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In panning Ta-Nehisi Coates’ open letter to his 15-year-old son, Between the World and Me, Randall Kennedy expresses something which every thinking black American has considered, even those who call themselves liberals.

[Coates] insists that behind apparent black racial pathology is the omnipresent reality of white domination—in this instance an act of white supremacy carried out by a black marionette. “To yell ‘black on black crime,’” he contends, “is to shoot a man and then shame him for bleeding.”

A difficulty with attributing this much influence to white folks is that doing so negates the will of black folks. This brings to mind Ralph Ellison’s critique of Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma. Myrdal averred that “the Negro’s entire life and, consequently, also his opinions … are, in the main, to be considered as secondary reactions to more primary pressures from the side of the dominant white majority.” Objecting to this formulation, Ellison asked:

Can a people … live and develop for over three hundred years simply by reacting? Are American Negroes simply the creation of white men, or have they at least helped to create themselves out of what they found around them? Men have made a way of life in caves and upon cliffs; why cannot Negroes have made a life upon the horns of the white men’s dilemma?

(All emphasis mine.)

In 1970s, when Affirmative Action became all the rage, one of the few overtly political statements issuing forth from my parents that I can recall is their fervent opposition to it. Simply put, they viewed the policy as an official assertion of the innate inferiority of blacks. They still do.

Professional Black Leftists (PBLs) like Coates, et al. sometimes claim that we black conservatives are “showing off for the white man’s approval” when we put forth conservative opinions in public. It’s a bemusing accusation, since it seems to me that professional black Leftists are inordinately concerned with what white people as a group think of blacks, as if white America were an audience, black liberals were putting on some kind of Broadway show, and black conservatives were the competing show across the street.

Mr.Kennedy’s review calls forth a realization that has brewed in the back of my mind for quite some time: PBLs actually believe that the majority of black people are inferior to other races.

Oh, not themselves, of course. But, all of their bluster toward conservatives of all hues, and even their attempts to turn their mommy/daddy issues into a field of scholarship are defense mechanisms against saying this outright or even admitting it to themselves. And they get angry when you, white person, refuse to see “our inferiority” and to give us our collective wheelchairs. (I have another theory about black failure. It does not involve eugenics or IQ comparisons.)

Of course it would take a great deal of effort to undo the real problem; not inferiority, but the tree which LBJ planted all those years ago, the fruit of which is this. And thisAnd this. Rotten fruit.

LBJ demonstrated that a culture can be changed on purpose for the worse. (That’s what European leaders are trying to do now, by the way.) PBLs cannot grasp this particular pattern. Believing in the inferiority of other blacks is easier.

And for those of us who are at a loss as to how to make things better, repentance–making an 180-degree turn–begins in the house of the Lord. Action follows therefrom.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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Today’s Saturday Night Sherlock is Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes & Watson in the 1943 picture Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

I always found this title redundant, when does Sherlock Holmes not face death?

You might notice actor Milburn Stone in this movie who toiled unnoticed in B films until 1955 brought him the role of Doc Adams in Gunsmoke that would over the next two decades make him known to all.

Yesterday I varied my routine and instead of staying up till noon or 1 then going to bed for work, I hit the sack as soon as I got home from after work mass and got up at 3 pm in time to catch the drama of the Colorado shootings alternating from the coverage of the story and Ken Burns Baseball.

When my wife saw on facebook that there was an “active shooter” at a planned parenthood in Colorado Springs I sighed. Mortal Sin is not the way to answer mortal sin, murder is not the answer to murder and I would no more advocate the violent murder of an abortionist than I would have advocated a lynch mob stringing up Tsarnaev if he had been acquitted.

I do not hold it against people making the initial assumption that the shooting had something to do with Planned Parenthood any more than I would critique anyone initially assuming that an attack on a Jewish center involved Islamic or Palestinian terror.

As of this writing I’ve heard conflicting news reports concerning if the planned parenthood was targeted. For example:

12:54 p.m.:

At least three officers are injured, as well as multiple others. There are no estimates of the number injured or whether there are fatalities.

The shooter is “contained,” according to Lt. Kirk Wilson, a Colorado Springs police spokesman. Officers are working to “extricate” an officer who is at the scene, but police could not immediately reach him.

1:34 p.m.:

The shooting situation remains active and the shooter is not contained. Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.

At one point Allahpundit finally declared:

I’m so thoroughly confused at this point, I think maybe it’s best not to update any further.

As I type the the suspect has just been taking in custody the Lt. Catherine Buckley has just said this:

“To even speculate on a motive would not be reasonable.”

and Eric Boehlert of all people brought up a fact I wasn’t aware of

I’ve seen nothing on the fact that this was the 2nd shooting of the type in the city in under 30 days, a fact that would be a vast improvement for Chicago but is unthinkable for a place like Colorado springs.

By the time you read this Saturday morning of course we may in fact know if this was an attack targeted at planned parenthood or if the shooter just ended up there, but what struck me immediately was the difference in how the media looked at this event vs Islamic Terror.

In almost every single incident involving Islamic terror the media is scrupulous to do two things

1.   Not declare it Islamic Terror

2.  Disassociate Islam in General from the attack

This has taken place even though the people in question declare themselves muslim, have associated themselves with muslims such as ISIS (the first I standing for Islamic) and it take no effort to find islamic clerics around the world calling for the very terrorist acts.

 

Now let’s consider the shootings in Colorado.  Everything I’ve seen on CNN so far (excluding the police press conferences) has been all about planned parenthood, claiming the videos were “heavily edited” and playing the narrative.

Planned Parenthood fundraising off the shooting  and declarations of Christian terror on twitter notwithstanding, you will not be able to find an actual ordained Catholic Priest a Catholic Bishop or a Catholic Cardinal in communion with Rome endorsing the shooting or murder of an abortionist.  You won’t find such a thing in writing or on youtube.

This should be no surprise as the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very specific on the matter as I mentioned at the time of the Murder of George Tiller six years ago.

1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)

Now granted it’s very hard to predict things, particularly about the future but I’m going to make a few predictions.

Even before this post goes up you will be seeing people blaming pro-life christian activists for these events.

Even though you will not, as I’ve already noted, find a member of the Catholic Clergy endorse violence, you will see media talking heads blaming the church’s position on abortion for radicalizing people. 

You will see the same people who will tell you that Islam is a religion of peace although people are murdered in its name on a daily basis, will be insisting that this event six years after the murder of George Tiller is a sign of continual christian terrorism.

All the Democrat candidates will be pushing this line if they haven’t already started already.

Many on the left who were attacking police in Chicago will suddenly pivot to praise the police in Colorado Springs although you will find a few outliers on twitter hitting them.

The worst part of all of this, if it turns out that Planned Parenthood was not targeted here it will be a great disappointment not for the Christians who correctly call what’s goes on their murder, but among the left who will be delighted to use the deaths of Colorado Springs for their political purposes.

The left will see this as a chance to change the topic from ISIS (who are likely very jealous of the coverage of this story)

Update: Instalanche, thanks Sarah. Also my spell checker turned “abortionist” into “abolitionist” & I didn’t catch it. Considering that I often compare abortion to slavery it’s doubly wrong.

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