Baltimore is beginning to explode Monday, ostensibly over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.
And no doubt, after Baltimore has burned tonight, President Obama will appear in the Rose Garden Tuesday and, while careful to pay lip service to the senselessness of violence, will offer as his main point the need to address the putative scourge of police violence against black people.
Maybe he’ll form a task force!
What Obama needs to do instead, lest this mayhem explode further in Baltimore and begin to spread, is materialize tonight at the White House and not not only urge calm, but vow to commit whatever federal resources are needed by the state of Maryland to pacify the situation. And no mention of bad police people this evening while they’re out risking their lives, thank you very much.
All we’ve heard so far is that newly installed Attorney General Loretta Lynch has “briefed” the president on the riots.
Sure, some police do bad things. Sometimes out of racism. But excuse me, half the Baltimore police department is African American.
The seething anger we are witnessing is that of a population that has been beaten down by decades of failed liberal policies that have kept them in the same situation they were 50 years ago, perhaps tempered a bit financially by some welfare spending.
So some of the “protestors” seem to have cell phones.
But those policies have bred disengagement from normal society and the workforce, a breakdown in social mores, and dependency on the government.
It is people like Obama, and the “help” they are providing, who have set the stage for these riots.
David Clarke, the African American sheriff of Milwaukee who has a habit of making perfect sense about this issue, explained on the TV today that this has very little to do with Mr. Gray.
Like Baltimore, like Ferguson, like New York and many other areas, where failed liberal government policies have led to high unemployment, chronic poverty, failing schools, this is what besets the Baltimore area. Ninety percent of the homicide victims in the Baltimore area are black, as are 90 percent of the suspects. That a bigger than Freddie Gray . . .
These individuals that are rioting and looting right now and throwing rocks and bottles do not know Freddie Gray – do not care about Freddie Gray – and if they were in a nightclub in Baltimore, would shoot and kill him for bumping into them on the dance floor . . .
Just the slightest provocation, and these individuals are so willing to settle disputes with violence. That’s what we’re seeing play out right here in Baltimore.
Whatever you see tonight, stay tuned for more. Al Sharpton will be in Baltimore this week.
H/T to Gateway Pundit for the video.