I have been watching the chaos occurring in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the shooting of a black man by a black police officer. So let me see: A black police officer had to shoot a black man (who was carrying a gun) and the rioters are calling this “racism”? So it’s also “racism” when black officers are involved? Is that supposed to make sense?
First let me say, it is always a regrettable occasion when someone tragically dies. As someone who has lost a father, a mother, a wife and a younger brother in the prime of his life, I know the deep sorrow of losing a loved one, and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.
However, having said that, I have absolutely no sympathy for the out-of-control, lawless looting mobs that are infesting the streets of our American cities. Almost as bad as the mobs is the fact that the media are essentially making heroes of these rioting looters. What we have here are people looking for any excuse handy to create havoc and terrorize. One thing is sure: The last thing this is about is racism.
Check out the videos of what is happening in the Charlotte riots, and look for any black person over 50 in the crowd. They are almost all “kids” (under 30 and unemployed). In fact, I could be mistaken, but I thought I saw some whites in the crowd of protesters.
You see, the simple truth is, because of the biased, anti-American leftist media and educational system (dominated by liberals), most Americans (black or white) born after 1965 have no idea what bonafide, legal, societal racism truly is. Furthermore, because the overwhelming majority of Americans are not racists, they bend over backward to prevent any legitimacy in such charges. So, can we stop allowing the lawless, stupid, dangerous, life-threatening behavior by gangsters protesting a “racist America” to continue?
If I were a Trump-type billionaire (I’m not), I would offer a $10,000 reward to anyone who could show me something you literally, legally, specifically cannot do in America solely because you are black. But, of course, I only lived through real racism and segregation and “separate-but-equal,” so someone will have to explain to me how rioting, looting and destroying businesses advances the cause of civil rights.
Let me interject some hard facts into the discourse. Racism in America? Does anyone perchance recall a gentleman named Martin Luther King Jr.? Does anyone watching recent demonstrations against police officers remember such things as “bully” clubs and police dogs? (I didn’t see any of those in Charlotte.) By the way, the media bias was evident, as I saw not a single white, hooded Klansman standing in front of any looted businesses.
Pardon the use of personal references here, but as someone who lived in the South in the ’50s and early ’60s, the terms “racist” and “racism” as thrown about in the liberal media today has me at a loss. I wonder how many of the demonstrators in Charlotte are personally familiar with or have experienced “Jim Crow” and segregation. Can anyone today offer up concrete, government-enforced examples of segregation and discrimination?
You know, things like state-sponsored segregated buildings for the blind, schools segregated by race (I attended them), schoolbooks that could not be interchanged between white and colored schools, separate phone booths, separate lunch counters, separate water fountains and separate restrooms.
By the way, “colored” people had transgender restrooms back in the day. There were separate restrooms for white men and white women, but one restroom for “colored.” (My daddy and mama took turns in public restrooms when we stopped for gas.) Oh, I almost forgot, my great-grandparents, grandparents and parents were all buried in “colored” cemeteries.
By the time, however, that my younger brother died, they had “integrated” the graveyards. I guess they finally accepted what one white preacher said when we were introduced years ago at “The 700 Club” TV studio. Someone asked, “Will Ben be with us in heaven?” He looked at the group and said, “Yes,” (with all seriousness) “because then we will all be washed whiter than snow.” (True story.)
Let me ask: What part of this famous quote by MLK, Jr. is collectively, demonstrably missing in America today? Rather, hasn’t Martin Luther King’s dream been fulfilled?
“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”