Hear the phrase, “F- The Police!” and one immediately thinks of the 1988 song by rap group NWA.
This sentiment may not be confined to the inner city alone.
Some White conservatives, far removed from the Hood, are no less trusting of law enforcement. The mid-20th Century inflamed today’s current mistrust.
The 1992 federal siege on Ruby Ridge and the 1993 televised armored assault on David Koresh compound fanned this sentiment among the Right in that time period.
Even the chairman of the National Rifle Association in 1995 famously called government agents, “jack booted thugs”!
From Clinton to Obama, there’s been a steady increase in heavy handed policing tactics which have strained relations with conservatives, usually law enforcement’s strongest supporters.
The recent fire storm caused by the publication of “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right,” by West Point scholar Arie Perliger, has increased suspicion even more toward Obama-era federal policing.
Looming on the horizon is Obama’s civilian national security force, which he announced in a 2008 speech, off teleprompter no less, that:
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Conservatives fear this force will be used for garrison duty in a United States resembling Eastern Europe under Soviet domination.
“F- The Police!” is a cry frequently associated with more than inner city gang-bangers.
White and other conservatives have joined this unlikely chorus, as Americans with little in common unite around a shared mistrust of law enforcement.
One hopes this changes given how police and conservatives serve as defenders of tradition, but as government grows bigger, this likelihood in some minds grows smaller.
Cap Black, The Hood Conservative