem.
If you’re a hammer, as the old saying goes, everything looks like a nail that must be hammered down – even when it isn’t a nail. To black people subjected to police harassment and brutality everything looks like racism that must be hammered down – even when it isn’t racism.
All libertarians, including black libertarians, understand this. Real racism is about people disabusing people because of their race. But when it comes to police abuse racism is just part of an even greater problem: police-ism. All across America cops harass and brutalize black and white, male and female, young and old, criminals and innocents alike.
It’s been documented online for years at places like CopBlock, CopWatch, Photography Is Not a Crime, and similar sites.
If cops are hated more now than ever before it’s their own fault. Today cops are little more than taxpayer-funded street gangs. Cops in town after town have become thugs themselves because They know they can get away with it. They’re blindly defended with knee-jerk alibis and phony “investigations” by their institutional enablers. They know their partners, their precinct captains, their chiefs, police commissioners, police unions, city councils, mayors, most citizens and even the local media will cover up their abuses.
To make it worse professional race-baiters who base their reputations and careers on turning everything into a race issue whether it is or not either ignorantly or purposely help cover up the fact that America has become a police state that abuses everyone.
The political classes want control. The more laws they write against peaceful activities the more their power grows and the more cops they need to enforce their laws. The more cops the police academies need to push through the lower their standards become. Lower IQs for cops has been the norm since at least 2000.
Yes some cops are racist. But ever more cops are mean, brutal, arrogant, and narcissistic psychopaths.
The continuing demonstrations against racism are far more likely to create rather than stop racism in the minds of many people. If everyone protested every instance of police harassment, abuse, corruption, bigotry, bullying and brutality whether it’s white cop on black youth or black cop on white youth or any corrupt cop on anyone, and hold all public official’s feet to the fire – not only the cop coddlers but the race baiters as well – there might be a chance to change things permanently.
Until then, pounding everything that looks like a nail only benefits the hammer, and pounding everything that looks like racism only benefits the race-baiters.