Op-Ed from the Desk of chuq
I have not commented on the situation in Baltimore until now because I wanted to see what would shake out…..and so far it is the same song and dance (from the media that is)…….the same speculation, the same hysteria and the same call to dialog…….
Then I watched the blogs…….and many points are being made…….many good points but is anyone listening? As well as a case for the game of choosing sides. Of course the usual line of conversation around those “outside agitators” and “thugs”
The incident is all too familiar and there has got to be something done…..but we as a people are going about it all wrong……this should not not be a game of choosing sides…..and that is exactly what we are doing…..choosing sides.
There are some great reports about this subject and then there are a bunch of speculation and hype….none of which is a solution to the problem….all it accomplishes is to force us to choose sides….one over the other.
As usual the solution to the incident that caused the situation boils down to camera cams for the cops……But is it really?
Ask yourself…..if every cop had a body cam and recorded everything the person did…..would we ever see the tape? Who would control the distribution….the cops? Knowing the silence of the “Blue Line” would you seriously believe we would get the whole story?
Yes, a solution MUST be found and yes, a dialog is much needed…….but I do not see any of it coming to fruition in today’s society. Experts are not the answers…..experts know nothing of the community that they say they are speaking about…….an opinion stated by someone who lives in a Manhattan penthouse is a worthless utterance…..for a picture can be painted and may not necessarily be accurate or helpful.. How silly is it for the “Haves” to be explaining the “Have Nots”? The view from the penthouse gives them NO special insight.
The dialog about the dialog is not helping either. The media sensationalism is not going to help. Name calling is not going to help. The media needs this to continue and they will do what they must to see that there is no quick resolution.
Think I am wrong? Then think about what it offers the people……fake drama sold as reality…….it is what the viewer wants….and they get it. How soon before someone tries to push this as a “race riot”?
The situation that gave us the horrible events in Ferguson, Staten Island and Baltimore and countless others is far from over……NO real dialog will be possible without honesty and commitment and now all we have is talk (not a dialog) and finger pointing….none of which is helping.
For now all eyes are on Baltimore and most of the chatter is NOT helping! The eyes are looking at the protesters and the real problem goes to the back burner….that problem is the death of Mr. Gray and the tactics of violence used against the African-American community.
Promises are being made…….promises and more talk……and while we are talking this will happen again……and again.
A cycle that we know exists but NO one is willing to find a cure!
And we talk!