The Art of the Deal

After months of trying to frame the narrative of the nationwide unrest as “peaceful protesting,” as President Obama called it, or ignoring it entirely, Democrats have discovered a new way to label it: the riots are violent, and they’re Trump’s fault. After all, when Joe Biden decided to escape his basement, he was looking for some new “schtick” that he can use to let everyone know that HE’s the champion of anti-violence while Trump is the ringmaster of “pillage and burn!”

Joe Biden jumped on this new storyline during a campaign speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, telling voters that Trump is “stoking violence in our cities.”

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it,” Biden claimed.

This is probably the most dishonest scheme the Democrats have ever created. Remember, the series of protests across the country — which often turned violent after nightfall — started in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. They were supposedly about police brutality and racist tendencies to attack African Americans. This all gave birth to the “Defund the Police” movement.

In Atlanta, rioters burned a Wendy’s after police shot Rayshard Brooks in the back in a parking lot. People burned businesses in Kenosha after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Protesters and rioters may have turned on President Trump because they view him as the leader of a broken system. But one thing is missing about this fairytale of anarchy: If Trump is the source of it all, what did he suddenly change that started the fires and devastation?

To listen to Democrats explain the riots, they were peaceful until white supremacist Trump supporters got involved. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler called ANTIFA violence in Portland a “myth” when he was confronted on a D.C. street about it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser bragged in her Democratic National Convention speech about creating “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in Washington, D.C. for the protesters. But the Mayor conveniently forgot that some of those protesters set fire to the historic St John’s church outside of the White House.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan  described her city’s “autonomous zone,” which was snatched from Seattle authorities by armed protesters, as a place that would usher in a “Summer of Love.” That is where a black teenager would later be shot dead, in a “block party atmosphere.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus by giving a wave of her hand: “People will do what they do.”

Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley took it further than did her fellow lawmakers. She urged more “unrest in the streets” during an MSNBC interview in August. No one blamed her for the Americans who were pulled out of their cars and beaten for daring to drive on streets blocked by protesters.

Then there is Senator Kamala Harris who is now Biden’s cohort — his Vice President running mate. Harris promoted a bail fund intended for protesters in Minnesota. Simply helping lawbreakers raise money from fellow Americans to bail them out of jail for committing crimes of all kinds is bad enough. It’s even worse when you look at the individuals who received those funds. One went on to assault a bar owner who was left with a traumatic brain injury after his release. Another was charged with stabbing a friend for refusing sex, a third was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping, and a fourth was charged with shooting at police. Great peaceful, law-abiding folks to help with bail money, right?

Biden was really powerful in attacking the violence in our streets in a speech in early June. But while lashing out at those who perpetrated the violence, he blamed Trump and the police for escalating tensions. His verbal assault on law officers AND the President was as crazy then as it is now.

Trump repeatedly offered federal assistance to governors and mayors as their cities were burned and looted. He continually and publicly made it clear to those mayors and governors, “All you have to do is call and we’ll send help immediately that will stop it all very quickly.” Many Americans are beginning to sense that Biden wanted to allow the unrest and violence to continue because he and other Democrats felt it gave them voter support.

The Democrats in charge of those cities must have thought the same thing! Almost all continually told President Trump to “mind your own business and stay in Washington.” They didn’t need his help. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wrote in a letter to Trump on August 28, “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse.” Ted apparently forgot that the looters were destroying the $200 million federal courthouse in Portland and Ted’s police force was not stopping the ANTIFA thugs from fire-bombing the building almost nightly.

The following night, weeks after federal troops left the area, a Trump supporter was shot by a member of ANTIFA. Protesters looted stores and set fires near the building in which Wheeler lives.

There’s a huge price to pay for letting all this rioting, looting, burning, and other types of destruction continue unabated. Homicide rates in 27 major American cities were up 21 percent from May to June.

After three months of all this chaos and mayhem — that showed little signs of slowing — locals began to take up arms to defend their families and their properties from destruction. Theirs’ was a response to violence they deemed necessary because their city government under Ted Wheeler — who is not just the Mayor but the Police Commissioner, too — refused to keep the city, its citizens, and its property safe.

Citizens who watched as police around the country were told to stand down or were chased and burned out of their own precincts cannot be blamed for taking matters into their own hands when the state failed them. Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was used as proof that Trump was aiding and abetting violent right-wingers, claims he was protecting a local business when he was chased and attacked by rioters who tried to take his weapon.

Don’t you find it curious that Joe Biden, who several months before became the certain Democrat Party presidential nominee — said NOTHING about the violence? And then, suddenly as if someone said, “Hey Joe: we’ve got to start blaming Trump for all this. The people are getting upset and are beginning to grumble against we Democrats,” Joe on cue began placing the blame squarely on Trump.

Here’s the Democrats’ conundrum:

  • The polls are no longer in the Democrats’ favor.
  • Support for Black Lives Matter has plummeted in swing states.
  • Biden is underperforming when compared to Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
  • Even Minnesota looks like it could be in play for Trump.
  • These are all states where high turnout in rural and suburban areas — whose residents likely fear riots coming to their streets — could hand the election to Trump.
  • The Biden campaign has obviously noticed all this and realized that allowing Trump to take control of the anti-violence message is a losing strategy.

So, here comes Uncle Joe! He began asking people if they feel safer under Trump and begins painting the picture of a death-spiral for America: “Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?”

Summary

When I was in the car business right out of college, I learned that in a negotiation — an interface between two people who are trying to induce the other to believe what they’re being told more than they believe what they’re trying to get the OTHER to believe — when an offer is made, the first party to even speak about the specifics will lose the negotiation! 

You know what? That happened almost every time I as a salesman began a price negotiation with a car buyer. Guess what: it happens in politics as well!

Joe Biden and the Democrat Party thought that sitting in the weeds while watching America burn with violence would give them a real advantage among voters. What they failed to understand was Donald Trump knew that Americans were not so stupid as to think that HE (or any other Republicans for that matter) could possibly have any control of the atmosphere of violence in any of these Democrat-controlled cities and states! So Mr. Trump just quietly stood by and made sure all knew that “all they have to do is call and ask me and we’ll end their violence and restore peace in their cities and states immediately.”

Of course they laughed and lashed-out at the President. “We don’t need your help! You’ll just make matters worse. Stay outta my town!”

Guess what? The Biden campaign and the DNC waited too long. They were hoping there would be some type of Armageddon blowup that would expose to the World that Donald Trump was an inept politician who simply let anarchists take over the United States!

Suddenly, the truth slapped them all in the faces at the same time: Trump has quietly let everyone know over and over, he can fix this. And because we haven’t even talked about it or even stated it exists, Americans are beginning to think that Joe, Kamala, and the other Democrats want this to result in the devastation of our major cities just to try and make Trump look bad!

You know what? I’m beginning to believe that’s just what they wanted.

But then, the Biden handlers made that sales fatal mistake: they sent Joe out to speak to the public about the violence. And, sure enough, he did exactly what Americans expected him to do: he blamed all the violence on the President.

This race is over, folks. The Democrats lost. Joe Biden lost. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer lost.

They were beaten by a salesman who learned long ago that when a sales “final offer” is made in a negotiation, the first one to blink loses. And they blinked.

Obviously, none of them read the “Art of the Deal” written by that great salesman who lives in the White House.

Trump didn’t need to read it: he wrote it.

Do Black Lives Matter?

Let me make one thing clear: there is a vast gulf between the social and political organization “Black Lives Matter” and someone — ANYONE — saying, “black lives matter.” Both versions of the word are important. And we all need to stop weaponizing each.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social justice organization that got its start in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the outrage in the African American community following the police shooting death of Michael Brown. It turned into a national civil rights organization that has expanded across the nation. Because of Ferguson, Black Lives Matter’s focus has been on the killings of young African Americans at the hands of police from every level of law enforcement: federal, state, and local.

Additionally, BLM sponsored a number of demonstrations in several of the largest U.S. cities in protest to police shootings, some of which resulted in the death of blacks. In almost every one of the rallies or demonstrations, violence breaks out. In fact, many have begun to compare Black Lives Matters with ANTIFA, who seem to target rallies and meetings initiated as Free Speech rallies or conferences. Just take a look at what’s happened almost nightly in major cities across America like Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. It seems that in each city in each protest/demonstration/riot, the anger and furor escalates and turns into more and more aggressive actions in each.

ANTIFA is another story we’ve previously written about but are not the focus of this conversation. Please know, however, it seems to many BLM takes much of their demonstration and even violence planning from ANTIFA. (Or maybe it’s the other way around)

In our summary, we will address the fact that these and other far-left political groups seem to focus most of their attention on those from ethnic communities who are involved in incidents that are often racial and often end in the death of someone. They discovered that such violent acts are magnets for news coverage. Violent death makes for a good news story!

Instead of just throwing up our hands saying, “It doesn’t matter what we do or so, these people are going to harp on this claim: ‘police target blacks in almost all incidents that include some type of serious crime in which an African American is shot. They do so for purely racist and political purposes.'”

