Watcher’s Council members and their friends are at it again, writing insightful, entertaining posts about the situation at home and abroad.
When it comes to Leftist insanity, 2017 is the year that keeps on giving. Whether it’s transgender madness or racial madness, it just never stops.
I haven’t done a Bookworm Beat in a while. I was hoarding articles, but so much time kept passing between hoarding and then writing them up that the articles became stale. A few gems, though, have crossed my screen today, so I thought I’d pass them on.
All your children are belong to us. It’s been a couple of months, but parents of kindergarten students in Rocklin, California, are still outraged that the children’s teacher decided, on her own initiative, to introduce them to the whole topic of transgenderism. The teacher’s excuse was that one of the students (a five-year old, mind you) was transitioning:
The teacher defended her actions to read two children’s books about transgenderism including one titled “I am Jazz.” She says the books were given to her by a transgender child going through a transition.
It didn’t seem to occur to the teacher that she should consult with the parents first. Several children were quite traumatized to have their firm grasp on reality jettisoned thanks to their teacher’s buy-in to America’s ongoing insanity:
“The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl,” said England.
“I want her to hear from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and our family, not from a book that may be controversial,” a parent said.
“My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy,” another parent said.
The worst line in the MSN article is the following:
Parents say besides the books, the transgender student at some point during class also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender.
Let me translate that into normal for you. (“Normal,” incidentally is Kurt Schlichter’s word for those of us who have not caught the Social Justice Warrior, Leftist, Democrat, Intersectionality insanity that has been burning through American culture since Trump’s election.) The normal version of the above quoted sentence is this:
Parents say that, besides the books, the kindergarten teacher urged a five-year-old boy, who either has no father or who is being raised by at least one, and possibly two, Leftist or otherwise mentally disturbed adults to put on a dress and announce to his deeply confused classmates that he thinks he’s a girl.
The ultimate anti-Bradley Manning moment on Twitter. Bradley Manning became a hero on the Left by betraying the United States and then announcing that he believes he’s a girl. The Left calls him a “transgender woman.” I call him a traitor and a fake woman. Both those attributes qualified him for a photoshoot in Vogue, which left us with this eyeball searing image: [Read more…]
I have been remiss. Because the revamped Watcher’s Council site — WOW! Magazine — is fairly new, I know that you all are not yet used to checking it as a matter of course. You really should, though. It’s an amazing collaborative effort from people who are (in my opinion, at least) some of the internet’s smartest conservative writers and analysts. Here’s just a sampling of the latest batch of posts there:
Obama spokesman Josh Earnest revealed a deeper truth when he said of US engagement with ISIS that we are “in a narrative fight.” How true. In all matters, the Left shapes a narrative untethered from reality — and then forced American law and culture to conform to this narrative. Nowhere is this more apparent than with Black Lives Matter.
The Leftist Narrative Does Not Care About Black Lives
If Black Lives Matter, the protesters would be in Obama’s Chicago every single day, standing as a human bulwark protecting innocent people from the killers among them.
If Black Lives Matter, the protesters would spread out to failing schools and (a) help maintain order so that children can learn and (b) impress upon the children that knowledge is the key to freedom and personal financial stability.
If Black Lives Matter, the protesters would be agitating for right-to-carry laws in majority black communities so that law-abiding citizens can readily defend themselves against men who ignore the gun control laws controlling America’s most dangerous communities.
If Black Lives Matter, the protesters would be working as hard as possible to shut down all of the Planned Parenthood facilities situated (as Margaret Sanger once dreamed) in primarily black communities that often abort more black babies than are born.
If Black Lives Matter, we would accord American blacks the dignity of expecting them to conform to the life plan that sees so many white people achieving economic stability: get educated, get married, get a job, have children, and make sure daddy sticks around. Instead, the professional Left contends that it’s racist to preach this colorblind conduct to an American cohort that, in the early 1960s was ascending the economic ladder based on this behavior until Johnson’s Great Society chased fathers out of the home in favor of welfare checks from Uncle Sam.
If Black Lives Matter, the infamous “talk” that black parents have with their children wouldn’t tell them that whites are out to get them but would, instead, tell them (a) in any interaction with police, follow their orders and save your fight with them, if you have one, for later when you won’t get shot and (b) reinstate the black middle-class pattern predating the Great Society: education, marriage, children…. Parents would teach their children to become masters of their destiny, not flotsam and jetsam drifting through increasingly perilous waters to an inevitable violent death.
