America Gone Mad.
Following the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas, last Thursday, a police officer was shot in Ballwin, Missouri, and another officer was targeted in Valdosta, Georgia. The officer from Missouri remains in critical condition.
On Saturday, a young black man was shot and killed by an off-duty officer after forcing entry into that officer’s home. The man was reportedly looking to fight the officer over the officer’s public opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Should this horrific rate to continue, more police officers will be murdered in six weeks than the total number of unarmed blacks shot by police officers in the entirety of 2015.
Two court bailiffs were killed and a deputy injured on Monday after the deputy’s gun was grabbed by an inmate inside a Michigan courthouse. The regular buzz of the morning commute was shattered by gunfire in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, as five armed men launched an assault on cop cars in the Southeast region of the city. Fortunately, no police were hurt.
The targeted war on law enforcement has now claimed the lives of seven brave police officers in less than a week. Should this horrific rate to continue, more police officers will be murdered in six weeks than the total number of unarmed blacks shot by police officers in all of 2015.
In the midst of this nascent anarchy is President Obama and the Democrats’ continued denial that they are in any way responsible for creating the climate in which blacks feel compelled to and justified in murdering police officers.
Immediately following the Dallas attack, Obama continued to insist that Black Lives Matter had legitimate grievances despite the overwhelming evidence that blacks are not disproportionately killed by police officers.
As the families of the five fallen officers were grieving, their worlds shattered, Attorney General Loretta Lynch brazenly told Black Lives Matter protesters “do not be discouraged.” Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign dispatched a breathtakingly callous and opportunistic email which demanded that whites “do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about seen and unseen barriers faced daily.”
The demonstrably false “police are racist” myth is the reason seven police officers are dead. It’s the reason seven families are irreparably broken. And it’s the reason why most of the so-called peaceful Black Lives Matter protests were and are anything but.
There is nothing peaceful about a protest movement whose demonstrators routinely chant death threats against police officers. There is nothing peaceful about a protest movement whose members literally dance and celebrate as police officers are gunned down around them, as video footage from Dallas shows, or who throw fireworks and Molotov cocktails at police — as footage of a riot in St. Paul, Minnesota, showed.
“I have no remorse for the Dallas police officers shot downtown, it’s about time,” Tweeted Yafeuh Balogun, co-founder of the black separatist Huey P. Newton Gun Club. Balogun also wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post that killer Micah Johnson “shall be celebrated one day.”
It might be easy to denounce Balogun as a radical, but it’s much harder to dismiss the people dancing in Dallas or the dozens upon dozens of protesters across the country chanting things like “fry ’em like bacon” and “pigs in a blanket.”
“I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr,” said Kalyn Chapman, the first African-American to win the Miss Alabama contest, said in a video posted to Facebook. “I’m so torn up in my heart about seeing these men, these black men, being gunned down in our community that I can’t help.”
Chapman is surely no political radical, but like so many others in the black community she is fully convinced that innocent black men are killed by racist police officers on a regular basis.
This widespread tacit support for terrorist attacks against police is unprecedented. The worldview and ideology that in the 1960s and 1970s was confined to fringe groups like the Black Panther movement has permeated throughout the black community — largely thanks to liberal politicians who have done them the disservice of feeding them false narratives.
This sad — and dangerous — state of affairs highlights the utter audacity and arrogance of Obama’s behavior at a recent gathering of law enforcement officers comment to police officers. “I’m your best hope” for improving relations with the black community, Obama told the officers.
But Obama is in large part the very reason law enforcement’s relations with the black community are so bad. For years he has stoked racial division, seizing upon every opportunity to reinforce the narrative that America is fundamentally and institutionally racist toward — and dangerous for — black people.
If Obama is truly the best hope for repairing relations between the black community and law enforcement, it will be quite a long time before any sort of reconciliation.