That’s been the police shooting story since half-way through Barack Obama’s first term as president. BLM supporters have built that into a narrative that accompanies every news story at every network, newspaper, and national television show when such killings are reported to Americans. Facts prove otherwise, which many minority Americans refuse to accept. This brings us today to ask not, “Is the storyline that police are responsible for most deaths in the African American community true?” What needs to be asked and answered instead is this:

Does the truth matter?

Evidently, not to groups like Black Lives Matter. That’s tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is that black lives are being lost as a result. When it comes to the subject of American police, blacks, and the deadly use of force, here is what we know:

A recent “deadly force” study by Washington State University researcher Lois James found that police officers were less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white or Hispanic ones in simulated threat scenarios. Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer analyzed more than 1,000 of officer-involved shootings across the country. He concluded that there is zero evidence of racial bias in police shootings. In Houston, he found that blacks were 24 percent less likely than whites to be shot by officers even though the suspects were armed or violent.

Does the truth matter?

An analysis of the Washington Post’s Police Shooting Database and of Federal Crime Statistics reveals that fully 12 percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by cops. By contrast, only four percent of black homicide victims are killed by cops. But isn’t it a sign of bias that blacks make up 26 percent of police-shooting victims, but only 13 percent of the national population?

It is not, and common sense suggests why. Police shootings occur more frequently where officers confront armed or violently resisting suspects. Those suspects are disproportionately black.

According to the most recent study by the Department of Justice, although blacks were only about 15 percent of the population in the 75 largest counties in the U.S., they were charged with 62 percent of all robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults. In New York City, blacks commit over three-quarters of all shootings, though they are only 23 percent of the city’s population. Whites, by contrast, commit under two percent of all shootings in the city, though they are 34 percent of the population. New York’s crime disparities are repeated in virtually every racially diverse city in America. The real problem facing inner-city black communities today is not the police but criminals. In 2014, over 6,000 blacks were murdered, more than all white and Hispanic homicide victims combined. Who is killing them? Not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. In fact, a police officer is eighteen and a half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. If the police ended all use of lethal force tomorrow, it would have a negligible impact on the black death-by-homicide rate. In Chicago, through just the first six-and-a-half months of 2016, over 2,300 people were shot. That’s a shooting an hour during some weekends. The vast majority of the victims were black. During this same period, the Chicago police shot 12 people, all armed and dangerous. That’s one half of one percent of all shootings.

Does the truth matter?

If it does, here’s a truth worth pondering: There is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police. The proactive policing revolution that began in the mid-1990s has dramatically brought down the inner-city murder rate and saved tens of thousands of black lives. Unfortunately, that crime decline is now in jeopardy.

Police officers are backing off of proactive policing in black neighborhoods, thanks to the false narrative that police officers are infected with homicidal bias. As a result, violent crime is going up. In cities with large black populations, homicides in the last two years rose anywhere from 54 percent in Washington D.C. to 90 percent in Cleveland. Overall, in the nation’s 56 largest cities, homicides rose 17 percent, a nearly unprecedented spike. Many law-abiding residents of high-crime areas beg the police to maintain order — precisely the type of policing that the ACLU, progressive politicians, BLM, and some in Congress denounce as racist. This is tragic because when the police refrain from proactive policing, black lives are lost—lost because of a myth.

The rancor escalated to never-before-seen heights with the death of Michael Floyd in Minneapolis. Since that day, the fires of anger and bitterness have stoked fires of division across the nation. Almost without fail, peaceful protests become peaceful demonstrations and marches. But almost without fail, those morph into violence, rioting, and looting.

It is uncontroverted that there are instances of white cops killing blacks — far more than we would hope would ever happen. Thankfully they are not in the numbers most in the public feel are certain. But the problem here is even though the best research and data conclude that there is no evidence that police are killing blacks just because they are black. Exclusively such incidents occur as a result of severe law-breaking acts and acts of violence.

What Matters?

OK, we’ve examined the statistics. They originate from very authentic and credible sources. And they’re quite conclusive in the finding that disproves the almost universal perception that police “in general” are killing blacks because they are blacks. But those statistics beg for answers to a question not part of the first segment of this conversation: What is the REAL reason for this conversation that is so necessary yet so damaging?

There’s a simple answer: No one yet has, on a national scale, offered a plausible solution. Find a peaceful way to resolve these differences is — and always has been — a monumental task which no one has completed. Many have tried, several have gotten started, but none so far have seen success.

Here’s the fearful part of where we find us today: those actively involved in these conversations have become so polarized, so far apart, it often seems a solution will NEVER be found. And even if a solution is identified, it is doubtful all sides in this crisis will agree. I think there is a group of people who are the loudest and most demanding in this that don’t even want resolution. They feed on the anger and hatred, the fear and the violence, the infliction of pain for which they know there’s no real price they will be forced to pay.

What we need is a “new” Martin Luther King, Jr. who could draw people of all races and backgrounds to him for a conversation. He taught that communication is the necessary element to begin resolution. When people speak “to” each other and not yell “at” each other, it’s much easier to finish a conversation and have substance to show for the labor.

It would help, too, if we didn’t have an industry that relies on conflict, confusion, and violence to self-perpetuate a need for their existence: the Media.

As we find ourselves inside of 90-days until an election, it would be wise for every American to pause just a moment and consider where they WANT to go in the near future. Then choose the best way under the best circumstances to get there. Open those conversations with others that live within your circle of influence. Challenge everyone to THINK instead of just ACTING.

We MUST find a way through this. And we can…I’m certain of that.

 

Armageddon Came to Congress: The American People Lost

Tuesday, July 28th, was the most reprehensible day in history for the United States House of Representatives. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) gaveled-in his committee to hear the testimony of Attorney General William Barr regarding a host of topics about the attorney general’s recent actions.  They pertain to legal cases from the past several years, the Department of Justice responses to the recent protest-turned-riots in Portland and elsewhere, and for the AG to answer questions about many other things that have stuck in the craws of every Democrat on that committee.

Just to put this hearing in context for you, House Democrats have filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Barr. So you can only imagine the atmosphere in that hearing room.

Rep. Jarrold Nadler (D-NY)

Chairman Nadler was an hour late because of a car wreck in which he was involved on the way. He wasted no time to share his angst for the negative start to his day by taking it out on any Republican within earshot — including the Attorney General. Here’s a brief synopsis of how this hearing evolved into the nastiest House Judiciary Committee hearing in my memory:

  • Democrats sought to paint Barr, making his first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, as a Trump loyalist who has tried to shield the president and his allies from scrutiny, all while seeking to help Trump project the image of a law-and-order president ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
  • “The job of the attorney general is to defend the best interests of the people and serve as the people’s lawyer, but during your time as attorney general you have consistently undermined democracy, undermined the Constitution and undermined the health, safety, and well-being of the American people,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). “All to personally benefit Donald Trump.”
  • “You are supposed to represent the people of the United States of America, not violate people’s First Amendment rights, you are supposed to uphold democracy and secure equal justice under the law, not violently dismantle certain protesters based on the president’s agenda,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in one of the more fiery moments of the hearing.
  • The hearing frequently devolved into shouting matches between Democratic lawmakers and Barr as well as between committee members. Democrats also said they were worried about what Barr might do before the presidential election.
  • A focus for Democrats throughout the hearing was the administration’s decision to send federal police to Portland.

The back-and-forth exchanges also showed how much pent up frustration there was among Democrats ahead of the hearing. Tuesday’s appearance was Barr’s first before the panel, and Democrats have long said they have wanted to hear from Barr, stemming back to his handling of the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

During one tense exchange, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) repeatedly admonished Barr for interrupting her questioning. “We’ve waited a long time for you to come here. The time is mine,” Dean said. “You waited to talk to me like this? You didn’t need to wait so long,” Barr responded.

That is just a small sample of the insults hurled incessantly at the attorney general by Democrats throughout the nearly five-hour “get-together.” I call it that because it was far from a hearing. To explain what I mean in saying that is just to give you one sentence uttered in a brief pause by Attorney General Barr: “I thought this was to be a hearing. If it’s a hearing, shouldn’t the witness who’s appearing be allowed to respond?”

For approximately five hours, Mr. Barr was accused, berated, insulted, demeaned, interrupted, and called a liar. The only time he was allowed to complete any thoughts put into spoken words was during his opening statement!

“There Have Been ONLY Peaceful Protestors in Portland”

Attorney General Barr

Almost to a person Democrats in that hearing demanded that there were NO Antifa or other anarchists present in Portland, NO violence at all perpetrated by any during the protests other than that alleged by Democrats during the hearing perpetrated by federal officers against those “peaceful” protestors. Chairman Nadler himself on Monday was caught on camera, responding to a reporter who asked the congressman about the Antifa-inspired riots in Oregon. Nadler responded to the question saying, “There have been no riots in Portland. That’s a myth circulating only in Washington.”

