Lack of Humanity Is One of Our Biggest Failures: Self-Reflection

Many of us are attuned to our own problems usually and rarely stop to consider what other people may have to go through on a daily bases. That leads some people to feel more empathy/sympathy for some while showing a careless mentality towards others.

Some will feel sorrow for the innocent slain cops, while making every excuse in the book for the deaths of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. Some people’s heart will go out to the ranchers in the West Cost losing their land due to government manipulation, but not feel anything about some Native American people’s land being pushed over by corporate interest or the unconstitutional activities against the people of Ferguson.

I try not to be that type of a person; I feel pain/sadness for Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Shawn Bell, and anyone else killed or any person who is being taken advantage of by any entity.

The reason why our country is so screwed up (always have been actually) is due to the simple fact/reality that no one stops to consider. Consider why racism, sexism, homophobia, etc are still an issue in our society centuries later. Why one death is more important and heart-wrenching than the other?

Our personal bias, ideology, media outlet we trust and perspective always come into play and it is a type of group or mob mentality. Some people never move passed that, which is why as much progress we have claimed to have made; in reality we really are stagnate. One of the reasons that politics is an extremely easy profession when you think about it. It is really easy to get people to hate each other, really easy. It is simple to play on race in divisive ways (Race itself was partially created for that reason). Many of the isms were created to draw up fear, suspicion, and hatred for others to justify atrocities that would soon take place; still do.

Unless people can grow up and confront these issues head on, it will never change. Some of the seemingly progress we have made, was due to the fact many were brave enough to do this.

I also want to add that we can be a revengeful species; I notice the people who share the brunt of revenge be it on an individual bases or an entire country, innocent people usually suffer the most.

Columbine for example; some kids did horrific things to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, but their reaction was to take innocent lives. 9/11; what those terrorist did was disgusting, but our reaction lead to a lot more innocent deaths. This type of mentality leaves a society (not just ours of course) in a constant state of senseless violence.

Lastly; I want to give my sincere condolences to the families who have fallen victim to police brutality and to the families who have lost such dignified officers, who put their life on the line for others.

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos

The New York City police officers killed in Saturday’s shooting are being remembered for their commitment to community and family.

Rafael Ramos, 40, was a two-year veteran of the NYPD who previously worked as a school security officer. The lifelong Brooklyn resident was married and had two sons, the youngest of whom is 13.

Wen Jian Liu, 32, was a seven-year veteran of the NYPD. He moved earlier this year to Brooklyn’s Gravesend section and was married two months ago.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/nypd-officers-rafael-ramos-wenjian-liu-remembered-community/story?id=27757097

Two NYPD cops get killed and ‘wartime’ police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing?

Is violence threatened still violence?

America’s nightmare of violence and racism got upended in New York City on Saturday with the shooting of a woman in Baltimore, the shooting of two cops in Brooklyn and the suicide of their suspected fleeing killer.

This time, the bloody violence was clear, and the social-media threat appears real, but the racial and power dynamics are as confusing as they are telling: A black man, Ismaiiyl Brinsley, apparently shot his ex-girlfriend (race unknown), then traveled to New York, where he “assassinated” an Asian officer and a Hispanic officer of the New York Police Department (NYPD), in their squad car. In between,an Instagram photo: a gun, revenge and references to the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. You will believe what happened next – white head of the police union declares war on protesters within hours – but it shouldn’t have to be this way.

By Steven W. Thrasher

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/21/two-nypd-cops-killed-wartime-police-protesters

Hypocrisy In Media Coverage Of Police Killings

Of the 39 police officers killed in the line of duty this year, 36 were killed by firearms and 21 of the perpetrators are white.

When it comes to cop killers, white criminals appear to be over-represented. They are suspected in nearly 51% of police officer deaths this year, though whites are an estimated 38% of the incarcerated population.

Nine of the suspected cop killers appear to be Hispanic and nine appear to be black. There was at least one Asian and the race of the other three suspects couldn’t be determined.

We caution that this analysis isn’t exact. TomoNews looked up news reports of cops killed on the job and determined that 39 officers have been murdered this year. We then looked at mugshot photos of the suspects to determine their race.

What we found was that most of the cops were murdered by armed criminals, and most of the suspects were white.

Just one police officer was killed in a fistfight. Army soldier Devon Huerta, who was assigned to Fort Bliss in Texas, allegedly killed constable Robert White after punching him in the face on Halloween.

Los Angeles police officer Roberto Sanchez was killed after a suspect attempting to flee apprehension rammed his SUV into Sanchez’s cruiser.

And there was one case of a cop getting killed by his own gun. Deranged MRI technician James Clark had a mental breakdown at work and got the jump on the responding officer, David Smith.

Of the 41 suspects we looked at, we found that 21 of the suspects appear to be white. Suspects such as white supremacists Jerad and Amanda Miller, who ambushed police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo as they ate.

Or teen killers Brandon Goode and Alexandria Hollinghurst, who ambushed police officer Robert German in Florida before taking their own lives.

Or Eric Frein, who ambushed two cops — killing Bryon Dickson and wounding another — and then eluded pursuing officers for nearly two months.

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