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February 23, 2013

Christopher Dorner, Made In America



  An adage says that either one wins or one learns a lesson.  In the recent Christopher Dorner escapade, there were no winners.  The only hope is that America learned a lesson.

Not A Black Nationalist, A Moralist 




            American society would love to compartmentalize Christopher Dorner into a neat little box, to give him a specific label.  As he was Black, as he consistently reacted to the term "nigger", as he charged the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with racism, the convenient label to brand him with would be that of a Black nationalist.  The only problem is that the evidence does not support the allegation that Dorner was a Black nationalist.


True, he was Black, yet he did not seem to garner any particular pride nor allegiance from this fact.  Actually, among his high valued targets were  Black LAPD supervisory officers.  He maintained that these officers perpetuated racism in the department by mistreating lower level White officers.  Dorner said that this mistreatment was due to the fact that the Black supervisory officers acted thusly because they had been mistreated previously.  In his manifesto, Dorner praised Martin Luther King and Bill Cosby.  Dr. King was not a Black nationalist, rather he desired that Blacks would assimilate into American society.  Bill Cosby maintains that Blacks are in the situation that they are in, not because of racism, but because they lack the fortitude to change their circumstances.


From a young age, Dorner did react to the term "nigger", and he reacted violently. He reacted before he even understood the historical and social ramifications of the term.  He reacted because he understood the term to be one of disrespect.  Disrespect Dorner with any other mean spirited term and you would get the same reaction.  Dorner was similarly offended when a young Jewish cadet was subjected to Hitler youth songs.

Christopher Dorner felt that Martin Luther King Jr. would be "mortified" at present day Black culture and behavior.  He was not a Black nationalist because he failed to understand that the same system that broke him, also had broken Black people as a whole.


Dorner's  disenchantment with the LAPD stemmed from the fact that he was a moralist.  He spoke of following the shoreline and heading for the true north.  This, I imagine, is Navy lingo for being on the straight and narrow, for being unwavering in matters of right and wrong.  Affronts mentioned included the use of the term nigger, the bigoted harassment of the son of a Nazi concentration camp survivor and the use of excessive force on a suspect who was mentally disabled.

These affronts paled in comparison to his biggest complaint against the LAPD, that of hypocrisy.  Dorner realized that the department was flawed once he had joined.  However, he believed that he could work from the inside and effect change.  When his efforts, not only failed, but also cost him his job, it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.



One can see that hypocrisy was Dorner's chief antagonism by looking at his actions.  Dorner's main tormentor was not the officer whom he initially reported, nor the board which decided to terminate him.  The most hypocritical of all was Captain Randy Quan, the officer who served as Dorner's advocate.  Dorner believed that Quan served to facilitate the case in favor of the LAPD.  The first strike of Dorner's vendetta was  against Captain Quan's daughter and her fiancé.  This attack was meticulously planned and illustrative of Dorner's priorities.

Choice Of Targets

 Many people agree with Dorner's crusade against corruption in the LAPD.  The department has a storied and sordid past insofar as corruption is concerned.  While  ex chief of police William Parker strove to keep bribery and financial corruption out of the department, he was not so discerning about other forms of corruption.  Racism, excessive force and "the thin blue line" have run rampant in the modern day LAPD.  To separate themselves from Dorner, those who agree with his crusade proclaim that they cannot support him because he chose to target innocent people.  Specifically, they refer to Monica Quan and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence.

Dorner made it clear that his vendetta was strictly against the LAPD.  He stated that he supported the United States Government 100%. Not only was Dorner a police officer, he was also a sailor in the U.S. Navy, a United States military man.
    
On the 15th of April, 1986, under President Ronald Reagan, the United States bombed the Libyan presidential palace in an attempt to kill President Muammar Gaddafi.  President Gaddafi's daughter was killed.  On the 30th of April, 2011, during the Libyan uprising, NATO bombed a residential area in Libya.  Again the target was Muammar Gaddafi.  Again the bombing victims included members of Gaddafi's family.  This time his son and three of his grandchildren were killed.  The President of the United States was Barack Obama and the bombing of a residential area was contrary to International law.

There have also been numerous predator drone attacks targeting suspected terrorists.  These attacks are carried out with the full knowledge that the wives and children are with the suspected terrorists.  These family members are considered to be collateral damage.  When the United States Government targets the families of enemies, it is considered to be legitimate.  When Christopher Dorner targets  the families of enemies, it is considered to be an atrocity.


On the day of his final stand, Dorner encountered a man, who he carjacked, and a couple who entered the condo that he was hiding in.  Although he must have realized that, by refusing to kill these people, he was increasing the odds of his capture, Dorner did not harm these people.  On the other hand, police officers in Torrance opened fire on 2 delivery women whom they foolishly mistook for Dorner.  They fired 102 rounds into a delivery vehicle which was foreseeable to be in the area.

A Typical Ending

The image must be seared into America's psyche.  
A group of dissidents (criminals?) pinned down by American law enforcement. 
The people, the cause, the locations vary. 
The result remains constant, human beings perishing in burning buildings. 

May 17, 1974 - Los Angeles, CA - Symbionese Liberation Army - 6 dead

May 13, 1985 - Philadelphia, PA - MOVE protest - 11 dead

April 19, 1993 - Waco, TX - David Koresh and the Branch Davidians - 76 dead

February 13, 2013 - Big Bear, CA - Christopher Dorner - 1 dead

Random Thoughts

            Reflecting on the 2012 presidential debates brings forth some disturbing thoughts.  Foremost is whether these debates are anything more than photo ops and sound bites.  They seem to be just more whistle stop campaign spiels.  Do the American voters gain any benefits from these debates, or, are they nothing more than another TV reality show?


Perhaps the most profound revelation of the debates was just thrown out there, and then ignored by the candidates, the moderators and the press.  Also, of course, ignored by the American public.  Both candidates stated that, as far as new college graduates are concerned, 50% of them will not be able to find a job commiserate with their degrees.  Does this not indicate a fundamental breakdown of the American educational system?  The candidates then speak of bringing the best and the brightest into the country, as immigrants.



Just asking..... Did the manhunt for Christopher Dorner remind anyone of the "Keystone Kops"?  

Note:  How quickly it goes , from the time your granddaughter exclaims, "Poppa knows everything!", to the time that she patiently explains to you how to use your new cell phone.

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