The “Thin Blue Line” is a concept that reflects a conservative point of view concerning police culture. It is reflective of the worldview held by the police, that when they put on their blue uniform, it represents law and order. That ‘thin blue line’, they say, is what stands between a society that abides by the rules, and anarchy. The thin line has grown thinner for police across the United States as “bad cops” have gone too far over that line, committing crimes themselves in the line of duty.
The majority of the police force across the country, put themselves in harms way, as they protect citizens from the mayhem that exists in a world that has grown more violent every day. The sheer magnitude of what they face, particularly in the big cities, is overwhelming. When the few bad cops, unfortunate circumstances, or racist officers result in the harm or deaths of innocent citizens, that thin blue line gets thinner and thinner. These incidents in our society have been coming to the fore and have resulted in a backlash against the police. Although some of this is warranted, it has increasingly made it more and more dangerous for good cops to do their job.
One citizen, a small business owner Anthony Welichko, saw the public tide turning against the police, and he wanted to do something that would show support for the cops who do a good job, and who have become increasingly afraid for their own lives. He began an initiative after posting a message to law enforcement on his Facebook page. He has called the movement “The Safe Harbor Initiative”. His post has been shared more than 85,000 times by folks who support what he is saying.
The following video shows him expressing his feelings about the police. He explains that when they see a thin blue line painted on a curb in front of people’s homes (part of his initiative), it is a symbol of support and gratitude for the work they do. “To all the police out there doing their jobs to keep us safe every day. We thank you.”
His heartfelt expression and explanation of his initiative should be watched in the video below. It is food for thought in a world in which too often we see things in black and white, and don’t consider the shades of gray that truly represent the work of “The Thin Blue Line”.