How much better would the political dialogue be in America if people would only be honest? Politicians on both sides of the aisle lie so often that it is hard to believe anything they say. For politicians, lying is no longer an issue of morality, lying is seen as a tool to obtain a goal; the ends justify the means. If lying gets me to where I want to be then lying is good; it is even necessary if it means defeating the evil people who are in political opposition. Dishonesty is a cancer that destroys the truth and it is impossible to have an honest discussion on race in America because very few people are willing to be honest and acknowledge the truth. Personal agenda drives the discussion, not truth.
Let’s get real with some honest discussion on racial tensions in our country. Race relations today are a million times better than they were in the 60’s and 70’s. 95+% of people under the age of 40 are completely intolerant of racism or discrimination of any form. There are, however, factions in this country who are actually attempting to throw gas on the racial fires that have been flaring up in this country in order to fulfill a political or social agenda. There are many on the left who feel that rioting and violence are the only way achieve their definition of social justice. All this accomplishes is uniting the far-right hate groups and providing for them a public platform to spew their hateful message and to give them propaganda to recruit others into their ranks. Left-wing anarchist groups have sown the lie that violence is necessary for change and that lie has taken root and is flourishing all across the liberal left.
Is racism evil? Yes. Does racism exist in America? Yes. Will racism always exist? Yes, we are a sinful people who are subject to sinful passions as long as we reject God’s rule over our lives. Protesting or legislation will not change that spiritual truth. Does black America have a legitimate gripe with white America? Let’s examine the charges that are being made. One of the most incendiary accusations being hurled at white America is that young black men are being hunted down and killed on the streets; is this true? Contrary to left-wing activist rhetoric, the statistics simply do not back up this assertion. F.B.I. statistics on crime show that there are more white men killed by police than black men. Crime statistics clearly show that a young black man is far more likely to be killed by another young black man. Are young black men targeted by the police more often than young white men? Yes, but the simple reason is that young black men are far more likely to be involved in violent crimes or drug/gang related activity. There is simply no disputing this statement, statistics and police experience clearly back this up. Denial of this is denial of truth.
Do police officers get away with killing young black men? Before I go any further on answering this point let me first address what I believe is a credibility problem with the black community on this matter. Protesting the murder of Treyvon Martin as a racial issue takes away any serious credibility from the black protestors because no one involved in the killing was white but still it was billed as a racial incident that was pointed at the white community. The killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent rioting removes any serious credibility from black protestors because the premise that Michael Brown was an innocent young boy who was kneeling on the street with his hands up begging not to be shot was preposterous from the beginning. Every investigation into the incident proved the white police officer’s innocence. The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore was also protested as a racial attack by police when the reality is that half the officers involved were black and no one will ever truly know what happened to the man. Don’t cry wolf every time lest the very people you are trying to convince turn a deaf ear to you when you make a valid protest.
I believe that police officers must be given the benefit of the doubt if we are to maintain the integrity of our justice system. However, when an officer is blatantly guilty of poor judgement that leads to the death of anyone where that death could have been avoided then justice needs to be served. When a young black man is running away from a police officer and he gets shot in the back there is absolutely no way the officer should be let off without any serious consequences. When an officer shoots an unarmed young black man 16 times in the street there should be serious consequences for his actions when that shooting was easily avoided. There was a case last year where an older white police officer shot and killed a young black man and the officer’s defense was he thought he was firing his Taser instead of his revolver. Even if that excuse was true (which is highly dubious) the officer should have at least been charged with manslaughter; instead he got off with less than a slap on the wrist. Was race a motivating factor in any of these cases? I don’t know but to me it is irrelevant; our elected officials should be held to the highest standards and those that carry a gun and shield should also be held to the highest standard. Do police officers circle the wagons and protect their own? I’m certain that they do and that cannot and should not be tolerated. Equal justice for all is the very foundation on which our legal system stands. I think the black community has some very legitimate gripes with law enforcement that need to be acknowledged and addressed.
But what about the black community as a whole taking responsibility for their behavior? The prevailing thought that is driving the activist black community is that they are in no way responsible for any of the bad behavior that plagues their communities. White oppression is the excuse for everything. Charles Barkley, an outspoken black basketball star, was recently called a “Black white supremist” by the editor of a black newspaper because he had the audacity to call on the black community to take responsibility for their behavior. The black editor said that anyone who begins a sentence with the words, “Black people need to,” is a white supremist. I believe that black people have been unfairly oppressed for generations. I believe that the average black person has a more difficult road to success than the average white person. I also believe that the black inner city community has adopted a destructive culture that will forever keep them in a state of self-inflicted oppression. Blaming white people isn’t going to do a single thing about the bigger problems of blacks killing blacks, children born without fathers, a violent gang culture, rejection of traditional education, treating women like sex objects and other destructive patterns of behavior that define what it means to be black to many inner-city black kids.
Until whites are honest about some of the unfair practices still being directed at the black community and blacks are honest about their need for personal responsibility there will be no progress made in bridging the ever widening gap between the races.
Please tell me where I’m going wrong.