I just read a transcript of part of Rush Limbaugh’s show earlier – he made a lot of the same points I’ve been saying to friends all day. This is not about the flag – which by the way was a battle flag NOT any one of the flags for the Confederacy. Its about piling shame on a GOP stronghold – otherwise known as the south. Southerns and especially white redneck Southerns can’t be allowed to be proud of anything. Guilt them into staying home in 2016 or at least voting for whoever gets the Democratic nomination for president. I mean look how good that strategy worked for Obama – twice. Its also a major distraction — emails are coming out that make Hillary and Obama look bad, time to stir people up and distract them from hearing the facts.
But I have another point – if the flag bothers people so much, then we also need to “ban” any use of the N word. By ANYONE. Walmart, Ebay, Amazon, etc should all announce tomorrow that they have realized that selling rap music is offensive because of the use of the N word and its coming off the shelves. No way that’s going to happen – but there is nothing redeeming about the N word, so let’s just eliminate it — I’m not for censoring music or print etc, but the left has decided that no one is allowed to buy a battle flag from the Confederacy, so let’s take a look at something that is truly offensive to the vast majority of people and do something about that.
I also heard on the news that people are already calling for Confederate soldier statues to be removed – so the caller was right on target too. Every group in this country can be proud of their heritage – good or bad – except Republicans and especially Southern Republicans. They don’t vote for liberals – so might as well punish them again. Funny thing is that I don’t know anyone that is alive in the south that has had slaves in their lifetime, so why are we all being punished for the “sins of the grandfathers”.
Here is the transcript from Rush – for the people who haven’t seen or heard it yet —
I’m Not Arguing to Keep It, But This Is Not Really About the Confederate Flag in South Carolina
June 23, 2015
Here we go, “South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag.” And, again, we’re actually talking about the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia, but it’s the last time I’m gonna mention it. For all intents and purposes it is the Confederate flag. “Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after” Dylann what’s his name shot up the African-American church. “Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the devastating attack.”
As predicted, by the way, Nikki Haley is not being credited for her action in taking down the flag. The New Republic and other left-wing organisms are saying she didn’t do it soon enough. Some are saying she doesn’t really mean it. Kind of like when the Koch brothers give a hospital in New York a hundred million. They don’t really mean it, the left says, they’re just trying to cover their hatred and bigotry by giving money to people so people will not discover who they really are.
Well, here they’re saying that Nikki Haley doesn’t really mean it, she’s just bowing to political pressure and trying to gain points, but she doesn’t really mean it. She is getting credit from other places. James Clyburn thinks that this means that Nikki Haley has now crossed the Rubicon and is down for the struggle. The fact of all of this is that it’s really not about the flag. The flag did not pull the trigger and Dylann Roof wasn’t even wearing this flag. I’m not arguing to keep it. That’s not the point. We’re so beyond that. That’s not the point. The point is as with everything else the left does, what they tell you they’re irritated about is not where it ends.
This effort to have the battle flag of northern Virginia removed is really an attempt to segregate and isolate the entire South and to sort of Alinsky it. You know, the Rules for Radicals, you seek the target, you isolate it, you attack it, humiliate it. This flag represents what the left believes is the last remaining Republican electoral stronghold in terms of presidential politics, and that would be the South. So this is an effort going far beyond the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia.
This flag represents to the left a symbol of everything that’s wrong with not just South Carolina, but North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, you name it. And that’s what the objective here really is. And that’s why when Republicans make these efforts to appease, to please, and even if they think they’re doing the right thing, it never is enough, and it’s never genuine, and it’s never accepted, or very rarely is it accepted. Very rarely do the Republicans seeking to gain political points with their opponents or their enemies actually pull that off by acceding to their demands.
So just keep a sharp eye on this because you’ll see, even after the flag comes down, it’s not gonna be the end of this. After the flag comes down, after the flag is removed, you’re gonna continue to hear what it stands for, what it stood for, how rotten it is and how even though it’s gone, you can bet they will report that Southerners all across this country in heart and in mind and even geographically will be displaying the flag in their homes and on their cars with bumper stickers and so forth. Just keep a sharp eye. ‘Cause I’m telling you the flag is a symbol and it’s symbol to the left, and it represents a far more wide reaching objective than just getting the flag removed from public view.
You got Walmart saying: We’re not gonna sell any flag, Confederate flag merchandise anymore. We’re not gonna sell anything that offends anybody. Okay. Well, that’s an open invitation to the left to go out and claim that anything that they don’t like in Walmart that represents Republicanism, conservatism could offend them. You wait, folks. I mean, we’ve been trending in this direction for years now. This is really nothing now. And don’t forget, this is all going to be obscured and forgotten by Thursday. Isn’t that when the next wave of Supreme Court decisions comes down?
