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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

America, we have a race problem

  A few days ago, I was seated in the rear of a short puddle jumper flight. It was one of those little, noisy planes with two seats on each side. Behind us sat a youngish couple from a country where the women wear head coverings who talked loudly in their native language, laughing frequently and throughout the flight. 
  I didn't think much of it, except to wonder how people can talk so loudly through a whole flight but after the plane landed, something interesting happened, something I've never seen before, to be honest.
  As soon as the plane landed and was still taxiing and before anyone could arise from their seats or were supposed to unlock their seatbelts, the couple got up from the last row, got into the overhead bins and walked to the front of the plane, bypassing having to wait for the traditional courtesy line that forms waiting to deplane. 
  Americans of all colors watched them in surprise but no one said anything or tried to stop them, though sadly the Fickle Finger of Fate handed them a signal when, despite their early exit, their bag appeared last on the jetway as the rest of us picked up ours and filed past.
  I was thinking about this incident as we've watched the bad racial behavior across the country, all under the guise that "black lives matter."  I believe all lives matter, though that belief has become anathema to the perpetually aggrieved, some even choosing to grovel after accidentally making such an outrageous statement.
  Once sympathetic but law abiding citizens have watched in horror as police have been attacked across the country, supported by racialist presidential advisers such as the criminal Al Sharpton, who is looking ill these days, shrunken body and enormous head. The unabashed presidential adviser now enjoys ridiculing fat people, having lost weight and risen to the role of resident human lollipop of American politics, emulating the style of Hollywood starlets.
  Sharpton has a point that many Americans these days are overfed; a cursory look at clothing from a hundred years ago reveals that we're not only bigger, but taller. 
  Thus it's not improbably that we have huge young men who do not work (the unemployment rate for young black males is the highest in the high as 92%) but who often live on government payments, unaccountable for where their food dollars are spent. Michael Brown and Eric Garner are not anomalies.
  Add to that the lack of assimilation into polite society which has been encouraged by leftist politicians and media outlets such as the NYT and, America, we have a problem. Oh, the NYT recently encouraged readers to write poems, resulting in such lines that advocate that the cities to "burn on" until "every town is on its knees."
  So the young men take their cue, giants like Michael Brown and the hapless Eric Garner, ignoring the laws of the country, assuming, at times amiably, that some of the laws really do not apply to them. 
  Americans of all colors sit and watch as the bad behavior accelerates, now at the point where police are now being assaulted by Americans of all colors, supported by Communists, who think that some of the laws do not apply to them.
  The police are not the only target; much of America is.  
  Colin Flaherty writes at The American Thinker about recent and frequent mob violence during the Christmas holiday:
Holidays are a special time for practitioners and deniers of black mob violence. The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and of course New Year’s are among the most popular.
But not Christmas. Not usually. Not until this year: Black mob violence and resentment erupted across the country during the 72 hours before, during and after Christmas. And not the “carry signs and send out a press release” kind of political violence.
This year’s Yuletide racial violence was more spontaneous. More deadly. More old school.  Not connected to the recent political protests over Mike Brown, Eric Garner and fill in your favorite atrocity that racist police inflicted on black people For No Reason What So Ever.
  Of course, if you're a white guy of the Leftist political persuasion, don't expect to be appreciated by the racist Leftist black celebrity, even the rich beautiful ones. It's because of the color of your skin, see.
  Earlier this year I wrote about the liberal white public defender's expose concerning black violence and the cultural inadequacies that support the violence. If you haven't read it, you need to read his entire mournful soliloquy. Here's an excerpt:
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.
  The lawyer goes on to describe the abhorrent, ignorant behavior that is currently acceptable in some of the black community, particularly the "carnival" atmosphere at the court house among blacks, but not hispanics or whites.
  Not every black person suffers from this dystopic interaction with society; people like Allen West and community members decry this behavior, pointing to the Leftist nurturing of bad behavior in the condescending and destructive guise of racial tolerance and benevolence.
  Another example is a Facebook video of a young boy--a future Michael Brown--who is overturning a Dollar Store for no apparent reason other than vandalism. 
  It's videotaped by a laughing adult male who appears to admire the boy's behavior, continually referring to the boy as a "jit" (prison slang for young thugs) "going ham" (urban slang for doing something urgently, usually accompanied by an invective).
  The boy's vicious behavior is observed by several persons both white and black who do little to stop him other than call the much maligned police; indeed some folks seem to encourage him by simply watching until he is finally taken down by a responsible young black male who dogs him, then presses him to the ground saying "Merry Christmas" to wait for police, even as the helpless white female clerk simply watches.
  More assaults on whites, especially the elderly and the vulnerable; more assaults on police officers; more disturbances in public places.
  Victor Davis Hanson has some thoughts at PJ Media on the disparities between incidents such as the one cited earlier where an elderly white man is assaulted by a large raging young black man:
My pessimism is not ideological but empirical. The stuff of the recent protests are weary police of the inner city confronting hundreds of thousands of times a week a small subset of the population (perhaps African-American males between ages 15 and 50 constitute no more than 2-3% of the population) who account for nearly 50% of violent crime. For such a formula for disaster to dissipate, either one of two things would have to occur. One, the police will silently avoid such confrontations, to the degree that they can mask their noncompliance without career repercussions. That is, when a call comes in that an African-American young man is walking down the middle of the street and is a suspect in a recent strong-arm robbery, they will simply avoid him, or when complaints are voiced that a large African-American vendor is illegally selling cigarettes, with a history of 30 prior arrests, they will not answer the call. Unfortunately I think such the repercussions of that adjustment will be higher crime rates, especially in the inner city.
Two, the nation would have to have the Eric Holder-coveted national dialogue of race, rather than a name-calling sessions about “cowards.” The purpose would be to address the foundations of young black criminality — the break-up of the family, the pernicious role of federal subsidies, a value system that deprecates academic learning and idolizes sports and acts of supposed masculinity, the misogyny and racism of popular rap and other cultural expression, the neglect of the inner city by the rest of America, the legacy of racism on the individual psyche, and on and on. Yet to have such a discussion, not to mention their remedies, would put the Al Sharptons and others out of business. Moreover, the entire Obama electoral strategy was to galvanize the black community to register, turn out at the polls, and vote in monolithic fashion for Obama, as the emblematic black candidate. Because there was no margin of error in such calculus (given that racial chauvinism turns off one voter for every voter it attracts), if the cases of Skip Gates, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and the Eric Garner were not politicized, others would have to be invented to create the needed outrage and solidarity that translates into political clout.
  So 2-3% of our population--in addition to the criminal population of other races-- is putting the rest of us in danger.
  The young couple I first cited benefited by the surprise of the other passengers. Though that kind of thing make work for a while, the criminals of Flight 93 learned that it only works a few times before the general population figures it out.
  We fight, in addition to the thuggish behavior of the raging young male, political correctness that ties the tongues of most people who would speak out if differing opinions were welcomed anymore. Eric Holder made sure he reinforced that perception by ridiculing the opposition as a "nation of cowards," behavior that is a natural result of deliberate and repeated persecution.
  We need to support the portion of our population that protests bad behavior by all races; we need to stand against--and not be afraid to--the political correctness that prevents real conversation.
  And, above all, we need to realize we really do have a race problem. A carefully cultivated one, to be sure, but we need to expect civilized behavior from all citizens.
  Otherwise, like the guy says, Merry Christmas
UPDATE: I see the video of the "jit" at the Dollar Store has hit The Blaze.


