I love smelly stuff and I love animals so imagine how excited I was when I found something that gave me the best of both worlds. I was introduced to Vegan Cuts by Jennifer from a Vintage Vanity and I was not disappointed with what I got.
Before Christmas when I hopped on to the laptop and logged on to my social media sites, my various news feeds were filled with the news from Ferguson. First of all, I will admit, being in Northern Ireland, I don’t really keep up to date with American news like this. I knew a little bit about it, a teenager was shot by a cop. That was it. It wasn’t until the verdict was announced and the riots started that I became fully aware of the situation, or as informed as you can be with digging through Facebook, Twitter and the various news sites. All the information which I had access to had been regurgitated repeatedly, the information was in the form of twisted opinion and hearsay of what happened, there was very little in the way of facts. But a few things became to light. An 18 year old boy who was unarmed was shot 6 times by a police officer and his dead body was left in the street for hours. That is beyond scary.
First of all, everyone online had an opinion, an ill informed opinion. My news feeds were filled with anger and rage despite people not having the full facts of what happened. We will never know exactly what happened and we will never have all the facts. Was there any footage of the incident? Security cameras or mobile phone footage? Not that I’ve seen, so we will never know exactly what happened. To assume what happened was based on race or someones prejudice of another human is a dangerous game to play.
Second, the fact that race is even part of the conversation is scary. People, we live in the 21st century. Race, religion, gender, or sexual preference should not be an issue to society any more. Personally I couldn’t care if you are a gay purple man with boobs, if you are nice to me then I’ll be nice to you. I never judge a person in the first instance, I’ll get to know before I decide if you are an asshole or not. If these things are still issues in this day and age, then something needs to be done about it. And screaming about it on the internet is not helping matters. If this offends you then you need to educate yourself and those around you rather than getting all hot and bothered on the otherside of your computer screen.
I’m no expert on this, not by a long shot but I do know this, if you can’t trust your police force then it needs to be changed. Police and civilians need to have the protection of the law. Police should wear body cameras so that things like this can’t happen. Video evidence is the only answer if a white cop has race issues and hides behind his badge and gun to dish out his own version of justice. And guns are never the answer. There are so many other ways, non-lethal ways for crowd control and to take a suspect into custody, guns are not necessary anymore. But tonight, just think of Michael Brown and hope that something positive can come of this. Lets challenge that race card, ask more from the police, and hope that some day news like this will be a distance memory but the victims are never forgotten.
Recently I posted about what is happening in Ferguson and around America after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer. So what has happened? Everything and nothing. Thousands of people have taken to the streets across America to protest at the system and it’s not surprising. Over the course of my adult life I have learnt so much about the system and how it doesn’t work. People struggle on minimum wage while politicians snooze in Parliament and spend our tax money on cars and holidays. Those who are supposed to protect us use their power, which was given by us, to bully and torture those they believe are less than worthy. And the people are tired and angry. So what can be done? We have given this power and our trust to these people thinking they will do a good job and look after us, but instead they have used this power to further their own gains.
I know exactly what is going to happen next and no-one is going to like it. In the not too distance future, we the people will be tagged so that our movements can be traced 24/7. There will be more security cameras and they will watch our every move. As our towns and cities become more densely populated these sorts of measures will become necessary to protect us, the people. But we won’t like it, it will infringe on our right to freedom. This is George Orwell’s book “1984” coming to life and there is nothing that we can do about it. We don’t trust those in power and they don’t trust us.
The protests and riots in America may be about the shooting of Michael Brown but it brings to light so many more issues. This is not a race thing, this is a power thing. You either have it or you don’t. Michael Brown was up against a cop, Darren Wilson. Darren had the power and Michael didn’t. In Britain we are faced with the same thing with legal action being taken by the victims of sexual abuse from decades ago. People with power used their status and standing to commit awful crimes of sexual abuse against children which lasted for years and would have remained hidden if it hadn’t been for a few brave souls who stood up and spoke out. Power verses no power.
So what is next for us? Will we be tagged like animals by those in power? Probably. Will the issue of power go away? Not likely. It has been around for so long I’m not sure if it will. It has been dressed in so many forms and will probably continue to be dressed up as race, gender, sexual preference, or whatever new label that we think of. The only thing I can do is educate my children about equality and fairness, maybe with a bit of luck it will the next generations who actually change the world.
I don’t know about anyone else but I find hoovering my house very therapeutic. The drone of the motor, the motion of moving slowing across the floor, seeing the cat fluff spin around the hoover drum. Yes, I’m easily amused like that but it lets my brain calm down and allow some clarity. Today I had no intention of doing a blog post but as I moved the hoover around the floor I realised something really awful. I don’t want to dump on everyone’s good intentions but it is something we all need to be aware of.
In both America and Britain there is a something brewing. The people are fed up of being dumped on by those in power, that’s the simple way of looking at. In America there are protests at what has happened in Ferguson. In Britain social media is blowing up to have the Prime Minister removed because he’s an idiot. There are those out there who know more about all of this than me and I’m not ashamed to admit that, so why should you read the ramblings of a woman who finds hoovering amusing? Because I have though of something which you might not have realised. At this moment in time we are walking the fine line between democracy and anarchy.
So what? Well, just stop and think about what has happened in the last 15 years. 9/11, the war on terror, suicide bombings just to name a few things. Let me put this into context of what could happen. In 1916 while the world was at war, a group of Irish rebels decided to storm Dublin in order to force the British out of Ireland. It was designed this way. While the British were busy, there was a terrorist attack. Now ask yourself, while everyone is out protesting and stretching the man-power of the forces, who is to say that a bunch of terrorists don’t plan an attack? It’s all over social media, they would know all the good places to get people. And law enforcement is trying deal with the protests, who is to say that something doesn’t slip through the cracks?
While the protests have been peaceful there is always an element of our own societies which use this type of unrest to further their own gains. Small groups of “freedom fighters” find themselves able to recruit vast numbers of people to their cause. But the problem with these people is that their answer to social problems is violence, guns, bombs. Got a problem with the government? Let’s blow it up. Is that not the very thing that we have been trying to protect ourselves from? Is that not what the terrorists are trying to do anyway?
We have the power to change this. Yes, we may have voted these people in but if we think they aren’t doing a good enough job, we have the power to remove them. And to those smug b*****ds who think they have won just because they have tricked us into voting for something we don’t want, here’s another history lesson. Hitler was voted into power too and when the world realised what he was up to, the people kicked his ass as well.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, far from it, but this is what I’m asking. Lets stop and think for a minute how we can change this before the situation escalates into violence and anarchy. That’s not what we want. What we want is better politicians, less taxes, freedom to express ourselves, and to live without fear. We want world peace and to end poverty, not to become a police state with Big Brother watching our every move. I’m sure some of you brilliant people will be able to think of a way that we can achieve this. Meanwhile I’ll go back to hoovering and see if I can come up with any better ideas.