BLM protesters seek justice, need our support

September 9, 2020

OPINION by PETE EVANS

Boy, lots of BLM stuff going on! I just read Andy Caldwell’s commentary and of course that of Chris Arend. They reflect a lot of local San Luis Obispo County and national mentality. I would like to speak for the other side, those on the side of Law and Order, Peace and Justice.

“Law and Order” you say!, ‘I thought you were one of those bleeding heart commie liberals that we on the right love to berate’. I did, and I am. I would rather be a bleeding heart liberal than a cold hearted, ignorant right wing conservative. My core values, I choose justice over self serving dogma.

Yes, I said Law and Order for that is precisely what BLM and other movements for justice seek. They seek to overthrow the ill gotten power and oppression of the rich and entitled and restore balance and fairness to this nation.

Is it lawful, fair and just for a person of power to brutalize someone of less power? Is it fair to crush the safety, equal treatment by the justice system, livelihood, housing, medical care, access to human services and all else this country has to offer in the name of racism? Is it legal to deny any of human dignity and equal opportunity? Read the constitution, look into your heart.

Can we have any “order’ in our land if many are subjected to denigrating restrictions? All that BLM, Occupy and other movements seek is a balance of power and access to all that this bountiful nation has and should distribute to all its residents equally. We are shamefully far from that objective so the work will go on until we are done. Those of you who can only whine “Law and Order” when your little life is upset by protestors trying to make a point ought to get down there and join in.

We do not have Law and Order when we fear the police, cannot share the same drinking fountain, gain access to fair housing and medical services. We do not have it when communities of color or low income bear the burden of pollution and neglect. Yeah, this is about poor whites too.

I hope to reach those with little or no knowledge or experience with Law and Order and justice in our society. All the entitled white folks, most of whom are not Jewish (all that describes me), have enjoyed opportunities untarnished with hate, oppressive laws, restrictions, and neglect. We have had no reason to be concerned with such things. But justice denied anywhere makes us all less free. All the armchair posturing in the media and posts by those with no credible information is appalling.

I have been an avid follower of U.S. politics since around 1963 when young northerners (many who were Jewish) headed to our southern states to enable voter registration by the disenfranchised (mostly blacks). Some lost their lives in that effort. What were you doing to support fair and equal access to that most basic American right, the right to vote?

More recently, where have you been when BLM and other groups around the world protested against government brutality? Do you support brutality? Probably not, but when perpetrated against ‘those others’ you don’t pay a lot of attention. Why not? Those with brains and hearts protect others because it is the right thing to do, where have you been?

Andy and Chris supposedly support Martin Luther King’s peaceful agitation (to make us aware how benevolent they are) while ignoring the fact those events so many years ago were awkward, inconvenient and made a lot of people mad. The FBI Director illegally investigated MLK as a commie agitator and kept a huge file on him, ignoring the murderers in the South who killed civil rights workers. And when MLK was particularly peaceful none of the ‘powers’ paid any attention. It was only when he got in the face of whitey and insisted on being heard did anything change-and that took years, and created much anger (just like with And and Chris over our local BLM activities) and even then not enough progress was made. Look at the intervening years since he was murdered (1968)- all the discontent, the neglect, the riots out of frustration.

Even then, little was done of consequence. Even then little was done to heal the wounds.

About our local BLM movement and affairs attributed to it. I was an early participant in the marches, less later on. I support them, but do not agree with all the reported events and strategy. I do not support stomping on the flag or screaming at passers by. But I can sure understand the frustration and rage that leads to such efforts.

Even now, 2020, we have a long way to go and what in the hell is wrong with this nation? Why have we not cleaned up this mess decades or 100 years ago?

Those protestors take their time and other resources to try to get some attention to a cancer in our society that most would rather not look at, and we must. Sitting quietly in the park with some signs appealing for justice won’t do anything, they know it-and so do you! Creating change is often messy, awkward and sometimes illegal (since those in power make it so). Hitler rose to power by slowly enabling all his rantings and cruel objectives by creating ‘laws’ to legitimize his efforts.

I have heard some reports that a certain local reporter, who is Jewish, for a prominent news service, was harassed and called a Nazi during his coverage of protests. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Read above where I stated the fact that many Freedom Riders to the South were Jewish.

The ACLU is a bulwark against the forces of evil in this country and is heavily staffed with Jewish lawyers who work like mad for you and me. That historically oppressed group has long been a crucial ally of those who seek justice and freedom. So, BLM people, do not fall into that ditch, do not deride our Jewish citizens. They are your allies (not counting that wormtongue Miller dude who whispers hate and contempt into the ear of trump). Save that hated word/name for those who it fits.

