Some Thoughts on Minneapolis

Updated: Apr 22

It has long been the practice of this party to avoid emulating the two major political parties with their need to try and score political points at every opportunity possible, regardless of the costs involved. That's why in general we haven't commented in length regarding mass shootings, or violence perpetrated by or against police. No amount of preaching or individual acts of legislation are going to address problems which are systemic in nature. For us to do so would amount to partaking in the opportunistic nature of the system we wish to change.

However, with the increasing violence taking place in Minnesota a few words are called for. First of all most police are very good at what they do, especially for a job as difficult and at times thankless as policing. Most of us would be incapable and unwilling to engage in the same line of work. But there are bad apples, as recent events have made clear and in the past those bad apples have had misdeeds covered up by either police unions or corrupt officials, making it appear that the extent of corruption was much more widespread than it was in reality. In this particular instance that is not the case. The 4 officers involved were fired from their jobs and will be facing criminal charges for the death of George Floyd, and justifiably so. This case should serve as an example to local officials of the need for more transparency within police departments to get rid of rogue cops so the vast majority who do their job the right way can more effectively protect the communities they serve.

The riots that are taking place though have revealed bigger problems than the police killing of George Floyd. To commit wanton acts of violence and destruction towards others and the community in which you live reveals a complete disconnect with your community and the others who inhabit it with you. The essence of any community is a mutual recognition that as a collective we all share a common history, wants, and concerns; that you recognize in your neighbor a bond which transcends the visibly obvious, that he lives in close proximity to you. When these spiritual impulses are gone communities are held together either through brute force or economic transactions. Neither can be sustained for long periods of time, and when they begin to approach their end the manifestations of societal decay become progressively more obvious. What's happening in Minnesota is much more than a racial problem, it's a societal wide structural problem which may be adversely affecting a specific part of America today, but come tomorrow will be having an effect on all of us.

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