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What if you called a cop, and nobody came?

December 22, 2014

If your idea of ancient  history is what happened yesterday on Twitter, then your memory of everything that’s been happening in the world of race relations today probably doesn’t go back to the 1970’s.

If you were part of the zombie mob parroting the “dead cops” chant, you probably think, so what?

Here’s what.

Everything that has happened since August has happened before, and it’s taking the same path that it did then. If it follows that path to the same end, this is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

You could pull up the headlines from 45 years ago, and they wouldn’t read much differently than they do now.

Ferguson burned, Watts burned.  People chanted for dead honkies and dead cops in the ’70s, just like they are doing today. And there were plenty of both to go around. Innocent people on both sides died.

The perfectly righteous civil rights protests were hijacked by a violent criminal element, just like now.

Something else happened then too.

There was a national outcry for the po-lice to stop picking on people for petty crimes.

And they did. Fast forward to the present.

One of the so-called “improvements”  that pops up in NYC is to stop arresting people for petty crimes like breaking windows or trashing a neighborhood.

OK, fine.  Let’s say you’re a shopkeeper in Bed-Stuy, or even on Fifth Avenue. Somebody throws a brick through your window. You call the cops and they tell you “Sorry, it’s no longer our job.”

You fix the window and the next day it’s broken again. And again, and again. Who cares? It’s just a window, and stopping the perp from doing it might get someone arrested.

Now, I don’t know about your insurance company, but most times, there’s going to be a point where most companies are going to say “Sorry, fix it yourself.” Or just “Your policy is canceled  for excessive claims”.

There’s an old saying that everything old becomes new again.

Only it doesn’t. It just gets recycled. The same old tired excuses for bad behavior, the same old chants for the police to just butt out, the same lunatics feeding off the overheated rhetoric and killing cops who were doing nothing more offensive than eating lunch.

Here’s a thought. Instead of picking up a sign, pick up a mop, or a rake or a garbage can.  Put all that energy to good use, and clean up your own little area, even if it’s just your front porch. Get your neighbors to do the same.

Stop making excuses for violence and make a decent environment to live in. If you have a legitimate complaint, put it forward through legitimate means. Don’t let a few well-paid fat cat agitators define you.

Let’s not rerun the 1970’s. Humans are supposed to be the smartest species, so let’s act like it.

Be careful what you wish for – you might get it.

From → op-ed

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