Life Matters

bw_cookieI was not born a poor black child.  I have always been a white male, who uses gender specific language to describe himself.  My parents, my family and most of my friends have always been white.  By most, I mean not all, and I have met, known and become friends with members of other races.  For the most part, race has simply not been an issue.

On the other hand, I do know what it’s like to be judged by my race, verbally demeaned for being white and to then, in turn, stereotype a group due to skin color.  But, my individualistic sensibilities have always taken over and I know that people are just that, individuals.  That’s the thing about radical capitalism, much to the chagrin of its detractors, in life, as in the wild, a being is only as good as the soul inside.

I also know what it’s like to be confronted by hostile law enforcement officers riding the high of a power trip.  I know what it’s like to have a gun pointed at me, with the knowledge that the man holding it has been trained to use it.  I know what it’s like to be guilty of a crime and to be caught in the act.  I know the fear-based desire to excuse my actions and turn an issue into the fault of those in power, blaming authority for my own destructive behavior.  I have since learned to accept responsibility, to balance my perception of justice and to live my life based upon the merits I deserve, as a white, heterosexual American male.

But my life does not matter.

Because to the progressive ideologues, blinded by willful frustration, I am the problem.

There is a movement rampaging through the country that seeks to divide our nation in the name of justice, peace and race.  Any good that was born out of the Black Lives Matter movement has become shrouded in sadness and vile aggression.  This vulgar display of power can be seen (here) at an event where none other than the avowed socialist Bernie Sanders was invited to speak.  He was pushed out of the way to allow a woman to take the stage and declare, among all else, that the Democratic supporters in the audience are white racists… simply because they are white.

This group invokes the in vogue “I Am…” to be completed with the name of whatever purported victim has been claimed by the racist white culture.  This personal identification seeks to take charge of a tragedy and let it be known that justice will not rest.  As this writer, a gender and Africana studies professor claims, when writing about the recent death of Sandra Bland, “in Sandra I see myself.”  This writer goes on to add that just as she “is” the victim in this truly horrific case, we white people cannot be anything but the cause of Ms. Bland’s tragic death:

“White people resist seeing themselves in the face of the oppressor. That mirror reflection is almost too much to bear. I get it. So then they resent the person that holds up the mirror. But let me just say as directly as I can: White people must begin to see themselves in the faces of the mostly white police officers who keep committing these atrocities against Black and Brown people. This will not stop until you recognize that you are them. These officers are your brothers and sisters and aunts and cousins, and sons and daughters and nieces and nephews, and friends, and church members. You are them. And they are you.”

-Side Bar: notice the use of “mostly white police officers?”

The progressive political machine saw a valuable ally in this movement.  They saw a group that was willing to take aggressive action and claim the status of perpetual victim, as promoted by the “I Am…” monicker.  And they will now reap what they sow.  The Republicans are already damned as far as this group goes, therefore, hostilities must exude towards the most liberal politician, in one of the most liberal cities in America.  And they get away with it there.  But the greater audience, the one who recognizes this charade of victimhood, will not be defined by a woman with a microphone and a penchant for unwarranted public outburst.

I am more than my race, and so are you.

I am not a racist white police officer and no metaphorical mirror will get me to see that I am.  I do not hate because of skin color and I don’t engage in willful discrimination against any group because of its race.  I do find generalities easy to communicate and I do fall back on stereotypes.  But I recognize these mental constructs for what they are and deal with individuals based upon their own merits, their own actions and their own hearts.

Unlike the “leaders” of Black Lives Matter movement, I will not be made a victim of my race.  I will not allow these saints of victimhood to create my own self-identification and then tell me that I had better work on eliminating my inner racist because “black lives matter.”  They do matter.  And as much as it may hurt to hear, so do white lives.  And Asian lives, Latinos, Eskimos, feline and canine, to say nothing about the lives of the unborn (too far?).

It’s a tragic day in the United States when a politician, a Democrat no less, cannot say openly that “all lives matter” without apologizing for it after the fact.  By singling out black lives, the movement seeks to segregate as means to annihilate any peaceful existence we might enjoy.  They will invoke the name of Martin Luther King Jr. as a permission slip to disparage other groups and cause all matter of civil unrest.

The left has seen but a glimpse of the antagonism of this mentality.  Much like the criminals in Gotham, they came to a “point of desperation. And in their desperation they turned to a [group] they didn’t fully understand.”  The Black Lives Matter movement will not be controlled because it has justice, God and Martin Luther King Jr. on its side.  And when white society does not immediately capitulate, these activists will riot, they will torch and they will blame me for their actions.

