A lot of things were being discussed in this press briefing. Everything from Iran to QAnon Movement. I never heard of QAnon until now and I don't know anything about them. As a nation we are likely in a cultural clash now where multiple voices want to be heard. There should be some middle ground between the different sides. We do know the justice system needs reform but that doesn't mean police are the enemy. Most officers do the best they can and it would be great if we can respect the profession and focus on those changes that ensure that "bad apples" don't ruin the names of good officers.
There is no far right or far left on these issues as there is only American lives that are being injured and a nation that limps along as it struggles with new ways of viewing the world. We must adapt as a country to ensure our Justice System is universalized but at the same time respect the risks and efforts many of our officers have willingly sworn an oath to. Sure...there is a need to become more aware of racism and its impact on society and our justice system while at the same time create greater connections between officers and communities of different backgrounds.
I can say that I have been on the receiving end of racism/bigotry and in one incident police racism/bigotry that should have never have occurred if there was objectiveness. At the same time, police also did the right thing and looked beyond the bigotry of the perpetrators to greater awareness of the situation so I have a great amount of respect for the Men in Blue. It seems to me we need to work on finding a reasonable and fair approach between the multiple sides to find some way of approaching this issue. We can reform the Justice System and support the further effectiveness and development of our police.
Personally I think good officers are underappreciated and the people protesting are not protesting against all officers but against systematic racism and against those officers that should have never been honored with a badge in the first place. We must ensure that Americans of different backgrounds are motivated and treated to engage their communities and economic system fully. That can't happen unless we give up past distorted views. Thus, all of our institutions and our nation as a whole should judge people by their character and not on superficial differences.
I lived with Blacks for many years in the Detroit area and never had any major issues and learned what many of their concerns are in terms of hopes, dreams and racism. At the same time, I also lived with Whites and grew up in a rural community and understand what the dividing line looks like in terms of fears and concerns. The sad part is much of the differences are socially constructed and based on the stories we tell each other that have little to do with who we really are and what we should want for our future as a single people.
Our perspective is sometimes our worst enemy. How do we change that perception?
This seems to be a make or break it time for our nation. There must be a way through the chaos! It is believed by some theorists that we are run by patterns and thus there is a way to utilize current chaos to create something better if we believe that is possible. We are becoming..... You can read about Chaos Theory HERE.