Not that it comes as even a minor surprise, but it’s clear that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has bought hook, line, and sinker into the media frenzy surrounding police and their supposed campaign of racist brutality against black men in America. Clyburn, last seen celebrating what the Democratic Party could do with the “opportunity” presented to them by the coronavirus pandemic, told CNN that, even though he lived through the days of the segregated South, he lived in greater fear of police today than at any time in his life.
“I would simply say, as I have always said, nobody is going to defund the police,” Clyburn said. “We can restructure the police forces, restructure, reimagine policing. That is what we are going to do. The fact of the matter is, the police have a role to play. What we have got to do is make sure that their role is one that meets the times, one that responds to these communities that they operate in.
“I didn’t grow up in fear of police, even in a segregated environment,” he continued. “We never feared the police. But, all of a sudden now, I do fear the police. The young blacks fear the police. Why? Because we have built-in a system that’s responding, once again, to Brown v. Board of Education and everything that comes with it. When I was growing up, we didn’t have black police. The fact of the matter is, this is a structure that has been developed that we have got to deconstruct. So, I wouldn’t say defund — deconstruct our policing.”
Those two sentences. Clyburn should repeat them in a mirror until a lightbulb goes off over his head: We never feared the police – But, all of a sudden now, I do fear the police. We never feared the police – But, all of a sudden now, I do fear the police. We never feared the police – But, all of a sudden now, I do fear the police.
Notice that Clyburn moves on to actually asking why this sudden change has occurred. Unfortunately, his explanation is utterly incoherent. The “system” is responding to a Supreme Court ruling from 1954? That’s why you suddenly fear the police after all these years? Or is it because there are black police officers now and there weren’t before? Is Clyburn even in his right mind?
No, Mr. Clyburn, the reason you fear the police in 2020 and you didn’t in 1950-whatever is because in 2020 we have cell phone videos and 24-hour cable news channels that exist to warp your entire perception of what’s really going on in the country. Fact is, there’s never been a safer time to be black in America than right now. Put another way, there’s never been less cause to be afraid of police in this country than this very moment.
Alas, the same liberals who can cite you stats all day long about climate change suddenly find themselves allergic to the data when it comes to crime in America and the police response. They’ll show you inflammatory videos all day long, but they’ll never show you the numbers that prove that this is a certified fake crisis.
We would argue that someone in Clyburn’s political position ought to know that…but let’s face it, he probably does.