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Back the Blue Movement

Written by Anonymous

Dear editor,

The stigma surrounding our nation’s law enforcement is downright abhorrent, and quite frankly, it is this demonization that needs to be quarantined. A widespread attitude against men and women who constantly put their lives on the line — often placed in situations in which the average person would crumble — is a mindset that should be abolished, not encouraged.

Unfortunately, this attitude, in particular, is perpetuated on the UW Tacoma campus. Professors and students alike will praise this rebellious nature — a dangerous indoctrination that I have been privy to during my collegiate experience. 

Why is “f**k the police” such a common life motto and dialogue here? What does this negativity accomplish? As a family member of two retired LA Sheriffs, this dialogue is 100% disrespectful to past, present and fallen officers. Tacoma students and residents should remain mindful of the influence their hate has — yes, hate.

Consider for a moment where this hate stems from. Is your perception completely your own? Or, is it simply a concoction of lies built within an echo-chamber? 

Every individual who fails to respect these men and women — boasting fictitious fear into the hearts of others — I implore you to remember the families and friends of the 134 US officers who were killed on the line of duty in 2019.

I hope that those reading this will never experience an emergency situation. However, should the time arise, I pray they accept the aide of our righteous defenders. As Michael Marks once said, “And maybe just remind the few, if ill of us they speak, that we are all that stands between the monsters and the weak.”

And to all law enforcement, thank you for your continued service, protection and sacrifice. There may always be individuals who choose to speak ill of you, but there will always be plenty of others who will extend their eternal gratitude.

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