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None of it is flying anymore, at least not with Americans on both sides of the color line genuinely interested in a color-blind society, the people who believe in Martin Luther King’s idea that “content of character” trumps “color of skin.” They are the people who recognize that racial grievance is a business for far too many shameless people, who only prosper by keeping the victim narrative alive and well.
Nothing assures the production of victims more than the gang-banger mentality and all its attendant pathologies. The foremost pathologies? A bone-headed, reflexive macho-ism, coupled with a penchant for using guns to settle even the most minor disputes. The Brighton Beach story is depressingly familiar. From the New York Daily News:
“One man used an umbrella to crack another man in the head as the fight erupted on the Brighton Beach…[S]uddenly, a gunman squeezed off about eight rounds, first shooting in the air before aiming at the brawling crowd, cops and witnesses said.”
What kind of mentality do you have to have to aim at a crowd? And sure enough, yet another innocent victim, 16-year old Tysha Jones, is dead in what the Daily News characterized as a “senseless shooting.”
Hardly senseless. There are a litany of “sensible” rationalizations for pulling the trigger which might not make sense to outsiders, but will be very much in tune with the inner-city worldview where “respect,” aka street-cred, is earned for being able to “out-thug” everyone else.
How deep does the pathology go? Aside from the racial hucksters and their progressive enablers, as deep as the entertainment industry wants it to go. As deep as a Democratic Party, for whom black “victims” equal reliable voters, wants it to go. As deep as black Americans themselves, who ostracize their own brethren for straying away from the Left, want it to go.
And now the violence is becoming orchestrated via technology: send a Facebook message or a tweet, and x amount of kids will show up in a “flash mob,” and shake down a busload of people. The progressives insist that relentless poverty causes crime, a myth debunked here, even as they overlook how many of these “poor” kids own Internet access and/or a cell phone.
This column is written with the intent of cutting through much of the political correctness that invariably accompanies any so-called national conversation regarding race, one that automatically brands anyone a racist for stating out loud what too many people prefer to whisper about. But it is not racist to point out the glaringly obvious. And it is glaringly obvious that until the self-perpetuated destruction of the black family, with all of its attendant pathologies, is confronted, it cannot be changed. It is glaringly obvious that a progressive ideology which has institutionalized inequality in the form of racial quotas and lower standards for “people of color” as a means of proving how much it “cares,” is an insidious perpetration of soft-core bigotry. It is glaringly obvious that people on both sides of the color line have been burdened with such unnecessary baggage long enough.
There will always be a certain degree of racism. Part of the hard-wired human condition is the simple fact that people tend to fear that which they do not understand. The parents of Tysha Jones are dealing with the worst thing that can happen to any parents. All decent people should be outraged. And yet once again, the central reasons for this tragedy have been side-stepped. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, in the typically clueless fashion that has become his trademark, is blaming the availability of guns for the crime. “It would be very helpful . . . if Congress would have some courage to stand up and just enforce the laws that are on the books,” he said.
It would be even more helpful if America honestly addressed the reality that too many black American youths are immersed in a pathological, machismo thug-glorifying worldview–nurtured by timid politicians, racial opportunists and a head-in-the-sand media.
Arnold Ahlert is a contributing columnist to the conservative website JewishWorldReview.com.
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