The “society is to blame” argument is something I’ve seen a lot lately to defend or explain all kinds of crime and violence in the black community online , in print and on camera and a lot of people are buying it.
There is just one problem with the “systems of oppression” argument. It’s a matter of history
After 1866 Black Americans in the south had to worry about the Klan, while in the North they were competing for jobs made scare by the end of the civil war.
After re-construction Black Americans had to deal with Jim Crow laws.
During the Wilson years Black Americans had to deal with the return of the Klan sparked by the first real blockbuster movie in America, Birth of a Nation.
During the 30’s Black Americans had to deal with Jim Crow AND the Great Depression
During the 40’s Black Americans had to deal with discrimination in the armed forces
During the 50’s they had to deal with renewed violence and massive resistance
and even up all the way to 1964 you can see Black Americans oppressed under the law.
During most of those years, there was no kind of government social safety net, no liability laws against employers and almost no chance of legal relief for actual oppression short of murder.
Yet in all that time you don’t see anything like the level of violence crime in the black community that you see today, you don’t see the black on black violence, nor the mob violence that we all saw in Ferguson and Baltimore live or that has not been reported because the MSM has not considered it newsworthy.
So to all of those who are making the “oppression” argument in Cleveland, in Baltimore, in Ferguson and elsewhere, I have a question for you:
If the criminal actions of Black Youth today are simply a reaction to oppression then why was this crime not the norm during the 100 year period from 1866 to 1965 during a time when guns laws were practically non existent, there was no social safety net and the oppression of Black Americans was backed by law rather than in violation of it?
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The City’s emphasis on revenue generation has a profound effect on FPD’s approach to law enforcement. Patrol assignment an schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation.
This practice sets up a perverse reward system if you are a cop, the report explained:
Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity” meaning the number of citations issued.
Of course the left’s outrage here would be more believable if not for …
Alas, while this unity in protecting citizens from abuse sounds hopeful in theory, the reality is the outrage over this practice, at least for some, is selective.
Essentially, the police are alleging that their suspect (20 year old local Jeffrey Williams) is a known Ferguson protester who has participated in several demonstrations. They’re also saying that the suspect is claiming that he was aiming at somebody else at the time. Which is… novel, as defenses go. Essentially, the best-case scenario here then for the Ferguson protest movement is that one of their demonstrators was simply trying to murder someone else, only the cops got in the way.
I would like to take this moment to congratulate the race hustlers of the White House and elsewhere.
Your entire gravy train is completely dependent on a clash of the races, a sense of entitlement and grievance, mutual suspicion and distrust and encouraging a cultural division to the point where black citizens will believe the law will not protect them, police will not be inclined to risk their lives to police black neighborhoods and white citizens simply not care.
If you wanted this to be the goal the latest shooting of police after the President pushed Ferguson at the Selma event and the White House did all it could to distract from the fact that the were unable to charge officer Wilson & that “Hands up Don’t shoot” was unsubstantiated.
Granted that if you’re a criminal who preys on the black community you’ll do pretty good but if you are a race hustler who will now be able to use the resulting division to stay on the gravy train for decades.
As Ferguson continues to be in the headlines over Michael Brown (and Zemir Begic continues to be out of them) there was a story last week that got very little attention.
It was only fitting that the heart and soul of the Lunenburg High team, Jeremy Nash, ended his high school football career in style.
Nash, a talented senior quarterback, put the Blue Knights on his back, throwing for 146 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 131 yards on 18 carries en route to an 18-13 victory over St. Bernard’s on Friday evening in the 17th overall meeting between the Thanksgiving-week rivals.
Ok so two high school teams who have a mere seventeen year history played on Thanksgiving weekend (delayed because of last week’s storm). This kind of thing goes in small towns all over the nation. Hmm why on earth would a high school football game between two teams who haven’t even played that long be worth mentioning.
Because last year at this time newspapers were all over the Town of Lunenburg
The football team had been accused of teasing a biracial football player on the team over his race culminating in “Knights don’t need Niggers” spraypainted onto foundation of the family’s home.
Well this story went viral. SI covered it, Good Morning America covered it, the governor got involved, there were op eds all over concerning the racism is Lunenburg . The FBI was called in and the football team was made to forfeit the rest of the season along with the Thanksgiving game.
However once investigations took place, it turns out once the FBI started to investigate, the football team was quickly cleared and suddenly the parents became suspects. At the time I recorded this commentary.
