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Project by Ronald G Campbell posted 10-08-2020 09:55 PM 1163 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cities in Crisis III
Again CBS and its show 60 Minutes brought me some inspiration. Feeling the need to bring forward the issue of police and Black Lives Matter. I question the need for so much lethal force being used on unarmed people of color. These killings have brought protest that have lead to riots, destruction of property and yes loss of life. Here you can see a couple weapons of rioters with the flow of blood running down the street. It is the blood of many and all nationalities. There is a black side that has many white areas representing other nationalities that are marching with the people of color. The black side was burned with a torch it representing the many business that have been torched. On the other side it is just white. I hope all people are asking for change regardless of skin color.
Yes this will be viewed as a political post and will strike a different chord with many and that is the purpose of this piece. We must return to peace with change.
It will be interesting the response to this piece.

Disk is turned from wet Madrone, brick and stone are from dry Madrone

Yes it will be turned to politics.

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 10-09-2020 01:00 AM

What a load of crap… All lives matter… not just people of colour...

You have your chance on the 3rd. of November… Voice your dissatisfaction there or waste peoples time in a blog...

All you’re projecting is your misplaced attitude.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Woodworker909

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#2 posted 10-09-2020 02:38 AM

Nice piece and I appreciate your thoughtful post. That said, I would be careful about relying on CBS for an accurate picture of the world. Stats on police use of force are shaky and often presented in a biased way. But the most comprehensive count of incidents we have (from the Washington Post) found that 14 unarmed blacks and 25 unarmed whites were killed by police in 2019. So, more whites were killed. Of course, blacks are only 15% or so of the population, so proportionately more blacks were killed. But rates of crime and police encounter are higher among blacks, which might explain some or all of that proportional difference. So it’s unclear whether or to what extent the racial differences reflect racism. Either way, the chance of anyone being unarmed and killed by police is similar to the chance of being killed by lightning.

Whatever the case may be, the narrative about the issue currently circulating in the media is unbalanced and unhelpful to say the least.

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#3 posted 10-09-2020 02:56 AM

Art is often tied to feelings, moral dilemmas, strife. This represents the rawness of it pretty well.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 10-09-2020 03:18 AM

Thank you LBD. You read my mind on this complete over reacting situation. I agree with you 100%. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 10-09-2020 08:40 AM

If You cant Breath How did you say you cant breath?

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#6 posted 10-09-2020 12:04 PM

I have to ask ‘what part of turn around and put your hands behind you is so hard to understand’ ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 10-09-2020 02:14 PM



If You cant Breath How did you say you cant breath?

- stevejack

+1

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 10-09-2020 03:43 PM

Thank you, Mr Campbell, for sharing your art and what inspired you.

Mr LBD, you didn’t have to read Mr Campbell’s prose. If you feel your time was wasted by doing so, that’s on you.

To those who say that “all lives matter” I ask the honest and simple question: then why do so many people not act accordingly?

I think that if everyone who says that life matters embodied that sentiment in their actions – all actions including political, economic, and rhetorical choices – then our country would be better off.

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northwoodsman

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#9 posted 10-09-2020 05:20 PM

Please be kind. Ronald has the right to express his feelings and thoughts in the art of woodworking. Obviously he put thought and effort into this. I’m not taking a side, but Ronald represents a lot of people. If this work represented his belief (or disbelief in God) would you attack his post in such the same manner if you believed the opposite? Be part of the solution, not the problem.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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Ronald G Campbell

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#10 posted 10-09-2020 05:57 PM

This piece has brought out so many thoughts from so many people. Most of the response has been great but that is not what I was looking for. I wanted all responses as it tell me it hit home. Art should be provocative and this piece is. Thank you all for the attention both good and bad.

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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#11 posted 10-09-2020 06:09 PM

Nice work!!

If You cant Breath How did you say you cant breath?

- stevejack

+1

- bigblockyeti

You might ask George Floyd that question. Oh, wait, you can’t, because he’s dead!

This is why politics has no place on a woodworking forum. Please keep your opinions to yourself! I’m sure the percentage of people of color on this site is very small but you risk offending them (us) as I am one of those people. You might be surprised at the amount of vitriol that I used to receive when my picture was my avatar. Many of you know Jay Bates through his youtube channel. He and his wife adopted a child of color and the disgusting comments that were posted to his channel were disturbing to say the least.

So, again, I say that a woodworking site should be all about woodworking, regardless of your politics.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 10-09-2020 07:48 PM

^ You have made assumptions about who’s being talked about, thanks for making it political! All that was stated was a medical question about a person’s, any color person’s pulmonary system.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#13 posted 10-09-2020 08:17 PM



^ You have made assumptions about who s being talked about, thanks for making it political! All that was stated was a medical question about a person s, any color person s pulmonary system.

- bigblockyeti


Yeah. OK.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#14 posted 10-09-2020 09:19 PM

I wanted to flag the post/project as offensive, but you can only do that on the replies

-- Putty

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Ronald G Campbell

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#15 posted 10-09-2020 09:59 PM



Nice work!!

Thank you for your opinion. I. am a grandfather of two grandsons of color. We worry about them daily but. they have been lectured on how to respect authority and elders. This piece has been thought provoking on both sides. I have been accused of being left and accused of being right with this piece. But at least you are thinking about the problem of systemic racism It still exist.

If You cant Breath How did you say you cant breath?

- stevejack

+1

- bigblockyeti

You might ask George Floyd that question. Oh, wait, you can t, because he s dead!

This is why politics has no place on a woodworking forum. Please keep your opinions to yourself! I m sure the percentage of people of color on this site is very small but you risk offending them (us) as I am one of those people. You might be surprised at the amount of vitriol that I used to receive when my picture was my avatar. Many of you know Jay Bates through his youtube channel. He and his wife adopted a child of color and the disgusting comments that were posted to his channel were disturbing to say the least.

So, again, I say that a woodworking site should be all about woodworking, regardless of your politics.

- Andybb


-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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