Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our ‘Fergusons’ don’t need justice. They need real hope for change

My guess is that there are lots of encounters every night in US inner cities between a black young man and a white police officer.   
It’s not because of racism. It’s because too many young black men are involved in crime.  Unfortunately, nobody wants to talk about that or the other structural problems in black America.  
Ferguson, Missouri, is another exhibit of everything that is wrong in our cities, as posted by Kevin Williamson:
“Ferguson was hardly a happy suburban garden spot until the shooting of Michael Brown. Ferguson is about two-thirds black, and 28 percent of those black residents live below the poverty line. The median income is well below the Missouri average, and Missouri is hardly the nation’s runaway leader in economic matters. More than 60 percent of the births in the city of St. Louis (and about 40 percent in St. Louis County) are out of wedlock.”
And there is more, especially a reference to Rev Jesse Jackson and all of the other race hustlers:
“The Reverend Jackson should not be surprised that places such as Ferguson, Mo., have feckless police departments. He himself has spent his career helping to ensure that they have feckless schools, self-serving bureaucracies, rapacious public-sector unions pillaging the municipal fisc, and malevolent political leadership that is by no means above exploiting racial sentiment in order to hold on to power. His allies have been running U.S. cities for a generation, and it takes a considerable measure of brass for him to come in decrying the results as though he had no hand in them.”
Of course, it breaks your heart to hear about any 18 year old young man shot dead anywhere.  At the same time, why aren’t we asking some of these questions about the “Fergusons” in the US:
1) Why was an 18-year old stealing $50 worth of cigars?  Didn’t he have a father who taught him about work and paying for things? Didn’t he learn that you don’t push around smaller people, as we saw in the video when he was pushing around a store owner half his size?
2) Why aren’t we having a national conversation about all of those young men growing up without father figures in the “Fergusons” of America?
3) Why are so many black young men running into police officers in the “Fergusons of America”?
We need an honest conversation but won’t get it.   There are simply too many “race hustlers” in the country, or people like Rev Sharpton who use these tragedies to stay relevant.
And to make matters worse, there are too many weak politicians like President Obama who won’t challenge the leadership in our inner cities because he needs their votes in November.
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