My main progressive thought in my first blog on the Dorner Manifesto is that police departments should not be financed by taxes. Police services should be supplied in free markets. As a corollary, internal affairs investigations are inferior to free market incentives. Vague notions of ending corruption or investigating corruption and cleaning up departments also are inferior to changing the method of financing from taxation to voluntary payments and subscriptions.
This blog has an additional thought: expect severe distortion of the Dorner Manifesto by the MSM. You cannot simply read headlines and expect to know anything. You have to do more research than that to understand any issue. You also cannot read only the news articles of one or a few sources, especially the established or mainstream media. These routinely editorialize within so-called news accounts. They selectively choose and distort material.
A case in point is an article popping up in Google news that is here. It is written by Sharon Bernstein and it’s under an NBC affiliate (4NBC Southern California). I have also already seen and read a CNN article that interspersed misleading editorial statements with quotes from the Dorner Manifesto. Bernstein’s article is totally irresponsible journalism.
Ms. Bernstein msinterpets Dorner as choosing victims on the basis of race and sex bias. This is completely false!! In each case where race and sex are mentioned, he focuses on their behavior and what he charges them with doing. More on that below.
Her headline reads “Manifesto: Alleged Cop Revenge Shooter Named Targets, Blamed Asians, Hispanics and Lesbians.”
Dorner DOES NOT BLAME Asians, Hispanics and Lesbians per se. In each case, he blames them for specific reasons. These reasons are lousy reasons for murder, to be sure. But it is clear that he is not targeting various members of the LAPD for their race or sexual preference alone, but for their BEHAVIOR as he sees it.
I will first provide three quotes that show that he has nothing at all against the LGBT community:
“Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community and how we as Americans view the LGBT community. I congratulate you on your success and opening my eyes as a young adult, and my generation to the fact that you are know different from us other than who you choose to love.”
“It’s time to allow gay service member’s spouses to utilize the same benefits that all heterosexual dependents are eligible for. Medical, Dental, Tricare, Deers, SGLI, BX, Commissary, Milstar, MWR, etc. Flag officers, lets be honest. You can’t really give a valid argument to as why gays shouldn’t be eligible as every month a new state enacts laws that allow same sex marriage.”
“LGBT community and supporters, the same way you have the right to voice your opinion on acceptance of gay marriage, Chick Fil-A has a right to voice their beliefs as well. That’s what makes America so great. Freedom of expression. Don’t be assholes and boycott/degrade their business and customers who patronize the locations. They make some damn good chicken! Vandalizing (graffiti) their locations does not help any cause.”
What does he say about lesbian officers in general, as a class? Nothing. He singles out certain ones that he thinks are treating males unfairly who are under their supervision:
“Those lesbian officers in supervising positions who go to work, day in day out, with the sole intent of attempting to prove your misandrist authority (not feminism) to degrade male officers. You are a high value target.”
Dorner says that he is making certain LAPD police, characterized by race, as his targets, each because of a different reason. It is the reasons that are important to him, not the race per se. In each case, race comes in because it is linked to a particular injustice that he perceives and dislikes.
Take the case of Hispanics:
“Those Hispanic officers who victimize their own ethnicity because they are new immigrants to this country and are unaware of their civil rights. You call them wetbacks to their face and demean them in front of fellow officers of different ethnicities so that you will receive some sort of acceptance from your colleagues. I’m not impressed. Most likely, your parents or grandparents were immigrants at one time, but you have forgotten that. You are a high value target.”
Dorner sees an injustice in Hispanic police who mistreat other Hispanics in order to get ahead in the LAPD.
Ms. Bernstein failed to mention that Dorner, who is black, also targets certain Black officers and certain Caucasian officers, again, not for their race per se but because of a perceived injustice.
In the case of Black supervisors, he is concerned with those who demean white officers under their authority:
“Those Black officers in supervisory ranks and pay grades who stay in south bureau (even though you live in the valley or OC) for the sole intent of getting retribution toward subordinate caucasians officers for the pain and hostile work environment their elders inflicted on you as probationers (P-1′s) and novice P-2’s. You are a high value target. You perpetuated the cycle of racism in the department as well. You breed a new generation of bigoted caucasian officer when you belittle them and treat them unfairly.”
In the case of white officers, he is concerned with those who are intent on victimizing minorities:
“Those Caucasian officers who join South Bureau divisions (77th,SW,SE, an Harbor) with the sole intent to victimize minorities who are uneducated, and unaware of criminal law, civil law, and civil rights. You prefer the South bureau because a use of force/deadly force is likely and the individual you use UOF on will likely not report it. You are a high value target.”
Dorner does indeed categorize his targets by race, as Ms. Bernstein’s article partially reports. This is not central to his thought or action. Mistreatment of subordinates is central to his thinking, and this includes his personal case and his personal frustrations with getting the LAPD to change. Dorner’s case should not be transformed by irresponsible reporting into the acts of a person motivated by racial hatreds. Neither should he be dismissed as one who is “mentally ill”.
He has made himself judge, jury and executioner. That’s for sure. In this respect, he echoes President Obama with his targeted killings. He even uses the same term, target. Both have their reasons for their killing. Both are wrong.10:45 am on February 11, 2013 Email Michael S. Rozeff