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The New Discrimination In America

The New Discrimination In America

The history of America is wrought with evil and hate and I was painfully reminded of this after watching the excellent movie, Free State of Jones. It chronicles how blacks were treated in the years following their emancipation from slavery and while it stopped, that outward, public mistreatment would continue into the Civil Rights Era just a few decades ago.  How could that have occurred in America?

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How could we justify not sitting next to someone in a restaurant because of what they looked like?

How could we justify denying someone access to resources because of what they looked like?

How could we call others vile and hateful names because of what they looked like?

How could we kill and/or hurt someone because of what they looked like?

I really can’t answer that question but I know this, hate and evil has not left this country.  We do see it today.  

We see police officers being spit on.

We see police officers being called pigs or even worse.

We see others refusing to sit next to a police officer.

We see the denial of equipment by our own government that can help police officers combat violence.

We see police officers being assaulted.

We see police officers being murdered.

And much of it, is just because they wear a uniform.

It is not my intent to demean the wrongs and injustices of minorities in America today.  Of course there are awful, hateful things that occur and when  we speak about discrimination of those in uniform, that also includes minorities.  In fact, I have seen some of the worse behavior committed against cops directed towards minorities in uniforms.

Las Vegas Metro Lt. Randy Sutton (ret) said it best.  “How truly sad that our nation is deteriorating morally and spiritually and those who defend her have become the news ‘second class’ citizen.”

From slavery to the KKK to Jim Crow Laws, nothing much has changed in this country.  We continue to hate and we continue to kill and the only difference now is we are doing it to those in uniform.  Just like the Slavery and the  Civil Rights Era, many good people rose up to defend our African American Citizens and through time, activism and the political process, we made great strides.  Those days are not over with but the target of hate has indeed moved towards are heroes in uniform.

It is time for our country to stand against it.

 

 

 

About The Author

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Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. His Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training.

  • cuba_pete

    Should that be “…toward ‘our’ heroes in uniform”? Great sentiment, thanks for the support. The picture really grabbed my attention.

  • Clarence Saizon

    I’m sorry , but did this idiot writer just try to equate supposed, police “discrimination” to slavery, and the Jim Crow era, and the Civil Rights movement? This has to be one of the most foolish articles I’ve ever read! There is no police discrimination! Nobody on earth is BORN a police officer! They CHOSE to become one! You can’t really believe that this is the same thing. I know our governor passed a needless “blue lives matter” law ( because there’s no country in the world that if you kill a police officer you won’t get the harshest penalty possible) but law enforcement should not be a protected demographic. He also completely on ignored the fact that local police departments around the nation are the most militarized they’ve ever been at any point in history. Also, and perhaps MOST importantly, the cause of all of this is the manner that police themselves have treated the African American community throughout the history of this nation. If not for that, there wouldn’t be this issue. Believe me, I’m all for supporting GOOD police officers and law enforcement in general but this article is foolish!

    • cuba_pete

      You have people on both sides of the fence for the LGBTQ argument, that either people are born gay or that being gay is a choice. I contend that people are either born with a natural empathy, or may learn to be empathetic through life’s challenges. A natural way to express that empathy would be to join the military, law enforcement, or some other form of public service with the intention of really wanting to help people and make the world a better place.

      Yes, many people think that some people are “born police officers”, just as people are ‘born athletes”, or “born politicians”, or even “born mothers”. These are common colloquialisms you may hear every day.

      Nobody has the right to discriminate or hate…or do they if they are just born that way?

  • bacchys

    If police start holding each other accountable instead of letting bad cops hide behind the Blue Wall of Silence, this kind of thing will go away.

  • Herb Loper

    Only Shit hides behind a mask….

  • spike

    Woman or man is cowardly to show such a dangerous hateful sign and cover their face – disgusting! If they want to show such evil to the world with that sign they should have the courage to show their face!

  • Todd Duffey

    This wouldn’t happen in North Korea or China. Or Syria. Or Iran.
    They would put a stop to it!!

    • Young Werther

      America has always had crime. We used to deal with it.

  • ahaz

    How dare you equate what millions of minorities, have experienced in the past and even today, to what police officers face today. At anytime, any police officer can take off their uniform. You don’t ever stop being black, Hispanic or Native American, Jewish or Muslim. If police department would admit that racism exists in their departments, that they are too violent and use too much deadly force, then the animus that the policing precession today would diminish greatly. You’re the same officer, that declared war on its citizens. You’re a disgrace.

    • Law Officer

      You are a liar. It’s that simple. The author of the article you mentioned, explained exactly what he meant in the article at the bottom because of liars as yourself. You may convince some of your lying rhetoric but commonsense citizens know better. Keep blaming the police and the root issues that plague our communities will continue. You are the problem.

