Rodney King, Obama and the Looting of America

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Working Americans are becoming a minority in a country where fifty percent don’t pay taxes, but do profit from the taxes of others. Where wealth redistribution is the goal, but no matter how much wealth is redistributed, it’s never enough for the perpetually dissatisfied and the permanently angry who always have license to take to the streets in pursuit of some ephemeral justice that can only be gained with bullhorns and broken windows.

White people in America have come to occupy a similar place to the one held by minority groups such as Jews and Asians. There is a bizarre and vulgar obsession with their success, entire schools of thought dedicated to proving that their success is unjustified and has only come about as a result of a vast conspiracy, clannish privilege and underhanded tactics. There is an equally strong obsession with punishing them for their success.

21st Century America is as obsessed with white power as 19th century Europe was with Jewish power. The latter obsession played a sizable role in the destruction of Europe, the former obsession now seems set to do the same thing to America.

But the ugly truth that can be seen in the wake of a riot is that destroying those who succeed does not spread their success around. It only destroys the destroyers. A community in the wake of a riot is poorer, more miserable and more deprived. It has injected itself with another dose in the cycle of violence, looting the ever-diminishing remains of a local economy until nothing is left but empty storefronts and a few food stamp bodegas sheathed in bulletproof glass.

These communities have not been deprived, they are self-deprived. They are not oppressed, they are oppressing themselves. The disparity in power has long ago shifted their way. If they have all too often chosen to use that power in a destructive way, the fault is their own. It cannot be healed with more affirmative action, more apologies and more power shifts. The last three years have made that painfully clear.

If the rioters were once below the law, they have become above the law. Or perhaps they have become the law. Race rioter extraordinaire Al Sharpton is a frequent visitor to the White House and a fixture on liberal cable television. Twenty years since mobs ran down the streets of Crown Heights chanting “Kill the Jews,” the agitator behind the whole thing is praised by the Attorney General.

Ownership is the difference between the looter and the owner. Both the looter and the owner have power, but only the owner has chosen to take ownership of that power and responsibility for that power. The looter treats his power as a force beyond his control, a hair trigger that can go off if he’s provoked or if he has nothing to do. He exercises it carelessly and then complains when things don’t go his way.

Law is responsibility. To riot is to proclaim that the law does not apply to you. That you are beyond, below and above the law. It is a rejection of ownership for one’s own behavior and the larger society. It can be seen in the street level rioters and in an administration which loots and wastes money because it does not think of the money or the country as belonging to it.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    Speaking of "imaginary" that is unspoken.

    …..Black woman shoots new mom (white) – dead and steals her baby – http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=aff_1334772114
    .
    YO! Professional race-baiters……..

    Tawana Brawley
    .
    Tawana Brawley.

    The Tawana Brawley hoax confirms that truth and fair play are irrelevant.

    Spike Lee Did The Wrong Thing: (no pun intended!) : http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/03/spike

  • H&R_ Barack

    .The Marxist media grievance theater is never really about the specific case,….

    Ain't dat correct. Mr. Holder?.

    The Tawana Brawley hoax confirms that truth and fair play are irrelevant.
    .

  • aspacia

    Greenfield is correct, most rioters are indolent and unwilling to begin working at minimum wage as I did when 16.

    Often, in the classroom students demand help because they were absent, and explode when I tell them the work is in the top file drawer by date and name or come in after school for help. Pleaseee—-I have 30 other students in class. That is, they are unwilling to put in the extra effort on their own time, for their grade.

  • Schlomotion

    Daniel Greenfield, a racist Jew, has concocted a racial mythology about the origins of white people in America. The noble, hard working White Man created America, and then the lazy Black Man used loafing, rioting, and unionization to destroy all that the White Man had built. Now the White Man cringes in dethroned minority because of Al Sharpton, Rodney King, and Barack Obama, who are all in cahoots because they are in the n-word secret society. Greenfield speaks the same way on Jamie Glazov's show. If Crown Heights had a Ku Klux Klan, Mr. Greenfield would be wearing the big flappy hood. I ask, WHY, when we know that racism is intolerable from white people and from black people, do we continue to condone it from Jewish people? Why do we condone a Jewish adaptation of Tom Metzger's theories on the destruction of the White Man?

    • Guest

      I didn't actually see him say anything specifically bad about backs. As a matter of fact he missed the point because he tried to state blacks don't riot because they hate whites and as proof he mentioned they attack Asians as well.

