Black vs. Blue in America

Black Lives Dont Matter
Black vs. Blue in America
Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Half a century ago this summer, the Voting Rights Act was passed, propelled by Bloody Sunday at Selma Bridge. The previous summer, the Civil Rights Act became law on July 2.

We are in the 7th year of the presidency of a black American who has named the first two black U.S. attorneys general.

Yet race relations seem more poisonous now than then, when the good will of America's majority was driving legislation.

Today's issue, however, is not voting rights, open housing or school busing. It is black vs. blue: African-Americans inflamed at what they see as chronic police brutality and police forces feeling besieged in a demagogic “war on cops.”

And the media are obsessed with it, and determined to make us equally so.

Consider. On June 9 2015, America's “newspaper of record” ran four stories in the first section about police violence against blacks.

Page one of The New York Times told of black leaders in Cleveland, “distrustful of the criminal justice system,” invoking a “seldom-used Ohio law,” by going “directly to a judge to request murder charges” against the cops involved in the death of Tamir Rice.

Responding to reports of a man with a gun, a cop, two seconds out of his car, shot Tamir, 12. The gun was a toy.

Yet, though this happened six months ago, the Times went into loving detail again on how Tamir died. It then regurgitated the deaths, also last year, of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner on Staten Island.

On page A11 was a story with three color photos, covering almost the whole page, about a cop who, called to a raucous pool party in McKinney, Texas, drew his gun and wrestled to the ground a 14-year-old black girl in a bathing suit.

“A Party at a Pool, a Jarring Image of Police Force” was the banner over the Times' tale of “powerful and disturbing” images, from video showing “a police officer pointing a gun at teenagers in bathing suits and shoving a young black girl's face into the ground.”

Had the girl been white, would the Times have splashed it?

Page A12 was given over entirely to cops vs. blacks, with two fresh stories, plus continuations of the Tamir Rice and pool stories.

The story across the top of A12 told of how a North Charleston, South Carolina, cop, held since April on murder charges, has now been indicted by a grand jury for murder.

Officer Michael Slager shot fleeing suspect Walter Scott in the back repeatedly, a killing caught on video, apparently after a fight over Slager's Taser.

There was also a fresh story on terrorism suspect Usaamah Rahim, shot dead after being confronted by FBI and a Boston cop. Rahim was allegedly wielding a large knife. Blurry video from a Burger King camera shows the cops backing away from Rahim, but not the knife.

Seven Times reporters got bylines for these four stories.

What does the Times' investment of all this journalistic talent and news space tell us? The Times does not want this issue to die.

Black Lives Don't Matter to Media
Black Lives Don't Matter to Media

The Times editors and writers see “blacks being victimized by white racist cops” as a representative truth about America 2015 that we all must address.

But what is the larger reality? First, the vast majority of black males killed violently are killed by black males, and interracial crime in America is overwhelmingly black-on-white, not the reverse.

While not the media truth, that is the statistical truth.

This is reality. Indeed, if the ugliest expressions of racism are interracial assaults, rapes and murders, the heaviest concentrations of racism in America are in the black communities themselves.

But the preferred story of the Times and mainstream media, of most cable channels and social media, is white cops victimizing black folks.

Thus we have all heard about Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, but few know even the number of black folks gunned down annually in their own black communities.

The press is not interested in ferreting out those statistics.

Why? Such stats would muddy the message the media seek to send and reinforce: I.e., America must confront the crisis of rogue cops.

What is coming is not difficult to predict.

As, invariably, white cops clash with black suspects, the media will seize upon and pump up every episode that fits and advances their scripted narrative. Angry and violent protests will occur. There will be judicial proceedings and trials, like that of the West Baltimore cops coming up.

America will divide and take sides. And the rival “war on cops” and “Black lives matter!” claims will be adjudicated in the election of 2016.

In 1968, Richard Nixon rode the law-and-order issue into the White House. Hillary Clinton seems to be moving to capture the “Black-Lives-Matter!” constituencies.

As for the Republicans, they seem to be acting more like the John Lindsays and Bill Scrantons of yesteryear than the Nixons and Ronald Reagans. But someone is going to pick up this issue.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 10 thoughts on “Black vs. Blue in America

    1. Martin: Police ‘militarization’? Tell that to my large urban department. No more shotguns in patrol cars. Rifles only issued to a very select few (and those officers are turning their rifles in due to all of the anti-police frenzy). No riot shields. No laser sights allowed. Short riot ‘batons’ (read: glorified nightsticks) issued so that now protesters get way, way too close to officers. Gas masks issued without the water drinking tube so once the mask is on you dehydrate rapidly. So if you consider that ‘militarization’ I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you…..

