Updated: Jul 23
Hey Black Lives Matter, when is your protest for Jaslyn Adams? She is the 7-year-old who was shot and killed while sitting in her car in a McDonald’s drive thru in Chicago this past weekend. But there will not be a protest for young Jaslyn, will there, or for the other people of color killed in Chicago and elsewhere recently? There will not, because it seems as though black lives only matter when a white police officer is involved. In fact, Black Lives Matter is only empowered, and their leaders can only get rich, if there is the continued perpetuation of the myth of systemic racism in American law enforcement. The problem is, if people actually know the truth, that the facts do not bear out their claims. According to Reuters, FBI data from 2018 shows that nearly 89% of black victims of homicide were murdered by other black people, with only 8% murdered by white people. Dan O’Donnell, of the MacIver Institute, found the data from the Washington Post database on deadly police shootings since 2015 dispels the myth of systemic racism in law enforcement. White people accounted for 46% of those shot and killed by police, with only 24% being black. Only 6% of the victims of fatal police shootings were unarmed, with unarmed black men accounting for only 2% of all such incidents… 2%! In fact, there have been 33 more unarmed white men shot and killed by police since 2015 than unarmed black men. There is no pandemic of police shooting and killing unarmed black men… there is a pandemic of ignorance that is magnified by the pandemic of false narratives, personal agendas, and anti-American vitriol.
The Derek Chauvin trial has concluded, the verdict was announced, the protesters and rioters got what they wanted, and… they still aren’t happy. They aren’t happy because this was not about George Floyd; he was but an instrument to promote the left’s false narrative of inherent and systemic racism. George Floyd was simply a useful pawn in the movement to defund the police. This is shameful! George Floyd was a man with a family, and regardless of his past, deserved a better fate than the one he was given. His family deserves more respect than for his life to be used as a political weapon.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist from New York, claimed after the verdict was released, “This verdict is not justice,” further suggesting that the verdict was not even an example of “full accountability.” She has further asserted that our system “grants impunity for state violence.” This is the problem with the left… a police officer who obviously acted in ways unacceptable of not only the uniform, but also humanity, was found guilty on all counts with which he was charged. He will be serving a very long prison sentence. That is justice, AOC, and even Lebron James tweeted, “ACCOUNTABILITY” when the verdict was read. USA Soccer, a pathetic excuse for a national organization, tweeted the following statement, “…the ruling serves as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to challenge and end the systemic racism, discrimination, and hatred that continues to surface in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and lives.” We should all condemn and stand against racism and hatred, but Derek Chauvin does not represent the entirety of our law enforcement, and his case does not represent any such systemic racism.
The justice system worked, and a guilty officer will be held accountable for his actions. The left, however, wants a verdict levied against the entire American law enforcement structure. Although not on trial, they want a condemnation of all police officers, of the criminal justice system, and American society, in general. As I wrote earlier, for them, this was not about George Floyd, and it has never been about George Floyd. His death was unfortunately a convenient spark, allowing Black Lives Matter to exploit the tragedy to bring public pressure on elected officials to defund police departments. It has always been about political opportunism for the liberal socialists, Black Lives Matter activists, race-baiters, and anti-American anarchists who want to destroy the American republic, tearing it down completely so that they can build their new, socialist utopia. Nancy Pelosi spoke in bizarre terms following the verdict, saying, "Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice," continuing, "Because of you, and because of thousands — millions — of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice." Obviously, it wasn’t about the guilt of one man, but to the left it is about the destruction of a system, and George Floyd has been just their latest pawn. Pelosi, like others on the socialist left, has little problem with exploiting the death of a black man for political gain.