      If anything the author fails to mention blacks don't hate they simply possess lower IQs and are very lazy. There is not a single prosperous blacks country state or city on the planet. City after city in the US has fallen under the weight of black ignorance. In Haiti, churches send millions weekly yet this does little to stop the endless raping even of children.

    • StephenD

      "…The noble, hard working White Man created America, and then the lazy Black Man used loafing, rioting, and unionization to destroy all that the White Man had built. Now the White Man cringes in dethroned minority because of Al Sharpton, Rodney King, and Barack Obama, who are all in cahoots because they are in the n-word secret society."

      Who have you EVER heard talk like that?!?

      When you appeal to the emotion of the reader you announce you have a weak argument. (English Lit. 101)

      Me? I just think you're a fool.

      Daniel Greenfield is one of the most brilliant men of our time. I am honored to be able to be in his audience.

      • Danny

        "Who have you EVER heard talk like that?!? "

        Uh, take a gander at the post above yours for a similar sentiment.

    • neged menuvalim

      "schlomotion," a racist, Jew-hating loser whose only outlet to the world is his postings on a website read by people who despise him, a past-middle-aged loser who has no meaningful influence of any kind on anything whatsoever, will go through yet another day suffering from the knowledge that we Jews and Israel continue to exist…

      Jews and Israel survive and prosper: "scholmotion," sitting in his salt mine, loses by default …

      • Schlomotion

        When I have to write my part AND your part…

        • Atlas_Collins

          Ever been to Detroit, Schlomo?

          A visit will serve to illustrate Greenstein's point.

          • Schlomotion

            Yes I was in Detroit two months ago. Black people did not ruin Detroit.

          • Atlas_Collins

            Really? Who did then?

          • Schlomotion

            That's still not a valid question.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            Black people didnt 'ruin' Detroit, they OBLITERATED AND DESTROYED it.

          • Schlomotion

            Jewish racists are so amusing.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            Can you resume by calling me what I am? I AM a bigot.
            I dont hang with people anymore just 'because'.

            Refute it, Schmuck-motion.
            I can take your Jew this and that, but you cant seem to take the truth about the libo-black communi-i-tay.

          • Schlomotion

            I am satisfied to simply hear your views on the black community. Feel free to elaborate.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Schlock, Always blaming the victim.

            Sigh.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            The 'liberal' black community is a modern day plantation.

            On the Monterey Peninsula in Calif, there are good, Christian black people that work hard, own homes, are good citizens and friends of mine and I am proud that they are.

            However, in NYC where I went back to live for 2 years, most of the black community (no, not all) but most are inflicted with welfare & mooching. They are violent, murderous and horrible.

            It has nothing to do with racism. It is what it is. "Liberals" have enabled bad black behavior.
            And, yes, Bolshevik, leftist Jews are a big part of this as well as non Jews.
            IMO, Jews should have known better:
            They should not have marched into neighborhoods for people that hated them in neighborhoods that hated them. (In the 60's)

            Of course this is not a popular opinion.. But, we Jews are better off hanging with ourselves. I know I feel happier around fellow SANE Jews. Either Orthodox or patriotic Jews.
            Thats all.

        • shmomotion

          I can't get laid and I have the most horrid collection of pimples on my ass. I KNOW it's a Jew conspiracy

    • Ghostwriter

      Schlockbrain,you are just as bad as the people you decry. You bash Jews all the time and that IN and of itself is disgusting. In my view,you are an anti-Jewish loser who reads "Mein Kampf" and "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" all the time. Your bigotry is on full display every time you write your stupid posts. It's time for you to grow up,get a job and a life,and get out into the real world and stop your vile,anti-semitic tirades. But,I doubt you'd ever do that.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Greenfield didnt say it, but I will.
      "Evil" whitey made America what it is.

      You go Dan Greenfield. Black people need to STOP HIDING in their victimhood and pretending they are innocent and victims of '400' years of oppression.

    • Anonymous

      Jews: 1

      schmucklotion: 0

      just another day …

    • RUI

      So I think that it would have been Daniel greenfield that invented the statistics of a disproportionate black population in American prisions, out-of-wedlock children in the black community, educational failure, etc, etc. Racists like you view anything under the optics of racism, but not so much about race: for you, it's about the opressed and the opressors, the haves vs the have-nots. If anything, he points out that the only blacks that have self-respect are the Republican ones. The ones who know that the KKK, Jim Crow laws and segregationism were all concocted by the democrats, the true racists that have succeded in maintaining the American blacks in the plantation through political correctedness and social engineering scams like affirmative action, diversity quotas and other such baloney.
      Reminds us again where is the racsim in his words.