In his opening remarks, Barr stated some of the Portland demonstrators have been overly violent, and protests have damaged federal property. “What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be called a protest; it is, by any objective measure, an assault on the government of the United States,” he said.

“Rioters have barricaded the front door of the courthouse, pried plywood off the windows with crowbars, and thrown commercial-grade fireworks into the building in an apparent attempt to burn it down with federal personnel inside. The rioters have started fires outside the building, and then systematically attacked federal law enforcement officers who attempt to put them out — for example, by pelting the officers with rocks, frozen water bottles, cans of food, and balloons filled with fecal matter.

“Remarkably, the response from many in the media and local elected offices to this organized assault has been to blame the federal government. To state what should be obvious … such acts are, in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress.”

Barr said an attorney general has a “unique obligation” to ensure that the standard of justice is applied to everyone equally and that he’s sought to uphold this obligation without interference from Trump.

“The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions,” he said. “On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call I think is right. That is precisely what I have done.”

Other “Matters”

Barr also did not commit to withholding the results of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origin of the FBI’s Russia investigation until after the 2020 presidential election. He stated that any report released ahead of the election “will be in my judgment, not the one that is covered” by a Justice Department policy against investigations that may disrupt an election.

“We’re not going to interfere,” he said. “In fact, I’ve made it very clear that I’m not going to tolerate it.”

Further discussing November’s elections, Barr said there was no reason to believe the election would be “rigged” but did back Trump’s skepticism of mail-in voting, saying “there’s a high risk” for voter fraud if the practice is widely adopted.

Barr dismissed the allegations lobbed at him throughout the roughly five-hour hearing, arguing that he has worked to “restore the rule of law” after the DOJ “strayed” from its mission before his tenure.

Republicans also leaned into a fierce defense of Barr, joining him in blasting Democrats for failing to denounce rioters who have violently clashed with federal agents in recent weeks.

“What makes me concerned for the country is, for the first time in my memory, that the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attacks on federal courts,” Barr said.

“Why can’t we just come out and say violence against federal courts has to stop? Could we hear something like that?” the attorney general added.

Jim Jordan (R-OH) set the tone for Republicans at the beginning of the hearing by showing a selectively edited 10-minute video highlighting moments of violence at protests around the country. It was preceded by images of Democrats, including former President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, describing protests as peaceful.

The GOP members repeatedly argued that an aggressive law enforcement response was necessary to quell violent protests.

“We’re seeming just to contort ourselves to get to some way to show that you have nefarious motives,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

Summary

I have never heard such nastiness from any group of adults: insults, badgering, interruptions, allegations, defamation. Democrats showed in this hearing just how vile members of Congress can be when they want to destroy a former attorney general who is attorney general for the second time. William Barr, throughout his entire career, has been revered by Republicans and Democrats alike as one of the greatest strict adherents to the Constitution and the Rule of Law that has ever born the attorney general title.

What could make this group so venomous to Barr today?

You know the answer to that: he serves for President Donald Trump. That’s his only sin.

“That shouldn’t cause them to attack so viciously this or any attorney general!” Your saying that would be a truthful conclusion IF this Democrat Party wasn’t focused entirely on one objective: Destroy Donald Trump and destroy all that work with and for him. No price is too high to pay to run them all out of Washington, D.C.!

The fact that their objective as it has played out is so obviously one fueled by more than just anger should make every American ask, “What’s going on in all this? What is their purpose?”

The answer is simple: Attorney General William Barr, the Department of Justice, Federal Attorney John Durham, and revealed in the hearing today by A.G. Barr an added federal attorney, Stephen Cox of Texas, are together about to wrap up several massive criminal cases of illegal activities on the part of members of the Obama Administration.

Democrats are scared to death. They desperately want all of this to remain unresolved until after the swearing of Joe Biden as President to replace President Trump. If they can keep the findings of these investigations quiet and Biden wins and be sworn in as President, the massive wrongdoing much of which has already been revealed can simply be swept under the Obama “corruption rug,” which will be handed down to Biden.

In closing, let me say the hearing today was so vile and unprecedented, I wanted to save just a few audio tidbits. If you join us at 9:00 Central this morning at TNN Live, in our first segment, I will play snippets of testimony from just a few of the participants to show you how nasty these House Democrats are today. How do you listen? Just click on the blue horizontal banner at the top of this story at 9:00 AM Central, and it will take you right to the broadcast. The segment only lasts a few minutes so you can hear those and then move on to your day unless you want to stay with us.

If we don’t see you at 9:00, we’ll look forward to getting back together tomorrow at Truth News Network.

“white” Folks Ain’t Woke — Until Now

Just when we get to the point where we in America think we have things all together and we understand everything, we don’t. Just when we think we’ve reached a point where everyone knows how to address people of every race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, we don’t. But God knows we certainly know what it is to be Woke! You are not going to believe this, but the “real” journalists in our media have just turned the corner on exactly how to prove one is Woke: it’s how you spell two critical words in the English language.

What you are about to read will probably turn your face red — if not red then white, and your temperature will skyrocket. But here’s a critical promise you MUST make before continuing to read: don’t stop reading until you get all the way to the end! If you will not commit to that, simply click off this story and go to CNN or MSDNC online! It’s a story written by a reporter named Jarvis Dupont. We’ll tell you about Mr. Dupont at the completion of his offering to us all today. (Don’t forget: you MUST read all the way through)

Jarvis Dupont

The Associated Press — without question the oldest and formerly most reputable national newsprint disseminator — recently posted an announcement on their website detailing their decision to capitalize the “B” in Black when used in the context of race and culture.”These changes align with the long-standing capitalization of other racial and ethnic identifiers such as Latino, Asian American, and Native American,” writes AP’s Vice President for Standards, John Daniszewski in a blog post on the AP website.

The following day a further announcement was made explaining why they had taken the decision to continue to use a lowercase “w” in “white” when used in the same context.

Predictably, this has upset a lot of white people (or as I like to call them “racists”) who obviously cannot understand that when it comes to race, they really need to stay in their lane and get used to not “capitalizing” (haha!) from the labor of Black and Minority Ethnic people.

“There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black,” explains Daniszewski in a second blog post. “Most notably, people who are Black have strong historical and cultural commonalities, even if they are from different parts of the world and even if they now live in different parts of the world. There is, at this time, less support for capitalizing white. White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.”

What John Daniszewski is saying here is that white people come from a wide range of cultures and social backgrounds, whereas Black people are one homogenous group with the same outlook and experiences and only one distinct identity: Black. Every Black person I know enjoys rap music and supports Black Lives Matter. I am fairly sure of this. When it comes to white people, their likes and dislikes are all over the place. You just can’t pin them down to anything specific. It’s like trying to nail ants to a wall. Horrible mess.

“We agree that white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore those problems,” Daniszewski continues.

From this, we can deduce that although white people come from many different cultures and backgrounds and experience no meaningful shared experience regarding their skin color…they DO share a propensity towards slave-ownership, white privilege and racism due to their, well, skin color. This makes perfect sense. white people benefit universally from Black slavery, they each have a duty to accept and dismantle their white privilege, they need to recognize the injustices that their lack of melanin have brought against Black people and strive to make amends. Only last week I made my grandfather go to his nearest KFC and apologize to any Black people he came across (apparently they can’t get enough of fried chicken which is another shared experience of theirs) for the death of George Floyd. He’s 83 and suffers from dementia, so he ended up telling a black Labrador that he killed George Foreman. The Labrador didn’t seem to pay him much heed but I still feel this was a valuable step towards making reparations.

So with all this in mind, I fully support the non-capitalization of the word ‘white’ when used in conversations surrounding race issues. white people need bringing down a fair few pegs, and this would be a damn good start. In fact, I think it would benefit us greatly if we took this a bit further and have outlined a few suggestions for a less white-oriented society:

  • Petition paint companies to not capitalize the word “white” on any of their products;
  • Create a typeface that automatically makes the “w” smaller when used before the letters “h”, “i,” “t,” and “e;”
  • Get rid of the “w” altogether so that the term “hite people” contains fewer letters than “Black people;”
  • Force editors to print the word “Black” in gold lettering on all magazine and newspaper articles, and have the word “white” handwritten in cheap crayon;
  • Completely remove the word “white” as a descriptive term, so that when we are discussing matters of race, the conversation becomes centered on “people,” and “Black people.”
  • Capitalize every letter in “Black” on everything everywhere to address the inequality and oppression BLACK people deal with every day.

I feel confident that we will begin to make huge strides towards true racial equality once we learn to treat people differently according to our preconceived notions regarding their skin color, and I would like to thank the Associated Press for taking that first brave step.

Summary

No doubt at some point during the Jarvis Dupont story you felt some disgust, probably some anger, and certainly screamed at your computer screen. You probably thought something like this: “How can this guy — and how can the Associated Press relent to the ‘Woke-Mongers’ and bow to the Black Lives Matter and do something so trivial which is nothing more than symbolic at best with NO substance?”

