Saturday, July 14, 2012

Why Do We Remember the Villains, not the Heroes?


Al Capone.

Bill Ayers.

Sound Familiar?

Now try this name.

Waverly Brown

There is no need to fill you in on the names and ideologies of those mentioned previous to Waverly Brown - you already know who they are, what they stood for, what they look like.  You should be capable, fully, of summoning a mental image almost immediately of the first three persons to varying degrees of accuracy.  We know them.  They are not only familiar, not only notorious, but oft glamorized in such a way that we may not even be conscious that such figures are being held to be by many, especially within counter-culture, as virtuous.  Why?  My answer shouldn't be explicated.
What I'd like to mention here is that last name preceding Waverly Brown, and no - I'm not going to make the usual gut-check conservative viewpoint that people like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are connected to our commander in chief the main thrust of this argument.  What I'm attempting to get at is how these paranoid delusional early terrorists are still part of our culture, but Mr. Waverly Brown is not.  I suppose it's not dissimilar to the old contemptuous literary figure feeling as though his work is outreached within our society by inferior, artistically, works... though the stakes here are not simple creations of literature, but - in fact - human life.  Let me preface my short point with one last conceptualization (and it runs thusly) - What if your, say, father was murdered by a radicalist ideologue - yet everyone outside of your immediate family was, to put it lightly, entirely oblivious to your father.  They simply don't have any awareness of who he is...  Now let's say, a large portion of the country was conscious of who the murderer of your father is or was.  Would this be infuriating?  Hopefully not - but unfortunately, this is the case with many figures within the radical counter-culture who committed acts up to and including murder.  We generally, as the human race in it's entirety, don't even have the moral turpitude question to any degree of solidity the inherently bad aspects of these figures when they are brought up.  For example, when you see a picture of Charles Manson or associated ilk - how often does our conscience make the stand that what they did was even simply 'wrong'?  I suppose I'm being unpragmatic, but generally we just accept similar figures and just... well - accept it.  Not as in the sense of... well - what I'm trying to say is generally people don't even dissasociate themselves from the ideology of, say - someone who commits murder.  We, in fact (trite as it sounds), have the opposite instinct.  We glorify them, not explicitly - but I'll wager they are glorified, in some basic sense, implicitly.  Waverly Brown and Edward J. O'Grady were two regular police officers - doing their duty.  Then they were killed.  By whom?  Radicals who wanted to overthrow the government for 'social justice' (mark my words on that one).  These radical counter-culturalists, who were at the time oft looked upon by many as heroic, slaughtered the - get this - FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN OFFICER HIRED BY NEW YORK - Mr. Waverly Brown... yet we remember the killers and their terrorist organizations far more than we remember milestones for authentic civil rights and the men and women who made our country proud.  Even now, I'd wager you reading this know the name Mahkta Al-Sad'r or whatever, but I'd be surprised if you knew the name of even a single soldier killed in battle.  Officer's O'Grady and Brown were members of the Nyack force - their... oh god - the people who killed them were members of the weather underground and the BLA, or Black Liberation Army.  Follow the points: A) Sentimentalization of African Americans B) Counter Culture/Mainstream Leftist ideology which says the poor are oppressed C) The cliche "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" D) Glorification of Marxism within academia E) Obama's connection to Rev. Wright and Black Liberation Theology and you know who...  Now add your own similar data, subtract your own contradictions, multiply by near infinite time and divide by the recession.  My answer, which - I was never terribly good at mathematics and am used to coming to the wrong... what do they call those- not 'conclusions' but - erm, answers?  My answer is - at some point there will be a bad event in which people with my viewpoint are executed en masse.  I'm not just sure of it, it's happened before. 

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