President Obama in a BET interview: “You know, when you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance.”
Eric Holder on his encounters with police profiling: “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on teaching his mixed-race son how to interact with police: “With Dante, very early on, we said, ‘Look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do. Don’t move suddenly. Don’t reach for your cellphone. Because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.”
Al Sharpton on Michael Brown’s legacy: “Michael, they are going to know your name because you’re going to change the music of how policing is done in this country.”
Ferguson protestors after the execution of two NYPD officers: “Pigs in a blanket! Fry them like bacon!”
If the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City inspired anti-police sentiments and protests around the country, those same sentiments and protests have inspired a backlash in favor of law enforcement. People who might otherwise agree that there could be improvements in the way police carry out their duties have been so disgusted by the lies and distortions coming out of the political and media sphere that they feel they must take a stand.
Around the country, Blue Lives Matter marches have grown out of a sincere appreciation for the police officers who risk their lives every day to keep criminals at bay. A big one is planned for the nation’s capital on January 17th, with protestors marching from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to the Capitol starting at 12:00pm.
One of the most active organizers – a police dispatcher from Cleveland named Mary Jo Graves – said, “There has been so much negative publicity, we wanted our officers to know that the community is behind them.” Graves hosted a march in her hometown that was such an extraordinary success, she has been asked by other cities to help them organize further events. “I think people are finally fed up.”
Ms. Graves, you can say that again. Fed up is just about the perfect phrase for it. Fed up with the lies coming from liberal Democrats who want to increase the racial divide in this country for their own anti-American aims. Fed up with news stations like CNN deciding they will report only those stories and facts that confirm the narrative they’ve chosen to tell. Fed up with protestors who get all of their information from the left wing media using these incidents as an excuse to do something other than work for a living.
No one is saying the police are perfect. There are unjust laws, innocent people in jail, and guilty people walking the streets. There is police brutality. There is racism.
These issues could have been addressed in a calm, deliberate, systematic way. Instead, we got, “Burn this bitch down!”
Maybe, once the dust settles from 2014, we can get to the business of fairly and wisely improving those areas of law enforcement that need it. But it won’t happen as long as the racial cabal in this country insists on making this Civil Rights, Part II. Too many Americans know the truth.