The greatest danger or existential threat to blacks is not the police, but other black people. It is a simple truth that shrieks at anyone reviewing statistics on black-on-black crime. Although police maleficence exists, it pales in comparison to the violence inflicted on a daily basis by thugs who happen to be black. The recent move by marketers at Nike, to employ former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in their newest commercial, is getting mixed reviews. At this point depending what news source one cites, Nike’s Kaepernickian sojourn is either the most significant marketing strategy ever devised, or a quick way to drive away consumers from their brand. In short, their highly successful two-word slogan, Just Do it, should be changed to Just Stupid!
The Take-a-Knee-Protest during the National Anthem was supposedly done to draw attention to the issue of police brutality. Several sports savants like Lebron James, Serena Williams, and others have also taken-up this mythical cause, lending their support to confront the reputed indiscriminate abuse of law enforcement against blacks.[i]
Let me be as brusque as possible. Sports celebrities like Lebron James and Ms. Williams are incredible athletes. Their sports prowess has made them second to none in their chosen sport. But their socio-intellectual experience is horribly infantile or culturally left driven. It represents the unfortunate but ubiquitous influence of critical-race theory, that was spread like a plague in our education system. Serena and others are just repeating the peer-reviewed alchemy that has come to dominate the thinking of many within the Black community.
Ok! Let’s go over some simple facts. Blacks are less than 13% of the US population but commit over 52% of all homicides. They commit over 93% of all black murders. In addition, blacks are involved in various violent crimes at 7 to 10 times the rate of whites. Blacks are also conspicuously represented in most, if not all, felony categories. For example, in 2015 alone there were 6,000 black-on-black murders. If somehow blacks draw the attention of law enforcement because of their exceptionalism in the criminal industry, this is hardly done because cops are racists.[ii]It is done because too many young black men do stupid things, much of which is criminal.
In the working-class community, I call home, one of my neighbors recently obtained their concealed weapons permit. Actually, most of us living in the area, have some form of firepower. We take these necessary precautions not to protect ourselves from the police but from criminal black folks. We have big dogs in our yards. Why? To protect us against criminal black people. Many of us have gated doorways and windows and security systems. Why? You’ve guessed it! To minimize being abused or killed by criminal black folks. When I go out to my garage at 5:30 am for my morning spinning class, I’m not worried about the police doing me harm. Once again, repeat after me. The problem is criminal black folks and not the police.[iii]
Many of my more liberal friends who pay homage by singing the “police-are-indiscriminately-killing-black-men” doxology reside in neighborhoods’ that allow them the luxury of demonizing the police. It is easier for them to be magnanimous when their lives are not so directly affected by the reality of black criminal behavior.
It is a problem that blacks must address openly and honestly. Blacks need to take a hard look in the mirror and say enough is enough. Instead, they doltishly fall for the left’s narrative or the big lie, that the police are the bad buys. Blacks must take the lead in confronting the criminality endemic to their communities.
However, over the past four decades, groups and individuals like the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker, Hollywood and athletic idiot-savants, former President Barrack Obama, along with his close advisor on matters of race, Rev. Al Sharpton, guarantees that little will change for the better.[iv]