I thought you might want to see this debate about Ferguson between the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Ben Carson, who may decide to run for president. They appeared together yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
You can see from this conversation why Carson would be such a compelling candidate. And oh, how nice it would be if African Americans would listen to him instead of people like Jackson and Al Sharptongue.
Carson’s message, at its core, and less politely put by me, is that while yes, there is still some racism and racial profiling out there, the overwhelmingly effective thing young black men can do to avoid adverse encounters with the police is to commit fewer crimes. And that will require a serious self-examination by African Americans and significant cultural changes.
I’m not sure that this is a police versus black community issue . . .
If you take race out of the issue altogether, and you take a group of young men and you raise them with no respect for authority, not learning to take on personal responsibility, having easy access to drugs and alcohol, they’re very likely to end up as victims of violence or incarceration. It has nothing to do with race.
So, yes, is there racism? Are there problems? Yes. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But we need to start looking at bigger issues here.
Why do so few of our public leaders have the courage of Dr. Carson to deliver the bad news to African Americans that change will have to be worked for and must come largely from within? Instead, you have people like Al Sharptongue pedaling the easy, happy message – to plaudits from the White House and the media – that someone else is responsible for the pain in the black community.
Instead of a serious solution, we get this kind of thing from PBS’ Gwen Ifill on Meet the Press – talk of a new civil rights movement – as the other panelists nod their heads in ponderously politically correct agreement.
Carson cares enough about black people and their current plight to offer them the truth – and take the heat for it. Why so few others?
You’ll notice in the video below that Jackson brings up Rosa Parks. THAT WAS 60 YEARS AGO. Please, Rev. Jackson, go to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis – I’ve been there, it’s superb – if you want to revel in the glory days. In fact, while you’re there, stand yourself up as an exhibit.
Racism in America was once the significant cause of black disempowerment. No longer. While the current pitiful state of black culture is the legacy of America’s sad history of racial discrimination and slavery, efforts to atone with white largesse via federal and state welfare programs have only made things worse for African Americans.
The best thing the government can do is eliminate the disincentives for work and get out of the way. Liberals, stop killing black people with your generosity and good intentions. It only makes you feel better, not them.
VIEWER WARNING: Portions of this segment are difficult to understand because it seems that as Rev. Jackson ages, his lower teeth are migrating straight into the upper palate of his mouth, with the result zhat heesh talking shomshing like zhish.