Critical Commentary: The following is a discussion by two retired military senior officers on the “Black Lies Matter Article” by Heather MacDonald.  The ” Bubble ” is the issue!!
Michael Hawke
David, I agree with you. I read Heather Mac Donald regularly and I mostly agree with her. Unfortunately, her very conservative political philosophy tinges her writings and hinders her message from penetrating a broader public.
While some parallels can be drawn between the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter movement, something unique is occurring today, and I think it has to do with how social media seduces people, especially the millennials, into comfortable protective bubbles. These bubble people (many journalists also are part of this crowd) live in the present tense, cutoff from any past-tense, from history. That’s why when elders try to explain to Bernie bros and gals about how Nader’s third-party bid threw the 2000 election to George W., they respond with blank looks. They don’t get it. The same phenomenon occurs when chiefs and mayors try to explain police shootings. They are incapable of processing the answers. Millennials have never known high crime and have no sense how far society has progressed. They assume the police are responsible for the violence because police are authority figures, and millennials have grown up thinking all authority figures are bad.
I have been thinking about this a lot. I believe bubble people do not understand human nature. Let me explain, and please bear with me, because I have incorporated this thinking into my lectures.
Like computers, humans have an operating system that runs in the background. Dell computers run Windows 7 or 10, etc. Apple runs macOS whatever number is current. Our operating system is called the autonomic nervous system. We mostly are unconscious that it is working. Our operating system comes in two parts. The para-sympathetic nervous (sub) system calms the body, slows the heart, stimulates digestion & promotes sleep, growth and energy storage. The sympathetic nervous (sub) system kicks into gear during emergencies, when we are threatened. Because bubble people have always lived in protective cocoons, they seldom, if ever, had their sympathetic subsystem activated. They’ve never experience how the sympathetic subsystem changes the body and mental processes. They’ve never known true fear. Two psychologists have written that the average person will experience less than a half-dozen true emergencies during a lifetime. Hell, the average cop experiences six during one shift.
So these bubble people judge police-citizen reactions without understanding human nature, without knowing how the sympathetic nervous system changes us to help us survive. The bubble people magnify their warped judgements through mobile cameras and the Internet.
The bubble people are unset because a black Charlotte police officer shot and killed a black gunman. Audio captures officers screaming about a dozen times to “drop the gun”, the gun was found on the scene and the gunman’s DNA and fingerprints were lifted from the gun. Yet, the bubble people say no “conclusive evidence” exists that the gunman had a gun. WHAT THE?
 Alfred Olango in El Cajon goes into a shooting stance, pointing a metallic, cylindrical object at one of the officers. The bubble people said it was a non-shoot situation. Has no one every taught them about the amygdala?
The bubble people criticize the lawyer defending the Tulsa officer because he said she suffered from auditory exclusion when she fired. The bubble people instead want to focus on the officer’s “implicit bias”. What evidence is there that she suffered from implicit bias? If the only evidence needed to prove implicit bias is the fact that she is white and he was black, our trials will become inquisitorial tribunals.
It goes on and on. No wonder college millennials want trigger warnings and safe zones.
In these cases, Col. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) is right, “You can’t handle the truth!…You have the luxury of not knowing what I know…And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.”
I fear the bubble people soon will realize that they cannot find anyone who will want to be on that wall.
Excerpt:  MH


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