First , hats off to those in the St. Louis Police Department, whose quick action has resulted in the identification and arrest of at least some of those responsible for the attacks I talked about yesterday.
Did I mention in my earlier post that the mayor of St. Louis and his bodyguard happened on the latest incident right after it occurred?
Mayor Francis Slay actually experienced the direct and painful aftermath – he saw the blood and gazed into the bloody face of one of his constituents, whose “crime” was literally being in the wrong place at the wrong time … or, as we call it, “walking home from the grocery store on a public street.”
I do not know, but I’ll bet he made a few calls right afterward.
I would feel better about this swift justice thing if the Mayor had been nowhere around and the speedy arrests were the result solely of efficient police work. In the real world, we too often see fast reactions and justice served only when and if those with power are personally involved and especially when they are the victims.
I would bet the earlier victims of this same type of crime would have preferred earlier action as well. Especially those who received less media coverage.
This is not right …
People’s protection should not depend on someone with authority noticing.
Justice should not only occur when those with power demand it.
Power should be our servant, not a selective tool used at the whim of those who own it
CLARITY: I like Mayor Francis Slay and believe him a good man working with a complex and often cantankerous government system which fights progress and effectiveness. I wish him well and do not want this interpreted as a personal attack on him.
I found his words in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch very appropriate:
“To say, ‘Oh we have nothing to do so we’re going to punch someone else out, ‘ or to blame it on society or the system … is absolutely ridiculous, ” Slay said. “You can provide all the recreational programs and quality educational program every day, but ultimately each and every individual has a personal responsibility to respect each other and saying they’re bored is not an excuse, it’s a cop out and that’s a problem in and of itself. The entire community ought to be angry about this.”
Well said, Mayor Slay. Being angry is a start IF we channel that anger into constructive behavior and not punitive retaliation.
This is about how our system works, for whom it works for well, and for whom it does not.
I pledge to stop silently observing, privately criticizing, and accepting the current state of affairs as “the way things are.” ,,, Whatever that means in terms of fostering personal responsibility for all members of our community, the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless.
I cannot control anyone else, but I can do something about my quiet compliance. I can stop it and start demanding that we do better.
We have to stop accepting things the way they are and make them the way they should be (as someone famous has undoubtedly already said at some point).
Feeling a tad rebellious and not as chipper as usual in the Heartland ….