Another rising, but least spoken of even in the black community, is the suicide of young black males--at one time virtually unheard of now reaching high levels.
It makes you wonder where are we really headed as a nation.
People are cruel, Mr. Cook. We talk about childhood bullies, but we ignore the adult ones. In fact, I've never encountered a case of children bullying children where some adult or adult authority figure wasn't directly or indirectly involved. You should've read the nasty messages that's been dropped my way over the years, and the other ugly things and lies that's been thrown my way over the years as well. Words and threats that didnt come from just some nut blowing off steam. But nuts in positions to, well....make 'things' happen. What you mention here is certainly horrible, cruel and disturbing, but actually pales in comparison to what I've personally witnessed and encountered at the hands of adults.
It wasn't under the present administration that comatose and paralyzed vets unable to perform the most basics had flies and maggots crawling and flying out of their nose, ears, mouths and every other orafice on their bodies. The problems with VA were there long before president Obama came Into office and this present head of theVA took over. The problems have more to with a lack of funding and being short staffed and all these wars started under the bush admi istration. The same will happen when public and private hospitals become overwhelmed with more patients overload them and there isn't enough staff to care for the patients. Remember in the past hospitals were allowed to care for vets, and they did such a poor job that VA hospitals and clinics were created to care for their own. Private and for profit hospitals are like private and for profit prisons. The goal being to spend as little as possible and make a profit.
The National Socialist Movement's choice in selecting Chattanooga for its rally just force the city to see its own mirrored reflection when it comes to intolerance of others who are different. From personal experience, much of it often takes place behind closed doors or in other subtle ways many may not easily recognize, but this groups philosophy is really no different from the philosophy and actions of many within the city. This group just say in the open what other locals have said and acted upon behind closed doors. At least the NSM party aren't shy or cowardly about it. They're in your face and honest about how they feel.
Mr. Shultz, that's what I have been waiting to hear too. The lack of police accountability when one of their own go rogue. The policies in place that have made them basically untouchable and unaccountable no matter what they're caught doing. The policies that have basically allowed them to run roughshod in these communities that have so harmed both the communities and the citizens that so many were so quick to label dangerous without all the weighing all the facts that inspired much of the crime and made them dangerous in the first place. That is rogue cops basically going in doing what they want and, as one once said when asked why BECAUSE WE CAN!" or We're cops! We can do anything we want" and I guess to he*ll with the rest of us.
Noticed, none of the local news outlets even briefly touched on this subject. Which is really the backbone of most all and everything that went wrong in many of these "hotspots" in Chattanooga and around the nation.
Remember: 1. Lack of police accountability 2. Bad policies 3. Bad policing 4. Weeding out the rogues before they're even signed on to become police. 5. Ridding the department of the rogues who are still there. Those are the keys to making these communities and the city safe. But it seems no reporter was willing to ask any pertinent questions. Maybe because they don't want the answer. They want to lay everything at the feet of crime and criminals without acknowledging a third, fourth and maybe fifth, sixth and so element thrown in.
Not to say this chief can't be good for Chattanooga, but Chattanooga needs to be honest with itself, and so does the CPD.
If indeed such a person as a Jesus ever existed, some of the most Christ-like or ideally Christ-like individuals I've ever met rarely to never stepped foot inside a church. On the other hand, some of the most condescending, judgmental and intolerant people I've ever encountered attended church regularly.
Parents and the caretakers of young children hold the key to helping youngsters be ready for school — just by talking to them and reading to them. Children are learning machines — if we just take the time to turn on the switch.
Parents can only be there to read to their children when they're not being routinely locked up in jails and prisons that lead to destabilizing and disrupting the children' lives. Children getting shuttled and shuffled from one relative to another while the parent or parents are locked away in jail or prison on some minor or trumped up charge only increases a child inability to concentrate on learning and triple increases failing in school and later dropping out because they've missed out on so much learning at such a younger age that makes it impossible for them to learn or catch up.
Ms Rosin, Chattanooga would be doing itself a tremendous favor if it would admit too and address that Nazi mentality that already exist in Chattanooga long before the national NSM decided to come to town. The local one maybe a little bit more savvy and present an image of having a little bit more class than the national one, but their philosophy are eerily similar if not the exact same, with the local having put in the practice and openly expressing their hostility towards targeted minority groups specifically they wanted to ship back to their native or ancestral countries or use authority and changed ordinances to harass and force them from the communities they'd lived for decades.
"When asked the reasons for their actions, Nazis often answered: We were following orders, we were just doing what we were told."
How often we've heard the above very statement locally? We were just following orders?
If you trek back on some local and read a few opinions written to news locally, and openly discussed on a few local forums, you'll find that very same neo nazi philosophy has been openly expressed, and expressed often, by quite a few locals. And not just any locals either, but some pretty powerful ones and authority figures too.
• The neo-Nazis call for job creation, a rebuilding of the middle class and an end to illegal immigration. Ignore the swastika imagery, and they sound like a modern political party.
Sounds like a lot of local and national rightwing conservatives.
There's nothing NSM are spewing and vomiting that we haven't been subjected to on a local level and at the hands of some locals, and oftentimes have been even put into practice.
Bottom line: Many here may openly denounce them all the while privately supporting and condoning them.
"Such bait can hook America's poor
It ain't just the poor they attract, Mr. Cook.
Personally, I don't think the NSM picked Chattanooga. I think they were invited.
What happened to that crowd locally who once openly shouted they wanted to ship all the immigrants back to Mexico and all the blacks back to Africa? And why were Chattanoogans so silent when local Chattanoogans were spewing their own brand of hatred and using local authority to enforce it? What do you think WWB through your own neighborhood and getting jacked up, stop and frisked were all about but this groups brand of hate? Or having a neighbor calling and reporting you as a suspicious person in the community you've lived all your life? Although now downplayed to a degree, What do you think the local efforts to gentrify was all about? What type philosophy do you believe was behind it? Strategies changed doesn't guarantee primary goals as well have changed. And why is Chattanooga now feining surprise and shock even?
NSP philosophy is a mirror image of philosophies that have been expressed openly by some locals, and we're not talking about 20TH century locals either, but 21ST century Chattanooga, and at times even acted upon.