June 7, 2020
Good morning my friends. Yesterday was the 76th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Thank you to the brave men who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Their valor and perseverance would eventually bring an end to the Nazi rein of terror, hate and racist regime. We owe our thanks and a debt of gratitude to these American heroes and our Allies. They ensured our freedom and way of American life. They saved our world. Remember them always.
It’s been a difficult week for us all. The death of George Floyd is tragic and sad. I am sure justice will be served. The violence, looting, destruction and killings that resulted are both disgusting and despicable. We need to come together to achieve change to make our world better. This can only be accomplished with peace. I stand for freedom, justice and equal rights for ALL people. I oppose racism and bigotry in any form or fashion, by any person, race, nationality or color. Violence, criminal activity and anarchy are not a right or freedom of expression. When I became a police officer, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and to protect and serve all people. My oath included enforcing laws, maintaining order and keeping the peace. Without laws our society would decay into chaos. My morals and integrity have not changed or faltered. I was taught respect for all people at an early age. The color of my skin means I’m human, like every person on this planet.
People, it’s time to wake up! It doesn’t matter what your race, color, nationality, religious belief, gender or political affiliation. America, our way of life and freedom is under attack. What matters most is what we, as a nation, do right now. We are being manipulated and played into our own destruction. We are pawns in a game controlled by rich and powerful sources. It may have begun with the coronavirus and ensuing pandemic. Was it a natural or manmade calamity?
Soon the lock down order was given. Social distancing, wearing masks, anxiety and uncertainty followed. Shock, sickness, devastation and death engulfed the planet. Just weeks ago we began to immerge from our refuge. Our future was beginning to improve. Then, on Memorial Day, a tragic and terrible incident occurs. It happens in broad daylight, on a busy Minneapolis street, while people film in disbelief.
The killing of George Floyd happened right before our eyes. As I watch the video, I ask myself, “why.” Why would a police officer kneel on a handcuffed persons neck? It’s obvious Chauvin knew he was being filmed. He appears so nonchalant during the entire event. The three officers close by seem unphased by the behavior. They’re a politically correct poster; a White, Black, Hispanic and Asian. Their combined unacceptable behavior is like nothing I have ever witnessed. I doubt it’s racism. It’s an evil neglect of duty. We learned of Chauvin’s complaint history and the fact both he and Floyd worked security at the same night club. Did they know each other? I can’t imagine why their paths wouldn’t have crossed before this encounter. Does any or all of this appear odd to you? Is something more sinister behind it all?
Civil unrest begins immediately, which is no surprise. The media wastes no time in spreading the hate and injustice theme. Any time law enforcement is involved with an injury or death of an African American, it sparks the cry of racism and police brutality. I doubt I’ve ever seen this for any other in-custody death involving another race. The protests begin in peace, but quickly ignite into the flames of violence. People are urged to get out and protest. Hold all of law enforcement accountable. Factions from the far left and right jump in to spread their evil deeds. This leads us into the mass civil unrest crisis that is consuming our country.
The peaceful protests are easily hijacked. Far left groups, like Antifa and black lives matter, quickly interject their own brand of direct action into the protests; with looting, burning, destruction and violence. Far right groups, like white supremacists, do the exact same thing. Both extremist sides attempt to further their own destructive political agendas. These groups advocate violence and the destruction of our free society. The cry of racism, disbanding law enforcement and the collapse of our governmental system is their focal point. Their political agenda is clear; the destruction of our society.
So is racism and brutality against any individual race, nationality or people embedded into law enforcement? My nearly 34-year career, knowledge and experience says, “It is not true!” I would not have spent my lifetime doing a job filled with hateful people. I urge you to do your own research of the facts regarding police use of force incidents and people of all races, creeds and colors. During my life I have seen racism in many forms, from all races, nationalities, people and society. The hiring of officers encompasses a host of hurdles to ensure integrity and honesty. The true fact, officers are hired from the same society we all belong to and live in. There are a few bad in every group that destroy the good efforts of the majority. These evil individuals must be removed from positions of trust.
Police work is a brutal business. It’s not a pretty or delicate job. It involves placing hands on people, who often do not want to comply or go to jail. If everyone, especially criminals, were nice and allowed officers to arrest them, force wouldn’t be necessary. We obviously don’t live in a perfect world. There are bad people out there doing bad things every day. There are racists from all lands mixed in our society and the world. Sadly, there are some cops who share that ideology. We are slowly finding them and weeding them out. I pray we find them before more pain and suffering surrounds us all.
