Every time a situation goes wrong we hear the spineless, squeaking voice call out for officers to be retrained.

What if I told you that this was all part of a bigger picture from an enemy hidden in plain sight? What if it’s been going on for years, under your nose, out in the open? Better yet, what if I told you that you have been asleep at the wheel and helping along the entire time? Don’t believe me? Well, buckle up and get ready for some truth.

A move by some to remove particular words from our vocabulary to level the playing field is a war on our culture and values. Agencies are removing ‘perpetrator’ and ‘defendant’ as descriptors so that the offender and offended are placed in an equal light. Declaration of words such as ‘savage’ and ‘animal’ are labeled racist as if they are used to describe a particular demographic rather than a certain act committed by someone that is extra heinous.

A man attempts to take an officer’s gun from its holster to use it against him. (CCTV)

 

When one removes the vocabulary from a conversation they ultimately shut down someone’s ability to engage in open and free talks, thereby limiting criticism in a way they find favorable. By declaring the word ‘savage’ as racist, one is able to create an environment that is hesitant to classify anyone as a savage… therefore leaving only softer and more neutral terminology to describe the behavior of any particular individual involved in deplorable behavior. Let’s talk about Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old who gunned down nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This act was a horrific attack and he himself is an absolute savage. Race has nothing to do with it.

Laquisha Jones, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles, attacked a 91-year-old Mexican man with a concrete brick, causing severe and permanent injuries. Again, there is no doubt that her attack was savage and her actions were equally savage.

 

‘Animal’ is another of the famous trigger words that has suddenly become racist. A look at the dictionary shows no mention of race, yet if used is sure to cause temperatures to rise and people to melt. While the two previously mentioned incidents perfectly detail examples of savages living amongst us, they are certainly not the only examples.

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In early August of 2018, federal agents stormed a compound located within Taos, New Mexico and arrested 5 adults and rescued 11 children.  The children were described as malnourished and living in squalor. The remains of one child were recovered from a shallow grave and removed for testing to confirm if they are that of a missing boy believed to have been last seen at that location.

The adults are believed to have been training the children to conduct school shootings, targeting other children for a terror campaign. If this isn’t the time to refer to someone as an animal, I don’t know what is.  Not one single person with a shred of civility would starve and beat a young boy to death and bury them in a shallow grave.

 

Then there is the always-famous “thug”, used commonly to describe younger individuals who victimize unsuspecting, hardworking people who are just trying to live their lives. Many times you see leaders puff up their chests on this one and declare, “they are not thugs, they’re children”.

Well I’ll confront that statement with this:

Four Michigan teenagers charged with murder after throwing rocks from an overpass on Oct. 20, 2017 in Vienna Township, Mich. These kids aged 14-17 were thugs and to be honest they were savage thugs. Now before everyone starts flipping out about this ‘racist’ statement, it’s worth pointing out that they are all white. People need to understand once again… it’s not color – but actions that defines a person. When the argument is restricted to certain words and terms then these miscreants go from thugs, savages, animals, defendants and perpetrators to just people… which fails to provide justice to their victims.

 

While I can admit that using such descriptive words in a broad statement may be rude and in some cases ignorant, it certainly in no way makes an individual racist for using them. While that person may in fact be racist, the use of the words, no matter how they make others feel, does not define the individual’s nature or personality. The idea of judging a book by its cover cannot be something that is used in some cases but not used in others. Perhaps the issue at hand is easier remedied by taking a hard stance against the banning of particular words and instead explore why they are being used.

As a rookie officer, I remember doing vertical patrols in the projects (another no-no, the ‘projects’ are now to be referred to as a ‘development’) and saying to myself, “f-king animals”.

But why was it that I would make such a statement, such a generalization of a micro-community such as in this case the “Bushwick Houses”? Because, the descriptor fit perfectly, the building was an absolutely horrendous animal house complete with the stench of urine in the hallways and feces on nearly every stairwell landing. Walking a patrol in the buildings was like taking a tour in a third-world nation; one would even at times have to ask themselves if there was actually running water there due to the amount of human waste. Feces thrown up to the ceiling and smeared on walls, enough urine that it started to break down the mortar between the blocks in the stairwells, used tampons and condoms just littering the grounds…

Some would argue and say that even animals wouldn’t live like that and while I hate to agree, but maybe they are right. If this micro-community is embarrassed by the reference or has their feelings hurt by it, they’re in the right. While I believe that most of the residents there are good hardworking people stuck in a bad place, they simply don’t do anything to try and improve the situation. But trying to change the language and making it seem normal is certainly not the answer.

 

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