The recent brutal murder of two Brooklyn police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, is a national tragedy because it was caused by a systemic , and to some degree an institutionalized, form of bigotry.
The gunman, who shall be nameless, stated his motives clearly on the internet. He said to a passerby as he approached the police car, “Watch what I’m going to do.” This was not the random act of a person with a history of mental problems as we saw in the case of Gabby Giffords. This was a long simmering cultural hatred for the police that once again manifested itself into a senseless violent act.
It is no exaggeration that this shooter matches the profile of millions of people that view the police as the enemy. That’s systemic and it’s a very short step from letting thoughts and words turn into action.
When elected representatives in government and places of higher learning join in to this false narrative it becomes institutionalized biggotry. Evidenced, the Black Caucus that can’t seem to get past their glory days of Selma when they really had something righteous to complain about.
This unfair rhetoric pitting Blacks against the police is reinforced by attention grabbing headlines. Anytime a headline reads, Black Teen Shot by Police, there is this instant anger and assumption the police acted with murderous intent by far too many, especially in the Black community. These headlines, regardless of how justifiable the circumstances were becomes a lit match tossed into gasoline. It’s an “I told you so moment,” whether it was right or wrong. At the heart of the problem is the notion of Black victimization by White America and the point of this spear are the White cops. This is about as wrong it gets, yet some like Spike Lee can’t wait to exploit this lie.
Last night in Berkeley, Mo., a Black teenager was shot dead by police. A tragedy for sure, nobody wants to see a loss of life. But, the news media charged in to interview the deceased friends and family who knew nothing of the incident. And what did they have to say? They said he was just walking to his girlfriends house and the police shot him for no reason. Never mind that makes no sense. The reporters just let it go.
Absent from all the wailing and condemnation by the deceased family for TV was the glaring fact that the teenager pulled a gun on a cop!
Absent from this hysteria for the media was any mention of a video at a gas station that showed the deceased pulling a gun, pointing it at the police and the police officer reacted to this deadly threat.
So, here we go again, another rush to judgment by over a thousand angry protesters that poured out onto the streets to support the criminal who drew down on a cop. A gun was recovered at the scene.
The mayor, who is black, said, “Everybody don’t die the same. Some people die because the policeman initiated. Some people die because they initiated it.” And… “At this point, our review indicates that the police did not initiate this, like Ferguson.” LIKE FERGUSON? Wait a minute Mr. Mayor, the police in Ferguson didn’t initiate anything, Michael Brown did when he robbed a grocery store. Did the media call the Mayor on this misrepresentation? No, of course not, they let it go as they so often do.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six time most valuable player in the NBA. He’s become a role model for many youths and he’s Obama’s educational ambassador. Obviously, he carries a lot influence in the Black community, so when he says, “The police aren’t under attack. Institutionalized racism is.” This reads like an indictment on all of law enforcement and it hurts race relations. That was an irresponsible thing to say, but the media never questioned it.
There are simply too many people in the Black community spouting rhetoric that passes for fact. For example, before he knew all the facts, President Obama leapt to the defense of Henry Luis Gates and accused the Cambridge police of “acting stupidly.” This was an inappropriate and unbecoming of his office. It certainly did not help race relations in this country, if anything it aggravated them because the President was wrong. The police were doing their job and Gates created a scene and broke the law by obstructing the police and that got him arrested.
When Trayvon Martin was killed there was another rush to judgment by many Blacks, including President Obama. The shooter was not a cop, he wasn’t even White he was Hispanic, but the liberal media tried to present him as being White because they had an agenda. The President inserted himself into this municipal event because of race and he caused the Attorney General to insert himself into it because of race. And in the end there was no crime, no racism, at least not by the shooter, but thousands of people bought into another false narrative.
This was followed by the events in Ferguson, Mo. Once again the President showed a bias in favor of the criminal and against the police officer and once again the usual suspect descended on the scene. Al Sharpton cried injustice! Eric Holder promised a thorough investigation! Black leaders almost exclusively presumed wrong doing by the officer. He was found innocent by a Grand Jury, then the Grand Jury became the object of their race based suspicions.
Are you beginning to see a pattern here?
Then a resisting arrest incident triggered a heart attack and the suspect died. “Murder!” was the mob verdict long before the facts were known. And when the Grand Jury said the police did not violate the rules, this was not acceptable and the mob demanded a different verdict.
I have a question for you: How many liquor stores must be looted and how many businesses must be burned down before our society takes notice that the race agitators and riot inciters have no credibility?