Once again that this blog’s motto is proven correct. My blog’s motto is “Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.” The only thing wrong with the motto is that the word “liberal” is a poor substitute for a whole category of Leftists and totalitarians of all political and religious stripes. Otherwise, it’s entirely accurate — as is beautifully shown by the story of Kasim Hafeez, who was raised on a steady diet of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic conclusions. These conclusions led him to being a rabid anti-Israel activist — something that changed dramatically when he read Alan Dershowitz’s The Case for Israel. Confronted with actual facts, Hafeez did a volte face on his previous prejudice and now tours campuses as a pro-Israel activist.
Facts favor conservativism, which is why the mainstream media works so hard to hide them.
How hard does this media work to hide facts? This hard: Larry Correia minces no words when he describes how appalling the American media is when it comes to reporting the news. He sees them as engaged in a four step dance of information death:
First, is there anything we can milk from this story to bolster our worldview? Y/N
Second, is there anything in this story which could potentially make democrats look bad? Y/N
Third, is there anything in this story which will make republicans look stupid or evil? Y/N
Fourth, does this event in some way affect us personally? Y/N
This algorithm explains why, when George Bush waited three days during Hurricane Katrina before making an official visit, so as not to disrupt rescue efforts, every outlet painted him as an out-of-touch racist. Meanwhile, when Obama refuses to leave the golf course, only to announce that, in the face of the worst Hurricane since Sandy, he’ll visit sometime next week, the media is utterly silent. Go here and read exactly how Correia’s questions play out in real time.
In the same vein, Ann Coulter details how the media relentlessly twists anything that a conservative says, throwing it before uninformed Americans as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, when it is more often a combination of vicious lies (often leavened by gross ignorance and staggering laziness):
Last August, Trump said the following about the way he was treated at the first GOP debate: “(Megyn Kelly) starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and you know, you can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever, but she was, in my opinion — she was off base.”
This was nearly identical to what Trump said about Chris Wallace a few sentences later: “There’s a big difference between Mike Wallace and Chris Wallace because I watched them last night, you know, blood pouring out of his eyes, too.”
Suddenly the words “her wherever” were being described as a clear-cut reference to Megyn’s menstrual blood! (I have it on good authority that Chris Wallace has never menstruated.)
Trump expressed shock, saying of his accusers, “They have all dirty minds — I never even thought about it … I was thinking of ears or nose.” (Accused by the same forces of something revolting, Whittaker Chambers gasped, “What kind of beasts am I dealing with?”)
The day after Trump allegedly referred to Megyn’s period, I happened to have a number of social engagements with people who hadn’t heard about the scandale. So I gave them Trump’s exact words, told them the media were in hysterics about it, and asked them to guess why.
None of them — an Obama-voter, a conservative actor and a union organizer — were able to guess the ludicrous interpretation being placed on Trump’s words. At least one was visibly angry about the accusation (probably because he was on his period). But after a few weeks of media propaganda, even he flipped and became totally convinced Trump was, in fact, referring to Megyn’s menstrual blood.
Most people are highly suggestible. That’s why companies spend billions of dollars on advertising.
It’s almost refreshing when a New York Times writer drops the charade and announces that he’s abandoned any pretense of “reporting” the news and is all in for pure advocacy aimed at destroying Donald Trump. And it’s gotten so bad that even the Rolling Stones’ hard Left partisan Matt Tabbibi is getting worried that modern American journalism is giving itself a bad name. Thus, he stops casting stones only at Fox news and starts throwing a few in the direction of his ideological fellows.
Just remember, when the Second Amendment goes, so does the First. And you know what it’s going to look like when the First Amendment comes under the same attacks as the Second, right? It’s going to look just as it appears in Like Frank Constanza’s subtle and brilliant “We need sensible speech control.” Jonathan Swift would have appreciated satire this good.
The class divide between #NeverTrumpers and the rest of us. On my mother’s side, both of her parents came from incredibly wealthy, upper-class European families, one Jewish, one Protestant. Although WWI and WWII destroyed the wealth, I was raised with manners that ensured I could consort with royalty, should I ever be invited to do so. On my father’s side, his mother came from a solidly upper middle class German Jewish family; his father was a charming ne’er-do-well from Romania. He always aspired to my mother’s level of class.
