This is part two. For those of a sensitive disposition, these clips ‘contain language’, as they say:
What thinkest thou? Are the speakers believable? Will it happen like that, as the PTB are so desperately angling for?
There’s no possible point of contact between the world views expressed in those two articles. Those in favor of the rule of law can point out until they’re blue in the face the fact – the undeniable, empirical, verifiable fact – that black Americans commit far more crimes per capita, relative to their proportion of the US population, than do whites. However, black Americans and their sympathizers and apologists simply don’t care. That’s irrelevant, as far as they’re concerned. They, in turn, can point out until they’re blue in the face the undeniable, verifiable fact that racism has been a major factor in the way their community has been treated by police in many states and cities for decades. That’s true – but the pro-law-and-order faction tend to discount or disregard it, insisting that only facts matter, not what they prefer to think of as ‘perceptions’. They aren’t perceptions at all – the evidence proving institutionalized racism is so overwhelming as to be beyond contention – yet that reality is ignored.
So where do we go from here? I honestly don’t know. Sadly, I believe the real explosion of conflict has yet to come. Radicals – and radicalized criminals – in the black community are building up a head of steam that must inevitably find release sooner or later. Similarly, those in favor of the rule of law – and I include myself in the latter group – are simply not prepared to allow others to ride roughshod over the standards of civilization – embodied in the constitution and laws of this country – that we hold dear, no matter how provoked they may feel or perceive themselves to be. The irresistible force is on track to run headlong into the immovable object . . . and the outcome is very, very likely to be bloody, because neither side is about to back down.
Things happen because of perceptions, more often, not realities. You can quote stats at people but if those wanting something intend to get it and have the power, they suppress those stats.
It’s the perceptions which trigger things.