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The Gut Punch Podcast has released Episode #62 - Snow Job. I see Americans continuing to hate each other based on a lack of understanding and education. Why are we fighting a war against each other when we are all on the same side?
What has happened in Ferguson, MO? All I do know for sure is a young, black man was killed by a white police officer. Unfortunately, many are boiling it down to a race war - a white man killing a black man. But, I suggest it goes much deeper than this. Throughout the United States, police officers are becoming thugs. In California, New York, Florida, Iowa, and New Mexico many young men have lost their lives to the “shoot first, ask questions later” policy of our militarized police force. Most people believe this is a new phenomenon, however, it actually started in the late 1980s under President George H.W. Bush. Being a former CIA Director, President Bush decided the war on drugs needed to be fought on our streets in America. Since the war on drugs has obviously failed; what should a police force do with all of these high-tech weapons? Terrorize the people, of course.
Over the past few years our political leaders have made it their sole mission to separate us as a united society. In 2012 the meme started about the 1% holding down the 99%. I’m happy not rich; I’ll accept that trade off. in the early 2000s, a war on the middle-class started. Everyone has to be equal or it is unfair. Last time I checked, that was life. Now, politicians continue to focus on our biggest weakness - race relations.
It is true as a white man I will never understand the heartaches and hardships of a black man in today's society. However as a human being I do have compassion and empathy for any individual’s plight. We may have different skin colors, but we are all part of the human race. I checked my anatomy book, and yes, it is still true. We all have one heart, two lungs, and walk upright. Crap, we are all still the humans!
Our biggest weakness as a race is the lack of trust of each other. It has been 150 years since the end of the Civil War. Isn’t it time for us to set aside our insecurities and come together as a whole society? I will admit, there will always be someone smarter than me and someone will always be richer than me, but that does not make me less of a person. I have the resourcefulness and wherewithal to stop the hatred and bigotry right now. I can use my positive influence to change the way the world thinks, if others are willing to put aside their personal hatred.
The loss of Mike Brown will always be unfortunate. However, let us not turn his death into a rallying cry of “us versus them!” Instead let us lay a positive cornerstone in the foundation of change here in America. We are all humans and our diversity makes us better. Do not allow anyone to take your greatest asset from you - your humanity!
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