Unlike the civil rights movement, where MLK spoke of inclusiveness and the importance of white people and black people working together to secure the goals of equality and peace, this group has no tangible goal.  Society is lost in its eyes.  What remains, is pure rage.  There is no end, there can be no peace, there is no legislation that will suffice to right any perceived wrong.  What they want, is a reckoning.

“They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some… just want to watch the world burn.”

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Cause He’s Black

453492520-1024x681And the hits just keep on coming.

Turns out the Ferguson police have a real problem being, you know, upstanding police. Their jackassery inadvertently serves up any defense of Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown, with a nice side of taint.

Thus far, the police chief and the city manager have both resigned following a report by the Department of Justice exposing flagrant institutional incompetence, prejudice and overall mismanagement by the leaders of Ferguson, MO.  And now, two police officers have been shot during a protest demonstration.  (See Marine Sgt. Thomas Highway’s colorful reply to his commander describing the situation)

There have been racially disproportionate traffic stops, fines and incriminating emails that do serve to demonstrate a cloud of prejudice within the system.  And these findings also lend credence to the unsettled disposition of the protesters in this town.  But… if only it were that simple. (you probably saw that coming)

With most issues regarding current events, politics and how many licks does it take, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.  As expressed by the New York Post, “racism is serious, and those engaging in it should be shamed — but we should have real evidence before accusing others of it. And every one of the Justice report’s main claims of evidence of discrimination falls short.”

Ferguson is a town with a population made of mostly black residents at the lower end of the economic ladder.  Thanks to another government overreaction, the pet projects failures of the Great Society, this particular subset of the American populace has been in a circular pattern that has served to exacerbate their economic ills.  And the current administration is only seeking to further exploit these citizens.

As implied by another post of mine, I am no fan of Eric Holder.  I see a man with a clear cut agenda to prove what he already believes at the expense of seeking out the truth.  He has opened federal investigations, utilizing government resources (aka taxpayer dollars) on both Darren Wilson and George Zimmerman.  Both men had been cleared by investigations, Zimmerman by a jury, and yet Holder persisted.  He has also blamed criticism of the president, and himself, on racist motivations instead of ideological differences.  Again, such accusations come with no specific charges and, just like his investigations, lead nowhere.  But the vitriolic words remain.  And isn’t that the point?

Exercise: imagine that you are a republican (please stick with me) and as impossible as it might sound, you don’t agree with the president on a particular idea.  Furthermore, you can articulate specifically why you disagree.  Instead of engaging in conversation or debate, your ideological opponents call you a racist due to your criticism.  What you are left with is defending your non-racist but ostensibly racist disposition, meanwhile, the conversation has been changed, leaving the dubious policies to play out, uncriticized for fear of further baseless smear.  It is a ruse to discredit the opposition without actually discrediting the opposition.

Just google criticisms of Obamacare, executive action on immigration, foreign policy in regards to Iran, and you will find a plethora of sources with substantial claims as to why the actions of the administration are found wanting.  What you won’t find are criticisms that state, “cause he’s black.”

Now I know, real racists aren’t just gonna come right out and say it like that right?  But when these “racists” are hiding behind sound reasoning, and moreover, their arguments are only refuted by logical fallacies of relevance rather that honest rebuttals, any thinking person should question the claims of racism, just as they would question questionable policies.

The police of Ferguson have had metaphorical targets on their backs for months courtesy of the Department of Justice.  They now have literal targets as a result of the fallout.  Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and the other purveyors of race baiting are at fault for these circumstances.  And so too, to state the obvious that is sometimes not so obvious, are the shooters.  They will be found, tried, and properly prosecuted in an indifferent (to race) court of law.  If the facts prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are guilty, they will be sentenced to prison for a long, long time.  Not because the police are racists, not because Michael Brown was shot.  And certainly, not cause their black.

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot = No Justice, No Truth

Passionate protesters pose in a posture proffering their surrender: hands up, don’t shoot.

originalThey seek to expose the racist underbelly of police forces across America.  They will force the country to admit to a social agenda that continually favors the white privileged class, allowing caucasians to prosper at the expense of their counterparts, relegated to minority status.  They will speak truth to power while taking it to the street.

Justice, truth and peace will be their sacrifice.

