Why Are Black People So Angry?

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri prove, if nothing else, that a great many black people are very angry these days and some will use almost any perceived slight as justification for rioting, looting, and arson.  So who or what is the source of that anger?

Looking back over the history of black people in America, we are told that a black man in Virginia, Anthony Johnson, became the first slave-holder in America in the 1650s.  In 1860, the American people elected their first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, and the following year, in 1861, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves to be free men and women.  Then, on December 6, 1865, in spite of strong opposition from Democrats, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, banning slavery in the United States forever.

In 1866, after being defeated in the war to end slavery, Democrats established a paramilitary auxiliary called the Ku Klux Klan to keep the freed slaves in line and to intimidate them into voting for Democratic candidates.  However, just because the slaves were freed and human slavery had been permanently outlawed, southern Democrats did not suddenly join the ranks of abolitionists.  Instead, once they’d regained control over southern legislatures they set about enacting Jim Crow laws and the Black Codes, dictating where and for whom blacks could work, where they could live, where they could eat and sleep, which restrooms and drinking fountains they could use, and where they were allowed to sit in movie theaters and on trains and busses.

These restrictive policies were in effect across much of America as late as the 1950s.  So is it possible that many blacks still feel the indignation of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and the Black Codes, fifty years later?  Yes, of course.  Such indignities are not easily washed away in only two or three generations.  And is it possible that young blacks today feel a strong sense of resentment for a nation that treated their grandparents so inhumanely?  Yes, of course.

While human slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow and the Black Codes have been major factors in black-white relations, they are not the primary contributing factor in the question of why so many black people today exhibit such anger, or why so many young blacks walk around with a chip on their shoulders, just daring white authority figures to knock it off… as was the case with Trayvon Martin, in Florida, and Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.  So what is it that causes many black people to use any pretext to go into the streets, defy police authority, and set fire to their own neighborhoods?  To find an answer to that question we must first determine what has been the major contributing factor in the disintegration of the black family unit.

To find an answer to that question we need look no further than a federal program called Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC), the first of two major tipping points in black history following the Emancipation Proclamation.  AFDC was passed in 1935 by a Democrat-controlled Congress with a 72-23 majority in the Senate, a 322-103 majority in the House, and signed into law by a Democrat president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  In order for a family to be eligible for AFDC payments, the family must have had at least one dependent child, under age 18, who was “deprived of financial support from one of their parents due to the parent’s death, continued absence (emphasis added), or incapacity.”  In other words, if two able-bodied parents lived in the home the family was denied AFDC benefits.

Nothing… not drugs, not poverty, not urban decay, nor lack of educational opportunities… has contributed more to the disintegration of the black family unit in America than the restrictions of the AFDC program.  As an unintended consequence of AFDC, marriage was discouraged, fathers were forced out of their homes, and single-parent welfare mothers found they could increase their monthly income by simply having more babies.  As a result, we now have a society in which three out of four black babies are born out of wedlock, and where black mothers, unable to discipline their fatherless children, find so many of their young men either imprisoned, addicted to drugs, or the victims of gang violence.

Far too many young black men are like Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who told the press that his friend was shot to death by a white police officer as he walked toward the officer with his hands in the air.  When he gets before a grand jury, under oath, Johnson may have a different story to tell.  However, Johnson’s 15 minutes of fame may cost him dearly.  When police ran a background check on him they found that he was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant in Jefferson City, Missouri.  In that case, Johnson was arrested for theft, lied about his identity, and failed to appear in court on his trial date.  How will such young men ever be able to enter the work force as reliable and valued employees?  By their own actions, they have thrown away any chance of ever realizing the American Dream.  How would they answer that question found on most job applications, which asks, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”

The second major tipping point in black history was the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, striking down the “separate but equal” concept in public education, followed closely by the War on Poverty of the Kennedy-Johnson era.  It was then that Democrats resigned themselves to the notion that their century-old campaign to oppress blacks through violence and threats of violence was at an end.  Instead, they found it politically expedient to simply buy the allegiance of black people with funds from the public treasury.

Accordingly, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, with a Democrat-controlled Congress, enacted a vast array of social welfare programs designed to mollify blacks and to capture their votes for Democrat candidates.  At that juncture, blacks had two well-defined paths to choose from: 1) They could choose what conservatives and Republicans offered: equal opportunities in jobs and education, hard work, and perseverance… the time-honored road to the American Dream, or 2) They could choose the “free lunch” that Democrats offered.  Unfortunately, under the self-defeating leadership of race hustlers such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, blacks entered into a “devils bargain” with the Democratic Party, choosing the “free lunch” alternative.

