White Power, Blue Uniform
When gawking in horror at the internet’s racist underbelly during a bout with insomnia, one comes across jarring pronouncements like that one. The comment was one among a long list of similar sentiments under a Facebook meme denouncing biracial relationships.
“Who says something like that in the year 2014?” I wondered while clicking through to the commenter’s profile. Well, it turns out US Army Police Officer (!) Troy Roberts of Ft. Stewart, Georgia does. He’s a big fan of a Facebook page called American White History Month, publisher of the now-removed meme.
Roberts’ stated employer and job would seem to make him an MP, and President Obama his Commander in Chief.
While serving in the Army under a Republican Commander in Chief for whom I did not vote, it would never have occurred to me to publicly mock him and openly side against him with one of our adversaries. It just seems kind of treasonous.
There is certainly precedent for the government having a limit on just how racist and subversive one of its employees gets to be while remaining on the payroll. Militant black nationalist Ayo Kimathi discovered this the hard way when his employment with DHS was terminated in December.
Surely our government wouldn’t be harder on an African-American than on Mr. Roberts, given how much we hear from the likes of the latter and pages like this one about The White Man’s inability to catch a break these days as people of color become our oppressors and enjoy the sweet, subsidized life on Easy Street.
Individuals like Roberts deserve to be called out because they exacerbate the existing lack of trust many in the African-American community have in law enforcement. It is doubtful that, were Officer Roberts responding to an African-American family’s 911 call, the latter would find him eager “to protect and to serve.”
How and why are we paying the salaries of individuals like this?