Updated: Mar 31
The counterrevolution has declared war on the men and women in blue, pursuing claims of inherent racism, demanding the defunding of police, laying siege to police stations, and physically assaulting officers on the streets. The Democrat leaders in Congress have only enflamed tensions with their pandering to the far-left Marxist activists who regularly preach hate of our law enforcement. This all-out war on the blue has been brewing for quite some time, recently reaching a breaking point.
There can be no denying that there has been a history of law enforcement bias against people of color in the South since the beginning of the nation, and across the country during the Jim Crow era, but this is no longer the Jim Crow era. This does not mean that there are not racist police officers, just as there are racist judges, lawyers, teachers, and politicians. However, the continued leftist claims of inherent racism have not be proven. Yes, there are a handful of highly publicized incidents involving police and members of the black community, but individual incidents do not equate to widespread racism. In fact, there are so many of these alleged incidents that are judged totally differently after investigations and the presentation of actual evidence, than they were originally cast, that it becomes hard to distinguish between race-baiting propaganda and actual racist discrimination. Still, the left continues to generalize infrequent incidents and promote a narrative of inherent and systemic racism.
Among the recent claims of police brutality and racism involves violent responses at Black Lives Matter protests. The problem with the coverage of these protests is that they are portrayed as “mostly peaceful” while protesters vandalize buildings, burn cars, and violently attack police officers. There seems to be an expectation that vandalism, destruction, and violence are constitutionally protected rights, and that any actions in response to perceived injustice qualify as protest. “Protesters” turning over and burning police cars – protected peaceful protest? “Protesters” breaking storefront windows and looting merchandise – protected peaceful protest? “Protesters” yelling in customers faces in restaurants, throwing unknown substances on individuals walking in the streets, and throwing rocks and bottles at police officers – protected peaceful protest? Those who protest peacefully must always be allowed to have their voices heard and their right to assemble protected. However, there is no constitutional right to anarchy, chaos, destruction, or violence, and when protests deteriorate into riots and looting, perpetrators are no longer peaceful protesters. How can we condemn police officers protecting life and property, and attempt to tie their hands when dealing with violent insurgents?
Our elected leaders do not help, often fanning the flames by jumping to conclusions and interjecting racism where it does not belong. In 2009, President Obama condemned the Cambridge police for an incident without even knowing the facts. While admitting that he did not have the facts regarding the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, as well as to his friendship with the professor, he proceeded to insinuate inherent racism in law enforcement, claiming, “…that the Cambridge police acted stupidly” and that “there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately." 2020 South Carolina senatorial candidate and current chair of the DNC, Jaime Harrison, repeated this belief in 2020, saying, "We have seen communities cry out in pain, generation after generation, because of racism and police brutality." This may have been true in the past, but what about today? What about the specific incidents about which they speak? California Representative Maxine Waters declared, “The police, I think, really believe and in some ways are led to believe that their greatest challenge and their greatest chore is to keep black people in their place.” While alluding to history, these claims are statements of fact, especially in certain parts of the country. However, when alluding to today's law enforcement, statements such as these are irresponsible generalizations meant to construe a false narrative, enflame racial tensions, and turn the public against the police.
The Wall Street Journal noted a report by the U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics that debunked claims of racial bias in police arrests. According to the report, for reported non-fatal crimes in 2018, whites were accused of 48% of the crimes and accounted for 46% of the arrests, while blacks accounted for 35% of the crimes and 33% of the arrests. Do racially motivated incidents occur? Probably. Are they wrong? Without a doubt. Are they institutionalized and rampant across the country? Absolutely not!
