Most of us were endowed at birth with ten fingers and for the most part we keep those throughout our lives. The finger, in my opinion, is one of the most useful body parts we have. They can grasp things, peck at the keyboard as I am doing now, hold a fork or a pair of chopsticks to help transport food into our mouths, they can pick up things, like a crying baby or a dropped spoon. And they can point. There certainly has been a lot of finger-pointing going on this past week, and frankly I am to the point of wanting to rip some people’s fingers out of their sockets.
It has been a horrible week here in the U.S., filled with far too many deaths, racial tension such as we have not experienced in decades, fear, anger and sadness. And blame. This post is not about the various tragedies of the past week per se, I will write about that later. Rather today I speak of finger-pointing and misplaced blame that has come as a result of the weeks dramas.
- Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick blamed Black Lives Matter and people who “have a big mouth” on social media for the shooting in Dallas. He is joined by Bill Zedler, a Texas State Representative, Representative Roger Williams, and others. (Note: it was during a peaceful protest by BlackLivesMatter that the gunman in Dallas began his shooting spree, though there are no known connections between #BLM and the gunman, and there was no violence by the protestors)
- Steve King (R-Iowa) blamed Obama for Thursday’s Dallas shooting, as do America’s #1 Bimbo, Sarah Palin, Fox News commentator Sebastian Gorka, and many others. (Well, now, we all knew it would come around to blaming President Obama, didn’t we? He gets blamed for everything from A to Z, including Aunt Sallie’s broken toe!)
- Corey Stewart, Virginia state chair for Donald Trump’s campaign, is pointing one of his fingers at Hillary Clinton, and another at Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam. (No surprise that a Trumpeter blames Hillary, but I am still scratching my head over Northam)
- Donnie Trump, predictably, blames immigration. (Oh the irony … Sigh)
I am quite certain I can find more examples of such idiotic, inane and counter-productive finger-pointing, but you get the idea, right? Some things went very, very wrong this week, and when something goes wrong, we immediately look around for somebody, anybody, to blame. So people take their fingers out of their pockets, aim them and POINT!
If you are waiting for me to play the blame game, don’t hold your breath. There is no single individual or group that is responsible for the events of the week. Certainly there are many who have played a role, including Donnie Trump, the NRA, specific individual police officers, specific individual citizens, and any persons or groups who have called for, or engaged in, violence. But more to the point, those who would point fingers at one person or group and say “There – that is who is to blame”, can look much closer to home to find at least one of the guilty parties. They need only go stand in front of a mirror.
There are two reasons I am not yet writing about this week’s tragedies. First, not enough information is known, and by information I mean facts, not speculation. Second, I have no illusions that it is over. I think next week is likely to bring more of the same, and I am not sure where I think it will end. I could speculate, and I likely will at a later date, but not today. I will also, in all likelihood, write a post addressing certain aspects of the various elements of the past week sometime next week, but I am still waiting for a few more edge pieces before starting the jigsaw puzzle. So, I am amazed that people like those listed above feel they have enough information, enough cold hard facts to not only judge the people directly involved, but also to know exactly who is at fault. Obviously those people are much smarter than I.
The blame game is human nature, but it is a dangerous game. It only adds to the anger and angst that is already prevalent, but more importantly it keeps us from the soul-searching, the introspection that we all need to be doing right about now. “Oh, it is the fault of the BlackLivesMatter movement? Great, now I don’t have to wonder if somehow I own a share of the blame, the guilt!”
For you see, we are all guilty in one way or another. Those who supported a madman who has spent 13 months spewing hatred to the masses: you are guilty. Those who have said that young black men like Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, and Trayvon Martin “brought it on themselves”: you are guilty. Those who are promoting blame and keeping the social media sites hot with one-sided memes and expressions: guilty, guilty, guilty. Those who have turned away and pretended not to see the injustices against African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims: you are guilty. Those who have told or laughed at ethnic/racist jokes told in the office: you are guilty. Those who believe that police officers who arrest or assault African-Americans 3-4 times more often than Caucasians are right to do so: guilty as charged. And those who believe they have no share of the guilt, but find that the answer is to ask God to “fix this country”: you are the guiltiest of all. God g
There is no panacea for the racial divide that is driving the violence of this past week. There are solutions, but they are multi-faceted and complex, and cannot possibly be accomplished in a day, a week, or even a year. The starting point, of course, is open, honest communication among people who are intelligent enough to leave their hatred and anger at home. I would personally opt for cutting off the fingers of those who play the blame game, and using a few drops of super-glue on the lips of those who spew hate, but I am told that I cannot do this. Meanwhile, understand that there is plenty of guilt, plenty of blame to go around, but the finger-pointing needs to STOP NOW. It serves no real purpose, but is a tool of the narcissists, the politicians, and the blow hards. You who are pointing fingers are only making the situation worse. Go home … look in the mirror. We all have a dog in this show, and we need to start being responsible for our own dog before we start judging others’. Think about it.