By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT — The state of race relations in this country at this time is deplorable.
Having now stated the obvious, we need to come together and do something about it. A small part of the problem is the 24/7 news cycle – we’ve got to fill up all that air time and so that’s why you saw, for example, a countdown clock on CNN as the time for the Ferguson grand jury announcement was to come down. Pundits and race pimps were on all stations predicting (hoping for?) violence and riots.
We all remember the surreal images of a grim faced Obama split screen that night as looters carried off televisions, threw bottles through windows, and torched a police car. As Obama addressed the nation he pointed out that we should take the words of “Michael’s” Stepfather father (as if he was a personal friend of Obama, Michael…), who said “hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.”
Except that’s not what Michael Brown’s Stepfather said; what he said was “Burn this m**f** down! Burn this b**** down!”
Obama went on that night to speak in a passive-aggressive manner about race relations and the discriminatory practices of police departments across the country:
But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion. I don’t think that’s the norm. I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials. But these are real issues. And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is to understand them and figure out how do we [sic] make more progress. And that can be done.
But, Obama is certainly not the first “leader” to stoke the fires of racism in this country. We can go as far back as you want, but we can see fissures widening as far back as Rodney King and even the O.J. Simpson verdict, to name a couple. But, we healed, we learned, we moved on.
What happened to leaders who actually lead and work for peace? Why are we besieged by people like Al Sharpton who leads a march where protesters chant and call for the killing of cops:
As Obama civil rights advisor Al Sharpton frantically tries to distance himself from the revenge execution style slayings of two NYPD officers Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, keep in mind that just one week ago protestors at his march in New York City were chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do what them? Now!”
Well, he got what he wanted.
Why do we keep reading about this man? Why does the media keep giving him a venue?
Sharpton is as much to blame for the death of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as the man who pulled the trigger for his role in inciting this intolerable atmosphere of violence.
It is despicable.
It is my wish that cable news, print media, and network news channels quit putting this man on television – quit covering his incendiary remarks. Ignore him.
It is my wish, at this Christmas season especially, that we can come together as rational, reasonable people and stop the violence. It is my wish that Obama would stick to golf and get his nose out of race relations.
It is my prayer for the families of all that have been afflicted by these hustlers that you are able to find some peace through faith and that you feel the love and support of the majority of Americans who truly value the service and sacrifice of the police force across America.
It is my prayer that police officers across this nation stay vigilant and stay safe.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.
Update (DTG) Correction The words concerning “burn it down” were spoken by Michael Brown’s Stepfather not is biological father, thanks to Mr. Woosta for the catch.