Generally speaking it is not productive for any White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Male to engage in debate on race, particularly if their position is not in line with Progressive Malarkey and supported by skewed data. Why? Because regardless of how logical and true any argument might be it is immediately dismissed because the person making the argument is not black. Hardly a valid position and certainly counterproductive especially since the blame tends to be directed towards whites. The frustration of blacks trying to argue their case is further exacerbated by the fact that white people simply don’t get it. We don’t get it because it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense, not because we’re white and can’t understand, but because it is a fundamentally flawed argument that is rooted in disassociation, blame and total lack accountability. There are many admirable and dignified African-American leaders that understand this, but they are dismissed and villainized by the liberal media, progressive socialists, the black community and their ostensible “leaders” such as Sharpton, Jackson, Holder et atl.
It’s a downright shame. It’s frustrating and sad to see that the real changes that need to be made to improve the lives of black communities in America sabotaged by the very people they’ve apotheosized.
So that’s my short WASP take on race relations. I’ll admit, I’m not Black, I’m no expert on African-American studies and I have yet to be subjected to the Academic indoctrination hitherto, however I am self-made, not born into privilege and a proud American protected by the same civil rights (arguably less protected being a white male) established under the Constitution of the United States.
With that said, here is are a few of the grievances raised by those who disagree with the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for his use of deadly force against the unarmed Michael Brown and a rebuttal based upon logic, not emotion, hatred or castigation:
1. Ferguson has a Disprop0rtionately White Police Force not Representative of the Community it Serves
What is preventing Blacks from becoming police officers in Ferguson? Are young black men and women encouraged to serve in this respect within their communities? Try looking at this from the perspective of the police officers. They have chosen to SERVE and PROTECT a community that is equally unrepresentative of themselves. In fact, the white officers are more in tune with the problems in Ferguson than just about any other non-black. Perhaps if they were respected by the community and they adopted a position of gratitude and cooperation for their service and protection then Ferguson would be a safer place, absent of veneration for criminal behavior and depravity. If a primary purpose of the Civil Rights movement for blacks is racial equality and equal footing in America, then it should be understood that the footing can and should be advanced, but the climb up the mountain remains the same for everyone.
2. Michael Brown was an Unarmed Teenager
Teenager, yes he was, but he was also a man. Michael Brown was not a child nor was he innocent, he was an adult and capable of making decisions for himself…right or wrong. His first poorly made decision of the day was to get high. His next decision was to steal a box of cigarillos from a business in his community. At this point Mr. Brown could have made a number of other, better decisions, but he decided to walk down the middle of the street knowing that walking down the middle of the street is not a good idea and that police may be looking for him since he just committed strong armed robbery. Mr. Brown was not dumb, he managed to graduate high school just days earlier and he was capable of knowing right from wrong. Now after making a series of poor choices he decided to keep it going and when stopped by Officer Wilson did not follow directions. Do you think Mr. Brown was capable of understanding that if a police officer stops you in the process of breaking the law you have but a few choices: Submit, flee or go on the offensive. Going on the offensive against law enforcement as Mr. Brown did generally results in the officer using what force he is authorized to use in order to protect himself which includes….you guessed it, deadly force.
Bottom line: Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job and Michael Brown made a series of VERY bad decisions. The black community and it’s leaders need to stop blaming anything and everything else for his death. They should instead look critically inward and consider taking some accountability for what happened.
3. There is a Pattern of Police Targeting Young Black Men in America
Yes….yes there is. Each summer when I’m tending to my garden I routinely check the status of my plants and vegetables to see how they’re coming along. One year my carrots kept being dug up and eaten. I determined it was deer by the hoof tracks I found in the soil, so the next year I put in a fence. The next year my corn grew smut and the ears were not full, but my carrots did very well. When trying to find out what caused the smut I could immediately rule out the deer. Police target young black men in crime ridden areas because they are committing the crimes. Why do people have such a hard time understanding that? So they are not the victims? Here are some figures:
- Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
- Blacks were 7.2 time more likely to commit interracial rape even after controlling for differences in population size and for the higher general rate of rape for Blacks. This may suggest a deliberate targeting of Whites.