Put simply, I was born in a snobbish home and educated to be a snob. I was rigid, condescending, judgmental, and tied into an American class system which holds thata university degree, preferably from one of the “better” colleges , is the true measure of a person.
Real life taught me how wrong my values were. The best values are those from Judeo-Christian morality, which is not tied to wealth or education, but to a simple commitment to those values. The best people don’t come from the Ivy Leagues. Instead, they are people, no matter sex, race, religion, country of national origin, or level of education, who try to live up to Judeo-Christian morals; who are kind; who have sound common sense; who value America for her American values, rather than trying to turn her into a hierarchical European echo; and who look for those same qualities in other people — again, without regard to sex, race, religion, country of national, or level of education.
I mention all of the above because Jack Cashill nails about the class divide between those conservatives who however enthusiastically or reluctantly have come to embrace Trump and those who very enthusiastically reject him. Of course, this doesn’t mean all Trump supporters are “good” people and all NeverTrumpers are effete snobs. It does mean, though, that if you’re going to draw a bright line between the two groups, that’s the easiest line to draw. Back in 2008, the conservative elite swallowed hard and accepted Sarah Palin. Eight years later, though, Donald Trump is a working class bridge too far (and that’s true despite his wealth and the rarefied world in which he’s always traveled).
Roger Simon expands upon one of the many reasons the mainstream media loathes Trump. The most obvious reason that the media loathes Trump, of course, is that media members, all college educated, cling to Leftist shibboleths that Trump rejects. Another reason, Simon notes, is that the Obama era has been spectacularly good for the rich (and upper echelon media figures are all rich) and spectacularly bad for the blacks and other working class, lower class and unemployed class people that the media assures us can find social and economic succor only from Democrats. Read the whole thing. It’s good.
The Black Lives Matter movement is part of a grander Leftist plan. Pastor Stephen E. Broden argues compellingly (lots of facts and analysis, the way thinking people should argue) that the Black Lives Matter is turning American blacks into pawns as part of a grand plan to turn America into a truly socialist nation. (And Venezuela’s travails tell us how that will turn out.)
This seems like an appropriate place to address something I’ve long felt about the way in which Democrats treat blacks. They encourage them in vice, not just to keep them stuck on welfare and voting Democrat. They also do it to maintain their own sense of superiority, which is the educated Leftist’s underlying justification for refusing to demand that blacks live up to the same standards of behavior as these educated, elitist Leftists do themselves.
This thought, which has been floating in my brain for awhile, crystallized when Wolf Howling reminded me of something that Martin Luther King said: “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that.” What he was telling his audience, of course, was that they had to be self-reliant and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, because the whites were not going to help them.
What occurred to me was that whites of the time liked this crime rate, even if they complained about it. That is, they weren’t only discriminating against blacks because they felt blacks to be inferior. Instead, they were encouraging criminal behavior because it proved their thesis that blacks were indeed inferior.
Democrats haven’t changed a single bit since then. You poor African Americans, they say. What would you do without us, they ask. The only thing keeping you from complete breakdown is our policies — the very same policies that encourage the breakdown of the family, the marginalization of black fathers, and the dearth of policing. America’s Leftist elites don’t just need blacks on the welfare plantation to buy black votes; they need blacks on that plantation to reinforce the whites’ own sense of superiority.
The media is desperately afraid that Donald Trump’s speeches to black Americans are letting the cat out of the bag. Because they cannot dare address the substance of his speeches, they’re castigating them as utterly meaningless because he gave them in white enclaves, rather than a black community — as if a black community, brainwashed by the Left, would give Trump the opportunity to speak. By getting the message out however he could, though, Trump put on the airways something blacks need to hear.
And what they need to hear is that conservatives respect blacks and believe that they are capable of every damn thing conservatives live in their own lives: getting educated, holding jobs, having stable marriages with children raised by both a mom and a dad, and being law abiding. It’s only the Left that assures blacks this is impossible, and then creates the political and economic circumstances that make this assurance seem like the truth.
The SJW race war invades science fiction. Yes, SJWs will leave no stone unturned when it comes to living in perpetual attack mode. This time the target is science fiction. Larry Correia ably fisks this nonsense. I’ll simply add that the SJWs aren’t making as much progress in the computer gaming and science fiction realms as they are in other places for two reasons: Reason number 1 is that the young men who are seriously into gaming and science fiction (and it is usually men) tend to be remarkably single-minded and don’t care much about being called out for alleged social sins. Reason number 2 is that many of these same young men pride themselves on having logical, engineer-style brains, so they’re willing to make the effort to deconstruct the illogical nonsense that powers every SJW campaign.