Jarvis Dupont

I’ll answer your question and give you some context this way: Jarvis Dupont is a fictional character who is either “a” person or “some” people who via Twitter have in large part headed this Social Justice Culture that pretty much totally controls the United States! Supposedly, Jarvis, fake-pictured to the left, is a transgender woman who exclusively uses Twitter to spread the LGTBQI, Woke, BLM, message using racial, ethnic, and bigotted language.

The Associated Press decision to, in all reports, keep the word “white” lower-case while capitalizing “Black” is true. USA Today and its network of 260 media outlets announced the plan to do the same last week. NBC News, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times are expected to follow suit quickly.

I could rant and rave about every part of this: the use of a fake transgender Twitter character, lighting ANOTHER fire of racial anger spelling “Black” and “white” in all reporting to disparage all white people, certainly pours gasoline on an already raging inferno.

Isn’t this what the U.S. needed in the shadows of the vilest racial violence and political upheaval of the last 50 years? It’s as if some political terrorist leader sitting at a table with henchman having a beer and laughing said, “What else can we do to create news to perpetuate the already existing hatred, anger, and divisiveness so this chaos will continue and even get worse? Hey, let’s think of something we can get Jarvis to dump on Twitter that will take this to an even higher level!”

Maybe that terrorist leader is Jarvis Dupont! Maybe, it’s George Soros or Barack Obama or Joe Biden or Vladimir Putin. Heck, it might even be Hillary. But whoever it is and whatever their plan is it has certainly succeeded so far. The fires of hatred and anger burn brightly in many of our major cities. Sadly, it appears that REAL violence might break out quickly in deadly fashion.

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Do All Black Lives Matter?

‘I understand black lives matter. But that’s not my movement, right now. My movement is to let them know that was my son. Horace Lorenzo Anderson was my son.’ And his son is dead.

In a gripping, gut-wrenching, heartrending, half-hour interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Sr. tearfully plead with social justice warriors and anyone watching that his son’s black life mattered, too.

Horace Jr. was just 19 years old when he was shot and killed at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Ongoing Protest (CHOP), the police-free, six-block city encampment created with the blessing of Democratic officials. Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan cheerfully dubbed the anarchist takeover a ‘summer of love,’ apparently unaware that the first Summer of Love, in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in 1967, ended in rampant criminality, drug addiction, sex abuse and the other varieties of misery which have marred the City by the Bay ever since.

I know, I’m an old white guy and therefore anything I would say on this subject certainly means my skin color means I’m ineligible to do so, plus it means I’m racist. Hey, give me a break. I’m WOKE! I understand what “Black Lives Matter” means and stands for according to conventional and current social demands. While I know what I have to say puts me squarely in the bullseye of the Cancel Culture police, if I get “canceled,” it will have nothing to do with the applicability or correctness of the content of what I say. Just because someone alleges something I say – something ANYBODY says – is wrong, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. And before anyone jumps to “cancel” me, my life of 67 years speaks anything other than racism. So, I suggest you listen for a moment or two or just cancel out of what I have to say right now. Because if you’re going to stick to the WOKE rule that “no white person can possibly understand racism,” you will not receive anything I have to say anyway. That, of course, has nothing to do with the merits of what I say. It speaks rather to your unwillingness to consider something that may force you to rethink an absolute or two you’ve embraced. And maybe you’ve embraced something incorrectly or for the wrong reasons.

At least, give me a shot. There’s no harm in listening, is there?

The Black Lives Matter movement has apparently abandoned the substance of its purposeful founding and should quickly rethink the operational process that is today underway nationwide. If that doesn’t happen soon, what credibility the movement had will be flushed down the toilet as little more than hypocritical radicalism that has for generations seen so many initially worthy causes fade away because their actions decry their claims of purpose for existence. Why? Instead of stepping up and responding in the face of REAL horrors that many in the African American community face daily, BLM has allowed itself to morph into little more than another radical social cause that looks and acts nothing like its claimed purpose and nothing that its name alleges it is.

Few question that African Americans have suffered unfair treatment in the criminal justice system. There is far too much in-your-face evidence to discount it. And because of the generations of politicians simply looking-away, far too many Americans reject its pervasiveness. And that’s sad. Black Lives Matter (at least formerly) had the perfect opportunity to be the voice for black Americans who socially suffer at the hands of not just a few racist law officers, but at the hands of racism that many who are perpetrators don’t even know they’re the culprits! Last year, 9 African Americans were shot and killed by white cops – that in a nation of 330 million people. Say what you will, but that number doesn’t justify the $130 million “seed” given to BLM by George Soros. Think of what even a small chunk of that $130 million could change in the lives of a large number of African American children.

What might have been for Horace Jr. had he never crossed the perimeter of CHOP? What if he had managed to escape his revolutionary captors who blocked paramedics from coming to his rescue as he bled to death in their new urban utopia?

What might have been for eight-year-old Secoriea Turner had she survived Atlanta’s Fourth of July? During a press conference, her heartbroken father, his voice hoarse, pleaded, “They say, ‘black lives matter.’ You killed your own. You killed your own this time just because of a barrier. They killed my baby.”

Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, flanked by Turner, grim-faced police officers, and families grieving the weekend orgy of violence, was to the point: “The reality is this: These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta. These are members of the community shooting each other – and, in this case, it is the worst possible outcome.”

In Chicago, another father bore painful witness to the worst possible outcome: his baby being killed over the Fourth of July over some probable trivial dispute. Seven-year-old Natalia Wallace was shot at a weekend party in her grandmother’s backyard. Nathan Wallace told reporters, “To see my daughter on the table with a gunshot wound to the forehead, that will change somebody’s life.”

Tyrone Muhammad, a Chicago activist and founder of the fledgling group “Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change,” works to change lives before the bullets fly. Muhammad knows both sides of the violence equation. He spent over two decades in prison for murder. He went in a hard-eyed gangster and came out determined to keep other young men from making the same disastrous trek from the South Side to steel bars. Here’s is what he said about all of the uproar with no action when it comes to senseless killings of Chicago babies:

Muhammad is unsteady about the politics and goals of Black Lives Matter as an organization. “Black Lives Matter is a political group that has so many political leanings that it clearly uses black death as a hustle. Black death is a hustle for a lot of these outside groups.”

A hustle, Tyrone Muhammad believes, that ignores the root of the problem driving what he calls a “swarm of civil war” engulfing America’s inner cities: fatherless homes, broken families, official corruption and complacent communities:

“It’s black men’s fault to allow black boys and black men to victimize their own communities and murder their children. We have to take personal responsibility.” He adds. “It should be commended whenever black men say, ‘It’s our responsibility to reduce violence.'”

Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot was swept into office last year by a citizenry desperate for change. The new big-city mayor is clearly rattled by the extreme violence wracking her city. After another weekend of bloodshed, Lightfoot declared, “Thoughts and prayers are simply not enough at this point. Sorrow itself is not enough.”

But for Mr. Anderson, Mr. Turner, and Mr. Wallace, and for the countless parents and families like them, prayers and sorrow are all they have for their black children whose lives dearly mattered.

“I’m kissing a picture,” Horace Sr. says through tears.

If the leaders of BLM truly want to impact the lives of black Americans, it should revise and broaden its mission. Americans have watched this year as BLM has flexed its muscles showing the world its potential to truly impact the preservation of the lives of young African Americans in the U.S., not just from a handful of racist policemen, but from senseless deaths at the hands of anyone, but primarily other blacks.

How callous are the leaders of BLM to ignore the cries of Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Sr. as he wept profoundly on Sean Hannity’s show? Did the life of Horace, Jr. not matter? What about eight-year-old Secoriea Turner who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time in Atlanta and caught a bullet in her forehead that instantly snuffed-out her life? Where was BLM in either of those cases? Painting its name on a street somewhere?

America’s social justice elites are quick to throw anyone under the bus for even questioning BLM’s motives in ignoring such African American killings at the hands of other blacks. Let’s be adults here: when it comes to the senseless slaughter of African Americans at the hands of ANYONE, enough is enough. $130 million for an organization that names itself Black Lives Matter should probably find a way to tackle the problem its “Name” says it tackles: deaths of blacks…PERIOD because black lives DIDN’T matter! Anything short of that is little more than another ethnic not-for-profit that exists to make noise, create havoc, which is content to light fires with no desire or efforts to put out the fires for the cause of meaningful change.

If Black Lives really matter, do something – whatever you can with whatever resources you can muster – to show a nation your group name is more than a call-sign used to spark fear among millions of Americans who simply don’t understand the BLM movement. Presently, Black Lives Matter looks exactly like dozens of other social groups from U.S. history that do little more than scorch the ground with little or no change.

I hope BLM does not hope that its acceptance will be based upon fear. Fear seldom accomplishes positive changes. America doesn’t need another one of those. There are far too many already in place to count. We need some group of people to activate whatever is necessary to assure every black American that truly, “Black Lives really DO Matter.”