Yeah, Thursday and Friday. I want to warn you to be prepared for that, I mean, experience guided by intelligence.
RUSH: I was asking some people today, Cornel West is out there saying… I can’t say the word. I’ve been asking people what in the heck it means. Cornel West is out there saying that Obama has been the N-word-ized. The N-word-ized. And I said, “What in the world does that mean?” And Cornel West says what it means is that Obama has accepted the idea of white supremacy, and he is willing to play the role of being African-American in secondary status. That’s what Cornel West means when he says that Obama has been N-word-ized.
Other people have an entirely different definition of it. But whatever it means, it certainly isn’t good to have the word being tossed around in everyday conversation on cable TV. I mean, here’s Cornel West throwing the word around left and right and he’s perfectly permitted to use it because he is African-American. And there’s Obama throwing the word around and getting credit for throwing the word around. He can get away with it because of course he is the president, and he’s so brilliant and he’s so much smarter than all of us that he is brilliantly using the word to illustrate the dangers inherent with the other people in our culture who do use it. It’s just the decline, the coarsening of things happening.
RUSH: Okay. Look at me. I have a prediction. Look at me. I have a prediction. I just said it’s not gonna stop with the Confederate flag because it’s not about the Confederate flag. It is about destroying the South as a political force. It’s about isolating, targeting, and identifying the South as Dylann Roof. Not Charleston, South Carolina, the South. That’s what the leftists’ effort on the Confederate flag are. Do not doubt me, folks.
And I’ll make another prediction to you. The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag. Do not look at me that way. It makes perfect sense. If you take a look at the timeline of progressive events, their speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don’t think the American flag’s in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider.
The American flag is what? It’s the symbol of America. The left what? Doesn’t like this country very much and never has and it’s getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and, as such, everything that’s wrong with it. And you wait. It isn’t gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts, it’s gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it’s a symbol of hate.
You wait, folks. You wait. And then what are the Republicans gonna do? We’ll be the first among them to say yep, we need a redesign. Yep, we need to get into the twenty first. Just saying. I’m just saying. Hang in there, be tough.
RUSH: Can you just hear it now? I can hear it now. “The United States flag has flown over slavery and symbolized racism, discrimination, bigotry, homophobia for hundreds of years; the Confederate flag flew only four years, and we’re getting rid of the Confederate flag.” Mark my words. Do you remember this, ladies and gentlemen, from July 20th, 2011, about four years ago? “Shock Study…” This is taken right from the pages of my website. “US Flag Only Boosts GOP.” It’s Paul Bedard writing.
“Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science. What’s more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power.”
Now, listen. This is absurd, but listen to this. “‘A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months,’ the study found.” Really? So you have your average, ordinary low-information voter walking around just trying to find the latest on TMZ and accidentally spots an American flag. You know what happens?
All of a sudden that low-information voter becomes a Republican, and it lasts for eight months. One glance at the American flag and that low-information voter abandons TMZ, immediately becomes a Republican voter, and starts exhibiting similar behavior; starts espousing Republican political beliefs and attitudes. Some of these effects last eight months. That’s actually from the study that was done in Psychological Science, some scholarly, quarterly, annual, whatever the heck it is publication.
Back to the study. “‘These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.'” Mr. Bedard writes, “Theirs is the first study to look at the political impact on Americans who have seen an American flag, and it seems to back up another recent Harvard University professor’s study that found that kids who attended a July 4th parade ended up leaning Republican when they grew up.”
You remember that one, too. As Mr. Bedard wrote here back in 2011, this is “also sure to prompt GOP presidential candidates to add more US flags at their events and speeches.” (laughing) Now, you may be laughing at this, and you may be scoffing at this. “Oh, this is nothing.” No, no, no, folks. A bunch of leftists did this, and I’m here to tell you they believe these results. They believe the American flag has mystical powers to turn people away from the Democrat Party. That’s what they’ll see here.
It’s not so much that it makes people vote Republican although the survey results say so. The way it’ll be internalized and expressed is, “My God, that flag makes them leave us! We own the TMZ. That flag… Somebody spots the American flag and they vote Republican! They’ll look at this as the flag results in them losing support,” and they’ll believe this. This is… (laughing) And then the bit about the Fourth of July parade: Kids who attend a Fourth of July parade end up leaning Republican when they grow up.
What’s the meaning there? Well, the Fourth of July parade’s Independence Day. That is uber-patriotism, and uber-patriotism is showing Dracula the cross. So I’m just here to tell you — I’m here to warn you — I’m not gonna make a flat-out, time-sensitive prediction, but I am gonna tell you that the day will come when what’s happening to the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia is going to happen to the American flag.
