Friday, April 27, 2012

"Why Can't We All Get Along?"


Rodney King's prophetic words are referenced in the above contemporary photograph from this interesting article — How Koreatown Rose From The Ashes Of L.A. Riots.

I was in college at the time. When the verdict came down, the black students in my school marched through the corridors, pulling off fire alarms. I was one of about three or four white students who joined them in an impromptu march downtown. The funniest moment was when we passed some white feminist office of some sort who's partisans thought it would be a good idea to hand the mob some pro-abortion posters, which were promptly ripped up and thrown to the ground.

I remember a student government friend at the time, a black woman, who was disappointed by Mr. King's inability to articulate a clearer message of "racial justice" at the time. I thought the police brutality victim's tear-filled comments were poignant and absolutely perfect for the time. Indeed, "Why can't we all get along?"

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Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

It's grotesque to express sympathy for a man who drove with 2 1/2 times the US legal alcohol limit in his veins, a limit, mind you, that's almost double the limit in most European countries and 4 times that in a few, especially when he assaulted a police officer. In any decently governed country, such filth would have been put away for a good decade for attempted homicide or thoroughly flogged and bastinadoed.

All those long-haired college professors who think the cops should have sung kumbayah and everything would have worked out and world peace erupted should be put on duty as cops and sent to subdue athletic 6'3" drunks like Rodney King and other crackheads, who may or not may not be armed.

Rodney King's bruises from the cops' didactic measures will have cleared up within weeks; people who die when drunk drivers plow into them never see their injuries clear up. In a better world, the cops would have been promoted and decorated when the video made waves.

April 28, 2012 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Sympathy for the man who tearfully pleaded for peace, not the drunk driver.

April 28, 2012 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

A relative had a neighbor who would regularly assault his wife and give her black eyes and like. She'd call the cops and then drop charges a few days later. She was damned either way; lose her breadwinner or put up with abuse.

One day the officer who took the call had enough, and gave the wife-beater thorough introductory truncheon-assisted remedial instructions on how men are to treat women, with the promise to go through the syllabus of the full course if the need should arise.

It saved the marriage, and quite possibly the woman's life, because from that day on, the abuse was over.

I can't condemn police who used unconventional didactic approaches to protect innocents in hopeless situations. In fact I admire them for their courage and dedication.

April 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Francis-Xavier writes : "In any decently governed country, such filth would have been put away for a good decade for attempted homicide or thoroughly flogged and bastinadoed."

Then I'm extremely grateful to be ruled indecently.

What Rodney King did was a minor offense against justice in comparison to the what the police did.

Those in authority wantonly acted against the rule of law, think full well they would do it without consequence.

Not one of those in authority even considered arresting the other officers for battery. A crime given the circumstance which should have received the most severe of punishments.

As for the marchers complaining of the verdict. I highly doubt they gave a damn about justice. If Rodney King had been white you would have been the only one marching in protest.

In other words, you were the only one marching in protest, all others were most certainly marching as racists throwing a tantrum because their side lost.

April 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

Driving through residential streets where children may be playing at 80 mph while you're drunk and avoiding the cops because a DUI conviction will result in your going to jail for a previous robbery conviction is egregiously wrong.

Every country has written and unwritten laws, and when chronic criminals endanger the lives of innocent children, it's time to push the envelope to its limits.

After all, prison had been tried, but found to be inadequate to persuade Mr. King to mend his ways.

Christ urged very drastic measures, including summary execution by means of millstones, to protect children. It would appear that Christ and you differ radically in your understanding of justice.

In a more sane world we would begin with the rectification of language, and speak of "criminal brutality" on the part of drunk drivers like Mr. King, and "police kindness" in going above and beyond the obligatory minimum in their didactic efforts to clamp down on "criminal brutality."

Most people learn with their eyes and ears, but for a few the buttocks are the only path to enlightenment. When the latter pose a threat to the innocent, the men in blue are kind to adapt their discussions to these people's limits.

April 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM  

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