Land of the Free, home of the brave

How about we start acting like that cute phrase we so smugly attribute to our country? Set all people free, be brave in your efforts to achieve that. It is so simple; we in the white majority have benefited from that at the expense of those in the minority (color, money, power-whatever you want to call it).

There is no disputing that, what can be argued is why this and that. Who caused the problem, when, what for, ad infinitum. Let’s focus on fixing the problem, and that is what BLM is trying to do. There might be mistakes and strategies you don’t like. Well, get involved and help guide the movement in the direction you feel is most beneficial.

One huge reason we are in this fix is the vast numbers of politicians (past and present) who have committed crimes- violating their oaths of office. It’s too bad the oaths do not include consequences for those lying bastards.

Want some examples? In one recent event, the impeachment. A large number of Senators stated, before the trial, that they would vote a certain way without regard to any testimony or facts presented. They even voted to deny any testimony from new witnesses. They should all be in jail.

Past politicians voted against the constitution in keeping the poor, people of color, and those without power down and ‘in their place.’ They should all be in jail. Nixon should have spent the rest of his miserable life in jail but because he was a ‘bigshot’ he got off scott free. Trump has pardoned criminals with no right to be free while many thousands languish in prison for the crime of not being his pal. This is not a fair and just society, how long must we wait?

And now dear trolls, crowd on in and vote me into hell.

Pete Evans is a long-time resident of San Luis Obispo.


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ctakier

You lost me the second that you called me ignorant and cold hearted. I am a conservative and I do have compassion for others and contrary to your opinion, I’m nowhere near ignorant.


With that being said, I can basically combat this entire argument with one phrase.. Two wrongs do not make a right. While I agree that what was done to George Floyd was reprehensible, the response by rioting, looting, destroying and killing is also reprehensible.


The funny thing is that for the first few days following the killing of George Floyd, pretty much everyone was on the same page, saying that the killing was horrible and that the officers involved should be punished. Shortly thereafter, BLM took over with their riots and completely lost support as they divided the nation. Had they just stayed out of the way, I really feel that we could have gotten to meaningful conversation about what should be done and how things could get better in our nation.


Francesca Bolognini

Right after the killing of George Floyd, there were more killings, just as there have been innumerable killings before George Floyd. “A meaningful dialog” would be great, but form the other comments that are on this post, it is pretty clear that those who most need to hear it are certainly NOT LISTENING. SO, I would love to know how you would go about changing that, because I would agree that the demonstrations are not working on them. As for the “riots”, I would agree that is a no win strategy. But the fact must be faced that of several thousands of BLM actions across the country, only 7% had violence or property damage involved. Even then, we have a significant amount of footage showing that much of that violence was actually instigated by so called LE, not to mention the actions by white supremacists intentionally causing violence to destabilize the protest. The FBI has confirmed this. They even consider white supremacists to be the greatest threat to our national security, way ahead of Al Qaeda. But the cops are welcoming them to protests bearing semi automatic weapons. I would say, if I were Black, that things need to change a lot quicker than they are, for the sake of the whole country.


ctakier

So would you say that the Rashard Brooks killing was unjustified? Or how about the Daniel Prude incident when he passed away while having a spit hood on his head for everyone’s protection? Or the Jacob Blake shooting when he was reaching into his car after repeatedly being told to stop?


Let’s look at these one at a time.. Rashard Brooks wasn’t shot at until after he punched the officer, stole his taser and fired it at him.


Daniel Prude was naked because he was high on PCP. People on that drug have been shown to be very unpredictable and very often display super-human like strength.


Jacob Blake was only shot at after being told to stop reaching into his vehicle. Come to find out that there was a weapon in his car that could have been used to injure or kill.


Each of these incidents, while tragic and possibly preventable were a direct result of the victim doing something to provoke a response.


While I do agree that there are bad police officer, I would contend that these are the exception and not the rule. This is where we could have had a discussion on how to remedy this problem. What I can say up front is that defunding police, enacting more gun control laws while letting prisoners out of jail early is not the way to repair any of this.


Now to your question on how I personally would attempt changing people not listening.. First thing would be to point out BLM for what they really are. It is a Marxist organization that is using the black community to do their dirty work. There is a big difference between the phrase black lives matter and the BLM organization. I would hope that people in general are smart enough, when presented the evidence, to see BLM for what they truly are. Only when the riots themselves are stopped can we actually have the conversations that need to be had. It’s really sad to me that as a country, we had the opportunity taken away from us after the George Floyd killing to have these conversations by BLM. The next thing that needs to happen is a realization that divisiveness is counterproductive to any conversation. BLM is not interested in coming together, only tearing apart and making their “solution” to problems the only solution. This is unrealistic and dangerous.


As far as police “welcoming” citizens to counter protest with semi-automatic weapons, I would need to see some actual evidence of this to even come close to an agreement to that. If you look at the incident in Kenosha, WI, the kid that had the rifle was not welcomed by the police.