The seeds have been planted four years ago. I’m holding the data right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It is gonna happen. We are trending that way. And you know as well as I do that part and parcel of being a socialist or a leftist is animosity to one degree or another for the United States in general, and then it intensifies once you get specific about aspects of the United States they find objectionable.
RUSH: One quick sound bite going back to the flag business. See, that’s another example. It was four years ago that we had these two studies that showed just one look at the American flag could turn you into a Republican for eight months. That didn’t get reported in very many places. But it was real, and it ends up being taught, and it affects curriculum, it affects the way young kids think.
If you’ve got a bunch of lunatic professors and they see a survey that they believe that just one glance at an American flag can turn somebody into a Republican thinking individual for maybe eight months, what are you gonna do when you get that person in your class? You’re gonna start denigrating that flag. You’re gonna counter it. You’re gonna do everything you can if you’re a leftist to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Then the companion story was that people that go to Fourth of July parades end up being far more patriotic and love America far more and they tend to vote Republican. Have you noticed the effort, community after community, to eliminate fireworks on the Fourth of July, to eliminate big parades, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, have you noticed this movement here? There’s a reason they believe these surveys. Let’s go back even farther. Let’s go back to 2004, Howard Dean. This is a montage when he was running for the president in 2004.
DEAN 2004 MONTAGE: We are taking our country back piece by piece from the Rush Limbaughs. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag no longer represents solely Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag never again is the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag of the United States is no longer the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. This country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. Move over. I want my country back again, because the flag of this country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back the flag so it does no longer belong solely to Rush Limbaugh. (scream)
RUSH: Howard 2004, montage, obviously they had focus group data showing that I was a great person to mention to get up liberal hate, but that’s 11 years ago, folks. This is not new.
RUSH: John in Columbus, Georgia, I’m glad you waited. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. Thank you. I want to digress a little bit, go back to the Confederate flag issue if you’d let me.
CALLER: I wouldn’t be surprised if we went back and retest this subject saying in a couple months that a floodgate has been opened. We’re gonna see, well, in fact I’ve already seen it. I was cruising through the Internet, there’s calls in Baltimore County that a Robert E. Lee Park be renamed, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from the Senate chambers in Tennessee. I just wanted to touch on that. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see a call for all Confederate memorials of any Southern community to be torn down, any highway that bears Jeb Stuart or Lee Highway, anything like that to be renamed, just basically a full-court press put on eradication of anything resembling the old South.
RUSH: Yeah, okay, why do you think that’ll happen?
CALLER: Well, it’s starting, and I think, well, from firsthand experience I know that here in Columbus we’ve been having an ongoing battle with the NAALCP. They want to tear down our Confederate war memorial and erect a 12-foot statue of Martin Luther King in its place, and, you know, the sons — excuse me — the daughters of the confederacy has been disbanded for years, but citizens in our community have stepped forward and said, “No, we will take care of this monument.” Said, “No, we want to tear down the monument.” So just from personal experience, I think the floodgates have been opened and —
RUSH: Yeah, but —
CALLER: — green light.
RUSH: Aside from the obvious reasons, I mean, why do you think that this massive push is going to occur?
CALLER: Well, I hate to say this, but I think those of us of the same kind of background are not gonna step forward and say, “No, this is ridiculous, stop,” and we’re just gonna roll over and let it happen for political expediency.
RUSH: That probably will happen. I don’t think there’s any question. Will Sheila Jackson Lee have to change her name? I mean, if you’re gonna obliterate Robert E. Lee, would Sheila Jackson Lee maybe have to change her name? I mean, there’s a lot of things the left needs to think about this. But, by the way, I’ve prognosticated earlier on the program that the battle flag of northern Virginia is that which is what the flag on dispute is. I know, I know, we’ll call it the Confederate flag for sake of ease of communication here, but the real objective here, I think, is the American flag. The American flag has flown over a slave nation much longer than the Confederate flag did, folks. The American flag has flown over all kinds of atrocities.
You wait. But I think this Confederate flag business is about much more than the Confederate flag. This is about an all-out assault on what the left thinks is a last remaining enclave of solid Republican voters, and that is the South. It’s an attempt to dispirit and basically divide. So I think your prediction that all things related to the Civil War and the South eventually are gonna come under assault may have a point.
RUSH: The governor of Virginia is The Punk, Terry McAuliffe, former campaign head honcho Clinton-Gore. He’s now the governor of Virginia and he’s just announced that the state of the Virginia is gonna phase out car license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. “The state will no longer allow specialty license plates for the sons of Confederate veterans groups that feature the flag.” So you see, this is going to encompass the entire South. Dylann Roof didn’t do anything in Virginia. Did he? No.
