The tragic shootings of police that occurred in Dallas, Texas along with the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling have made a new opening for politicians. On the one hand, you have what I will term the “Denial Industry” and on the other hand you will have members of the “Opportunity Industry”.
First lets talk about the “Denial Industry”. These are groups of people who have at their core the desire to “change history”. Last night I watched an interview on MSNBC with the so called leader of “Black Lives Matter”. She was in full “denial mode”. Further, “The Black Lives Matter movement has always been about addressing the relationship between the police and minority communities, and never about being just anti-police, according Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.”
Ummmmm OK. If you say so, and if that is what you want to believe, Ms Ifill, but the facts just don’t “play out”. In recent history, Black Lives Matter protesters marching on the Minnesota state fair last year spewed violent anti-cop rhetoric just hours after a Harris County, Tex. sheriff’s deputy was ambushed and executed at a Houston-area gas station.
“Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” activists with the St. Paul, Minn. branch of Black Lives Matter chanted while marching behind a group of police officers down a highway just south of the state fair grounds.
I don’t think that promising to to “fry “members of the police force constitutes be beginning of “love taps”. And if it does, then many people would advocate keeping that love within the confines of the members of Black Lives Matter.
This is the group that has routinely disrupted events in order to make their views evident to people who did NOT take the time to hear them. They show up at rallies grabbing microphones and demanding “time” by “shouting” their way into the lives of people gathered to hear the political views of ….. well …. not them. Finally, they are asking not to be “generalized”.
Many people refer to this group as “terrorists”, as a mother I will refer to them as “infantile”. They deny, lie and become incoherent when confronted with the truth of their destructive behavior, similar to any 3 year old. They grab the attention where they can by taking things such as microphones and screaming, just like any three year old. The only thing that they don’t do is hold their breath, but if we just played the “hold your breath game” and set of a time limit of …… say 5 minutes…… who knows what the result would be? And finally, when you “call them out” on their behavior, after something goes drastically wrong such as in Dallas, they scream “no fair, I’m not like THAT!” just like any three year old.
Did I tell you that BLM is three years old? That’s right….. three years ago they “started”. And as the case with any three year old, they are frequently incoherent, self absorbed and reckless.
The “Opportunity Industry” is quite another “cat”. These are cynical old craftsmen who know exactly which side their “bread is buttered”. The craftiest of the old crafters at the AME General Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, Hillary Clinton addressed the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five Dallas police officers—Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa—saying, “We have to find a way to repair these wounds and close these divides.
Ummmmm so what is her strategy, you might ask…..?
“Clinton emphasized her commitment to reforming our criminal justice system, supporting great police departments, andreducing gun violence, reiterating the bold and progressive platform she has set on these issues.”
Sounds pretty good, right? Make sure you understand, however, that the first two “remedies” are pretty vague…… the last one is all about “gun control”.
Now on to more of the “smoke blowing”……
“the church is the ‘beating heart’ of the African American community. This is the place where people worship, study, grieve and rejoice without fear of persecution or mistreatment. That is a precious thing, my friends, in this world. I know that, from my experience as a lifelong Methodist, how important my own church community has been to me.”
Good grief, did this woman get into a time capsule and wake up in 1930? You would think the KKK is conducting night raids in Fort Lauderdale or Brooklyn pulling Black people out of their homes for “persecution and mistreatment.” To that I say “Mizz Hillary, day ain’t gwine come fo’ me dis mownin'”. BTW, what “Methodist church community” or congregation does she belong to?
The rest of the speech had some frightening elements, such as the suggestion to “nationalize: some aspects of local policing……. I will talk about that later….
But here is the “money shot” for the chief opportunist: “White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk – talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. We need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes – to imagine what it would be like if people followed us around stores, or locked their car doors when we walked past.”
So, the solution is for White Americans to “listen” when “their” Black folks talk. Isn’t that “mighty white” of her? This statement implies that the control of all “equality and justice” lies in the hands or in this case the “ears” of White folks like her. And don’t forget they need to take “responsibility” for ALL of this!
Let me make this clear, when one person assumes the “responsibility” for another person, that implies a level of “superiority”. When someone is “superior” and holds the key to your future simply by “listening”, you will NEVER be their equal because the assumption is that the receiver of this benevolence is not “capable” of understanding or gaining the tools to better their own existence….. without their “help”….. of course.
The only “help” that will come to any Black, White, Hispanic, Asian or ANY person will come from within. There is nothing inherently inferior about Black people that precludes them from achieving. I have 5 brothers. Five VERY SUCCESSFUL brothers. It grieved me when, as a mentor in a high school the kids stopped in dead silence when I told them that none of my brothers have ever been in trouble with the law or used dope. Well, two or three of them are vegans, but that is a story for another time. It grieved me because this is the reality for many children who for no fault of their own live the lives of their “reckless” parents. And BTW reckless parents and spoiled lives know no race, color or creed. If you do things that make you come in contact with members of law enforcement, then you will unfortunately become “involved” with law enforcement.. While this is not so 100 percent of the time, it certainly can run about 80 percent.
My last request is this to Republicans, PLEASE do not fall into the “opportunist” trap. We, as a party, value the “individual” without trying to exploit the “collective”. At least that is where I hope we are. No matter what you do, you will never get the vote of those dedicated to appealing to the “poor, woe is me” crowd who are more dedicated to “I can’t” rather than “I can”. Which is why I was in dismay to hear Newt Gingrich say “If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America.”
In 2016, “normal white Americans” have almost the same struggles as normal”everyone else”. Rather than race, the issue here is socio-economic status. “Normal white kids” don’t play polo or have their own polo pony, pool, golf club membership, attend private schools, have a nanny and fabulous “vacays”. That describes the life, however, of the three young Black brothers who lived in the house next door to me. And their “baby daddy” is their “real daddy” who owns a number of businesses, Mom is a dentist. We did share a maid, however, she is white. She may not have understood us but she did get paid.
This is 2016, generalizations help no one…..except the opportunists.