Is Charlotte Our Future?

By Pat Buchanan

Baltimore Race Riots 2015
Baltimore Race Riots 2015
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, “This is what democracy looks like.”

Well, if Barber is right, so, too, was John Adams, who warned us that “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Consider what the protesters, who, exults Barber, “show us a way forward to peace and justice,” accomplished.

In the first two nights of rioting, the mob injured a dozen cops, beat white people, smashed and looted stores, blocked traffic, shut down interstate highways, got one person shot and killed, and forced the call-up of state troopers and National Guard to rescue an embattled Charlotte police force.

This was mobocracy, a criminal takeover of Charlotte's downtown by misfits hurling racist and obscene insults and epithets not only at the cops but also at bystanders and reporters sent to cover their antics.

We have seen Charlotte before. It was a rerun of Ferguson, Baltimore and Manhattan, after mobs in those cities concluded that innocent black men had been deliberately killed by “racist white cops.”

Yet, one week later, what do we know of the precipitating event in Charlotte?

Keith Scott, 43-year-old African-American father of seven, was shot and killed not by a white cop, but by a black cop who shouted to him, along with others, almost 10 times — “Drop the gun!

An ex-con whose convictions included assault with a deadly weapon, Scott was wearing an ankle holster and carrying a handgun.

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney, also black, after viewing video from a dash-cam and a body-cam of the officers involved, recommended against filing any charges.

The chief concedes that he cannot, from the video footage, see a gun in Scott's hands at the time he was shot.

But how is the legitimate investigation of the death of Keith Scott advanced by a mob? And if mass civil disobedience is what “democracy looks like” in 2016, why are we surprised that other nations look less and less to American democracy as their model?

Moreover, if these repeated reversions of the enraged to street action become the new normal, what do they portend for the country?

Blanket cable news coverage of the Ferguson riots split us along racial lines. But what purpose did they serve? Even Eric Holder's Justice Department concluded that officer Darren Wilson should not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown, who tried to grab his gun.

A year ago, Baltimore divided the nation.

Six Baltimore cops, three of them black, were charged in an alleged “rough ride” in a police van that killed 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

This year, a black judge acquitted three of the cops in three trials, and all charges against the rest were dropped.

No evidence was produced that the cops had intended to injure Gray.

In New York, the five cops who piled on Eric Garner to subdue him never intended to injure him, said a grand jury. Well over 300 pounds, Garner suffered from obesity, diabetes, asthma and hypertension, and died, not of a police chokehold, but a heart attack.

Yes, there have been incidents when cops made mistakes and cases where cops acted criminally. In Tulsa last week, after a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black man who appeared to offer no threat, she was charged with first-degree manslaughter. Is not this, rather than marching mobs, the way to handle such incidents?

Inevitably, given the violent crime in our cities — 540 murders this year in Chicago and 3,000 shootings — white and black cops are going to be confronting white and black suspects. Inevitably, some of these collisions are going to result in police shootings and black deaths.

While most of those police decisions to shoot are going to be seen in retrospect as justified, some will not be unjustified, and some will be malicious.

The latter will be rare, but they are going to happen.

But in a nation of 320 million, if every collision between white cops and black men resulting in the death of a suspect is to be seen as legitimate grounds for mob action like Charlotte, we will never know racial peace.

Like moths to a flame, TV cameras are attracted to conflict, especially racial conflict. Networks and TV stations reward with airtime the most incendiary of racial charges. Thus, the news going out to homes and bars will continue to polarize us along racial lines.

And when the rage of one side and the disgust of the other dissipate, some new incident, between white cops and black men, will occur, and will be recorded, and rushed onto the air.

The street action in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charlotte may be what “democracy looks like” to Barber's NAACP. But to most Americans, it looks like a formula for endless racial conflict — and a touch of fascism in the night.


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

  • 11 thoughts on “Is Charlotte Our Future?

    1. Easy solution. Allow businesses (and anybody else) to provide for their own defense and you will be rid of this:
      “Suppose there were a gang…
      … A gang which required members to rape, pillage, and attack people as a condition of membership. A gang which financed all its activities, and bought all its clothing and equipment, with money it stole from the local population. A gang which bragged about driving nice cars stolen from people they attacked. Any member who didn’t commit those acts on a regular basis would be kicked out, and quite probably be subject to revenge by the other members.

      As a condition of gang membership, you are agreeing to pretend other people’s property rights can’t apply to you. You pretend no one has the right of association where you are concerned- if someone tries to walk away when you insist on talking to them, the gang’s rules say you can murder them. If someone tries to defend themselves from unwanted physical contact- or from even worse- the gang’s rules say you can murder them. The rules you impose on others don’t apply to you.

      If you are a member of this gang you are openly admitting support for what the gang does. When you wear the gang colors, you are identifying yourself as a member in good standing. You are leaving no room for mistaken impressions of what you are, what you do, and what you support.

      Any non-member caught wearing the gang colors or claiming to be a member would be kidnapped and caged, robbed, and quite possibly killed by actual members of the gang. The membership must be kept pure. There is no room for pretenders.

      Sometimes the gang’s members actually do helpful things. This is what the gang and its supporters want everyone believing the gang is all about, but it is actually a small and uncommon part of what the gang does. In fact, it is rare enough to be newsworthy when it happens.

      The rapes, theft, and murders committed in the name of the gang are said to be committed by a “few bad apples”, even though a “good apple” who didn’t do those things- or at least turn a blind eye to those who do- would be kicked out of the gang and targeted for revenge. By staying in the gang, a member is endorsing all the gang’s activities- official and unofficial.

