No, Actually Ma’Khia Bryant’s Death Is NOT a Reminder the US Has a Long Way to Go

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A widely read CNN op-ed claims that “Ma’Khia Bryant’s death on the day Chauvin was found guilty is a reminder that we have a long way to go.”

As he awaited the Chauvin verdict on Tuesday, University of Texas history professor Peniel Joseph worried that the “U.S. justice system was going to prove, once again, unable to recognize and protect the sanctity of Black life.”

Joseph had been pleasantly surprised by the jury’s decision. But when he later heard that a 16-year-old black girl had been shot by an Ohio police officer shortly before the verdict was announced, the temporary relief he’d felt quickly passed.

The teenager, Ma’Khia Bryant, had tried to stab a girl, and was lunging toward a second girl with a knife in her hand when the officer pulled the trigger.

Joseph writes that “many are openly questioning why this young teenager could not have been subdued with nonlethal force.”

Because given the facts as they have been reported so far, had the officer not acted, Bryant would have plunged a quite large kitchen knife into another girl. So, let’s see, should he have tried to subdue her first? He did offer two verbal warnings. The group of individuals involved in this episode had been unable to deescalate the situation. A member of the group had called the police 12 or more minutes earlier because none of them had been able to subdue her either.

This case has nothing whatsoever to do with race. It has to do with a police officer responding to a call for help because that’s his job. Does Joseph really believe the officer thought, “I’m going to shoot this girl because she’s black?’

Equating Chauvin’s actions to the Ohio police officer’s actions is a reminder that the far left has really gone off the deep end. Mr. Joseph and his ilk are trying to attach Chauvin’s crime to every conservative.

By seeing “systemic racism” everywhere and in everything, and labeling everyone who doesn’t see it as they do as racists, they’ve lost credibility.

It seems that local and state governments care more about property, building and money than people of color. … We need only to point to the outpouring of state and local resources to prevent violence in the event that Chauvin was acquitted. Imagine if the same level of care that Minneapolis officials and law enforcement agencies took in turning the Twin Cities into a military encampment had been directed toward investing in Black communities?

Considering Black Lives Matter members generally react to every perceived slight by burning a building or looting a department store, law enforcement had to be proactive.

While we’re on the subject, doesn’t the professor think that behavior is rather infantile? Does he feel that BLM members are entitled to destroy property because 160 years ago, people none of us knew, thought slavery was a good idea?

Like these people do:

I agree it was a horrendous institution, but sorry, I’m not going to feel any guilt over it.

Next, he addresses the new Georgia voting law. House Judiciary Committee member Burgess Owens, a black Republican from Utah, absolutely destroyed this  talking point on Tuesday. Owens spoke at the “Senate Judiciary Hearing – Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote.”

Owens grew up in the Deep South and said he has “actually experienced Jim Crow laws” and would “like to set the record straight.” He told colleagues that “any comparison between this law and Jim Crow is absolutely outrageous.”

He said he’d once protested with his friends outside of a movie theater where blacks were not allowed. He spoke about gas stations that had restrooms for white men and white women and then one filthy bathroom in the back for “coloreds.”

“In addition, Jim Crow laws like the poll tax, property tests, literacy tests and violence and intimidation at the polls made it nearly impossible for black Americans to vote.”

He cannot fathom how it’s considered racist to ask for an ID.

“By the way,” he notes, “97% of voters already have a government-issued ID.”

“What I find extremely offensive is the narrative from the left that black people are not smart enough, not educated enough, not desirous enough of education to do what every other culture and race does in this country: Get an ID.”

“True racism is this: this projection of the Democratic Party on my proud race. … It’s called the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

“To call this Jim Crow 2021 is an insult, my friends. … For those who never lived Jim Crow, we are not in Jim Crow.”

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa told colleagues, “These claims about Georgia aren’t about truth, they’re about politics.”

On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Georgia’s law was “the greatest crisis facing our democracy today.”

Actually Senator, the greatest crisis facing our democracy today is the Democratic Party’s insatiable hunger for power.

Back to Joseph. He spends a lot of time elevating Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California and activist Stacey Abrams to rock star status. I’ve addressed Waters’ actions twice in the last week, here and here, and I have nothing more to say on the subject.

Then, mercifully, Joseph concludes, telling readers: “In the meantime, Black people continue to be shot, to be brutalized and to die at the hands of the police.”