One of the things you notice about graffiti is it’s never really neat or ordered, but this graffiti was right along the stone foundation, not a drop was on the siding that would have been much harder to clear
As soon as it became apparent that this was a hoax, the national media that was so interested in talking about Lunenburg decided it wasn’t newsworthy anymore.
You see the primary suspect in this story is no longer the largely white football team in a small town but the mother of the supposed target of the racist graffiti. It is no longer a story about racism, it is about yet another race hoax. If the team had still been the suspect and racism been the theme and the DA a republican the decision to not press charges would be a source of national outrage and coverage but remember the rule we stated yesterday.
I submit & suggest it’s because all of these stories involve Democrats and their national memes and Democrats understand that when it comes to such stories MSM immediately recognizes them as unnewsworthy.
So like the Democrat combatant in the war on women currently doing his legislative work behind bars, the race hoaxer who turned her community upside down with a phony race card and the Democrat’s DA decision not to prosecute are simply not newsworthy.
And even though the police and Eric Holder’s Justice Department both revealed that the family that caused the town to lose it’s thanksgiving game, placed a scarlet “R” on every player on the football team and on the town in general in national and international eyes, not a single fire was set, not a single business was ransacked, not a single rock was thrown at the police station for not avenging the town’s honor and not a single person injured.
Secondly given how close the election for governor was I wonder if the Attorney General Martha Coakley’s decision not to press charges caused a few voters in the local area who have had no problem voting for democrat reps and state senators to cross the aisle last november?
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Dalek Sec: My Daleks, just understand this; if you choose death and destruction, then death and destruction will choose you.
Doctor Who Evolution of the Daleks 2007
Hundreds of guys depended on Paulie and he got a piece of everything they made. And it was tribute, just like in the old country, except they were doing it here in America. And all they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. And that’s what it’s all about. That’s what the FBI could never understand. That what Paulie and the organization does is offer protection for people who can’t go to the cops. That’s it. That’s all it is. They’re like the police department for wiseguys.
Good Fellas 1990
For all of the hyperbole that is being said concerning Ferguson justice etc and all the anti-police rhetoric I think a few things need to be explained to the people who will be living in the neighborhoods that black “leaders” would create for them. So let me give you a warning.
If you want a community where the police have no incentive to come & enforce the law…you’ll get it
If you want a neighborhood where small store owners believe they can’t operate safely …they won’t.
If you want a neighborhood where insurance companies will either not issue insurance or price it prohibitively ….you’ll pay it.
If you want a neighborhood where national chains where operating involves great substantial risk...they won’t take it
If you want a neighborhood were job creators won’t venture…they won’t
If you want a neighborhood where criminals can operate with impunity... they will.
And finally if you want a neighborhood where you have to pay your own version of Paulie to protect you from everyone (but him) so you can live a life I say this…
…may you be happy in the path you choose.
And remember that the people who are making the loudest arguments nationally toward this direction are people who will never consent to live in such a state.
Rawlins: And what are you? So full of hate you want to go out and fight everybody! Because you’ve been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as hell ain’t dying. And dying’s been what these white boys have been doing for going on three years now! Dying by the thousands! Dying for *you*, fool! I know, ’cause I dug the graves. And all this time I keep askin’ myself, when, O Lord, when it’s gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up. Ante up and kick in like men. LIKE MEN!
Glory–a fictionalization of the Union Army’s all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment, lead by a white officer, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw–is one of my favorite movies for a lot of reasons, but, in particular, the last three sentences of the above monologue by Rawlins (played by Morgan Freeman) have stayed with me.
A group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside a white-owned business in the city during recent riots, protecting it from rioters that looted and burned other businesses.
After a grand jury returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, protesters took to the streets and the demonstrations quickly turned into rioting. Several buildings were set ablaze, but a group of heavily armed black men stood outside a Conoco gas station.
One of the residents, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick Johnson, held an AR-15 assault [sic] rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near that store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.
Like men. Not like black men, or like white men–or like puling infants in the bodies of men–but men.
Sure, they liked the owner–who had given them employment over the years, but so what? (Side note: lately I’ve been saying to all who won’t cover their ears that free persons create their own jobs.) One good turn is often reciprocated by a stab in the back. It has happened to me more than once.
But that’s not what happened in this case.
Do either of these sets of men owe anything to the other for doing right? I say no. Any other attitude smacks of patronage.
Doing what’s right is often its own reward and, sometimes, there is only one Observer. And the ripples are seemingly invisible. But they exist.
Sir Percy Blakley: You think I like sitting there in the shadow of the knife while one head falls after another. People I know and love that innocent people, kindly people, herded like sheep and butchered like cattle by men who make high sounding principles an excuse for the most bestial cruelty?
