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Race Myths Exposed!

Ben Shapiro provided an excellent analysis of the Baltimore riots and debunked five liberal race myths. Shapiro writes, “But the riots should also demonstrate conclusively that leftist myths about what drives race riots are just that: myths.”

Myths

They are:

  • The “White Police” Myth.
  • The “Evil Police Chief” Myth.
  • The “Evil Mayor” Myth.
  • The “Disproportionate White Power Structure” Myth.
  • The “Not Enough Government” Myth.

Shapiro concludes:

“Modern race riots do not occur because of the supposed white superstructure or a legacy of governmental underservice. They occur because valueless rioters act in valueless ways. Baltimore is evidence that glossing over lack of values with leftist pabulum about social justice doesn’t stop cities from burning.”

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Baltimore ‘Purged’

Yesterday, Baltimore epitomized a divided America. On Monday, we saw a tale of two cities evoking the worst and the best of times.

Baltimore was in “total chaos, total anarchy,” experiencing “madness,” “mayhem” and “pandemonium” while “citizens [were] under siege.” “Baltimore is now a war zone.”

Purged

Yet, everyday citizens within their besieged communities risked danger to combat the unfolding evil. Some members of the community acted as human shields to protect the police from the mob, while many marched in unity to qualm fears and elicit peace. One mother publicly berated her son who had joined the rioters.

Baltimore Is Not Ferguson

Many politicians and pundits have conflated the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, using the false narrative of endemic white racism[1] as a starting point for discussion. The racial grievance industry has a vested interest in perpetuating racial hoaxes for fun and profit.[2]

Baltimore is not Ferguson. John Schindler tweeted: “Baltimore has a black mayor, a black police chief & almost half the cops are black. This ain’t Ferguson, folks.”

As we await the conclusions of the various investigations into Gray’s death, let us remember that every investigation into Brown’s death absolved the police.[3]

We don’t know, yet, exactly how Gray died, but we should know soon. When we do know, we can take appropriate action.

Another difference: the Brown family called for Ferguson to be burned, while the Gray family petitions for peace.

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Baltimore Is Ferguson

In some ways, though, Baltimore is like Ferguson. Like so many great American cities, decades of Democrat rule have taken their toll upon a people governed by various liberal policies.[4] (Take Detroit, for example.)

The racial grievance industry continually promotes its propaganda which, most often, finds fertile ground in the inner cities. As a direct consequence of their false racial narratives, many turn to violence, as we saw in riots stretching from Ferguson to, now, Baltimore.

Apparently the residents of Baltimore have a long history of tension with the police. But, more crucially, there is a generational, not just racial, divide in that city. Teenagers, raised in the petri dish of the welfare state and multiculturalism, have been indoctrinated into believing that America owes them for slavery, which has been abolished for more than one-and-half centuries. Taught that they are victims, they feel entitled to redress. For them, the welfare state is just the beginning.

(What about reparations? Been there, done that: remember the Civil War and the War on Poverty? Time now to stop identity politics.)[5]

Baltimore, like so many urban communities, is beset by competing worldviews, ambitions, and goals. Some are firmly fixed in that distant past of racial grievances and the so-called legacy of slavery. They have adopted a victim mentality and inculcated a sense of entitlement. A feeling that America owes them.[6]

Democrat-controlled cities, failed liberal polices, dysfunctional families and subculture – these are the root causes of the violence we have seen erupt in cities across America.[7]  As a direct result of these policies, the black nuclear family has been decimated and black criminality is entrenched in many communities.

In contrast, others are rooted in a more traditional past, filled with faith and values, optimistic for the future, embracing freedom and personal responsibility. For them, doing the right thing is always the right thing to do, even when it hurts. They value the goodness and greatness of America.[8]

Then there are the anarchists and professional activists who simply seek to destroy or to profit from that destruction.

Balancing Chaos

Baltimore – despite ample warning – was unprepared for the riots. Charles Krauthammer called it “a total failure of leadership” at the local and state levels.

The Mayor of Baltimore followed the leadership style of President Obama[9] and treated the rioters as if they had a right to riot. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake acquiesced to rioters when she said, “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. We worked very hard to keep that balance.”

She wanted to balance free speech rights and anarchy?

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As Ian Tuttle at National Review observes, “The reaction of the head of the government of Baltimore to the subversion of that government by wanton lawbreaking was to say that citizens were free to violently subvert that government – just as long as they did it in approved areas.”

It was, as one commentator observed, a “complete capitulation” to the rioters and anarchists.

When will the Left learn that coddling criminals invites crime and that appeasement never works?[10] Ask Obama. (Oh, that’s right, he still hasn’t learned that lesson.)

