15 thoughts on “Curfew”

  1. It seems to me that the size and scale of these uprisings, not to mention the skepticism for the official police stories is something we haven’t seen in a long time. And Donald Trump is no Dick Nixon.

  2. It is big time that the leadership of the african-american community starts to realize that they’re sitting on a time bomb that will not go away with more government regulations. In fact the latter are just a part of the problem. 5th generation welfare teenage mothers, high school drop outs, gang affiliation, substance abuse. Despite the fact that Obama and many others have indicated that the opportunities are there for those WILLING to grab them. It’s a sad reality, but in contrast with the relatively newly arrived Asian community, biggest part of the african-american community is social ballast who resents the thriving newcomers. After decades of “positive” discrimination of the African community in higher education, those programs are fizzling out and get in fact replaced by quota to limit the access of the hard working Asiatic students to higher education with so called “quota”. If any change will happen, it will have to come from inside the African-American community itself. That doesn’t change the fact that the whole US-system is currently experiencing a high degree of social entropy.

  3. Protest can be hard to understand if our lives hum along with assumptions of safety as long as we mind our own business. The Kerner report, despite their best efforts to find otherwise, concluded that Black Americans were justifiably angry and outraged with being treated as intrusive non-citizens– those are my words, not the committee– but still it was startling to hear and so those who sanctioned that committee disbanded it and proceeded to pretend not to hear. They wanted to hear that there was no reason for angry protests that became violent. Fifty years later is it any surprise that people are still outraged? We have political leaders mimicking the segregationists of 50 years ago fanning flames and trying to start a civil war in name of more votes.

    We need to care, but that doesn’t mean we have to be in the streets as long as we make efforts to reshape our systems that no longer work. Sometimes that work looks like a blog like this, asking smart questions and showing us what other places look like. Sometimes it looks like a fist raised and loud chanting.

  4. Authority over others is a danderous and perplexing issue that our Founding Fathers contemplated. October 12, 2019, innocent woman killed by policeman in her own home ,Fort Worth Texas . Botham Jean killed in his apartment by off duty officer . Lists of individuals of several ethnic backgrounds have been victims recently. Some have been greatly harmed by damage to their places of business. Even the current administration has found likely evidence of FBI corruption . Protester accidentally set themselves alight while trying to burn a structure. These situations are currently happening primarily in the larger and more news worthy locations. Time to spread out , give each other space and reflect on the actual events rather than creating new destruction as remedy for a damaged system with horrific outcomes.

  5. “There are families out and about, young people looking for adventure and romance, old folks stretching their legs in the sunshine, and dogs on parade.” And beefcake. Let’s not forget the beefcake šŸ˜‰

  6. Conservatives have won the narrative war. Americans aren’t good at nuance and BLM is forever associated with (black) looting and violence, despite the police brutality on full display as well. When faced with a choice, the silent majority chooses safety over social justice.

    I expect martial law to be embraced. Trump will win again, inciting another round of chaos and Corona just in time for Xmas. People of all races that can will “opt-out” into smaller, safer, more homogenous cities, furthering social balkanization. De-globalization, retail apocalypse… all the trends accelerate into a lost decade, but on the other side is a better America, just about the time my kids are grown.

    1. Honestly, I don’t know where you think you see “martial law…embraced”. The police have not been allowed to respond to the rioters with any authority. It’s only when the National Guard is called out that peace–yes, peace–is actually restored.

      If Trump wins again, then the “another round of chaos” will be liberals once again rioting in the streets, the same as when he won the first time. It’s basically their modus operandi. And yet the fearful police state they imagine all around them never actually materializes.

      If de-globalization occurs, it will be a step in the right direction. Human beings work better in smaller groups.

      This isn’t a “lost decade” and there’s no “better America” on the other side of it. America is what it is–a nation on the decline that is following in the same path of every other declining nation/empire of the past (increased liberalization, excessive individuality and consumption, etc.). It will take a very long time, due to the powerful economy, but it will happen in lurches back and forth. It is what it is. None of us, I expect, will be alive to see what comes out of it. We would do better to work on our own hearts and think small. The political realm has never been where healing occurs.

  7. Unfortunately, there are a lot of opportunistic groups that will use the present situation to further their own ends. And that is usually done by trying to make everything (at least appear) as bad as possible. The more anarchy and destruction, the better. It is what it is. We don’t have a bunch of protesters/rioters/antifa types here. There confusion doesn’t appeal to many, I guess.

    Of interest was a post from a person in Raleigh NC. He went out and observed the riots there for roughly 4-5 hours. His observations were good, although I’ll only note a short part of them:

    “The majority of people I saw were young, about 10% were gawkers and college kids out for a thrill, about 10% were clearly bad apples with no real political intentions who were just out to cause trouble, about 40% were there for what they clearly felt was a legitimate protest of injustice, and about 40% were antifa types (actual antifa, black blok anarchists, and related affinity groups) working to use everyone else to fight the police, loot, burn, and cause mayhem. Most of the antifa types were white. Outside of a few media, law enforcement, and a small handful of people that work as “mediators” in some situations, I did not see any other groups present, including counter protestors or other agitators as is being frequently reported.”

    It is what it is. I too have trouble “mustering strong feelings over things I have no meaningful control over.” Meh.

  8. Johnny,

    I very much enjoy your blog and the work that you do. You have an important voice in the discussion and I appreciate that you take the time to respond to my comments, even if we don’t always see eye to eye.

    However, I am disappointed by the tone of this post, which suggests a shoulder shrugging, “what, me worry?” reaction to the violent murder of a man at the hands of a police officer and by the seeming equating of the two sides of the argument (social justice versus law and order, as you put it). What is happening is an outrage and there is no moral equivalence here.

    1. I wrote and rewrote this post several times before publishing. The early drafts all included references to 1967 (the year I was born) and the massive protests over racial injustice. The federal government created the Kerner Commission to determine the causes of racial strife and remedies so these things never happened again. A month after it was released in 1968 MLK was assasinated and the resulting riots were far worse. My entire life has seen a one step forward, one step back shuffle over these issues. Things are better in some respects, but the problem is stubborn and I won’t live to see it fully resolved. That’s not a shrug. That’s just a sad reality.

      1. “My entire life has seen a one step forward, one step back shuffle…”

        Yeah, me too and I was born 31 years before you were. My conclusion? Human beings are insane apes – and there are far too many of them….

    2. “What is happening is an outrage and there is no moral equivalence here.”

      It’s unclear to me whether you are referring to wanton looting and burning of businesses and murders in the street by persons unknown, or the murder of a confined man by police in Minneapolis.

      Most all thinking people find murder and mayhem in the streets outrageous and unacceptable. For instance, a (black) entrepreneur and former major-college football player, was murdered in an alley by person(s) unknown in my city during a spasm of downtown violence and looting. His name was Chris Beaty.

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