By Bob Bennett
On July 17th, Fox News reports:
DEVELOPING: At least three law enforcement officers were killed and three others injured in a shooting Sunday in Baton Rouge, officials said.
A suspect was also dead in a gun battle with police. Two other suspects may also be at large, according to authorities.
The shooting — which happened just before 9 a.m., less than 1 mile from police headquarters — comes amid spiraling tensions across the city, Louisiana’s capital — and the country — between the black community and police.
After the police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, five police officers were shot dead by a sniper in Dallas and nine more were injured. The next morning, a police officer was shot “from behind and critically injured” in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin, MO, reported the LA Times. Another officer in Valdosta, Georgia was lured by the report of a damaged vehicle when a man opened fire. “The suspect called 911 to report a break-in,” said the Associated Press, “then ambushed and shot the officer.” The officer was shot “multiple times,” Police Chief Brian Childress told the AP.
“Also Friday in Georgia, another officer on patrol became a target when a motorist pulled up and fired at him in Roswell, north of Atlanta,” said the Times, “A black Army veteran, Lakeem Keon Scott, targeted police in a shooting Thursday along a highway in Bristol, Tenn., authorities said.”
“Preliminarily, the investigation reveals Scott targeted individuals and officers after being troubled by recent incidents involving African Americans and law enforcement officers,” authorities from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
On Tuesday, a plot was uncovered in Baton Rouge by young black men who stole eight handguns from a pawnshop and were looking for bullets, to shoot cops. One was only thirteen.
The Dallas massacre was committed by a black man named Micah X Johnson. Former DOJ official J. Christian Adams named him as “a member of the New Black Panther Party, …active in the Houston chapter,” on Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine, Saturday. He said Johnson “was identified by Quanell X, the head of the Houston New Black Panthers.”
It’s been reported elsewhere that “Johnson, 25, was a part of the Houston chapter of the New Black Panther party a few years ago. According to … Quanell X, Johnson was only a member for about 6 months.” He said the group “had issues with Johnson, who didn’t want to follow the chain of command.”
The Obama Admin’s affinity for radical black groups
The group,” Adams said, “is a violent, anti-Semitic, anti-white group that has been calling for the murder of cops for years.“We brought to the attention of top Justice Department officials [New Black Panther]… threats to kill police officers.”
In an article, Adams said:
“Both top DOJ officials, including now Labor Secretary Tom Perez, as well as rank and file employees in the Civil Rights Division, were warned but did not take the New Black Panther threat seriously.”
[Voters, take note, Tom Perez is on the short list to be Hillary’s running mate.]
Part of the warning was a New Black Panther video, of which Adams wrote:
“Field Marshal” Najee Muhammad … is seen in a Panther video called “Training Day” in which he encourages blacks in DeKalb County, Georgia, to don ski masks, lie in wait behind shrubs, and kill police officers with AK-47s. Following that exhortation, he mocks the hypothetical victims’ grieving widows.”
The Obama Administration’s apparent soft spot for the New Black Panthers is not new.
The NBP first came to public attention in 2008, on the day Barack Obama was elected president. Two jackbooted panthers stood before a Philadelphia polling place brandishing nightsticks. The Justice Department later brought a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panthers, but the Administration deep-sixed it – after the case was won. Adams wrote in The Washington Times:
“I and other Justice attorneys diligently pursued the case and obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the charges. Before a final judgment could be entered in May 2009, our superiors ordered us to dismiss the case.”
It seems Barack Obama had an even earlier connection to the Panthers, having marched shoulder to shoulder with Panther National Chief Malik Zulu Shabazz in Selma in 2007, Townhall.com reported. The question is asked if the images in the article “renew doubts about the transparency of the White House’s guest logs – in particular, whether [that] is the same “Malik Shabazz” listed among the Obama administration’s early visitors.”
Systematic incitement of black Americans over police shootings
The police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling brought comments from Democrats that could certainly incite. Castile’s shooting elicited an almost immediate conclusion, with virtually no evidence, from the Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, who had divined the cause in only one day. The daily wire, on July 7th reported:
“Early this afternoon, without waiting to hear any of the evidence, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called the shooting of Castile racist: ‘Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers where white? I don’t think it would have. This kind of racism exists and it’s incumbent on all of us to vow and ensure that it doesn’t continue to happen.’”
He said this in spite of the fact that the officer had radioed in a report that he was stopping a car because the driver resembled an armed robbery suspect. A Star Tribune report includes audio of the radio call. One would imagine the police department had informed the governor of this.
Hillary Clinton said: “From Staten Island to Baltimore, Ferguson to Baton Rouge, too many African-American families mourn the loss of a loved one from a police-involved incident,” Clinton said. “Something is profoundly wrong when so many Americans have reason to believe that our country doesn’t consider them as precious as others because of the color of their skin.”
Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “We’ve seen the sickening videos of black Americans killed in traffic stops. Lives ended by those sworn to protect them. #blacklivesmatter
“[Minnesota Rep. Keith] Ellison told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota: “The situation down in Baton Rouge. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Sandra Bland. There is a systematic targeting of African-Americans and a systematic lack of accountability when police use excessive force. This is a national problem.
White House race-baiting
President Obama, on his Facebook page posted this on the 7th:
“These fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.”
The next day, and only hours before the Dallas attack, Obama enlarged on the post in an extended speech on the racism of police and our justice system, in response to the shootings. Notably, we still do not know exactly what happened in both cases, yet he concluded that racism was behind them. Just after arriving in Poland, he felt compelled to share these remarks:
I want to begin by expressing my condolences for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile…. As I said in the statement that I posted on Facebook, we have seen tragedies like this too many times.