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Actor Terry Crews Feels to BLM Only ”Some” Black Lives Matter

This Cancel Culture and Elitism we’ve talked about for several years at TruthNewsNetwork is consuming our world. Every day we see example after example of how frustrating it is to be caught up in a conundrum that puts you in the bullseye of those who have taken command of the determination of everything and everybody regarding saying and doing the “right” thing. It’s bad enough that anyone has to even think about such silliness. But your having to do so just to survive in your chosen career or to maintain friendships or keep your job is nasty. And it’s not based on what you DO, but based solely on what someone who controls the rules of Social Elitism can with a snap of the fingers put you in a good place or send you to “Hell on Earth” with no regard at all for the truth of any matter. The substance has been deleted and replaced by Social Elitism. And those in charge control far more of this nation today than they did just two weeks ago. And if things don’t change, in 90 days, they will be telling everyone what cereal to eat for breakfast and what color bowl from which to eat it!

That may seem to be a joke, but it’s no joke. Today more than ever, the jobs, friendships, family relationships as well as friends, business associates and fellow employees are more than ever before being forced to embrace a set of fundaments, standards, rules, how to’s and how not to’s that regulate every process of being “acceptable” within all these overlapping circles. Additionally, the social elitists that control the circle in which you find yourself have the power to at any time, for whatever reason, and without any justification, put the word out. You’ll not only find yourself thrown to the curb, but without any knowledge of your doing anything wrong! You’ll never know in advance what you are supposed to and not supposed to do.

Today’s craziness has evolved into schizophrenic paranoia: everyone is afraid of saying anything for fear of saying the wrong thing. And few even know what the right and wrong thing to say are!

Social Elitism Now Dominates Hollywood

Actor and comedian Terry Crews is taking heat for criticizing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization over its tendency to hone in on police brutality and ignore far more significant issues in the black community. He recently tweeted that he wants to make sure “black lives matter” doesn’t turn into “black lives matter more.” Predictably, he was met by reactionary shrieks of “Uncle Tom” and “coon.”

Crews appeared on CNN on Monday night to explain his objections to BLM, and instead received a lecture from Don Lemon about the grievous errors in his line of thinking. After informing the movie star that he (Lemon) has “skin as tough as an armadillo” thanks to his soapbox at CNN, Lemon told Crews that “if you want an All Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence,” then he should “start that movement with that name.”

“The Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that manner, not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods,” Lemon said smugly.

Crews tried to explain that the Black Lives Matter movement is no longer solely about police brutality, as the organization’s website admits, but was repeatedly interrupted. Lemon, of course, had to keep his viewers from hearing the truth: that an organization purportedly dedicated to making black lives matter only actually cares about some black lives.

According to a database compiled by the Washington Post, only nine unarmed black people were killed by police in 2019. At least half of those incidents occurred after the unarmed individual attacked the police officer on the scene. This figure hardly compares to the thousands of African Americans affected by violent crime, largely perpetrated by other African Americans.

As a matter of fact, between recent crime waves in major cities and innocent black folks like David Dorn losing their lives in the wake of riots and looting, BLM and the related #DefundThePolice movement may be responsible for many more than nine deaths by the end of the summer. An eight-year-old girl was shot to death over the weekend in Atlanta near Wendy’s where Rashard Brooks was killed.

Cockburn suggests that Black Lives Matter should change its name to “0.00001 percent of Black Lives Matter” — “0.00001BLM,” for short.

Not Smart To Mess With Terry

BLM’s hypocrisy doesn’t end with claiming to want to lift black people while ignoring interracial crime. The organization is also against one of the most proven ways to reduce poverty and violence: fatherhood. BLM explicitly opposes traditional two-parent families: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

Even the progressive left’s radical gender ideology seems to be more critical to BLM than reducing violence and providing stable homes for black children. “We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum,” the organization also says on its website.

Like the leaders of Black Lives Matter, prominent politicians are failing to take responsibility for the uptick in crime over the past several weeks. Just as Don Lemon attacked Terry Crews for mentioning negative trends outside of police brutality, Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago shifted the blame to firearms: ‘Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.”

Crews perfectly captured this phenomenon in another one of his recent tweets, writing, “There are ‘gatekeepers of Blackness’ within our own community who decide who’s Black and who’s not. I have often been called out for not being ‘black enough.’ How can that be?” (Crews is happily married to a mixed-racial wife)

Welcome to 2020, Mr. Crews. Anyone who questions the far-left agenda of groups like BLM will be shut down, black or not.

Rather than give you more of Don Lemon’s whipping of Terry Crews from his CNN show Monday night, we decided to call on Rob Smith of The First to break it down with an actual segment of that confrontation for yourself. Rob is an African-American journalist and is conservative. This piece includes a portion of the Crews interview which shows you just how black elites in media treat those of their own race who dare to make sense of the obvious that none of the BLM supporters from the black community want to accept: that Black Lives Matter only cares about Black Lives when those lives fit their peculiar narrative that details any opportunities to diminish any white person or group of white people, or, in Terry’s case, any black person who doesn’t toe the BLM line:

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I cannot go without saying this: Terry Crews is not only an outstanding actor, but he’s also an African American man who made it out of some nasty spots in Flint, Michigan growing up. He chose to put aside all the petty racial partisanship in favor of working hard, working smart, honing his skills, and pursuing his dreams of becoming a successful actor. He made his own breaks. He did that by consciously refusing to allow the black environment in the U.S. to flood him with thoughts of victimhood. He took responsibility to make his life what it is today by not letting the elitist perspective dominate his thinking.

These babies were shot last week and died. Where is BLM on saving These lives?

Terry certainly is NOT a sellout or an Uncle Tom. He’s a smart, sensitive, and thoughtful American. He believes strongly in personal accountability and responsibility for one’s own life.

That’s too much for Don Lemon. After all, CNN has mastered the art of putting people in front of their cameras, who are mediocre at best at their craft. But they are all masters of denigration: the denigration of anyone and any group that refuses to accept being a mirror image of what someone else — ANYONE else — thinks they should be.

Lemon’s insistence that BLM is ONLY protesting against police violence is grossly false. His doing so repeatedly in Terry Crews’ face is an insult to every black person in America.

Sadly, Lemon has a big microphone. Fortunately, however, very few people watch him make a fool of himself every weeknight. And Terry Crews did it masterfully by just allowing Don to speak. Lemon’s little more than an empty suit. And his ratings confirm that again and again.

I bet all three of his fans got a kick watching Lemon insult Terry Crews.

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It’s Not a Revolution — It’s the Exact Opposite

America is not in the middle of a revolution — it is a reactionary “putsch” — or a coordinated attempt to overthrow a government. It started four years ago immediately upon a group of people understanding that their long quiet and deadly push to the left politically had been railroaded by a conservative billionaire from Queens. What people are they? The sort of people who had acquired position and influence as a result of globalization who suddenly found themselves out of power for the first time in decades. They watched in horror as voters across the world chose Brexit in the UK, Donald Trump and other populist and conservative-nationalist candidates in the U.S.

Those four sentences explain the storm of unrest battering American cities from coast to coast and making waves in Europe as well. The storm’s ferocity — the looting, the mobs, the mass lawlessness, the deranged slogans like #DefundPolice — terrifies ordinary Americans. Many conservatives believe they are facing a revolution targeting the very foundations of American order.

But when national institutions bow (or kneel) to the street fighters’ demands, it should tell us that something else is going on. We aren’t dealing with a Marxist revolt, even if some within this uproar scream hard-left rhetoric. What’s playing out is a counter-revolution of the entrenched elitist class — academia, media, large corporations, ‘experts,’ Big Tech — against the nationalist revolution launched in 2016 when Donald Trump shot their balloon out of the sky. The supposed insurgents and the elites are marching in the streets together, taking the knee together.

They’re not seeking some new arrangement, but a return to the pre-Trump status quo which was working out very well for them. It was working out less-well for the working class of all races, who bore the brunt of their preferred policy mix: open borders, free trade without limits, aggressive cultural liberalism that destroyed tradition and community, and a ‘global governance’ that purposely handicapped democracy and politics.

Conservatives generally don’t tend to pay much attention to class analysis. But in this case, it does help to explain what’s going on. And it helps to shine a light of the truth of social movements that disguise themselves and can get mistaken for revolutionary leftism. We at TruthNewsNetwork have called it that way. Why? Because we could find no other purpose for all that is happening than that.

Does anyone seriously believe the American establishment — Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, the trustees of Ivy League universities, the major sports leagues, even Brooks Brothers, for God’s sake — would sign on to a movement that genuinely threatened its material interests? And yet these and many other firms and institutions are falling over themselves to express solidarity with the ‘uprising,’ some going so far as to donate millions of dollars to Black Lives Matter, an outfit that lists among its objectives the abolition of the nuclear family.

Before my conservative friends go postal, think through this with me:

Over the past four years, every trick in the book has been used to end the ‘nightmare’ of national conservatism and populism. The methods deployed by the elite reflect its tendencies and preferences as a class. None of the methods they have exercised to bring down this president were unexpected. Remember: I even predicted all this craziness in politics — including impeachment — was going to happen as far back as 2017! Just think of recent happenings. Though few of us in the U.S. think about what’s happening similarly at the same time as in the U.S., it happened at the same time as Brexit in the U.K.

