Chicago may be on its way to its own version of the Rodney King beating trial. If the name of the defendant whose trial begins after the holiday weekend, Jason Van Dyke, doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps the name of his alleged victim will: Laquan McDonald. If you don’t recognize Laquan’s name, then you haven’t been paying attention to the fall of Chicago, with the horrendous murder rate, and the spread of street violence into the toniest neighborhoods.
John Kass of the Chicago Tribune, the best columnist in America writing for a metropolitan daily, is well aware of why this trial matters so much and what lies ahead for the city he knows and loves
Reverend accused of bigotry, misogyny after fiery eulogy for Aretha Franklin
A fiery, old-school eulogist at the funeral of Aretha Franklin fell flat for many in the crowd and prompted a social media uproar when he declared “black America has lost its soul,” black women are incapable of raising sons alone and the Black Lives Matter movement is unfounded in the face of black-on-black crime.
Truth hurts, and it especially hurts the Liberal-left when one of their slaves escapes the plantation mentality.
Democrats have a new hero in Beto O’Rourke, who is campaigning against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Hatred for Cruz is enough to get Democrats excited by the prospect of unseating him, but O’Rourke has also won them over on Wednesday by campaigning against police brutality toward blacks.
This video was banned in less than 30 mins and only had one view (a YouTube employee I assume). It was instantly put into limited state for examining statistics that have been released by the US government, which is no longer a credible source for YouTube.https://t.co/5ifJhwrAhLpic.twitter.com/ZOAKEORWZL
With racial tensions in the USA back in the spotlight over the last few years, a gripping new RT documentary series visits African-American communities and the activists fighting against a history of racial injustice and poverty.
Like many cities across America, St. Louis, Missouri still sees its urban divide drawn along racial lines, where its black activists continue to fight battles old and new be it against systemic poverty, inequality in education and employment, or extrajudicial police killings.
In ‘Black Lives: Struggle’ interviewees do just that – they struggle. From the assault rifle-toting Ferguson protester, to the “peace-walking” priests operating in some of the city’s most violent areas, to the mother trying to get justice for her son killed in a police raid. Each describes the bleak reality of living in America’s black neighborhoods.
The changes in the way race plays into national politics are not a reaction to Barack Obama. They are a reaction to the world progressives built and are still building.
Ezra Klein’s Monday article in Vox addressed race in politics, comparing the election of Barack Obama with the election of Donald Trump. It was longer and more nuanced than most of what is published there, but still missed the major point.
The changes in the way race plays into national politics are not a reaction to Obama. They are a reaction to the world progressives built and are still building, a world that has seen the Left’s default position go from aspiring toward color-blindness to one of grievance-nursing along every possible intersectional axis. The political world that gave us Trump is different than the one that gave us Obama, but the difference is of the Left’s own making.
I was made aware of this article by a friend of mine. It’s an essay on the recent police shooting in Chicago, the protests (riots) that ensued, the hypocrisy of those protesters (rioters), and how the lies that spew from the mouths of Black Lives Matter regarding police racism and brutality will only serve to make black communities even more dangerous places than they already are, by causing law enforcement to become less and less willing to enforce the law.
Chicago erupts in violence over a police shooting, but no outrage attends the far more typical killing of a bystander by a murderous felon.
Last Sunday, a 59-year-old woman on the West Side of Chicago was killed by a would-be carjacker. The felon walked up to the driver’s side of the car, which was being driven by a 71-year-old man, and pulled his gun. The senior citizen refused to surrender the vehicle and kept driving. The would-be carjacker opened fire at the car, striking the woman in the head and killing her.
The night before, on the South Side, a Chicago officer killed a 37-year-old man whom the officer’s patrol partners had observed behaving in a manner suggesting that he was carrying a gun.
…“The meme wasn’t threatening violence,” he argued on a response at LifeNews. “It denounced racial violence, no matter the era. But Titans of Tolerance have no interest in the truth. They can delete our posts, and even our account, but they can’t delete the truth. And of course, there was no due process, no appeal process, no one to reach to correct this injustice. There was no option other than to click OK and the purge was complete.” Racial violence, he wanted to point out, killed an estimated 3,446 African-Americans. But 247 black babies are killed every day by Planned Parenthood. So how is it, he wanted to know, that the “meme is the problem, not the genocide?”
Will anyone in Chicago be embarrassed by this? Will any of the perpetually and professionally outraged say, “Gosh, maybe we were too quick to judge”? Will any of them look at the police body camera footage and say, “Yes, the guy had a gun and was trying to pull it out on the officers, so they had to shoot him”?
An interesting news story ran in Thursday’s USA Today. “Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray’s death,” read the headline. “A wave of killings followed.”
What I found most interesting about it, though, was not the facts that were reported but rather that anyone should have found them surprising. “Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation’s deadliest big city,” the story begins, “a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime.”
Toronto will not know freedom from crime until tax payers fund Gangsta Rap performance venues and appoint BLM as police overseers and in general just give the “community” more and more money without end!
“…I told him that’s why we need to start taking on black thought leaders who yell “racism” for strategic reasons and leverage political correctness for psychological advantage. At this point, my friend’s tone changed. Well, actually he couldn’t agree with me on that one. He argued that while he personally felt it beneath him to play the race card, “Truth is, it’s the only card black people have to play in this country, so I don’t support what you’re suggesting.”
I asked what he meant. “Think about it,” he said. “If enough blacks started criticizing the victimhood narratives of black leftists who thrive on political correctness we’d be helping delegitimize [political correctness] itself. If PC is delegitimized in mainstream white society, what’s to stop things from going back to how they were in the 70s?”