But what I can say is that all of us as Americans should be troubled by the shootings.
These are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.
He then delivered a salvo of deceptive, racially charged statistics:
African Americans are 30 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over.
After being pulled over, African Americans and Hispanics are three times more likely to be searched.
Last year African Americans were shot by police at more than twice the rate of whites.
African Americans are arrested at twice the rate of whites; African American defendants are 75 percent more likely to be charged with offenses carrying mandatory minimums. They receive sentences that are almost ten percent longer than comparable whites arrested for the same crime.
Luckily, we have Thomas Sowell, who has a genius for framing issues in simple terms. Here he is, writing in National Review:
One of the most popular arguments used in many different contexts is to show that blacks have been disproportionately represented among people stopped by police, arrested, or imprisoned
Although many people regard these “disparate-impact” statistics as evidence, or virtually proof, of racial discrimination, suppose that I should tell you that black basketball players are penalized by NBA referees out of all proportion to the 13 percent that blacks are in the American population.
Sowell’s illustration instantly reveals how cynically misleading Obama’s stats were. The disparity in incarceration rates is a little more complicated. He quotes Hillary Clinton, then exposes them both as the vicious liars they are. Hillary uses the same deceit as Obama to bemoan: “[a] disgrace of a criminal-justice system that incarcerates so many more African Americans proportionately than whites.” Mr. Sowell, quoting from Heather MacDonald’s book, The War on Cops:
The most reliable crime statistics are statistics on murders, 52 percent of which were committed by blacks over the period from 1976 to 2005. If blacks are convicted of far more than 13 percent of all murders, does that mean that racism in the courts must be the reason?
He explains the length of blacks’ sentences thusly:
Consider one of the big talking points of politicians and others who claim that the harsher penalties for people selling crack cocaine than for people selling powder cocaine show racism, since crack cocaine is more likely to be used by blacks.
The cold fact, however, is that black political and community leaders, back in the 1980s, spearheaded the drive for more severe legal penalties against those who sold crack cocaine. Black congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem was just one of those black leaders who urged these more severe penalties. So did the New York Times, the promoter of many crusades on the left.
Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder have consistently issued inflammatory comments. These two government officials have, in effect, told black people to look at America through the eyes of Emmett Till’s mother in January 1956, after her son’s murderers had been acquitted and bragged about their act in a Look Magazine interview. They’ve repeatedly told Black America the same vicious racism lives on today – particularly in the police.
The former attorney general even added that the racist cops don’t know they’re racist; they discriminate “subconsciously,” because of their “perceptions,” using things like “disproportionate” traffic stops.
At Dallas, at a memorial service for the five dead police officers, Obama gave a moving tribute to the officers, for a while. But then he added this:
But, America, we know that bias remains. We know it. Whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point. We’ve heard it at times in our own homes. If we’re honest, perhaps we’ve heard prejudice in our own heads and felt it in our own hearts. We know that. And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination’s sting. Although most of us do our best to guard against it and teach our children better, none of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.
And so when African Americans from all walks of life, from different communities across the country, voice a growing despair over what they perceive to be unequal treatment; when study after study shows that whites and people of color experience the criminal justice system differently, so that if you’re black you’re more likely to be pulled over or searched or arrested, more likely to get longer sentences, more likely to get the death penalty for the same crime; when mothers and fathers raise their kids right and have “the talk” about how to respond if stopped by a police officer — “yes, sir,” “no, sir” — but still fear that something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door, still fear that kids being stupid and not quite doing things right might end in tragedy — when all this takes place more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Here are but a few examples of earlier racially charged remarks from the WH:
CBS News, March 23, 2012: “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” —President Obama
Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2013: Speech before the NAACP, on what his father taught him: “…what to say and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted…I’m sure my father felt certain at the time that my parents’ generation would be the last that had to worry about such things for their children.”—then-AG Eric Holder
Levin TV, video from April 28, 2015: Address to the nation about the Baltimore protests: Since Ferguson, and the task force that we put together, we have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals – primarily African-American, often poor – in ways that raise troubling questions. And it comes up, it seems like, once a week now. —President Obama
WTF with Marc Maron, June 22, 2015: “The legacy of slavery – Jim Crow, discrimination – exists in institutions and casts “a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” . —President Obama
The White House’s discovery that segregation-era racism lives on in the hearts of White America, and that the revival of Jim Crow and lynching lurks just around the corner is tantamount to breaking the news that a colony of dinosaurs have been residing, unsuspected in the Everglades. But Obama’s message is apparently hitting the mark with too many blacks.
That unmistakable message to Black America is: “The White-controlled system is rigged against you; if a cop murders a black man, he will not be held to account, for a reason you cannot overcome: your skin color.”
Many black Americans are exquisitely sensitive to any hint of racism. If the president of the United States – who is also black – tells them that racist cops are gunning for them, those who may’ve had earlier brushes with the law are likely to react, at the very least, by resisting police instructions, perhaps even “subconsciously.”
They could be incited to resist the very next time they have an interaction with a police officer. And that could be soon, given that many blacks live in a high-crime area, requiring more police presence and frequent interactions with residents.
Those who are mentally on the edge, like Micah X Johnson or Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who slaughtered two NYPD cops in December of 2014, could be nudged over the edge into murder.
Inflammatory statements don’t just slip out. They appear to be part of a campaign to defame police and degrade respect for courts and the law. If it does not stop, the inevitable result will be the destruction of our civil society.