I confess, I am really tired of the online Conservative meme of telling a tragic story about a cop being killed and asking “Where are the protests” acting as if there is some grand hypocrisy on display.
For example, the current version of this meme is this one.
It is a pretty terrible story. Horrifying and tragic. But it is not the story itself that has conservatives up in arms. It is the fact that there have not been protests and marching in the streets. And they see this as a criminally hypocritical proof of…well, something.
What is becoming increasingly clear with a large number of the vocal conservatives out there, is they do not really understand why people protest. The purpose of it is lost on them.
Take this story for example. Four criminals kidnap the white cop. They force him to withdraw money and eventually kill him. In the mind of conservatives, the reason there are no protests is because he is “the wrong color”….the cop is white. This is a troubling viewpoint, because it shows that white conservatives have a massive victim complex…ironic since they are fond of telling black people to not play the victim.
But in reality, why are there no protests in the above case?
Who exactly are you going to protest? Criminals? These four men were not members of a government organization. Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and Eric Garner were killed by police officers. They were killed by the establishment. This is what people are protesting. Not merely that someone killed them. But that the person who killed them did so with the sanction of the state. And that this grants them cover they never would have had as regular citizens. The very people who investigate them are their friends, co-workers and metaphorical family. People are protesting that they cannot see justice, because their loved ones were killed by the government. What organization was behind the death of Officer Kevin Quick? None. What grand jury said there was no need to indict these men?
I have explained this before, I will do so again.
When a police officer is killed? It is viewed solely through the lens of a tragedy. Al Sharpton does not pop up to declare the officer had it coming. That Quick’s killers were acting in self defense, it is a dangerous job, so you cannot expect them to take risks, cause they just wanted to get home to their families. Nobody has to defend the officer’s honor against accusations of thuggery.
The perpetrators do not get the benefit of a grand jury deciding that there is not enough evidence to take them to trial. If you kill a cop? You are going on trial. And with only the rarest of exceptions? You will go to prison. You will pay a price for killing a cop. Choke a man to death and people will say “Hey, it was his fault anyways”.
Officer Kevin Quick’s tragic death is not being protested because the people behind it were criminals, not the state.