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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.”

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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.

Root of Evil: Let’s Put ISIS on Welfare

With an astonishing refutation of reality, the White House recently announced its latest “strategy” to defeat terrorism: welfare.

(Government-created jobs are often a form of welfare.)

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Last night, State Department spokesman Marie Harf explained the roots cause of terrorism: unemployment. Harf asserts:

“We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people…”

Does this White House truly believe that we can bribe terrorists to stop terrorizing? How did that succeed domestically, with the establishment of the welfare state under Johnson’s War on Poverty to create a Great Society? The War on Poverty was a failure and the poster children of the Great Society are Ferguson and Detroit.

The Obama White House has merged a Roussean view of man as noble and innocent until corrupted by society with a Socialist view of economic determinism, wherein a person’s economic status determines his character. (One cannot discount this administration’s Islamophilia.)

The root cause of terrorism is not, and never has been, unemployment. The root cause of terrorism is evil, the evil that resides in man’s heart. And the specific manifestation of that evil which compels these evil men to kill, behead, terrorize, and destroy is a desire to fulfill the wishes of Allah and pursue Islamic jihad with the end goal of creating a global, infidel-free, Muslim caliphate.

Money, jobs, and any form of appeasement will not stay the hands of these evil-doers. Evil-doers! Appeasing Putin, the Castro brothers, Iran and other tyrannical states, will not end the tyranny. Evil exists. Evil in the hearts of these evil people.

Six years of appeasement has erupted the world in flames!

The Obama administration – and the Obama administration alone – is pathologically incapable of identifying the enemy and the origins of their behavior. The enemy is Islamic jihadists whose goal is to subjugate or annihilate all those who refuse to accept Allah as God. The origins of their behavior lie in the Koran and teachings of Mohammed.

But the suicidal nonsense from the White House continues even as the jihadists are hell-bent on enflaming the globe. Harf asserted: “We cannot kill our way out of this war.”

How ludicrous! We killed our way out of World Wars I and II. Wars end after the enemy has been defeated or destroyed.

Representing an administration clearly in denial, National Security Advisor Susan Rice recently claimed, “Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature of what we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War. We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism and a nearly instantaneous new cycle.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) disagreed with that assessment, declaring, “They [ISIS] are a dominant threat to peace in the world today. I really believe this. There’s never been a time when there are more threats to the United States than there is now. So as I said once before, we’re either going to fight them there or fight them here.”

America needs to engage and defeat the enemy in this world war, just as she did in the first two world wars. (Three world wars if you count the Cold War.)

Islamic jihadists pose an existential threat to America and the whole of Western Civilization.

King’s Dream Realized (sort of)

Americans are again celebrating Martin Luther King Day in honor of the great civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., yet recent polls show a growing number of Americans believe that race relations are worse now than they were prior to the Obama presidency.

King famously offered a challenge and a prediction, proclaiming, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

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King’s dream has, in large measure, been realized. Americans today do not view race as they did fifty years ago. Indeed, people of all races have the freedom to do what they want to do and be what they want to be unhindered by their race. In that sense, race does not matter.

Yet, at the same time, for some people race is all that matters.

Racial Hoaxes

At one time – for a very long time – white racism kept blacks down. But, though small pockets of white racism may still exist, they have been marginalized and emasculated. However, black racism has been elevated, enabled, and empowered by the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and one of the current president’s mentors, Jeremiah Wright.

The award-winning movie, The Butler, fabricated racial hoaxes to promote a racial narrative of black victimization. Perhaps the most memorable and heartbreaking scene – Cecil Gaines as a young child witnesses his mother’s rape and father’s murder by a white landowner – never happened! It was fabricated to stir up feelings of horror which would continue throughout the film (which is promoted as a biography).

Race hustlers, like those listed above, divide America by race as they promote a false racial narrative of white supremacy and black victimology. For several decades, these hucksters have exploited the very people they profess to help.

Ironically, the help they offer is ever-greater intrusion of the federal government into the lives of every American when it is in fact the government itself which is the cause of so much of dysfunction which plagues certain (primarily urban) black communities.

Johnson’s Great Society has been a failure. The welfare state has fared poorly among those it “serves.” The consequences of the Nanny State include the decimation of the black nuclear family, dependency on government, and fostering of both a sense of being a victim and a sense of entitlement to redress that alleged victimization.

The Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties was successful in securing legal and cultural reform. American attitudes and mores were radically altered within a generation. But that movement was later hijacked by many of its leaders into something Rev. King would repudiate.

The race hustlers seek their own profit while enabling their constituency to remain shackled to government dependency and cultural poverty. And, as a direct consequence of their of their self-promoting propaganda, their instigate riots, arson, mayhem, and murder.

Rev. King’s Wisdom

Actor Morgan Freeman expressed it well: “Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.”

