We’ve traveled along far enough to reexamine our intent,content and pervading mood.Some have been pleased by our content but found fault with the length of the commentary.Others find things just right.Some find the recounting of so much wrong disheartening.All we can do is to reaffirm our intent to create dialogue particularly across generational lines,hoping to engage those whose familiarity with digital reality is greater than ours.We have lived through and experienced a lot;we have seen the power of instant communication,social media and encryption.We think we know some of what works and what doesn’t and some of why.We wish to share.
A few days ago the results of a 13 month investigation,Chicago’s attorney general issued a first degree murder indictment against an officer Van Dyke(with a history of using excessive force)who arrived last on a scene of confrontation between armed officers with drawn guns and a PCP high 17 year old with a small knife.Van Dyke poured 16 9 mm. slugs from his Glock into the youth and was reloading when told by other police to desist.The 17 year old was turning away(despite police claims)when murdered.Friday in Colorado Springs 3 people were killed and 9 wounded( including an armed veteran policeman)in a murder/hostage assault on a Colorado abortion clinic run by Planned Parenthood and previously identified by the courts as in danger of attack.While the attacker has wild,staring eyes and a history of mental illness,he possessed an automatic long gun and operated in a state which targets abortion.
It would appear that differences matter,race,gender,sexual preference etc.Despite some statements appearing on this blog, race does matter both historically and in present times.Apparently the risk of the use of tax dollars to aid individuals who are damaged by their presence in discriminated against groups is enough to frighten some of us.The denial of tax dollars for education,health,mortgage assistance,GI bill of rights,FHA assistance etc. is not seen as significant.Only individuals are guaranteed constitutional rights by this order of
thinking.Ergo,individuals in discriminated against groups are no longer individuals.The ability to see most of the domestic issues as having worldwide relevance is important.Those who would have a rape survivor bear her rapist’s child need to be considered in the same light as the Taliban who whip and cattle prod women and kill women who wish education.Despite those who would pull up the ladder of success after themselves and behind a wall,the dialogue will continue!
I recommend this month’s(November 2015)Smithsonian article by Edward Ball titled”Slavery’s Trail of Tears”-retrieving America’s forgotten migration-the journey of one million African-Americans from the Tobacco south to the Cotton south.Words from the thousand mile monstrosity, like cottle and slavepen are rediscovered.This march dwarfs the relocations of native Americans in magnitude if not in moral turpitude
“Letter to to my Son”by Ta Nehisi Coates in September 2015’s Atlantic is also recommended for those who need to counter the accusation of the use of emotionalism by, in their definition,favored groups in violation of logic.