|THEY set the slave free, striking off his chains...|
|Then he was as much of a slave as ever.|
|He was still chained to servility,|
|He was still manacled to indolence and sloth,|
|He was still bound by fear and superstition,|
|By ignorance, suspicion, and savagery...|
|His slavery was not in the chains,|
|But in himself....|
|They can only set free men free...|
|And there is no need of that:|
|Free men set themselves free.|
We've now had nearly a month to observe the corruption of Black Lives Matter (never mind Antifa!) and to see where it's going. We've also seen various local politicians perform amazing fawning obeisances and make ridiculous promises, which have done nothing to stop the riots, looting, burning, ridiculous demands, and some really ludicrous vandalism. To date, BLM mobs have pulled down statues of Robert E. Lee, George Washington, Francis Scott Key, Father Junipero, and -- if you please -- Ulysses S. Grant. They've also graffitied statues of Lincoln, and I suppose it's only a matter of time before they find some excuse to pull those down too. Add this to the number of Black businesses BLM's riots have destroyed, not to mention killings of Black civilians, and it's not surprising that the Black community is slowly but surely turning against BLM, Antifa, and the politicians who kowtow to them.
The most visible of BLM/Antifa's wretched excesses, the Seattle Experiment, has already started collapsing. There was a gunfight in the CHAZ (recently renamed CHOP) zone wherein two residents were shot, and the BLM "enforcers" wouldn't let the city police come in to investigate or rescue the wounded. Now the oh-so-compliant mayor is insisting that the city won't defund or disband its police force until the killing has been "investigated" -- which will be a bit difficult with the police not *allowed* to investigate. Meanwhile, more city service workers are refusing to enter the "autonomous" zone, which means that nobody but local sympathizers are bringing in things like food. Soon enough the city services -- like garbage pickups and water delivery -- will start breaking down, and that will be the end. The governor is promising to take the zone back, but hasn't said just when.
Meanwhile the core problem that set all this in motion -- racism in the police departments of perhaps a dozen major US cities -- is under intense scrutiny by various federal bureaus, including the FBI, and a pattern is beginning to emerge. Surprise, surprise: the problem is not racism but class-ism. Thuggishly-inclined cops have been caught abusing visibly poor and working-class citizens of all races, with the curious exception of Asians. As Ben Shapiro merrily pointed out, this means that there is no "White privilege", but "Asian privilege" -- and that the Founding Fathers were rich Asians, and the Constitution was written in Korean. Yup.
The grim figures, meticulously collected and grudgingly revealed by the FBI, show that Blacks are not more likely, per capita, to be killed by police -- but are more likely to have confrontations with police, more likely to commit felonies, and more likely to be killed by other Blacks than by all the other races put together. A similar pattern appears among Latinos, but much less severe; it's usually blamed on Latino culture. No less a researcher than Prof. Thomas Sowell likewise places the blame for Black troubles squarely on Black culture itself ("Race and Culture: A World View", available on Amazon.com.). This fact is not lost on the Black community, as viz. Chris Rock's famous rap, "Black People vs. Niggaz". The problem is what to do about it.
One reliable method to change a culture is to get to the kids, early. Teach them, starting in grade school, that if they don't want to be poor there are three simple rules to follow: 1) Stay in school until you graduate High School; 2) Once out of school (or even sooner) get a full-time job and stick with it (at least until you can springboard it into a better job); 3) Don't baby-make until you're married. To which I would add a fourth: 4) Don't do anything stupid in front of a cop.
Now any inner-city kid, Black or not, should know what "anything stupid" means, but for those who are slow on the uptake this would include: ripping off anybody, picking fights, just plain attacking other kids, smashing up other people's stuff, and generally committing crimes. For adults, I would also add: mouthing off to a cop, running away from a cop, and picking a fight with a cop.
