Our friend, colleague and teacher, Vassar Bushmills, offers some timely tips on how various segments of society can navigate the byways and neighborhoods of our brutish world here. Proceeding from there, we offer today a plea to those in the religious and secular black communities to heed the lessons of the last 45 years and fight with all their might against the goading and prodding by the media and the radical activists to tolerate and even encourage lawlessness and criminal behavior on the part of the nation’s youth.
The radical agitators in our society, illustrated most prominently in the person of the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, are all about decriminalizing criminal behavior. Holder famously told the NAACP that one of his aims as attorney general was to push for elimination or reduction in mandatory sentencing for crack cocaine abusers, because, well, the fact that the drug was more popular in the lower-class black communities meant blacks were being “disproportionately” incarcerated. That’s just one example, but the point here is that those criminal elements in the black community, and we don’t mean here the addicts but the conniving, sneaking, dastardly, slimeball criminal entrepreneurs could only have been emboldened by such rhetoric, coming as it did from the top law enforcement officer in the land.
Well, politics and dereliction of duty and failure to uphold one’s oath of office aside, and with the President of the United States standing in the background beaming his approval, one can’t help but notice that the racialists and race baiters, having grown up and prospered in the post-60’s era, have come into a new-found brazen zeal, now that their attitudes and tactics have the official stamp of approval. This is bad. This is very bad. And people like the Rev. C.L. Bryant know it:
“Let’s have the same type of energy towards the young lady, the little girl who was killed on her door steps in Chicago who was six-years old,” Bryant said. “Let’s gather 2 million people and talk about the black-on-black crime that is going on. The most dangerous person in the life of a young black man is another young black man. And the type of ideas that are spawned when we gather together over a white-on-black murder — when in fact, there is not an epidemic of white men killing black boys.”
“There is an epidemic of black boys, black men killing black men and all of them know that,” he explained. “And so let’s focus the energy on solving the problem that happens every day, not something that happens once in a while.”
What happened historically was that the “freedom” movement of the 1950’s and early 1960’s got expropriated by the criminal enterprise known as the Black Power movement. Millions of black children, egged on by Hollywood, the Media and radical activists/academics, were led to believe that now that they were “free” they were free to do whatever the hell they wanted to do, and strutting took on a whole new meaning. One of the methods used by the radicals to get the kids to “rise up,” was to abandon the Christian Churches habituated by their forebears and start this hip, cool new “Black Muslim,” or “Nation of Islam” thing, alongside the Black Panther “Party.” Yes, they were going to show both Whitey and their “Uncle Tom” ancestors they weren’t slaves to anything, even civil behavior, even civil discourse. Oh, yes, Black Pride, baby. It was pride pushed way past esteem to the point of churlish, thuggish arrogance.
The result? The result is the hundreds of thousands, maybe even to a million or so, of black men in prison today, the thing that the black racialists and race-baiters moan and complain about. See, the young black men were told they could be cocky and arrogant and do whatever they wanted to do, not only vis-a-vis the white community but within their own precincts as well. So instead of growing up free, they grew up in prison, and their children grew up without fathers, starting a cycle that has not slowed down.
This was not what Martin Luther King and Ralph David Abernathy had in mind, this idea that “freedom” meant you could do whatever you wanted to do, inside or outside the law. In the real world, children, you can’t do whatever you feel like doing even within the law.
But then, King, et al, were Christians. True Christians. The thugs who followed after them were not Christians. Many of them, as stated before, pretended to be Muslims. But they weren’t really Muslims, either. And they fought and killed each other with regularity over “turf.” See for example Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, et al. It sure wasn’t about saving souls, or any other religious endeavor.
That element is one thing, but the sorriest are the ones who claimed to remain in the Christian Church but who used their associations and their pulpits and their elected offices to promote “Black Power” egotism and an entitlement mentality, keeping it churning and burning. They led marches and protests, not to get freedom for their “people” but to get “things” for their people. And of course bigger and better things for themselves.