Leftists and radicals have been hailing George Floyd as a martyr for racial justice. Floyd was no martyr; he was a severely flawed man with a criminal record. Still, he should not have died. Most Americans will be glad to see Chauvin punished for his actions, but Floyd did not die because of systemic police racism. He died from the inexplicable actions of one man. When we begin to condemn entire populations of people for the despicable deeds of one or a few, we no longer live in the land of the free. There will be no innocents left if we are all guilty due to the actions of a peer, colleague, or fellow professional. Should we defund teachers because of the inappropriate relations or illegal actions of a few? Should we defund our federal government and impeach all members of Congress because a few accepted bribes or engaged in sexual misconduct? These questions sound ridiculous, don’t they? If they do, then think about how ridiculous it sounds to defund our police and condemn all of the heroes in blue for the actions of a despicable few.
A majority of Americans can agree on certain policing reforms. Implicit bias training, de-escalation training, and greater transparency from police departments are all areas where we can get bipartisan agreement. The leftists, however, do not want agreement, and they do not want reform. They want elimination of all law enforcement agencies, abolishment of the entire prison system, decriminalization, and the release of dangerous criminals onto the streets of America. Liberal filmmaker, Michael Moore, celebrated the Chauvin verdict with a tweet including the following, “… All of us demand an end to white supremacy and white privilege. How many innocent black and brown ppl are in prison? Free them all! Arrest all police who break the law. Remove all racist cops. End policing as we know it. It doesn’t work.”The far-left does not want police reform, they want no police, no crimes, no prisons, no responsibility or accountability for individual actions (except for the police). If you are white, you are bad, must seek forgiveness for your crime of white privilege, and must have all power and influence removed. If you are black, then regardless of what you have done, you have been oppressed and persecuted, and should be liberated and empowered. Whites are oppressors; blacks are victims. It is not the right that is dividing the races and perpetuating racism.
How can we negotiate with people who want nothing less than the destruction of our American society, and are not only willing, but enthusiastic about using violence if every one of their crazy demands are not met? Following the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, activists were on television, on the many stations of the corrupt Marxist media, calling for more violence and unrest. Before the end of the trial, Congresswoman Maxine Waters called for more confrontation if the verdict was not what was desired, not only condoning, but promoting rioting. After the verdict, Greater New York Black Lives Matter president, Hawk Newsome, claimed the guilty verdict was only due to the violence, rioting, and looting of the past year, and that it is only through violence that the left can have their voices heard. They don’t want their voices heard; they want their racist demands to be met, and they have the perfect puppet in the White House to make that happen. President Biden, praying for the “right verdict” while the jury was still deliberating, continued to promote the same false narrative of systemic racism after the verdict was read. The man who fought against integration, sided with segregationists, and counted amongst his friends, members of the Klan, has the audacity to continue to tell the American people we are an inherently racist people. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? Biden said following the verdict, “The systemic racism that’s a stain on our nation’s soul — the knee on the neck of justice for black Americans — profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every single day.” Is that really how most black Americans live? Is that how a majority of our black neighbors view the United States of America?
Americans do not want lawless streets and unsafe neighborhoods, but it is clear that Black Lives Matter and other radical activists will stop at nothing until that is exactly what we have. Founding father, John Adams, once said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” The facts do not support systemic racism in our law enforcement agencies. The evidence does not prove racial animus in police-related shooting deaths. Black Lives Matter, radical liberal socialist activists, and elected Democrats may want the American people to believe a narrative corroborated only by their “alternative facts,” based on the anecdotal evidence of rare instances of tragic events involving unarmed black men, but their desire does not make their movement one of truth and justice. In 1983, well-respected former ambassador and Democrat Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Nearly thirty years later, the leftists believe they are entitled to their own facts and are pushing the country toward civil war by purposely using those false facts to promulgate an anti-American narrative that we are an inherently racist nation, and that our systems and structures are systemically racist. If we look at the actual facts, carefully review available statistics, and look past the emotional pull of isolated tragic events, we see an America that has valiantly struggled to overcome the wrongs of the past and while there is still a way to go, continues to progress toward greater social justice and racial equality. When the emotions die down, follow the facts. With the radical left, even when there is justice, there is no peace.