“When we tribalize conflict, we create a tribalized society. It’s that simple.”


David French at the NRO with a piece I think ought to go viral in the wake of the horror that took place last night in Dallas:

We are faced with choices today. At a time when all the short-term incentives point toward unreason, our leaders, political and cultural, must choose reason. At a time when group solidarity is trumping individual accountability, we must choose individual accountability. At a time when the loudest voices don’t wait for evidence to make sweeping judgments, we must wait for the evidence.

When we tribalize conflict, we create a tribalized society. It’s that simple. Stop lying and distorting facts for your own short-term political gain. It has been extraordinary to watch so many on the left and the right disregard the truth for the sake of “larger purposes.” A known lie such as “hands-up, don’t shoot” became the slogan of an entire movement. Scaremongers refused to deal with actual statistics and instead perpetuated the claim that police officers had declared “open season” on black men. Comprehensive reporting shows that police overwhelmingly use force when they are “under attack or defending someone who [is].” Despite the millions of interactions between police and citizens (including black citizens), the number of controversial or contentious shootings is low. It’s so low that in a nation of more than 300 million citizens, we can rattle off individual names – Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner – rather than consider the horror of mass death, of a true “open season.”

At the same time, it’s just as dishonest to pretend that police abuse is a fiction or that official racism has been vanquished. It is a simple fact that some police departments have covered up police misconduct (McDonald’s case comes immediately to mind) or, typically at the behest of their political masters, systematically abused the citizens they’re sworn to protect, turning them into ATMs for the state through excessive and burdensome fines and citations. While the Department of Justice’s investigation of the police shooting of Michael Brown exonerated officer Darren Wilson, for example, it painted an extraordinarily disturbing portrait of the use and abuse of official power in Ferguson, Missouri. Police made Ferguson a hell for its residents, a place where, as I wrote at the time, “a small class of the local power brokers creat[ed] two sets of rules, one for the connected and another for the mass of people who are forced – often at gunpoint – to pay for the ‘privilege’ of being governed.” No American man, woman, or child should have to live under such a regime. But the problem will never be solved if we refuse to acknowledge its complexities. No debate that so reflexively distorts reality will ever be productive.

Condemning the evil men and women who affiliate themselves with Black Lives Matter – people who tweet out applause for cop-killings – should not stop us from acknowledging that movement’s many more protesters who abhor violence and weep sincerely for the police lives lost last night. Condemning those cops who are bigoted should not stop us from acknowledging the many more cops who willingly lay down their lives for all citizens every single day. People of good faith can and should disagree about how best to prevent more lives from being lost in the future. But nothing will get better until everyone first recognizes that those with whom they disagree are people of good faith.

French’s entire piece should be read and passed around for effect.

I’ve seen some of this tribalization in my own social media newsfeed today. People pouring gasoline on the flames. It’s sickening, depressing, disgusting.  And though I agree completely with Mr. French, I go a step further.

What ails this once great country will take divine healing. There’s no way to get around this. It’s factual. It’s obvious. It’s real.

We should all cry out for that healing, and there’s no better way in my view for that to take place than to petition those who’ve been recognized by the Church as dispensers of that healing.

Saints of God, pray for us.

Originally published at Brutally Honest.
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  • Hgg61688

    Amen and I mean that sincerely.

  • jim_m

    It’s the inevitable result of identity politics. If we identify everyone as a member of a tribe we force the situation that we have today. It is the intentional result of political policy.

  • Commander_Chico

    The cops are a tribe, too. In the USA they are way too brutal and fuck with people too much.

    One thing I’ve noticed in Europe is how unobtrusive the police are. I just went to a rock festival with thousands present. Alcohol was served. I did not see a single police officer – only unarmed security guards.


    It has become an us and against them mentality.

    There is also the fact that almost a third of recent hires among police forces are from veterans of either the war in Afghanistan or the boondoggle known as Iraq. This makes sense as they are disciplined, have weapons training and understand chain of command. However, many carry the psychological scars of combat and may retain the “us vs. them” mentality, when in reality their first job is to protect the public.

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if they test for steroids among police personnel? There was a lot of steroid use among people I played sports with decades ago and the aggression that accompanied those drugs was extraordinary. I only ask because so many police seem to be incredibly muscular or their shirts are too small, or both.

    • jim_m

      Projection, thy name is leftist.

    • Vagabond661

      Loosen that top button. You’re restricting blood flow to the brain, bud.

    • Kaiser Derden

      you moron … the police are only aggressive in response to the dangerous and disrespectful attitudes on display everyday in the black community … you really are ignorant … and you never played sports decades ago you idiot …

  • Kaiser Derden

    I’m sorry there are no peaceful BLM protesters … shoot them all and let God sort out the “peaceful” ones … f*cking savages …

    • Brucehenry

      He seems nice!

      • Guy suggests shooting them all while calling them savages…

        • Brucehenry

          Yes this Derden guy seems like a reasonable fellow, huh?

          David French’s point about the living conditions in Ferguson, where the poor are a tax/fee/fine farm for the city and the police force are the farmers, was such a good one that I clicked on the whole piece.

          Unfortunately, in the rest of the article French is guilty, it seems to me, of exactly what he is decrying, just in kind of a passive-aggressive way.

          • jim_m

            Yes, somehow what the left does is always the fault of the right.

        • There you go off the Catholic reservation:

          Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.

          Arnaud Amalric
          Abbot of Citeaux
          Papal Legate (to Pope Innocent III)

          • Is there a point to your anti-Catholic and ignorant screed? You honestly and seriously contend that the alleged words said by a Papal Legate centuries ago stand as Catholic creed and doctrine?

            You’re really a special kind of ignoramus aren’t you?

          • Got nothing, as usual, I see.

            It was the coining of the phrase.

          • Mr. Graves, you’re the King of Got Nothing…

          • Says the “contributor” who only repackages the writings of others.

          • Yes because my ego is ok with the notion that others have thoughts and mindsets worth sharing, that others have an ability to articulate a point that I perhaps don’t.

            Don’t you have some latin to look up and share in the attempt to make yourself look like an intellectual?


  • Constitution First

    While a tribal war sure sounds threatening, the aggressors best remember they are out numbered 10-1. This can not end well.