A majority of Britts voted to leave the EU and then had to spend three years fighting a political establishment that pulled all its vast resources to Brexit from happening. It failed. Does that parallel what’s happening here right now?

In America, the liberal establishment tried harder, failed harder, but learned more. From the minute Trump won the presidential election, Democrats, a significant group in our Intelligence Community, and their media allies set out to undo the result of the 2016 “send-home” of Hillary Clinton. The “Big” bullets in their gun were the ‘collusion’ probe and an impeachment push that was perhaps the single biggest insult ever to the intelligence of the American people. There were also countless smaller attempts to unseat Trump and destroy his followers. Remember: as he has so famously stated to American conservatives from the beginnings of the Mueller investigation: “They’re NOT coming after me. They’re coming after YOU.”

Trump survived it all. Now comes the new wave of rioters and mad anarchists, which many corporates and Democratic governors and mayors have actively encouraged, even as they continue to bar children from public parks and families from holding outdoor funerals, going to church and work, citing COVID-19 risks.

But wait: riots and statue-toppling — such things aren’t pleasant to establishment figures, are they? The logic becomes obvious when you see it as a form of class struggle. For all its fury, the storm of the riots ends. Their demands for ongoing racial fairness, equality, and attacks on law enforcement ends. There’s little in their cries about labor injustice, wages, and job security. Just demands for ‘representation’ or diversity (on corporate boards, in university curricula, etc). And, of course, the firing of those who say the wrong or awkward thing in the digital public square, in workplaces or in classrooms: you know, “Cancel Culture.”

The goal isn’t to repair economic injustices. You remember those protests and demands from the past: massive inequalities in wealth, health and job security. The goal today is 180 degrees opposite: to compromise, to defer, to smooth over, to hide these substantive disagreements, and instead have battles on methods of operations and social rule and racial changes.

Which social class most excels at politically correct treatment of others? That would be the professional-managerial class, the laptop class. Its children learn the communication and speech lingo for discussing ‘issues of race, gender, and sexuality’ from an early age. They’re expected to have mastered it by the time they take their entry-level jobs. It’s a skill that private schools are positively teaching already.

Working-class people, meanwhile, are most likely to struggle with this language. Even when they mean well they don’t always get it right, not because the rules constantly shift with the multiple and dramatic changes in race theory and LGBTQ desires and demands. By protecting the requirements to speak and think correctly — and raising the stakes for failures — the “new” liberal class has now created a new mechanism for staying at the top and keeping the peasants — American’s working-class — down: especially those who voted the wrong way in 2016.

So whatever you do, don’t call it a leftist revolution. With the flags, the protests, the kneeling, and the new language, it’s the OPPOSITE of war or revolution. The outcome is certainly unknown, but the class war is thriving and gaining strength every day.

Best Example of this “Counter-Revolution”

Former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick marked July Fourth by sharing a video of actor James Earl Jones reciting Frederick Douglass’s historic speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” with Kaepernick calling the holiday a “celebration of white supremacy.”

The video shows images of the Declaration of Independence, slaves, Klu Klux Klan members, lynchings and police brutality as Jones’s voice narrates in the background: “Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?”

Kaepernick captioned the video with strong condemnation of racism and a call for “liberation for all” in the future.

“Black people have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized, and terrorized by America for centuries, and are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors,” he wrote. “We reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to liberation for all.”

His demonization of tens of millions of Americans happens while many citizens contemplate today’s Independence Day in the context of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. Lawmakers have faced growing pressure in recent weeks to pass comprehensive police reform as well as other policies to protect Black Americans in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and others who have been killed in police custody.

Many minority members of the nation look at Kaepernick as a “soldier for the cause” of fixing the nation: a Counter-revolution.

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Here’s the hard part: being patient. How many times have you had to tell yourself the last few months “I wish I knew exactly what is going on!” If you’ve said or thought that, you’re one in about 200 million here and probably half that in Europe. To grasp an understanding of sorts that will probably answer your questions, consider this:

  • The political class in this nation evolved into the beast we find ourselves feeding so that we can survive in the 60s. No one stepped out and declared “Here’s what we’re going to do.” It was found to be simpler to quietly takeover Washington with policies and regulations to grab as much power as possible without making it obvious it was happening.
  • Serving in the U.S. government for two centuries had been an honorable vocation that paid less than did similar jobs in the private sector. But that was OK: you know, “the greater good.” But then with a booming economy that saw cost-of-living increases in the Potomac Valley skyrocket, D.C. political elitists began the process to even the scales for politicians personally. A process of increasing Congressional income and also the compensation for political bureaucrats began a slow increase that has peaked today. In doing so, we suddenly see an economic environment that not only has those in office paid equivalent to their private-sector counterparts, but are paid significantly more than their private counterparts. And why not? Congress determines not only their base pay but personal business and office expenses and has created a profitable retirement opportunity for all members of Congress. POWER!
  • They make the rules for everything in government. Wouldn’t you if in the same scenario could legally increase your total compensation do so? The U.S. Congress makes all the rules, all the laws, all the regulations that control every sector of living in the U.S. They under almost permanent liberal leadership have done just that year after year.
  • Campaign finance has not only increased the cost of getting elected, it created political action committees (PACS) that though strapped with regulations can legally raise tens of millions of dollars for candidates.  Super political action committees have less restraint on contributions and therefore take campaign donations to new heights.

None of the above has even been mentioned by the liberal leaders of this “counter-revolution.” They certainly do NOT want to upset the behemoth of the U.S. Government that has so successfully granted the elect in that group of elitists virtually unfettered power and legally unlimited collection of money.

Why would they support the destruction of that multi-billion-dollar piggy bank? The answer: THEY DON’T!

This entire travesty that dominates every newscast, every news story that centers on any part of this process is ancillary to their objective: destroy the populism and nationalism of Trump here, Brexit in the U.K., and dramatic civil unrest in Hong Kong to protect the power of the liberal left elitist that remains while doing all that’s necessary to re-implement what of it was torn away by Donald Trump.

Does that mean to not be concerned or to not be vocal about the evil we’re staring at? No. It simply states they don’t want to lose the gravy-train that has fed them so long just because Donald Trump messed it up!

They want it just the way it was before it was taken from them.

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Which America is OUR America?

If you were born in the 50s, that world looked nothing like the world in which you live today. Sure, we made it from the 50s through the JFK 60s, the hippies, LSD, and free love. In the 70’s we watched as the “cool” dudes and dudettes discovered cocaine gave everyone who partook a “new” high that wasn’t as crazy and didn’t blow your mind for taking one too many Acid Trips. American culture changed just like it always has throughout our history.

But through all of those changes, there was one constant, one rock, one eternal thing of substance: the core of the nation — its people, its citizens — always embraced true freedom and justice under the law. A lot of those teens didn’t believe it at the time because of the Vietnam War. But it was always there: a rock of stability they later learned was permanent for them.

There was craziness back then: we had the Black Panthers, The Weathermen, Bill Ayers, and Bernadette Dorne. We dealt with each and somehow never lost a sense of calmness, no matter what demonstrations and riots took place or what they looked like. Ayers bombed a New York police station.

1968 saw the height of the rebellion. There were constant demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the government that thrust us into it, knowing full well it was NOT a war to be won. Those Americans dreaded that evil feeling of helplessness as their draft numbers came up. Many saw that number as their death sentence. And many died. But the nation made it through it all, as did most of those young people.

With the turn of the century, things began to change — far more dramatically it seems today than we thought as the change took place. We discovered that the petulance in our children was NOT the same that we grew through. Our parents watched us and waited. But they knew we’d grow out of it.

Today, America’s youth are “different.” They don’t mature at the same age or in the same ways as we. These young Americans are angry and vicious, hiding a raw hunger for power under a brand new moralism. They don’t accept the status quo just because it’s the status quo. Yes, we hope they will eventually. But there’s no way to tell where they’re headed!

This side of 2000, a nation of high- tech teens revealed a new and different set of values and ways of thinking. They refuse to “pay the price” to get “there,” as did we. They want what they want, and they want it now. This gaggle of young Americans claims to deplore the capitalism that previous generations each grew to embrace, finding doing so was necessary to become anything in life — anything at all. But this generation deplores responsibility, the “normalcies” of their parents’ generation, and summarily reject commitment to anything longterm. They dodge marriage, buying homes, cars, and even spurn the responsibility of a leased place to live. They prefer to just “fly by the seat of their pants.” In a job interview today, the questions they ask most often early in that conversation are “How much does it pay, what are the benefits, how long is lunch, how much vacation do I get, and how long before I can take off for a few days?” Their own “Me-ism” devours them.

The Differences

In the late ’60s and ’70s, hundreds of bombs — REAL bombs of sorts — were detonated as various radical groups carried out their campaign against “Amerika.” According to The Los Angeles Times, “in California alone, 20 ­explosions a week rocked the state during the summer of 1970.’’ Our parents deplored the actions of these “radical young folks.” They couldn’t wait for those teenagers to grow up.