What these protesters seek is a progression of the cause, despite the facts, with the ends justifying any means.  The disparate specifics of cases like those of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in NYC are secondary to the priorities of the movement because it is not any specific wrongs that must be made right, only the vague premise of a racist America.  The case in Ferguson was a catalyst to start the “fire”.  It really does not matter to the protestors, or their demagogic supporters in congress, that no charges will be filed against the police or that the findings of the autopsy of Michael Brown are consistent with the account of Officer Darren Wilson.  Michael Brown did not have his hands up when he was shot.  Yet that narrative remains.

Hands up, don’t shoot.

There are pictures of children making this gesture.  The St. Louis Rams had a few players with their hands up in a pre-game motion of solidarity.  Even members of the Congressional Black Caucus struck this pose on the House floor in congress.  A pose that was a witness fabrication, never part of the actual events and debunked as a falsehood.  A lie.

But the fact that Michael Brown was not shot with his hands up does not help the cause.  If white police officers only shoot in defense of themselves and others the questions of race may change from why white officers kill to why black perpetrators attack.  And none of that would support the narrative that white cops kill black men because they are black.  So the myth remains.

The stats regarding black-on-black violence are clear.  Over 90% of murdered black Americans are killed by other black Americans.  The stats regarding the dissolution of the nuclear family are just as clear.  Over 70% of black children are born into single parent households.  Single parents must work which means less supervision which means that children will be left alone.  Idle hands.  These facts are inconvenient to the protesters in Ferguson who find that the best way to emote and promote their cause is to burn homes and shops, and steal from the minorities for whom they claim to be speaking.  Ironically and predictably, the protesters quickly became the oppressors they swore to hate.  Yet the myth remains.

During the French Revolution enemies of the people were killed in various ways, sometimes guillotined, sometimes torn apart limb from torso from limb.  The status of “enemy” was ever changing.  Yesterday’s “the people” are today’s “leaders” and tomorrow’s participants in the headless hunt.  You see, the prevailing view was that the specific people had a chance and when the poor were still poor and hungry, it was the specific people in charge at that moment who were flawed.  The collective ideology based upon the greater good of freedom, equality and brotherhood was never in question.  So one group dies and another takes the reins for awhile.  As history tells, this experiment finally ended with the imposition of an emperor followed by the reinstatement of the monarchy.  Back in Ferguson, the guillotines still reign.  The leaders blame evil forces for the plight of the people.  Never the man who actually lit the match, fired the gun (unless he’s a cop) or robbed the store.

In NYC, the case of Eric Gardner raises legitimate questions that were not relevant to Ferguson.  The entire incident was caught on video and when Gardner was still alive emergency responders seemed complacent to assist the suffocating man.  This case shows that police, grand juries and frankly all authorities are not infallible.  They may act entirely contrarily to their stated purpose.  However, this does not mean that these cases ought to be conflated and placed alongside one another to be interchangeable examples of racism in America.

But that type of distinction is useless to a movement claiming: both men were black, killed by officers who were then exonerated by a racist justice system.  And that’s the point.  It doesn’t matter if Darren Wilson acted within the law because there are cops who don’t, like Daniel Pantaleo in New York.  What matters is that the myth remains in order to support a cause that instills violence, animosity and hatred into society.  This cause relies on misinformation, a sympathetic media and a pervasive case of white guilt.  This movement transforms would-be responsible citizens into ignorant victims whose only crime is being a minority (never mind that molotov cocktail you just threw or the crack you just smoked… it’s not your fault).

New leadership is needed in these communities.  Black urban centers must help themselves.  Federal aid, the wars on poverty and drugs, affirmative action, quotas, lower standards, free education et al.  They have not and will not work.  These actions have actually served to incentive the very behavior they are meant to combat.  Therefore, it is up to the individuals of these communities to rise above the dangerous turmoil that thrives on vitriolic deception.

Education, cooperation and investigation are as inconvenient to the leftist cause as the facts they would expose.  Self reliance and self esteem are the antidote to the poisonous hyperbole spewing from race hustlers and demagogues in Washington.  But a leader, or group of leaders, from within these communities, are needed to communicate and inspire a better way.  This leader must speak the truth to spread the light and quench the fires of hate burning in the hearts of those who have been taught naught but anger and resentment.  The people deserve a better way:

Heads Up, Live Right

Ferguson Cont’d

demonstrators-defy-curfew-fergusonTo riot or not to riot? That is the question…

The pending grand jury decision in the Ferguson case of Officer Darren Wilson where teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed, has politicians pleading for peace. The president has assured us all that race relations are much better than they were fifty years ago. Is anyone sensing a disconnect between the pleas of our executive and the preparations of the local leaders?

