Schadenfreude—the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune! That’s what is going on in America as it relates to every Tom, Dick, and Samuel L. Jackson taking shots at the police. The race baiters in America want to experience this German word at the cost of a profession—law enforcement.

A man I hold in high regard, former Florida Congressman and U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West, shared a story about his older brother who became a police officer in Atlanta after serving in Vietnam. West said, “Pootney” as he was called, was a positive role model for him.

I am reporting West’s perspective because he has experienced life differently than I, but we hold the same opinion on so many value driven issues. “I’m tired of these unwarranted attacks against our nation’s law enforcement officers. When I saw that video of people shouting ‘What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now’! — It angers me because they’re talking about someone’s older brother, dad, mom, son or daughter,” said West [1].

Allen West is a black man whom I enthusiastically support and would cast my vote for him should his name ever appear on a ballot for national office!

Samuel L. Jackson is not. By now, most of you have heard his anger laced, incendiary video in which he sings, “… call out the violence of the racist police. We ain’t gonna stop ‘til people are free.” He encourages celebrities to follow his lead, similar to the “ice bucket challenge” for ALS. “Absurd” insufficiently describes his behavior.

We need less Schadenfreude and more farbenblind—colorblindness—exercised in our culture. A study from Cambridge University in 2005 suggested that people with some types of colorblindness could distinguish colors that people with normal color vision are not able to distinguish [2].

Interestingly enough, I believe people with colorblind values will also distinguish colors of the heart that are otherwise indistinguishable—character traits possessed by Allen West, but missing in the life of Samuel L. Jackson.

Those who insist on hating a profession wearing blue by painting it with white bigotry, slap the face of every ethnicity wearing a shield and seeking a culture that requires self-policing in order to maintain order and stability. We have pockets of our country, in both word and deed, losing the ability to self-police because of these antics.

Capital One dumped Alec Baldwin after his buffoonery. When Samuel L. Jackson asks, “What’s in your wallet?” tell Capital One it will not be their credit card as long as they continue their relationship with a race baiter. And I’m not stopping there!

I think Samuel L. Jackson is a tremendous actor. I have enjoyed many of his movies—particularly those in which he donned military and law enforcement uniforms. But now he has poisoned the apple. I have seen my last movie featuring this talented, yet flammable personality. Are you with me? What ticket stub or credit card will be absent from your wallet?

Sources:

  1. http://allenbwest.com/2014/12/incendiary-video-samuel-l-jackson-calls-violence-racist-police/ (December 16, 2014)
  1. Mollon, J. D.; Bosten, J. M.; Robinson, J. D.; Jordan, G. (2005). “Multidimensional scaling reveals a color dimension unique to ‘color deficient’ observers.” Current Biology (15): R950–R952.

Jim is the author of The Spirit behind Badge 145. He worked in military and civilian law enforcement for thirty-one years. While in the USAF he flew as a crewmember aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post—a presidential support detail. Following his military service, he served for twenty-seven years with the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, California where he retired as a lieutenant. During his career in law enforcement, he worked with, supervised, or managed every element of the organization. He holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and graduated from the prestigious Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the IACP course, Leadership in Police Organizations. Jim is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren. You can contact him at [email protected] or view his website www.jimmcneff.com which is geared toward helping officers.