President Biden, when asked if there was inherent racism in law enforcement, replied, “Absolutely.” Have any so-called journalists asked the president for his evidence? Not anecdotal evidence, but true empirical evidence. Not numbers or proportions of various races incarcerated, but arrests and incarcerations in relation to criminal accusations and committed crimes. On his website, it says, “Our criminal justice system cannot be just unless we root out the racial, gender, and income-based disparities in the system.” Disparities do not equate to racism; they equate to who is committing crimes and the circumstances within particular communities. Whether or not more black men are arrested and incarcerated is not the question, but rather do the arrests and incarcerations accurately reflect the crimes committed. There is no place for discrimination in criminal justice, but the number of individuals arrested and/or incarcerated is not necessarily an accurate reflection of such discrimination. Biden’s website also insinuates that police purposely target minorities, asserting that young people of color are not safe from law enforcement. After claiming racial disparities in criminal justice, it states, “Black mothers and fathers should feel confident that their children are safe walking the streets of America.” How can we improve relations between minority communities and law enforcement agencies when the leader of the nation continues to attack the police and promote the narrative of inherent and systemic racism? How can we expect minority parents to embrace and trust the police when their leaders are telling them that they must fear the police, that their children are not safe from the police, and that the police are racist with an agenda aimed at harming members of the black community?
Black Lives Matter and many elected officials, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Squad, Cori Bush, Jamal Bowman, and others, have demanded the defunding of police departments. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, also members of the Marxist Squad, are champions of the Breath Act, which among other radical priorities, calls for the defunding of law enforcement, elimination of the prison system, and decriminalization. At least 13 cities have already begun defunding their police departments. Following a summer in which 6 blocks of the city were taken over by militants, Seattle cut $3.5 million and diverted another $17 million from its police budget, leading to the resignation of the police chief. Portland, Oregon, fresh off its nightly riots, slashed $16 million from law enforcement. New York City diverted $1 billion in funding away from the police department, while Los Angeles and San Francisco have cut $150 million and $120 million from their police budgets, respectively. Austin, Texas eliminated one-third of its police budget. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the nation have similarly reduced spending for law enforcement. The war on the blue is nothing more than a war on the safety of American citizens all across the United States. Anarchy is on the horizon as our streets, businesses, and homes will be less safe and our lives at greater risk.
In New York City, qualified immunity for police officers has been eliminated, making them vulnerable to legal action for any potential mishap. Those who claim it gave free reign to racist cops are failing to acknowledge that qualified immunity never granted police the ability to infringe on an individual’s specifically guaranteed constitutional rights. This move, however, rather than improving policing, will actually make the streets of the city less safe, as hesitant officers now must consider lawsuits before taking action. The Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives hope to escalate the war and take this action nationally, including the elimination of qualified immunity in The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed along party lines, 220-212. This is setting a dangerous precedent for public safety.
Isn’t it a little strange how the left defiles the reputations of those who keep our streets safe while memorializing and deifying those who make them less safe? George Floyd, regardless of how unnecessary his death, was a man imprisoned for armed robbery and had a record of run-ins with the law. He is being treated as a civil rights martyr. Jacob Blake was wanted for sexual assault and shot in the back as he potentially reached for a knife while resisting arrest. Vice President Kamala Harris voiced her support for Blake and his family, saying she was proud of him. The officers were immediately condemned as racist cops shooting an unarmed black man in the back. Rioters and looters are defended as peaceful protesters by the left, while police officers doing their jobs are attacked as racist and portrayed as unnecessarily brutal for defending themselves and protecting life and property. The left seems to have this one backward.
President Obama asserted, “…interactions between police officers and the African-American community can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding.” This is often true, but how can there be any true understanding when police officers involved in these incidents are judged guilty before any of the facts are known, prior to any investigation, and false narratives of inherent and systemic racism are immediately and effectively promoted by race-baiters and the media? The left is so anti-police that there cannot be a real discussion on reforming policing or improving relations between law enforcement and minority communities. The men and women in blue are heroes, worthy of our admiration, respect, and gratitude. They are not the enemy and should never be portrayed as such. They do not deserve the hatred and vilification of American citizens, even if there are some bad apples in the bunch.
The past cannot be changed, but the present can be improved, and the future still written. Our leaders need to address issues of concern to minority communities while continuing to back the blue. Positive policing reform, meant to improve relations and make policing more effective, can improve lives and enhance safety today, while laying the foundation for a future of greater equality and fairness. This can only happen, however, if the left ends its war on the blue and engages law enforcement as a part of the solution, ending their crusade against police as the root of the problem. We can embrace both equal justice under the law and support of our law enforcement community. Supporting one does not mean turning one’s back on the other… the left needs to remember that.