Robert Stepp: Hypocrisy is the real epidemic
The Epidemic of 2020 we should be concerned about is that of hypocrisy. History is being rewritten, statues removed, language is being hamstrung, civil obedience is irrelevant.
To be crystal clear: All Lives Matter. Statistics show that twice as many white people are fatally shot by police as blacks. The media has selectively reported “news” that undermines our society and withholds critical information. The reader/viewer cannot come to informed decisions regarding issues. “Talking heads” tell us what to believe and think — they have concluded we are incapable of thought or intellect.
I do not support or subscribe to police intervention resulting in fatalities; however, I do believe that a fundamental obligation of citizenship is to obey the law. Recent deaths have been initiated by a call to police because someone has caused a problem — passing counterfeit currency; vandalism; theft; blocking passage; etc. I have not seen one account where the death was the result of police randomly or selectively looking for someone to shoot.
It is hypocrisy to infuse so much drama and energy toward the loss of life when it does not reflect facts. Published statistics on homicides of blacks show 88-93% result from black-on-black death. We never hear about those — the media apparently wants it to be a racial issue, so only reports if it occurs between ethnic groups, not within race. Where is the outrage, angst, protest for those intra-racial deaths?
Hollywood stopped removal of the Black Lives Matter sign because it is “part of history.” Sacramento and the State want statues of Christopher Columbus, John Sutter, and others removed because of their abuses and practices (even though what they did do is part of history). We should learn from history, not erase it. The statue of Albert Pike was torn down in Washington D.C. He had been a Confederate general and slave owner — never mind that he had recanted his positions and that the statue was approved explicitly to show him in civilian clothes to commemorate his civic contribution, not his military role or slave ownership. It has become offensive to say ”I can’t breathe ” — Ridiculous.
It is hypocrisy for the media to promote and highlight John Bolton when he takes a position against Trump. The same media repeatedly excoriated and condemned Bolton at every opportunity. Adam Schiff and Barack Obama both where highly critical of Bolton expressing concern about his “lack of credibility.” Now, he is credible? I am not defending Trump; the point is to shed light on how malleable opinions have become when it serves the objectives of the user irrespective of fact or intent.
Slavery is not unique to the United States or exclusive to race. Who sold the slaves to the plantation owner? History is replete with examples and tragedies relating to the practice. No area of the world has been untouched. Norse Vikings enslaved Brits. Belgians enslaved Congolese. Arabs enslaved Indians. The Chinese repeatedly enslaved Mongolians and Japanese. Spaniards enslaved Incas. Feudal serfs? Americans must apologize. We must compensate. Really? There are more black millionaires in the U.S. than in all of Africa. We are being guilted into responses and reaction by paid agitators and political agendas.
Recent protests and riots are not spontaneous. They are organized and led by professional agitators. During the Kavanaugh hearings, Jeff Flake was confronted by a woman in a Senate elevator. The woman screamed at him, demanded an apology from him, basically trapped him with a conveniently available camera crew. The following day she proudly shared her story on PBS, explaining that as a professional agitator, she trains in the art of “bird dogging” to create confrontational opportunities.
Rioting, pillaging, burning, and destruction are wrong and cannot be excused or justified.
It is hypocritical to overlook and ignore the history and behaviors of the individuals who were committing crimes, under the influence of controlled substances/alcohol, and violating civil law and (yet again) excuse them because they were “good people”; “turned their life around”; were “good parents”; “starting their life”; “contributing to their community” … they just made a mistake. Yet, no understanding, forgiveness, or compassion is afforded the police who were involved — hang ‘em high is the expectation.
Again, I do not advocate or subscribe to the deaths that have occurred. I am simply insisting that we return to civility and rational behavior that is not so clearly and wrongly skewed by hypocrisy.
Equal rights mean equal for all, not the few. It demands responsibility and accountability on all sides, at all times.
Robert Stepp lives in Cedar Ridge.
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