When approached by a cop while walking, and s/he clearly wants to talk to you, just stop, look puzzled, and ask "Can I help you, officer?" S/he'll probably want to ask questions, so answer politely and as briefly as possible. Take care not to lie outright; s/he may already know the answer, and be testing you. You can, however, downplay. If s/he asks you "Do you know Mr. XYZ?", and you do, shrug and say: "Somewhat. Why?" S/he may actually answer you, but the answer may not be true; cops are legally allowed to lie to civilians, but it's a crime for a civilian to lie to a cop. One thing you can almost always say honestly is "I don't know where he/she is" -- because you never really know where somebody is at that very instant (unless, of course, s/he is in the very next room and you just walked out of it). If the cop then gets tough, grabs your arm and starts slapping the cuffs on you, ask -- if s/he doesn't say it right away -- if you're under arrest. 99% of the time the answer will be "yes", whereupon s/he'll have to read you your "Miranda Rights", which mostly consist of telling you it's legal for you to say nothing. Make use of that right! Say "Then I have nothing to say until I talk to my lawyer", and then shut up until you really do talk to your lawyer. If s/he says anything else, the situation has gone definitely weird, so play it by ear. Just don't start a fight; that's a quick way to get killed. If s/he starts to rough you up, go limp, shut up, and play dead.
When pulled over by a cop while driving, stop as soon as there's a safe space, lock up all the doors and roll up all the windows, leaving only an inch of space at the top of the driver's side window, and then turn off the engine. Keep your hands on the steering-wheel except, if it's dark, use one hand to turn on the overhead light -- and then put it back on the wheel. When the cop walks up, ask "Hello, officer. Why have you stopped me?" If s/he says something like "Do you know how fast you were going?" (answer: "No, I had my eyes on the road") or "Did you know your right taillight is out?" (answer: "No. When did that happen?") s/he probably doesn't have a serious gripe with you. If s/he goes straight to "License, registration and insurance-card", s/he may be planning to have a bit of fun with you, so don't say anything, but use one hand to dig up your papers and shove them out the barely-opened window. If s/he asks you to roll your window down, it means s/he wants to stick his/her head in and sniff for alcohol or pot. If you're pretty sure that your car doesn't smell of those, go ahead and roll the window down -- but otherwise keep your hands on the wheel. (It's a good idea to keep the car smelling of really strong chili peppers, to discourage sniffing.) If s/he orders you out of the car, look puzzled but say nothing, turn off the overhead light, and get out. If s/he pats you down, just shrug and put up with it. From that point on, proceed as if s/he'd stopped you on the street. If s/he starts to rough you up, go limp, keep quiet, and play dead. Again, don't say anything until you talk to your lawyer. Remember, all cop-cars these days have cameras, and there's usually a second cop in the car. It's important to look good on the camera. Let your lawyer sort it out later.
When a cop comes to your door, everything depends on whether or not s/he knows you're inside. If the cop doesn't know you're inside when s/he knocks on the door, you can get away with pretending to be asleep and just not answering the door; the cop will either go away or knock your door down. If s/he-or-they knock your door down, act startled and amazed, as if you'd just been awakened, and then proceed as if you'd been stopped on the street. If you really are asleep and are awakened by your door being knocked down, do not promptly reach for anything resembling a gun; that's an excuse for a cop to shoot you. Grab a phone instead, dial 9-1-1 and yell that there are burglars breaking into your house; sic the cops on the cops and leave them to argue with each other. Now if the cop does know you're inside (say, s/he's seen you through the window, or you've been making noise), you'd best answer the door and proceed as if you'd been stopped while driving. Do not try to run out the back door or hop out the window; there may be more cops waiting there.
This is how not to do something stupid in front of a cop.
