By Any Means Necessary

I decided to write this not just because it fits today’s Fandango’s One Word Challenge of begrudge, but also because it is something I have been thinking. I deliberately try to keep my FOWC as brief as possible, but this one is a bit longer. I’ll try to keep it as short as possible but I usderstand if you want to skip.

I’ve been reading several posts lately, they’re all prompted by the recent events in the US. Not just here, but in the general media. The tone of them is basically, this situation is unacceptable and I want it to improve.

That’s fine, as far as it goes, but for my money, it doesn’t go far enough.

If it were me, I would go more along the lines, I want to be treated with equal rights, and by the way, if you don’t want to give me equal rights, then I will take them anyway.

In other words, This can happen the easy way or the hard way, but either way, it’s gonna happen. Give me equal rights. If not, I’ll take them. No dicking around.

I think we should be grateful that the last few generations of Civil Rights activists have been so nice about it, I’m not sure that future generations will be.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

3 thoughts on “By Any Means Necessary”

  1. From one Americans’ perspective (mine). They GOT ‘equal rights’ already. To me (who might be slightly biased, simply because I’m sick of the attitude), they want MORE and they want retribution for past bad deeds. That’s not a bad goal, I’m not criticizing it. I am criticizing the idea that they, being persons of color and persecuted (their ancestors anyway) deserve more rights (equal? What’s that?) than other Americans. That’s how it comes across to me. I’m from what would be considered a neutral or even pro-persons of color state too. Utah hasn’t always been led by men who were neutral or even pro-persons of color, and the religion (LDS) that was primary here, wasn’t either. But now? It IS. Nobody gets persecuted for diddly squat. In my opinion (being white I can’t really ‘get’ it apparently either) nobody in the persons of color group is more persecuted than any other group of people (whatever color they are). Our country is fractured. It’s splitting right down the damned middle and we’ve fought that war already once. One side ‘won’ (ostensibly). Now the side that ‘won’ is grousing because they don’t get more equal rights than everybody else? It’s f*cking INSANITY. Does the UK have room for some immigrants? I suspect a wave is coming your way.

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    1. I have to disagree with you, Melanie. Blacks and other minorities in America do not have equality. Not with respect to equal protections under the law and by law enforcement, equal educational opportunities or economic opportunities. That’s what they’re demonstrating over. That’s what their protests are about. You and I have white privilege, and I have white male privilege. But I do understand and empathize with the plight of blacks in America, where they are not, in many, if not most, parts of the country, treated equally.

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    2. I don’t think that rights are equal. They might be there under the law, but those laws are not practised by the implementors of the law. You can see that just in the statistics – white folks have the right not to be executed extra-judicially, for starters. I think you’re right that this war was fought once, but I don’t think that it’s over.

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