Rioting in Baltimore is more a result of incompetent, Pollyanish leadership than it is about any legitimate grievance of the rioters.
Here is the rap sheet of the now deceased young man, Freddie Gray, who may very well become the latest poster child as one of Obama’s children:
The hand of Obama and the democratic left is apparent in Baltimore’s response to out of control blacks. Just how much influence did Obama have on the decisions of not so bright Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake? The rules of engagement imposed on the police were in the style of the “let it burn, anti-police” attitude of the Obama administration.
Ms. “Let them riot.”
“While we try to make sure that [protesters] were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,”
How well has that worked out for you, mayor? This irresponsible “leader” of Baltimore deserves to be jailed for malfeasance and misfeasance in office.
We hear outlandish wishful thinking statements from locals that “it’s just a few people” or” its outsiders causing this.” Hmm, over a thousand police on duty and most observers are saying they are outnumbered. It’s not “just a few people” and a few outside agitators. It’s the essence of the black community in Baltimore, and likely reflects the aspirations of many blacks in cities across the nation.
Shepherd Smith of FOX News is one example of part of the problem. During discussion on The Five, one commentator asked “where are the parents?” Smith scolded the questioner suggesting that question isn’t relevant. Say what? That was an excellent question. Is it possible that the parents, if they have any, support what their offspring are doing?
This whole debacle begs the question: Why hadn’t the curfew been imposed at sunset Monday night? Why hasn’t the National Guard been on standby outside the city two days ago? We can guess why the police were handcuffed early on. That’s the democrat way. But after that tactic failed, there was nothing to take its place and the mobs and rioters prevailed.
It is noteworthy that the two major fires started by rioters on Monday night were Christian Senior Centers: One Catholic and one Baptist. One of the particpants in rioting is known to be the Nation of Islam and other similar racist groups.
In a city where 63.7% of the population is black, with a black mayor, a police department comprised of over 40% blacks, where the Chief of Patrol is black, where 90% of the victims in Baltimore are black and 90% of the perpetrators are black, it seems clear where the problem lies.
Here is a useful commentary I picked up from a reader’s comment on a news site:
For almost 150 years the United States has been conducting an interesting experiment. The subjects of the experiment: black people and working-class whites.
The hypothesis to be tested: Can a people taken from the jungles of Africa and forced into slavery be fully integrated as citizens in a majority white population?
The whites were descendants of Europeans who had created a majestic civilization. The former slaves had been tribal peoples with no written language and virtually no intellectual achievements. Acting on a policy that was not fair to either group, the government released newly freed black people into a white society that saw them as inferiors. America has struggled with racial discord ever since.
Decade after decade the problems persisted but the experimenters never gave up. They insisted that if they could find the right formula the experiment would work, and concocted program after program to get the result they wanted. They created the Freedman’s Bureau, passed civil rights laws, tried to build the Great Society, declared War on Poverty, ordered race preferences, built housing projects, and tried midnight basketball.
Their new laws intruded into people’s lives in ways that would have been otherwise unthinkable. They called in National Guard troops to enforce school integration. They outlawed freedom of association. Over the protests of parents, they put white children on buses and sent them to black schools and vice versa. They tried with money, special programs, relaxed standards, and endless handwringing to close the “achievement gap.” To keep white backlash in check they began punishing public and even private statements on race. They hung up Orwellian public banners that commanded whites to “Celebrate Diversity!” and “Say No to Racism.” Nothing was off limits if it might salvage the experiment.
Some thought that what W.E.B. Du Bois called the Talented Tenth would lead the way for black people. A group of elite, educated blacks would knock down doors of opportunity and show the world what blacks were capable of. There is a Talented Tenth. They are the black Americans who have become entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and scientists. But ten percent is not enough. For the experiment to work, the ten percent has to be followed by a critical mass of people who can hold middle-class jobs and promote social stability. That is what is missing.
Through the years, too many black people continue to show an inability to function and prosper in a culture unsuited to them. Detroit is bankrupt, the south side of Chicago is a war zone, and the vast majority of black cities all over America are beset by degeneracy and violence. And blacks never take responsibility for their failures. Instead, they lash out in anger and resentment.
Across the generations and across the country, as we have seen in Detroit, Watts, Newark, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and now Ferguson, rioting and looting are just one racial incident away. The white elite would tell us that this doesn’t mean the experiment has failed. We just have to try harder. We need more money, more time, more understanding, more programs, and more opportunities.
But nothing changes no matter how much money is spent, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV, and no matter who is president. Some argue it’s a problem of “culture,” as if culture creates people’s behavior instead of the other way around. Others blame “white privilege.”
But since 1965, when the elites opened America’s doors to the Third World, immigrants from Asia and India–people who are not white, not rich, and not “connected”–have quietly succeeded. While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT, black “youths” are committing half the country’s violent crime–crime, which includes viciously punching random white people on the street for the thrill of it that has nothing to do with poverty.
The experiment has failed. Not because of culture, or white privilege, or racism. The fundamental problem is that white people and black people are different. They differ intellectually and temperamentally. These differences result in permanent social incompatibility.
Our rulers don’t seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment. They don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, and the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity.
The elites explain everything with “racism,” and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point.