      The gang has done a good job convincing your family, friends, and neighbors that without them, other gangs would commit the same acts, but that this would somehow be worse; it would be chaos and mean the end of civilization. It is a lie, but few are willing to admit they are being lied to, and many actually believe it is true.

      “Polite society”- particularly including newspapers and television and radio stations- ignores the nature of the gang, and instead praises the members for the few good deeds done- deeds that don’t require gang membership to perform. They also ignore the evil nature of the acts that only members of the gang can get away with committing. Those who refuse to ignore the institutional evil are ostracized.

      When a member of the gang gets killed while wearing the gang colors, “Polite Society” weeps and wails and tears at its clothing, acting as though the death came out of nowhere and was completely beyond understanding. No matter what the gang members have done recently, and no matter that the supposed “good apples” didn’t disavow the acts of the members who committed the acts. Polite Society demands everyone weep and wail along with them, and voice their loyalty to the gang over and over again, lest they be thought of as horrible, uncivilized monsters.

      I’m not Polite Society. I can’t grieve when members of the gang are killed. Even if they weren’t currently attacking the innocent, by remaining in the gang and wearing the gang colors openly, they are declaring themselves an enemy to everything good and civilized. How can anyone see the deaths of these gang members as a “bad thing”?

      Well, this gang actually does exist. It infests every town and city in America, and in most of the world. They are the police- the Blue Line Gang (in America). They pretend they have no choice in the acts they commit because politicians made up “laws” by saying magic words which made their perverted opinions “official”. Never mind that Nuremberg proved this to be a worthless defense. Individually, they each have the ability to refuse to do evil, even if a politician says they must. And, if a person can’t avoid committing these acts without removing himself from the Blue Line Gang, then to be a good person he MUST quit the gang, regardless of the personal costs. If I have a job and my boss tells me I am required to overcharge a customer or lose my job, I can’t remain in the job and still be a decent person. It simply isn’t possible.

      It doesn’t matter if you believe these “laws” are a good idea, or even “necessary”. It doesn’t matter if the lack of them scares you. Any “law” which seeks to control something other than aggression or property violations is a counterfeit “law”- the few that are left are unnecessary laws.

      In the absence of police some people might get away with violating life, liberty, and property of others. The existence of police guarantees it.

      This is why there is no such thing as a “good cop”, and why there can never be. It is self contradictory.

      The police is where the boot heel of tyranny meets the human face. Without them no evil ruler could impose his will on large numbers of people- people would simply kill him in self defense. Which is why politicians work so hard to whip up support for cops.

      No good person can remain consistently good and continue to support the police. It simply isn’t possible. I know good people who do support the police, but by doing so they are being inconsistent, and actually being evil at that moment. Withdraw your support; be a good person all the time.

      The sooner you accept it, internalize it, and act on it, the sooner you will be free.” ~

    2. As some of you who are able to think further than your next step, there are “bad actors” who will use any excuse to disrupt & turn one situation into one where they can commit criminal activities. That said, all in this photo should be identified, arrested & placed in jail. On the flip-side you will NOT see any video/photos of Tennessee fans setting fires, burning couches brought out into the streets. Reason? Celebrating a win in a sports game. Nor will you see, on your favorite news station (FOX) trees being set on fir on Toomers Corner, after an Auburn-LSU f-ball game.
      – In the first instance, these were Black “thugs”. In the two (2) to which I made reference, These were all White people. Conclusion: If you are White, then it’s all in good fun. If you are Black. then you are considered part of a wild mob & should be shot on sight. Racism at it’s basics.

    3. The police are the only ones keeping these protestors from getting killed by Americans who have had it with a bunch of no good thugs. They can’t see the woods from the trees. Hopefully Trump gets voted in and common Americans can take there country back from these hyper emotional no good anti-Americans that hate America!

      1. You are 100% right if the police would just turn there backs there are a lot of Americans that would take care of these POS in short order and I for one would be more then happy to do it

    4. I know people might freak about this but The thing that pisses me off the most is how the black community freaks out about how “white cops are always killing innocent black men”. Do a little freaking research. There’s been more than TWICE the number of white males killed by police this year than black. How long has it been since we even heard about one of those white person shootings on the news? Exactly. And that’s the way it should be. But if an African American ex-con holding a gun refuses to lower it when police are yelling at him, suddenly it’s the police officers fault and “they’re racist and out slaughtering blacks” for the fun of it….what the hell? I’m not going to claim “oh I’m not racist I love all races” because really people….EVERYBODY is a little racist. It’s in our DNA to believe our we are are superior whether we are white or black or Latino or Asian. But dammit why do these communities have to be so self-entitled and whine about how the world is out to get them? I don’t see Mexicans freaking out every other week when a Hispanic man is killed, or Asian, or any other.

    5. The racial makeup of the person who got shot and who shot him is moot to the incident. A police officer feared for his or others safety, and shot a man refusing to comply with his lawful order. But the media and the public at the scene wanted it to be a racially motivated incident, and so it became one. It doesn’t take much to entice the uneducated to riot, and so they did.

      The lack of force used by the city to stop the violence and the looting, only served to increase it. I’d have issued a statement that all rioters will be shot, gave then two chances, then cleaned up the streets. Dratic? You bet, but also effective.

    6. More and more ‘Mob Violence’ is the order of the day. Last night Donald Trump called for ‘Law and Order’ and almost immediately the ‘Liberal Pundits’ were saying it was an affront to minorities living in troubled communities. Maybe they should talk to the ‘minority victims’ living in Democrat controlled cities like Chicago?

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