Justice for None in Ferguson

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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.

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/386461/and-justice-none-ferguson-lee-habeeb

http://www.srnnews.com/column/justice-none-ferguson/?type=archive

 

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How Historians Will Look at Obama

I came across this article and it expresses so well the problem with voting an inexperienced man to be the president of the USA, that I just have to share it. Sadly, since Matt Patterson wrote this on The American Thinker blogsite, thinks have gone from bad to worse concerning this president and the mess he has made of everything he touches.

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor;” a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president? There is no evidence that he ever attended or worked for any university or that he ever sat for the Illinois bar. We have no documentation for any of his claims. He may well be the greatest hoax in history.

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were ‘a bit’ extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. (An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches)

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerless-ness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our economy and country back on track). But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly? In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such an impostor in the Oval Office.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/obama_the_affirmative_action_president.html

 

Thoughts on Cliven Bundy’s Speech

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:

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Some interesting comments on Cliven Bundy:

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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.

http://theblacksphere.net/2014/4/black-marine-clive-bundy-no-racist#u7MLTJkgOTWqFqAr.01

Racism Responsible for Obama’s Failed Policies

We all know that our President likes to blame everyone and everything else for his problems. I mean, for the first four years of his presidency it was all Bush’s fault. Then it was the GOP House. Then his story was “I don’t know anything.” “I didn’t hear about it until you did.”

Now that his approval ratings are in the dumpster, he has put voice to what was probably in his mind all along–racism. Yes, the old, tattered race card has now popped up as the fault for all of Obama’s failed policies. It’s all because of his skin color. Yep, those of us who disagree with his policies are now being deemed racists by our president. How’s that for bringing the country together?

Is anyone else tired of that word and accusation? I, for one, think the word has lost its power to hurt. It has been so overused that it’s almost irrelevant. You hear it and think, oh that old thing again. I do think, however, that those on the left are afraid of it. It terrifies them that they might be called a racist. That fear is why they throw the race card down at every opportunity, thinking that others are as scared of it as they are. Personally, I think that accusation should have been saved for serious breakdowns in racial relations. There is a place for it in society, but not for every stubbed toe.

Here is a blog by Mike Miller on Independent Journal Review. I think it states the issue of Obama’s newest “fall guy” very well.

President Obama has taken a big hit to his approval ratings after being awarded Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” for misleading Americans on “keeping your plan” under ObamaCare. But now he’s pulling a familiar card. You got it – the race card.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Obama addressed his falling job-approval ratings:

There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.”

Anyway, he then seemed to contradict himself [what a shock]:

“Now, the flip side of it is, there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”

Okay, Mr. President, I’m confused. Do the people who “really dislike you” because you’re “black” also “really dislike” Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson because they’re black? Conversely, do the people who “really like” them do so because they give them the “benefit of the doubt” because they’re black?

Obama has always been more popular than his policies; that is, until recently. He was elected – and reelected – with support from millions of white Americans. The majority of (white) Americans did give him the benefit of the doubt – many of them, precisely because he was America’s first black president, but his policies and results have proved otherwise.

I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and suggest that none of the above has anything to do with the color of Obama’s skin – nor that of any of the other people to whom I referred. It does, however, have everything to do with their respective policies, proposals, ideology and track records. Think about it, America.

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/01/109710-guy-whos-elected-twice-folks-really-dislike-im-black-president/

Australian College Student Slain in Oklahoma

1f02e3500159fb1c3a0f6a7067008f93Another incident of black on white violence.  It’s rampant in the U.S. these days.  Have you heard about it from the MSM?  No.  If it was white on black, it would be blasted from every newspaper, shouted from every network TV news anchor, commented on by President Obama.  Racism would be yelled to the heavens by the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, and the ever vocal Al Sharpton–all three race-baiters of the worst kind.

23 year old Australian native Christopher Lane was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma by three black juveniles on a killing spree.  Christopher was in the U.S. as a college student…a baseball player, although he had been offered a football scholarship in Australia.  He had a passion for the American pastime of baseball.  Why was he shot while jogging down an American road?  Because three black youths wanted to see someone die.  They did it for the “fun of it.”