  • Danny

    Let's see. Is comparing (a) a black president's pursuit of traditional Democratic party policies to (b) blacks killing and rioting against whites and Asians, in any way (c) a blatant and desperate attempt to inject racial hatred into presidential politics?

    Nah.

    • hugh masakela

      B. Hussein Obama is pursuing "…traditional Democratic party policies…"???

      Not the Democrat party that regular Americans used to, once upon a time, love and support. No, fool, the policies of the Imbecile-in-Chief are the policies of another "civilization" … THAT is why more and more democrats are abandoning the SOB … The Anointed One's intent is to achieve YOUR degraded version of America, but not that of regular Americans…

      Go to hell, and get used to it, your messiah will lose in November. Eat it, jerk.

      • Danny

        Jeez, take a chill pill, will ya?
        Yes, regular Americans used to love and support the Democrat party that gave us Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, AFDC, food stamps, Head Start, and a myriad of other programs that you and others now consider "policies of another 'civilization' " that should be destined for the scrap heap. An arguable position certainly but don't pretend that Obama originated such policies. He belongs to the same political lineage as Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson and the rest, at least when it comes to domestic policies. If you believe that those policies dating back 80 years which Obama, as the Democrat that he is, promotes are now a "degraded version of America", that's your right. But don't pretend that they were instituted without the support of "regular Americans". Or that pigs can fly.

        BTW, I don't believe in hell.
        Eat me.

        • Chris Nichols

          Yes, all those government programs that I have had to pay into, and that I will never see the benefits from, because – like all Democrat sponsored government programs- they are ponzi schemes that pay out the current benefits, to appease voters who want something for nothing.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            Too right, Chris

          • ChiTownTom

            FALCON had me try to find you. Some of the old Breitbart posters found a new home. Stop by some time.

            navy gentleman . com (no spaces)

        • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

          Head Start is a sham. It sucks. AFDC sucks, and everyone tries to get on it–makes me happy when limousine libs have to pay MORE in taxes. HA ha ha.

          Roosevelt was so bad as prez, they had to change the rules to 2 terms. (They RUSHED to change it)

          Obama is SO BAD, we will change it to ONE term.

          Johnson!!! TERRIBLE, he was so terrible, they he promised he would not 'seek my party's nom. nor accept it for a 2nd term.'

          Truman, the only prez that had the guts to blow the suicidal Japs into oblivion to save lives.
          Obama has managed to get more American servicemen KIA in his 3 years, than bad-borders Bush in 8.

          Keep smoking whatever you are smoking that gives you that severe case of denial. They gave it to me during surgery, but I have the ability to come back to the real world in a few days, UNLIKE you Bolshevik Dems.

          • Danny

            Brain surgery, right? I don't think it worked.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            "Those who cannot debate…. defame"

            -Rabbi Meir Kahane

            Refute, get in the fight or get out.

        • ynnad

          eat you? No, pigs aren't Kosher …

          • Danny

            Yeah, well, your mother wears combat boots.

            I like this web site.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            Better to war combat boots than to be a hog.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      You dont like the truth.
      The truth is;

      OBAMAS blacks are murdering, raping, robbing, and beating Americans all over this nation. Top that off with their all black flash mobs.
      You want people to SHUT UP so you and your Bolsheviks can cont. the revolution of Communism.

      Calling people racist does not work anymore. Nobody cares.
      (Obama is the racist, anyway).
      Holder said about the Black Panthers voter intimidation case; "I cant do this, they are my people".
      HIS PEOPLE even come before his lack of judgement in the political spectrum.

  • John C. Davidson

    The biggest mistake this administration has done is to pit achievers against non-achievers.

    Have they forgotten how money is generated to support them?

    • RUI

      It seems to me that was no mistake; it was no accident, it was intentional and premeditated. No wonder the slogan for the new Hussein's campaign is "forward", the rally word for communists, maoists and leninists of all stripe.

  • tagalog

    Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory has it that since the law is manufactured by racists with an eye to keeping blacks oppressed, blacks are above the law and need not obey it when they feel compelled in that direction. It is arguably, under this kind of rationale, virtuous to disobey the law. Therefore, rioting and looting are merely (as the Bolsheviks used to say) "expropriating from the expropriators."