He is gaslighting. He knows that blacks kill other blacks multiple times more often than white officers kill blacks. According to Manhattan Institute Fellow Heather MacDonald, one of the smartest conservatives I know, 0.2 percent of black homicides are the result of unarmed black men being shot by police officers.

MacDonald appeared on Newsmax’ Rob Schmitt Tonight show on Tuesday.

After the Chauvin verdict had been announced, President Biden said, we have to get “systemic racism out of policing.” Schmitt asked MacDonald, “What exactly do the numbers say about ‘systemic racism’?

“The numbers say that it does not exist,” she replied. “The police go where the crime is. We have a crime problem in this country. We do not have a police problem. We have been talking about phantom police racism for the last three decades obsessively so as to continue turning our eyes away from the cultural breakdown that you so rightly spoke about Rob.”

“America does not want to confront the disfunction in the inner city black community.” She said that ten percent of white and Hispanic homicide victims are killed by police officers while only three percent of black homicide victims are. “Why,” MacDonald asks. “Because the number of black homicide victims is so huge that it dwarfs anything else. Blacks die of homicide at a rate 13 times that of whites.”

In 2020, MacDonald said there were 18 unarmed blacks killed by police. “Unarmed is defined very liberally, to mean going after an officer’s gun or fleeing in a stolen car with a loaded handgun on the seat next to you. Those 18 unarmed blacks represent 0.2 percent of all blacks who died of homicide last year.”

“The police could end all police shootings and it would have no effect on the black homicide rate. This idea that blacks are being gunned down on a daily basis is an optical illusion,” She explains that this is created by the media which should surprise no one. Watch the whole segment here (starts at 13:30 in the video).

The message from the left is anti-American. It’s disgusting that our president is in on this farce. The left has gone down the rabbit hole.

Call me crazy, but I think it would be difficult to find a country where there are greater opportunities for blacks than in America. I wholeheartedly encourage those who feel life is so unbearable to move. Quite frankly, I’m tired of hearing about their perpetual victimhood.

So professor, I’m going to call BS on your attempt to use Ma’Khia’s death to advance your narrative. America does not have a long way to go.

If you’re truly concerned about the sky high homicide rate among blacks, please start with the inner city black communities.

City Manager Fired After Calling for Due Process for Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Issues Statement

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After calling for due process for the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who accidentally shot Daunte Wright on Sunday, City Manager Curt Boganey was fired by the City Council. He had served in this position since 2003.

During a news conference on Monday, Boganey told reporters, “All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process and that’s all that I can say today.”

A reporter asked Boganey how he felt personally about this case. He replied, “If I were to answer that question, I’d be contradicting what I said a moment ago — which is to say that all employees are entitled to due process and after that due process, discipline will be determined.” He added, “If I were to say anything else, I would actually be contradicting the idea of due process.”

The Daily Caller reports that the city council’s decision to dismiss Boganey was made shortly after his public remarks. The council also turned over command of the police department over to the city’s mayor, Mike Elliott.

Following the meeting, City Council member Kris Lawrence-Anderson commented that Boganey was “doing a great job,” however she “didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said on his Tuesday night show he had invited Boganey to appear on his program, but he chose not to do so. Boganey instead  issued a statement to Fox which Carlson read to his viewers. Boganey said, “I lost my job, but I still have my integrity,”

Daunte Wright had been pulled over on Sunday by Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year-veteran with the department, and another officer because his license plate had expired.

After running his information through their computer, they learned there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for first degree aggravated assault. This charge resulted from a December 2019 incident in which Wright allegedly choked a woman twice and pointed a pistol at her because she refused to give him $820 in cash she had tucked into her bra. The charging document can be viewed here. I posted about this story here.

As the officers tried to place handcuffs on Wright, he resisted. Officer Potter meant to draw her Taser, and accidentally drew her handgun instead. In doing so, she shot him.

Armed 13 and 15 Year Old Girls Charged with Felony Murder in D.C. after Carjacking Goes Terribly Wrong [Video]

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Two girls, aged 13 and 15, displayed the callousness of hardened criminals after a 66-year-old man was killed during an armed carjacking in Washington, D.C. The crime occurred on Tuesday afternoon near National Park, according to CNN.

The girls were black, a minor detail CNN left out of their report.

