I watched two different videos of “police brutality against black men” this week. In both instances, the culprit ignored police requests to turn around and put their hands behind their backs. The result was, the police had to take actions that resulted in pain for the culprits. It’s disgusting that the police in having to do their jobs, have to go to such levels to arrest people. And it’s even more disgusting to have many denounce the police’s actions as being unfair.
It used to be, if you resisted arrest in any way, what happened was on your own head, or body. Nowadays, in our entitlement state, black people are told, you can resist the police, and they can’t do anything against you. The truth is, the police have a dangerous job. Every time they approach a suspect, or a situation, this could be their last time on this side of the earth. Even if there are many officers are around, none can know what a suspect will be doing. So, most officers err on the side of caution.
I hold responsible those who believe it’s their right to resist officers. Especially in the black community, resisting arrest becomes an opportunity to get on television, YouTube!, any video forum, and declare they are the innocent. Then, you’ll have the ACLU, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, all come running out to defend the suspects, and disregarding the fact that these suspects were resisting arrest. This becomes a bad, very bad, example for the black community. I do not respect anyone who resists a cop’s request to submit. If you’re innocent, there isn’t a reason to resist. If you’re guilty, you’re only going to get yourself in an even worse position when you go to trial. And yet, in the two videos I saw, the officers said turn around, and the suspects continued to fight back, wouldn’t turn around, and ultimately, paid the price.
I am telling you right now: If the Right Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were alive today, he would be ashamed at the way his legacy is being tarnished. Jesse Jackson has deliberately failed to maintain Dr. King’s legacy, his hopes, and yes, his dream. Defending the undefendable appears to be the lessons of today’s “civil rights” activists. When the marches were being done, it was to insure that we, the black community, would receive the same treatment as the white community. When police have to manhandle a suspect, they do it the same as they do any other suspect. That’s what civil rights mean: You take the responsibility, along with the liberties.
For the black community, we need to have the black leaders stand up and denounce those who would cry out about abuse when police officers are doing their jobs. We must have the black leaders stand up and make people understand, they have a civic duty to obey the laws, and to follow the orders of those we commission to keep law and order. If the black leaders can’t or won’t, and the community refuses to, we cannot expect the police to want to come in and protect us, when we won’t stand up for what is right. The Civil Rights Act gave us the right to vote, and protects our rights, but it also, as I said gives us responsibility. We cannot expect a free ride.
Dr. King had a dream, where all God’s children, regardless of color, creed, religion, are free. But the good doctor also knew that with the rights we demanded to be acknowledged for the black community, comes the responsibility to act as a citizen of the US. This means accepting responsibility to obey the law and to follow the laws of the country we are part of. The way the current “black leaders” and “civil rights activists” in many black communities would shame the good doctor, and would embarrass him, and all those who marched, demonstrated, and even died to get our rights and freedoms recognized.
We must, in the black community, stand up and be counted. We must denounce those who would tear us down. And we must respect the law, or the law will never respect us. That is part of Dr. King’s legacy, for, as he said in his speech of August 1963: “And that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” What this means, to me at least, is that we must not blind ourselves to doing what is right by letting someone else tell us that we can ignore laws and our responsibility.
The theme for today is Responsibility. We must be responsible for our actions, for our behavior, for our families and for our communities. We must responsibly follow the laws. We must responsibly stand up and be counted.
We Must Be Responsible, For We Set The Examples For Generations To Come.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredely, We Shall All Swing Separate…”