When It’s Black on White Crime the Left Goes Color Blind

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Why is it that when whites engage in violent acts against blacks, many on the left assume that those criminal acts must be hate-based, but when the tables are turned and the violence is black on white, many on the left no longer see color, looking for any explanation other than racial hate? Why the double standard?

According to CNN’s Don Lemon, the horrific kidnapping and torture of a mentally disabled white man by a group of four blacks – who had the audacity and stupidity to air it on Facebook live –wasn’t really evil.

Responding to Matt Lewis, who had commented on the extreme “evil” nature of the crime, Lemon replied, “I don’t think it’s evil. I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people, and I think they have bad home training.”

Not evil? Seriously? Just young people with bad home training?

Lemon’s comment drew immediate scorn, including tweets like this: “Hey @donlemon was Dylan Roof evil? Or just the victim of bad home training?” (Dylan Roof was the young white man who slaughtered 9 black parishioners during a church service in South Carolina.)

Does anyone for a moment think that Lemon, who himself is black, would have reacted the same way had this been a horrific, white on black crime?

To be clear, I’m glad that white on black violence has been exposed in recent years thanks to cell phone cameras, and to the extent that whites specifically targeted blacks – as in the case of Dylan Roof – our outrage should be even more acute.

But why shouldn’t we be just as concerned with targeted black on white violence, as in the many examples of the infamous “knockout games”?

I understand that, in the eyes of many blacks, to reply immediately to the phrase “black lives matter” with the phrase “all lives matter” is to minimize the point they were making. But at what point can we say, “White lives matter too”? Why is that forbidden?

A recent anti-white, MTV video even mocked the idea that “blue lives matter,” since people aren’t blue. Tell that to the widows and orphans of the cops who were killed in cold blood while serving our country this year.

Being on talk radio, I’ve heard from many God-fearing, church-going, authority-honoring black callers who shared with me their stories of being racially profiled, of experiencing discrimination, of even fearing for their lives at times simply because they were black, and I don’t doubt their stories for a moment.

While flying home recently, I was upgraded to first class and sat next to a black gentleman who could have passed for a former (or even current) football player. As we talked, he told me he was the president of a university, holding a J.D. and a Ph.D. When we discussed the issue of discrimination, he shared with me the obstacles he had to overcome and how, to this day, when he sits in first class, people look at him like he’s sitting in the wrong place or else assume he must be an athlete. After all, why else would be a large black man be flying in first class?

So, to repeat, my intent here is not to minimize anti-black sentiment in America; my intent is to expose the hypocritical double standards, and this recent, ugly incident, has brought all this to the surface.

Remember that the torturers were yelling “f—k white people” and “f—k Trump” as they abused this young man, yet Democratic strategist Symone Sanders (also black), appearing on the same discussion panel with Don Lemon, wasn’t sure it was a hate crime.

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She said, “If we start going around and anytime someone says or does something egregious or bad and sickening in sense. In connection with the president-elect Donald Trump or even President Obama for that matter because of their political leanings, that’s slippery territory. That is not a hate crime.”

I actually believe she has a point here, albeit a minor one, but again, it’s the double-standard and the hypocrisy that concern me, since this is the very thing we’ve been subjected to for the last 8 years, namely, assuming that white criticism of President Obama must be race-based. Yet when it’s black on white hatred in conjunction with black-on-Trump hatred, we have to tread carefully lest we head into “slippery territory.”

To ask the obvious question, what would have Sanders have said if, two weeks before Obama’s first inauguration, four young white people kidnapped and tortured a mentally disabled black person, shouting, “f—k black people” and “f—k Obama”?

Wouldn’t hatred of Obama equal hatred of blacks in the eyes of Sanders, and wouldn’t she quickly brand this a glaring example of a dangerous hate crime that could be a portent of worse things to come? (For the record, within 24 hours of her statement quoted here, when pressed by Anderson Cooper, Sanders did acknowledge the kidnapping and torture as a hate crime, following the lead of the prosecutors.)

For a glaring example of hypocrisy, right from the White House, what about the statement of Press Secretary Josh Earnest, when pressed by the media about whether this was a hate crime?

He would not answer directly, since he claimed he had not yet discussed it with the president and was waiting for official word from law enforcement, stressing how important it was for them to do come to their conclusions first. But this is the very thing that the Obama administration has not done when controversial, white on black cases came to national attention.

To give one case in point, think back to the 2009 arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, a black man, by police Sgt. James Crowley, a white man.

When asked about the incident at a news conference that week, President Obama said, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played.”

“But,” he added, “I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

Indeed, he stated, that the arrest shows “how race remains a factor in this society” – and to repeat, he said this without knowing the facts.

The charges against Gates were, in fact, dropped (he was trying to “break in” to his own house when a neighbor called to report the suspicious activity), but Sgt. Crowley had not acted stupidly, nor did the arrest have anything to do with race, which is one reason why President Obama subsequently invited Gates and Crowley to have a beer with him and Vice President Biden at the White House.

Yet when it comes to a heinous, black on white hate crime today, the White House doesn’t want to speak prematurely, wanting to let local law enforcement do its work.