    2. @ Clark Kent…Thank you for standing on the “Thin Blue Line.” I suspect that in the near future, there will be fewer and fewer people who wish to make the sacrifice to “Protect and Serve,” just BECAUSE of all the anti-police attitudes expressed not only by the media, but also by a society in which there is becoming less respect for one another, not to mention LE. And laws? There are no laws anymore. I live in CA, and there was a ballot measure a few years ago that was meant to lessen prison overcrowding by releasing 30,000 “low risk offenders” back on to our streets. What the ballot summaries did NOT say was that it also turned certain felonies into misdemeanors! Voters approved the measure without even knowing its totality. I recently witnessed a drug dealer in a local park surrounded by half a dozen kids, none of them who was older than 13. They were all smoking marijuana in full view of anyone who was watching, in broad daylight. They werent afraid of the police showing up because they know they wont be arrested. All they will get is a citation.
      It is lunacy like this that creates the environment that the media salivates over. An officer responds to a call, tries to control the situation, gets bad-mouthed or resisted because the hoodlums know there is very little he/she can do, and in this electronic age where everyone has a cell phone camera and a social media page, everything the officer does is immediately transmitted to the world. And God help him if it even LOOKS like he is being heavy-handed.
      I recently saw a television newscast that said that LA County is trying to recruit 1300 new officers to fill vacant positions, and they are having little success doing so. I live in a city of over 400,000 (Not in LA or its county) and both the city and county are actively recruiting…something that hasnt been done in decades. It would not surprise me if one day the “thin blue line” becomes the “Invisible Blue Line,” with more and more officers becoming frustrated and disenchanted with the job. It just becomes too hard to put that uniform on and go out every day knowing that you really ARE’NT making a difference anymore, you’re just a target for disrespect, insults, and accusations, not to mention the fact that the criminals have more rights than you do. Its a sad and scary world we live in these days, and I am sick to death of every time a white cop touches a black person, even if he has the right to lawfully do so, that somebody starts screaming racism. Like the article said, if in ANY of the situations fed upon by the media, the people had been white, there wouldnt have been a peep about it.
      King Obama and Prince Holder should NEVER have gotten involved in either the Martin or Brown investigations, and I place the blame for those two incidents becoming the debacles they became squarely on THEIR shoulders for that.
      Now, before the cop-haters all start firing on me, I DO NOT believe that all cops are good. There are definitely bad apples, and all cops become guilty by association. HOWEVER, I do believe that if a LEO tells you to do something, shut your mouth, keep your arrogant, egotistical attitude and your hands to yourself, and do what he/she tells you to do! Otherwise, you are resisting and that is going to get you put on the ground, maced, sapped, batted, tazered, or God forbid, shot. Is being a badazz really worth any of that? I think not. Everyone has a choice. Not everyone makes the right one, and that includes cops. But it rarely, if ever, has ANYTHING to do with race.

    3. @ Clark Kent…Thank you for standing on the “Thin Blue Line.” I suspect that in the near future, there will be fewer and fewer people who wish to make the sacrifice to “Protect and Serve,” just BECAUSE of all the anti-police attitudes expressed not only by the media, but also by a society in which there is becoming less respect for one another, not to mention LE. And laws? There are no laws anymore. I live in CA, and there was a ballot measure a few years ago that was meant to lessen prison overcrowding by releasing 30,000 “low risk offenders” back on to our streets. What the ballot summaries did NOT say was that it also turned certain felonies into misdemeanors! Voters approved the measure without even knowing its totality. I recently witnessed a drug dealer in a local park surrounded by half a dozen kids, none of them who was older than 13. They were all smoking marijuana in full view of anyone who was watching, in broad daylight. They werent afraid of the police showing up because they know they wont be arrested. All they will get is a citation.
      It is lunacy like this that creates the environment that the media salivates over. An officer responds to a call, tries to control the situation, gets bad-mouthed or resisted because the hoodlums know there is very little he/she can do, and in this electronic age where everyone has a cell phone camera and a social media page, everything the officer does is immediately transmitted to the world. And God help him if it even LOOKS like he is being heavy-handed.
      I recently saw a television newscast that said that LA County is trying to recruit 1300 new officers to fill vacant positions, and they are having little success doing so. I live in a city of over 400,000 (Not in LA or its county) and both the city and county are actively recruiting…something that hasnt been done in decades. It would not surprise me if one day the “thin blue line” becomes the “Invisible Blue Line,” with more and more officers becoming frustrated and disenchanted with the job. It just becomes too hard to put that uniform on and go out every day knowing that you really ARE’NT making a difference anymore, you’re just a target for disrespect, insults, and accusations, not to mention the fact that the criminals have more rights than you do. Its a sad and scary world we live in these days, and I am sick to death of every time a white cop touches a black person, even if he has the right to lawfully do so, that somebody starts screaming racism. Like the article said, if in ANY of the situations fed upon by the media, the people had been white, there wouldnt have been a peep about it.
      King Obama and Prince Holder should NEVER have gotten involved in either the Martin or Brown investigations, and I place the blame for those two incidents becoming the debacles they became squarely on THEIR shoulders for that.
      Now, before the cop-haters all start firing on me, I DO NOT believe that all cops are good. There are definitely bad apples, and all cops become guilty by association. HOWEVER, I also believe that if a LEO tells you to do something, shut your mouth, keep your arrogant, egotistical attitude and your hands to yourself, and do what he/she tells you to do! Otherwise, you are resisting and that is going to get you put on the ground, maced, sapped, batted, tazered, or God forbid, shot. Is being a badazz really worth any of that? I think not. Everyone has a choice. Not everyone makes the right one, and that includes cops. But it rarely, if ever, has ANYTHING to do with race.