      • ahaz

        I can read quite clearly, thank you very much. But in this particular article Yates said the following, “Those days are not over with but the target of hate has indeed moved towards are heroes in uniform.” Sounds like he thinks police are involved in a never ending struggle against discrimination. That police officers are being denied basic human rights. That police officers cant buy the homes they want because they face red-lining. Police don’t face any of that so cry that sob story somewhere else. I know some police departments and their supporters are very adept at marketing, making false equivalencies, and twisting the narrative to fit their own. That’s not flying here.

        And regarding the other article, Yates said no less that two times “We are at war”. He didn’t just limit his words toward the suspected criminal, who are citizens BTW, he pointed them toward everyone that was critical of current police policies. From President Obama, to celebrities, to anyone who feels police are too militarized, to LE’s latest favorite whipping boy, BLM. It was only after the Chief was called out on his declaration did he try to backtrack them. Yates said the following in his backtracking “The “war” that I speak about is against evil individuals that are preying on our law enforcement officers” So once again, what are the evils that he is referring. He didn’t specifically say it was the criminal that was targeting police…what did he mean? He didn’t retract anything specific from his original posting….so again, Who are police at war with? Those that want improved policing in this country? Those who think police don’t do enough to avoid use of deadly force? Those who want to police return to their public safety role instead of acting as revenue agents? Who is police at war with? Police aren’t qualified or tasked with fighting foreign enemies, so I can only conclude that Yates truly believed what he originally wrote. Police are at war and the enemy is us.

        • Law Officer

          Did you happen to see the news in recent weeks where men with assault rifles were killing cops? Our author specifically clarified that at the end of the article and in the public forum you mentioned. You said it yourself. “Against evil individuals that are preying on law enforcement.” Read into that what you want but we can’t help you understand what anyone with common sense would. In case you are still clueless. We will clarify again…..The article referenced evil people attempting to kill police officers. It still won’t matter to you. We know that and thank you for showing others that this article, is accurate.

        • Young Werther

          Are you crazy? You don’t think it is WAR? Cops know they are at WAR…THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD OFTEN ENOUGH SINCE WWII AND BEFORE! It’s only simple history.

          • ahaz

            That is true. Police have been told for decades that they’re in some time of ridiculous euphemistic war. I guess they would eventually come to believe it.

          • Young Werther

            LOL…they have been told, warned, promised, threatened, run over, hacked up and sliced and killed for decades by those entities that have made
            and continue to make war on cops then turn around and say they are oppressed…

          • Young Werther

            Let us hope they believe it.

          • bacchys

            He’s not capable of understanding what he’s really said.

    • Young Werther

      Besides being the most stupid sounding tripe in the world what would be the point in doing such a silly thing?

      *NOW LET US ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SLAVERY EXISTED IN THE WORLD AND SHUCKS WE ARE SO DAMN SORRY BECAUSE IT MUST BE OUR FAULT SOMEHOW SO DO YOU FEEL BETTER NOW? ARE WE THROUGH NOW!”

      Put that sign up on the courthouse door and see how much it helps.

      • ahaz

        Are you on or off your meds?

        • Young Werther

          I know…I didn’t need to use that many words,

  • Windell Clark

    1
    in 10 Cops are bad – its human nature. If 9 Cops protect the bad
    actions of the 1 cop then everyone will assume all 10 are bad. The Law
    Enforcement field is honorable and is needed in society but if it cannot
    correct and police itself or clean itself out – It will always have
    issues. When will the Police “Police” the Police? Add Social Media and greedy news footage for rating on top of that and you have a wildfire of Anti-Police rhetoric like we have. Again – only a small percentage of Cops are bad but with the “Blue Wall of Silence” and bad Cops RARELY getting fired and the ones that do go to work for other agencies it will not stop anytime soon.

  • disqus_NoPfvDt8A2

    It is educational reading these comments from the pro-racism, pro-brutality cop-loving segment of our society.

    Makes me more sure than ever that cops and the “people” who blindly support these uniformed thugs who terrorize citizens should never be trusted.
    They do not have “protect and serve” anywhere on their list of things to do each day.

    • laughing tyger

      It sounds like you’re probably struggling with one or more of the following issues …

      A. You’re a badly trained driver who doesn’t know it and have had numerous contacts/tickets due to your bad driving (very common among cop-haters, we NEED a massive roll out of Driver’s Ed in this country)

      OR

      B. You want to be an Officer but for what ever reason(s) you can’t be….criminal record, intellectual problems, morally compromised, physically not up to par, large debt, terrible temperament etc… also very common for cop-haters .. it’s why so many of them have Criminal Justice degrees)

      OR

      C. You want to date and/or marry a LEO but can’t for above reasons … again very common. If you listen to cop-haters and study their propagnada – it becomes clear: If only an Officer had “taken one for the team” all those years ago, and thrown Easy E a bone & boned him (pre AIDS)… we wouldn’t be where we are today…

      • cuba_pete

        The user’s Disqus account is private, has no followers, follows no one. Troll.

        • laughing tyger

          Hi, how does one change one’s account from private to public ..? I don’t see where to do that … I’ll gladly do that.

