Three years ago I began working with a sympathetic police analyst to gain empirical data that would show that the LGBT community or some sub-set had significant drug problems. Since MPD didn’t track this as an issue in the aforementioned community I couldn’t get any traction or funding to combat or provide education or other programming. No data – no problem, no problem – no funding.
My research and work deepened and broadened and it wasn’t long before I possessed extensive knowledge of the players, distribution channels, finances, safe houses, communications, and security/reinforced facilities. Check open records requests and you will see how it began but let me now tell you how it ended. In meeting with the FBI/DEA – HIDTA, the senior special agent had a sidebar with me and, I shall never forget his conclusion, said, “those people will find it elsewhere – (lowered voice and shrugged shoulders) who cares?”
Our not so distant ancestors with hatred, racism, and ugliness in their hearts legislated, which had unintended outcomes and ensuing consequences that currently plague us. It’s true what they say, Karma is a bitch!
Today we won’t take any time to research or gain understanding of another because it takes more time than a tweet or what a tickertape on CNN tells us what to believe.
We have ignored our past and resulting responsibility, placed ourselves under the tutelage of Technology, and the resultant human race has become fanatical with its held distilled beliefs fed to us in nanoseconds at the altar of Technology.
Are we hateful people? We don’t lack empathy. We lack inclination, time, and imagination. We simply have ceased to imagine what it must be like for another. We lack imagination but not judgements.
As a people, we must slow down, lift our heads and observe, feel and weep, leave the false alters at which we worship and embrace something higher. If we continue to do nothing, then we mustn’t be surprised when no one is left to help when we need it most.