I'm your Reality Coach.
If you have been doing a job for 26 years and still don't know how to use your tools correctly under pressure, then you suck at your job. I suggest you get a new line of work. When did police become such cowardly Cowboys? Mlitary members are are not allowed to randomly shoot people even in a war zone. We could not shoot unless shot at in most cases. Police officers are not gunslingers even though they seem to like that image. If you want to be like Wyatt Earp you are about 150 years too late. He at least knew he was a public servant which is what police officers are. All the jungle camouflage and tactical gear in an urban or suburban setting makes you feel tough, but it's unnecessary. You work for the public so ACT LIKE IT. Be approachable. You are not at war in a foreign country. You are hired/sworn to protect and serve the citizens in America regardless of neighborhood or skin color, Period. If you have never been in a minority neighborhood until you get assigned there for work, then you need training on how to speak to people of color FIRST. Wyat Earp only had two weapons, his mouth and his gun, no pepper srpay, baton, krav maga, tear gas, taser etc. If you are so afraid around Black and Brown people that you can't function properly, then law enforcement is NOT THE JOB FOR YOU. It's okay. Just pick something else. Taco Bell is hiring.
You are not the badass town marshall you imagine. You're still that (probably) overweight kid in the mirror that was bullied in elementary school, overlooked in high school, and an overly aggressive adult in the school of life now. Embrace your reality and see a therapist. You are still afraid and angry. That's why you shoot people in the back for running away, or keep your knee on someone's neck for not doing what you want, or pepper spray an army officer in his car. It's a power trip not the law. It's your inner coward seeking payback and feeling artificially brave behind a badge and gun. Ask yourself this: "what would I do if I did not have a gun?", then act accordingly. Some countries don't issue guns to their officers. They still have less crime than the US. It's a mentality. If you want to fight wars join the military, if you want to fight people take up MMA, if you want to be a cop then learn how to talk to people with respect and dignity before learning how to shoot. The gun is the tool of last resort. You're not allowed to shoot someone just because you can't run fast enough to catch them. Maybe you should get in better shape, or better yet resign, retire, or just quit. Public service is not for everybody. There are other jobs that don't require you to run fast or be afraid. Find one. Remember, Taco Bell is hiring. It's a stable career move.
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Don't waste another moment on the problems of the past year. it's time to move forward and plan your future. We've come a long way, but we still have a ways to go. Stay healthy and be blessed.
Black History Month 2021:The only way forward is through, together
Who started Black History Month?
Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” developed Black History Month. Woodson, whose parents were enslaved, was an author, historian and the second African American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University.
He recognized that the American education system offered very little information about the accomplishments of African Americans and founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
In 1926, Woodson proposed a national “Negro History Week," which was intended to showcase everything students learned about Black history throughout the school year.
It wasn't until 1976, during the height of the civil rights movement, that President Gerald Ford expanded the week into Black History Month.
What's next? Experts said understanding Black history and learning more about systemic racism is essential as our country faces backlash to civil rights activism.
Now that you are here and have made yourself comfortable with our American refusal to listen to science, logic, and common sense, or to trust medical professionals who have kept us alive since 1765 when the first
US medical school opened. I'd like to ask simply,
“are you done yet?” Please forgive these idiots who flunked 9th grade Biology but somehow think they are a now a Virologist and Immunologist with an honorary PhD in Google. The same people think Facebook posts somehow count as scientific research. It's like cheating off of the dumb kid in class, you both fail together. We are in the age of hiring amateurs to do expert’s jobs. No experience necessary, if you say you can do it, or even think you can, that’s good enough. What happened to people getting fired for lying on their resume? That was a good idea. Repercussions are a harsh teacher.
Please excuse our inability to tell facts from opinions now. It's a dangerous side effect from "OF" - Over-Facebooking. People who think they have the right to do whatever they want in a civilized society are called selfish. Sometimes you have to do things for the greater good of the group, not the selfish few, it’s called teamwork and sacrifice. Military veterans, like myself, know those traits well. Somehow, we as a nation have lost those traits in the past 20 years. People think tax cuts and carrying guns are their most important human rights now. Try reading the WHOLE constitution not just the 1st and 2nd Amendments. It may be enlightening to those super patriots that think kneeling in protest (a peaceful protest) is somehow harming the flag (a symbol of the US union). If that is the case, then displaying a Rebel Flag (from an opposing army) is also disrespecting the US flag. Carrying assault weapons in a US state house is an assault on the union. The name tells you what the weapon is meant for. Assaulting means MILITARY USE, not average Joe's trying to look tough. An assault in a civilian setting is a crime, in a military setting it’s a combat technique. There is a reason we don't sell grenades to the public; It’s dangerous to public safety! The government makes us wear seatbelts, motorcycle helmets, and have car insurance, so they can make you wear a mask. It’s a safety issue not a personal statement. If it was Corona’s evil cousin, Ebola on the loose, I’m sure these same people wouldn’t be outraged at wearing a mask. Fear enhances compliance in people.
In summary, Corona, we will call it even if you would please take your 160 thousand death count and get the f*ck out, go back to your cave. Not just so we can go back to business as usual, but so we can start a new way of usual business. In the new way we care more about; the people than the building, the workers than the CEOs, the planet more than the oil, and actual humans more than money. As fans of history know, we see patterns in past events. Great civilizations have caused their own downfall through greed and war. Then again, what do I know? I read real books not posts on Facebook. It’s a lost art, I guess.
US Army Officer, Comedian, Writer, Actor.