The race war imposed on Ferguson, Missouri, is emblematic of how racism pervades the modern-day civil rights movement as led by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other race-mongers, aided and abetted by the mainstream media.
How does Sharpton – with all of his exposed lies, perpetrated hoaxes, unseemly scandals, and revelations of dishonesty and corruption – have any credibility as a leader?
Does a movement with Sharpton as leader have any credibility in its own right?
The “Black” Experience
Al Sharpton and his acolytes speak of the “black experience,” which only “legitimate” blacks (e.g., non-conservative blacks) can experience. (Conservative blacks like Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, and Mia Love are phony blacks in their eyes.) Even some conservatives fall for this false dichotomy between alleged “black” and “white” “experiences.”
As I’ve addressed in the past, there is no singular “black experience.” What experiences do blacks from Jamaica, Haiti, Harlem, Detroit, and Liberia share?
If by “black experience,” one means impoverishment in ghettoes, overrepresentation within the prison system, broken homes, teen violence, poor education, and the like, those experiences are the result of liberal policies and programs which are race-based, not colorblind.
(They are not the result of the “legacy of slavery” or “institutional racism.” Those fabrications by the Left ensure a compliant constituency and lucrative income.)
Thomas Sowell, a scholar who happens to be black, has written exhaustively, publishing a myriad of books and articles which provide well-researched analyses on race, culture, economics, education, and related topics. Sowell has demonstrated, through demographics, history, and logic, that there is no such thing as a “black” or “white” experience. Rather, culture is the key.
The Human Experience
Race hustlers like Sharpton speak of a non-existent “white privilege,” dismissing the notion that hard work, personal responsibility, and integrity can benefit people of all races and classes. Employing identity politics can be profitable, but it actually victimizes those it ensnares even as it erodes the very fabric of America’s civic society.
What works for “White America” can work for anyone of any race or background.
Instead of playing the victim in an obsession with the black experience, the focus should be on a shared human experience, as we are all created equal in God’s image. That was the premise and promise of America. The self-evident truth of our common humanity and our common endowment of human rights by God (not government) can free people to experience their full potential.
Empowerment, not entitlement.
A number of notable black leaders, such as Bill Cosby, Jason Riley, and Bishop Earl Jackson, have emphasized the cultural forces within much of the black community which lead to the various dysfunctions addressed above. Those cultural factors include family, education, values, responsibility, religion. Note: these are non-racial.
In many urban communities, intact families (once termed nuclear families because they were the nucleus of the community) have been largely replaced – generationally – by single-parent ones. Those broken homes often create broken people.
Some cultures (such as Jamaican) with a strong emphasis on family prove more successful than those (e.g., Detroit) which have become enmeshed with the oppressive paternalist government known as the welfare state.
Similarly, those cultures (e.g., Korean) which stress hard work, personal responsibility, and pursuit of educational opportunities lead to stronger families and more successful offspring.
Those families and communities which are spiritually oriented and regularly attend church are more likely to have intact families and promote those positive values which lead to success (both financially and spiritually).
In contrast, dysfunctional families and communities tend to fall into unsuccessful patterns of behavior and to adopt negative perspectives and emotions. Consequently, urged on by leaders like Sharpton and the mainstream media, some people have adopted a victim mentality and a sense of entitlement. Being “victims” thus “entitles” them to freebies from the government. Freebies which enslave them to the government.
This has largely developed due to a welfare state which was created fifty years ago to address those very concerns and which has only exacerbated them. In their efforts to alleviate poverty and suffering, progressives have only succeeded in making matters worse.
Snapple “Slave Ship”
Progressives use the racist meme incessantly, with their propaganda often prevailing over actual facts. Targeting the emotions of people they can hail as victims of a racist society gives them a constituency and provides them with an income, but it does little for their targets and it harms innocent people, corporations, and consumers.
Indeed, their lies corrupt the culture, society, our civic institutions, and the free market.
As just one example, I vividly recall the controversy over Snapple’s “slave ship.”
A Boston investment firm invested in Snapple and, therefore, its label incorporated a photo of the Boston Tea Party. In the early 1990s, rumors arose falsely claiming it depicted a slave ship (not a clipper ship). The company was forced – based on a lie – to change its label!
Their defamation of Snapple was presumed factual because the company caved to public pressure, and the myth of institutional racism was thus “corroborated.”
In this instance (as in many others), deliberate propaganda met with willful ignorance to vilify a legitimate enterprise and reject truth.
Not “Obama’s America”
America has proven its character and the astonishing strides she has made in racial relations over the fifty years. Indeed, an extraordinary number of non-black Americans who voted for Barack Hussein Obama – twice!
Whereas, Obama views America has fundamentally flawed and in need of fundamental transformation, most Americans know better. Having given Obama many chances to prove himself, America recently rejected his entire agenda.
Still, Obama and his administration continue to support those race hustlers who foment division, promote spurious racial grievances, and seek to increases entitlements as a form of reparations – all of which hurt those they purport to help.
America deserves better.
Every single investigation into the Ferguson shooting – including the exhaustive federal Justice Department investigation – exonerated Officer Wilson and determined that the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot narrative was a lie.
Even though this false racial narrative – this myth – has been proven false, many media, political, and cultural elites continue to promote this false narrative and attack those who expose it as a fraud.
That false racial narrative plays into the fears of those who are race-obsessed or who have been indoctrinated into believing racial stereotypes, which is ironic given they accuse others of racism.