Later, Mayor Rawlings-Blake spoke the obvious: “It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody.” But “making life better” isn’t the purpose of riots. Anarchy and destruction are its own rewards.

A “Protestor” by Any Other Name

But how can you solve the problem when you can’t even identify it? It was jarring to hear rioters referred to as “protestors,” even on Fox News.

CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill actually regards these violent thugs as “resisters.” His rationale, which blamed the police and not the rioters, is as follows:

“We also, I think, have to be very careful about the language that we use to talk about this. I’m not calling these people rioters. I’m calling these uprisings, and I think it’s an important distinction to make. This is not a riot, there have been uprisings in major cities and smaller cities around this country for the last year because of the state violence that’s been waged against black female and male bodies forever.”

Hill continued:

“… we do have to understand that resistance looks different ways to different people. And part of what it means to say ‘black lives matter,’ is to assert our right to have rage, and righteous rage, and righteous indignation in the face of state violence and extrajudicial killing. Freddie Gray is dead. That’s why the city is burning, and let’s make that clear, the city is not burning because of protesters. The city is burning because the police killed Freddie Gray.”

The old Leftist argument that one person’s terrorist is another person’s patriot continues to fly in the face of reality and moral truth. Although the Sixties’ counterculturalists and their ideological progeny deny the existence of absolute truth and moral absolutes, their denial fails to change the reality in which we all live.

Haven’t we learned anything from Obama? The President cannot even call Islamic terrorism what it is – terrorism motivated by Islam.[11]

No Justice! No Peace!

Pastor Jamal Bryant concluded his eulogy for Freddie Gray by leading the congregation is a chant: “No justice! No peace!”

That popular slogan, in fact, is flawed and often used to incite violence.[12]

And that violence has been racially tinged. CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez described the mob as “Very, very angry to see anybody driving in a rental car who was not African-American” and said that they were “very, very threatening to us.”

Marquez also observed the generational aspect of the mob: “It was a frightening scene. Young people, male and female, holding rocks, bricks, bottles, sticks.” Most rioters were local youth, not outside agitators

Taking Back the City

The words and actions of people on the ground, politicians, pundits, the clergy, and ordinary citizens inspire hope and confidence.

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Largely ignored by the mainstream media, “Over 100 clergy marched through the streets of Baltimore last night in an effort to end the violence, and they did it without riot shields and military vehicles.”

Clergy, community leaders, and neighbors sought to bring peace back to the community. A group of mature men marched through the desolated city landscape singing the gospel song, I Will Trust in the Lord, which contains the lyrics, “I’m Gonna Treat Everybody Right.”

Prospective GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, a former Baltimore resident, urged, “parents, grandparents and guardians to please take control of your children and do not allow them to be exposed to the dangers of uncontrolled agitators on the streets.”

One commentator urged, “Adults need to step up and be adults.”

Let’s be adults. Let’s “purge” immaturity from our lives and our communities.

Update: “Total Cost of Baltimore Riots: $9 Million in Property Damage, Over 284 Businesses Harmed.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5t.

[2]               See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[3]               See “Ferguson: Justice, Race, and Reason” at http://t.co/ksowFPCx62.

[4]               See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[5]               See “Identity Politics Is the Problem” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1l.

[6]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[7]               See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[8]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[9]               See “Is Baghdad Burning? Obama’s Leadership Vacuum” at http://t.co/anrh8hfqtC.

[10]             See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.

[11]             This ultimately leads to Obama’s ludicrous proposition that poverty, not religious fanaticism, is the real reason jihadists behead infidels. See “Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7s.

[12]             See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter

The race war imposed on Ferguson, Missouri,[1] is emblematic of how racism pervades the modern-day civil rights movement as led by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other race-mongers,[2] 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?

Sharpton

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.[3] Rather, culture is the key.

The Human Experience

Race hustlers like Sharpton speak of a non-existent “white privilege,”[4] 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.[5]

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![6]

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,[7] most Americans know better. Having given Obama many chances to prove himself, America recently rejected his entire agenda.[8]

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.

Update:

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.

Endnotes:

[1]       See “Ferguson: Justice, Race, and Reason” at http://t.co/ksowFPCx62.

[2]       See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[3]       See Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture: A World View, Basic Books, 1994. See also Thomas Sowell, “Race, Culture and Equality,” at http://www.tsowell.com/spracecu.html.

[4]       See “Guilty of Being White” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-17.

[5]       See “Identity Politics Is the Problem” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1l.

[6]       See http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/snapple.asp.

[7]       See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[8]       See “GOP Triumphs Despite Voter Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-59.