From a White Cop: Blacks Fight For an End to All Violence Except Their Own

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After simply reading the title of this blog, many people will immediately ask what gives a white man the right to make such a claim and the answer is simple.  Having dedicated over a decade of my life to service within the black community as a police officer, I’ve spent more time with black people than many members of my own family and my unique position has provided a vast, intimate landscape of engagement with the black community.  In my career, I’ve protected black people and harmed them.  I’ve counseled black people and have been counseled by them.  I’ve supported them and condemned them, embraced them and fought them, loved them and hated them, pitied them and envied them.  They’ve tried to kill me and have come to my rescue and everything in between.

My American racial experience is as genuine as it gets.  It’s not theoretical and wasn’t lectured to me by some professor.  I wasn’t emotionally inspired about race from some book or movie and I wasn’t raised in an echo chamber of love or hate for blacks. I’ve never let a guilt-ridden baby boomer or a snarky, naive millennial dictate to me about race relations when my knowledge of race comes from old-fashioned human experience.  I know how genuine my racial experience is, which is why I am unapologetic about my opinions and free of guilt.  This makes me a very dangerous man in America since the power structure seems to discourage honesty about race and advocates the emotion they inspire and the theories that they write to control racial paradigms. 

Americans have championed themselves as the removers of every chain of oppression except the oppression of guilt, which happens to be our strongest restraint and most oppressive force against confronting race issues.  Ask yourself, in these modern times where so much has progressed, why do we seem to be at each other’s throats more than ever?  It is because you are still not free to be reasonable or to think differently about race. You are bound to a narrative written by people with limited racial experience, no racial experience, or at best, a subjective racial experience polluted by politics, emotion, and theory.  Since I have broken free, empowered by broad experience and reason, I would like to share some of my observations.

With exponentially higher abortion and murder rates throughout black communities than any other race, what right do blacks have to imply that anyone values their lives less than they do themselves?  In some areas blacks abort more babies than are born and kill each other several times more than any other race.  Blacks also murder other races at rate higher than other races murder them.  Statistically, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that life in general appears to mean the least to blacks.

It’s evident that change is needed for black people, but change to black people is never what they can do to make things better for themselves – it’s always what other people need to do or not do for them.  Change to black people is always a list of demands to other people.  I was on a homicide scene in the projects once when a black woman told me the reason that blacks kill each other so much is because there aren’t enough recreation centers in the area.  Not only were we standing 100 yards away from a Rec Center, but she implied that after basketball, murder is the only thing left to do. 

They seem to have difficulty in owning a problem when it is presented, and solutions are hard to find when you believe that all problems rest with someone else.  Life, or in their case, death – just goes on.  Nothing seems to change with that mentality.  White liberals don’t help the matter either.

Whenever a problem is identified in the black community, you can count on a white liberal to swoop in and save the day for what they see as “those poor helpless black souls.”  But not by actually fixing anything, no, but rather simply blaming somebody else, usually other white people to ease the burden of guilt they’ve been duped into feeling.  Even diabetes in the black community is blamed on racism through theories of institutional racism in the medical industry or even eating habits based on unfair proximity to grocery stores.  When personal accountability can’t even be applied to girth, how can we possibly expect blacks to take responsibility for their own violence.

There is a large portion of the black community that are sick of the violence in their own communities by their own people.  Even in the inner city, the majority of blacks are good, law-abiding, tax paying citizens.  The problem truly rests with a small group of blacks, but that small group is an ENORMOUS problem.

We are to believe that there are movements and organizations trying to implement change to make black communities more peaceful.  We often see them on the news during candlelight vigils and peace walks to “stop the violence.”  They are comprised of black Pastors and Reverends and they have a genuine struggle before them. 

One problem is that if they stand up too tall to the bad guys and gang bangers, they face violence and intimidation.  It’s frightening and the threats are real, but I was thinking: during the civil rights movement, blacks faced opposition from extremely organized, hostile, violent, racist southern whites.  Their enemies donned hoods and robes, set fire to churches, lynched and murdered blacks among other acts.  Are we to believe that those truly racist southern whites were less dangerous and less violent than their own black children today?  When you think about it, the only opposition for black citizens to live in peace in their own neighborhoods is their own children.  So are their own children more dangerous and vile than those racist southern whites that murdered and intimidated them back in the 1950s, or is the current generation of blacks not able or simply unwilling to foster change and overcome this modern adversity?

How did the civil rights movement succeed rather quickly, yet peace in the inner city has failed for decades and only seems like a pipe dream?  I can declare with confidence that nobody is truly trying to change anything in black communities.  They are literally stepping over the dead bodies of their own children to head over to Ferguson or New York City to address the death of a stranger simply because his death came at the hands of someone who doesn’t look like them.  They act in unison, inspired by emotion rather than reason. The lack of families to ground their emotion rallies them into tribalist frenzies.  They have sacrificed the love of a family for the power of a tribe – a tribe that is subject to collective manipulation by celebrities, the media, political leaders, and race baiters.

