Over the past weeks we have seen what I would call political Kabuki Theater playing out in every media outlet ranging from television, to talk radio, to twitter and LinkedIn to name just a few. Following the cowardly sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers, race activists and race opportunists like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have taken advantage of the heightened tensions to stir up emotion and spew hate, when words of restraint should be spoken given their positions. I for one question their motives. But even the leader of the free world couldn’t restrain himself during his remarks at a NATO summit in Brussels, even though he admitted that the facts at the time were not known, to call for gun control.
Two days ago, I listened to Kevin Jackson, from The Black Sphere, who said some things that quite frankly made a lot of common sense. During an interview following the Dallas shootings, Mr. Jackson stated the following:
I know people don’t like to hear this, but we are not having an honest conversation around why this type of thing is occurring because everyone on the left wants to look at this through the ethnocentric and, I believe, racist eyes of black crime. The facts are very clear, many people in America are unfortunately shot by police officers. In fact there have been 561 shootings so far. 275 of those deaths were white folks. 136 were black. And 86 were hispanic. I would defy anybody that’s paying attention to this stuff to tell me who was the last hispanic who was killed. They wouldn’t even know the name Alex Nunez. They wouldn’t know the name Michael Mishtow, or Alex Mishtow rather, because he was the last white person killed. But we do know the name of Castile, we do know the name of Sterling, we do know the name of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. But we don’t know the name of any of these other nameless, faceless people as if they don’t matter.
See Mr. Jackson’s full remarks here:
Now, I have to say that Mr. Jackson raises some great points and I think that most Americans are pretty fed up with the whole race issue and the dishonesty surrounding it. Everywhere you look, regardless of the individual who is front and center during a prime time interview, they state that “we need to have a conversation.” Really? A conversation about what?
In the beginning of this piece, I mentioned that the political Kabuki Theater has been playing out on media outlets over the past few weeks. Eight days or so ago the story broke in the New York Post and other media outlets that an “Elite” school in Manhattan, New York, was teaching students that because of their “white Privilege,” they were somehow born predisposed to be racist. Yup, you got it, incredible huh? Wait there’s more.
The recent merger of the Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panthers movements are a very deadly combination. Both have called for the killing of police officers and both have the endorsements of the President of the United States and the Attorney General, essentially giving them a voice of legitimacy. Let’s be clear, it can never be legitimate to kill law enforcement officials.
On Saturday, President Obama tried to walk back the situation when he said we’re “not as divided as some as suggested,” an obvious dig at Donald Trump. But the fact is, we are divided and Mr. Obama knows it, but he’s is in his usual denial mode once the situation goes south. We’ve seen it after every terrorist attack and its behavior he has to own. Mr. Obama’s early return from Europe clearly shows that he is concerned if for nothing more than the optics. Hopefully he won’t go out to the golf course and appear irritated at having to address the issue that he and others lit the flame on.
Now, call me crazy, but the political Kabuki Theater waits for no one. So doesn’t the timing of all the past week’s events strike you as convenient? You know, the meeting of Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on a remote tarmac of a Phoenix, Arizona, airport, or maybe the Attorney General’s political punting of the investigative decision to FBI Director Comey, which led to the subsequent non-indictment of Hillary Clinton, because there had been no precedent in 100 years of showing “gross negligence?” Now we have a series of race events that are deflecting attention from these past events.
In an election year, it sure seems funny to me and I’m not aligned with either party as an independent, that these events happen so close to an election. Take for example the statement by potential Vice President Candidate Newt Gingrich who made what I consider an outrageous remark, when he said, “you don’t understand being black in America.” Really? Have we put our brains in reverse? As Tom Jackson says, “C’mon man!”
I’m truly sick of politicians making these statements. I believe unless you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, regardless of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation, you don’t know the difficulties they’ve faced. Statements uttered like Mr. Gingrich’s are worthy of only one thing; the garbage.
It is truly tragic that two human being lost their live in Louisiana and Minnesota. However, just like in the Ferguson, Missouri, involving Michael Brown, science proved that he did not have his hands up. The point here is that we should all wait and let the law enforcement and judicial process work. If you don’t like the outcome, then by all means peacefully protest to your hearts content. But as a nation of laws, we should all just hold on and not pass judgement without knowing the facts as others have done.
In a sense, Rodney King had it right when he said, “Can’t we all just along?” I believe that somehow we are all the solution, and not the federal government. However, the Kabuki Theater Act II has to play out and I believe we will see other acts of racism and violence play out before it’s all said and done, sadly only because it can. I pray to God that I am wrong.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and is the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1. ©JohnVernon2016