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.
Race in America
Obama’s angry racial legacy
After years of stirring the racial inequality pot, Obama White House propaganda paid off. America is angry and divided. We got more than we bargained for after politicizing every incident involving law enforcement and people of color to paint an unrealistic, hateful portrait of Race in America.
Race in America after Charlottesville
Anger over Trump’s election win was twisted into an easy excuse to turn America into a nation of slavering white supremacists. The nation is exploding in the wake of a death at a Charlottesville, Virginia white nationalist rally that spiraled out of control after protesters decided that attending the event was a better idea than ignoring it.
A hapless president Trump would be better off had he said nothing at all after the incident. This was a lose-lose for him from the start and an easy segue for white liberal Americans to turn us into racists and carry on the Obama imperative that we justify and pardon the offenses of their sacred cows no matter what they do.
A renewed call to take down confederate monuments is gaining traction as the post-Labor Day 2018 election season approaches. If there was any chance that erasing evidence of slavery would erase America’s racial pain it might be worth a try, but history tells us that all this will do is open the door to more demands because race in America is a political, not a moral issue.
The Race in America category is about how our government responds to racial differences. By focusing on race to pass self-interested policies, have liberal Democrats become America’s biggest race problem?
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.