- Jun 9, 2018
Now that I've read his statements, I will give a bit of an opinion.
I dislike when things are made out to be about race. We are talking about an issue, where certainly race can and does play a role, but absolutely is not just about race. It affects ALL races. So when he says one of his greatest fears is " that I will wake up to a report that one of our Black Airmen has died at the hands of a white police officer" and not " but that I will wake up to a report that one of our Airmen has died at the hands of a police officer", I think he is missing the mark.
I know he wasn't the CMSAF at this time, as it happened in 2014, but I don't recall anyone in AF leadership even mentioning this incident:
You're absolutely right. It's not a race issue, but if the race angle is what it takes to change the status quo with regards to the current police state, then I'm on board. I've never heard of, or seen the video you posted; it pissed me off. How many dozens, (hundreds?) more just like it are swept under the rug by local news outlets every year. White people getting shot by the police doesn't make the news nearly as often and statistically, it happens more frequently! Should we be more outraged? Yeah, maybe, but I think our complacency and desire to not rock the boat keeps us 'white folk' (speaking for myself only) from causing a fuss. You see it all the time on NES "so long as me and mine are safe" all while government overreach, police militarization, and civil rights infringements continue to increase. We're the quintessential slowly boiled frog. Why wan't that incident talked about more? Because the airman lived? Because he's white? I don't know.
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