Violence IS the Last refuge of the Incompetent

29 Oct

Image: SC Police Officer Slams Black Student to the Ground, Video Sparks Outrage

https://youtu.be/dXK1eiY4FGc  (follow this link for the short 15 second video)

The girl in the above video was arrested for “disturbing school” and later released to her family.

A 2015 report from the African American Policy Forum found black girls, like black boys, faced harsher discipline than their white counterparts in a review of New York and Boston school discipline data.

adjective: incompetent: not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully. inept, unskilled, unprofessional, leaving much to be desired.

I am still amazed at how often people in authority seem to feel that violence or aggression goes hand in hand with their authority and is the logical go to option whenever they are confronted by people who do not readily submit to their orders.
In education, where I spent 33 years as a high school teacher, and 16 years before that as a student, the first lesson always taught to children (and to first year teachers I might add) is that fighting or aggressive physical behavior, is never the answer to anything.
But, ironically,  out in the adult world, it always seems to be the answer to everything…as in: More military! More guns! More threatening aggressive tactics will teach our enemies that we mean business! Fighting back is manly. Seeking peaceful solutions? That’s for weak minded sissies…
“Judge not”, “Turn the other cheek”, “Love your enemies”, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you”, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. We always seem to treat these maxims which we say are from God as being that which will apply to us when we are all dead and in Heaven…that most wondrous of invisible lands where we are all destined to live in peace and love.
But here on earth we fight…forever and always, and can’t ever seem to figure out why, except that we’re pretty well sure that it’s the other guys fault…almost always. What we need is a religion for the living here on Earth. Something that sticks with us and that we can apply when we feel disrespected and scorned and out of sorts with the world. Something that overrides our urge to always want to choose violence as the way to show others who’s the boss.
We’ve been around as practicing humans for thousands of years now and we still haven’t gotten the hang of it. Or maybe the trouble is that we have….but honestly, I fail to see the intelligent design in all that. Maybe we’re just all disaffected students of life who can’t seem to focus long enough to grasp the lesson…
Love is the answer.
Any questions?

7 Responses to “Violence IS the Last refuge of the Incompetent”

  1. Pam Witzemann October 29, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    I don’t think we need a new religion, we just need to live what we preach. I agree that violence isn’t an answer.

  2. jacquelineobyikocha October 29, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    That entire scene is simply excessive and disgusting ! There are no justifications for such irresponsible behaviour from an officer.

  3. Dan Hen October 29, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    No , we humans haven’t developed much along those lines . We have better and better weapons , though .

  4. onnovocks October 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Unfortunately the link yields a “404 not found” in the Netherlands, fortunately I found a copy of it on Liveleak dot Uknowhat yesterday. It amazes me that some people are calling for more police presence in schools, the way they operate and behave on the street is not going to change inside a school building. Haven’t people been paying attention?

  5. ranu802 October 29, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    There are movies produced where they show how love and understanding can change kids who are blamed to be aggressive. No matter what’s out there for us to learn we seemed to think somehow our method of correcting people is the best.
    Police brutality is one of the things that causes more problems than it solves.

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