It was pure cynicism on the part of white Democrats.  In his well-documented book, Inside the White House, historian Ronald Kessler quotes Lyndon Johnson as he justified his support for civil rights legislation to two Democratic governors on board Air Force One.  Johnson is quoted as saying, “I’ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.”

The only price blacks had to pay for all the free money, food stamps, subsidized housing, free healthcare, and preferential treatment in jobs and higher education was to pull the Democrat lever on Election Day.  Since that time, blacks have consistently given 90-95 percent of their votes to Democrats.  Yet, 61 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and in spite of endless Democratic promises of “better times,” blacks have seen little social and economic progress.

So we should not be surprised that, after many decades of being told by liberals and Democrats that they are “victims” of rich whites and business owners, blacks sometimes throw tantrums like spoiled children.  Frankly, I’d be angry too if someone made the same promises to me, over and over again, for a half century or more, and I could find no evidence that they’d delivered on those promises.  So is it any wonder that, because of all the broken promises and unfulfilled expectations, we now find a sub-culture in which far too many blacks, by their own choices, fail to take advantage of the educational and job opportunities available to them?  Instead, we find millions of urban blacks consumed by a seething anger and a sense of crushing hopelessness.

If black parents, at the time of the two major tipping points describe above, had insisted that their children do their homework every night; that they be in school every day; that they always behave themselves, both inside and outside the classroom; and that, once they’ve entered the workforce, they always give their employers at least eight hours of their best effort in exchange for eight hours pay, African-Americans would be far down the road, socially and economically, from where they are today.  But that’s not what happened.  Instead, blacks have wasted more than half a century of progress cradled in the smothering embrace of liberals and Democrats who were interested in them only for the electoral majorities they helped produce on Election Day.

Because of their fawning obeisance to the liberal cause, blacks have dug a hole for themselves that will be all but impossible to climb out of.  To do so would first require that they have what it takes to admit that their political allegiances have been misplaced.  But they’re not likely to do that anytime soon.  Instead, we find them doubling down on their support for Democrats.  And while they’ve paid a heavy price for their fealty to the Democrat Party, forfeiting their political independence and their ability to think for themselves, along with much of their pride, their dignity, and their self respect, they should not be holding their breath waiting for Republicans to enter into a bidding war with Democrats for their hearts, their minds, and their votes.  Unlike Democrats, Republicans have a fondness for honesty and integrity in politics, and, unlike Democrats, they will never adopt bribery as a strategic element of their national platform.

By promising them cradle-to-grave economic security, Lyndon Johnson promised that he’d have blacks voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.  If that’s true, and if blacks fail to get new leadership willing to speak the truth to them, they will have another 150 years of empty promises to endure.  Unfortunately, we have a black man in the White House who seems to think that it is his job, not to unite the races, but to find new and creative ways of dividing Americans along racial and economic lines.  So long as blacks continue to believe that he is on their side and that he is trying to do what’s best for them, they’ll just have to go on being angry.

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Two Thumbs on the Scale

In a brief press conference at the White House on Monday, August 18, Barack Obama was asked about the ongoing civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri… a response by the black community to the shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old, 6 ft. 4 in. black man, described in various media reports as a “gentle giant.”  Eyewitness reports indicate that Brown, who just ten minutes earlier had committed a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store, was in the process of attacking a uniformed Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, when he was shot to death.

In response, Obama said, “I have to be very careful about not pre-judging.”  But then, in the next breath, he proceeded to pre-judge, as he has so many times before.  Attempting to give the impression of racial neutrality in his administration, he concluded by saying, “We have to be careful not to put a thumb on the scale.”

He apparently has a very short memory.  On July 16, 2009, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was arrested at his Cambridge, Massachusetts home by a local police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, who was responding to a neighbor’s 911 call telling police that unidentified men were breaking into the house next door… a house that turned out to be Gates’s residence.

The incident occurred as Gates returned home from a trip to China, only to find his front door jammed.  With the help of his driver he attempted to force it open.  A neighbor, attempting to be a “good Samaritan,” telephoned police.  When Sgt. Crowley arrived on the scene he went to the front door and asked Gates to step outside.  He explained to Gates that he was investigating the report of a break-in, to which Gates responded, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?”

