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The Mob’s Selective and Shallow Demand For Justice

Here we go again.

A young man named Sammy Yatim brandishing a knife on a streetcar in Toronto was shot by police and almost immediately protest groups emerge from the shadows demanding justice as they march in the streets and across social media. What justice are they demanding?

Within hours of the shooting, the police officer involved in the shooting was suspended from active service pending an independent investigation by the civilian Special Investigations Unit and a separate investigation by the Chief of Police. The outcome of those investigations will determine what, if any, charges should be laid. If charges are laid, the police officer will face court action that could result in loss of job and prison.

So, I ask again – what justice is being demanded that hasn’t already begun to be applied?

I’ve seen countless comments and posts by people who were not at the scene when the incident happened who have already convicted the officer of murder. No culpability is applied to the young man for brandishing a lethal weapon. They offer up opinion on how the situation should have been handled with no knowledge of what actually took place and demand more training for police officers with no knowledge of the training they already receive.

But then, this is the era of selective justice when a seventeen-year old young man who was more than six feet tall is portrayed as a twelve-year old child murdered by a ‘white’/Hispanic after an altercation gone bad.

It is the appearance of demands for justice based on facts distorted to advance a narrative rather than determine the truth.

From the beginning, Trayvon Martin was portrayed in the media as a twelve-year old child and George Zimmerman who is mixed race was presented as ‘white’ so that the incident could be cloaked as racially motivated.

No evidence was ever found to support the claim of racism so it was manufactured and the mob was off and running.

This is the era when our outrage is selective. A young man with a knife is shot and there is immediate outrage. Facts are unknown and irrelevant. Did he make a threatening gesture to the police – nobody knows yet. The story is trending and that’s all that matters and people want to be a part of it.

Contrast that to this incident that also took place this past weekend in Canada. A sixty-seven year old woman is brutally and randomly beaten to death on the streets of Montreal for no reason but there are no protests with demands for justice for her. No outrage screams across social media. She was just one more victim whose murder isn’t trending.

There were no marches, no protests and no demands for justice when three African-American young men gunned down a 21-year old pregnant white woman in a parking lot in Detroit this past week. She was picked at random. The sanctimonious saw nothing racist in her killing and they remain just as silent about the fact that more than 10,000 African-Americans have been killed since Trayvon Martin was shot. None of them had Trayvon’s profile so they didn’t trend enough for people to be outraged and demand justice.

If I sound angry, it is because I am angry. I’m tired of this hypocritical posturing by shallow, thoughtless and self-righteous people who are little more than participants in lynch mobs – mobs that make demands without any understanding of what it is they want.

The mob demanded justice for Trayvon Martin and they got it. From the federal government on down to the State of Florida, every effort was made to convict George Zimmerman of murder. The evidence didn’t support the charge and he wasn’t convicted. That’s justice but it wasn’t good enough for the mob. They didn’t want justice – they wanted and continue to want a hanging.

Now it’s started in Toronto amid claims that the shooting this past weekend was racially motivated among other things and an indication of a police force completely out of control.

I’m not defending the Toronto police. On the surface, the shooting seems excessive to me and should be fully and thoroughly investigated. If charges are warranted, they should be laid. I feel terrible that a young man lost his life and even worse for his family now grieving his death. I have children and my greatest fear has and continues to be outliving one of them but Christ in Heaven the justice system is investigating. Give the sanctimony a rest and let it do its work.

Save the outrage for something important like the constant threat children face in our societies and how little any of us do to protect them. They are innocence destroyed while the mob selectively demands justice for whatever is trending on a given day.

Five children a day are murdered in North America each and every day. Almost 1 million are missing including more than 60,000 in Canada. They are the victims of pedophiles, sex traffickers, family abuse and bullying.

Where is the outrage for them? Where are the marches in the street, the protests across social media? I’ve seen more posts this summer about leaving dogs unattended in parked cars on hot days than I have about leaving children in a car – and more children have died because of that stupidity than dogs.

Consider these news stories from the past few days:

A controversial curriculum purportedly to be about sex education but which has more to do with sexualizing elementary school children in the province is developed and enthusiastically supported by the Premier. Critics of the curriculum are either ignored or dismissed as uninformed extremists. The concerns of parents are ignored and the Education Minister signs off on the curriculum without bothering to read its content. The curriculum’s developer is subsequently arrested and charged with the production, possession and distribution of child pornography.

Now the discussion includes sexual rights for pedophiles with those who have a preference for sex with children starting to use the same arguments and tactics as the gay community to have their sexual preference recognized as normal and no different than that of heterosexuals and homosexuals.

