When tens of thousands of protesting Australians escape penalty for defying strict rules forbidding mass assembly, you must accept we are not equal under the law. When elected representatives and other alleged grownups watch in silence, ‘take the knee’ or, express endorsement of the ‘noble’ cause behind the often violent protests, you know our democratic way of life is being surrendered without a fight. And when mobs of militant teenagers fearlessly target police with obscenities and projectiles, anarchy isn’t far away.
A New York Times columnist gets to the heart of it. ‘Galvanised by images of police brutality and the message of “Black Lives Matter”, many young voters — whose generation is no stranger to protests, having led movements around climate change and gun control in recent years — think taking to the streets may be much more effective’ (than voting). Given the craven response of elected governments, they may be right.
The actions of Minneapolis police which resulted in the death of George Floyd were abhorrent and the four officers involved await trial. But as appalling as Floyd’s death is, why does a serial law breaker become a global martyr? As presidential hopeful Joe Biden remarked, ‘Even Dr. (Martin Luther) King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did’. Shame on the world. But the question remains.
In her book, The War on Cops, Heather MacDonald writes, ‘A police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.’ Of those killed by police, less than four per cent involved a white officer and an unarmed black man. In fact, although African Americans commit 44 per cent of all murders, they are less likely than whites to die at the hands of police. It seems for white lives different standards apply.
The reality is, George Floyd’s death has become a rallying point for a wider political agenda. After all, what began as a protest against police brutality has rapidly morphed into a cultural revolution demanding atonement for an ugly past.
It is true that black Americans are trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence. Decades of gesture politics have confused welfare dependence with compassion, entrenched racial stereotyping and limited social mobility. Today, almost 70 per cent of black children are born to single mothers and as Brookings Institution confirms, the policy implications for out-of-wedlock births are staggering’. Single mothers are far more likely than married mothers to be poor and instil in the minds of their children a sense of victimhood and helplessness.
America’s ten ‘most dangerous cities’ bear witness to this. They lead the nation in violent crimes. Long-term Democratic strongholds, many are sanctuary cities where illegal immigrants compete with America’s poorest for jobs. No wonder one million New Yorkers have fled New York City and the tri-state area in the last nine years. Or that nearly 700,000 Californians escaped to other states in 2018, taking jobs and investment with them.
New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, and his peers blame ‘systemic powerlessness’ and racism, instead of their own policy failures. Identity politics and virtue-signalling may win votes in struggling black communities but do little to improve their lives.
The same can be said for Australia’s Aborigines. Reciting ‘welcome to country’ at every opportunity may make whites feel virtuous, but it has as much impact on Aboriginal lives as, ‘Have a nice day’. And for all the energy that went into the ‘stolen generation’s’ national apology, who now cares?
It’s not the absence of goodwill, lack of voice, or money, which fails Aboriginal Australians. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd demonstrated that. His promise to ‘close the gap’ in living standards, life expectancy, literacy, numeracy and employment, after a decade and hundreds of billions of dollars, failed miserably. But it’s not surprising. While Aboriginal policy is dominated by a sanctimonious industry which derives power from fanning the flames of discontent, how can anything change?
The BLM movement is no aberration. It is the product of decades of indoctrination in schools and universities, where capitalism and democracy are viewed as out-dated notions which deny social justice. In such a world, ‘feelings’ substitute for empirical evidence and police protect white privilege, not black lives. It all makes sense.
Apart from socialist radicals, the Red Guards of this cultural revolution include society’s prominent elites. Like closet voyeurs, many take pleasure in the indiscriminate toppling of monuments, the cancelling of ‘racist’ movies, songs and TV shows, place-names and products. Will museums and books be next?
On offer is an incoherent society founded on guilt, where spontaneous order requires no police yet demands strict ideological conformity. Seattle’s occupied zone where armed ‘sentinels’ keep borders ‘sealed’ from evil America, provides a glimpse of the promised land. There, yoga classes for ‘people of colour’ flourish. Of course, ‘free’ sanitation and fire fighting are on hand from the alien side of the border. Apart from the odd shooting, what’s not to like?
Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan described the takeover as a lawful gathering. Like Ms Durkan, most Western political and business ‘leaders’, meekly ‘take the knee’ in surrender to the mob.
But Hawk Newsome, the New York BLM leader, kneels to no-one. He says, ‘If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right?’. No wonder police officers are handing in their badges.
Mr Newsome is clear on his agenda. He’s about power and the downfall of Western civilisation. By invoking police brutality and past injustices like slavery, he cynically exploits black communities for his own ideological purposes.
He and his socialist radicals know that, black or white, those who believe in nothing will fall for anything and, right now, all seem on course for misery.
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