A little bit about a lot of things:
• Proud to see so many Thin Blue Line flags flying in our communities, a show of solidarity and support for law enforcement following the Dec. 26 murder of Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh.
Sadly, the flags have been a point of controversy in the Sacramento region after the murder of Davis police officer Natalie Corona earlier this month. Critics there have labeled the Thin Blue Line flags racist in nature.
We’ve had two communities rocked by senseless violence, and somebody is going to try to make the case that one common means of showing support for the law enforcement community is in fact thinly-veiled racism?
The Thin Blue Line flag is a common backdrop in many photos I have seen of Ronil Singh. I took them to symbolize his passion for law enforcement and his pride in being part of that thin blue line of people standing between law-abiding citizens and criminals.
The Thin Blue Line flags flying in our communities are not “against” anybody or any group of people....those flags are flying “for” those who are dedicated to our safety and well-being, and who sometimes lay down their life in the line of duty.
Despite claims in the Davis area to the contrary, I have found no evidence that the emblem was meant to symbolize anything other than respect for law enforcement.
Our offices have been the distribution point of Thin Blue Line flags (of various sizes) since the Dec. 26 tragedy in Newman, and we have seen hundreds (thousands if you count the hand-held version) carried out in the hands of community members of diverse faiths, walks of life, race and ethnicity.
People are still asking for them in large numbers.
Their common bond has been a simple desire to be counted among those standing behind law enforcement.
Those flags, in my eyes, are strong testament to the “unity” part of community and hold no other meaning in the hearts of those flying them.
• Of course, maybe I shouldn’t even address that issue lest someone takes offense, labels me a supporter of racism and unleashes a firestorm of self-righteous hatred and vitriol upon me via social media (does anybody else find irony when reading about that type of thing happening).
I’m not racist, by the way, at least I sure don’t consider myself to be. I’m just fed up with so much of what I see happening in our nation today.
In today’s climate, it feels like one must take great pains to avoid doing anything which might offend anybody, or possibly come across as insensitive or, you know, offer a differing perspective on an issue that is controversial.
While we cannot sanction or condone acts or statements which clearly reflect vile hatred, we also cannot be so easily offended that we are unable to even have a basic dialogue of frank but civil conversations in which all viewpoints are heard.
But we don’t seem to be there.
And we’re getting further away from that point instead of drawing closer, I fear.
Yes, I’m tired of much of what I see in our society.
I’m tired of the hatred, and I’m tired of participation medals, and I’m tired of the venom spewed through social media, and I’m tired of electing “leaders” who act like children and who seem more interested in sowing divisive hate rather than demonstrating the statesmanship that could bring us together, and I’m tired of the entitlement mentality that is eroding work ethic and personal responsibility in our society, and I’m tired of people demanding to be given without being willing to give back.
I would get a “D” from my English teacher for that run-on sentence....but I’m just tired of garbage and nonsense. That sentiment is not directed to any particular political party, ideology, gender, orientation, race or ethnicity. It is across the board, and we are all responsible.
This is not a shining moment in United States history......we are tearing ourselves apart.
Yes, we have injustices. We have racial divides which should have been bridged long ago; we do not have equality of opportunity; we battle poverty rates and crime rates that are unacceptable. We must address emotional, tough issues, one being immigration. In my humble opinion that means improving border security (not necessarily with a wall), and establishing effective, common-sense immigration policies and regulations. Those policies should give law-abiding, hard-working people currently here illegally a pathway to citizenship, and allow us to welcome new immigrants who can not only improve their lives without having to exist in the shadows but also strengthen our communities.
But based on some of the social media posts we received when raising issues such as sanctuary status and border security in recent weeks, those topics should not even be spoken of. How are such issues ever to be resolved if we can’t even talk about them?
In this climate, we’re not “fixing” any of the issues which plague our nation. We’re only making matters worse.....for everybody.
I am truly saddened by much of what I see in our nation today.
And I genuinely fear for what tomorrow may bring.
• After that rant, though, I remind myself that despite our challenges and differences much good remains within us. Events such as Saturday’s “cowboy honor ride” through Newman in memory of Cpl. Singh are testament to that which is good in people and in the communities in which we live.
The event was nothing short of amazing, and I think it was very good medicine for our community.
Our thanks to the organizer, to all those who helped make it possible and to the more than 230 people who saddled up to ride in honor of a fallen hero.