Welcome!

Blog Feed Post

The American Psyche

I’m quite sad today. Sad. Disgusted. Angry. Troubled.

I also feel a bit lost. Utterly without answers.

My race has always been an interesting topic in my life. Growing up, I was surrounded by white kids. I went to a private K-8 and high school. During my high school years, I read The Autobiography of an ex-Colored Man. At this point in my life, I have vague recollections of the text, but I finally had a name for how I felt. “Passing.”

For African Americans, the notion of passing is well worn ground. For my parents’ generation, there was the brown bag test. If you were a child of mixed race descent and you showed up at a door, if you were darker than a brown paper bag, you were treated one way, lighter than, another.

Even Spike Lee addresses this topic on School Daze, an unremarkable movie in the Lee canon, but the dichotomy of light skinned blacks and dark skinned blacks haunted me as I left for college.

At the University of Pennsylvania, I become much more acutely aware of racial issues. There was one cafeteria, Class of 1920 Commons, where it was literally whites on one side, blacks on the other. I didn’t get it then, and I don’t get it now.

My light skin has often put me into positions where I hear things not intended for minority ears. Offensive things. Terrible things.

I also have had some pushback from African Americans who tell me, in no uncertain terms, that I don’t know what it’s like to be “black.”

Here’s the thing. Life is hard enough without all of us trying to find ways to separate ourselves from one another. Hurt each other. Kill each other. We all have to get up every day, raise our kids if we have them, go to our jobs if we have one, and hopefully find fulfillment along the way.

My experience isn’t unique per se. It has put me into strange places where I hear how people talk about race in America. Where they talk about how they really feel, when “other” ears aren’t listening. So much of what I have observed seems to stem from a lack of connection and understanding between people. These same problems extend to many of the religious wars which have occurred in the past 2,000 years.

Removing the black white nature of the most recent killing of Philando Castile, there should be little reason for Americans to be afraid of their law officers. We aren’t making the police officers jobs easier by allowing anyone to have a gun at any time. However, jumpy cops should no more be afforded the right to have a weapon than any other person who is ill trained or ill prepared to handle a weapon.

All of the cop-on-black crime of late is pissing me off. We are at a unique point in history where there is no way to whitewash the news any longer, sweeping these things under the carpet. Live streaming, for better or worse, plus cell phone cameras have and will forever change the name of the game.

With that as preamble, I have been thinking quite a lot about the American psyche. Why are we having these problems? What is driving it?

Initially, I hypothesized that there is a general level of discontentment which is uniquely American. That makes me even more sad. What follows are some Google autocomplete for queries.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.17.30 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 747px) 100vw, 747px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

It was that third entry that caught my attention. According to Google, the third most likely search about kids is why they hate their parents. So I asked myself, “who else is worried about being hated?” It turns out, a lot of Americans.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.19.20 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.19.34 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 749px) 100vw, 749px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.19.51 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.20.12 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.20.36 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 741px) 100vw, 741px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.20.53 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.21.16 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 746px) 100vw, 746px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.21.27 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Seriously. What. The. Fuck. About the only thing that assured me that this wasn’t a bug in Google, was the next two. It is also super creepy and a whole lot of ewww. Incest and child abuse. Awesome.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.24.36 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 741px) 100vw, 741px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.24.22 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

The post was originally going to be about just this odd behavior of Google autosuggest. However, this morning, while ruminating about the most recent cop-civilian crime, I wondered what the same experiment would reveal about the relationship of Americans to cops.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.27.32 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.27.16 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 751px) 100vw, 751px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Look at that last one. “Why do cops kill black.” The logical finishing word there is “people.” Corruption. Cheating. Excessive force. Killing blacks. And donuts.

This is where we are as a country. It scares me. It makes me angry. It makes me sad.

Is this a uniquely American problem? To answer that, I used the same feature on Google, but for different countries. I started with Canada, as it’s our kind neighbors to the north, and English is a first tongue. For the purposes of brevity, I am reducing the list of searches.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.35.18 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.35.29 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.35.42 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.35.54 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.36.10 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

So Canadians have some similar worries, though the differences are interesting. Farting kids. Canadian husbands appear to have far different perceptions of their relationships with their wives. Whereas Americans wonder why their wives love them, Canadian men wonder why their wives don’t love them.

What about the UK?

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.44.51 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.45.26 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.45.40 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.46.02 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 739px) 100vw, 739px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.46.18 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 740px) 100vw, 740px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Apparently the kids don’t fart, wives do. But UK parents do not worry about their kids hating them.

I have a conversational level of Spanish, and so I decided to do my best to tackle this problem in other languages. There are going to be some issues with this approach. I am not a native speaker, so I am doing direct translations, and will likely miss things like nuance or alternative words. With that said, I wanted to look at Spain and Mexico next.

Spain.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.51.20 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

So in Spain they are worried about their kids not wanting them, not growing, grinding their teeth at night, and not having friends.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.51.41 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 741px) 100vw, 741px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Wives are worried why they are not understood, not desired, not touched, and not being slept with. Ouch.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.51.54 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Husbands worry about being lied to, not being made love to, not having relations with them (twice). Also yikes.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.52.07 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Workers worry about not being appreciated, being ignored, treated badly, and getting scolded.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.52.52 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 746px) 100vw, 746px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Coworkers are wondering about being bothered by their co-worker or dreaming about them.