The governors, mayors and police chiefs are prepped and ready for pandemonium in the streets but, if we are as evolved in our acceptance of one another as we have been told then, *hehem*, why are such preparations necessary? Our country has transformed from the era of Jim Crow to see the two-time election of a black president. And yet Dyson, Sharpton and Jackson contend that the “system” is still rigged to protect the oppressive white majority that supports the killing of innocent, defenseless, unarmed black teens by white police officers.

These race hustlers espouse that the deaths of young black men by white police officers is an epidemic that must be protested and rioted against on the streets while being officially countered by the Department of Justice, which is (or rather was) headed by a black attorney general. Except (more confusion)… there is no epidemic. The simple narrative in this case is that a police officer, responding to a call concerning a strong-arm robbery (which was caught on video, and yep, it was Michael Brown) was then confronted by the same person (who turns out to be Michael Brown) who committed the robbery. The police officer was attacked and opened fire on his attacker. The social debate over why Michael Brown acted as he did or if there are enough police officers of color in Ferguson can occur, but the fact is, for those interested, that whether white, black, brown or whatever shade of the Technicolor Dreamcoat you choose, the ILLEGAL and DANGEROUS ACTIONS of Michael Brown himself led to his own death. Not his skin color. The actions of the police officer, under current law (which treats all officers of any color equally) were justified. His skin color is just as irrelevant.

SIDE NOTE: Where skin color does become relevant is in the statistics regarding overall homicides of black Americans. Over 90% of black people murdered die at the hands of another black person. Not a white police officer. Google “Chicago” and “shooting” at any time and fresh news stories will appear describing the relentless mayhem tormenting the Windy City. But no protesters riot. No visits by Sharpton or Jackson. No criticism by Michael Eric Dyson against that violence. Their interest only piques when denunciations of white privilege permit them to victimize black Americans, which inevitably leads to delusions of grandeur and shameless self promotion.

All Americans should take notice when a protector of the peace kills an unarmed civilian. Grand juries must convene to investigate and hold our societal officials accountable for their actions. In some cases, even when no wrongdoing has occurred, it may be impossible for these people to return to their jobs and engage in business as usual. The tragedy can be too great. I believe all of this will happen to Officer Darren Wilson. He was tragically forced to make a decision in response to the dangerous actions of a kid. Officer Wilson used his gun to shoot a teenager. And I believe his actions will be found to have been legal because he acted, not out of hate or racism, but in defense of himself and out of the possibility that others could be harmed as well. In this case, the system worked as it should. A teenager is dead and that’s a tragedy. A law-abiding police officer will likely never work again and that is a shame.

But let’s not forget that unlike those race hustlers who cling to hate as a means to support their own existence, there are Americans who, while still seeing race, can apply the principles of justice to anyone and everyone. And that is a dream come true.

Perception vs. Reality (or The Mob vs. Sanity)…in Ferguson, MO

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Perception or Reality?

Two wrongs make a riot…

Prejudice and bias are part of the human condition.  Perceptions vary based upon belief and experience.  What does not vary are specific, objective events and actions.  I may feel it is hot today and you may feel it’s cold but neither of those perceptions has any effect on the fact that it rained this afternoon.  The “rain” is objective reality while our feelings of hot and cold are the perception of that reality.

To connect this to current events, see Ferguson, MO.

The tragic events, compounded daily with further violence, illustrate the attempts to affect objective reality with subjective (opinion-based assertion, not facts) perception.  No matter how we (you, I, they…) feel (perceive) about the shooting of Michael Brown (and the subsequent rioting) the reality is this: Michael Brown (who was black) is dead due to the bullets from the gun fired by a white police officer.  This description requires no opinion.  However, the cause of the officer’s actions are as yet unknown.  What Michael Brown was doing just before he was shot is not conclusively known either.  