SJWs make their greatest headway against the gainfully employed. Another thing about the science fiction/gaming geeks (a term I use lovingly, not disrespectfully) is that they’re either not career oriented, or they’re working with like-minded folks, or they’re young enough not to have adult obligations (mortgages, children, etc.). The SJWs count their greatest successes amongst those who have the most to lose when they’re in the SJW crosshairs. There’s no one more vulnerable than an actual adult, with an actual job, and actual adult obligations and responsibilities. The case of Judge Ruth Neely is instructive.
More to come. My computer keeps freezing up and my family keeps calling me….
Black lives don’t matter. How do I know this? Because if black lives really mattered, blacks would stop killing each other. Blacks would stop committing genocide against themselves by aborting more children than they allow to be born. Blacks would stop consigning generations to poverty by having the majority of their children out-of-wedlock. And blacks would stop treating education as punishment and instead treat it as an opportunity.
Until blacks start changing these pathologies, the whole “Black Lives Matter” movement, with its insistence that everyone has to change except for blacks themselves is nothing more than Progressive kabuki theater aimed at diverting attention from the fact that Democrats are facilitating self-destructive behaviors in the black community and that blacks are using the Democrat propaganda machine as an excuse to avoid the terrible (but not insurmountable) challenges that really claim black lives.
Here’s a bit of data to support my premise:
According to The Guardian, which tracks the number of people who die at the hands of American police (an interesting thing for a British paper to track, right?) in 2015 American police allegedly killed 1,146 people. Of those, 79 were unarmed blacks (or not quite 7% of those killed). So far in 2016, American police have allegedly killed 566 people, of whom 24 were unarmed blacks (or 4% of those killed). While I wish each of those numbers was zero, the fact is that they are an infinitesimally number compared to the almost 40,000,000 blacks in America.
I’m sure some of those shootings were the results of bad decision-making in the heat of the moment, with a small percentage definitely reflecting police malevolence or even racism. But let’s put those numbers in perspective before we get too upset.
In 2015, 129 officers died in the line of duty. So far in 2016, 61 officers have died in the line of duty. To give some perspective, we need to know how many police there are in America, which is a little hard to nail down because there are so many different kinds of police, ranging from federal to state to county to municipal, etc. A rough estimate, though, puts the total number of police at around 1.1 million. One doesn’t have to run the numbers to realize that police die at criminal hands at a greater rate than unarmed black people die at police hands.
In other words, if anyone should be out protesting on America’s streets, it’s the cops.
So if police aren’t doing all the killing what are the real scourges in the black community, scourges over which the cops have no control:
The scourge that allows Obama and fellow Leftists to start calling for “gun control” is black on black murders. Although the DOJ and other law enforcement agencies are getting increasingly shy about reporting racial statistics in connection with violent crime, in 2010 the DOJ published an analysis looking at violent crime from 1980 through 2008. Its conclusions on race were stark — blacks are grimly determined to kill as many of their own race as possible:
Blacks were disproportionately represented among homicide victims and offenders
In 2008, the homicide victimization rate for blacks (19.6 homicides per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (3.3 homicides per 100,000).
The victimization rate for blacks peaked in the early 1990s, reaching a high of 39.4 homicides per 100,000 in 1991 (figure 17).
After 1991, the victimization rate for blacks fell until 1999, when it stabilized near 20 homicides per 100,000.
In 2008, the offending rate for blacks (24.7 offenders per 100,000) was 7 times higher than the rate for whites (3.4 offenders per 100,000) (figure 18).
The offending rate for blacks showed a similar pattern to the victimization rate, peaking in the early 1990s at a high of 51.1 offenders per 100,000 in 1991.
After 1991, the offending rate for blacks declined until it reached 24 per 100,000 in 2004. The rate has since fluctuated, increasing to 28.4 offenders per 100,000 in 2006 before falling again to 24.7 offenders per 100,000 in 2008.
Keep in mind that the above numbers pre-date “the Ferguson effect.” It turns out, sadly, that after blacks succeed in driving the much-reviled cops out of their communities, the killing escalates:
“We are in the midst of a very abrupt, precipitous and large crime increase,” says Richard Rosenfeld, a respected criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of a study released Wednesday by the Justice Department examining reasons for the increase.
