Five Dallas police officers killed by ambush, twelve wounded. Unlike every other recent shooting currently the subject of demagoguery, there is no question the Dallas attack was racially motivated. The prime suspect, who is dead–may he suffer the eternal torment of the damned–made that absolutely clear, and his race–black–merely punctuated his racist claims.
The usual suspects, various mayors, the Congressional Black Caucus, President Obama, immediately stirred the racial pot. They see everything through a racist lens and project onto all Americans their racism. Mr. Obama on the Dallas killer: “I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter.” Of course. It’s particularly hard considering the killer said he wanted to kill whites, and particularly white police officers. Mr. Obama’s confusion is understandable.
And of course, the usual suspects, and most Congressional Democrats, immediately renewed their cries for gun control, as if racist criminals will suddenly obey new gun control laws even as they plot mass murder. “Ban assault weapons!” they cry, ignoring the previous assault weapon ban, which despite being in effect for a decade, utterly failed to accomplish anything for public safety as of course, such violations of the Constitution must always fail.
The impetus to do evil is not in our tools, but always within us.
Mr. Obama is certain America is irredeemably racist, and the police particularly so. Elected in part on claims that he would be a racial healer, he has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to celebrate America, choosing instead to see in every dead, black, illegally drugged thug a son he never had.
Is he right? Is America, and particularly, are America’s police, racist?
To believe that, one must ignore the last 60 years of American history. One must ignore Brown v Board of Education (1954). One must ignore the Civil Rights Act (1964). One must ignore all of the laws, and the sacrifices of the civil rights pioneers, and every advance, every accomplishment, that changed America for the better. One must ignore the inherent decency and continuing good will of Americans. One must ignore the black female and male Secretaries of State, cabinet officers, captains of industry and business, and men like 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant pediatric neurosurgeon. One must ignore black Attorneys General, male and female, and the first black President of the United States.
The civil rights movement was a brilliant success, and every American of good will acknowledges and celebrates it. Every sacrifice so dearly bought bore glorious fruit. Actual racists are rare, and are justly treated as the social pariahs they manifestly deserve to be. Goodness, truth, and justice won! People of all races work together, attend the same churches, schools, patronize the same businesses, date, intermarry, serve together in the military, socialize and live in the same neighborhoods. This is a nation about which Martin Luther King dreamed, a nation where his children–all children–would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
America is not racist. Above and beyond all nations, America is accepting of all, and equality of opportunity is denied none, but equality of outcome depends on individual effort.
America’s police officers are drawn from the American public. Police agencies, in fact, are even less likely to harbor actual racists than the public at large, because, in recruiting and hiring, they specifically screen for that trait, as well as other troubling psychological disqualifiers. In addition, supervisory practices are established to detect and deal with such damaging personality faults.
In reality, identifying racists is not difficult. They generally identify themselves. They’re proud of their beliefs and are compelled to share and act on them, just like the Dallas killer.
Even in the Baton Rouge shooting, and the Minnesota shooting, there is no actual evidence of racial animus. The investigations into those shootings are only a few days old, and what little information is available seems to indicate that the officers fired not due to racial animus, but because they believed themselves to be in deadly danger.
Just as very few police officers are actually racists, there is no national police conspiracy to kill young black men. There is no regional conspiracy; there is no local conspiracy. To think otherwise is to descend into dangerous, truly racist, paranoia.
This brings us to the problem of definition. As Webster’s correctly and reasonably defines race, it would seem that racism is rare indeed, confined only to those very few that are proud of their deranged beliefs. For to believe that one race is inherently superior to another, one must ignore every accomplishment I’ve previously mentioned of honorable, capable, hard-working black men and women.
Clearly, black people are as capable of high achievement and material success as anyone. That more do not reach such heights is a matter of politics and culture, cynical, destructive, even evil politics.
But what, then, is the problem? Americans are losing faith in the rule of law, the very foundation of our democracy and our liberties. It is being replaced, in ways subtle and gross, by social justice.
Retaining the rule of law requires an educated and culturally united population. We have all seen fake surveys where people would gladly abolish the fundamental freedoms of the Bill of Rights. Each generation must be carefully taught an appreciation for the necessity of the rule of law, or it will be lost. When it is lost, it is every man for himself, and the strongest and must brutal rule.
