This week another American city, Baltimore, Maryland, was set ablaze by boiling racism and blind rage forged in a sinister mindset perpetrated by the Left.
That victimization worldview deceives people into believing that every adversity that occurs to them is the direct result of an oppressive and malicious society that is unified against them. What makes this riot worse than the burning of Ferguson, Missouri, is that much of the destruction was politically-sanctioned by Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
According to local news reports, Mayor Blake ordered police to “stand down” as rioting broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died while in police custody, apparently due to a spinal cord injury.
Agitator-in-Chief, Barack Obama (or whatever his name really is), had been characteristically reticent during this latest round of rioting and mayhem except to condemn law enforcement officers and encourage the criminals, as has become his custom. Officially, Obama has proposed spending 75 million more taxpayer dollars, of which $20 million would be used to equip police officers with portable video cameras.
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But this proposal is a clear indictment of law enforcement officers in every U.S. city who, by-and-large, willingly put their lives in jeopardy each and every day to provide for the safety of people and property nation-wide. Meanwhile, the national media falls prostrate in mindless submission and agreement to Obama’s misguided plan.
As was the case in previous charades of this kind, the left-wing media, the family of Freddie Gray and notorious race baiter, Al Sharpton, have been hard-at-work attempting to portray the deceased convict as a “victim.” But that may be a more difficult-sell than when the same tactic was employed with previous thugs such as Rodney King in Los Angeles, or even with Michael Brown in Ferguson.
Over the past eight years, Freddie Gray was arrested no less than eighteen times, most of them, for the same charge — possession of a dangerous controlled substance with intent to distribute. Gray was no stranger to police.
Like Michael Brown and Rodney King, Freddie Gray was a career criminal thug who had numerous encounters with police and learned nothing from any of them. Despite the best efforts of police, when district attorneys make deals with crooks and refuse to prosecute them, and when judges turn them loose to avoid prison overcrowding, crime explodes as real victims are ignored.
Left-wing activists can decry “racial profiling” all they want, but no amount of policy-making, legislation, social-engineering or sensitivity training can prevent a fully-functioning human mind from connecting faces of known repeat criminals with suspicion of trouble. Nothing short of the sustainable repentance of a reformed criminal can annul such a reasonable correlation.
While self-acclaimed, “journalists” like CBS’s Gayle King and Nora O’Donnell grill police officers in efforts to break off a moment of public approval for themselves, the real problem is never exposed. And one must wonder if Obama, Sharpton, King and Mayor Blake want it to remain hidden.
The real problem? The black family in America is broken.
Fathers are not involved in raising the children they created, and 70% of black children grow-up in mother-only households. While they may do the best they can, single mothers cannot raise boys into upright men by themselves.
A large part of the blame for this “absent-father” situation falls squarely at the feet of a series of reckless Democrat administrations and Democrat-controlled Congresses. Those Lefty legislators perpetuated the problem by refusing to challenge African-Americans to excel within this society, as we all know they can. Instead, these weak-willed politicians have either parroted or accepted excuses for failure, creating generations of self-made victims.
Tragically, the full cost to American society by these events will likely never be felt by Obama, Gayle King, Nora O’Donnell or Mayor Blake, all of whom live in posh communities isolated from the madness they proliferate. None of these people exhibit enough wisdom to realize that the culture they help to advance is one that benefits no one and puts each of us at risk.
The cost will continue to be paid by people like Korean businessman, Richard Sung Kang, whose liquor store was demolished during the Baltimore riots. Inside his store, were a security camera and video recorder, both of which were stolen by looters.
Who is responsible for the death of Freddie Gray?
That’s simple: Freddie Gray.
There will be a full and thorough investigation, and if there is proof of wrongdoing the officers responsible will be mercilessly prosecuted. That much is certain.
But ultimately, Freddie Gray died at his own hand. Violence and death are always the potential costs of choosing the life of a criminal and a thug.
Democrat Hillary Clinton seized the opportunity to pontificate the fallacy that crime is not the fault of the criminal, and to use the destruction in Baltimore for her own political advantage.
She said to an audience this week, “There is something wrong when one in three black men in Baltimore cannot find a job.”
It’s utter nonsense to suggest that everyone who is unemployed is a victim of joblessness or a corrupt society. Clearly, there are jobs in America : over 20 million illegal aliens are invading the United States for work. Ironically, many of the people who should have those jobs, habitually vote for Democrat politicians who are giving them away to foreign nationals.
Baltimore, like Ferguson and Detroit and other failed, violence-filled cities, is a vivid picture of an enduring and hard truth: when nothing is expected of a person, nothing is precisely what they will achieve.
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