Re: Jungle boogie
posted at 7/30/2009 7:41 AM EDT
In Response to Jungle boogie
[QUOTE]So, is describing someone's behavior as acting like a jungle monkey racist? How about describing their behavior as acting like a tundra yeti? I'm just wondering, because I think tundra yeti would be a great screenname, but I wanted to see if anyone would be offended by it.
Posted by movingtangent[/QUOTE]
Globe story says, "Officer Justin Barrett referred to the black scholar as a “jungle monkey’’ in the letter... Barrett said, “The words were being used to characterize behavior, not describe anyone..." Well, which is it, description of a person or description of a person's behavior? Saying someone jungle monkeyed something (behavior) makes no sense, but calling someone a jungle monkey (person) is all too clear. It's obvious that he is wrong beyond rehabilitation and unfit for duty!
Cop union wants to talk out of both sides of its mouth at its convenience. They often emphasize how policing is dangerous and requires extensive training to properly make split second decisions, and that is true, but they shouldn't turn around and ask "that facts be determined before a rush to judgment is made." The facts are: Barrett admitted he made the statement; the statement makes no sense except as describing a person; and that anyone propounding such an attitude is unfit to hold any public position. Do officers wait until a gunman fires second or third shots before acting, or do they act at first instance? Can I stand in front of the station calling cops jungle monkeys? Barrett's behavior is reprehensible and indefensible, and anyone (cop or other) who wants to get respect has to act respectable.
His statements are prima facie evidence of unfitness, both for racism and for excessive stupidity. Is this the union's perception of how to properly protect and serve? The facts are clear, and the judgment is not rushed, but is timely. Let's wean this parasite from the government teat (both police and national guard incomes) and see how far he progresses in the private sector with his attitude!