Sometimes the Simplest Answer is the Right One

Sometimes the Simplest Answer is the Right One

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Human beings seem so hostile to simplicity as to avoid it at all costs. Answers to complex societal issues are often right in front of us and so simple as to be a baby step away, but we just can’t accept that we don’t have to spend millions and agonize for years in search of them. It’s almost as if something that is simple, even though it is the undeniable truth, must be rejected outright, based solely upon its simplicity. For instance, there is a proven direct link between parental involvement and a child’s educational success, yet we spend billions every year simply because we will not accept the fact that a parent, reading to a child on a regular basis is one of the most important solutions to poor educational achievement. It’s just too simple. Today, we are faced with another dichotomy in conceptual thought relative to young men being killed in confrontations with police officers, and once again the answer is simple, and once again it is being rejected because of its simplicity. Although there have been mistakes and even wrongdoings by police officers, it is undeniable that in each and every case of an individual being shot by police officers, whether that individual was black or white, there is a common denominator; the individual failed to obey the orders of the officer, submitting to arrest. This is true in virtually every case, going back as far as we have records of such events. Officers may be wrong in some cases in making an arrest but the incidents in which officers have used deadly force on a suspect who has followed the orders of the officers and submitted to their directions are so negligible, they are not worth pointing out. It just doesn’t happen. If a suspect is wrongly accosted or arrested, and submits to the instructions of the officers, he may be embarrassed or suffer some slight ridicule, though this is rare, but he will walk away at some point. It is heart wrenching to watch a mother grieve over a dead child, but I can’t help wondering why that mother didn’t instruct her son, growing up to obey the law and to always follow instructions of the police. It is not necessary to instruct them to have any particular affinity for police officers, or even seriously respect them, though I think this is wise, given the fact that those same officers would likely give their own lives to protect those sons and daughters. It is necessary however to teach children to obey police officers. Simplicity; if you are raising a child and you allow that child to think he has the right to resist and to disobey a police officer, you are partly responsible if that child is killed by a police officer in the lawful pursuit of his or her duty. It is always sad to see our leaders on a local as well as a national level fueling the flames of such tragic incidents, for their own political benefits, but this has been brought to light once again, recently by the comments of one of our local political leaders, Kenneth Stokes an avowed racist and instigator of racial hatred. And once again, simplicity rears its inescapable head. The simple inescapable fact is, Kenneth Stokes cannot roll back his despicable inferred acquiescence, to violent response to law enforcement officers’ actions when you don’t agree with them. He also, cannot escape responsibility if some young person is injured or worse, following his advice.