Allen West shared this article and I would really like to hear some thoughts about his article. I do have to say that I know plenty of people of all races that show the behaviors, attitudes and mentality he talks about. Its interesting how I hadn’t thought about their behaviors etc until I read this. No matter what gender, race or ethnicity – I find these things very irritating. Seems to me that he is making very broad assumptions about entire races and genders based on his experiences, but I guess in some ways we all do that to some degree. We all see things from our perspective and our life experiences.
This is the post – feel free to share your thoughts below…
Confessions of a Public Defender
Michael Smith, American Renaissance, May 9, 2014
I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.
I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.
As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me.
The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black. All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follow are my observations.
Although blacks are only a small percentage of our community, the courthouse is filled with them: the halls and gallery benches are overflowing with black defendants, families, and crime victims. Most whites with business in court arrive quietly, dress appropriately, and keep their heads down. They get in and get out–if they can–as fast as they can. For blacks, the courthouse is like a carnival. They all seem to know each other: hundreds and hundreds each day, gossiping, laughing loudly, waving, and crowding the halls.
When I am appointed to represent a client I introduce myself and explain that I am his lawyer. I explain the court process and my role in it, and I ask the client some basic questions about himself. At this stage, I can tell with great accuracy how people will react. Hispanics are extremely polite and deferential. An Hispanic will never call me by my first name and will answer my questions directly and with appropriate respect for my position. Whites are similarly respectful.
A black man will never call me Mr. Smith; I am always “Mike.” It is not unusual for a 19-year-old black to refer to me as “dog.” A black may mumble complaints about everything I say, and roll his eyes when I politely interrupt so I can continue with my explanation. Also, everything I say to blacks must be at about the third-grade level. If I slip and use adult language, they get angry because they think I am flaunting my superiority.
At the early stages of a case, I explain the process to my clients. I often do not yet have the information in the police reports. Blacks are unable to understand that I do not yet have answers to all of their questions, but that I will by a certain date. They live in the here and the now and are unable to wait for anything. Usually, by the second meeting with the client I have most of the police reports and understand their case.
Unlike people of other races, blacks never see their lawyer as someone who is there to help them. I am a part of the system against which they are waging war. They often explode with anger at me and are quick to blame me for anything that goes wrong in their case.
Black men often try to trip me up and challenge my knowledge of the law or the facts of the case. I appreciate sincere questions about the elements of the offense or the sentencing guidelines, but blacks ask questions to test me. Unfortunately, they are almost always wrong in their reading, or understanding, of the law, and this can cause friction. I may repeatedly explain the law, and provide copies of the statute showing, for example, why my client must serve six years if convicted, but he continues to believe that a hand-written note from his “cellie” is controlling law.
The risks of trial
The Constitution allows a defendant to make three crucial decisions in his case. He decides whether to plea guilty or not guilty. He decides whether to have a bench trial or a jury trial. He decides whether he will testify or whether he will remain silent. A client who insists on testifying is almost always making a terrible mistake, but I cannot stop him.
Most blacks are unable to speak English well. They cannot conjugate verbs. They have a poor grasp of verb tenses. They have a limited vocabulary. They cannot speak without swearing. They often become hostile on the stand. Many, when they testify, show a complete lack of empathy and are unable to conceal a morality based on the satisfaction of immediate, base needs. This is a disaster, especially in a jury trial. Most jurors are white, and are appalled by the demeanor of uneducated, criminal blacks.
Prosecutors are delighted when a black defendant takes the stand. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. However, the defense usually gets to cross-examine the black victim, who is likely to make just as bad an impression on the stand as the defendant. This is an invaluable gift to the defense, because jurors may not convict a defendant—even if they think he is guilty—if they dislike the victim even more than they dislike the defendant.
Most criminal cases do not go to trial. Often the evidence against the accused is overwhelming, and the chances of conviction are high. The defendant is better off with a plea bargain: pleading guilty to a lesser charge and getting a lighter sentence.
The decision to plea to a lesser charge turns on the strength of the evidence. When blacks ask the ultimate question—”Will we win at trial?”—I tell them I cannot know, but I then describe the strengths and weaknesses of our case. The weaknesses are usually obvious: There are five eyewitnesses against you. Or, you made a confession to both the detective and your grandmother. They found you in possession of a pink cell phone with a case that has rhinestones spelling the name of the victim of the robbery. There is a video of the murderer wearing the same shirt you were wearing when you were arrested, which has the words “In Da Houz” on the back, not to mention you have the same “RIP Pookie 7/4/12” tattoo on your neck as the man in the video. Etc.