- A large number of studies have examined the relationship between percentage of Black population in an area and crime. Almost all have found a higher percentage of Blacks in the area to be associated with more violent crime and most have found such a relationship with other types of crimes.
- Violent crime rates increased slightly in 2012 for blacks but remained stable for whites and Hispanics.
4. The Grand Jury in the Ferguson Case was not composed of his “peers”
The use of the word “peers” is not meant to mean “other black people”. Peers refers to a Jury of Fellow Citizens chosen at random. This was adopted in our court systems to ensure we were not subjected to trial by a singular entity and ensures evidence is presented in a clear way so that the average person can make an educated determination of one’s guilt or innocence. It is the fairest system in the history of human civilization. Manipulation of the Grand Jury system in any way would undermine all possibility of an unbiased outcome and this “system” is an instrumental tool in upholding all of our Civil Rights. If we were to alter the jury to conform with the demands of those who oppose the decision made in Ferguson it would be no different than manipulating a random jury for a white defendant to load the dices in their favor. Altering this system would jeopardize everyone’s liberty and right to a fair trial.
What bothers me the most about their logic when it comes to this particular issue is that it insinuates that all White’s are racist and unable to make an unbiased decision when it comes to a black defendant. Who’s really the racist here?
5. “The Process is Broken” and the US justice system is “failing young black people“
”We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions” – Brown Parents
But he is facing the consequences. He is likely to resign from the force and will have a target on his back for the remainder of his life. Can anyone seriously think for a minute that Darren Wilson woke up that morning itching to go out and kill someone? He will have to live with the fact that he took another life and any remorse he might harbor will fall on deaf ears due to the real bias that exists in the main stream media and their low information minions.
Is it possible for me to try and put myself in the shoes of Michael Brown’s parents? Not completely, but I can try. In fact I have felt the loss of a child and it tests every ounce of faith and logic a parent has within them. My child was not killed by another person so I was unable to even contemplate blaming another human being. I tried to blame God for a moment, but it didn’t take him long to set me straight.
I live in predominantly white rural community. We do have black police officers and had my son behaved in the way Mr. Brown did and it resulted in a black officer shooting my son in self defense I would have serious difficulty placing complete blame on the officer and feeling right about it, even before a trial took place. With the evidence that was presented to the Grand Jury and their subsequent decision not to indict Officer Wilson, it would be a further stretch trying to imagine myself desperately associating blame to anything or anyone else but myself. Eventually the truth would reveal itself in the form of accountability and that is the real issue in Ferguson.
“But what is also true is that there are still problems, and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. –OBAMA
You’re right Barry, there are still problems and communities of color are not making them up. Race Baiters like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Mark Lamont Hill, Eric Holder and yourself are doing that for them. Since your efforts to advance the black race have been so successful I can understand why you may not be looking for ideas that are “outside the box”. When it aint broke….? So if something goes wrong and you’re willing to try a new approach here are a few suggestions not necessarily in order of importance:
Encourage, promote and incentive with all earnestness the two parent household and its numerous benefits.
Promote affinity and the positive attributes of all dignified leaders regardless of race and political differences, past and present, instead of glorifying musicians, athletes and celebrities. Their success was possible because of our liberty, our founders and a constitution.
Encourage faith and the benefits of a loving relationship with God, country, community and all Americans.
Encourage respect for elders, woman, other human beings and the self in addition to accountability, dignity and responsibility.
Discourage dependence and idleness. The stigma of being on welfare has been slowly eroded while the ease and number of single black mothers of public assistance has increased. Being dependent upon the government as an acceptable way of life, when one is capable of contributing should be looked down upon.
Promote, incentivize and encourage community service.
