We are in a culture clash as rival protests groups become increasingly violent. This conflict isn't so much about police and justice reform as it is about cultural difference. If we deal with these issues right away through a natural discussion we would have moved through this troubling times with more ease. However, we wait to deal with the issue directly and in turn justice and our politicians were struck like "deer in headlights" with what to do next.
I don't blame them because we have been frightened on the discussion of American identity and race. So people on both sides don't really understand all there is to know about the people on the other side. We need to directly deal with the essential values of what makes someone an American and in turn how our miscued judgments lead to racism.
People are fighting about legitimacy and full consideration in society....police and justice reform are symptoms of the main concerns....and thus having discussions that bring police and protesters together would be a wise choice for politicians. Their goal should be to create a safe and effective outlet for concerns so as to take the risks of violence off the street.
Our discussion should shift toward what true equality within a capitalistic society looks like. Are we all included? Are there divisions for race, religion, education, income, occupation, etc...? To me it means everyone gets the same chance for success or failure based on their personal merits unhinged from background. Distinctions means that we do not have a universal concept of justice and are limited by our own philosophical failures.
As a nation, we need to move toward greater universal principles of human freedoms while at the same time being realistic about what changes can occur at this time and which ones would weaken police ability to protect the public. There are also things police and our officials can do to see how they can universalize their core assumptions and improve on their policing abilities.
We will learn the easy or the hard way. Trying to navigate both sides is going to teach us about principles that apply to everyone...or otherwise we run the risk of a lot of chaos as the sides line up. The hard way is one which we don't deal with these issues directly and as a nation and we let political pressure build to act. I suspect the hard way will be more violence. The easy way is to jump in on the discussion of race and reform on a national level and provide stronger mechanisms of peace making.