The rule of law requires due process, respect for the lives and liberties of all. It requires logic, calm, unhurried deliberation, and a will to sublimate one’s personal gain for the maintenance of liberty. It requires the will and character to say: “even though that law would benefit me and people I know, we can’t do it. It’s unconstitutional.” It requires that every man be equal under the law, and that no man be above the law–unless they are a Clinton, of course, which brings us to what is killing the rule of law: social justice.
Social justice is the necessity of personal advantage, victim group politics, hatred and rage. It accepts no law, no restraints. It not only requires no logic or calm deliberation, it ignores and ridicules those essential qualities. It is first and foremost, about political and personal power, and recognizes no scruples, no limits. It is inherently racist and claims that only black lives matter. It is eternally aggrieved, and can never be satisfied, and requires confession, debasement, and subjugation of anyone or any group currently being attacked. It allows them to ignore such annoying principles as probable cause, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, evidence and truth in favor of their higher, morally superior truth, the truth of social justice.
Practitioners of social justice are easy to spot. They commonly use the term as though it confers nobility and moral superiority. They also commonly call virtually anyone that disagrees with them racist. We see this in President Obama and his acolytes, who argue that anyone that disagrees in any way with Mr. Obama must be racist. Why else could anyone possibly think him wrong?
They rely not on fact, but on statistical disparity. As Mark Twain said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Social justice warriors wield statistics to claim what they want to believe is self-evident and beyond reproach. Blacks are 13% of the population but commit 72% of violent crimes? Racism! Blacks in a given school are 26% of the student body, but commit 80% of all disciplinary infractions? Racism! Police officers in two cities a thousand or more miles distant shoot two black men? Racism! Someone disagrees with social justice warriors– Black Lives Matter protestors–stopping traffic on an interstate highway? Racism!
For such people, the ultimate, circular racism argument is the denials of anyone accused of racism, which only goes to prove they are racist.
What is the truth? It’s easily found for the honest person willing to spend five minutes on the Internet. Consider this from John Hinderaker at Powerline:
The numbers tell a different story. Like all statistics, they bounce around from year to year, but let’s go with the Washington Post’s study of police shootings in 2015. The Post found that 990 people, almost all of them men, were shot and killed by law enforcement last year. Before you start calling them victims, however, note that the Post also found that in three-quarters of these incidents, police were defending either themselves or someone else who was, at that moment, under attack. That leaves around 250 cases that were not obvious self-defense or defense of a third person. That doesn’t mean, of course, that those shootings were unjustified.
What was the racial breakdown of those who were shot by police in 2015? The largest number, 494, almost exactly half, were white. 258 were black, 172 were Hispanic, and the remaining 66 were either “other” or unknown. (Interestingly, Asians are rarely shot by police officers.)
The 258 blacks represent 26% of the total. That is about double the percentage of blacks in the American population. Is that prima facie evidence of racism on the part of law enforcement? Of course not. It is common knowledge that blacks have an unusually high rate of contact with the police, both as victims and as perpetrators. In 2012-2013, the Department of Justice found that blacks were the perpetrators of 24% of all violent crimes where the race of the perpetrator was known (in 7.8% of violent crimes, it was unknown).
So the percentage of blacks fatally shot by police officers (26%) is almost exactly equal to the percentage of blacks committing violent crimes (24%). Indeed, given that the black homicide rate is around eight times the white rate, it is surprising that the portion of blacks fatally shot by policemen is not higher.
Consider this from the always brilliant Bookworm:
In 2015, 129 officers died in the line of duty. So far in 2016, 61 officers have died in the line of duty. To give some perspective, we need to know how many police there are in America, which is a little hard to nail down because there are so many different kinds of police, ranging from federal to state to county to municipal, etc. A rough estimate, though, puts the total number of police at around 1.1 million. One doesn’t have to run the numbers to realize that police die at criminal hands at a greater rate than unarmed black people die at police hands.
In other words, if anyone should be out protesting on America’s streets, it’s the cops.
In fact, a large part of our problem, contributing mightily to the destruction of the rule of law, is the lie that our police are somehow at war with black people. Perhaps our greatest living expert in this field is the invaluable Heather Mac Donald:
…President Obama lied to the nation last night, and he embraced the Black Lives Matter myth that there is a racist war by white officers against black civilians in this country. And we see the results. In fact, there’s no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that Black Lives Matter than the police. Proactive policing has saved tens of thousands of minority lives since the mid‑1990s.
