Originally posted by semperfortis
Because I am a Cop does not mean I abuse people, nor does it imply I cover for those that do...
Dont then assume when someone has a complaint about the police force they have a complaint against you.Their complaint may be valid.
There are racists on this board, there are Cop haters on this board, that is evident by their words and very plain for all to see.
I have posted on your Cop thread and had negative things to say about the police force from what I`ve seen,does that make me a Cop hater to you?
Yet we have to take the first step and stop placing even them into categories and treat them as individuals. How are we ever to move past this
particular method of hate if we do not?
If I could not become a police officer because I may be ordered to do and enforce something I disagree with,is where I would group police officers who
do, together, and ask how could they? to myself.Is that a crime or bad of me from your perspective.
Because you are Black does not mean you are a thug or a robber, or that you associate with them.
It applies in every instance and is really a simple concept. Difficult to implement, but what other choice do we have?
Birds of a feather,we as humans even within a group of birds of a feather will find differences to argue about,welcome to life.
Groups feel safety in there numbers and in a cause or belief.Some people within a group are terrified of leaving those boundaries of it or not
associate with anyone else,because its the only identity they have,thats sad.(Cops included)
I`m glad your here Semper and not stayed within your group and had the courage to voice your opinions with the probability some reality might be
thrown back at you,that you may not have been aware of.
Having the peace and piece of mind to be able to understand someones complaint about ones belief or group and not have to take it so personal is a
matter of patience and maturity.
I have also failed at this and probably will again.ATS gives us a good opportunity to meet all kinds and types of people to be challenged by our
deepest thoughts or fears,I would rather people say here on ATS what those thoughts and feelings are than to act on them in society,because they may
just learn here they have been wrong.
What I`m getting at is,this thread was a reaction to your other,I learned a lot of things I didn`t know, I dont see you as a bad person,though I do
see some bad things within governments and some laws etc.Hopefully you also learned something from people because of that thread,if so? and its
positive to you,how cool is that!, if not,I`d be disappointed you didn`t because there were many valid complaints made that you probably would not get
to hear face to face on the job.
But by grouping people that you believe are Cop haters or racist etc your already committing that which you wish to stop,without hearing and trying to
understand the complaints you may miss that they maybe valid.It probably is more that they dont hate cops or other peoples skin, its the hate of their
actions by some or many towards them.
If defensive words are always used then how can someone see anyone as any different,to what they experienced,such as "I dont believe you" "that
doesn`t happen" "no we dont" etc.This goes along way to bridging gaps Cops on the thread wish to close.
Can anyone tell me an emotion more destructive to the individual than hate?
I do not know of one....
I hate many things,you do as well and for good reason I`d say and feel safe to assume.
Hating injustice, racism ,murder ,rape ,heartlessness etc along with ones own short comings or mistakes to name a few certainly isn`t a bad thing.
[edit on 16-3-2007 by gps777]