Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Police need to know why the customers don't come inside...

How long into this video did you watch this before you had to hit pause for fear of breaking something? Me, oh about as soon as I saw that officers fist fly. As they say in the hood, "Gatdayum"! Let's list a few things you don't do nor think about doing to any woman, especially a Black Woman, unless you're a white cop, and even then, you should think again:

1. Stop her for her routine for some bullshit. For example, "Hey gurl you got a fatty! Holla at me" or "yo baby yo baby, let me see that shake shawty!" or "Stop, I'm sighting you for jaywalking". None of these are good ideas.

2. Grab her without her permission, in the presence of her "girlfriend", on Martin Luther King Blvd.

3. Attempt to restrain her after stopping her for any reason covered in #1

4. Do anything listed in #1,2,3, especially the "jaywalking" example in front of a large group of African Americans, one of which has a video camera.

5. Closed fist punch said woman for not complying with your reasons for #1, or any reason.

6. File a report that contradicts said video evidence that is already in the hands of the media, and subsequently You Tube.

What The Fuck?!?! I mean, seriously. Look. I'm not advocating open defiance of Police. It's not in any one's long term best interest. But damn! Who among us even knows what Jaywalking is anymore?!? Let alone be sited by the cops for it. This asshole really doesn't understand his job description. "To serve and protect" That's the motto of most Police departments I've heard of. But in the Black community, with good reason, it really means "To serve yo Black ass all the rights, lefts, sticks, and bullets I feel; then protect my ass afterwards". There's a damn good reason Black people fear the Police. It's about once a month we hear about a case where some guy gets hit, shot, killed for being unarmed, Black (Brown), and "suspected" of doing wrong.

Ever since I was about 7, and saw it with my own eyes, I've known cops to be aggressive / violent towards minorities. I saw police searching / chasing a Black male around 45th and Logan in San Diego. And if you know San Diego, that's a corner near 45 Park and 2 Liquor Stores and a huge Section 8 apartment complex 3 blocks from "The Dip". The Suspect jumped a fence, realized he was caught, and gave up. His reward for stopping the pursuit? Three slams on the hood of a squad car and countless punches, jabs, with a nightstick. That's damn good for business and what I call, good customer service. NOT!

That's the basic premise here. We are the customers of the Police. We pay them through our tax dollars. We count on them for their service, and in return, expect good service in return. So what is good customer service? Getting to know your customers. Knowing what they "buy" and expect from your "business". Delivering the goods all the time, not running out of key items. Being courteous, respecting the money they spend. Creating a business environment where they frequent your establishment and tell their friends that they should come there too. Next time something BIG happens, and you need some information, a snitch, or clue, you'll have the credibility with your customers. Respect isn't a gun and a badge, it's character and how you carry yourself when you have the power and responsibility.

The Police have an awful reputation in many minority communities across the nation. They protect their own that engage in this type of behavior, and it's extremely bad for business. This is a systemic problem. Like any business, if you can't get rid of bad employees, it's bad for business. Bad salesmen, Bad service reps, Bad Cashiers, they all get canned. Bad cops, get insulated and protected. Being a cop is a customer service job with INCREDIBLE responsibility and if you lack the demeanor, judgement, and discipline to do it, ya ass need not be hired. And if you don't want to have your Police department on National News for doing dumb, violent, racist shit... you need to shit can those that punch women and kick Hispanics. It would make me a lot more willing to go in your store.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Grabbing the Hot Potato better known as Israel

First things first. If you want to read this and immediately think that I'm anti-Semitic, then just stop now and save us both time and grief. The entire topic of the existence of a Jewish state and it's relationship with Palestine is in such amazing need of a FAIR and BALANCED examination.

First off, the STATE of ISRAEL is a completely different topic than the rights of Jewish people. Let's just agree to that off the bat. People and State are two different things. When the UN voted for the partition of Palestine for the creation of an Arab AND a Jewish state.

Look, we can sit here and talk about which came first in the latest and greatest violation of a peace treaty or agreement, but the basic facts are simple. Europe wanted very little if anything to do with this war, which is literally before Abe. After WWII the political climate seems to have been, give the Jews some sort of reparations. So they threw together this plan for a 2 state solution. Problem is, THERE WERE ALREADY PEOPLE LIVING THERE. So when you propose making one group of people happy, but simply taking land from another, you're gonna piss some people off. Add to that, you're doing this on the sacred religious lands of BOTH peoples. This is a little more complicated than a simple "who's side of the fence is that tree on". You add to that religious friction between the two groups and countless encroachments, bombings, "innocent civilians", etc... and this problem will NEVER be solved without a powerful 3rd party stepping in, working out an agreement AND remaining there to enforce it. Since the US is that 3rd party, but the US has been undoubtedly tilted towards to actions of Israel, this problem is NEVER going away and the blame is at the doorstep of Washington.

The language of this issue has been completely twisted. The "Right of Israel to Exist" has been equated to "The life or death of people of Jewish faith". The two are completely different. This issue needs rational, honest, critical thinking, now more than ever. Both side are going to need to be TOLD the rules of the game since both sides don't want to talk. The Palestinians MUST be given a state. There is political structure and viability without boarders and autonomy. Israel needs to realize and respect that it's land was given to them at the cost of thousands of Arabs who lived there for centuries prior, and respect that much. The State of Israel needs to be respected by all nations of the world. But the State of Israel must also abide by laws and resolutions and not add settlements which do nothing but continue the agitation of those already under siege.

The right of Israel to exist MUST also coincide with the rights of the Palestinian people to be compensated for their loss as well. This is the perfect storm of religion meets politics meets inequality. If the United State would support Israel while at the same time, be a good parent, and discipline it's child from time to time and keep it playing nice with it's neighbors, it's credibility in the region would be incredible, and it wouldn't be looked at by many in the Arab and Muslim world, and the supporters of injustice.

Sadly, you can't say a thing negative about Israel without being called Hitler, Anti-Semitic, Terrorist, etc. It's like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on steroids. You can stand for the upliftment of Black people while at the same time saying that the Black community needs to step up and not blame everything on "The Man".

It's time for rational discussion.... not more rhetoric.