There is an enormous contradiction in African American anger at the institutions many in urban communities rely on to survive. The riots this week in Charlotte aren’t about police shootings or oppression. Neither were the violent outbreaks in Ferguson or Baltimore. They are about the injustice of money. How should people react when the hand that feeds also hurts?
Race in America
Can we accuse the first African American president in history of resurrecting America’s race war? The fight for minority rights is being waged by the White House and executive departments ranging from Arne Duncan’s Department of Education to Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice. Is race a valid reason to point fingers at America, or just an excuse for harangues about unfairness, inequality, and minority rights that accompany demands to collect more tax revenue?
Barack Obama hails from Illinois so he knows how the Democratic giveaway culture works in a big city. The daily shootings in Chicago speak to the failure of social spending for the sake of press releases and public appearances instead of real economic growth.
There are more insidious sides to America’s newest racial divide. Seeking any means possible to justify the president’s stand on immigration and seal the Democratic Party’s future, White House propaganda helped Latinos rise to prominence in the public eye. Despite the fact that the number of Latino Americans is growing so rapidly that they are anything but a minority, “minority” has taken on other meanings. Ethnic favoritism has dominated White House policy, from the Justice Department’s cracking down on alleged racial profiling of illegals to educational initiatives that claim to speak to the needs of Hispanics but actually address the demands of a Democratic Party wise enough to wonder where next year’s votes are coming from.
2014 brought us a shooting in Ferguson, Missouri with even more potential for political manipulation than the Trayvon Martin incident. The year ended with Eric Garner’s death in New York.
2015 has seen backlash with shootings of police officers, including an end of summer atrocity in Houston that raises the question of why black on white violence is so rarely charged as a hate crime.
Now it’s 2016. The stakes are tremendous. Activism is out of control and with it violence against police. This is not about law enforcement behaving badly, no matter how eager leftist politicians are to inflame the masses. This is about revenge for the perceived social, political, and legal inequality the president has been emphasizing throughout his stint as America’s leader.
After years of stirring the racial inequality pot White House propaganda is paying off, but did the president get more than he bargained for? Every incident involving local law enforcement and people of color promises to turn into a rallying cry for a race war that has segued to Black Lives Matter regardless of the consequences.
The Race in America category is not about race so much as how our government responds to racial differences. By focusing on race to pass self-interested policies have liberal Democrats under Obama become America’s biggest race problem?
Keeping the streets safe is becoming impossible because of cowardly Democratic politics that bows to activists to keep the votes coming in. If we can’t tolerate police using force against criminals of color, then we should stop policing communities where race is more important than the law.
Ridiculous and racist, you say?
Two standards for policing
The newest crisis involving Chicago police is another example of inequality between law enforcement and offenders.
The terror attack in Nice didn’t blunt or even distract us from growing racial anger in the U.S. Instead, liberal factions continue to blame police for deaths without trial, evidence, or facts except for what they learn from the media and protest ringleaders. Now we have more officers dead in Baton Rouge. Is domestic terror the new tactic for the civil rights movement?
Words paved the road to Dallas. Black and white hate speech thinly disguised as progressive rhetoric is now the norm. It comes from community activists and groups like Black Lives Matter. We hear it from the leaders we trust to not incite chaos. The negative dialogue comes from our highest levels of government and the streets of cities filled with protesters.
Does voting harm the African American community? Is it a waste of time? The black vote is treasured as an entitlement by Democrats who offer hope for change in election after election, but the outlook for low-income, undereducated African Americans is not improving. Does this mean that the black vote selects the wrong candidates, or have we reached the point that black America is so valuable as a political problem that can never be fixed that the vote drifts to opportunists who do more harm than good?
I wasn’t thinking about skin color when I heard about the plans to shut down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue shopping district on one of the busiest consumer spending days of the year. I was thinking about misguided stupidity.
Given the racist, anti-white rhetoric currently in vogue with activists and Black Lives Matter, it was a surprise that many of the protesters we watched in news footage shuffling down city streets and blocking businesses in response to the Laquan McDonald police shooting were not African American.
Three developing stories prove just how much we permit protest and politics to decide the value of life. The spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Sandra Bland protests, and the move to defund Planned Parenthood speak to our willingness to let the value of life be a sardonic decision made for the benefit of agitators and political heavyweights.
While Obama boasts reducing the number of federal prisoners,1 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are showing signs that they aren’t done with mandatory minimum laws just yet. It doesn’t matter whether we slap mandatory penalties on guns, drugs, or failing to pick up after your dog. The result will be the same: charges that justice is not color blind.