If you tell a black man that the evidence is very harmful to his case, he will blame you. “You ain’t workin’ fo’ me.” “It like you workin’ with da State.” Every public defender hears this. The more you try to explain the evidence to a black man, the angrier he gets. It is my firm belief many black are unable to discuss the evidence against them rationally because they cannot view things from the perspective of others. They simply cannot understand how the facts in the case will appear to a jury.
This inability to see things from someone else’s perspective helps explain why there are so many black criminals. They do not understand the pain they are inflicting on others. One of my robbery clients is a good example. He and two co-defendants walked into a small store run by two young women. All three men were wearing masks. They drew handguns and ordered the women into a back room. One man beat a girl with his gun. The second man stood over the second girl while the third man emptied the cash register. All of this was on video.
My client was the one who beat the girl. When he asked me, “What are our chances at trial?” I said, “Not so good.” He immediately got angry, raised his voice, and accused me of working with the prosecution. I asked him how he thought a jury would react to the video. “They don’t care,” he said. I told him the jury would probably feel deeply sympathetic towards these two women and would be angry at him because of how he treated them. I asked him whether he felt bad for the women he had beaten and terrorized. He told me what I suspected—what too many blacks say about the suffering of others: “What do I care? She ain’t me. She ain’t kin. Don’t even know her.”
As a public defender, I have learned many things about people. One is that defendants do not have fathers. If a black even knows the name of his father, he knows of him only as a shadowy person with whom he has absolutely no ties. When a client is sentenced, I often beg for mercy on the grounds that the defendant did not have a father and never had a chance in life. I have often tracked down the man’s father–in jail–and have brought him to the sentencing hearing to testify that he never knew his son and never lifted a finger to help him. Often, this is the first time my client has ever met his father. These meetings are utterly unemotional.
Many black defendants don’t even have mothers who care about them. Many are raised by grandmothers after the state removes the children from an incompetent teenaged mother. Many of these mothers and grandmothers are mentally unstable, and are completely disconnected from the realities they face in court and in life. A 47-year-old grandmother will deny that her grandson has gang ties even though his forehead is tattooed with a gang sign or slogan. When I point this out in as kind and understanding way as I can, she screams at me. When black women start screaming, they invoke the name of Jesus and shout swear words in the same breath.
Black women have great faith in God, but they have a twisted understanding of His role. They do not pray for strength or courage. They pray for results: the satisfaction of immediate needs. One of my clients was a black woman who prayed in a circle with her accomplices for God’s protection from the police before they would set out to commit a robbery.
The mothers and grandmothers pray in the hallways–not for justice, but for acquittal. When I explain that the evidence that their beloved child murdered the shop keeper is overwhelming, and that he should accept the very fair plea bargain I have negotiated, they will tell me that he is going to trial and will “ride with the Lord.” They tell me they speak to God every day and He assures them that the young man will be acquitted.
The mothers and grandmothers do not seem to be able to imagine and understand the consequences of going to trial and losing. Some–and this is a shocking reality it took me a long time to grasp–don’t really care what happens to the client, but want to make it look as though they care. This means pounding their chests in righteous indignation, and insisting on going to trial despite terrible evidence. They refuse to listen to the one person–me–who has the knowledge to make the best recommendation. These people soon lose interest in the case, and stop showing up after about the third or fourth court date. It is then easier for me to convince the client to act in his own best interests and accept a plea agreement.
Part of the problem is that underclass black women begin having babies at age 15. They continue to have babies, with different black men, until they have had five or six. These women do not go to school. They do not work. They are not ashamed to live on public money. They plan their entire lives around the expectation that they will always get free money and never have to work. I do not see this among whites, Hispanics, or any other people.
The black men who become my clients also do not work. They get social security disability payments for a mental defect or for a vague and invisible physical ailment. They do not pay for anything: not for housing (Grandma lives on welfare and he lives with her), not for food (Grandma and the baby-momma share with him), and not for child support. When I learn that my 19-year-old defendant does not work or go to school, I ask, “What do you do all day?” He smiles. “You know, just chill.” These men live in a culture with no expectations, no demands, and no shame.
If you tell a black to dress properly for trial, and don’t give specific instructions, he will arrive in wildly inappropriate clothes. I represented a woman who was on trial for drugs; she wore a baseball cap with a marijuana leaf embroidered on it. I represented a man who wore a shirt that read “rules are for suckers” to his probation hearing. Our office provides suits, shirts, ties, and dresses for clients to wear for jury trials. Often, it takes a whole team of lawyers to persuade a black to wear a shirt and tie instead of gang colors.
From time to time the media report that although blacks are 12 percent of the population they are 40 percent of the prison population. This is supposed to be an outrage that results from unfair treatment by the criminal justice system. What the media only hint at is another staggering reality: recidivism. Black men are arrested and convicted over and over. It is typical for a black man to have five felony convictions before the age of 30. This kind of record is rare among whites and Hispanics, and probably even rarer among Asians.
