It seems that certain elements in left-wing, progressive, racially conscious circles are jumping the shark in their attempts to convict police of racism. Officer.com reports:
In a new report by Charlotte’s WCNC TV, closely following the events as they unfold after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg branch of the NAACP insisted that the race of the officer doesn’t count because black officers “give up their blackness” when they become police officers; when they put on the blue uniform.
“Many black people who become police officers become blue, not black,” the organization told the station. “In order for you to survive in a police department, you take on the police department’s ideology, ways of life, and culture.”
The implication of that statement is twofold: first, that black police officers ignore their own background, heritage and culture once they put on a police uniform. How insulting. That individuals who take on one of the toughest and most thankless jobs in the country today could be so soft of will that they bury their own values and beliefs to assume those of the agency that hires them is an insult to those doing so. Further, the implication that every law enforcement agency coast-to-coast embraces a racist outlook and uses such as motivation for performance is appalling. Following that logic, then every officer who is forced to shoot any criminal is motivated by the race of the criminal to do so.
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As has been reported, representatives of Black Lives Matter, and now apparently also a part of the NAACP, have said that the justification or lack thereof in the shooting of any black man no longer matters. They now claim that the shooting of any black man for any reason, even if it’s fully legal and justified and required to save the lives of others, is racist. They’ve also now specified that it doesn’t matter what the race of the officer who pulls the trigger is.
There's more at the link.
To call such attitudes on the part of BLM or the NAACP 'grossly insulting' is an understatement. To call them 'racist' is nothing more or less than the truth. Unfortunately, these people are no longer interested in the truth. If they were, they would have reported - and accepted - the truth about the victim of the Charlotte shooting: that he was armed, that he didn't obey police instructions, and that he was shot because his behavior was perceived as threatening. They would have accepted that so-called 'witnesses' lied when they said he had a book, not a gun, in his hand (when all the while the gun was clearly visible on the ground as police tried to save the injured man's life). They would have acknowledged that the officer who shot the victim was black, not white, and that racism therefore didn't enter into the equation at all.
They did none of those things, because they don't care about the truth. They care only about inflaming emotions, so that they can lead the mob in its rampage and use it as a political pressure tactic to accomplish their ends.
The truth is not in them . . . so why the hell should I, or anyone else, have any respect for them, or pay any attention to their lies? And why the hell should any of us have to permit them to invade our cities and suburbs, destroy and loot and steal and threaten and assault and lie, and do nothing to stop them? As Gavin McInnes put it, to them, rioting has become an 'unbeatable high'. If the police are going to pull back and give them space and time to riot - as the Mayor of Baltimore so infamously put it, '[giving] those who wished to destroy space to do that as well' - why shouldn't we protect our own neighborhoods, by any and all means necessary?
I suspect more and more Americans are asking those questions . . . and I suspect most of us are coming up with pretty similar answers.