How many bombs will we see in the summer of 2020? Not so long ago, the radicalism of the 1960s seemed far behind us and a certain fixture in our rearview mirrors. Now it seems to have come roaring back.

In 1968, Leonard Bernstein entertained the Black Panthers for a fundraiser in his Park Avenue duplex. The Black Panthers were murderous thugs. But to a certain part of New York society, they were exciting moral fashion accessories. The Weathermen and Black Panthers have been reborn today as Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM), a well-funded outfit, whose founders are self-confessed “Marxists” bent on destroying America.

But now, in 2020, even more than in 1968, the leftist establishment is tripping over itself to embrace the radicals.

Does that mean we have to accept statues and other monuments to our past being defaced, toppled, destroyed? Does it mean that we have to stand by as police stations are incinerated and Bobby Seale’s call to “barbecue some pork” — i.e., murder some police — is resurrected on our city streets?

In 1968, it was mostly fancy people like Bernstein and Susan Sontag, who celebrated the Panthers and other radicals. There was still some resistance in the culture at large. Our parents were the products of a generation that fought to prevent any Americans from being forced to speak German or Japanese. They were disciplined and resolute. And they respected the prices for maintaining freedom and justice for all.

Today, the long march that commenced in the 1960s has proceeded wholesale through the schools, colleges, and the mainstream press. It is now marching through the corporate world. Businesses as disparate as Facebook and Brooks Brothers have issued abject letters of surrender to the rioters and looters who invaded America’s major cities.

We are meant to believe that the riots and anarchy we are witnessing across the country are legitimate in response to the death of George Floyd. But Floyd’s death was merely the pretext for anti-civilizational lawlessness.

In 1939, Evelyn Waugh noted that “the more elaborate the society, the more vulnerable it is to attack, and the more complete its collapse in case of defeat.” Waugh added: “At a time like the present, it is notably precarious. If it falls, we shall see not merely the dissolution of a few joint-stock corporations, but the spiritual and material achievements of our history.”

I think this is true. This is why, looking at the reprise of 1960s destructiveness on our streets, I am not inclined to say, “I told you so,” but rather: “We must do something about this. Now.”

Summary

Are we too late? Has the calendar flipped too fast too many times for us to take a pause, analyze, converse, and find consensus with this “today” generation: a world in which we can live with the shreds of our foundations on which THEY were raised while allowing them to flex their 21st-century muscles? Are there any parts of their mantra: socialism, lack of commitment to anything and anybody, hatred for capitalism and our free market — all of which are the fundamentals that made the world in which they were raised?

Most of us would never dream of embracing and acting-on the feelings and ideas on which they are acting today. We accepted far more of the morals and foundational elements of the generation of Americans that raised us than these youngsters are of ours. They seem sold-out to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” Everything goes!

The scariest thing to me as a father and grandfather is their lack of understanding of what is in the world that they think they want. They don’t understand the political structure of those teachers and professors who were born in the 60s’ “despise authority” era. Those hippies and free-love advocates wanted much of what these do. But at some point, they learned what they wanted could NOT be taken — it had to be developed. When they understood their task was not to turn the U.S. and its structure upside down, theirs’ was to teach this generation all that they had learned. But there is one significant addition to their education menu: HOW to do it.

That’s the scary part: many are confident they can do just that.

Is this our America…or is it theirs’?

Anarchists and Trump’s Re-election

There are certainly millions of Americans who can relate to the fear, the unknown, and the possibilities expressed in this story. That’s true especially in this current American environment. I don’t know a single person that can put together all of the current social issues we watch play out daily on our national stage. Oh, everybody tries. But, if you’re honest, you’ll admit nobody so far has gotten it right!

This may make your COVID-19 Sunday cup of coffee go down just a little bit smoother. It might even taste better today!

A longtime white friend phoned me to talk him down from the cliff. He is concerned about how the new racial hatred dominating our country will impact his grandkids. For the first time, he and his wife believe they should purchase a gun for home protection. This headline confirms my friend’s instinct to arm himself to protect his family. “BEWARE: The Woke Mob is Targeting You Next, Small-Town America.”

My friend also confided that he is feeling racial resentment he has never felt before. I told him racial hatred and division is exactly what leftists hope to achieve with their Black Lives Matter hysteria.

Mary and I are an interracial couple married for over 40 years. A white millennial family member absurdly believes she is showing respect for me by being a strong advocate for BLM. My response is bending over and grabbing your ankles and kneeling in worship to an anti-American racist hate group disturbs me. I love my country. America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet for all who choose to pursue their dreams. The BLM movement has nothing, I repeat nothing, to do with empowering blacks. Leftists are exploiting blacks as useful idiots to implement their transformation of America away from the divinely inspired vision of our Founding Fathers.

For decades, public education, Hollywood, Democrats and fake news media have infected youths with a poisonous lie that America is a hellhole of racism and the greatest source of evil on the planet. Our passivity allowed leftists to transform our kids into their social-justice army of anarchists.

What we are experiencing across America is leftists’ frustration over their inability to remove Donald J. Trump from the White House. After a long list of failed schemes to remove him, leftists say, “Screw you, America! We’re cutting to the chase. We’re forcibly transforming your country into a Communist nation by using violence, shaming, white-guilt and unconstitutional decrees. And there’s nothing you can do to stop us!”

Boldly, the co-founder of the BLM Global Network vows to make Trump resign before the November election. Lord knows what violence BLM will unleash upon We the People to force Trump out.

Leftist governors and mayors are tripling down on their absurd overreaching COVID-19 mandates to depress Americans and stop the remarkable comeback of Trump’s unprecedented booming economy.

One of Mary’s favorite stores in Virginia was empty of merchandise. “Are you going out of business?” she asked a clerk. The clerk said, “No.” He explained that upon reopening, customers purchased everything. The store had not restocked its shelves yet. His explanation was in keeping with the 2.5 million new jobs and amazingly swift comeback of our economy.

Maryland mandates that shoppers wear masks. However, stores and shoppers have begun relaxing the absurd decree. With a 98% recovery rate, more and more Americans realize the COVID-19 hysteria was created to shutdown our country to destroy our economy to block Trump’s reelection.

And yet, a middle-aged masked-woman shopper insisted that the store manager order me and other shoppers to wear masks. Probably fearful that the woman would report his business, the manager yelled as I passed him. “Sir, you must wear a mask!” Irrational fear of COVID-19 purposely created by fake news media has citizens ratting to “big brother” on those who disobey draconian mandates.

Only 1 in 6 of the BLM protesters are black, 46% are white.

It doesn’t take a political genius to realize that leftists are exploiting COVID-19 and the rare bad behavior of a cop to bludgeon Americans into surrendering our country over to them.

Quite frankly, these spoiled-brat young anarchists are out of their freaking minds if they think that vets and baby boomers will allow them to transform us into a Communist nation. We baby boomers and our parents sacrificed, suffered, and died to gift our kids a wonderful life. They are spitting in our faces, calling us racist and seeking to destroy everything we hold dear.

Far too many modern parents want to be friends with their children rather than parents. Their kids come home from school with their heads filled with leftist anti-American and anti-Christian garbage. Instead of opposing the indoctrination, cowardly parents sign on to it.

I watched a detective movie on Amazon. Unable to stomach it, I fast-forwarded past the scene of the detective’s disrespectful 13-year-old daughter scolding him as if he were her peer. The detective’s daughter represents the young white women in our streets angrily screaming their loyalty to BLM. The disrespectful teen-aged daughter appears to be a standard character in far too many movies. Encouraging kids to disrespect and disobey their parents is included in leftists’ agenda.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)

My stomach turns every time I hear conservatives, Republicans, and Christians say we must create meaningful dialog with the protesters to discuss their grievances. The problem is their grievances are purposely rooted in the lie that my beloved country is a racist hellhole. I refuse to pander to that concept. It’s like saying we are going to discuss how long you have been beating your wife. You reply, “But I don’t beat wife.” They ignore your reply and proceed forward discussing the solution to your bad behavior.

Still, I am confident of two truths. One: God did not allow Trump to survive all the unprecedented attempts to remove him from office to drop him now. Trump will be reelected. However, this does not mean we can sit on our duffs. We must fight like we have never fought before to reelect Trump.

Two: At some point, the American people will no longer tolerate spoiled-brat anarchists wreaking havoc across our great nation. Anarchists will receive the well-deserved spanking of their pampered snowflake lives.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

Here’s What You’re Missing When You Object to the Black Lives Matter Protests

Formerly I genuinely felt I understood (to an extent) what African Americans face on a daily basis. After all, they attended my school, lived in my neighborhood, we shopped at the same stores, and I played high school football and basketball with them. How better to understand their lives than to share their lives with them.

Boy, was I wrong!

It took me years to learn, but I DID learn: there is NO way I could possibly know their lives. I’m not black and never have been.