Nobody in the black community is taking the risks required for their own change.  Nobody is taking blame.  Nobody is admitting fault.  Nobody is taking responsibility.  Nobody is bravely marching forward with their arms locked together, singing or chanting about overcoming what is actually their greatest enemy – themselves.

I know that if blacks truly wanted peace in their own community they could do it.  Who could disagree?  So why the constant failure?  I can’t help but wonder if they truly want peace.  Are they willing to take the risks and walk the narrow path?  Are they willing to own the problem and take responsibility?  Are they willing to pull up their own bootstraps? Are they willing to give up subsidies?  Are they willing to get out of their comfort zones? Are they willing to stop making excuses? 

I hope I’m around to see it if it happens.  It’s hard for me to be a cop in the inner city and see things constantly get worse.  Senseless death is sad.  I like to see results and I don’t mean arrest statistics or drug seizures.  I’d like to see young men on the corner discussing a book that they just read – a book that wasn’t about getting angry at anyone but themselves.  That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?  It shouldn’t.

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Henry Calgues

Henry Calgues

Henry Calgues is the new pseudonym for "Anonymous Cop."
Henry Calgues



27 thoughts on “From a White Cop: Blacks Fight For an End to All Violence Except Their Own”

  1. My bonafides are the same 25 years of working as a uniformed patrolman in big city ghetto. The statements contained in this blog are spot-on but they will no doubt be ignored and dismissed as racist, instead of as the truth that nobody wants to hear.

  2. The article is a good article from a white cops point of view. However, just because you worked for years in these communities don’t make you part of the community to truly understand them. In other words if you not black you can’t speak for them. The author fails to take into account the historical facts that African Americans have suffered in the past so bad that generations psychologically have been effected negatively by the injustice. The author I bet can track his family name and lineage to Europe, the country, and town. The average African American can only go as far as North Carolina in most instances. If that doesn’t have a effect on a group of people I don’t know what wouldn’t. Bottom line…. You need to ask why these people think the way they do as opposed to assess judgement that they are clueless and uncaring to their current situation author.

    1. Bull. Demonstrably false. In the 40’s and 50’s, BEFORE civil right, blacks were upwardly mobile. We did not have legions of black youths killing themselves. We had black families. With a mother and father both present

      Then came the 60’s and welfare expansion by the ignorant liberal asshats. Destroyed the black man and the family.

      I am adopted. I can trace my families heritage back exactly zero years. I don’t feel that I’ve been psychologically affected. I don’t have the desire to kill other people over drugs or some perceived slight or ‘diss’.

      Quit making excuses for bad behavior. Demand that EVERYONE uphold the same standards.

    2. not true…. People need to STOP using the past to make justify their bad choices… Read the book “mistakes were made (but not by me) : why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts” by carol tavris and elliot aronson… Great book and you are bringing the dissonance yheory

    3. Sidney, like it or not, after a substantial period of time serving a community, he most certainly became a part of it. That doesn’t make him omniscient about every aspect of said community but it was an informed opinion. He’s not trying to speak for them so much as make a series of comments based on his extensive experience, too many just don’t like that so they try to marginalize “outsiders” from having the ability to comment.

      As far as the genealogical angle, that is quite a stretch for different reasons, first of which is that only a very small number of people engage in that as a hobby, never mind some soul searching vision quest that impacts day to day life. I’d be surprised if most of the protestors have finished a book in the past year, if they can read at an adult level at all, never mind find importance in the distant past to find out which tribe sold one’s ancestor’s into slavery. If it is really important to anyone, the means to trace ones genes much more accurately than paper trails is currently available via DNA, allowing a person to find out specifically where they are from as well as how closely related they may be to someone.

    4. The only lineage card in Life’s wallet is Jesus … plenty of slaves back then too all colors….think outside the box this CHRISTmas…

  3. Let’s be perfectly blunt here…. If Mike Brown had been gunned down by a black cop….or had Mike Brown been a white kid, it wouldn’t even have made the regional news. The only reason it made the news was because it was a white cop.

    Why do I bring this up? Because the fact remains that you don’t see looting, rioting, any of these things over 4 yr old Tasha or 7 yr old Jermaine that was gunned down in a drive by shooting. You don’t see sheer outrage and violence over the rapes or brutal murders of young kids in the black community by other blacks. You can see Sharpton or Jackson showing up to promote racist divides when it makes them money, but you don’t see them showing up when it’s black on black crime.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what gender or race you are. You are responsible for your own actions when it comes down to it. Until America as a whole realizes that, and is willing to accept that, racism will always get played out like it is right now. It’s too easy to blame the system or blame whitey, when instead it is you who deserves the blame. I didn’t make you skip school and point a toy gun at a cop, knowing it will most likely get you shot. I didn’t force you to assault a police officer because you were too stupid to just get out of the street.

