Sunday, June 28, 2015

Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem

June 22, 2015

Today, many people who do not accept the politically correct positions on race in America feel the need to state the obvious when discussing the issue to help defend against unfounded accusations of being a racist. So, let me start with my disclaimer. The white murderer in Charleston, South Carolina is the scum of the earth. The lowest of the low. The black victims were innocent people who, at the time of their murder, were engaged in peaceful Bible study in their church. One cannot help but to feel the pain and mourn their loss along with their families and friends and the Charleston community. People of all races and ethnicities should acknowledge and support the black community in this case. People of all religions should acknowledge and support members of the Christian faith. There should be nothing controversial here. Any decent person should feel the same way. I recognize that not everyone will agree with the last part of my disclaimer, which is that South Carolina has the death penalty and I believe it should be used in summary fashion. There is no chance of killing an innocent person with the death penalty in this case. Arguments about too many layers of appeals in death penalty cases only show the deficiencies in our legal system. None of the standard arguments against the death penalty should be used to prevent the white, racist murderer from being erased from the face of the earth.

In response to this atrocity, people have commended the way the members of the Charleston community, blacks and whites, have united and conducted themselves. They have contrasted the peaceful behavior of the people of Charleston to the violent reactions witnessed in other controversial events that centered, or were made to center, on race in other American cities, such as Baltimore and Ferguson. But truth be told, while the Charleston model is no doubt the better model, what will come of it? What will change in this country as a result of this latest round of senseless killings?

The sad answer is that nothing will change and that is because we are trying to solve the wrong problem. For there to be a change, the country needs to address the real problem and to do so honestly. But nothing good can happen given the dishonest climate we are in. Instead of focusing on the traditional perspectives of good vs. evil and right vs. wrong, we are focusing on black vs. white. We are consumed by the false narrative of "Black Lives Matter". False not because black lives don't matter (they absolutely do), but rather because all black lives matter, not just those black lives lost with blood on white hands. Equally important, all lives, not just black lives, matter. For there to be change in this country, change considered proper based on Biblical, historical, civilized and jurisprudence standards, we need to try to solve the right problem and protect all innocent people, regardless of their color, from all violent criminals, again regardless of their color.

President Obama was visibly upset in reacting to the terrible news of the murders in Charleston. He was emotional. He was angry. You want that type of reaction from the leader of our country. But, as usual, as he continued talking he went on to politicize and preach on certain issues. He used the murders to once again lecture on gun control. I think most Americans would support new, sensible gun control regulations. Obama, however, has done nothing but politicize the issue. This problem will not be solved easily. Guns cannot be outlawed in this country. You cannot take away the rights of innocent Americans to legally obtain guns. The obvious reason is that there are just too many guns in our communities. If a bad guy really wants to do harm to innocent people, he can readily obtain guns and other weapons to do so. He would just do so illicitly. Does anyone really believe that gang members, drug lords and violent criminals all fill out the necessary paperwork to legally obtain their weapons? Does anyone even acknowledge the use of weapons by criminals? No. Instead, the left, as is typical, looks to overreach and punish all innocent people to address a problem caused by a disproportionate minority, while at the same time ignoring the real problem of weapons in the hands of criminals. One only needs to look at Obama's reflexive response to try to federally restrict the weapons used by law enforcement. The left also dodges the fact that if innocent people were armed perhaps the criminal could be stopped sooner in any given situation. There is always that "what if" that gets asked in these terrible cases.

There was something even more troubling for me though in Obama's response. As mentioned above, Obama gave a heartfelt, emotional response to the Charleston murders. This was the typical Obama response involving real anger whenever a black person is killed by a white person, whether or not justifiably. Obama also portrayed the tragic events as being emblematic of white racism against blacks in America today. He linked the Charleston murders to the haunted history of America's past when black people truly were oppressed by white people. Such statements from a sitting black president are both foolish and ignorant.

One should not question or doubt the sincerity of Obama's emotion in addressing the Charleston tragedy, or Baltimore or Ferguson for that matter. His anger is both real and palpable. We also have seen Obama's passion on display when he addresses matters pertaining to Muslims. His Cairo speech, bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia, warm outreach wishing Iranians a happy new year and continuous lambasting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel while openly siding with the Palestinians are but several examples. But these real displays of emotion by Obama help to prove who he really is and what he really is about. Because in contrast, it is hard to get him to say anything about attacks or violence on people who are not black or Muslim. When he does, it is clear that he is mouthing empty words. When viewed in comparison to when he addresses an issue he is passionate about, the difference could not be more stark.

Robotic Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton immediately latched onto the continuing white racist problems of America. Apparently she too does not believe that America has progressed on the issue of race. The New York City Mayor with a one-track mind, Bill DeBlasio, spoke of racial terrorism. Interesting, as liberals cannot seem to acknowledge terrorism when committed in the name of Islam.

Listening to these leaders, as well as the leaders of the overall black community, a person who does not know better would get the impression that whites are severely oppressing blacks in America. One also would be led to believe that white violence against blacks is the only violence suffered by blacks. It is as if there is no such thing as black on black violence and blacks do not commit any violent crimes against whites. But we do know better. These notions are utterly false and belong only in the realm of fantasyland. Just over the last few days, a black man killed a police officer in New Orleans. Another black man killed a police officer in Cincinnati. There were two mass shootings at block parties in Detroit and Philadelphia resulting in deaths and injuries to many people, including children. Following the Michael Gray incident in Baltimore, the murder rate there has skyrocketed. Murders in Chicago are out of control, as they are in other black communities in America. Violent crimes committed by blacks are disproportionately high. These are facts.

Leaders like Obama are dreadfully and deceitfully silent as to these facts. They do not address black on black or black on white violence. The most you get is the typical mouthing of a few empty words, but rarely even that. Passion and emotion are nonexistent. Instead, speaking out only against violence committed by whites on blacks fits much better into his and their overall narrative that America has been and still is a racist country. On this issue, Obama is passionate and he makes it very easy to feel his anger. He also is very successful in dividing and inciting the country and setting back race relations to where he claims them to be.

But this distorts the real problem. Leaders like Obama lack all credibility when they compare American society today to how it was decades ago. In a country with well over 300 million people, they latch onto isolated incidents, some like Charleston which show nothing but pure evil, to make the claim that all of America is racist. They also pretend there is no such thing as violence or racism by blacks against whites. The problem is that Americans know better, on both fronts.

The real problem in America, as in any democratic country, is violent crime, and how to prevent it and punish it when it does happen. It is not and should not be made into an issue exclusively about race, or, more specifically, only white on black violence. Especially not when violent crimes in this country are committed disproportionately by blacks. Nothing will be achieved focusing only on part of the problem because, unfortunately, in a country of this size, there will always be crazy and racist people. You cannot stretch the vile acts of some people, an extremely small minority, to apply to an entire country. We still struggle with a high rate of violent crime in this country. The entirety of the problem should and needs to be addressed. All evil needs to be fought. All good people need to be protected. Right must triumph over wrong. All lives matter. Race is irrelevant. Only when we accept this can something be achieved. I am not optimistic with the dishonest leaders we have. But this too can change.

May G-d bless the souls of the innocent victims of Charleston and may G-d bless America.

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