Finally, after grudgingly providing the officer with a photo ID, Gates became verbally abusive.  After two warnings from Sgt. Crowley that he was becoming disorderly… warnings that went unheeded… Gates was placed under arrest, taken to the Cambridge police station in handcuffs, photographed, fingerprinted, and charged with disorderly conduct.

During a July 22 White House press conference, columnist Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, posed a question to Obama.  She said, “Recently, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his home in Cambridge.  What does that incident say to you?  And what does it say about race relations in America?”

Obama replied, “Now, I’ve… I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that.  But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.  And number three, what I think we know, separate and apart from this incident, is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

On the night of February 26, 2012, neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman was driving through his neighborhood in the Twin Lakes housing complex in Sanford, Florida… a neighborhood that had recently experienced a number of burglaries and forced entries.  Seeing an unfamiliar figure, dressed in a “hoodie,” walking through the neighborhood, he telephoned local police.  The police dispatcher advised Zimmerman to remain in his vehicle and not to follow the unknown person.

However, when the dispatcher asked Zimmerman for his exact location, so that police could find him when they arrived, he left his vehicle to find a street name and house number.  As he did so, he was approached out of the darkness by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, of Miami Gardens, Florida, who had been lying in wait.  Martin asked Zimmerman if he had a “problem,” to which Zimmerman replied that he did not.

If, at that point, Martin had turned and proceeded on to his destination, that would’ve been the end of the matter and it’s likely he would still be alive today… but he didn’t.  Instead, he said to Zimmerman, “Well, you’ve got one now.”

Martin then proceeded to strike Zimmerman with his fist, knocking him to the ground.  Martin then sat astride Zimmerman, beating his head against a concrete sidewalk and threatening to kill him.  Zimmerman, fearing that he would be seriously injured, if not killed, drew a handgun from his belt and shot Martin to death.  The shooting of a young black man, by a man perceived as white, became headline news across the country, sparking a national debate centered on race.

Zimmerman was taken into custody, treated for head injuries, questioned, and released.   The chief of police explained that Zimmerman was released because there was no evidence to refute his claim of having acted in self-defense, and that, under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” statute, Zimmerman had a right to use lethal force to defend himself.  Police had no grounds on which to arrest and charge him.

Then, on Friday, March 23, 2012, while responding to reporters’ questions in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said, “I can only imagine what (Martin’s) parents are going through.  And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out how this tragedy happened.”  He concluded by surmising, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Unable to pass up another opportunity to foment racial animosity, Obama dispatched his attorney general, Eric Holder, to Florida to “stir the pot” a bit.  According to reports, Holder used a “community relations” unit of the Department of Justice to “stage-manage” protests and to help arrange a meeting between local officials and the local chapter of the NAACP.

Days later, under pressure from local black leaders, Zimmerman was placed under arrest and indicted by State’s Attorney Angela Corey, charged with second degree murder… a crime for which a jury later found him not guilty.

Now, in August 2014, Obama once again finds it necessary to interfere in what is clearly a local law enforcement matter.  In addition to dispatching Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, Obama has assembled a team of 40 FBI agents to participate in the investigation of events surrounding the death of Michael Brown… 40 FBI agents who could be put to far better use looking into the criminal activities of former Internal Revenue Service official, Lois Lerner, or one of the other Obama administration scandals.  Their assignment in Ferguson is to determine whether or not Brown’s civil right were violated while he was in the process of being shot to death.

Taking a page out of the Mark Furman chapter of the O.J. Simpson trial, the agents are said to be knocking on doors, interviewing everyone they can find who ever knew Officer Wilson, in order to dig up information that may point to past racist thoughts or actions on his part.

From what we are told, Officer Wilson has an exemplary six-year record as a police officer.  So what will 40 FBI agents uncover in a week or two of beating the bushes for racially-charged dirt?  Will they learn that Officer Wilson didn’t think it was nice of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to strike his wife, knocking her unconscious?  Or will one of the diligent FBI sleuths uncover the fact that Officer Wilson once traded a black car for a white one?