    Common sense and being held accountable is very rare in this country it seems like anymore, and that is just a damn shame.

      1. And there are more constructive ways to open dialogue than disrupting others lives and repeating yourselves over and over, the same sentences….

  4. You idiot! Black poverty is not caused by blacks “refusing” to get a job and enter the middle class; it’s caused by white employers refusing to hire young black men!

    1. That’s not true either. Some black males do not present a package worthy of being hired… by anyone.

      Blacks drop out of high school at a disproportionate rate to other races. That alone explains most of the hiring disparity. And you cannot tell me that the gold teeth wearing pants down off his ass project black male presents an image an employer looks for. Someone walks into MY place of business looking like that and sucking his teeth, I’m going to throw his application in the trash. Period. Plain and simple. And that doesn’t make me a racist; it’s not the image I want in my business, and anyone who cares so little about the work process won’t likely make a worthwhile employee anyway.

      The black community needs to adopt practices that are conducive to success.

      But you know these things already. You just don’t like hearing a white cop tell them to you. Somebody has to. You’re sure not going to hear it from your “reverends” or your “community organizers”.

    2. Bullshit. According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, “According to the most recent statistics, the nationwide college graduation rate for black students stands at an appallingly low rate of 42 percent. This figure is 20 percentage points below the 62 percent rate for white students.” I work in IT. I hire, train and work with IT professionals (going on 5 years now). The Minneapolis area, where I work, is one of the hottest IT markets in the world. Do you know how many black applicants I’ve had in 5 years? ZERO. Not one who even had the basic skill set to apply. The pre-requisite for many development positions is a 2 year degree. 2 years, impartially subsidized if you’re a minority might I add, to take classes, most offered online, to learn to write enough code to earn 50-80k a year. I would love to hire a black man or woman with coding skills…if one ever showed up at our front door.

    3. 28 year old black male here. At 16 I began working fast food. Since then I have worked seven different occupations to include a managerial position and now law enforcement. I have never been terminated, and have not gone a day unemployed since I began working. I must disagree with you when you say that white employers refuse to hire young black men, because all but one of those eight jobs involved a white employer selecting me for the position. I have maintained employment without a college degree, because work ethic and a discipline were instilled in me at an early age.

      SavageLeeBeaten says zero black applicants in the past 5 years for a job that earns 50-80k a year? Only pre-requisite is a 2 year degree? The opportunities are out there for us.

      I’ve driven 400 miles for an interview in a run down vehicle that I purchased with money that I earned from a job that I applied for and excelled at. I did that. That’s why I now live 400 miles away from home, and earn a decent living, protecting and serving a community full of people that look exactly like me. I get satisfaction out of seeing a young black male do something other than a hand to hand drug transaction.

      If this author has spent this much time working in an environment that I know very well, just wants to see our young men stand on the corner and discuss a book they just read, then he should have all our support, instead of an argument.

  5. Eloquently and intelligently put. Powerful and honest insight from a bright and brave individual. Its the elephant in the room few wish to discuss. Change is possible if thses troubled and struggling inner city communties are willing to face the ugly truth and fight for a better future.

  6. Excellent read! If Sharpton and Jackson were out in the black community doing what this guys talking about, race relations and the plight of the black community would move forward with lightening fast speed. If Sharpton were out preaching to the black community, “Your doing something wrong” as opposed to preaching to the white community telling them it’s their fault, you might see real change. But Sharpton doesn’t want real change and he proves it ever time he gets in front of a camera!

  7. The person who wrote this “blog” is not a cop he is a fraud. Also your statistics about murder rates are also misleading and full of spin. I smell agenda.

        1. Back your assertions that I am not a cop and that I’m a fraud, sir. And if by agenda, you mean that I intend to say what others can’t or won’t then yes, there is an agenda.

        2. You have proven what the article posits: that black people, in general (there are always exceptions to the general rule), are unwilling to accept responsibility for their own lives, are unwilling to confront their dysfunctional lives, unwilling to admit the truth of the violence and criminality in their own communities. That’s why you disparage the author and deny the unpleasant facts, rather than refuting them. Because you can’t refute them.

  8. Interesting perspective presented very clearly. I appreciate your openness and would only like to offer for you to keep the faith. Look at the reasons you entered that field and try find tools from outside of the community you work in that can be used as a catalyst to change what you are witnessing.

  9. Excellent insight and writing. Sadly, the social constructs in America today are falling apart and the black emotional tribe mentality is being used like a pawn in a chest game to enable an evil agenda intent on killing the free world we grew up in.

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