    Blacks attack Asians because they see Asians as oppressors and exploiters just as much as whites, perhaps more. That's why they hate Jews too. Blacks haven't made any secret of their racist hatreds over the years.

  • Chezwick

    The context and backdrop of Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society' has to be seen in a similar vein. It should be seen as more than anything else a gargantuan bribe to stave off what was then perceived by the elite as the coming social revolution.

    There was the Civil Rights movement and the growing activism of militant black groups like the Nation of Islam and the Panthers. There were the Watts riots. There was the specter of the communist tide emanating from Moscow and Beijing….a grand socio-political theorem that hadn't yet been discredited by the verdict of history. All this had the establishment trembling in their boots.

    The plan largely worked. Welfare substituted for the first necessity of life, which is work, and for its recipients, flight from reality – booze, drugs and tv – gradually substituted for the dream of equality and a better life. Genuine social reformers morphed into shake-down artists looking after number one…and the once promising Civil Rights Movement was corrupted to the core.

    Today, the inevitable trajectory of the Welfare State has run its course: We are bankrupt. An insidious policy masked as good intentions has worked its evil into the collective psyche of the nation. An ever-growing army of parasites has opted for idleness over work….and even a mild depression can now be classified as a "disability", absolving one of all personal responsibility. Victimization is exalted….

    …..and amidst all this, horror of horrors, the bill has come due. In the end, we've learned the hard way that dollars and cents actually DO matter. But as our continued unwillingness to face the tough choices ahead amply demonstrates, our policymakers would rather the whole sh*t-house come crashing down tomorrow than to risk the wrath of an entitlement-addicted electorate today.

    I never, ever thought I'd say this, but Democracy has failed us.

    • Western Spirit

      democracy hasn't failed us. we've failed democracy by rejecting what makes it work—judeo-christian values.

      • Chezwick

        A case could be made that Democracy and "Judeo-Christian values" are entirely distinctive phenomenon. After all, Democracy has its roots in pagan Greece and Rome. Judeo-Christian values are primarily a moral code. Certainly, the two are compatible…and the basis of both is tolerance.

        There is a theory that Republics tend to have a shelf-life of about 200 years…after which the public trough becomes so big that it corrupts initiative and progress. Athens and Rome each had a Republic for about 200 years before despotism (in the case of Rome) or foreign domination (Athens) ended the quest.

        I hope America can break with the paradigm, but every indication is that instead, we've broken the bank.

  • waltjr

    “You shall not covet your neighbour's house, you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbour's.” Exodus 20:17

    The commandments were given to us for a reason, it was to keep order among human life. For many years America has been in a spiraling downfall, because of moving away from the 10 Laws for a civilized society.

    America is not only financially corrupt, but most of all, Morally Corrupt.

  • BS77

    Interesting to note the incredible difference between the behavior of the Japanese after the terrible tsunami and the behavior of welfare addicted Americans after the Katrina hurricane. The Japanese did everything they could to protect their children and maintain order in the midst of unprecedented destruction. After Katrina, rioting and looting consumed New Orleans. People looted homes and businesses and stole everything of value they could find…..The entitlement mentality is very damaging to society.

    • mrbean

      Bottom line. According to one of the most reliable estimates, the rioting claimed 53 lives, left thousands injured and reportedly damaged property worth $1 billion. The office of Democratic Congresshag Maxine Waters, who represented South-Central L.A., burned down during the riots. Waters defended the rioters with her ignorant comment : "You whites have to understand our rage." 50 whites, 2 Koreans, and 1 Black all killed by the rioting chimpouts because some chimpout thug who attacked the police got a little ass wupping.

  • Jeff Maher

    A great article, thanks Danny.

    It is time we begin speaking of the "revenge" on our society by these hypocrites. This is not about fairness.
    They do not want to work and they are being fed by their constituents at the Federal level.

  • oldtimer

    Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors house,etc. 2Thessalonians 3:…..if you don't work, you don't eat……Shall I go on.

