Yesterday a grand jury chose not to indite the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
I believe the issue is no longer simply about race, but a willfully disillusioned perception by many police officers of superiority over certain demographics. Michael Brown, though 6'4 and 230 lbs, was characterized by peers and teachers as a good kid, killed 8 days after graduation for looking threatening at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and to the wrong person.
'I have the authority to kill an unarmed black kid who's hand are in the don't shoot position and not be penalized for my gross misjudgement of character, my lack of situational awareness, and my "shoot first think later" mentality.'
But again, this is not a race issue, this is a copy issue, this is an issue of the rest of the beings making up the Human Being having to fear the parts that make up it's nucleus. At every microcosmic level each organism is generally made up of a nucleus and its support. For an atom, it's the atomic nucleus surrounded by electronics that behave in a certain way as directed by the nucleic makeup. For a cell, it's the cell nucleus surrounded by mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum etc. For a human, it is the brain, which sends out all it's commands, orchestrating to the rest of the bottom what to do, how to think, what to feel and how to act, as well as self-maintenance. For a family, it is the parents surrounded by their growing children, dog, house and life. For the solar system, it is the sun, who with it's energies and gravitational pulls, directs the dance of solar orbit.
For the Human Being -- all humans -- we've created our government as our nucleus, to direct and protect us, keep us safe and existing healthily. And though we created our own nucleus (like an atom creates its own nucleus), we are slowly finding that its singular purposes is being compromised by the growing fallibility of individual human will. As we continue to reward the maladaptive behavior of our nucleus, we destroy our carefully crafted human system. It's similar to rewarding a psychological addiction with more of the substance. The body "knows" it's wrong to continue imbibing, that it's harming the brain, the #1 part of our system we should keep at utmost integrity. If the body continues to allow the destruction of the brain, the nucleus, the body will surely fail.
Who's to blame for our failing nucleus? Is it the government? The police trainings indicating that blacks, hispanics and arabs are to be profiled? Is it us? According to the Maxwell's Demon thought experiment, we are the demon constantly allowing for beings of low-integrity to make up our nucleus. We allow for the haphazard training. Quite literally we are those beings of low integrity that make up our nucleus.
Though the police man who shot Michael Brown was an individual acting on his own personal judgement, the general system and environment created by us, the Human Being, helped create and influence that individual judgement through countless external facets, from our jaded view of our political leaders, to our okay-to-sweep-it-under-the-rug allowances of our police force, to our want to slip within the confines of runes made by some of the most fallible.
Sometimes when you're angry at your spouse, no matter how much they apologize, or do the right thing, or make the most sense, you find yourself still angry. It is because, you're just pettily angry and need to rise above it, and your spouse is left feeling it's his/her fault thought he/she did everything right. This is the same re the failing state of our Human Nucleus. We continue to try our best to perfectly fall within the confines of the laws made by pettily angry lawmakers, only to find ourselves -- though an unarmed, gentle, school graduate -- dead in the streets because the lawmakers could not rise above, individually, procedurally and systematically.
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M. Lachi is an award winning recording/performing artist and composer, a published author, and a proponent of forward thinking. Having studied Management at UNC and Music at NYU, M. Lachi employs both savvies in her creative endeavors.
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