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934
Sheldon:Well done, Leonard. The true hero doesn’t seek adulation, he fights for right and justice simply because it’s his nature.
The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 2009
A great example of how to see the real difference in culture over four generations is to compare the heroes of one age vs another.
In the 1934 movie the Scarlet Pimpernel the title character, played by Leslie Howard, is joined by a group of 20 followers all posing as “fashionable puppies” young upper class twits who in reality are risking life and limb to save the life of those who are being slaughtered by the French Revolution for not believing the right things at the right time.
When one of his followers notes that they could, with little effort be 1000 rather than 20, Sir Percy scoffs saying:
Mere force is useless against people who are neither cowards nor fools, so we must match courage with courage and cunning with still greater cunning if we are to do anything at all. We’re all willing to give our lives but we must do more than that. We must mask our identities, suffer the humiliation of being taken for fops, fools nitwits, cowards.
For that hero it’s not all about them, it’s about those they wish to save and are willing not only to risk their lives, but also willing to suffer humiliation for the cause of good and right.
The same young boys who saw movies like this or read books like that and dreamed of risking all, ten years later were willing to give their lives to fight the Nazi’s (Howard himself would be shot down over the Bay of Biscay) and the men who came home didn’t boast or brag about it. Remember the famous Band of Brothers spent over five decades under the nations radar satisfied with the knowledge that they had done right, and their duty before Tom Hanks’mini series made their names and faces internationally known.
Contrast that with the idiots of Ferguson and beyond.
They imagine themselves brave heroes defending the honor of black america in general the Brown family in particular yet what to they do?
“Half of this protest I feel like is baiting cops … sort of about proving who you are against the police,” said Wilder Bunke, 21, of Hollywood, who was critical of actions by some in the crowd. “The modern-day “… the police” isn’t shooting a cop, it’s posting a picture of yourself posing with a cop car on Facebook or Twitter.”
Do you see the contrast? In the 30’s the hero pretends to be a coward in public while putting themselves in danger behind the scene. Today they pretend to put themselves in danger in public. All those videos of college kids lying down in malls and professional protesters disrupting shoppers, all those tweets declaring death threats to Officer Wilson are all about faking the courage of those who came before for all the world to see.
And yet, even that “courage” is an illusion as they taunt police in the sure and certain knowledge they will not shoot and are in fact trained not to. (Although I suspect the professional protest organizers, the Lisa Fithians of the world dearly hope one of their dupes would get themselves shot and create a martyr to the cause).
Alas the problem with living in a bubble, even a bubble that holds the fascination of the mainstream media, unlike Cuba’s Women in White , is that while your niche might see such action as world-changing, the general public sees something else, as Jazz Shaw put it:
The very first thing which came to my mind was to place myself in the position of a commuter who might not be all that familiar with the events in Ferguson hearing about the movement on the news later one. Oh.. so those were the guys who kept me sitting on I-90 for five freaking hours when I was supposed to be picking up cranberry sauce for my mother-in-law? Oh, I definitely will want to get on board with their legislation.
People understand it takes no actual courage to make trouble for average folks and people who can’t fight back that’s why those who practice the form of cowardice take so much time to pretend otherwise. I’ll give the last word to C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape
Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember;
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On this Thanksgiving Day, we’re supposed to take stock of how blessed we are. We’re supposed to be thankful for our health, for our families and for what we have. Sadly, some in our nation are ‘thankful’ for what they took from others through an abused definition of ‘justice’.
What does Wal-mart have to do with this? How is this seeking justice exactly? How is this ‘moral’? It’s not. It’s exploitation of a situation.
How many of the ‘peaceful’ protesters were among those cleaning up the next day?
How many of the media who circled like vultures put down their cameras and picking up brooms?
Take heart. All is not lost, as evidenced by those who did come out the next morning to clean up in Ferguson and elsewhere. Volunteers even came out to the Cake shop from the tweet above and helped the owner get things back in order.
This Thanksgiving, we should be thankful citizens like those cleaning up in Ferguson exist. Perhaps, by cleaning up yet again, they are the ones truly protesting.
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When they had brought them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders (did we not?) to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
Eddie:What I’m saying is, is there’s black people need to stop lying.
One of the most Amazing things about the rise of Christianity is illustrated by the initial clashes between the Apostles and the Jewish authorities after Christ’s death
To understand the significance of this meeting you must understand that while the Holy Spirit had already come upon them the Apostles had spent a lifetime as observant Jews who had conformed to the laws of Moses since their youth. Additionally not only had Peter denied Christ three times but all the Apostles but John had fled at Christ’s arrest. Furthermore both before & after Christ’s ascension they continued to stay in hiding until the day of Pentecost.
