Rethinking That ‘Defunding The Police’ Thing

It all depends on whose ox is gored

The Jerusalem Post–Some call it hypocrisy. Others, less judgmentally, call it a failure of empathy later remedied by experience.
I call it the whose-ox-is-gored phenomenon. A given event, policy or idea will be seen differently depending on the degree to which the viewer’s self-interest is involved.

Deceptively simple and obvious, whose-ox-is-gored is a helpful filter through which to view world politics. We need only to scan the news to discover fresh examples of the way meaning is altered and priorities re-balanced depending on who is in the cross-hairs.

The ‘No Police’ Zone

Imagine, if you will…

“It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the ‘No Police’ Zone.”

Imagine, if you will, working late, perhaps on an article about Social Justice in the United States, and getting a call from your wife… hysterical, hiding in the closet with your baby daughter.  She says people have broken into your house. They’re ransacking it looking for valuables to loot.  Or maybe looking to rape or murder.

She’s called 9-1-1.  She’s only gotten voicemail.  “Due to Police Defunding and heavy call volumes, response times will be approximately 8 hours and 31 minutes.  Your call is important to us so if you would like a call back in 8 hours and 29 minutes, please leave your phone number.”

The balls in your court.  What will you do?