A nationwide four-year study revealed law enforcement officers kill nearly 1,000 people yearly. The vast majority of these situations involve armed and dangerous individuals. Fatal shootings are rare when you consider the millions of daily encounters between police and people throughout the nation. In 2019, 23% of those individuals who died were African American. It is tragic when anyone dies, especially during police encounters. Deaths of anyone shouldn’t be a necessary part of maintaining law and order. Our society has criminals that use force to prey on others. Protection of life sometimes involves deadly force.
During the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, there were 10 African Americans killed by other blacks in shootings in Chicago. The following weekend saw 82 people shot and 22 killed on Chicago streets. I’m sure research will show similar incidence occurred in other cities. Where is the outcry for these individuals? Where is the outcry for this violence? Be an independent thinker. Sources for news and social media have their own agendas they are pushing. Why is division and discontent part of their continual rhetoric? Take a stand for your community and our nation.
Is “systemic” racism real? Is it just a phrase invented by the rich and powerful to further enhance their own political agenda, which is driven by the media. I know racism does exist in our society. It is a worldwide crisis and affects every nation. It encompasses all races and nationalities. I’m sure we have all experienced some form of racist behavior. Obviously some groups experience it more than others. Racism and the division between races and nationalities in the United States took shape at the end of the Civil War in 1865. You aren’t born a racist. It’s something you are taught by others.
Here’s a quick lesson in American history. Ulysses S. Grant was born in 1822 in Ohio. He attended West Point Military Academy. In 1848, he married Julia Dent. The Dent family were land and slave owners in Missouri. Grant did not share these ideals. He believed all men should be equal and free. In 1849 he purchased a slave from Julia’s brother. Grant brought the man to the local court house and freed him. Grant served in the US Army from 1839-1854. He served with distinction during the Mexican American War.
Abraham Lincoln become president in March 1861. The south had already begun its succession from the Union. It was their intent to maintain their slaves and way of life. The Civil War between the states began on April 12, 1861. The confederate battery in Charleston, South Carolina, began the war by their artillery bombardment of Fort Sumter (located in Charleston Harbor). The fort was held by Union soldiers until it’s fall. Lincoln followed with his abolishment of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Grant re-enlisted and joined the military. Lincoln sought out Grant after he distinguished himself during several key battles. General Grant was the brilliant commander of the Union Army during the Civil War. He shared the same views and visons of Lincoln; freedom for all men. Lincoln had full confidence in Grant to defeat General Lee and the south. Those goals were achieved on April 9, 1865, when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, Virginia.
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a confederate spy, assassinated Lincoln. His plan including killing the vice president, secretary of state and General Grant. The assassination of Lincoln, ended his plans for emancipation, freedom and reconstruction of the south. Andrew Johnson became president on April 15, 1865. Johnson, a democrat, did not share Lincolns views or vision of freedom for all. The southern states, along with wealthy people in the north were not happy with the outcome and freedoms allowed to freed slaves. Former confederate soldiers formed the Ku Klux Klan. It spread across the south bringing widespread hate, torment and death against blacks. Johnson did nothing to stop this activity. He served as president until 1869. Johnson was defeated in a landslide presidential election by Ulysses S. Grant.
President Grant followed in the vision of freedom for all men. He added Article 15 to the United States Constitution. It prohibited discrimination against any citizen for any reason. He won voting rights for African American men. Their voting power elected new black leaders from the south. Grant also sent Union military troops to the south to seek out members of the KKK and bring them to swift justice.
Some versions of history have been re-written slandering both Grant and Lincoln. They attempted to paint a more elegant version of the Civil War and the plight of the south. Some historians want you to believe the south simply wanted their own freedom and independence from the north. The truth is, it was all about retaining their slaves and this brutal way of life.
We, as Americans, should be happy men like Lincoln and Grant lived and shared a common vision and ideals for our country. It’s sad Lincoln didn’t survive to further his dream. Maybe things could have been different in our present day. Segregation was ultimately suspended in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act. We’ve continued to see the struggles of many since then. It’s been on a long and hard road. I am not responsible for the actions of those individuals. We are each responsible for the here and now. In order to build our unity, we need to respect each other. Our children and grandchildren must be taught that respect and trust, so we can all grow as one people and nation.
We can’t change the history of our country. We can only learn valuable lessons from that time period and move forward. It took many years of suffering and heartache to end segregation. Unfortunately, racism remains in the hearts of some people. I have witnessed it in many forms from all nationalities, races and humans. We are still fighting the same battles today that our countries ancestors fought years ago. Why? Now is our time to make a difference together. It’s not about color or your political views. This is all about humans existing and living together as one people. Let’s each pledge to be the positive change we want to see. It all begins with us as we heal together.
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