    4. Randall and Darren are the ones who need retraining. Police are a ‘standing army’? What a crock! The police don’t have enough officers per shift to take over a grocery store, much less an entire city. Darren needs to shut his yap until HE faces ANYONE (regardless of age) with a deadly weapon. Of course, if he did, he would rip off as many rounds as were expended on D-day without hesitation. By the way, you can’t resolve unless you control first. Of course you two would not know anything about police work besides watching old re-runs of ‘Adam 12’. By the way, I am a 57 year old male who just retired from 33 years as a police officer in a major metropolitan department.

    5. I am a 59 year old white male, who was given the ‘talk’ that only African Americans claim they have to give their children. Goes something like, have to be afraid of the police. Treat them with extra respect, do exactly what they say when they say. Why? First, because they represent society and risk thier lifes everyday. Second, they have gun and billy-clubs and they will beat you or shot you or both. They also, explained if I don’t compile with their orders I am breaking the law. Which, at that point I become a criminal. Dad, went on to say it does matter if you did something or you didn’t do anything. I got the ‘talk’, my brothers, sisters, cousins and my father got the ‘talk’ from his father.

      To this day I do treat them with respect and exactly what I am told. Because, Rodney King or any other person I believe they will beat and or shoot me if I don’t. What I don’t get is when people started to believe they need not do what the police? When did everyone start arguing, and scream? Of course what happened to that small girl at pool party was wrong. However, had she would just sit down the first time she was told the situation wouldn’t have escaladed to guns being drawn.

      Saying all that I do believe police forces across this country have stepped across the line to brutality in many cases. They are trained to confront, escalate and take control. THIS IS WRONG! They should be trained to ascertain, deescalate, and resolve. There was case recently where police were deployed to do a safety check so a person wouldn’t harm himself or herself. The found a very small, old woman, with mental illness and a hammer in her hand. They protected her by shooting her dead!!!

      Law enforcement has got to demilitarize, retrain, re-call US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and there is to protect and serve…not kill us. Myself, a 59 year white male may respect law officers, but I also fear them. Their fault not mine, when they set out to terrorize civilians, they will be met with fear, loathing and hostility.

      1. Randall,
        Having been a Police Officer AND having been on both sides of the system, I can guarantee you that in most cases the police officer you deal with at an incident is reacting to what he sees from the folks in YOUR neighborhood. If your neighborhood is a law-abiding, quiet area in the city, the police that patrol there will, for the most part be relaxed and willing to stop a talk with the people on the streets. If your neighborhood is a location that receives multiple calls each day, with bags of feces and other items thrown at the cops, there will be an entirely different response when the police show up.
        Militarization came about because the “bad guys” of all races were able to acquire firearms superior to those of the police and officers feared for their lives. They are, after all, just like you and me. They want to go home when the finish their shift and enjoy their families.
        Are their bad cops? Absolutely! But the majority do a job just as, I assume, you do.
        You should understand that the neighborhood sets the scenario to which the police respond!
        Better learn the subject before you speak out.

    6. Whether the cops are right or wrong, (correct in most cases-do not resist arrest, things ill get straightened out later).
      What has me concerned is black folks are more and more being seen (and talking) as racists. Then come the riots and that just fuels their identification as being out of control, which they are. They are creating racial prejudice with non-blacks by their spontaneous bad actions. Not a good thing but fits into the divide the country plan of extreme Democrat party liberals/leftists/ socialists and worse and their leader–Obama.

    7. The ‘template’ for the African-American community’s criticism of police was created the day Professor Gates was ‘locked out’ in Harvard Yard and President Obama called the cops “stupid”.

    8. Let’s not let spin meisters distract us from the real issue. Police today are the standing army many Founders warned us not to have. We need to move to a system of private and community security. We do this by phasing out govt police while building up better alternatives.

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