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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, from his vantage point on the U.S.-Mexico border, has been observing the shenanigans of Reverend Al Sharpton, who has participating in elevating the Ferguson, Missouri protests that arose after a police shooting of an unarmed African-American, Michael Brown, resulted in Brown’s death.

The case became a flashpoint for the racial tensions that have been increasing in our nation ever since Barrack Obama was elected in large part on the promise of reducing them.

Perhaps the case has captivated the media because it is so rare. Over 8,000 people of color are murdered by other people of color each year in America. That comes to about one every hour, day and night. This lethal violence is all too common, in fact so common that we have come to overlook it. And one hundred police, on average, are killed in the line of duty each year, often in the course of attempting to reduce this carnage.

But we are instructed by the media to instead focus on the occasional white-on-black shooting. Pay no attention to what’s behind that much larger curtain.

Sheriff Joe has invited Reverend Sharpton to undergo the police training that is provided for dealing with high-pressure situations. “Let’s come on down here,” the Sheriff said, “I think you’re the prime guy that ought to go through this and learn a lesson.”

It’s worth noting that another African-American activist, Reverend Jarrett Maupin, agreed to go through with the training course. Maupin emerged with a renewed respect for the difficulties that police face in handling such encounters.

 

 

 

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