N. Tru Bass: U.S. Morality clause should stop Violence--Laws Can't

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Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com


For hundreds of years’ citizens of the United States have allowed Black people in this country to be terrorized.  It came from institutions like the Concerned Citizens Council and the Ku Klux Klan and local police departments to a hushed citizenry.  Many Americans who would never participate in the activity themselves didn’t lift a finger or say a word to quell the wrongs.

That is wrong.

I remember as a young man I enjoyed westerns, you know the ones shot in technicolor of cowboys, brothel’s and gunfights. During that old fashioned programming, virtues were almost always discussed.   For those of you who are not familiar.  A western is a genre of television and film set in the latter part of the 19th century in the American west.

The scene was usually set in a desert or desolate location with harsh natural features highlighting the strength of the nomadic cowboy. However, it wasn’t just the cowboy on display, it included, the landowner, the store keeps, Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, settlers and townsfolk.   All these folk interacted around the saloon, railways, military forts in small western towns.  Plots included bounty hunters chasing their man, the cavalry fighting what was then called Indians and the stories of landowners who created empires in the new world.

There were two things always present, the morality of the townsfolk and the harshness of the environment.  Oh, morality, towns were referred to on the basis of whether it was wholesome or corrupt.

Last year an NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick started a protest during a pre-season game by sitting during the national anthem.  The protest was to illuminate the issue of police officers killing unarmed Americans, and facing no consequences. 

This relates to my westerns, in that there were rules in the west and these rules are what cowboys lived by that included, fair play, hospitality, loyalty and style.   

When Kaepernick started the protest, I thought, wow, what a noble deed.  When I learned there were Americans that booed NFL players for joining the cause a was set aback.  I could not understand why these football fans wanted police officers to shoot unarmed men and not face prosecution. 

It took me back to my days of My Darling Clementine, Shane, The Rifleman and Gun smoke. 

In those fictional accounts of 19th century Americans, there were a few rules and here are some –not all but some.

Never Shoot a woman

Never shoot an unarmed man

Never shoot a man in the back

Cowboys are always courageous.  Cowards were not allowed in any outfit.

He is always courteous

He always helps people in distress, even strangers.

Cowboys never talk too much or brag.

And finally, he never complains.

Now, it wasn’t so much the sheriff that managed most of these don’ts.  It was the towns people who stopped unacceptable behavior by response.  If a man Killed a woman, the sheriff would arrest the man and when the sun went down a mob would develop and demand the woman killer be hanged by the neck until he is dead.  If the sheriff disagrees he’s pushed out of the way.  

If a man is a coward or shoots a man in the back, the towns people would get off the sidewalk and completely turn their backs as a show of disrespect and disapproval for a man being a coward.  Shooting an unarmed man falls into that category.

I’m not suggesting we bum-rush the jail –I’m suggesting the people of the United States should stand in the way of injustice in enmasse. 

On Sunday a shooter perched himself 32 stories above a Las Vegas crowd and begin shooting.  However, you would be hard-pressed to find a single African American who would celebrate the assault of the mostly white crowd.  What you are going to get is concern and empathy, because most of them understand how it feels to lose a loved one. Along with the moral clause in the community preventing them to support wrong doing stops it.  Despite the hardships and injustice people of color have faced in this country, you will not hear a single boo, against the honoring of these unarmed and unsuspecting men and women.  With that in mind, why indeed would someone boo when a protest meant to stop cowardice killers who have not faced redress for their actions from continuing to shoot unarmed men and women.

We should cease our booing of people demanding justice.  Let’s stop our celebration of cowards, and demand justice for all.   The United States of America should be a place referred to as the land of the free and the home of the brave, and it be true. 

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This article is so on point.. certain people will not be accountable if they are not held accountable that just the cold hard facts! The law most certainly not be enforced on a certain group of people it should be for everyone.

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