Race, Politics, and Lies
Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black man was shot dead by a white policeman in South Carolina.
Totally ignored was the fact that a black policeman in Alabama fatally shot an unarmed white teenager, and was cleared of any charges, at about the same time that a white policeman was cleared of charges in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Now then, everything being equal where is the reciprocal rioting?
It is therefore deemed necessary to do some finger pointing. The nation currently has a 64% white person kill ratio by law enforcement authorities. Any other thing that you hear is a bold-faced lie that is primarily passed on from reporter to reporter and then read or commentated on by the illustrious news “Anchor Corps.”
What then do the people initiating and spreading these lies (paragraph one) go out and do? Let’s organize and riot! As for me I view rioting much the same as lifeless boycotts. Prompting questions that only critically thinking individuals would ponder: If a community goes out and destroys CVS’s, pharmacy care, personal businesses of one’s neighbor, police cars, and/or anything they deliberately choose to ruin, who then is responsible for clean up and putting businesses back to their pre-riot phase?
Again too many people know this truth and that is why this behavior continues. I am addressing the federal government and state, local governments pay for it. Does anyone consider where those funds come from? Bet the farm ma’ ma, it is the taxpayers of the U.S.A.
In a world where the truth means so little, and headstrong preconceptions seem to be all that matter, what hope is there for rational words or rational behavior, much less mutual understanding across racial lines?
When the recorded fatal shooting of a fleeing man in South Carolina brought instant condemnation by whites and blacks alike, and by the most conservative as well as the most liberal commentators, that moment of mutual understanding was very fleeting, as if mutual understanding were something to be avoided, as a threat to a vision of “us against them” that was more popular.
The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century.
Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s.
You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across the country in 1965.
We are told that such riots are a result of black poverty and white racism. But in fact — for those who still have some respect for facts — black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.
Murder rates among black males were going down — repeat, DOWN — during the much lamented 1950s, while it went up after the much celebrated 1960s, reaching levels more than double what they had been before. Most black children were raised in two-parent families prior to the 1960s. But today the great majority of black children are raised in one-parent families.
Such trends are not unique to blacks, nor even to the United States. The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period. Just read “Life at the Bottom,” by Theodore Dalrymple, a British physician who worked in a hospital in a white slum neighborhood.
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.
Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.
Again high praise where credit is due! We give a hat tip to Town Hall for the amazing structure of this article. Furthermore, we salute Thomas Sowell for his brilliance and cutting edge journalism. Thank you indeed — oh yes, we contributed to paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; then we picked it back again at paragraphs 9, 10, and 11.