With the appearance on the U.S. political scene of Black Lives Matter and several other political organizations established by African Americans, it has become perfectly clear just how little I know about the daily challenges people of color face. And they’re NOTHING like I assumed. Wouldn’t it be better to let someone from the African American community that knows those challenges personally tell me and explain to me exactly how activists in these organizations feel and why they are part of them?

We today are foregoing our usual Saturday Bullet Point feature. Instead, we will listen today to an African American woman who gives us the first-hand perspective of being black in America. She also explains what we are missing.

What Have We Missed?

Something’s very wrong with the glaring disconnect between those of us who support the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and those who criticize them. And I’m having a hard time grasping how there is such a vast difference in perception.

We’re living in the same country, but some of us are losing our lives, our family members, our loved ones, and our sense of peace and safety to police violence. Others seem to think that those of us being slaughtered are the problem, that the police are doing a fine job.

From where I’m standing as a Black woman, this is terrifying. Because people in my community are reacting to a threat that haunts our lives every day. We’re acting on what we know unequivocally to be true: the law enforcement systems authorized to protect us are using deadly force against us instead.

So if anyone thinks that the protests calling attention to these harrowing conditions are uncalled for, then the facts of the reality I’m witnessing must be missing or mischaracterized. The more people believe in misinformation and criticize the rise of vital voices, the more progress slows in the dismantling of the systems killing us. As progress slows, people die.

Many of you who are against the Black Lives Matter movement, and other anti-police violence protests, like to begin explaining your dissent by saying, “I respect the right to protest, but…” And I want to interrupt you right there.

That respect makes sense – protests over injustice in the United States are nothing new. Without them, there would be no United States of America. We hail the dissidents of the American Revolution as our nation’s founding heroes, celebrate them every 4th of July, document and applaud their uprising in our history books.

What our history lessons fail to mention is the fact that for people of color, surviving in this country has required fighting against oppression, every day of our lives – through the colonization of Indigenous lands, slavery, Jim Crow, the mass incarceration of Black and Latina folks, and more – not just during Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

These battles are an undeniable part of our legacy and something that must continue in order to shake off the lasting impact of centuries of oppression. We continue to fight for safe housing, employment, positive representation, and more of the basic needs required to live with dignity.

The marches taking place today, in response to police brutality and under the banner of Black Lives Matter, may have a new slogan, but they’re addressing the same root causes of injustice that have plagued our nation since its beginning.

The struggle for so many of our dissenters may be that this energy, this commitment to something better, this unrest, this determination to speak up and out is new to many of us alive today. These protests are establishing a cultural precedent we’re not used to.

Not long ago, I wouldn’t have even heard the names of many unarmed Black people killed by police. Now, when a name like Eric Garner or Freddie Gray reaches the media, I hear their names repeated, see them written on banners, watch them move down city streets, and up to freeway exits.

It’s no longer business as usual as far as police brutality is concerned.

In spite of the alarming need to disrupt this violent system, some see this disruption as a bad thing. There are many common complaints about the Black Lives Matter protests, and Nick Wing has translated them into the discompassionate dismissals they sound like to those of us who care about this movement.

The protests will continue, and as such, I’m sure the objections will keep coming up, too. So before the next demonstration halts traffic and ruffles feathers, let’s look at what people are missing when they voice these objections.

  1. You say: “These protests are just disrupting people’s lives. They’re not doing anything to help the cause.”

You cite moments like freeway shutdowns and Black Brunch, to say that these protests are pointless at best, and destructive at worst.

Here’s what you’re missing.

Our lives are already disrupted. To you, an uninterrupted commute home from work may feel like everything is all good and peaceful.

But at that moment, as you head home, someone is grieving for their child who didn’t attend work or school that day because they were killed by police. Someone is fearing for their life because a law enforcement officer has profiled and stopped them. Someone in need of protection is more afraid of police than of the person they need protection from.

This issue needs immediate attention. We’re losing our lives.

Helping people wake up to that reality is part of the whole point of civil disobedience, a tactic used to call for justice when we’re facing unjust systems that hold far more power than a carefully worded letter could ever challenge.

Disrupting business, as usual, is part of the point, too. Because allowing a business to continue as usual means maintaining the status quo that’s killing us.

  1. You say: “I support peaceful protests, but the rioting is too much.”

You look at the “looting,” the destruction, the rage, and you think about how, regardless of the cause, creating that damage is wrong.

Here’s what you’re missing.

We’re angry. There’s no reason to apologize for that.

Michael Brown’s family shouldn’t be obligated to temper their rage over the loss of their son’s life. People who live in communities struck by the fear of law enforcement shouldn’t be expected to find a polite way to bring their concerns to the very people responsible for upholding the lethal institutions they fear. Protesters shouldn’t have to apologize for taking to the streets when their concerns go unheard in the courts.

As for the destruction of property, I shouldn’t have to say this, but it doesn’t compare to the value of our lives.

I do understand the concerns about it, and if you’re looking for a reiteration that protesters don’t condone the damage, you can find it repeated many times. There are plenty of people doing the work of distancing the protests from unlawful behavior.

Perhaps the same strong feelings were the catalyst for both peaceful protests and unlawful behavior, and for that reason, you have a hard time separating the two. You can’t be blamed if the media chooses to frame the events that way, to simply show you images of “riots” without a full analysis of why they’re unfolding as they are, in frustrated communities plagued by poverty and dehumanizing experiences of racial profiling.

But you can look beyond the mainstream media narrative to consider what it’s missing.

It’s true that destructive behavior can come out of strong feelings. For other examples, see emotional responses to sports events.

So when 10,000 people march peacefully in Baltimore and the media focuses on “riots,” while white people can get a pass for rioting over pumpkins, we can see that the focus on unlawful acts is a distraction from the very real need for change.

  1. You say: “Protesters should go through the appropriate channels if they want to change something.”

Why take to the streets, instead of going to City Hall or the voting booth?

Here’s what you’re missing.

Do you know that the whole system of government that’s supposed to represent us, look out for our needs, and create and enforce laws to protect us? Yeah, that’s the very system that’s causing our problems.

These protests are a reaction to the fact that those so-called “appropriate channels” don’t look out for us – in fact, they cause us harm every day.

After all, who are you supposed to call in the case of violence against yourself or your loved ones? The police. And if the police are the ones committing violence against you? Far too many go without seeing justice when that’s the case.

The shooting of Walter Scott was a chilling example of what it means to rely on law enforcement systems to uphold justice. Consider the accounts of his killing that came out before and after a videotape emerged of police officer Michael Slager shooting him in the back as he fled. The vast difference between the two accounts should be enough to make us all question what really happened each time the word of a police officer was weighed against the silence of someone they killed.

So while we march under banners of justice for the lives we mourn, we would have no hope for change if we fought for one victim at a time. Instead, we’re both grieving for the victims and calling attention to the need to address the root causes of the violence that’s taken away their lives.

That kind of change can’t come quietly.

  1. You say: “Protesters are fighting for the wrong victims.”

You wonder why they don’t protest over “Black-on-Black crime,” or consider that some of the people they’re sticking up for are “criminals” or “thugs.”

Here’s what you’re missing.

Violent crimes among African-Americans are no different from violent crimes in groups of other races the majority of victims and offenders of violent crimes are of the same racial background or they know each other.

As Elon James pointed out, so-called “Black-on-Black crime” is already being addressed in our communities, so the narrative that Black people aren’t concerned about it is a false one, and a deflection from the issue of police violence.

The fact is that police brutality is a vastly different issue. Police officers are sworn to protect us, and if they’re incapable of doing that without killing us – or they’re more likely to kill people of color when they do – that’s a huge problem.

It’s still a problem even if the media can find a mug shot of the victim to show when they discuss their murder. It’s still a problem even if the person killed is someone who is described by the New York Times, as Michael Brown was, as “no angel.”

Of course, many of us are less likely to notice it’s a problem if that’s the case. What’s going to evoke more empathy: a story about someone who’s struggled through the devastating effects of poverty their entire life, only to be profiled as a bad person for the way he looks and criminalized for the desperate measures he takes to survive, then ruthlessly gunned down and demonized even after his death? Or the one about a subhuman “thug” whose own actions led to his murder?

Without empathy and compassion for the victims, we allow these lethal systems to continue to kill.

The truth is that it wouldn’t matter if Michael Brown was some kind of angel. If you’re looking for a purely innocent victim, look at Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was sleeping on a couch when police entered the wrong house and shot her in the head. Joseph Weekley, the police officer who killed her, had all charges against him dismissed.

If we stand up only for the “perfect victim,” we may still never see justice. And we will still be vulnerable to getting caught in a perfectly human moment in which we’re the ones in a crowd of “loud” people, as Rekia Boyd was, or wearing sagging pants like Ervin Leon Edwards was, or fleeing for our lives, and our violent death will be said to be justified.

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Business as usual looks like uninterrupted brunches, commutes, and murder. Please excuse the inconvenience as we fight to stay alive.

by Maisha Z. Johnson