          My guess why as to why I don’t have any followers: I’m an Independent and many people on the left / right can’t / won’t be associated with someone not in lockstep with their ideology …

    • mindy1

      And your evidence for anything you said is what? Just because some criminals die in police interactions, does not mean brutality is at an all time high.

  • Young Werther

    Don’t depend on everything you see coming out of Hollywood to be the truth. What would be American’s need to see more and more of this kind of one-sided race baiting history by Hollywood? It only makes whites feel guilty for slavery because it is reinforced by education and other books and movies; more indoctrination and dogma of irrationality and is the cheapest and lowest of tricks against humanity in the guise of entertainment. Movies like this are manipulation and they only serve to cause many blacks to come out of the theater wanting to kill a cop especially if s/he is white. One can take a tiny bit of truth and bring about a tremendous and lasting amount of damage. Otherwise why would you need to start off by talking about this movie and the KKK, and Jim Crow and SLAVERY when black militant nationalists of many hundreds of organizations dream of killing cops? I don’t get it.How can you be so naive? Don’t you realize how long the targeting of cops by these kinds of groups have been going on? I kept wondering when you were going to get down on your knees and beg to be forgiven for slavery in America. Please, don’t take this too personally…I am just shocked and taken by surprise to find it written here of all places. You are not responsible for the KKK, American Slavery of Blacks and Whites in the past,the CSA and the Civil War or Jim Crow in both North (de facto) and South…get over it and stay away from those mind gaming movie pieces of propaganda.

    • Young Werther

      Far out…taking it on the chin.

    • Monica English

      The author is drawing a parallel.
      He’s attempting to show (and I feel, succeeding) that the kinds of discriminatory actions perpetrated against minorities and the underprivileged throughout history were wrong, and these same practices are now being perpetuated against another group of people, to wit, Law Enforcement.
      He’s saying it was wrong then, and it’s wrong now, no matter what segment of society it’s aimed at.
      There is no more compelling argument against this kind of hateful, angry bias than the past.
      Whether dressed in white sheets, goosestepping through parade grounds, or hiding behind bandanas and hoodies, prejudice and bigotry cannot be disguised.
      As a society, we should be condemning this behavior; it’s unconscionable. We should have already learned this lesson.
      Clearly, some people have not.
      History is repeating itself.
      We should all be trembling at that thought.

      • Young Werther

        Perhaps, you thought I did not comprehend what the writer is saying? Certainly, I do. He nor any individual or group can apologize for what mankind did or did not do at any time or any place on Earth. Mankind is fallible, the human factor is inherently faulty, results of actions are not always precisely predictable. Police Officers need not do anything other than their jobs. They are not even payed enough in the first place. What is the point of bringing up KKK, spook sheets, goosestepping Nazis, racists or anything thing else? They have a job to do and should not be interfered with. No one has a right to target them for any such contrived issues as PAST behaviors of mankind. It is irrational thinking. If you have a group after you then defend yourself and move on. Get a life. Stop dredging up and waving the red shirts of slavery, colonialism…there is evil in the world. It is the nature of our universe. Deal with it, Stamp it out, or die apologizing and trying to learn how to feel badly about some faux social science memes of mind trickery because of where your ancestors originated. It is fully and idiotically stupid. It makes no sense. Such things as making up for past slavery? The most foolish thing imaginable. Ok, so there was slavery all over the earth, people used to eat each other for survival and still do. Somethings make life not worth living; like fear of sitting on one’s front porch or in a car or walking down the street. because of people crazy on drugs or just crazy because their culture has made them so. Get rid of the criminals, the crimes and drugs and bring back order. We want ORDER. Without it we are not human and cannot survive. Nor, should we deserve to survive. It is easy to see where the problems are. Why do cops have to now be the HAPPY ICE-CREAM MAN? The Joker, clown? Screw it and get serious.

  • pen44

    Face it, hate is hate. For some of us, life isn’t complete unless there is someone to hate. And, it’s time for us to stop it….stand against it. This is discrimination and racism…and yes, blacks can definitely be racists. Racism is when you hate someone because of something that they have no control over…the color of the skin they were born with. I remember the hate for Japanese, then the hate for the Vietnamese refugees….racist because they were a “different color”. All I can say is this BLM could never have happened without the racism of Obama and Eric Holder.

    • Sharon

      AMEN!

    • Young Werther

      I don’t hate anyone. Pearl Harbor was before my time but as far as Japanese, Germans, and Italians during WWII it is best not to love one’s enemies or one is destined to die. Know your enemy, be able to identify those who wish and seek to kill you. BLM is an inherited movement in a sense and it is the same as always, merely the tactics and names have changed a little.

  • ZynWoof

    Agreed. Time to stand against the discrimination against the innocent peace-keepers! Discrimination, and the hatred it inspires, flows both ways not just from White to other nationalities.

    • Young Werther

      If my post isn’t removed before daylight today I was saying the same thing above.

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