And this is usually where I stop the conversation.
You see, while it is true that there are a great number of police officers who do an impeccable job; there are those that do not.
Which is why #BlueLivesMatter has absolutely nothing to do with #BlackLivesMatter. And why this retaliatory kind of too-ing and fro-ing, only scratches the surface of whats really happening.
Even in a little country like ours.
When it becomes necessary to train your children how to avoid being shot, there is an issue. A large one. And one that still needs further discussion.
While not dis-similar to training a child how to avoid being sexual assaulted; should this not set off alarm bells – all around the world – that something is seriously fucked up.
In our little country, we have just been ‘alerted’ to open and illegal sexism through the questions recently levelled at the new leader for the Labour party. However, this, like racism, is nothing new. It’s just that it gets highlighted at certain times, and then creeps back to the corner to talk amongst it’s like-minded companions.
What the fuck is with that?
Is this a consequence of assimilation? Or integration? Is this what comes with the package deal?
Is this what has become the new norm? That we fight for equality, or equal opportunity, or the right to be safe, or the right to have a say … and we firstly are disparaged for ‘rocking the boat’; secondly, blamed for the faulty conduct, and thirdly, told we ourselves have the problem.
It’s tiring trying to bring to light ‘the issues’.
It’s tiring trying to rectify ‘the issues’.
It’s tiring trying to rectify the ignorance that comes with rectifying ‘the issues’.
Theres a history to it all. And that too, becomes tiresome to explain.
But to say it is not just about race / colour, is naive. Like saying sexism is not about being the owner of a vagina. Yes we can get all theoretical, about the divisions of labour, about ‘our place in society’, about ‘the sins of the past’. If it was not about colour, then the divisions would not be so obvious, and the similarities from country to country would not be so apparent.
At the end of the day though, these are all actions that can be un-learned.
The police can un-learn prejudice. Just as men can un-learn chauvinism.
The last word goes to this righteous woman: