Kansas City councilman Jermaine Reed wanted to have an “honest” discussion on race. But like Attorney General Eric Holder and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, who made similar pleas before him, he did not really say more than that.
Green’s call for honest talk came after three years and dozens of episodes of black mob violence at the Plaza in Kansas City.
He wanted an explanation as to why police only cited black people.
I could not tell if he was unhappy with the black people for frequent and large-scale episodes of mob violence – or with the police for catching them.
So I asked him. Despite Reed’s plea for more conversation, he said he did not wish to talk about it.
But I did get an answer to my question a few days ago when I was on a Kansas City talk show in connection with my book, “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America.” Several examples of long-term and repeated racial violence from Kansas City are in the book.
Councilman Reed “tried to imply the police were racially enforcing the curfew,” Greg Knapp of KCMO told me on the air.
The cops did it. I hear that a lot.
There were other questions I wished I could have asked. Such as:
Councilman Reed, I’ve talked to police. I’ve talked to victims. I’ve seen video. I’ve read Twitter streams and Facebook pages. I’ve read comments on Kansas City news sites. And every single one of these sources confirms one fact: Everyone involved in the dozens of episodes of racial violence and lawlessness at the Kansas City Plaza is black.
Or are all those observers as racist as the police? Selectively noticing just the black people? Are whites or Asians or Amish also making the Plaza a mini-war zone? And are police ignoring them?
If so, did you happen to get their names? Or perhaps a video? There are lots of people who have seen the Plaza close up during this mob violence, including the mayor. He was 50 yards away when someone shot a gun.
So digging up a few white or Asian or Amish perpetrators should not be difficult.
The mayor won’t be much help: As soon as you made your insinuations to your colleagues at the council, Mayor Sly James rushed down from his office to defend the police.
Another question, Councilman Reed: I’ve documented more than 500 episodes of racial violence not too much different than Kansas City. Some bigger. Some smaller. Some more violent. Some less.
Sometimes people, like you, say it is not just black people causing the mob violence and lawlessness. I keep asking for videos, as I did on the air at KCMO. But I’m still waiting. What do you think of people who charge racism without proof? Isn’t that an even more treacherous form of racism?
There are, of course, some brave and brilliant voices on the topic of race: Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele and Taleeb Starkes, to name a tiny sliver of those speaking out against the ignorant political class.
But I still see so much resentment. So much anger. So much racism that appears in public that goes uncondemned. Even praised.
Just a few days ago, I read an article by a radio station executive who said black radio was the victim of all sorts of sinister plots. He talked about “the hateful indifference to blacks that dominates so much of what is considered mainstream media.” He accused crooked ratings systems of having “deprived black radio of a fair share of advertising revenue.”
This is a good example of Critical Race Theory in action: All institutions are racist. And racism is permanent. That’s former Harvard professor Derrick Bell talking. You remember: The president’s friend from Harvard.
Earlier this month, former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien criticized white people for refusing to talk about race. She said it makes them uncomfortable. What that really means is that fewer and fewer people are interested in racial monologues full of excuses for black pathology posing as genuine dialogue about a pressing problem.
Former Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver recently told a local news station that cracking down on black mob violence at the Plaza was a bad idea because: “All we are going to do is make a lot of black kids angry, and they are going to take out their anger somewhere else.”
Councilman Reed, another question: You want honesty? Then can you please honestly tell me where black people in Kansas got the idea that they can visibly and publicly break the law, hurt people, destroy property, over and over again?
And then brag on Twitter how much fun they had doing it? And then get you to pretend they are the victims.
Last question: You wouldn’t have anything to do with that, would you? Honestly?
The abuses conscientious objectors suffered for their stance during WW1 make for grim reading. But after word got out about the abuse, public opinion moved towards respect. It became recognized that to stand up and be counted as someone who would not fight required its own, very high, degree of courage.
During the Vietnam War, there were about 170,000 conscientious objectors.
But getting an exemption on conscientious grounds is, even today, often an arduous process. COs may face jail sentences or fines, despite a 2012 UN document stating that “conscientious objection … is based on the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
Holly Williams talks with 5 conscientious objectors from WWII to the present. A 19 year-old Israeli woman interviewed refused to join the Israeli army’s “terrorizing of the Palestinian people”.
Conscientious objectors are heroes.
Last week, the Obama White House was finally exposed to Americans on both the left and right as the abusive and arrogant administration that it is. Throughout this presidency, we’ve seen examples of the constant abuse of power and living above the law – the executive orders on gun control, the assault on religious liberty through Obamacare and the refusal to enforce immigration laws to gain political favor – are just a few among many. And last week, three more egregious offenses came to light that concern all freedom-loving Americans.
First, despite efforts to cover up the origin, truth and creator of the Benghazi talking points, we have seen more than 100 pages of emails that demonstrate how the talking points were changed from fact to fiction to fit the administration’s 2012 election narrative that al-Qaida was on its heels.
Second, the IRS got caught targeting conservative nonprofit groups over their tax-exempt status. The harassment was not from a lone rogue agent, but it was a systematic program condoned at high levels of the agency designed to silence the voices critical of the president’s policies. And it goes even higher. Reports are emerging that top officials at the Treasury Department were aware of the practices as far back as June 2012 – right in the middle of the president’s campaign for re-election – not all too different from the Benghazi case. This incredibly chilling revelation confirms two oft mentioned concerns. First, President Obama’s history of vitriolic attacks on his political foes sets a tone for not only his political supporters, but those who work for him. Second, elitist federal officials have contempt for average Americans who fight to keep power away from them.
The president’s response? Permit me to paraphrase: Who did what? Never heard of such of thing?
But he has assured us he is “angry” – although he’s not angry enough to fire those responsible. Instead, he graciously requested the man who oversaw and condoned such activity to opt for early retirement (with full benefits). You will be pleased to know that the woman who was in charge of the department discriminating against conservative groups is now overseeing Obamacare!
Finally, I am no fan of the Associated Press or the mainstream media, but I will defend with every fiber of my being their First Amendment right. President Obama’s Justice Department secretly pulling the phone records of the AP and possibly members of Congress to investigate government leaks about a terror plot in Yemen is an abuse befitting Fidel Castro, not a U.S. president.
Our mainstream news media have generally treated Barack Obama with adoration since he emerged on the national political scene, and when he has gotten into trouble they have ignored it or generally given him the benefit of the doubt. Most recently, this was true in the reporting, or lack thereof, of the massive failure that led to four American diplomats being killed by al-Qaida in Benghazi. But the media are treating the tax and surveillance scandals differently. Unlike the other scandals, this behavior by the administration is hitting close to home.
Most journalists in America agree with many of the intrusive government policies, unless it is their freedom that government is infringing. The media might want to look at the events over the last decade in Venezuela, where the late President Hugo Chavez brought a huge expansion of government and centralized power and then used his intelligence assets to stifle political and media opponents. This is what leftist leaders do around the world: Control the news media, use bureaucrats to suppress dissent and obscure the truth.
On May 3, 2012, on World Press Day, President Obama issued a statement saying, “On this World Press Freedom Day, the United States honors the role of a free press in creating sustainable democracies and prosperous societies. … We call on all governments to protect the ability of journalists, bloggers and dissidents to write and speak freely without retribution.”
Is it not shocking that during this very same week, the Obama Justice department was secretly obtaining the phone records on 20 lines from the world’s largest and oldest news wire service, attempting to uncover the source of a possible information leak from the government?
Americans are seeing here the ugly side of the liberal, big government philosophy they voted for last fall. This is what you get when government gets too big and intrusive: It tramples on your basic rights.
Remarkably, statements from responsible voices from across the ideological spectrum have condemned these actions by the Obama administration. How about that: After four-and-a-half years, President Obama has finally done something to bring both sides together in Washington.