Mexico.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 4.59.50 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 740px) 100vw, 740px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Worrying about why their kids use the bathroom (translation issue?), not being obedient, not eating, and not speaking at age 2.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.00.24 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 747px) 100vw, 747px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Wives would like to know why their husbands don’t want to make love, kiss them, have relations with them, and no longer touching them.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.00.34 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 737px) 100vw, 737px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Husbands wonder why their wives are angry all the time, is indifferent to them, doesn’t want them, and is angry a lot with them.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.00.49 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Employees wonder why their bosses don’t value their work, doesn’t take them into account (presumably for their work), touches their arm, and ignores them.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.01.08 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Coworkers wonder why they aren’t spoken to, are bothered by the people they work with, dream about them, or like them (presumably in a romantic way).

So it would seem that even our Spanish speaking friends have similar issues, though some are slightly different. Creepy arm touching bosses, and yelling wives notwithstanding, what was clear to me from just the Spanish speaking auto-suggest was that we have far too much hate in the world, and not enough love.

Google provides some pretty amazing tools, including their translation site. So I tried my hand with French and German as well. I have no proficiency in either language.

French.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.09.21 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 741px) 100vw, 741px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

I might be using the wrong word for kids. Or French parents simply do not care what their kids think.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.09.47 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" />Wives are wondering why their husbands don’t love them, tells them wrong (translation issue), drinks, and hide things.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.15.52 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Husbands wonder why their wives don’t want to make love to them, lie to them, not getting pregnant, and being wrong.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.18.49 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Employees wonder why their bosses aren’t dragging them (translation issue), and not firing them. The last one is about the employee stapling their boss, so I’m guessing this is also a translation issue, or they have some serious Swingline action going on in France.

Much like our Spanish speaking friends, there are some very similar themes, though they are missing out on love, farting, and yelling.

Germany.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.23.53 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Parents in Germany wonder why their kids hurt themselves, hurts (in general?), understand what they are saying, and sleepwalking.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.26.27 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

German wives wonder why their husbands are doing things to them, or hurting (unclear if this is hurting the wives or hurting in general).

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.28.10 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

German husbands, on the other hand, wonder why their wives don’t have desire for them, have no pleasure (sexual or in general?), or want to sleep with them. The juxtaposition of the German husband and wife issues is quite polar.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.30.47 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Employees have a strange relationship with their bosses. I am guessing this is large a translation issue, but the wonder why their bosses are interested in them, burnout, or kidnap movies. So, yeah.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.34.17 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Coworkers wonder about what to get their coworkers for Christmas, and expect of them. This one didn’t appear to work as well for translate.

I guess I expected more provincial answers to surface from each of the individual country explorations. Lots of anger, hate, suspicion, etc. That was sad to see. Really sad.

Which brings us back to the relationship of the citizenry and the police force. Would we see similar issues to what we saw in the USA?

Canada

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.39.59 PMhttp://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i0.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 739px) 100vw, 739px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.39.43 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

UK

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.41.03 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 739px) 100vw, 739px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.40.50 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Spain & Mexico

Strangely these were identical for both google.es and google.mx

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.44.03 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 747px) 100vw, 747px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Are corrupt, can’t vote, are womanizers, and eat donuts.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.43.49 PMhttp://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i1.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

blank, don’t pay tickets, not able to enter universities, and not able to vote.

France

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.49.09 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 742px) 100vw, 742px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

blank, called chickens (slang thing?), are chickens, why 22 cops (not sure about this one – maybe some recent event, or has something to do with squad size?)

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.48.43 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 744px) 100vw, 744px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

blank, why the police rather than the police (translation issue), why municipal police (likely to do with different types of police), and why they come to a home.

Germany

Cops doesn’t translate.

Screenshot 2016-07-08 at 5.54.57 PMhttp://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 300w, http://i2.wp.com/www.manyniches.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Screensho... 400w" sizes="(max-width: 747px) 100vw, 747px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

why police are blue, no longer green, ??, blue light. I was so hoping that “warum polizei arnold” was a strange reference to a terminator cop.

There’s a little bit of corruption and abuse of power in Canada, some in MX and ES, but nothing about killing people. The European countries seem to have quite a positive relationship with their officers. Which begs the question: why?

What is it about the police forces in the Americas? I don’t have any answers. I am curious to hear others’ opinions. I often hear that we have militarized our police force, but I don’t have enough of a sense of what the police forces are like in other countries. I do know that the first time I saw a semi-automatic rife, it was being worn by a police officer in Mexico.

My speculation was that it has to do with the diverse set of cultures, values, and ethnicities coming together in these police-citizen relationships. Is there common ground between those who are citizens and those who are sworn to protect and serve?

How often are the police members of the communities they are policing? Never mind if they are the same race, or ethnicity; how often do they live in the same neighborhoods, and are emotionally invested in the well being of the relationships they have with the citizens they are supposed to be protecting?

