Michael Brown, killed in Ferguson Missouri, would be alive today if he had obeyed the cop's order to get out of the street and walk on the sidewalk. He would be alive today if he had actually put his hands up and surrendered after the fracas with Police Officer Darren Wilson. Heck, he'd likely still be alive today if instead of turning and charging at Wilson he had just run away. But that's not what happened. The evidence is clear.
Instead of driving that message home Obama and the race hustlers blame the police. On Tuesday night Obama spent hundreds of words lecturing the police, very few on the real problem of black crime and attitudes towards cops.
That attitude that somehow the cops are to blame was amplified in a Time Magazine column written by Columbia University professor John McWhorter who suggests that the reason Brown acted was because of "the preset hostility to the cops that Brown apparently harbored. And that hostility was key because it was indeed totally justified."
With that kind of excuse making is it any wonder there is so much violence in the black community?
In that same vein, Oliver Friedfeld is a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was mugged recently by young black men. In a letter to the school newspaper he describes his feelings on the matter. Not only did he say he forgives them, but he understands the reasons that justify the crime:
Not once did I consider our attackers to be “bad people.” I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay. They wanted my stuff, not me. While I don’t know what exactly they needed the money for, I do know that I’ve never once had to think about going out on a Saturday night to mug people. I had never before seen a gun, let alone known where to get one. The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine. . .Friedfeld is in the School of Foreign Service at Georgtown. When he graduates he'll get a job at the State Department where that warped "blame America" type of thinking will fit right in as diplomats excuse Iran getting a nuke and sympathize with the grievances of terrorists.
Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as “thugs?” It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.
Liberal Guilt and Race Hustling Block Racial Progress and Black Safety
Jason Riley, himself black, points out in the Wall Street Journal, that the real tragedy here is the refusal to be honest about the epidemic of crime among blacks. It isn't just privileged whites like Freidfeld getting mugged, it's thousands of blacks being killed not by police officers but other blacks:
According to the FBI, homicide is the leading cause of death among young black men, who are 10 times more likely than their white counterparts to be murdered. And while you’d never know it watching MSNBC, the police are not to blame. Blacks are just 13% of the population but responsible for a majority of all murders in the U.S., and more than 90% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Liberals like to point out that most whites are killed by other whites, too. That’s true but beside the point given that the white crime rate is so much lower than the black rate.Once again, the race hustlers and their media enablers block any honest discussion of the real problem. Since they profit from the hysteria there seems little chance the situation will improve any time soon. How many more blacks will die before the black community recognizes that cops aren't the problem?
Blacks commit violent crimes at 7 to 10 times the rate that whites do. The fact that their victims tend to be of the same race suggests that young black men in the ghetto live in danger of being shot by each other, not cops. Nor is this a function of “over-policing” certain neighborhoods to juice black arrest rates. Research has long shown that the rate at which blacks are arrested is nearly identical to the rate at which crime victims identify blacks as their assailants. The police are in these communities because that’s where the emergency calls originate, and they spend much of their time trying to stop residents of the same race from harming one another.
Racial profiling and tensions between the police and poor black communities are real problems, but these are effects rather than causes, and they can’t be addressed without also addressing the extraordinarily high rates of black criminal behavior—yet such discussion remains taboo. Blacks who bring it up are sell-outs. Whites who mention it are racists.
And if black criminal behavior is a response to white racism, how is it that black crime rates were lower in the 1940s and 1950s, when black poverty was higher, racial discrimination was rampant and legal, and the country was more than a half-century away from twice electing a black president?
Pretending that police behavior is the root of the problem is not only a dodge but also foolish. The riots will succeed in driving business out of town, which means that Ferguson’s residents will be forced to pay more at local stores or travel farther for competitive prices on basic goods and services. Many Ferguson residents today can’t go to work because local businesses have been burned down.
Even worse, when you make police targets, you make low-income communities less safe. Ferguson’s problem isn’t white cops or white prosecutors; it’s the thug behavior exhibited by individuals like Michael Brown, which puts a target on the backs of other young black men. Romanticizing such behavior instead of condemning it only makes matters worse.