And now police officers are backing off. They’ve been backing off before the Dallas assassinations under the assault of hatred that is being spewed at them on the streets. But above all in the mainstream media by activists and by politicians from the White House on down, they’re backing off of proactive policing, and crime is going up astronomically, as much as 90 percent in cities with large black populations. And now, after these Dallas shootings, officers are going to be even more reluctant to engage. And the result is going to be more carnage.
This is the real war, the war on police officers:
The fact is that over 6,000 blacks die of homicide each year. That is more than white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population. And the reason they are dying of homicide at a rate six times higher than whites and Hispanics combined is because they commit homicide at eight times the rate higher than whites and Hispanics combined. And that type of crime disparity means that when the police are trying to save lives, they are in minority neighborhoods confronting people engaged in drive‑by shootings, killing children.
. . . . Over the last decade, black males made up 40 percent of all cop killers, even though they’re six percent of the population.
The solution is not a “conversation” or a “dialogue.” Those demanding such conversations start with the demand that everyone admit America, the police, and anyone opposing them is racist. They demand confession and pleas for absolution, and always, they demand laws that would absolve them of obeying the law or of suffering the consequences of breaking it, and of course, they demand money and political power, much of both. They don’t want understanding; they want encouragement and dominance.
Many of the cultural problems of blacks in America can be laid at the feet of the Democrat party. It was Lyndon Baines Johnson, who, upon hooking the first generation of blacks on government largess said: “I’ll have those niggers voting Democrat for 200 years.” Thus far, he has been right.
It was the Democrat Party that was the party of slavery, of segregation, of brutality and racism, of the Klan. It was Democrats that stood in school doors to keep black kids out. It was Democrats who worked to disarm blacks and who work to disarm all Americans today. It is Democrats whose policies have all but committed genocide in many inner city black communities, who have established and maintained the cultural and social deterioration rampant in those places. And it is Democrats/Progressives/Socialists, what have you, today that have turned so many cities into urban war zones and bankrupted them. Rather than alleviating poverty and despair, their policies have created both and keep them ever alive.
The beginning of the solution is to call out, loudly and aggressively, everyone and anyone harming the rule of law. On campus, ridicule, mock and chasten those demanding safe spaces, and whining about microaggressions. Throw their insane demands back in their faces, and if they chose protests over attendance in class, throw them out, back to the streets, where they can live their choices at their own expense. Make them feel the selfish, oafish children they are.
Elsewhere, when police officers are forced to shoot anyone, be the voice of the rule of law, of reason. Call out anyone crying racism. Shut them up. Make them wait for the results of a competent investigation. Demand proof for all of their claims and settle for nothing less. Expose their lies.
When politicians stir the racial pot, turn off the burner. Expose them as the demagogues they are. Attack them with logic, reason, and proof, and demand they behave like adults.
When anyone demands that we disarm or harass the law abiding, make it clear the political price for trying to dismantle the Constitution will be more than they want to bear.
When prosecutors make political prosecutions of police officers, make them feel the heat. Make them pariahs. Make them feel scorned and ashamed.
When anyone calls you a racist, demand, then and there, proof. Do not bother to respond to them otherwise. Don’t legitimize their ploy by explaining why you’re not a racist. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Make it stick.
Accept nothing less than the rule of law. Zealously teach and defend it. Take every opportunity to educate others and to explain to them why their very lives and liberty depend upon it.
Understand, gentle readers, I don’t suggest anyone engage in violence, treat others unkindly or abusively, or mistreat anyone. With moral strength and courage it is entirely possible to let others know we disapprove of them and their behavior. Let them know they don’t have the moral high ground, and they are directly contributing to societal destruction. To whatever degree they can feel shame, make them feel it.
Every police officer in America knows that if someone wants to ambush them, there is little or nothing they can do. They are ready, just as they did in Dallas, to put their bodies between citizens they don’t know and the bullets of murderers. The Dallas police risked their lives to save mostly black people protesting them. This is their daily reality, yet they will be out there tomorrow, and every day beyond.
Speak up. Get involved and stay involved. Let the raging, perpetually aggrieved minority know what most Americans believe. Don’t let anyone lie about America and Americans, and in getting away with those lies, cost our civic harmony, and lives, all of which matter.