The reaction to Ryan Lochte’s illegal activities can be described in one word-muted. He and his band of swimming brothers went out for a night on the town in Rio. They partied and then they destroyed property. They were detained by the police and then Lochte lied about the details. He came home to the US and his party buddies are left to answer questions. So where is the outrage? Why aren’t we hearing the talking heads vilifying him or demanding an apology? No one has called him a thug. So tell me why aren’t these gold medal winning swimmers being crucified by the press? You don’t have to tell me I know the answer.
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This group of mothers all share the loss of a child to senseless violence. Three of them shared their testimony last night, but the criticism started before they left the stage. They did not attack law enforcement, but they did say Black Lives Matter, and they do and they have a right to share their story on a big stage, and Hillary Clinton gave them that stage. Share your thoughts.
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John McCain did it. Mitt Romney did it too, but The Donald won’t be speaking at the NAACP convention. He won’t be bringing that tough talk to the convention. He’ll save his harsh words on race for the people who already cheer him. He is not trying to expand the base. He claims to be so tough but not tough enough to talk to African Americans who are not singing the praises of The Donald.
Black Lives Matters has become the nation’s new pinup for all things racially divisive. They are achieving the status of the Black Panthers of the 1960’s. You would think from listening to Fox News that they actually promote racism. This morning Sarah Palin, failed VP candidate, failed governor of Alaska and one of Donald Trump’s new best buddies shared this on her Facebook page:
Black Lives Matters is a Farce and Hyphenating America Destroys Us Our prayers are with the fallen on that Thin Blue Line in Dallas. America lost heroes last night as men in uniform did their unfathomably courageous job running into danger to protect others from it. Honorable first responders deserve our utmost respect and support. Shame on our culture’s influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the rule of law in the name of “peaceful protests.” It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce. I use her quote because it reflects a lot of the dialogue being articulated on the right. Racism has existed since black people were brought over here in chains. A fact that many on the right dismiss as irrelevant to this conversation but it is still relevant. Many of our ancestors had no choice about being 3/5 citizens. So it is under this cloud that we have famished or in some case flourished. Many of us are blessed and have achieved the dream but achieving the dream does not insulate you from racism. I have a great son. people describe him as a nice polite young man. He is affable and a recent college graduate but how is he perceived by a police officer. Do they approach his car and see a young man who happens to be black or do they simply view him as a potential predator. This is what we black moms worry about on the daily. So this notion of a group standing up and protesting for the rights afforded to all citizens to be cast as the new national boogie man is patently unfair.
My pastor has shared this story with the congregation: You can tie the tales of two cats together and they are unified but they are not in unity.* That is what the call for unity sounds like today. Unity requires an agreement. it is impossible to get an agreement when the two sides view the world from completely different perspectives. Right now we have two camps. One is in despair at what the police have down under the state cloak of protection. The other camp is grieving at the loss of 5 police officers, but there is another camp that shares the grief of both camps. this camp wants answers. they want to know the details of the police involved shootings and they also want to know how a man who served his country would pick up a gun and kill police officers marching with protesters last night. We also know the police were on hand to also protect the Dallas business community. They were doing their jobs and it was pure evil to be killed doing that. So today might not be the day we find common ground but maybe soon.
*Not cats were used for the illustration.
The campaign trail has to be one of the most uncivil places on earth. Politicians question each other’s patriotism, faith, business acumen and overall competence. All this is done loudly and on camera. No insult is too low and no innuendo is too desperate. One is left to wonder how did we get here?
Politicians are not the only ones guilty of uncivil conversation. Is their conversation outrageous or does it actually reflect how we talk to each other. Check out social media and you will see people are not governed by conventional rules of good taste everything posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram is subject to comment from readers and the comments tend to be brutal. When did we decide that manners was no longer relevant in our society?
We have become accustomed to course dialogue in every facet of life. Look at reality television. Women are pitted against each other. There is nothing to vile to articulate. The worse the behavior the better the ratings. Fighting is encouraged on the airwaves, and that same bold behavior is being seen on the streets and in our schools. Teachers were once respected by parents now face aggressive parents who come to the school prepared to verbally and sometimes physically assault the teachers. We see people more likely to record a fight than stop a fight, and when that fight gets uploaded to YouTube thousands and sometime millions happily watch the replay. What does that say about us? We decry violence but we watch it for entertainment. Are we a nation of hypocrites? Have we simply lost our way? Have we become tolerant of the language? Is this our new normal? Is the low road now the road to victory or are we ready to start speaking to each other in a respectful manner.
Look at the poster. Why are all the non-white people doing the un-cool things? That’s what people asked when they saw it. Red Cross has since apologized and pulled the poster from its website. Share your thoughts.
How does a nation react when 49 of their citizens are murdered? Do we start implementing new gun control laws or do we simply call for a moment of silent prayer? Over the past few days I have seen people offer prayers for the victims and their families. I believe in the power of prayer but I also believe in the part of the Bible that says faith without works is dead. We can’t keep mumbling prayers or having moments of silence. We have got to do something. What citizen needs a machine gun? Why are we allowed to purchase guns that are only suitable for war? At this point we are beyond shocked we should be enraged. We can no longer simply offer silent prayer we have to do something or we will be right back here again.