After Earnest’s statement, President Obama did refer to the kidnapping and torture as a “despicable” hate crime, and other black voices, like Montel Williams, denounced the crime in the strongest terms.

But the reaction of others, like Lemon and Sanders and Earnest, points to a larger issue, and it is one we can’t ignore.

As for Lemon’s contention that the kids were raised poorly, that may be true – although the grandmother who raised one of the accused kidnappers would strongly differ with that assessment – but plenty of people who commit evil acts were not raised well, and we don’t minimize their deeds because of their unfortunate upbringing. And, again, I doubt that Lemon would have made such an excuse had the racial tables been turned.

Of course, the whole category of “hate crimes” carries its own set of controversies, but that’s not the focus here. The focus is to expose left-wing, anti-white hypocrisy, and if we really care about justice, that means justice for all.

As for the black young people who committed this crime, while they deserve justice, I pray for their redemption as well, along with the physical and emotional recovery of the white young person who was abused.

(For my video commentary on this, with video clips of those quoted in this article, click here.)

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  • DrArtaud

    Many many years ago my son and friend were walking not far from our house, returning from a longer walk to a local shopping area. A car with several black youths stopped, jumped out, and assailed principally my son, his friend having sidestepped the initial assault. The attack didn’t last long, no real physical injuries, and my son stopped at the local police station nearby to report the incident.

    He phoned me from the police station (pre-cell phone days), briefly described what happened, where he was, the description of the car driven by the assailants, and asked for a ride. It was literally just several blocks away, but the Pittsburgh area is hilly and the walk was not direct. So, within minutes, I arrived at the police station only to discover the assailant’s car driving around the police station, waiting for my son to come out.

    I gave chase, eventually passing them and cutting them off. I exited my vehicle, club in hand (I was young and mad, they were many, it was stupid on my part, and doing so today is out of the question as you’d be lucky not to get shot) approached the passenger site and landed a club strike on the roof above the passenger window, denting-in the roof slightly. They backed up and got around my car and fled. I noted the license number, figuring further chase to be pointless, and I returned to the police station, giving the license number to the officer. He told me to let him know if I see the car again as it was stolen.

    I am genuinely not aware of a single black person that doesn’t believe that my son provoked the incident of him being assaulted and further, though the point not being as strongly made, but prevalent, that stealing a car does not reflect on the integrity of those that stole it.

    Most whites don’t question the motivation, most have not dwelled on the race of the assailants, accept the story as told, and feel that stealing cars may lead to defects in character that would produce people willing to attack without provocation.

    Mind you, they were not very far away from the local projects, the projects were known for violence even back then, and I’ve either raised the world’s dumbest son that provoked a car full of black youths likely from the project (which he swears he didn’t) or it was an unprovoked assault.

    I’ve been non-plussed why blacks would reflexively protect members of their own race rather than just listen to a story from a coworker where his son was assaulted. Really, no words should cause anyone to exit a vehicle and attack a stranger walking down the street. And one point that exists here, in the recent Facebook torture of the mentally challenged white man (and as another commenter here correctly pointed out, a heinous attack by a group of whites against a mentally challenged black man), in the case of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome, how can these groups not have dissenters, not have people that try to put on the brakes to stop these atrocities?

    Here’s one attempt to explain why and what we must do to break these cycles.

    Article Link: The Power of Dissent

    What do these experiments mean for us? On the face of it, the results are depressing. 65% of people readily abdicate morality – to the extent of potentially killing a person who is guilty only of giving wrong answers – by submitting to the will of authority. But we can turn the lessons of the experiment around. 65% of people let go of their morals in order to obey authority, but only 10% do so if they have someone to provide the right example, who stand up for what is right. If we are willing to dissent, we can inspire others to stand with us.

    The power of dissent is the power to break the spell. How many other people around you are living their lives in a trance, simply following what they believe is group consensus, simply obeying authority? How many are living their lives in a way that they know is unsustainable and unjust, but they don’t have the strength or the knowledge to resist on their own? The Milgram and Asch experiments suggest that just one person can make a difference when many people have their doubts about what they are being told to do.

    Video Link: Civilian hero risks life to save cop fighting suspect resisting arrest in Cincinnati

    An Ohio woman and two daughters went to Florida on vacation, her husband staying home to tend to the farm. They met a man that offered a boat ride, they accepted, and he raped and murdered all three, tossing their bodies in the swamp areas for the alligators. This man was bold enough, probably while drunk, to brag to a friend or relative about what he did, and that person’s wife notified the police. He was arrested, had a trial, and was jailed.

    The black man at the previous link may have helped to protect the officer, and he helped to protect the man being arrested by preventing the escalation of violence in the arrest to the point that the officer felt he needed to draw his gun. The woman that phoned the police helped a very dangerous man be taken off the streets and helped to protect the husband in Ohio who police suspected was involved in his missing wife and daughters. Regardless of our race, we need to stand up as individuals, we need to dissent when we clearly know things are wrong.

  • magic1114

    I don’t give a rats patooie what they have to say on the left, I was born white and I carry that distinction with pride. This is not to say that white is better than any other degree of pigmentation, but it is what it is. I’m just wondering, does jealously have anything to do with it?