Walt In Seattle
2020-07-26 20:34:09 UTC
We're into what may become a long, hot Summer of discontent. In light of the fact it is human to be discriminatory and judgmental toward others, seeing others as a threat to our way of life because they want what we have that we could share and share alike with them, but understanding or THINKING we understand to wher this can lead, we believe that to do so would be to give ground when it's not natural for human beings to willingly give ground. Thus, we generally don't give that ground. Accordingly, I see the process of dealing with racial disparity as an EXTREMELY difficult process. But we have to get through it.
Although most of us know this, most of us realy don't know HOW to get it done in a practical, effective and lasting way. Some of us take advantage of the difficulty in reaching some form of appropriate resolution to present their ideas as others attempt to FORCE their ideas. The latter -- forced ideas -- and the methods used are a problem illustrated yesterday across the U.S. in a litany of violence.
I can't offer wisdom on solving the racial issues recently laid bare.. I won't even try. But I will note that the violence occurring yesterday in Seattle, and in so many places across the U.S., is a path in the wrong direction.
I understand there are those who disagree with me. They would say nothing gets better results -- more attention and remedial action -- than violence. Certainly, there are some instances to which they can point as example of success. However, what they can not credibly deny is that increasing levels of violence can and probably would destabilize cultures to the point of collapse and all will suffer, including the oppressed or victims of injustice, from that outcome. It's a scenrio that promulgates "us against them" and the perception one group or race must remove or decimate the other in order to survive. It's the basis for a race war, even if that's not what some would originally intend.
Violence is NOT the right thing to do. It CREATES problems, rather than solving them in the long term, and the long term should be our overriding consideration. So, unless you intend to tear it all down then bring misery to yourself and most or all others, you should find another way or at least show resolve to find another way.