Is allowing anarchy vs. order going to solve systemic racism in the USA?
The Chicago Tribune article titled, Many Options for the Golden Moutza in June, a columnist mulled over a list of people to award his monthly moutza, similar in meaning to the biggest fool who in his opinion brought about the biggest folly in the news in June.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient proverb and explanation of the reasoning for harsh penalties such as whipping that were in practice in ancient times and might have be “awarded” as punishment to fools instead of a Golden Moutza.
Weals are a massage for evil, and strokes for the chambers of the belly. (Proverbs 20:30 McCain)
What’s My Point?
Punishment in ancient times was certainly much crueler than our contemporary times. While I do not personally believe whipping should be returned as a punishment, it may interest you to understand ancient beliefs about punishment.
After reading a Citizen Tom post about the Mayor in Seattle who the columnist also considered for his Moutza award, it reminded me of the following proverb and the Excerpt I surmised King Solomon advised the Queen of Sheba in one of their meetings about punishment
“However, Bilqis, keep this in mind as you rule. We live in a non-perfect community of humankind and as leaders have a responsibility to maintain order in our communities. We try to emulate Yahweh with our justice. We first strive to be understanding, loving, and merciful in our dealings with each other. When that is not effective because we are dealing with fools, we punish the fools according to our laws to maintain order in our community. Our corporal punishments do not inflict lasting pain that will cause a permanent impairment to prevent the punished from continuing to earn an honest livelihood.”
In My Opinion
The anarchy we are experiencing in the USA and decisions being made by certain leaders is not going to solve the problems of racism.
While I concur, there is and always has been racism in the USA, which arose mainly from slavery and there is a need to remedy, I really doubt people are going to change their perceptions of the Black race or any other race by watching looting and anarchy.
While after reading the list of candidates, if I had my dithers, I would vote the Moutza to any leaders who are allowing the anarchy in the streets of their cities and neighborhoods to continue.
Frankly, if I had my dithers of choice, I would add the following two types to the Moutza list.
1.The marchers who I saw on the news marching around without face masks in the middle of a pandemic.
2. The groups of people supporting the anarchy including the proposal to defund police. Frankly, they are displaying the same systemic stereotyping of all police to be in the same category as racists who judge people by color of skin instead of individual character.
In my opinion, both liberal and conservative marchers all over the USA who are protesting racial inequality should all band together this 4th of July and march into the Chicago high crime neighborhoods to protest the gangs, guns and drugs who are shooting and killing predominate Black victims as young as one year old.
Read the Source Links below.
Who would you award the Golden Moutza?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Chicago Tribune July 3, 2020 John Kass
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USA Out of Order
Gangs, Guns, Drugs