BLACK LIVES MATTER: A RALLYING CALL FOR ANARCHY
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist
On October 22, 2015 President Obama again made a statement
defending the “Black Lives Matter” movement. He described the movement as
highlighting specific issues that are only happening in black communities. However,
the issues should be focused on how everyone should interact with authority
figures now, not about past discrimination. All communities need to respect law
enforcement to maintain stability and peace.
According to President Obama’s narrative the movement sprung
up after unarmed black men such as Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in
Ferguson and others elsewhere who were killed by the police. There was no
mention by him that after an exhaustive legal process the judicial system found
that the accused were innocent in both above cases. These verdicts were
substantiated by additional federal justice department reviews of the cases.
This and other statements of President Obama have
legitimized, empowered and expanded this movement, a movement that is chanting
“F—the Police,” “Pigs in a Blanket- Fry ‘em Like Bacon,” “Race Bastard” and
other incendiary comments all over the country. The Internet has exploded with
hateful and taunting videos towards the police. They are undeniably beyond the
pale, vicious calls for attacks on police. The day after President Obama’s above-mentioned
statements there was hate speech and violence against police in a three-day
“Black Lives Matter” rallies in New York City.
These blatant incidents provoking and killing of police are
becoming epidemic. This is not a free speech problem rather these protests are attracting
people to come together to form a mob mentality to intimidate the public,
restrict police power and push the limits of civil behavior. It does not
address grievances but creates disorder to incite and agitate violence towards
all police regardless of religions, ethnic or racial backgrounds.
President Obama said in his defense of these violent
gatherings “we as a society particularly given our history have to take this
seriously.” He further justifies the movement “rather what they (BLM) were
suggesting there is a specific problem that is happening in the
African-American community that is not happening in other communities. This is
a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”
President Obama does not believe the nationwide spike in
violence and crime in black communities has anything to do with the “Black
Lives Matter” movement although his FBI director, James Comey, has indicated
that it does. Mr. Comey has concluded that the extraordinary rise in black
crime is partially caused by the restraint of police from being more aggressive
because of the riots in Ferguson and the vile anti police videos that show the
cops are not receiving sufficient backing to do their job.
We should remember the job of the cops is extremely
dangerous and thankless. They are sworn
to do their duty to uphold our laws but not supposed to be social workers. All
officers, regardless of the shade of their skin, deserve the respect of their
authority. Any overt resistance or harassment of a police officer’s commands is
and should be a prosecuted offense.
President Obama should remember he represents all citizens
so his words matter. He should articulate and inspire all citizens to respect
the institutions and laws of our nation and not make excuses for any special
interest group. The President of the United States is the chief executive
officer of the nation and all its citizens.
Every individual has grievances and injustices they have
experienced. Most citizens regardless of ethnic, racial or religious
identification and socio-economic background have stories of being stopped for
a violation. Many have experienced sternness, rudeness and even unfairness
meted out by an officer of the law. There are legal remedies to illegal police
Usually it is best to look towards the future rather than
stew in the past. It is not in the long-term interest of any groups to disregard
authority figures especially those assigned to maintain order. This respect for
authority figures only increases resentment and uncontrollable anger. The gratitude
for the wonderful opportunities and gifts this great nation offers them is lost.
Encouraging anarchy is not a solution to decreasing police
discrimination. When confronted by police, an individual should listen and
comply with the direction not challenge and resist. It will create a tinderbox
for rampant chaos that causes a destructive rage gone wild. Riots are not an
appropriate venue to discuss viable changes. People should look at problems
rationally, not be frightened into appeasing violence.
Let us treat every man, woman, and child with the respect
they deserve including all authority figures such as parents, teachers, elders
and law enforcement. Order, respect and
inclusion leads to harmony while disorder, disrespect and exclusion end in
anarchy. “Black Lives Matter” riots do not do anything to improve the lives of
the people in those communities.
Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various
newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons
School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at
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