Democratic partisans are clamoring for Obama to travel to Missouri to talk some sense into members of his base who are rioting in the streets, but there are two reasons why he won’t do that.  First, he knows that if he were to walk the streets of Ferguson he would stand no better chance of coming back alive than if he were to walk the mean streets of South Chicago, his home turf.  And finally, since he doesn’t go anywhere without an entourage of hundreds, the optics of his traveling party outnumbering the protestors would not make good video footage for the evening news.

Instead, he has sent his top political operative, Attorney General Eric Holder, to Missouri.  But sending Holder, the most corrupt attorney general in history, to put down violence in the black community is like sending Bonnie and Clyde to interrupt a bank robbery in progress.   

What Obama’s recent pronouncements tell us is that he has become as adept at parsing his words as the old master, Bill (That all depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is) Clinton.  Obama doesn’t want to put “a” thumb on the scales of justice.  Instead, since the victim in the Ferguson shooting is a young black man, he wants to put both thumbs on the scales.  Obama’s record of the past five and one-half years tells us that he is always willing to tip the scales of justice when a black victim is involved and when his doing so can profit him politically.

It is probably safe to assume that the family of Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, rotting away in a Mexican prison because he took a wrong turn and unintentionally drove into Mexico with several firearms in the trunk of his car, would appreciate it if Obama would put at least one thumb on the scales of justice in Mexico.

But then, Sergeant Tahmooressi is a white guy, isn’t he?

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It’s Time to Face Reality

In the years following the close of the Revolutionary War, the United States and Great Britain found little agreement on issues of national importance.  There were ongoing disputes over trade, attacks on commercial shipping on the high seas… in which captured American seamen were forced to serve in the Royal Navy… as well as the provocation of American Indian tribes.  As a result, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war against Great Britain in June 1812.

On August 24, 1814, British troops occupied Washington, DC, setting fire to the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, and a number of other government buildings, and in September 1814 British forces in Canada invaded and occupied eastern Maine, along with portions of Michigan and Wisconsin.

With the exception of the shelling of an Ellwood, California oilfield by a Japanese submarine on February 23, 1942, the War of 1812 was the only instance in American history when forces of a foreign nation brought armed conflict to American soil… that is, until now.

Now, in the summer of 2014, in response to the open borders policies of Barack Obama, and in the face of the most horrific genocide taking place in Iraq… the kind of genocide we have not seen on this Earth since the Nazi holocaust of the 1930s and ‘40s, if then… we have no choice but to finally face reality.

The American people find their country invaded by hordes of minor children, drug dealers, and gang members from Mexico and Central America, and a host of troublemakers from Africa and the Middle East.  Instead of importing the best and the brightest from the rest of the world, American leftists find it politically expedient to import the poorest and the most uneducated who will come to understand, as they enjoy the generosity of the American taxpayer, that liberals and Democrats are their principal benefactors.  It is the most shameless and the most cynical political stratagem imaginable.

When all those impoverished indigents become registered voters, whether legally or illegally, and Arizona and Texas join the ranks of the blue states, Democrats will control 315 electoral votes, 45 more votes than are necessary to elect a president and a vice president.  In that event, the United States of America, as we’ve known it, will cease to exist.  No longer will we be the beacon of hope for all freedom-loving people; the “shining city on a hill” will be no more.

As it is, criminals from south of the border continue to cross our border, time and time again,  after being deported.  They have no respect for the rule of law, so they murder, rape, and rob, indiscriminately, with no concern for their victims or for the law.  Prison life holds no fear for them because life behind bars is far preferable to the quality of life in their home countries.

Nor have recent administrations, Bush or Obama, taken the steps necessary to stem the growing tide of Islamists from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, nearly all of whom arrive by plane at ports of entry, overstay their visas, and disappear into Muslim enclaves.  Many have become American citizens and are free to travel between the U.S. and terrorist training camps in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere.  Within the past week, the FBI arrested a North Carolinian, 44-year-old Donald Ray Morgan, as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Lebanon, where it is believed he had attempted to cross into Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State forces.  Morgan has distributed videos of Islamic State beheadings and mass executions… including videos showing terrorists playing soccer with severed heads.  I shudder to think of how many such homegrown jihadists are already living among us?

In confronting these intractable problems we can no longer concern ourselves with what may be politically correct, or with manufactured rights and privileges that liberal judges may find in our Constitution that simply do not exist.

