Sorry for the delayed reply, I only just saw this:

If you are unaware as to how 'Law and Order' can simultaneously mean what it seems to mean and it's direct opposite, then I suggest you take a look at the so-called 'Southern Strategy', possibly starting with this quote from Lee Atwater, former GOP consultant and strategist:

'You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”'

https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/

If a Republican is standing on a Law and Order ticket, you can be damned sure they're priming stereotypes of "thugs" in "inner cities" with their speeches... and referencing crime statistics from law enforcement officials that have, shall we say, a checkered history when it comes to law enforcement:

- Marijuana usage is broadly equivalent in both black and white populations but black users are imprisoned at many times the rate of white users.

- Black youths are more likely to receive custodial sentences for identical crimes to white youths.

- Young black men are consistently seen as more culpable than young white men because they "look" older.

- Darker-skinned individuals receive harsher penalties than lighter-skinned individuals even when comparing African-Americans.

As to your point about Antifa and BLM violence. I don't condone it, but I understand it. Far-Right violence goes essentially unpunished, peaceful protests by BLM are met with tanks and tear gas. Some, and maybe most, of the violence at BLM rallies has been due to (and in the main done by) counter-protesters, or in response to police use of excessive force. That said, maybe read this:

https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/a-riot-is-the-language-of-the-unheard-remembering-the-words-of-mlk-edd673d69762

TL;DR:

“But at the same time, it is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots.

I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. *But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.*

And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met.

And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense, our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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