The above suggestions are not exclusive to any race. They are simply some of the best practices I’ve come to understand as being the hallmarks of strong decent people and communities. No person or community, regardless of their frustration or anger towards authority or other human beings would promote or allow ANYONE to come in and destroy it, particularly if they have a vested interest on multiple levels in its success and the subsequent impact that success has on their future generations.
Well put Advice to Officer Wilson: My Open Letter To Officer Darren Wilson.
When I was around 8 or 9 years old I was fortunate enough to have a father who sat me down and made me watch an amazing movie, The Right Stuff. I was completely enamored with the story and the fact that I repeatedly sat through this 192 minute masterpiece at that age is a testament in itself. Although I was fascinated by the story of the Mercury program and the Mercury 7 Astronauts, it was Chuck Yeager and his breaking of the Sound Barrier in the Bell X-1 that influenced me the most. Yeager’s story, a lifetime of service, heroics and unbelievable grit would make just about any man feel completely worthless. During WWII he was shot down in his P-51 Mustang over enemy lines in France and managed to evade capture making his way into Spain. Despite regulations against reinstating pilots to fly over enemy lines who had previously evaded capture, Yeager was able to convince none other than Ike himself to get him back in the fight. Seven months later he pulled off an “ace in a day”, the first in his fighter group, shooting down five enemy planes in a single mission. He went on to serve until the end of the war with 11.5 official victories under his belt.
It is after the War that Yeager eventually made his way to Edwards AFB and went on to become the fastest man alive, breaking the sound barrier on October 14th, 1947. This historically significant feat was the first of many speed and altitude records he would rack up in the late 40’s and 50’s before taking command of the 405th Tactical Fighter Wing based in the Philippines where, not having had enough fun yet, racked up another 414 combat hours over 27 missions over South Vietnam and Southeast Asia. In 1969 Yeager was promoted to Brigadier General and Vice-Commander of the Seventeenth Air Force. He officially retired on March 1st, 1975, but like most hard working patriots he continued to moonlight as a consultant with the USAF and NASA.
To top it all of, at the tender age of 89 Yeager celebrated the 65th anniversary of his historic supersonic flight by doing it again, this time in a F-15 Eagle.
Chuck Yeager epitomizes the dignified, dedicated patriot we should all aspire to emulate and praise. While there are those who make their living scouring the lives of our American Heroes finding any fault they can, they will be hard pressed trying to tarnish the accomplishments of General Yeager, my boyhood hero and first True Grit American Hero of the Day.
One has to marvel at the remarkable foresight exhibited in the following statements. The rigorous debate and dialogue that took place in an effort to account for and prevent future abuses of power is a testament to the passion and intelligence of our founding fathers and their understanding of the fragile, precious gift of Liberty.
Tyrants have never placed any confidence on a militia composed of freemen. Experience has taught them that a standing body of regular forces, whenever they can be completely introduced, are always efficacious in enforcing their edicts, however arbitrary; and slaves by profession themselves, are “nothing loth” to break down the barriers of freedom with a gout. No, my fellow citizens, this plainly shows they do not mean to depend upon the citizens of the States alone to enforce their powers. They mean to lean upon something more substantial and summary. They have left the appointment of officers in the breasts of the several States; but this appears to me an insult rather than a privilege, for what avails this right if they at their pleasure may arm or disarm all or any part of the freemen of the United States, so that when their army is sufficiently numerous, they may put it out of the power of the freemen militia of America to assert and defend their liberties, however they might be encroached upon by Congress. Does any, after reading this provision for a regular standing army, suppose that they intended to apply to the militia in all cases, and to pay particular attention to making them the bulwark of this continent? And would they not be equal to such an undertaking? Are they not abundantly able to give security and stability to your government as long as it is free? Are they not the only proper persons to do it? Are they not the most respectable body of yeomanry in that character upon earth? Have they not been engaged in some of the most brilliant actions in America, and more than once decided the fate of princes?
Excerpt from Anti-Federalist Essay #28 – January 1788 – “Brutus”