At the risk of sounding like a hippie, which as a die hard capitalist I am unlikely to ever be called, we need more love and understanding in the world. Husbands loving wives. Kids loving parents. Bosses loving employees – well, not “loving” them in the way that some of the searches suggest they would like to love their employees.

Technology is an amazing thing. With freely available tools, I was able to write this article and publish it to the world, complete with translations in languages I don’t even speak. Cell phones with cameras connected to social networks allow for instantaneous capturing of life events, for good and for bad. Technology can help solve many problems.

My challenge to fellow tech entrepreneurs: instead of more ad tech or another social networking app (which, if we are being honest, is really about selling ads, not some altruistic coming together in a social cohesion), what can we do to bring more love and understanding to the world? To our communities?

To the cops out there: stop shooting black Americans. They are American citizens. You are sworn to protect and serve them. I’ve never been a cop, and have no idea what the stresses of even a common traffic stop must be. That said: stop. killing. black. americans.

As to the gun rights folks. For a long time I have believed that the 2nd amendment was an important one to uphold. When it was written, a good man could fire 3 aimed shots in a minute. The armed militia was meant to be able to oppose a governmental army. However, that army had similar weapons. If we as a people decided to go to war with our government, the outcome would be quite bad for the citizenry. The weapons aren’t even close in comparison. The only way it would be fair, or close to it, is if we ended up fighting a similar war to what is going on in the Middle East, with IEDs, and illegally imported weapons, at which point we’re no longer talking about a 2nd Amendment issue.

I was at a party a few weeks back. Someone walked in with a gun on his hip. He wasn’t a cop. He did not have a conceal carry permit. Apparently the state allowed open carry. Until that point, I had never seen this before. It was weird. And super uncomfortable for everyone at the party. No one there knew this person, and he walked in with a gun. When I am on the road, I know with a high degree of confidence that the people in other cars have licenses issued by the state after passing a test with mandatory training. Why are we not doing the same with weapons. When any person, in any mental state, can walk into a shop and buy a guy, I don’t feel safer at all.

Put another way: find every mentally unstable person you can. Find every drunk you can. Find every person who has a score to settle. Find every teenager you can. Now give them all a car and set them loose on the road in a small city. Then get in your car and you go out. Tell me how safe you feel. Now, replace “car” with “gun.”

This post was all over the place; I get it. I just had a lot on my mind, and tried to piece it together into a cohesive narrative. I am sure an editor would have a field day with it. I can’t wait to see the comments and feedback.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Brandon Watson

Brandon Watson is Director for Windows Phone 7. He specifically focuses on developers and the developer platform. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 after nearly a decade on Wall Street and running successful start-ups. He has both an engineering degree and an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, and blogs at www.manyniches.com.

Latest Stories
Have you ever noticed how some IT people seem to lead successful, rewarding, and satisfying lives and careers, while others struggle? IT author and speaker Don Crawley uncovered the five principles that successful IT people use to build satisfying lives and careers and he shares them in this fast-paced, thought-provoking webinar. You'll learn the importance of striking a balance with technical skills and people skills, challenge your pre-existing ideas about IT customer service, and gain new in...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
DevOps and microservices are permeating software engineering teams broadly, whether these teams are in pure software shops but happen to run a business, such Uber and Airbnb, or in companies that rely heavily on software to run more traditional business, such as financial firms or high-end manufacturers. Microservices and DevOps have created software development and therefore business speed and agility benefits, but they have also created problems; specifically, they have created software securi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buyers...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, I provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading the...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) alike. WebRTC makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market, every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints. And of course, one size does not fit all. In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Head of C...
In their general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Michael Piccininni, Global Account Manager - Cloud SP at EMC Corporation, and Mike Dietze, Regional Director at Windstream Hosted Solutions, reviewed next generation cloud services, including the Windstream-EMC Tier Storage solutions, and discussed how to increase efficiencies, improve service delivery and enhance corporate cloud solution development. Michael Piccininni is Global Account Manager – Cloud SP at EMC Corporation. He has been engaged in t...
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets. By creating abundant, high-quality editorial content across more than 140 highly targeted technology-specific websites, TechTarget attracts and nurtures communities of technology buyers researching their companies' information technology needs. By understanding these buyers' content consumption behaviors, TechTarget creates the purchase inte...
In the enterprise today, connected IoT devices are everywhere – both inside and outside corporate environments. The need to identify, manage, control and secure a quickly growing web of connections and outside devices is making the already challenging task of security even more important, and onerous. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Rich Boyer, CISO and Chief Architect for Security at NTT i3, will discuss new ways of thinking and the approaches needed to address the emerging challenges of securit...
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
Many private cloud projects were built to deliver self-service access to development and test resources. While those clouds delivered faster access to resources, they lacked visibility, control and security needed for production deployments. In their session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steve Anderson, Product Manager at BMC Software, and Rick Lefort, Principal Technical Marketing Consultant at BMC Software, discussed how a cloud designed for production operations not only helps accelerate developer inno...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business. Though, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected with a majority of IoT projects having failed. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief IoTologist at Wipro, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology portfolios and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will delve in...
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.