Well, this was near enough (I live in Baton Rouge) to get text message from a couple of friends. Was it close to my house? No, not really … though Foster Drive is a major commercial street that connects several other major streets, and I’ve driven past the location plenty of times. It’s in a rough area, but, at least during the day, not a particularly scary location.
Still…damn. Goddamn. I’ve been reading the articles, I’ve seen the videos, and have even been watching local TV news (rarely do that anymore)…oh, if you want to read something depressing, be sure to look at the comments on the local paper’s website.
Of course, they don’t reflect the views of most — at least I hope they don’t — but they do reflect a troubling aspect of modern culture…an aspect I’ll call … taking as faith … a faith in violence as a solution. It certainly appears the police felt that way. A part of the general public unfortunately feels that way (they’re already emphasizing Sterling’s prior record, as if that justifies things)…Down here owning/having a gun is…well, I don’t, but sometimes I feel like that makes me the odd one. And I haven’t even mentioned the last almost two decades of, well, war.
I just can’t think a society that justifies this degree of violence really counts as a free society. Do we want to live like this, or force our neighbors to?