“It’s all part of a plan to introduce sex to children at younger and younger ages; to convince them that normal friendship is actually a sexual attraction.” – Linda Harvey, Mission America

“Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offense from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.” Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal,

“Sex offender laws protecting children have been challenged in several states including California, Georgia and Iowa. Sex offenders claim the laws prohibiting them from living near schools or parks are unfair because it penalizes them for life.”

Where’s the outrage over this attack on children to rationalize and legitimize the perverse sexual preferences of people who would prey on them? Where are the marches in the streets and the condemnations on social media?

This past week, the FBI arrested 105 ‘pimps who had forced young children into prostitution. Although the story was widely published, there were no protests, no demands for justice to protect children.

Ho hum – it isn’t trendy enough.

Not one word of protest uttered or demands for justice made, despite the fact that the FBI has rescued 2700 children from prostitution and charged more than 1300 pimps since 2003. Children are sold into prostitution and slavery all over the world and we can’t be bothered to make a concerted effort to do something about it.

Recently, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry stated that she supports post-birth abortion because as she put it, “life begins when the parents feel like life begins.” I don’t care where anyone stands on the abortion issue. Once a child is born, the discussion is over. Nobody and I mean nobody including the parents, doctors, activists, politicians or the mob gets to decide whether or not a newborn is alive once it has started to breathe. We are society that protests the killing by police of young man brandishing a knife and making threats but willing to consider legitimizing the killing of newborn children on the parents decision as to whether or not they consider the child to be alive.

And then there is this. It was brought to my attention in a post by journalist and fellow blogger Brigitte Pellerin.

Children as game show prizes. There are no words for the callous depravity of awarding children as prizes to couples who have not been properly vetted and screened to ensure the future welfare of that child. It is using children for the meanest and cheapest reason of all – to draw an audience. The bigger the audience, the bigger the ad revenue and in the end when children aren’t being abused and killed or used for the sexual gratification of the truly disturbed, they are being sold, trafficked and given away for money.

In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed new laws that would require Internet users to actively permit access to porn sites on their computer. Unless they make that choice, porn sites will be blocked. Many of the same people who march demanding justice for Trayvon Martin and Sammy Yatim are those who scream censorship every time government attempts to regulate the Internet to protect children and others.

These are people who have as much understanding of the word censorship as they do the word justice.

Both Sammy Yatim and Trayvon Martin were contributors to what happened to them. Whether they were fully responsible or only partially culpable is for the justice system to decide but children being preyed on, sold, abused and killed by adults are not culpable. They are defenseless victims in a society of shallow and thoughtless mobs that have no time for them.

Yup! I’m angry today. A society that isn’t prepared to do whatever it takes to protect its children from real dangers rather than from keeping score at soccer games and words in the classroom like dinosaur is a society that needs a values and a reality check.

A society that can’t be bothered to demand justice to protect its own children will never achieve it. A society that refuses to understand the true injustices that lies within it is a society that will never achieve justice.

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  • Wandering Mind

    Justice is the guarantee of process, not a desired outcome.

    Opinions are not all of equal value or merit.

    The object of the educational experience is education, not equal outcomes.

    There are good parents and there are bad parents. How we deal with that truth is irrelevant. Let’s just deal with it.

    Societies with hospitals and wheels are better than societies without hospitals or wheels. Societies that are free and tolerant are better than societies that are not free and tolerant.

    Free nations do not have to plead the case that freedom is better than tyranny.

    The only things that need be separated by color is laundry.

    The more diverse a nation’s or society’s religious diversity, the freer that nation is. Nations with great religious diversity are the most tolerant nations.Any attempt to denigrate one religion or another, or atheism, is an assault on freedom.

    90% of the bullshit we have to endure today is the result of not following or acknowledging the aforementioned.

    Stop making me think. I could go on all day.

    • MaggiesBear

      Oh yeah? You made me think about laundry. I didn’t know you were supposed to separate your laundry by colour. That explains a lot about mine.

      • Wandering Mind

        Pinko. I knew it.

        • MaggiesBear

          Well – not always. Sometimes it’s grey and once in awhile kind of an interesting camo thing.

  • sebanders

    Ditto!

  • Gerry

    I think the morality of a society can be measured by how it treats the least powerful within it. By that standard I think we are above average but not overly high as your point about the selective attention/outrage for single incidents makes. Your use of the term ‘lynch mob’ is apt. What concerns me is the role of the media in facilitating the creation and growth of the lynch mob with their selective attention. I am not exempting individual members of the mob from moral culpability but I am more concerned about the mind that drives it.

    • MaggiesBear

      I agree with everything you wrote except the part about us being above average. I think we’re below average because we have a privileged, educated society that should be able to do better than this.