Now to be fair, the cops do get pummeled with a lot of criminal and political crap, and the current AntifaBLM campaign is a fine example. The FBI could tell you that the half-dozen cities with the worst crime-rates, corruption-rates, police-brutality incidents and highest Black populations are all run by Democrats; there's obvious political profit in blaming all their other troubles on "police racism" and then throwing the police departments to the wolves by simultaneously appeasing (in public) and encouraging (in private) the AntifaBLM crowd. Never mind that those cities also have a large percentage of Black police, politicians, and civil bureaucrats; "police racism" is the trumpeted villain of the day. So what's an honest cop to do?
It depends on the severity of the public Moral Panic. In cities -- like Seattle --- that have gone off the deep end, threatening to not just de-fund but disband the police and their union, the best immediate solution is to go on strike. Go on strike for a month -- first warning the citizens about how to hire private security and how to organize a proper Militia to protect themselves -- and meanwhile get moonlighting jobs as private security. Soon enough, the citizens will want you back, and the city govt. will have to negotiate. Points of negotiation: 1) There will be no more talk of disbanding or de-funding the police and replacing them with "social workers"; 2) There will be no more talk of destroying the police union; 3) The police department will be streamlined, bureaucracy trimmed off, and useless feel-good requirements -- like "sensitivity training" -- thrown out. In return: 1) Police shall wear body-cameras at all times on the job -- cameras which cannot be turned off or taken off until end-of-shift; 2) Police shall be lavishly armed with stun-weapons -- hand-stunners for close range, stun-batons for middle range, and Tasers for long range -- and trained with them to the point where reaching for a stunner becomes automatic (regular clubs and firearms will stay locked in the squad-cars); 3) The department will hire more Black cops, and set them to patrolling Black neighborhoods, and the same for Latino cops and neighborhoods (no doubt there will still be "brutality" incidents, but then nobody will be able to blame them on "racism"); 4) Choke-holds and "no-knock" raids will be banned. Police in cities where the Moral Panic hasn't gotten that bad can negotiate these changes without any need to go on strike.
These changes will require matching changes in tactics, especially when dealing with the AntifaBLM crowd, which will not give up its power easily.
Instead of the "no-knock" raid, for example, use a planned surround. First, make certain the suspect really is inside. Study the targeted building thoroughly, using camera/spy drones if possible, and place police at every usable exit beforehand -- without letting the target inside know. When the trap is tightly set, have a well-armored cop go up and boldly knock on the door and announce him/herself -- and then quickly step aside from the door. If a shower of bullets comes through the door, promptly stab the nozzle of a tear-gas emitting sprayer into one of the new holes, and turn the sprayer on to maximum. When the frantic coughing has gone on for a minute or so, knock the door down and run in; nobody will be able to see well enough to aim. That's what tear-gas is good for. Don't use gas canisters; those things tend to start fires.
On the other hand, when dealing with an oncoming mob of thugs throwing rocks, bottles, etc., there's a better method than tear-gas or rubber bullets. Form a line, raise shields, and fire a line of smoke-grenades in front of the mob. From the moment the smoke rises, the crowd won't be able to see well enough to throw anything. At that point, pull out the stun-batons, turn them on, and wade into the smoke swinging the batons back and forth at waist height. A stun-baton is charged all down its length beyond the grip, and when it touches any part of a human body it will zap them unconscious or near it. This is hunting by Braille, since neither side can see the other, but the stun-batons have the advantage. Keep moving forward until the entire crowd is zapped or fled. Once the smoke clears, cuff all the snoring bodies and stuff them in the paddy-wagons, and tote them off to jail. Let them wake up in the cells, facing charges.
Likewise, when dealing with an unruly suspect, a single well-connected ZAP will safely put him/her down with no serious injury. It's remotely possible to kill someone with a stun-weapon, but it's very difficult. Just be sure you're wearing gloves if you're touching the suspect, lest enough current get through the suspect's body to numb your arm. There's no need for the choke-hold, really.
And all the state and municipal govts. in the country must legally declare Antifa and BLM to be "domestic terrorists" and treat them accordingly for the sake of the public peace.