Is it just me, or has anybody else noticed that, despite the best efforts of Big Media, the race-mongers like Al Sharpton and all their racist fellow travelers in the Democrat party, the public fervor over the mess in Ferguson, MO seems to be less intense– a lot less intense– than, for example, the Trayvon Martin issue? This makes me wonder if the country– albeit perhaps not the uber-lefties– has finally figured out this is not 1965 and whether we might– finally, at long, sweet last– begin to put this sordid and disgraceful chapter of our history behind us.
I don’t know what happened in Ferguson. Nobody does who was not an eyewitness– a notoriously unreliable group– as the investigation has not even started, never mind been completed. Obviously, a young Black male– unarmed– was killed. That’s a tragedy, and I don’t make light of it. But I do not think of it as a greater tragedy than what happens in Chicago or Detroit every day, or where NYC is going now the mayor has pulled the cops off the street. Equally obviously, there’s still a ways to go involving racism in this country. The funny thing is, most of the rest of it I see is on the side of the allegedly oppressed rather than their supposed oppressors.
I wasn’t going to write about the Ferguson mess. Not because it isn’t a tragedy, not because it isn’t important, but because I wasn’t interested. I’m still not interested. I’m over it. I am done with them. I’m tired of people trying to force me to pay reparation for things that happened before I was born. I’m tired of being made to feel guilty over things I not only haven’t done, but have never even thought of doing. I think of Al Sharpton as the Grand Exalted Wizard of the Black Klan, and the only person in the country who even might be more racist than he is Eric Holder. That last bit is seriously scary; it makes one wonder if whichever cop did the shooting can get a fair trial. Nor is that question unjustified: look at the way Holder’s DoJ is trying to imprison Black kids in failing schools in Louisiana to support the racism meme and as a favor to the unions; look at the way Zimmerman walked in the Martin case, not because he didn’t do it but because he was overcharged with Murder 1, rather than Manslaughter, or Involuntary Manslaughter, something the prosecutor’s evidence would support. That’s political, folks, and it ferdamnsure ain’t about justice.
The bottom line on all this is what minorities can gain by marching in the street– equality in the eyes of the law– has already been gained. Problems about race remain, as I said above, but these problems are cultural, not racial. It will be argued, I feel sure, this is incorrect; a white boy, they will say, would not have been shot in Ferguson. This may or may not be true, but even if it is, it’s not about justice or equality. The cop who did the shooting will be investigated– you can be sure, with Eric Holder calling the tune, it’ll be a Roto-Rooter– and if it appears he committed a crime he will be indicted, tried and, if found guilty, punished. That’s equality, folks, because it’s exactly the same thing that would happen, and should happen, regardless of the color of the victim. That is, in fact, equal justice under law.
It’s also a fact there’s no such thing as racial profiling. When cops do stop and frisk in minority neighborhoods, it’s because that’s where most of the crime happens. This is not profiling, it’s good, proactive police work. God knows how many lives have been saved like that. It’s true minorities are demographically overrepresented in prison and the courts– and there is admittedly work to be done in sentencing reform– but that’s not racial; it’s because minorities are also overrepresented in the criminal classes. All those poor young Black people dying every day in Chicago are not being shot by whites. Minorities are doing that. That’s a plain fact, and some of the brighter Black writers and thought leaders properly deplore it in public, and work to change it. “Stop the Violence” days are common in Black neighborhoods, and I for one hope they are effective, but they never get any press because they don’t support the evil white racism meme.
Racists like Sharpton and his ilk whine Black people shouldn’t have to “act white” to get ahead. I’m not completely certain what they mean by act white, but if we define it as obeying the law, studying hard in school, avoiding drug addiction, getting married to have your children and taking personal responsibility for one’s own future, rather than sitting on the dole and waiting for a handout, then the reason you ought to act white to get ahead is because that’s how it works. That’s how white people do it– the ones who get ahead– and it has and will continue to work for the Black people who try it. Nor am I alone in this opinion. Jason L. Riley, member of the WSJ Editorial Board– about the pinnacle of his profession– and who happens to be Black, recently wrote a book entitled “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed.” It’s worth reading. Nor is Riley alone: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fredrick Douglass, George Washington Carver, Rep. Alan West, Justice Clarence Thomas, Hermann Cain, Barack Obama, even Richard Pryor and Malcolm X; all have spoken powerful words about the need for personal responsibility. The “racism” problem will end when Black people take their cues from such as these, not the likes of Sharpton.
I am not sure how many Black people understand this, but they don’t want equality. Equality, as I have said, they already possess and it is all government and society can do for them. No, what they actually want is respect. Respect is not a group phenomenon, nor ever freely given. Respect is always earned. By individuals. And if they want that, they’ll have to do it themselves.