  • CSEV

    we, the true americans, are fed up, we have known the ploy being implemented within our country by the "ENEMIES WITHIN" WE KNOW WE KNOW!!!! AND NOW WE ARE MOVING AS A NATIONAL BEHIND THE SCENES MOVEMENT TO GET THE CANCER OF THE RACE BAITERS DIMINSIHED INTO EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SCUM OF THIS COUNTRY!!! ALSO MOVING IN OTHER DIRECTIONS SO CLIMB ABOARD AND GET THE JOB DONE!!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Obama Administration, what a riot!!!…………..Just like a riot we will have to clear out and clean up
    the mess but will the lesson be learned that Marxist/Socialist/Islamist/Leftist subversion is not American
    and in no way healthy and should be treated like a disease, like cancer, nothing of worth and only
    destructive. Has the self worth of hard working people been so ruined by leftist educators and America
    been portrayed so badly we believe what is going on is good. The tea party may be the deah throws
    of a dying society where all people have a say and live with hope and faith in a future supported by
    their values found in Church, Synagogue and the family table. Survival will be found in absolutely no
    tollerance for law breakers and subversives only in their removal from our lives…………….William

  • BLJ

    That is why a 12 gauge shotgun and plenty of ammo is a good idea. Mr & Ms Rioter please come and try to destroy my property. I have an itchy trigger finger.

    • tagalog

      Just remember, when the whip comes down, you'll get tried by a court. How much do you trust the courts to do the right thing? The extent of that trust is the extent to which your trigger finger can flex.

      • BLJ

        You are probabely right, but I still will do what I feel it necessary to protect my family and property.

        • Drew

          Yep. Still better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

    • hbbill

      A reminder. No ballistics for a shotgun using 00 buck. just be sure you get 'em all. No witnesses.

  • Western Spirit

    anti-Sematism is based in envy, where the majority are angry a minority group is doing better than them, and envy is the source of what this article is dealing.

    people feeling envious of other groups since america has been divided into groups instead of individuals being responsible for their own well being.

    the people destroying this country know how to do it.

  • UCSPanther

    Rioting is also a sign that law and order is no longer respected. We have seen it twice up here in Canada recently with the Stanley Cup Riots last year (When a huge swarm of drunken sports fans decided to trash parts of Vancouver, BC) and more recently, when large swarms of University students rioted in Quebec over a slight tuition hike.

    • Drew

      In fact, the rioting lawbreakers are often portrayed as "heroic" or at the very least justified by the left wing media. If police do not treat the rioters with kid gloves, the police are portrayed as the goons. Under these circumstances, and because police higher-ups have swallowed the PC poison, police either look the other way or act as social workers making sure the rioters are not inconvenienced by unhappy citizens. In Caledonia, Ontario, police abused the rights of law abiding citizens to keep Native trespassers and occupiers safe and happy. In Toronto, Ontario, Tamils were allowed to block main traffic arteries for days in what amounted to protests over the killing of Tamil Tiger terrorists in Sri Lanka. And so it goes. Non-whites and mobs get to do under police protection what any white or ordinary citizen would be jailed for.

  • UCSPanther

    Race riots are probably the worst ones to have, but riots caused by huge swarms of drunken partiers or "entitlement riots" can be just as destructive.

  • Ghostwriter

    Fortunately,not every black person is like that. Most want a decent job and life. The problem is,the rioters make them all look bad. And the situation is not helped by people like Al Sharpton and the anti-Jewish bigot Schlomotion.

  • jacob

    I remember years ago there was a riot in Miami, Florida, caused by a Latino policeman shooting dead a black motorcyclist who tried to run him over and then tried to escape.
    Liberty City rioted and started looting stores until they came to Cuban hardware stores in which the owners
    were waiting for them with shotguns, rifles and pistols and dared them to loot…
    Needless to say, the brave rioters promised to come back later…….and never did…..
    The moral of the story is that the authorities, infected as they are with the "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" virus
    won't do piddly to stop it, which accounts for rabble rousers such as the Rev" Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson

  • Drew

    What's made whites minority-like in the USA long before their numbers are down is the split off of liberals who align themselves with all the non-white minorities, making this "alliance" the de facto majority. Even non-liberal whites, like so-called conservatives and apolitical flatteringly named Independents when they are more often uninformed do not behave tribally as do their opponents looking out for their own interests. If they did, they would be a much greater force to be reckoned with.

  • Jon_Adams

    Don't think for a moment the community organizer is above encouraging a little rioting. All you have to do is look at Obama's Islamist cousin Odinga who he supported in Kenya and the rioting and killings that took place when he lost the election. Jerome Coursi revealed Obama's emails that showed he not only supported the killings and rioting but suggested and encouraged it.