Given these facts it would have been very easy for them to decide to obey the High Priest. After all Jews had a history of sticking together. Jews had stuck to the Mosaic Jaw even after being conquered by the Romans and before them the Greeks and the Babylonians. The Jewish culture was so strong that its cohesiveness remained intact even dying at Masada rather than submitting. Furthermore there would be no penalty (at least no earthy one) if they had chosen to conform rather than resist.
Yet thanks to the faith provided by the Holy Spirit and their free acceptance of that gift, they had the courage to clash with the established Jewish culture not only while they were in Jerusalem but mimicking that non-violent resistance as they spread all over the world.
And while all but John died horribly for it, the human race reaped the benefits, not only in terms of the eternal mercy of Christ but of a basic philosophy that has been in the forefront of the advancement of humanity. The rights of man and the concept that all are equal in the eyes of God and thus equal before the laws of men.
But the only reason why mankind gained these benefits and the rights that came from them and achieved the ability to break free from the slavery of sin was the courage to stand up against their culture in the first place.
And this brings us to the black community and the Riots in Ferguson.
One of the things that have plagued the black culture since the rise of the great society is the concept of “Acting White”. The idea that certain behaviors from being scholarly and striving to achieve, to conformity to law,to even the respect of woman is dismissed as “acting white” thus causing one to be rejected.
Furthermore this idea has been used by some within the black community to advance themselves as power brokers. Not only those who liaison between the larger American culture and the American black subculture, but by criminals within the community that prey on it suggesting that those who might cooperate with police who might arrest or contain them are acting as traitors to their race.
Mind you immigrants from Africa have not bought into this nonsense, but for the majority of the black community descended from those formerly held as slaves in the 19th century this is taught as gospel. Furthermore the slavery of eight generations ago is used as not only an excuse but as a justification for failure to advance within in the larger culture.
All of this is self-evident but that’s not what is amazing.
The amazing thing is the dirty little open secret that many American blacks don’t actually buy into this nonsense. They recognize a thug when they see one and understand that if you are knocking off small variety store, getting yourself suspended from school, dealing drugs or acting like a thug you aren’t going to get anywhere in life, but in a community where single parenthood is the norm rather than the exception that lesson is hard to teach without a positive male role model to reinforce it.
However while this might be expressed in private, in public racial solidarity is the rule and the retribution from within the community is terrible if one dares to express this in public. There is a reason why the black eye witnesses who backed up the testimony of officer Darren Wilson did not go public and to go against this culture,
Put bluntly most of the problems that are plaguing the black community, have their origin in the black community and the liberals who enable black “leaders”. If you disbelieve me ask yourself why cities where the black community have it the hardest, have been under liberal control, and in come cases like Detroit, liberal black control for decades?
Moreover the time where strong intact black families advanced a culture of self reliance even in the face of actual repression is still in living memory within the community. The solutions to these problems are known because just a couple of generation ago the great civil rights victories of the 50’s & 60’s were won by those people who lived said solutions.
The only ingredient that’s missing to achieve it? Courage! The courage of the civil rights marchers who didn’t riot in Washington or Selma or Montgomery but who marched. The courage of the McCarthy Sisters who stood up against the IRA and the courage of the apostles who were able to stand up to their own culture and say the truth aloud.
Until the black community is willing to do this they will never achieve their true potential and will continue to condemn generations yet to come to be defined by a bunch of thugs and looters defending the right to break the law with impunity for the sake of a bunch of hustlers out for themselves.
Personally I think that’s rather short-sighted and a bad bargain.
Let’s pray that the community can mimic the courage of the Apostles & the martyrs from James to St. Moses the Black because until they do this cycle will continue to repeat for generations.
About a half-dozen black witnesses supported Officer Wilson’s version of what happened. One was a black woman, who saw the shooting from the Canfield Green apartments. Crying on the stand, she said, “I have a child and that could have been my son.”
And yet, she confirmed all crucial parts of Wilson’s account. She said “the child” (292-pound Big Mike) never had his hands up and the cop only fired when “the baby” was coming at him. “Why won’t that boy stop?” she asked her husband.
I always want to know more about the heroic black witnesses. They are put in a position no white person will ever be in and do the right thing by telling the truth — then go into hiding from “the community” being championed by goo-goo liberals.
White people don’t feel any obligation to defend some thug just because he’s white. Only blacks are expected to lie on behalf of criminals of their own race.
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