At one time our office was looking for a motto that defined our philosophy. Someone joked that it should be: “Doesn’t everyone deserve an eleventh chance?”
I am a liberal. I believe that those of us who are able to produce abundance have a moral duty to provide basic food, shelter, and medical care for those who cannot care for themselves. I believe we have this duty even to those who can care for themselves but don’t. This world view requires compassion and a willingness to act on it.
My experience has taught me that we live in a nation in which a jury is more likely to convict a black defendant who has committed a crime against a white. Even the dullest of blacks know this. There would be a lot more black-on-white crime if this were not the case.
However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.
I do not know the solution to this problem. I do know that it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth. As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me.
Had to share this article from Black Sphere – he absolutely nails it. Voting for a person because they have the qualifications AND the character to SERVE the people is a much better approach in my opinion, instead of electing someone because they will be the “first”. That’s a big reason why Barack Obama was elected and the vast majority admitted wanting to be part of making history. They made history… one of the most unqualified people to ever hold the office was elected twice for nothing more than his skin color and because people thought a vote for him would “prove” they aren’t racist…
What if for a change we celebrate how far many people have come and the unlimited opportunities in this country? Maybe its just me, but focusing on the negative has never really helped me to see the positive and there are many positives.
Will the left ever figure out why their approach has crashed and burned so badly….
Democrats in BIG TROUBLE over this
It has to really irk the Left that they allowed this to happen.
The racist Left has done everything it can to demoralize the black Conservative, and it just hasn’t worked, and in the last election, history was made.
Senator Tim Scott became the first black senator elected in a South Carolina election since Reconstruction. Let me explain that another way. South Carolina, the Deep South, home of Bob Jones University, and all those black-folk-hating, women-oppressing Southern white males elected a black Senator.
Doesn’t quite fit the narrative, now does it?
Next, the lovely Mia Love was elected to Congress in the VERY white state of Utah. Let me put that another way. Those black-folk-hating MORMONS elected the first black Congresswoman…ever!
These are “firsts” reserved for Democrats, the party of the KKK.
The beautiful thing about these wins is the Republicans who voted these two wonderful people in didn’t care about the “firsts.” They were elected on their character. There was no hoopla like, “Vote for Tim Scott or Mia Love, so we can make HISTORY!”
So what’s the big deal, right?
The Democrats have cleverly stolen the idea that they are the party of Civil Rights. However, in this election they proved to be the despicable people I have always known them to be. While Republicans were electing qualified blacks, not based on color, Democrats were using scare tactics to get blacks to vote for them.
What’s worse, Michelle Obama commanded black people to “Vote Democrat no matter what!”, then go eat some chicken.
Does it get any worse?!
Did black people come out in droves to support Obama or his agenda, or whatever else was at stake? Keep in mind, if black people didn’t come out to vote Democrat, it would be Jim Crow all over again, according to Charlie Rangel. Blacks would lose the right to vote and cops would be able to hunt black people at will.
Democrats jumped the shark this election. Help my team make them own their racist pandering, so we get more qualified people in office.
The left has long been plying the black community with a form of radical racialization. A new Tea Party campaign is targeting the claim that the Democrats are the party that has the good of blacks at heart. As written by Ky Sisson in Townhall.com:
Last week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., TheTeaParty.net‘s Niger Innis, along side civil rights activist Dr. Alveda King, kicked off the campaign. Later, he and others traveled to New York City, Raleigh, North Carolina, and they concluded the tour in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Restore the Dream campaign wants to energize the African-American community to “embrace liberty, individual freedom, free markets and school-choice education,” something they believe the Obama administration has hindered.
“Hope and change liberals have failed the black community,” said Innis.
New statistics help backup Innis’ belief that “the sad state of affairs didn’t come to fruition under one President, but tragically under a Presidency that promised so much; the situation in these communities has gotten much worse.”
The stats include:
- Only 52% of African-American males graduate from high school in four years.
- Unemployment rate among African-Americans is 11.5%. That’s twice the national average.
- The poverty rate for African-Americans has increased sharply since 2008, rising from 12% to 16.1%.
- The average income for African-Americans is $20,000 less than the national average.
- African-American home ownership is 21% less than the rest of the country.
- According to the 2013 National Report Card, the gap in fourth-grade math test scores between black and white students has widened to 40 points — the largest gap since the national study began in 2003.
Innis appeared on several news programs in New York, met with local pastors and other clergy in Raleigh, and met with Ferguson’s mayor, James Knowles, Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and State Senator Marie Chappelle-Nadal.
