Things are getting out of hand here, and there is no end in sight.
In a world of black and white perceptions, no compromise is available, but here goes . . .
1. Government alone cannot and will not solve the problems which foster the environment that is killing young black men.
Bottom-line, black men and women need to stop having kids without committing to one another for life, and without having the means to support their entire family without government assistance. And yes, this applies to white families as well, but right now, young white men aren't the ones getting killed. Those mothers and fathers need to keep their kids in schools, and stop believing that those schools alone are going to educate their children.
2. School systems need to improve.
First of all, less bloated administration and more teachers would go a long way. Second, teachers unions should be disbanded; they serve no purpose except to protect teacher jobs, not enhance teacher performance. Curricula need to be devised to teach our kids 21st century skills so that they can function in a 21st century workforce.
And they need to be taught about this country's history and beginnings. They need to be taught that government is a partner, not a provider.
And any school that fails in these tasks needs to be able to be taken over by the state government for fixing. Too many systems with failing schools and dismal records are still operating with the people the voters are too stupid to vote out of office.
3. Stop exaggerating the problem.
Yes, it's tragic when anyone, black or white, is killed by law enforcement - especially if that death could have been avoided through many different means, but this isn't an epidemic. It's just that in the media-driven environment we live in, those deaths are blown out of proportion by a media and a culture looking for an excuse to vent their anger.
There was a woman on last night's 'The Kelly File', a "community activist" from Chicago, whose answer to these killings was to eliminate all police forces and bring in "community-driven solutions" - whatever that means. Of course, she failed to provide any specifics on just what those solutions might be, nor failed to address the black-on-black murder rate in her home town - the murder capital of the world. In some ways, I actually applaud her basic thought, that government solutions aren't working, but I'll bet that she'd be back-pedaling all day long and into the night if she was told that she shouldn't expect government solutions to provide jobs, pay, healthcare or welfare because they aren't working, either.
4. Stop resisting arrest.
Yes, it's embarrassing (I guess - I've never been arrested - but then, I've never done anything that might warrant arrest, either), but resisting escalates the situation into confrontation. There are thankfully few situations where police come in as the aggressor and ramp up the testosterone levels of situations. They are almost always in the mode of ramping up the response to someone who is resisting their authority.
5. Police need better training.
In the recent killing in Minnesota, police were attempting to restrain a resisting (see?) man. As they were attempting to restrain him, one officer was using one hand to try to control the perp, while his other hand held his un-holstered gun. THAT is never proper police procedure.
6. Police need to clean up their ranks.
There are bad cops out there. Cops who don't have the mental makeup to think through situations when the environment escalates, and cops who are flat-out bigots or racists. Cops need to stop protecting cops who they know don't meet the standards that the 21st century requires of them. It's like the medical profession protecting bad doctors; sooner or later someone's going to get hurt or die. In addition, these useless tail-light stops need to end. So someone's tail-light is out - big deal. This is just another reason for bad cops to harass usually innocent people, and they lead to far too many unnecessary confrontations. Same with seat belt stops. There is NO Constitutional authority for government to protect us from ourselves, and seat belt laws are nothing but a nanny-state gone amok.
And finally . . .
7. Stop blaming (fill-in-the-blank) for your problems.
The only person to blame for your lot in life is yourself - no one else.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.