Posts Tagged ‘Police’

Black Lies Matter

November 12, 2015

Regardless of one’s opinion concerning the Black Lives Matter movement, disgraceful actions taken by members taints the entire movement and elicits scorn rather than respect. The movement’s intended message has been totally lost in a sea of ignorant acts.

The trampling and burning of the American flag outside the Republican debates is the latest example of such acts coming from movement members. Adding to their ignorance, some BLM protesters circulated rumors that police deployed tear gas on them when, in fact, the police were only using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Black lies matter, too, and they certainly don’t help credibility.

These acts cannot be passed off as exuberance or mere exaggeration on the part of the protesters. They come from a misguided hatred of the country instilled by lies and distortions from so-called “leaders” using victimization as a tool to advance their personal agenda. This victimization has been kept alive over the years by shifting blame from slavery to “whitey” to the government to the police and to the entire county. It now drives the BLM movement and valid complaints have been lost in the hatred.

This movement has tacitly and often vocally encouraged the killing of police officers and that encouragement has resulted in the murder of several police officers, the same officers who put their lives on the line to protect the community where the protesters live. They also protect the right of protesters to protest but that doesn’t “matter”.

The level this has reached is astounding and the consequences are frightening. Yet, it continues with no regard or respect for anything outside the narrow point-of-view dictated by “leaders”. Anyone daring to state the obvious, that all lives matter, is labeled a racist as is anyone who does not blindly follow the “leader”.

This is part of the far-left’s “transformation of America” and it has turned into the desecration of America, but maybe that was the intention all along. America-bashing has always been a favorite far-left pastime and, unfortunately, it is has now become part of the BLM movement.

David J. Hentosh

Underlying Cause

April 30, 2015

The death of Freddie Grey did not cause looting and burning in Baltimore any more than the death of Michael Brown caused looting and burning in Ferguson. Years of excusing such destructive rage caused it to become an acceptable and commonplace inner-city response to almost any offense.

Consequences for rioting have typically been government rebuilding funds and increases in community assistance – along with much media attention. Thus, rioting has basically been rewarded, not punished, and the free-for-all looting involved has enticed nefarious opportunists to actively inflame situations to create more rioting. It has become an industry.

For years the black community has been taught that they are victims and, as such, bear no personal responsibility. Blame for all ills has been placed on racism, slavery, Republicans, corruption, and white privilege – everything but personal behavior. Progressive liberals, aided by race hustlers, have convinced all too many in the black community that they are entitled victims unable to fend for themselves and it has been insulting and debilitating.

Racism exists (and most probably always will) and there are racist police officers who have committed atrocities, but it is not systematic any more than gunning down white police officers is systematic in the black community. Individuals in police departments and all communities are responsible for their actions and all need to understand this and be held accountable. Across-the-board indictments are inflammatory, non-productive, and ignorant.

Martin Luther King proved that peaceful protests work and he made enormous strides doing so, but that lesson is being turned to ashes in the riotous fires in cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson. Protests bring national attention that can produce positive results. Rioting brings attention but it also brings needless destruction, animosity, and more racial tension.

The focus continues to be on police transgressions, but until the black community seriously addresses lack of personal responsibility, race relations will continue to deteriorate, race hustlers will continue to exploit, liberals will continue to victimize, and inner cities will continue to burn. This is not a political or racial issue; it is a human issue.

David J. Hentosh

Here We Go Again

August 12, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri experienced looting and rioting after a young, unarmed black man was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer. It does not look good for the police officer at this time, but an investigation had barely begun when incensed locals (and many from out of town) decided the best way to deal with this was by looting and rioting. They are sure of what happened but if wrong, at least they will get some free stuff.

A free TV, free food, free cash from a busted ATM, or just the fun of burning down a local store and a few parked cars is the going rate of exchange for inner city rage (and sometimes for the celebration of a sports team championship). It doesn’t matter whose store is looted, or whose car is burned. In fact, it is the local community, the same community that is outraged, that will experience destruction.

Some in Ferguson are recognizing the stupidity of wrecking one’s own neighborhood, sending out on Twitter that the rioting needed to be done in white neighborhoods. Blaming all white people for the actions of one individual is not considered racist because racism, along with most looting, is a one-way street in today’s society. Some even believe that a black person cannot be racist but that is ignorantly wrong – and is a racist remark.

When a white policeman is gunned down in cold blood it never results in rioting and looting. In fact, the killing of a policeman is often celebrated in song with protests demanding the killer be set free – which brings us to Al Sharpton, now on his way to Ferguson.

Al Sharpton (appearing wherever there are cameras) was the spark that lit the fire in the Crown Heights riots of 1991 and the Freddy’s Fashion Mart massacre in 1995 – after making a fool of himself in the 1987 Tawana Brawley fiasco (which he still won’t admit was a hoax). Is there any reason to believe Sharpton will be a calming influence and bring civilized behavior back to Ferguson?

Welcome to post-racial America.

David J. Hentosh