James Edwards (16), Chauncey Luna (16), and Michael Jones (17) have been charged with the murder.  LaneMurder

In my opinion, they picked Lane because he was white.  A hate crime.  Racism, pure and simple.  Where is Obama’s comment about this tragic event?  Shouldn’t he speak up when a student from a friendly country is murdered on our streets?  Isn’t that more important than his “if I had a son” speech about Trayvon Martin?

No, this case doesn’t fit with his agenda to create division between the races.  It doesn’t promote the victim mentality that keeps the black community from succeeding.  That is part of the tragedy of these black on white crimes.  They are allowed to continue because neither the media, the current administration, the NAACP, nor the CBC will address the issue.

My heart goes out to Christopher Lane’s family.  They must be devastated by the senseless death of their son.  I can’t even imagine how their hearts are hurting, but I’m sure it’s every bit as much as Trayvon Martin’s parents.  The loss of a child is something no parent should have to experience no matter the color of their skin.  But the losses should be treated the same by our media, the race-baiters, the government, and, especially, by our president.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Somehow, to these people black skin is more precious, more worthy of a story, more useful for their agenda.

 

Supposed Michael Richards Rant – But a Democratic Response is Disturbing and Uninformed

This information was in an e-mail I received and it seems that it predates the referenced event, but during my search to confirm if it was or was not true — I found a response online. The link to the response is at the bottom of the page – and I’ll let you make your own decision about it.

This is the original e-mail content –

Michael Richards makes his point…

Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TV’s Seinfeld, does make a good point. This was his defence speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act. He makes some very interesting points.

Proud To Be White

Someone finally said it.
How many are actually paying attention to this?

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc. And then there are just Americans.

You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’ … and that’s OK.

But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink … You call me a racist.

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

You have the United Negro College Fund.
Youhave Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET.
If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month , we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives we’d be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce. Wonder who pays for that?

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships you know we’d be racists. There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US. Yet if there were ‘White colleges’ THAT would be a racist college.

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.

You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.

I am proud. But you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists?

Analysis: Though the above text has been widely disseminated online and seems especially popular on Neo-Nazi and “white power” websites, it dates from well before Michael Richards’ infamous onstage tirade against African-American audience members at the L.A. Laugh Factory on November 17, 2006. Richards did not write it, nor could it have constituted his “defense speech in court,” given that there were no charges filed and no trial ever took place.

The content of the text is also at odds with Richards’ stated apology after the videotaped incident, in which he said he was “deeply, deeply sorry” for shouting racial epithets at two black men who had heckled him during his performance at the comedy club.

The true author of the text is unknown.

Originally posted in – http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/dubiousquotes/a/michaelrichards.htm

A response – http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021484915 — I’ll let you make your own decision about this response.

 

Racism No Matter What Ethnicity You Are

Many conservatives are so tired of being called racist because they don’t agree with Obama. However, the media seems to feel its fine for liberals to make derogatory comments about Republicans – and that’s fine.

Believe it or not – Judge Alex Ferrer made an awesome point about comments that are derogatory about race – being racist no matter what your race. He says this is also true when a person makes derogatory comments about their own race or ethnicity.

This woman has a lot of issues and I had no idea she had been on several different TV shows – but I think most people will find her attitude to be completely unbelievable. What do you think of her comments and attitude?

Her comments and the perception reminded me of a conversation the women of the view have had many times. Whoopi and Sherri have said many times that a black person can call another black person – “the N word”. But if a white person says the same thing, that is totally unacceptable and racist. I personally think its wrong for any person to use the word – the fact that its so prevalent in music floors me – but the music sells and kids sing along and repeat the words. That is definitely sending a mixed message to adults and kids.

Here is a video about the woman I mentioned – Judge Alex’ comment is about 1:00 into the video.

Barbara Walters talks about that distinction too – notice Sherri Sheperd’s comment about 45 seconds into the video.