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Words have consequences

The cold-blooded murder of two New York cops should give us pause.

On Saturday, two New York policemen were killed execution-style by a Baltimore gang-banger seeking “revenge” for the deaths of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in New York, both at the hand of police officers attempting to enforce the law.

I will not condemn anyone who has responsibly written or protested about the Brown/Garner incidents. An evil man (I will not let him off the hook by calling him "crazed," which suggests mental illness - this was completely premeditated and done to make a point) killed two cops in cold blood. That is on him.

"The chant by NY protesters of "What do want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!" clearly had consequences."

However, I would just like to suggest that incendiary (as opposed to rational) language has consequences. The chant by NY protesters of "What do want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!" clearly had consequences. The racialization of seemingly every incident has consequences. And opportunistic race-hustlers like Al Sharpton, a darling of the President and the Left (see MSNBC), have consequences.

As Sunday's editorial in the New York Post put it:

...will the Rev. Al Sharpton now hold rallies in support of cops? Not likely.


It’s telling, too, by the way, how often people somehow wind up dead amid “protests” Sharpton’s involved with. Freddy’s Fashion Mart: seven dead. Crown Heights: two dead. Now, the Eric Garner-Michael Brown protests: two slain police officers.

We all need to tone down the rhetoric. Problems exist. Injustices are done. We shouldn't ignore them. But we must not fall prey to nihilistic irrationality or be seduced by those seeking power and money through exploiting real grievances. If we do, we'll see a lot more body bags I fear.

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Angus DuBois
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Angus DuBois is the nom de plume of an entrepreneur of 20 years who, in cowardly fashion, prefers to keep his/her business identity a secret. Comments can be forwarded to angus@nexxuspublishing.com.

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