Nothing New Under the Sun By Danny Jackson

Is this our new norm?

This video of a mother being assailed by armed men reminds me of the Willy Lynch letters, whereas they inflict violence upon the parent in front of the child. The child views “mommy” or “daddy” as their angel from heaven or saving grace until these types of images undermine the parental figure in that child’s world. Whereas one child will develop fear of the police and become compliant, adapt or assimilate to the “order” other children begin to view the police as tyrannical rather than protective. When events like this occur in view of a child, that child’s sense of right or wrong causes the child to view law enforcement in one of two ways, either as an enemy or as an ally. Sadly at a very early age some develop distrust toward the police.

Some people ask, after a bombardment of social media videos showing unarmed people of color being gunned down in the street.., Why did they run? Why didn’t they stop? Why did they resist? Here is your answer. They grew up watching scenes like this happen in their neighborhoods. So did their parents from a very early age..and their parents parents…and their parents parents parents all the way back to you know what in the case of some African americans. In this particular case the young lady may have provoked another human being to react rather than respond. However delicate the pride of those boys in blue on that day may have been, they still should have taken into consideration the child before they conducted such a violent take down of her mother. Luckily someone was there to record the event.

Even before camera phones were around to capture these acts, this has been the norm in neighborhoods that are primarily occupied by minorities. The difference is now we can see it with our own eyes. Over and over again we can rewind the tape and yet… we don’t have to rewind it. The media indirectly perpetuates it by “over programming” which exacerbates peoples sense of charity toward victims of this type of brutality. It causes people to develop “compassion fatigue” . After seeing programming every night depicting these kinds of images, where at first they were outraged now people are tired of seeing this. It’s like hitting the same nerve over and over again until you can no longer sustain the irritation, so you turn it off. People move away from what pains them. That sad part about that is , at least in these kinds of cases, we should be moving toward the pain and confronting it together…but is this our new norm? I don’t think so. There is nothing new under the sun.

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