Rambunctious

BLM…Blew any chance of grabbing support from the people….they went full psycho and lost any ground they gained after Mr. Floyds death…..now they are simpatico with ANTIFA in the minds of the people….ooops!


commonsenseguy

Wow!! Hideous commentary at best. It’s filled with rage, hate, intolerance, divisive words, self-righteousness and whole bunch of self arrogance. Those who profess to be wise, are proven to be fools.


LeroyMoo

Don’t be fooled that the protests are about cops disproportionately harming blacks. This is my take on the tribal research done by Amy Chau, which will disturb progressives and comfort conservatives. The demographics in the USA are rapidly changing to where white European folks (that have the money and real estate which equates to power) will no longer be the majority by ~2040. As whites find their tribe less empowered, the browns and fringe tribes see an opening to intimidate and guilt to gain power or just express in the open what wouldn’t have been shared before. So, all tribes are expressing gripes because the shrinking white majority really can’t suppress the voice of the minority tribes anymore. The media, athletes, musicians, Hollywood, Wash DC and latte liberals have drank the KoolAid. It’s no secret that the wealth is primarily controlled on both coasts and a dozen interior metros by white progressives. Plus, the most likely way for browns to get power is to leverage the white privilege stigma on empathetic progressives in urban areas. Basically, BLM groups are exploiting white progressives to either promote reparations or charity to acquire money & power. And, they are doing it in democrat run cities which they can bully, take statues down and riot in. At this point, the progressive urban cities are the easy target for BLM, so you won’t see many protests in rural conservative states that require hard work to maintain the land. It appears that inclusion and hard work over a generation doesn’t attain the wealth/power goal fast enough. Sadly, conservative groups think clashing with BLM after LE has retreated is restoring order. It’s really not and only injecting conservatives in the middle of a fight on the left between Marxists societal victims and the old money progressive elites. Essentially, the irony is that college aged whites are being told the system is against them attaining what their ambitious parents attained and these kids (and other marginalized tribes) are siding with BLM against their wealthy white parents that BLM has in the cross-hairs.


Francesca Bolognini

Do you know what “red lining” is? Perhaps you should before you think you are informed. Got a real kick out of the “old money progressive elites” term. Hilarious.

Oh yes, and the part about “over a generation” as a comment about people who have been oppressed and exploited since the mid 1600’s? Priceless.


LeroyMoo

Is BLM chanting that they can’t get loans? Be informed that BLM is counting on you surrendering your money and power first before approaching an old money conservative with guns in the interior valley that’s employing hard working Latinos. Yes, over a generation educational performance scores can be improved and overwhelming numbers of blacks could enter police departments and affect change from within. But, progressives are making it so bad to be a cop that black police chiefs that have had that vision and mission are bailing. Again, don’t be fooled this is really about LE, when it’s about attaining money and tribal power. If Biden wins, you’ll see the same protesting in progressive urban cities as they are the easy mark. If Trump wins, you’ll see protesting over confidence in the election process that Dems have orchestrated (last of the 4 steps to destabilize). In both cases, the National Guard is deployed.


Francesca Bolognini

I always get such a kick out of the level of cognitive dissonance of the comments on this site. Text book stuff. I read the story that comes just before this one and they are ragging like crazy at the glaringly incompetent and unfair law enforcement. Then this article comes along and the same people who have previously made such a point in past comments of how THEY ARE NOT RACIST, are totally trolling the hell out of the guy for pointing out that Black people are not getting a fair shake. The trolls know this is true.. But they are Trolls, so they can only sympathize with the white people who are victimized by our less than perfect LE. Anyone else gets trolled. Great work! At least you’re consistent. And please, get busy with the down arrows, I take great pride in them.


commonsenseguy

Ditto on YOUR consistency. Rage, hate, and intolerance to opposing opinions. Typical and consistent of the left-wingers.


Francesca Bolognini

Aaaah. You guys never disappoint. And thanks for doing my work for me. When you identify with what you are doing, it makes things so much easier. Just one little slip up there. I’m not a “left winger”. Just reality based. Good luck with that.


sbjcl

You are light years away from reality.


derasmus

“I’m not a left winger”

LOL!


modernwelding

You should. CNN is a creature of the local GOP and 2nd amendment folks.


derasmus

You have an issue with the 2nd amendment?


ActaNonVerba

Is this piece meant as parody?


Jon Tatro

Come on CCN, this guy is the fourth blathering idiot on this topic. I think we can move on.


slocorruptionhater

Classy


shelworth

Is this Sarcasm? Nobody thinks breaking law and order will bring law and order…


laftch

You and Mark Dice are truly the funniest satirists on the internet.