We have been painfully aware for some time that some people believe the root cause of global warming is not carbon emissions per se, but capitalism. They believe that free market economies produce too many goods for the people’s own good, i.e., satisfying consumers’ insatiable appetites results in too much demand on the earth’s finite resources. That is the theory from organizations like 350.org and academics like UCSB Professor John Foran, who therefore want a different form of governance. They want to be able to force lifestyle changes via economic and regulatory controls in order to save the planet from the likes of you.
What was news to me was that anybody would have the audacity to condemn capitalism as the root cause of the death of Michael Brown. Leave it to the brain trust at the Occupy Movement to dub Black Friday as Brown Friday in order to condemn capitalism as a system of oppression that led to Mr. Brown’s death. One protester explained to the media that our system values black dollars, but not black bodies. The Black Friday protest was aimed to discourage the citizenry to not spend money on a system that will not deliver justice. Some chanted accordingly, “no justice, no profit.”
In the economic context of Ferguson, did Michael Brown steal cigarillos because they were too expensive? Was he denied the right to enjoy the smokes because he was black and poor? Are the poor guaranteed cigarillos regardless of race in communist Russia or China? Further, was Mr. Brown walking down the middle of the street as another form of protest against the system? Should we have condoned the violence and the looting for the sake of freedom of expression, as some race baiters have advocated? How else are we to connect the dots of their narrative?
The truth of the matter is altogether different from both the environmental and social justice narratives. The environmental movement comprises almost exclusively relatively rich, white progressives who never think twice about the impacts of their movement on the poor. The regulations they demand have destroyed jobs and driven up the price of absolutely everything to the detriment of the poor, including food, housing, energy and transportation.
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Sadly, the racial and social justice movement in America today is an insult to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom I hold in high regard, as his goal was for people to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Today, however, the root causes of poverty among blacks in America have little to do with racism and everything to do with teen pregnancy, single mothers trying to raise kids on welfare subsistence payments, drugs, gangs, dropout rates, and rampant black-on-black violent crime.
What the black community needs are positive familial role models, job opportunities, school choice, and police protection from criminals in their neighborhoods. They desperately need to reintegrate into mainstream society, eschewing the temptation to blame their woes on the color of their skin instead of the character of their community.
First published in the Santa Barbara News-Press
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