This started concurrently with the Black Power movement of the late sixties-early seventies and of course this is the period when the prisons began slowly but surely filling up with young black men. But you didn’t hear much about it. There was the occasional protest over the “wrongful” arrest, conviction, incarceration of this or that high-profile case, but the racialist, race-baiting fakirs and profiteers could have cared less about the teeming masses rotting in their cells. It has only been in these later years when people have begun pointing out the costs, the travesty and the decimation to the black families and black communities, that attention is being paid to the number of blacks either in prison or walking around the ‘hood with a record, or dead. It is beyond sad, but mommas, Vassar Bushmills, and others have been telling you so for a while – don’t let your babies be that guy.
When the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case erupted, Chicago-based Rev. Jesse Jackson was not in Chicago. He was in Syria, supposedly helping the ‘peace process’ over there. Jesse Jackson has about as much credibility as an expert ‘peace processor’ as he does as a ‘Reverend.” The only thing reverent about Jesse Jackson is his reverence for money, power and influence, and photo opportunities. Young black youths are shot and killed by the scores, sometimes by the hundreds, in Jesse Jackson’s home base of Chicago every year. He doesn’t rush home from Syria, or South Africa, or Chile or anywhere else when a black youth in Chicago is shot and killed, usually by another black youth. But when he heard a report that a black kid had been shot, supposedly by a ‘cracker’ in Florida (turns out it was a Latino or mixed-race “Minority” person – imagine that!), he dropped everything to run down there with Sharpton and the New Black Panther Power Muslim Criminal Enterprising Thugsters and be “relevant” again. What a sorry excuse for the man he could have been had Jesse continued to follow Martin and not Elijah and the boys.
You all are aware of the firestorm sweeping the country, with the marches and parades and the skittle-waving, hoodie-wearing throngs dancing to the tune of the hate mongers – the Sharptons and the Farrakhans. But besides the mindless, pointless parading and shouting and absurd chants of “No justice, No peace,” there are also those seeking to remove the legal protections afforded to innocent citizens in states like Florida with it’s “stand your ground” law. In Florida and other states you do not have a duty to retreat in the face of aggression, and may take all available measure, including use of deadly force, to protect yourself, your family and your property. The race hustlers and statists now calling for a re-examination of these laws would have you believe they provide legal justification for racial attacks on minorities.
But a funny thing about these laws, that no one mentions, is that they do not say that minorities do not have the same right to “stand their ground” as other groups. “Stand your ground” stands for the innocent black neighborhood watch captain every bit as much as the white one. In fact, there are probably a lot of minorities in pre-civil rights history who would have begged for a “stand your ground” law when the night riders came calling. Know what we mean, folks? Does anyone want to stop and think about this for a while?
This is the point that those who call themselves “the Reverend” this or that or “Professor” this or that fail to acknowledge, fail to be challenged on. There may still be bias in this country; there may indeed still be elements of “racism,” in its pejorative sense. But blacks, Hispanics, Asians – all races and ethnic groups in this country live under the same laws that white people do. There is no such thing as institutional racism anymore. Even if someone wanted to practice the old ways in spite of the laws, there are just too many watchdogs and venues for redress.
But when it comes to letting one’s “pride” run wild to the point that one expects to go unchallenged or to have free rein in public, and one demands that laws be ignored, suspended or done away with to soothe vanities or to accommodate ambitions, criminal or not, the selfish attitude backfires. The sense of entitlement stops at the other mans property line, at the door to his business, at the entrance to his “personal space.” Recognizing, respecting and abiding by such natural, and manmade laws does not make one less of a man, it preserves him. These lessons of preservation are ones that Martin Luther King, Jr. and others fought for – the freedom to live in peace and equality under the law and in the sight of the Creator, who is the source of all law. It was not their intent that any man, white, black or brown, back down in the face of evil intent. And likewise it was not their intent that ‘freedom’ be bastardized and corrupted into some vehicle of personal gain or vanity or means of exploitation of social or economic situation, much less intimidation or reverse discrimination and hatred, and certainly not as a means of furthering criminal enterprise.
In the coming weeks and months we will see if a chorus of voices of counter-protest and affirmation of King’s legacy rise up to join the likes of Thomas Sowell, C.L. Bryant and others who are saying “Do you people not learn?”
“For the meek shall inherit the Earth.”