Years back, when an obscure film maker of a you tube video got arrested for …well, objectively for being a perfect scape goat.
I watched my husband and his sister go the full rounds with Dan saying “If they arrested him for anything, it was for making a movie against Islam, and do you want to set that precedent” and her saying “Well, he was violating his parole which required him to not post on the net.”
Even though we tried to make her see that without the need for a scapegoat, he’d never have been arrested for a “parole violation” she told us it was fair that he be arrested. After all, if he weren’t a criminal, he wouldn’t have been arrested.
Yesterday Larry posted — sorry I was/am out of the country till next week and therefore don’t know the details — about police called to an incident where someone decided an autistic kid was trying to commit suicide. The policeman didn’t shoot the kid (though he tried) but shot the caretaker.
Most people — including policemen — agree this man really screwed the pooch (and you’re talking to someone who thinks police are under attack at the front of a race war because the left needs a scapegoat.) But even on Larry’s thread there was the inevitable “it’s all his fault.” In this case it was “he wouldn’t have been shot if he’d run away.
Since what he’d done instead of running away was to lie down on the ground, hands up, as the police ORDERED, this is not a valid objection.
But some people feel a strong need to blame victims of authority/violence that might also hit them. It’s a little incantation to convince themselves they’re safe. (Look to the whole left and blaming victims of islamic violence, for further examples.)
It is comforting and helpful, psychologically,to think that the guy who just got kicked in the nads did something to deserve it.
And I’ll say that in the vast majority of run ins with police that turn violent, yeah, someone did something to bring it about. Most of the time someone is arrested, yeah, they did something to bring this about. Were it no so, then all criminals would be — as the left pretends -= angel.
Yet the police and the government of which they are instrument, are necessary but dangerous tools. It is necessary, when humans live together, to have sheep dogs that control the wolves.
To imagine that when a sheep dog goes crazy and goes after a lamb, though, it was the lamb’s fault for looking particularly vulpine, is to give permission to tyranny.
In every tyranny in the world, the victims are blamed. Under communism you were often called crazy and sent to a madhouse instead of to prison, but it comes to the same. There was always a justification. “He caused panic by speaking against the government.”or “He was spreading despondency” or “He was really evil and one dayy when he chewed gum, he just threw the wrapper on the sidewalk.
Even in petty tyrannies like the SJWs, where you don’t lose your life, only your livelihood, people can be attacked for writing a respectful article about sf/f female writers and editors. But it’s okay, they had it coming. They used the word “ladies.”
Stay alert. Remember this. Do not let yourselves be manipulated into piling in on the side of tyrants because victims aren’t perfect.
No one is perfect. This is no justification for using disproportionate force against them.