Since race is being used in comparison I thought I'd add a different perspective for the MSNBC crowd. I'm "white" and grew up in the projects in Annapolis, MD during the 70s. We were one of only three non-black families. My experience with blacks were that most of them were the most hateful, violent, racist people on the planet. For many years, on an almost daily basis, Gang beatings were a fact of life for me. I can still hear the chorus of "White MF" through the bell ringing after being kicked in the head over and over. I remember the apartments we lived in surrounded a glass ridden playground that shimmered like the ocean in the sunlight. Whenever fights broke out, the parents would all come out to their balconies, like a roman arena, and cheer it on. Of course ten blacks kicking the hell out of one white kid was a particular favorite. That level of hatred isn't easily forgotten. I think I have more of right to be racist than most blacks but I try not to lower myself to that level, it's not always easy I'll admit.
To this day I don't see color in a person first, but if you're rolling up on me like a hood rat with all your gangster attitude, I'm prepared and largely intolerant. Only a fool would ignore the fact that black on white crime is hugely disproportionate, the knock out game is a prime example of how the media plays down things that don't suit their agenda.
But back to the point, whether it's gays, blacks, whites etc, you're not required to like every group or person you encounter. Your personal experience is what defines your attitude on a great many things, this is not a bad thing, so don't allow yourself to be brain washed , be your own person and have a little common sense. It's not the color or sexual preference I dislike, it's the behavior that infringes on my way of life I have a problem with and I'll fight back against it tooth and nail. You have the right to be gay, hey good for you, but don't push it in my face or tell me how I "must" approve of everything you do just because you're gay. Seriously, how would I even know you're gay unless you're advertising it somehow anyway?
It may seem odd, but I have quite a few gay friends and the worst gaydar going because for most of them I never knew it or cared and little changed after I was aware of it. My black friends know what I'm about and where I'm from and show me a strange respect that's hard to explain. They know I have their back, but they also know I'll call them on their BS.
So again, a little discretion and respect from all sides would go a long way.
Again, are police really that arrogant to believe they can continue doing this to people over and over with absolutely no repercussions? There are literally millions of "patriot" type people out there armed to the teeth and when the risk of giving up peacefully becomes to great, things will hit the fan all at once...I hate to say it but maybe that will be a good thing. In the meantime, personal surveillance is new concern I never thought I'd have.
A little discretion and respect from both sides would eliminate much of this. I understand gays feel empowered lately, but that "in you face" attitude along with current political encouragement is only hurting their cause as a lot of people that were once supportive, have now changed their minds.
Interesting and of course disappointing. Reminds me of Abovetopsecret.com, which spiraled out of control with the same sort of ridiculous hive mind censorship towards anything not way left of center. At least between cycles of sellouts we still get a glimpse or two of how it should be.
The Officer was following his directives, sadly this type of behavior is encouraged. It's actually a much bigger story, involving many large metropolitan police. Despite popular belief, they're not here to "protect", they're here to pile on charges for any and everything with the objective of instilling fear and absolute obedience from the public along with some interesting secondary goals.
It's remarkable to me that police believe themselves bullet proof. I mean, what happens when you finally push the public to the point where it makes no sense to comply? Of course, it's not the steroid ridden storm troopers that are thinking about the big picture stuff, they're really happy beating the hell out you to worry about that. But it does make you wonder why this is encouraged from such a high level.
Got a good friend that's been on the job for decades and is fairly high up on the food chain, he claims this is all just mild practice and we won't believe what else they're preparing for...somehow I think I would.
I worked for Comcast a few years back I can tell you from first hand experience that upper level management are some of the sleaziest out there. Sort of like wannabe Wolf of Wall Street types. In meetings, never once was actual customer satisfaction a concern, it was always how to get people to pay more. Period. One meeting we were discussing spectrum needs and one of the higher ups casually mentioned that internet was almost pure profit and only QVC was a better cash cow, he said we could offer it for $10 a month and still make money.
Trouble is, the FBI and other large government agencies have little to no real oversight. Everything is excused, rubber stamped or glossed over. They routinely destroy lives and property. I'm willing to take my chances with the handful of "nutjobs" any day vs your choice of alphabet agencies.
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