“All meetings were appreciative of ‘Restore the Dream’s’ involvement and felt there was a role ‘Restore the Dream’ could bring about in what they all want regardless of the political persuasion, which is peace and racial reconciliation,” said Innis.
He is passionate about refuting the “radical racialization” of the left and their combative rhetoric towards racial issues. Innis shared the example of a political flyer put out by the Democratic party in Georgia that implies voting Democrat this November prevents another Ferguson. Last August, 18-year-old Michael Brown, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police officer, Darren Wilson.
“They are exploiting the death of Michael Brown in a crass and devilish way,” said Innis. “That is the kind of vicious racialization that we want to combat and one of the things we said throughout our journey is that you have to get passed the racial symbolism and ask the question, ‘how is the black community doing after 6 years of hope and change?'”
Innis is confident that the success of the tour and ongoing campaign will ensure many more “Restore the Dream” tours to come.
Now that the violence and most of the rhetoric has calmed down in Ferguson, Mo, it’s time for a voice of reason to be heard. The following is an excellent article on race relations in our country, written by Lee Habeeb. Everyone, white and black, should read this.
In what’s perhaps the best book written on the subject of race, intolerance, and mob justice, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird homes in on the trial of a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of rape by a white girl and her family. A white lawyer in town — Atticus Finch — steps up, and to the dismay of his white neighbors, takes Robinson’s case. Finch does his best to prove the innocence of his client beyond a reasonable doubt.
“I am confident that you will review, without passion, the evidence you have heard, and come to a decision, and restore this man to his family. In the name of God, do your duty,” Gregory Peck, playing Atticus in the movie version, urged the all-white jury in his closing statement.
The facts didn’t matter. The jury found Tom Robinson guilty of rape despite the evidence. He was guilty of being a black man.
In Ferguson the past two weeks, amid all of the legitimate criticism of local law enforcement’s heavy-handed tactics and ham-handed communications, I was waiting for one Atticus Finch–like black voice to emerge from the cast of characters who converged on Ferguson. Waiting for one person — particularly from the civil-rights establishment — to make the case that the man who shot Michael Brown had civil rights of his own, a right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence among them.
I was waiting for one black TV anchor or media pundit or black leader to push back against the mob-justice mentality and dare to suggest that maybe — just maybe — Officer Darren Wilson wasn’t guilty of a crime. That something terrible happened on that street in Ferguson, but it might not lead to a criminal conviction.
I was waiting for one courageous black person to talk about Michael Brown’s disturbing conduct in that bodega minutes before his death. Really talk about it. The 18-year-old didn’t just steal cigars from that store. He did it at 11:40 a.m., got caught by the owner, and rather than apologize and give the cigars back, got in the owner’s face and pushed him. “Big Mike” bullied that store owner and headed out the door. That was no ordinary case of shoplifting we watched. It was a video of a young man with no boundaries.
I was waiting for someone who wasn’t white to point out that maybe Michael Brown’s conduct had something do with the tragic events that led to his death. That maybe – just maybe — he bore some responsibility for his own death.
The fact is that for all the talk about racial sensitivity and racial understanding, for far too many black people in this country, that white officer is guilty of a crime no matter what a jury says. And far too many white people will think Officer Wilson is innocent of a crime, no matter what a jury says.
That’s the racial divide a Pew Poll exposed last week. It turns out that 80 percent of African Americans believe the case raises important issues about race, compared with only 37 percent of whites. African Americans were twice as likely to believe the police response was excessive.
But here’s one question Pew didn’t ask: If Officer Wilson had been black, would we have heard the outcry in those streets?
Do the media really care if one black man — with a badge or without — guns down another black man? If George Zimmerman had been black — instead of a “white Hispanic” — would the media have shown up in force?
It’s a brand of racism that nobody’s talking about, because it showcases America’s disregard for black life. We value the deaths of black people only when a white person is involved.
It happens every day across America without fanfare: Young black men murder young black men, and there’s hardly a peep from anyone.
Why didn’t America hear about the senseless execution of a 9-year-old black boy in Chicago last week? Or the eight black men and three black women killed the week before last in the Windy City alone?
Where’s the outrage? Where are the black leaders? And white leaders too? And where’s the media?
The world knows Michael Brown’s name. And Trayvon Martin’s. But they should know Antonio Smith’s, too.
He was the aforementioned 9-year-old boy from Chicago. Antonio called his mom on the afternoon of August 21 while she was on her way home from work and asked to have a cupcake. She said no. So the 9-year-old got mad and ran out of his family’s apartment. He never came home.
Witnesses heard six shots fired not long after Antonio left his home. It was 4:05 p.m. — broad daylight. Antonio’s body was found not long after those reports, and not far from his house on a concrete slab. It was a few feet from railroad tracks that have long acted as a dividing line between rival gangs.
