The video of Walter Scott being shot in the back by North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager was plastered across television screens worldwide. It showed a public servant gunning down a man in cold blood. It was a paradigm-shattering moment for people across the US, especially for America's youth.
What do you say to your son or daughter who will inevitably come across one of the hundreds of videos online of police killing unarmed people?
It would be nice if everything we were told as children about the police was true. Unfortunately, all the police officers in America are not the audacious and selfless heroes risking life and limb to rescue damsels in distress. Michael Slager wasn't protecting anyone when he pulled over Walter Scott and killed him over a broken tail light.
Sadly, the only thing police in America seem to protect these days is the status quo. If we look at the data, it corroborates this contention.
In criminal justice, clearance rates are used as a measure of crimes solved by the police. The clearance rate is calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are “cleared” (a charge being laid) by the total number of crimes recorded.
In the United States, the murder clearance rate in 1965 was more than 90 percent. Today, the murder clearance rate has plummetted to an average of less than 65 percent per year. Some departments falling to less than 10%. This decline is in spite of the myriad of technological increases designed to help police solve crimes.
According to the Department of Justice, there are currently over 400,000 untested rape kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, and many other estimates suggest that this number could be as high as one million.
As a result of this horrific negligence, roughly 3% of rape cases in America are actually solved.
Imagine the horrible scenario of a little girl growing up, trusting that the police will protect her. Later in life she is then raped. Accepting that the police can't be everywhere all the time, she then reaches out to them for help in catching the criminal responsible, she's then ignored like the hundreds of thousands of other victims.
Making sure your children don't experience this same betrayal and hurt is your duty. Teaching your child not to blindly rely on a vastly corrupt system whose main purpose is to generate revenue for the ruling class, starts at a young age.
Legality ≠ Morality
The threat of police action should never be the basis of reason to instill discipline in your children. The state takes the approach of coercive violence to force compliance and it's quite apparent that this approach falls short of its desired result.
When parents tell their children not to do something because it's against the law, they are telling their children that the law is a good example to live by. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the laws on the books are downright insidious and punish good people who have not caused harm to anyone.
The negative consequences associated with using the state's example of morality as a role model leads to a dystopian society, every time.
The state wages unjust wars and drops bombs on children. The state kidnaps people, locks them in cages or kills them for possessing a plant. The state spies on us, lies to us, and calls it freedom. To top it off, they fund these tyrannical tactics through extorting the population by stealing the product of our labor via the income tax!
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In the 20th century alone, governments killed 174,000,000 people as they ostensibly fought for freedom.
Who in their right mind thinks a child's role model should be a lying, cheating, and thieving mass murderer?
Sadly, if people do not teach their children about the atrocities of the state, they inadvertently become harbingers for the lies, theft, hate and murder.
Not teaching your children to question the state leads to blind nationalism which in turn leads to the dehumanization of entire cultures. The "Us" class can tell society that the "Them" class are evil and should be killed, and this is largely accepted.
Violence then becomes the norm within a society. Countries cheer on their rulers as they send their sons and daughters to early graves as they murder other children in far off lands; all in the name of freedom.
The police state is largely promoted in all facets of the average child's life. From cartoons to sports to public schools, "patriotism" is shoved down the collective throats of America's youth. It is nothing short of indoctrination.
It is up to us to us to guide our children through the lies and the propaganda, so when they grow up, instead of feeding this deadly system, they resist it.
If we do not teach our children to be free, the end result will likely be catastrophic. Society will cheer and salute as it runs off a cliff, leaving a nuclear trail of death and destruction in its wake.
So how do you go about teaching your kids to be little rights flexing freedom lovers?
First off, you do not teach them that hate and violence are a means to an end.
Removal of due process, the initiation of violence, and abuse of power; these are tools of the state, not of the peaceful revolution. Those who would take an innocent life to incite change are no different than the mass murdering sociopaths within the government.
Instead, teach them to love. Show them how the system blinds people to morality and makes otherwise good people do evil things. Show them examples of people breaking free of their statist brainwashing and in turn expose the system. Veterans for Peace is a great start. This organization is made of men and women who were previously brainwashed into thinking the violence they enacted on others was justified. Now they stand in unity against it.
On a more specific level, you can also teach your children how to assert their rights. Instead of teaching them to hate police, turn them into little rights flexing mini-lawyers.
The easiest and simplest thing to teach your children when interacting with police is to never talk to them. All too often we see police officers responding to a domestic situation only to separate a child from their parents and subsequently manipulate them into implicating their otherwise innocent parents in a crime.
Obviously if the children are being abused they should tell whoever they can. However, if you are abusing your children, chances are that you could care less about teaching them to spread freedom and peace, so the point is moot.
Teaching kids to be respectful while at the same time flexing their rights is a vital part of society maintaining its freedom. Police must be kept in their place and realize that they are here to serve us, not the other way around.
There is nothing ominous about teaching kids their rights; only good can come from this. The fact that police are worried about kids learning their rights during encounters speaks volumes and highlights just how skewed the reality of modern law enforcement has become.
To the police, if you do not want to be treated as public enemy no, 1, stop killing unarmed people, refuse to enforce orders that deprive people of their freedom for victimless crimes, stop the full on theft of property and victimless revenue collection, start actually protecting and serving the community. It is as simple as this.
The path to a more peaceful earth starts within. You cannot force others to change, they will only change when the information strikes them a certain way. The only thing we can have a direct effect on is our own lives.
For those of us who are parents, we have the duty to be positive role models for our children. We can foster the creation of an informed, peaceful and strong next generation. The time for complacency is over. If you'd like information on what you can do to rein in the ever-expanding police state, take a look through our #solutions section.