I don’t think the forum is really ready to hear my opinions on this one. I’ve been having nightmares and in tears. I’m scared to leave my house for my doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Trump is evil and so are the racist f*cks who support him. His blatant abuse of power isn’t limited to this and Governor Inslee’s statement calling him out on it while activating the National Guard doesn’t make him much better.
All these people going on television talking about how violence isn’t the answer or trying to call even the peaceful protesters out need to shut the hell up. Until you’ve lived your life constantly being judged just because of how you look regardless of other merits, until you’ve been systematically disenfranchised, until you live in fear and have been simultaneously reviled and fetishized for something over which you have no control, stay in your lane. If you risk death for a simple traffic stop; if your every achievement is questioned as affirmative action; if you have to learn about other cultures but they don’t have to learn about yours other than to take what they want from it and call it primitive; if you’re constantly being held as a representative of your entire group; if speaking about any difficulty gets called “playing the race card” then maybe you can try coming at me with some perspective but until then, stay in your lane and don’t think about telling people of color how to deal with centuries of oppression, okay Karen? How is it that armed white protesters against the lockdown were lauded but these are being deemed terrorists and he actually used the same phrase as civil rights era segregationists “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reference to the situation?!
You know what, I’m going to stop now. I need to take a breath.
I don't understand where this fear of persecution comes from. I've lived, went to school with and worked with African Americans. I've never once judged them on their skin color, only on the merit of their actions. I can understand how in some communities there is an non-physical 'aura' of persecution. If you're going to say that it only happens to people of one skin color, you're wrong. Latinos and yes, whites, both have been victims of abuse of power. It extends back to the dawn of man and will more than likely continue until we cease to exist.
As to the actual subject of the thread, I don't see any problem with it. The Insurrection Act gives him the ability to mobilize the active duty troops to put down likely signs of insurrection. Will it ever likely happen? Probably not.
I don't understand what the whole rioting is about. The four officers were fired, the officer with his knee to Floyd's neck was arrested and it sounds likely that his charge is going to be raised to 1st degree. They did all of this within the span of a week. Trump has even sent the FBI to help with the investigation.
Yes, there are problems in this country and we need to work together to overcome them as a collective group. And my ancestors were indentured servants on a cotton farm, so don't think that all whites are the same. Not all of us have owned or oppressed people of any skin color. I've worked, scratched and clawed to earn what I have. If you're going to say that there are one group of people at fault, there's not. People of impoverished neighborhoods are exposed to drugs, made to believe there is no way out except to follow the path of drugs or crime. It's not. There are numerous stories of people who have overcome every adversity and graduated from high school, went to college, earned a degree and are now successful. They let their trials ignite a fuse that fueled their desire to no longer suffer in the same situation, to make their life better.
The major problem with a lot of traffic stops is people not complying, being under the influence or resisting. If you work with the officers, you 90% of the time (10% being those who've had outside situations influence their day and mindset) will get out alive and with a fraction of the difficulty/charges you'd have experienced if you had resisted.