“My boy, he was an angel,” his mother Brandi Murry told a local reporter. Nicknamed Hamburger after his love of the sandwich, Antonio loved to dance to Chris Brown songs. “He loved telling jokes,” his mom added. “All he did was joke and laugh and play.”
Antonio was shot in the chest, hands, and arms. One bullet pierced his heart. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and an hour later was pronounced dead.
“I’m just going to put them in my prayers,” a friend of Antonio’s family told reporters. “Everybody’s killing each other.”
Police have no leads in Antonio’s murder. But one thing is near certain: A white person didn’t commit this crime. And that doesn’t interest the national media or our national leaders — black or white.
Tragically, Antonio’s death doesn’t interest most white Americans, either. But when young white kids are killed by white assailants like they were in Newtown and Columbine, or young white girls are tortured and raped like they were by that white sexual predator in Ohio, the media pounces. And white Americans tune in because they see themselves on that screen.
“There but for the grace of God go I,” goes the thinking. Those kids could have been my kids. Our inner cities are Columbine and Newtown every day. It’s a national crisis — one that old adages and old slogans won’t repair.
“Blacks represent 13 percent of the population but commit 50 percent of the murders; 90 percent of black victims are murdered by other blacks. The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster,” wrote Joe Klein in a recent essay in Time magazine.
“Black crime rates are much higher than they were before the civil rights movement,” Klein continued. “These problems won’t be solved simply by the recognition of historic grievances. Absent a truly candid conversation about the culture that emerged from slavery and segregation, they won’t be solved at all.”
Part of that conversation must include the ways in which young black men are warehoused in inner-city jails for low-level offenses. Warehoused in dysfunctional schools that have been failing them for generations. Warehoused in dystopian housing that often looks and feels like prison, with gang members instead of corrections officers acting as the guards.
Part of that conversation must include the fact that 75 percent of African-American babies are born without fathers and how that lack of masculine love paves the path to gangs and crime and all kinds of other bad outcomes.
Part of that conversation must include the startlingly high unemployment rate of black Americans, which is twice that of whites.
And the usual bromides won’t suffice on either the left or right. By blacks or whites. One thing is certain: Young men and women staring down such bleak prospects can lose hope. They watch TV. They see the options other children have in neighborhoods not far from theirs. When young people don’t have hope, they do senseless things, especially when they think the society they live in doesn’t care whether they live or die.
In July 2004, Bill Cosby dared to speak of these matters at an NAACP celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Racism isn’t the biggest problem facing the African-American community, he told the crowd; fatherlessness is. It’s the root cause of so many of the problems that young black children face.
Please go to NationalReviewOnline.com to read the entire article.
I’m sure most of you have heard and seen the The NY Times edited video of Cliven Bundy’s controversial speech. I’m sure you’ve heard racist/racism being thrown about. But, how many have seen the entire, unedited version? Probably, most have not. Here it is:
Some interesting comments on Cliven Bundy:
My comments here may not be popular, but they need to be said. I understand what Cliven Bundy was trying to say in his controversial speech. I don’t believe he is a racist, but I do believe his choice of words was unfortunate.
For years I have been saying that the liberal left has enslaved the black community. While they are wont to call anyone, and everyone, on the right a racist, my thoughts are they are the true racists in our country. Most don’t realize it, but what would you call people who are holding another group of people under their thumb? Using them for votes? Using them to push an agenda that really does nothing but harm to the very people they are using?
How has the liberal agenda helped the black community? How have their lives improved over the last eight years, twenty years, thirty years? It seems like the civil rights movement was the last good thing to happen for them, and that was a joint effort between white Republicans and blacks, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. How I wish Mr. King had been allowed to live and lead his people into the future he had dreamed of.
Instead, the liberals highjacked the movement and now refuse to admit that their decades long agenda has not, and does not work. Quit throwing good money after bad by continuing with failed programs. They need to accept some suggestions from the right that would help to raise the black community out of the poverty so many of them are mired in. Give African Americans a reason to have pride in their accomplishments, instead of continuing to hand them just enough money so that there’s no incentive to get a job. All of us can get stuck in the proverbial rut, if we don’t have an incentive to better ourselves. We have to be given the opportunity to stand or fall on our own. And, we should give young people a reason to stay in school and get an education by creating jobs.
Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t help someone, no matter their race, who needs it. I know Nancy Pelosi and the liberals like to espouse on how the heartless right wants to deprive poor people, but that’s just stupid speak.
Liberals have not come up with a new idea in a long time, but they just keep making promises that desperate people believe. I hope that African Americans will soon learn the truth of this.