Let us hearken to the words of this America hero. As we do, compare his goals and his way of achieving those goals with that of many leaders of the current civil rights movement. King was inspirational and uplifting, bringing out the best in people. His love, courage, optimism, and God-centered purpose elevated people and public discourse.

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“When evil men plot, good men plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.”

In contrast, Al Sharpton et. al., declare blacks to be continuing victims and not overcomers, and they proffer a path of destruction will leads to dystopia.

In his last speech, Rev. King inspired each of us, saying:

“Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Propaganda Kills

Orwell’s Big Brother would be proud!

Anarchy has been termed democracy in action. Rioting, looting, and arson have been termed components of free speech. And murder has now been called justice.

Yesterday, two innocent New York City police officers were assassinated by a racist thug who is himself a victim of propaganda. The officer were not “executed” – execution implies they were tried and convicted of a crime.

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On Fox & Friends this morning, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani said it is “shameful” that politicians are using propaganda to separate the community from the police.

former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik blames the race hustlers, claiming that they “have blood on their hands.”

Indeed, they do.

Remember, the meme of “hands up, don’t shoot” is a racial myth! It never happened. yet it has been used to justify all manner of injustice and to foment racial division.

The racist cop myth is being used to disguise the real causes of legitimate grievances within the black community: fifty years of failed liberal policies.

NYC Mayor de Blasio’s policies have allowed protests to turn into anarchy as “protestors” call for the death of cops. The “protestors” got their wish.

Fox News contributor Peter Johnson actually equated police officers turning their backs on de Blasio with the step-father of Michael Brown calling for Ferguson to be burned to the ground. Johnson said that both were “emotional responses” to their respective situations.

Wrong answer. One was a peaceful show of disagreement with the mayor, the other an out-of-control call for mob violence.

“Dead cops!” Apparently only “black lives matter.” Cops of any color do not. And those who contend that all lives matter are condemned, shouted down, attacked, and killed.

Nevertheless, with anarchists in the streets and violence overtaking America, President Obama contends that we are in the midst of a “healthy conversation” about race.

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.

Ferguson in Flames

The world erupted into flames last night – or at least that portion of the world known as Ferguson, Missouri.

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Rioting and vandalism all in the name of “justice.” Justice?

I think not.

Truth eludes these rioters and their supporters. Emotions prevail over facts and reason. Propagandistic lies have been accepted as truth.

And violence ensues. Innocent people hurt. Property destroyed.

In the name of “justice.”

For these rioters, “justice” means acquiesce to their race-based agenda and endorsement of their perceived racial grievances. “Justice” means assuaging guilt by emotion. (Why are we guilty for their behavior?)

And the indoctrination by the mainstream media continues unabated.

But, blacks are not victims of a fictitious “institutionalized white racism” and presumed “white privilege.”

Some blacks are victims of a fifty-year-old War on Poverty and a welfare state which has become the new plantation – created by Democrats who treat them as children. The paternalistic state gone awry.

The welfare statenot white racism – has created generational poverty, generational broken homes, and a cultural of dependency justified by allegations that blacks are victims of white racism and the legacy of slavery.

Consequently, perceiving themselves to be victims, many feel entitled to whatever they can get from the government, becoming dependent upon that government. With it, comes rage against the injustices they perceive have been perpetrated against them. And with that comes a culture of irresponsibility.

Victimhood, entitlement, dependency, irresponsibility.

We can add jealousy and greed; jealousy of what others have and greed for what they don’t have.

Many have bought into the propaganda espoused by Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, MSNBC, and other liberal media outlets. They have become caught up in the emotions, trapped by the alleged racial grievances. They are despondent or enraged.

(Anyone looking to Sharpton for leadership deserves to be deluded.)

Some people sport “I Am Mike Brown” shirts, actually identifying with a thug who, while on drugs, attacked a police officer after robbing a store.

As for the police, they have been cowed by the racial grievance industry and fear of the rioters. The police have adopted Obama’s pretend-you-have-balls strategy against aggressors, refusing to respond to the rioters, the vandals, the looters, the arsonists, those who urge violence, and those who perpetrate it.

Perhaps Eric Holder was right. Perhaps we are a nation of cowards – for not speaking up against the Eric Holders and Al Sharptons of this world and for not speaking the truth about the dysfunctional black community.

The dysfunctional black community (or any dysfunctional community of any race or ethnicity) must address its dysfunctions from within. It is culture, not race. Change the culture and you will change the outcome.

Don’t blame whitey. Take responsibility. Root out bad behaviors. Inculcate good behaviors.

Reward right behaviors and right values. Disincentivize bad behaviors and wrong values.

Return to traditional values and Christian mores. Be proud and grateful to be an American.

And please – pleasereject Obama’s big government, paternalistic, race-obsessed, socialistic “solution” to problems he and his ideology created in the first place.

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.

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?

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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.