Alright so before I say anything, I'm just going to come out and admit it.
I'm an apathetic asshole.
I'm sorry. Listen, I agree- people should not be violently murdered or even regularly murdered. I mean, I'm not aware of any non-violent/peaceful murders, but I don't think those are very nice either.
If it were up to me, everyone would solve problems or disagreements by sword-fighting with pink dildos.
But, when it comes to a black person being killed, over a thousand miles away, who may or may not have been innocent, it just doesn't affect me. I'm apathetic toward the situation.
And even when another black person is strangled to death by a cop, in New York City, on film, for seemingly no reason, I still plead to being apathetic.
Yeah, I know, I'm a piece of shit. But look, I am an 18-year old White Male in Central New Jersey. To be completely honest, the only thing I have to worry about is whether or not I passed Expository writing.
Listen, if you're a black person, or of color, and you feel like these attacks and incidents mean something to you, then I agree that you should speak how you feel. Speaking them in a non-violent, educated/informed manner, is not something I am against.
I am all for Freedom of Speech. Plastic-pussy-nipple-tassel-vaginas. See? Freedom.
But what I don't condone, is a bunch of fucking idiots walking around, shouting on campuses about shit they don't know and shit that does not affect them.
I go to Rutgers University- y'all know that. If you don't know that, you don't know who I am. If you don't know who I am, you're missing out, because I am amazing. I love nipples and cookie dough- but perhaps that is beside the point.
Anyway, at Rutgers University, we have a really diverse campus and a diverse police department. As a matter of fact, Rutgers gets 3 police departments: The Rutgers Police Department, The Police Department of New Brunswick, and The State Police of New Jersey.
So basically, for any 1 white cop you find here, you can probably find 3 non-white police officers.
Basically, what I'm getting at here, is that this is not an issue here. There are no instances of an unfair, overtly violent police force here.
Listen, I get it, in New York and Missouri, there are racists. And yes, some of those racists may be police officers. And yes, of course, maybe- maybe they killed a few innocent black people because they were driven by racism.
But no matter what actually happened to Mike Brown or Eric Garner, it doesn't affect us here in Rutgers. I'm not going to say that I know every detail about those incidents- I'm totally admitting ignorance.
I did not follow the cases, I did not follow the news, I did not care. Why? Because where I am, with who I am, I have nothing to concern myself with.
The issue is not the Entire United States Police Department- it's not. The issue is what some protestors are doing.
Earlier today, I stepped on a school bus to go back to my dorm and there was a man, and a group of protestors, all chanting about how 'they need to bring the oppression to the oppressors,' and how, 'sacrifices will be made,' and how, 'if there are arrests they will raise hell to public safety.'
Bitch. What in the fuck are you talking about.
In no way, is it okay to threaten with violent protests or to talk about 'raising hell to public safety.' No matter where or who you are, this is not an appropriate/healthy reaction.
I also really don't understand this logic.
"They killed some people, so let's burn shit down, attack people, steal shit, and then everything will be just fine."
I really can't connect the dots here.
I'm not a racist. Really. No matter what color you are, I will make fun of you.
I think a true way to end racism is to acknowledge and accept- to poke fun and mock at our differences. Denying our differences, or saying 'we are all the same,' is a stupid, 5-year old way of trying to fix this.
The truth is were not the same. And I think bringing humor to these differences is what makes it okay. I think that if you can accept our differences and turn it into something that makes you laugh, something positive, then that's awesome.
My issue is not that people are protesting. I can understand that people are angry and upset with these incidents. But if you are going to go out and protest, do it where it matters. Inform yourself of every detail of what happened. Seriously.
Don't just follow some fuckboy on an LX in New Brunswick because he sounds like he knows what he's talking about. Be an individual, educate yourself, and then maybe protest a little bit in a non-violent way.
And honestly, here's what I would do if I was a person who felt the need to protest: I'd be a cop.
That's right. I'd go to police academy and become a police officer and make sure that I am the 1 cop who is not racist- who reports incidents of racism or violence in the department. Seriously, that's the only way you'll make a difference.
People want to spend money on getting cameras on the front of police uniforms.
Are you dumb?
There are already cameras on most-if not every- police dashboard and adding these cameras will only raise state taxes. I don't know about you, but you can suck my dick if you think New Jersey is going to take any more of my income.
These cameras also aren't going to end the killings of people. Yes, they will film an officer's every movement, but thats the only thing they will really do.
At the end of the day, nothing is going to change. You can shout and fuck up all the things you want, but all you're going to end up doing is looking like an asshole and probably get arrested.
I think this shit is all just part of the media trying to get us distracted again. It's amazing how fast we went from ISIS to Ebola to this. I'm sure in another 2 weeks, everything will be forgotten with Christmas and in the New Year the cycle will start all over again.
I leave you all now with a picture of a man who truly understood how to make a difference while staying educated, peaceful, and handsome.
No, not Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., but Neil Patrick Harris.