While our commander in chief flits around on Air Force One, hosting high-dollar fundraisers for Democrat candidates, the American people are forced to endure reports of entire populations of Iraqi Christians and members of the Yazidi sect being given the choice of death by the sword or death by starvation.  We see video reports of Iraqi soldiers being crucified, beheaded, shot to death, and buried in mass graves.  We see reports of non-Muslim women being wantonly raped and sold into slavery.  And we see reports of Christian children being captured and beheaded.

As these unspeakable atrocities take place just a twelve hour flight from New York, we are forced to stand helplessly by while Obama plays golf and members of his administration squabble over what should be done to end the slaughter, if anything.

Eventually, a great many of the criminals who sneak across our southern border, and a great many Islamic jihadists, will end up in our American prison system.  When that time comes we cannot afford to imprison them in the same prison population with other prisoners… those who would be subject to recruitment into violent drug gangs or Islamic terror networks.  Because of the danger they represent, we cannot afford to house them in facilities such as the Thomson Correctional Center at Thomson, Illinois, which Barack Obama and Eric Holder have proposed as an alternative for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Because they are as dangerous as they are, and because, as terrorists, they are not entitled to the protections of the Geneva Convention, they may be held incommunicado for an indeterminate period of time.  Accordingly, we must find locations where detainees can be treated humanely, but where they would be of no danger to anyone in the event of a massive prison break.

The State of Alaska, the largest of our 50 states, contains more than 2,600 islands in the Aleutian chain, which stretches some 1,100 miles across the north Pacific, from the western tip of the Alaskan Peninsula, on the east, to Attu Island on the west.  The Aleutian chain contains 14 large islands, some 55 smaller islands, and more than 2500 islets.  Many of the islands are uninhabited and would provide the remoteness necessary to prevent detainees from ever again being a threat to Christians and other non-Muslims.

For example, the Rat Islands are a chain of islands that stretch some 110 miles in the Aleutian chain.  Kiska Island, one of the largest islands in the chain and uninhabited, was occupied by the Japanese during World War II.  However, when allied forces arrived to liberate the island on August 15, 1943, they found the island completely abandoned.  The Japanese, apparently finding the climate of Kiska to be a bit harsh, abandoned the island just two weeks earlier, on July 28.

The weather on Kiska would be perfectly suited for warehousing Middle Eastern terrorists and Mexican criminals who’ve seen sunny skies every day of their lives, who’ve rarely seen days when the temperature dipped below 90 degrees F, and where there is little or no annual rainfall.  The average high temperature on Kiska in August is 55 degrees F and the average low temperature in January is 27 degrees F.  It rains five or six days each week, there are only eight to ten sunny days in any given year, and the island is often blanketed by a heavy fog.  It is the perfect venue for warehousing Mexican drug dealers and Islamic jihadists.

Amak Island, a part of the Delarof chain, is a large uninhabited island lying northwest of the Alaskan Peninsula.  The island’s land area is approximately 5.8 square miles.  The closest city is the town of Cold Bay (pop. 108) which has a small airport.  The average high temperature is 56 degrees F in August and the average low temperature in February is 24 degrees F.

Finally, Montague Island is the largest uninhabited island in the United States with a land area of 305.4 square miles.  It lies at the mouth of the Gulf of Alaska, the entrance to Prince William Sound, and is reachable only by boat from Seward, Alaska.

Any of these uninhabited islands would make an excellent location for a maximum security prison… a GITMO of the north… where we would not have to worry about prison breaks or prison conversions, either to Hispanic gangs, to drug cartels, or to Muslim terror networks.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are either so naïve or so self-absorbed that they fail to follow national or international political developments, or they learn whatever they think  they know from watching ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or NBC.  Most of the regular citizens I know… otherwise good, decent, hardworking Americans… have succumbed to the propaganda themes put out by liberals and Democrats.  They tend to scoff at those of us who get our news from the Fox News network… the only reliable source of news among the mainstream and cable news networks.

While we attempt to minimize political discussions with our friends and neighbors, at times it is unavoidable.  During a recent dinner party the conversation turned to the many scandals of the Obama administration.  And when one of our guests mentioned Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal, another neighbor, an educated man with a masters degree in education, asked, “Who’s Lois Lerner?”  Sadly, by the time such people are finally forced to face reality, it may be too late for any of us.  The Islamic State animals will be here, in our neighborhoods, knocking on our doors, and we will be powerless to do anything about it.

 

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