We are swiftly returning to the Stone Age. We are dividing into armed camps and shooting each other. Texas is an open carry State and they are allowed to carry rifles to Black Lives Matter rallies. Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh took to Twitter to declare the conservative position (at least the lunatic half plus at least one per cent).
Well, if he is coming for Black Lives Matter punks, then he might as well come for me, too. I believe black people have been unfairly targeted by law enforcement (even black cops who buy into police-culture prejudices). I think police forces need to be retrained to be more race-sensitive and determined to de-escalate potentially violent situations instead of executing the suspect on the spot. If they can do that for white suspects, even armed and potentially violent white suspects, then they can do that for everybody. As a school teacher, I stopped and broke up at least forty fights in my career. Two of them involved weapons and I stopped at least four high school fights while being forced to walk everywhere on campus with a cane. You can bring violence to an end by talking to the participants. You don’t have to shoot Jose and Deshawn to get them to stop punching each other because they both like Maria. But the government does nothing to move the national conversation in the direction of non-violence. The Dallas shooting was made so much more complex because there were so many potential “good-guys with a gun” on the scene that the brave policemen who charged towards the shooting had a hard time determining who the bad guy was. And Joe Walsh is coming for us because we don’t believe we should be shot without due process.
So, we are returning to the Stone Age. I need to start chipping away at pieces of flint to make more spear points. I probably need to brush up on my dinosaur-training skills, or at least, watch Jurassic World another couple of times. The Walshian tribe is coming, shouting “Ugga-bugga Thump! Thump!” and getting ready to throw more stones.