#uniforms

30 Jul

wolf strength

 

Uniforms…. why are they worn?  to identify, to bond, to conform?  Well all of those things but so much more.  There are times when we need to band together with others to achieve a desired result, and that is where some problems begin.

We have the right to protest peacefully still in this country.  If we feel strongly about something and our conscience dictates we must DO something instead of sitting in an apathetic stupor then we should be able to without having to worry about being abused by excessive force.  I know that this happens, it has happened to me, more than once.

I know that the police who enforce the laws of the land are often trying to keep the peace BUT I have seen more instances of that not happening,  I have only seen it successfully happening twice in 30yrs of protesting.

I am NOT trying to criticise the police.  I am well aware of the insults, aggression and mindless violence that is directed at them.  I know that there are often a group of people who try to cause that explosion of violence.  It benefits no one.

What I am clumsily trying to say is that people often see the uniform of the police who are acting poorly and then label all police in the same way.  It happens the other way round just as often.  If every person who saw unnecessary acts on both sides spoke up or acted against it we would be freer than we are now.  Idealistic?  Stupid?  I prefer hopeful….I want to live in a country where respect is prevalent.  I want to live in a country where we only see uniforms as a marker and not a target.  I want to say that NOT wearing a uniform is also a uniform.  I want to say that conflicting views and perceptions by uniformed and non uniformed people is going to happen.  It happens amongst the groups too.  What I want is for it NOT to be the cause of violence and disrespect.  What I want is a peaceful country where respect is given to all views as long as violence isn’t started.

Shall we protest and see if we can get there?

Jules 🙂

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