Specifically, murder is spiking — in urban areas. Rosenfeld says last year in the country’s 56 biggest cities, homicides jumped 17 percent.
“That’s a far larger percentage increase than in nearly any other year we’ve seen over the last couple of decades,” Rosenfeld says.
But there’s another potential explanation that does, what Rosenfeld and others call the “Ferguson effect.” It refers to the August 2014 shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
Rosenfeld concludes in his study that some of the increase may be attributable to “some version of the Ferguson effect.”
Chicago is the perfect example of a city in which blacks, having made the police reluctant to do their jobs, have turned on each other with feral savagery:
In the first five months of 2016, someone was shot every two and a half hours and someone murdered every 14 hours, for a total of nearly 1,400 nonfatal shooting victims and 240 fatalities. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one per hour, dwarfing the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings over the same period.
Through the end of May, shooting incidents in Chicago were up 53 percent over the same period in 2015, which had already seen a significant increase over 2014. Compared with the first five months of 2014, shooting incidents in 2016 were up 86 percent. Certain police districts saw larger spikes. The Harrison District on the West Side, encompassing West Humboldt Park, for example, had a 191 percent increase in homicides through the end of May. Shootings in May citywide averaged nearly 13 a day, a worrisome portent for summer.
In 2014, blacks in Chicago made up 79 percent of all known nonfatal shooting suspects, 85 percent of all known robbery suspects, and 77 percent of all known murder suspects, according to police department data. Whites were 1 percent of known nonfatal shootings suspects in 2014, 2.5 percent of known robbery suspects, and 5 percent of known murder suspects, the latter number composed disproportionately of domestic homicides.
The Emanuel-appointed Police Accountability Task Force claimed that police shooting data give “validity to the widely held belief that the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.” The task force pointed to the fact that of the 404 individuals shot by the police between 2008 and 2015, both fatally and nonfatally, 74 percent (or 299) were black, and 8 percent (or 33) were white. Predictably, the task force said not one word about black and white crime rates, which were even more disproportionate in 2015 than in 2014. In 2015, blacks were 80 percent of all known murder suspects and 80 percent of all known nonfatal shooting suspects. Whites made up 0.9 percent of known murder suspects in 2015 and 1.4 percent of all known nonfatal shooting suspects. And blacks were overwhelmingly the victims of criminal shootings as well. In 2015, 2,460 blacks were shot lethally and nonlethally, or nearly seven blacks a day. By contrast, roughly 30 blacks were shot lethally and nonlethally by the police in all of 2015. Those 2,460 black victims of criminal shootings constituted nearly 81 percent of all known shooting victims. Seventy-eight whites were shot in 2015, or one white every 4.6 days, constituting 2.5 percent of all known shooting victims. If 74 percent of police shootings have black subjects, that is because officer use of force is going to occur most frequently where the police are trying to protect the law-abiding from armed and dangerous suspects—and that is in predominantly minority neighborhoods.
When it comes to killing, black lives don’t matter to the people doing the vast majority of that killing: blacks.
It’s not just felonious killing that’s the issue in black communities. There’s also a huge problem with legally sanctioned killing in the form of abortions. In state after state, black women abort their babies in numbers far in excess of black representation in the overall population. In 2013, in Louisiana, black women had 60% of abortions despite blacks being only 32% of the population. In New York in 2012, there were more black babies aborted than born alive.
[B]lack teenagers between 15 and 19 years old have an abortion rate of 41 per 1,000 women, more than twice the national average of 18 per 1,000. In comparison, white teenagers have an abortion rate of 10 per 1,000 women, which means that African-American teenagers are having abortions at a rate that is about four times higher than that of their white counterparts.
When it comes to eugenic-style race decimation, black lives don’t matter to the people in the forefront of purging black lives: blacks.
Black lives in America are being destroyed in other ways as well. Take the matter of single-mother homes, which statistically consign any children raised in those homes to a lifetime of poverty. Single motherhood is soaring across America, throughout all racial demographics. Numerically, there are now more single white mothers than there are single black mothers — but that’s reasonable given that there are many more white women in America than black women.
What’s more interesting is the percentage of women within a specific race who opt to go it alone. In 2011, 67.8% of black women had children without fathers, while only 26% of white, non-Hispanic women made that choice. In Chicago today, the numbers are even worse: “Fatherlessness in the city’s black community is at a cataclysmic level—close to 80 percent of children are born to single mothers in high-crime areas.”