What has occurred in the aftermath, the violence and rioting, has been based upon preconceived ideas, prejudicial beliefs and subjectivity.  A vulgar tantrum meant to displace law and order.  Reality has been replaced with a perception of reality.  This perception is meant to justify the lawless actions of the mob while condemning the (as yet unknown) actions of the police.  Rather convenient for a mob, wouldn’t you say?  If only the police would shoot a black kid in every town, we could all get new TVs… 

For argument’s sake, let’s say that the worst case scenario proves true: a police officer sworn to protect the citizens of Ferguson, instead, shot and killed Michael Brown because he was black.   That would be a terrible, gut-wrenching circumstance that would compel the justice system to impose the maximum penalty under the law.  However, I have some follow-up questions:

-Should the citizens then be allowed to burn the town, break shop windows and steal private property?  

-Has the racism of the entire justice system, police officer hierarchy and caucasian populace finally been exposed?

-Have young black males been exonerated from taking any responsibility for how they conduct themselves in society?

Answer to all: HELL NO!

No matter what the investigation discovers, the law prevails in the United States.  If the officer acted improperly, he will be made to face the consequences.  But nothing justifies the response of violent pandemonium and race baiting.  Race hustlers Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton appear when a black teen is shot by a white cop, or if no cop is present, a white-hispanic neighborhood watchman (see George Zimmerman).  They preach of the injustice of the past and the hardships caused by the racial inequalities of this hate-filled evil empire, the United States.  

Yet, these opportunistic, self-involved, hypocritical, disingenuous, short-sighted, vitriolic race hustlers conveniently overlook the inconvenient facts that make up reality.  For instance:

-they stay well away from commenting on those black youths killed in big cities like Chicago where 7 black people alone were killed by gang violence during the weekend that preceded this post, after the events in Ferguson

-2,648 black people were murdered in 2012.  Of those killed, 2,412 were murdered by a member of their own race

-white privilege has supposedly sustained an unjust society despite the actions of the civil rights era and the boom in entitlement spending.  According to this perspective, the responsibility for the actions of underprivileged minorities lies not with the individuals themselves but with the same racist society: e.g. the birthrate of children to single mothers and the prevalence of violence and drug use among the black population.  Supposedly everyone’s fault (due to white privilege), not those who engage in such behavior.

-despite the claims of rampant racism throughout the police force in Ferguson, MO, and the pernicious threat of violence against minorities due to such racism, there has never been another shooting (that is known, at this time) by a police officer in this town.

No Justice, No Peace.  This is the battle-cry of the mob.  It’s unsettling melody can be heard wherever the rule of brute force is attempting to replace the rule of law.  The guillotines of 18th century France fell to the same beat.  

Today, the violence continues without any acknowledgement that the process to dispense justice is well underway.  The truth will come out so true justice can prevail.  Then, the race-hate industrialists will pack up and declare victory (no matter what the outcome).  They will hide away from the daily violence suffered by the urban black communities, and from the real causes of that strife.  They will wait until once again, prejudice can be used to stoke fear.  

Perception (as peddled by the race hustlers): racism still exists in this prejudicial society where white privilege prevents the economic mobility of minorities who are the regular victims of race-based violence and discrimination by private entities encouraged by the state.

Reality (as displayed by objective reality through the prism of my personal bias): racism does, has and will continue to exist. However, it is not a debilitating force paralyzing minorities.  Both individual citizens and state institutions have overextended themselves in their attempts to alleviate the pains of the history of discrimination.  Political correctness has become a toxic attribute of our leaders and the media, preventing objective analysis and disclosure.  

Nothing can change our history of slavery or the often deplorable treatment of Native Americans but, then again, no one responsible for the institution of slavery or any western massacre is alive today.  Equality can only exist under the law, not in the utopian fantasies pursued in the name of social justice.  People of every race in the United States are protected and punished under that same rule of law.  Where evidence exists of prejudice within our system of justice, laws governing judicial malpractice will be enforced.     

If the police shoot an unarmed teenager because he is black, the full weight of law enforcement will be brought to bear against those officers.  If the police use deadly force to protect themselves against an imminent threat, then they have done their job as trained and should suffer no legal consequences, regardless of the tragic circumstances.

Everyone can follow the activities of the race hustlers Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.  The venom they espouse is easily tracked.  (Read here about Sharpton and the false allegations of Tawana Brawley)  Their interest is in furthering the notion of a racist America, not to better our society by focusing on similarities and solutions.  They engage in doublespeak that both denounces and encourages the violence seen in Ferguson.  

REALITY: the United States continues to suffer reactive violence and infighting due the duplicitous perception that casts a peaceful future aside in pursuit of the phantom menace of a racist America. 

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts”- Daniel Patrick Moynihan