  1. Maybe Rand Paul can explain to us how eliminating mandatory sentencing for drug offenses is going to fix all of this. In the days of universal conscription young men were forced into physical shape and learned a minimum of self discipline. I was going to do a post on the Job Corp. For what it costs we would be better off sending them to an ivy league school. The overall success rate is low but it has some super star graduates such as George Foreman who claims it was the cause of his success. He said it provided some structure to his chaotic life. I don't know how the country works out this problem short of addressing the problem of fatherless homes by eliminating food stamps and other public assistance.

    When I was 12 years old I got a paper route in one of the roughest parts of town. As far as crime and violence went it was safer than the best parts of town are today. The police only came when they were called and that was very infrequent. The cops were always fat in those days and just hated to get out of their cars so the neighborhood was not over policed. It taught me that good behavior doesn't come from money. When the punks would pick on me it was not infrequent that an adult would intervene with the threat of calling the offenders' parents. On Sunday afternoons when people would leave to visit friend or relatives they would close up the house but few if any houses had secure doors yet no one bothered their homes.

  2. Yes, in fact I have a family member who used to ride his bicycle to visit his grandmother's house on Seven Mile in Detroit...a journey of over ten miles in what now looks like a bombed out third world country.

    I meant to add, also, that Eric Holder has worsened this by disallowing schools to boot hoodlums if they are black! How can this be? How can we be so uninterested in the welfare of the general population that we are allowing criminals to run free?

    I think most insightful is the placard many of the "protesters" are parading around for the cameras. "NO COPS NO PRISON."

    The communists have made great strides, it seems.