Worse, when there are multiple children living with a single mother, it’s highly likely that none of those children share a father. To the extent that men roll into and out of the home, each of those men is a significant threat to any child with whom the man does not share any genetic material:
A 2001 study in Child Maltreatment found that “the presence of a non-biological father figure in the home should be considered a significant predictor of a future child maltreatment report.” In a sample of 644 mother-child pairs, the authors found no significant difference in maltreatment between mother-father households and single-mother households, but did find that children with a cohabiting “father surrogate” were “twice as likely to be reported for maltreatment after his entry into the home.”
When it comes to putting black children at risk, black lives don’t matter to the people who too often make life choices dangerous to black children: blacks.
Although I contend that, with the loony tunes having taken over American academia, kids leave college less educated than they were when they entered, the reality is that education in America is still a predictor of economic success. Heck, being able to read and do math with ease is a predictor of economic success. Unskilled labor is physically hard and pays badly. Skilled work, whether blue or white collar, still brings in those middle-class dollars. So how are blacks doing in school? Badly:
Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.
Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do just as well as African-American boys who do not live in poverty, measured by whether they qualify for subsidized school lunches.
I don’t believe that this differential has anything to do with overall intelligence. Instead, I’m pretty sure that black academic failure has a great deal to do with a culture that still castigates education as a “white” thing, unworthy of blacks.
When it comes to putting black children at economic risk, black lives don’t matter to a racial subgroup that denigrates education: blacks.
The biggest threat to black health and well-being in America is other blacks. Yet if you look at the Democrat race mongers, whether in politics, entertainment, or the media, when they decry problems in black America, none will ever say that black communities need to step up to improve their own lives. Instead, it’s all a blame game: whites, Republicans, Congress, Jews, teachers, police, racism . . . you name it, they’ve got a finger pointed anywhere other than their own behaviors.
And maybe, just maybe, blacks wouldn’t be enraged to the point of killing if the first black American president, instead of continuing the Kabuki theater of focusing on everything but blacks’ own behavior said this:
“Yes, there is racism in America. Yes, there are racist cops and just plain bad or stupid cops. But here’s the deal: At some point, the black community has to take responsibility for itself. It’s not up to the cops, good or bad, to stop you from aborting blacks, killing blacks, and consigning future generations of blacks (those who escape abortion) to lifetimes of poverty. You need to make the change. You need to take advantage of educational opportunities. You need to stay away from drugs. You need to get married before starting a family. And you need to stop killing each other. And here’s a thought to chew on: When you stop engaging in these suicidal behaviors, you might find that you’re on the receiving end of fewer behaviors that you claim are racist.”
UPDATE: I’ve been drowning in legal work for the past week, which has prevented me from adding a few thoughts to what I wrote above. I finally have a little time, though, so I thought I’d offer the following update:
I am not the only one to have noticed a problem within the black community that only blacks can fix. People with a much more intimate understanding of the problems of black crime, poor relationships between blacks and the police, and the overall, visible failure of a sadly significant portion of the black community, have weighed in along the same lines that I have. These words by a black police officer are “must read” material in that regard.
I simply want to state here what I didn’t include in the original post, which is that I recognize that the majority of American blacks are just ordinary folk: hard working, law abiding, etc. The problem is that there is a large and visible minority of blacks — especially in Democrat-run cities — who are not ordinary folks and, indeed, who too often prey on those in their community who struggle to live ordinary lives.
The Black Lives Matter movement insists that this sub population is the sole creation of white privilege and tyranny, and therefore that blacks as a whole have no responsibility to repair the terrible tears in the fabric of too many black lives. I believe that’s wrong. I believe that the black community can only be prepared when it stops looking to the government (especially the Democrat Party) for help and starts working on itself.
To that end, BLM shouldn’t be blocking freeways and attacking cops; its members should be marching through the slums of Detroit, LA, NY, DC, and Chicago, exhorting the residents to raise themselves up. The fact that BLM wouldn’t dream of going to those places and making those demands, not on white people two thousand miles away, but on the black residents themselves, but instead confines its efforts to sun-dappled, expensive college campuses, and relatively safe neighborhoods in urban communities, speaks volumes about BLM’s goals, all of which involve divisive shakedowns, rather than community uplift.