Editorial

ALL Lives Matter, Do They?

 

Yatindra Bhatnagar 

There was a big report in Los Angeles Times by Ann M. Simmons and Jaweed Kaleem (The BACK STORY  Black Lives Matter’s future , 25 Aug.). It is certainly a welcome interview with the co-founder of BLM, Patrisse Cullors, ONLY because it clearly demonstrates what Black Lives Matter group stands for – anti-Police, anti-law enforcement, anti-White and anti-Trump agitational programs and a ‘belief ’ that ‘our communities need to be defended’ – meaning resorting to violence, if needed.

The interviewers didn’t ask this pertinent question, and even if they had asked, I don’t think they would get a correct reply (only something defensive):  What about Blacks killing Blacks, and why the disproportionate crime by Blacks?

Indisputable statistics say that despite being only 13% of the American population, Blacks commit 52% of crimes.

The other startling fact is: Over 1400 more blacks were murdered by Blacks in two years than were lynched by Whites in over 80 years.

And what is Black Lives Matter organization really doing for the Blacks?  Where were they when in dozens of Chicago communities Black men kill each other quite  frequently and when a 9-year-old girl, Tyshawn Lee, was lured into an alley and killed by a black gangster out to seek vengeance in a terrifying display of gang culture. 

The answer is nil. They only agitate against the Whites and the Police and want to downsize law enforcement. This is a big hate group against the Whites and Law Enforcement, as also declared by the prominent Black Sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke. 

Chicago’s death toll of Americans killed is almost equal to that of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. 

BLM was there only when Black men (instantly termed as ‘youth’ or ‘boys’) in Missouri and elsewhere were killed by White Police officers. It turned out that those killed were armed, rioting and had pointed their weapons at the Police. Guns were found with them.

According to reports and statistics by FBI:  4,906 Black people murdered other Blacks in 2010 and 2011. That is 1,460 more black Americans killed by other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968, according to the Tuskegee Institute.

Black People (mostly men) commit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime.

In 2012, White males were 38% of the population and committed 4,582 murders. That same year, Black males, just 6.6% of the population, committed a staggering 5,531 murders – nearly 1000 more than White males. This has continued for 30 years. 

University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and found that an average of 4,472 Black men were killed by other Black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

But academics have noted that the proportion of black suspects arrested by the Police tends to match closely the proportion of offenders identified as black by victims in the National Crime Victimization Survey.

This doesn’t support the idea that the police are unfairly discriminating against the black population when they make arrests.

Of course, there is racism in America, and also it would be naïve to suggest that there is no racism in the US criminal justice system, but victim reports don’t support the idea that this is because of mass discrimination. But  the mainstream media jumps at it with terming some killed men as youth or teens. 

St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman says a Berkeley officer approached two men at a Mobile gas station during a routine patrol, one of them pointed a handgun at him. The officer fired several shots and fatally wounded one of them. The other one fled. Detectives say they’ve recovered the suspect’s handgun. 

The media was deliberately trying to make Brown’s death seem more outrageous by classifying him as a child, and that triggered an out-of-control violent situation across the country. The ‘boy’ was trouble, not going to school, not having a job – but had a girl-friend and was armed when confronted by the Police, started to run and pointed his gun at the Police. But NBC, and more particularly MSNBC ,continued with the tirade such as that “the Police killed an unarmed Black teen.

The other kind of ‘racism’ is prevalent among the mainstream media also.

And the Left, liberals, Democrats, disgruntled lawmakers and even ex-presidents, have also come out against racism – understandably so – but they have made President Trump their target. The Charlottesville (VA) situation was brought about by ‘both sides’ if one is ‘extra neutral.’ Otherwise, it was crystal clear that the counter-protestors who had no business to be there, had not only been aggressive but unduly provoked and also took the initiative to start violence.

[And remember Virginia has a Democratic Governor ,Terry McAuliffe, a close  Clinton buddy.]

The Police and the civic authorities should never allow rival groups to demonstrate at the same time, same place, and same day. In a Free Speech scenario every group is entitled to their say but not to clash deliberately by their presence the same day, same place.

But what can you do in a culture that encourages one-sided racism. It’s okay to have a Black Lives Matter organization that doesn’t care for ALL lives, and even really for Black lives, but focuses their ire against White lives, White Police and generally all Law Enforcement. They forget that even when BLM protests against the Police, the ones who are on duty to protect them are the Police officers.

I also fail to understand the logic behind having a Black Caucus in Congress,  Black churches, Black lawyers, Black students, Black journalists, Black Wall Street Merchants, Black Hotel Owners, Black Women, Black engineers, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push, Coalition, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and black this and black that organizations – the most aggressive among them being the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Are these hundreds of Black organizations NOT racists, catering to and formed for only the Black people? I am sure if the Whites form scores of organizations like that there would be huge uproar the like of which the world has not seen ever. That would be called racist, White Supremacist, White Nationalist, KKK, Nazi and so on. And they are termed exactly that though they are nowhere near the Black groups in their numbers, intensity, hatred, bigotism, aggression, violence, and a pronounced anti-Police and anti-law enforcement stand and action. 

Wherever these few, so-called White groups are, they are nationalists (no crime), defenders of our borders, supporters of American Constitution and NOT against the Black people and ‘out to get them.’ Their agenda is quite different – it’s for ascertaining their rights ALSO, to support the current President and his Make America Great Again goal, and to make our military strong, and so on. These are, not necessarily, White goals. They are not racist goals. They are American goals. They cannot be clubbed with racism.

Why can’t the country see things clearly, dispassionately and objectively? One-sided racism is weakening the nation, dividing us and ignoring our priorities of nation-building. By attacking Trump all the 24-hours, by being anti-Police and by demanding downsizing Law Enforcement we are not advancing our lives, our liberties and our pursuit of happiness – the goals the Founding Fathers enshrined in the American Constitution.