The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, just had a meeting with the local chapter head of Black Lives Matter, who handed out a list of demands regarding law enforcement.
Among their demands were:
1. Better police training.
2. De-escalation training.
3. Reduced funding to Atlanta PD.
4. End special operation to reduce gun crimes.
5. Move reduced funding to affordable housing.
Clearly, these people have no idea how the police work. Or funding. Or the economy. Or much of anything else. Looking at their list, they want better police training and in particular, better training for officers in de-escalating violent situations. Those are perfectly fine and I think admirable goals. But then they want to reduce funding for the Atlanta police department. Exactly how do they think they’re going to pay for this additional training if they take money away from the department? These things aren’t free and money doesn’t grow on trees. Then they want to end the special operations that reduce gun crime. What the hell? If their goals are to stop violent confrontations between the black community and cops, how is a program designed to stop crime, particularly gun crime, going to do that? Oh wait, they don’t want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, they want exactly the opposite! And then they want all the “extra money” that gets taken away from the police department and saved from ending crime-reducing programs handed over to the black community in the form of freebies. That’s really what this is all about. Keeping violent criminals safe and armed and put up in free housing!
These people are really idiots. This becomes painfully clear when another demand is that the Atlanta Police Department stop training with members of the Israeli police. Because somehow, better training with the Israeli police department has anything whatsoever to do with black lives, right? It keeps all of those black Palestinians safe.
Let’s not kid ourselves. This isn’t about black lives, it’s about pushing a regressive political ideology. I mean, I’ve got no love for Israel, but what does something that concerns a nation on the other side of the planet have to do with the *LOCAL* chapter of Black Lives Matter? Not a damn thing.
Of course, Mayor Reed said thanks but no thanks, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. These are unreasonable demands and Reed has no reason to take them seriously. Reed says, “I’m not going to do that; I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counter-terrorism techniques in the world, and it benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.” But some groups of BLM have become blatantly anti-Semitic, just like we’re seeing on college campuses where groups of regressive students are crying out against Israel. As I said, I’m no fan of Israel, but I’m also not a fan of Palestine or any of the other religious states in the Middle East. But I don’t go around preaching hatred and destruction toward any of them except ISIS.
For some reason, people don’t comprehend the problems with BLM, of which there are many. They’re racist. They’re irrational. They’re unrealistic. They want special treatment. And, of course, they want tax money. All I can say to them is fuck off, and I can say that repeatedly.