Okay, Joe, let's not discuss the fact that a police officer's duty is to arrest suspected criminals, charge them with whatever offense for which they are being arrested, and most importantly, to permit the criminal justice system to mete out any punishment so deserved.
Instead, let's talk about why you feel it's perfectly okay to overlook the "street justice" meted out by street cops who so often relegate themselves as judge, jury, and executioner in encounters with citizens whose only "crime" -- if you will -- is having the audacity to question their authority.
Let's not focus on a long history of skittish, trigger-happy "shoot-first-ask-questions-later" cops highlighted today by the rash of police killings of unarmed young black Americans.
Instead, let's talk about why you and other critics, specifically, Rudy Giuliani, seem to agree that ridding society of its "blacks-killing-blacks" problem is the best way to eradicate its "blue-killing-black" problem while you extrapolate as well, on what's worse in a civilized society: cop killers or killer cops?
But let's not talk about why, for people just like you, the thought of punishing a bunch of football players for exercising their alleged constitutional right of free speech is so much more emotionally palatable than an agreement not to punish a clearly "testi-lying" cop with a racially-troubling background who killed an unarmed black teenager in broad daylight under murky circumstances.
Instead, let's discuss what makes you feel angry and offended by American citizens who respond to the over-the-top behavior of cops through the exercise of free speech and assembly, in particular, this specific act of uncomplicated symbolism -- raising your hands.
We get it, Joe. You don't want to discuss the specific issue raised by the brunt-bearers of all this -- that being, an operational model for law enforcement that mimics that of an occupational force and functions with deadly impunity in non-white communities throughout this country.
It offends you.
Yet, as you've continued to call upon all parties to engage in a "real conversation about race," why not, in this instance, push forth a familiar straw-man argument for a moment or two -- complete with all the crafty caveats and compromising qualifiers -- and simply call it a day. Why not engage in a tit-for-tat exercise of dueling atrocities?
Anything to help you feel just a bit more comforted, Joe.
Is this not essentially the way both "Moaning" Joe Scarborough and his irrelevant cross-dressing cohort, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, furiously attempted to frame the discussion about the protests over the failure to indict the cop that killed Michael Brown?
Both publicly blew gaskets over the growing outrage displayed in various forms by American citizens critical of the decision.
"I don't want to discuss the criminal-justice system," moaned Scarborough December 1st on his MSNBC show, Morning Joe.
"I don't see how this case normally would have even been brought to a grand jury," bawled Giuliani a few days earlier on Meet the Press.
Ramble on guys. Just know that some of us are in absolute glee over the anger and discomfort that Scarborough, Giuliani, and perhaps too many other Americans experience at the sight of black people exercising their constitutional right to protest against cops' right to kill certain Americans with impunity. Where is their indignation over the actions of complete ass-hats like Darren Wilson who somehow manage to become police officers and go on to commit acts so incredibly outrageous that they inflame not just a local community, but the nation as a whole?