They entered a car owned by Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia, an Uber Eats driver.

One of the girls can be seen sitting in the front passenger seat (wearing a pink hoody) as the video below begins. She is agitated because Anwar was not cooperating with her. Although it’s not at all clear, the second girl may be in the middle of the front seat. Anwar has opened the driver’s side door and is half-way in and half-way out of the vehicle.

Suddenly, one of the girls steps on the gas and the car accelerates with Anwar still hanging on. The open driver’s side door hits two lamp posts as the car begins moving faster. Within seconds, we hear screeching brakes followed by a loud impact as it crashes. The car is next seen rolled on its side (the drivers side) and Anwar is dead.

The girls emerge from the top of the wreck. A crowd has gathered. Among them are several men wearing army fatigues. Perhaps they are National Guard troops. The girls know they can’t run.

The girl in the pink hoodie realizes her cell phone was left in the car and begins walking back to retrieve it. She walks right by Anwar’s lifeless body, ignoring it. “My cell phone’s in there,” she shouts. She is lead away from the car by one of the men.

Police told CNN that the girls had tasered Anwar during the carjacking. They were charged with felony murder and armed carjacking.

The CNN report says the 13-year-old is from the southeast section of DC and the 15-year-old is from Fort Washington, Maryland.

According to the GoFundMe page set up for Anwar’s family, Anwar, who “immigrated from Pakistan in 2014” …  “was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one. He leaves behind a family, near and far, who cherish, love, and miss him dearly.”

Warning: This video is disturbing.

Two Black Women Violently Attacked, Hurled Racial Insults at Korean Store Owner; Media Ignores it [Video]

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Last week, a clearly disturbed 21-year-old white male killed eight women at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. Because six of those women were of Asian ethnicity, the media collectively and immediately began reporting this mass murder as the latest “hate crime” to be committed by a white supremacist against Asian Americans.

From President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to every MSNBC and CNN anchor, there was outrage. It was only when FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that the shootings did not appear to be racially motivated that the sermonizing from the left subsided.

An actual racially motivated attack against an Asian occurred in North Harris County, Texas last week. But you didn’t hear about it. With the exception of KPRC 2, a local media outlet, this attack was ignored by the media. Why? Because the perpetrators were black. It didn’t fit their narrative that all whites are racist.

Five black women entered a beauty supply store owned by Jung Kim, a 59-year-old Korean woman. After they knocked over several wig displays on purpose, Kim asked them to leave the store. The women left and then returned. They knocked over the displays again and two of them, Daquiesha Williams and Keaundra Young, began to violently “pummel” Kim as they “hurled racial insults” at her.

Kim was left with a severely broken nose which will require surgery to fix.

The attack, caught on the store’s surveillance camera, can be viewed in the video below.

Her son, who works in the store with her, tried to fight the women off his mother and received minor injuries.

KPRC 2 reporter Andy Cerota said the situation escalated from there. Kim’s husband arrived and the women tried to run over him with their car. This is also caught on camera.

 

None of us are surprised by this story or by the media’s failure to report it. Although the mainstream media has lost a great deal of credibility over the last few years, miraculously they still remain the primary source of news for many Americans.

Unfortunately, there are no immediate solutions. The large networks and newspapers are so powerful and so closely tied to Big Tech and the Democratic Party, it’s unlikely that we will see significant change anytime soon. (Please see my earlier post: The Introduction of Race as a Central Issue in American Politics Can Be Traced to an Aug 2019 Staff Meeting at The NY Times.)

The right wing media is small compared to the established media. The key will be to develop a large, parallel, conservative media. Former President Donald Trump’s plan to create a large social media company is just the ticket. The growth of companies like Newsmax (who I will soon be writing for!) OANN and others, will help bring about change as well.

In the meantime, we need to keep on putting the truth out there.

House Passes Bill that Would encourage police officers to adopt ‘quotas’ based on gender and race

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The Biden Administration has endorsed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, a sweeping police reform bill intended to fight “systemic racism” in police departments. H.R. 1280, introduced by California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, was passed by the House on Wednesday.

The House passed a similar version of this bill last year, however, it stalled in the Senate. The new bill is likely to fail in the Senate as well.

This proposed legislation was named after the black man who died in police custody last May after an officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. Floyd’s death triggered the deadly riots which spread throughout the U.S. last summer.

Washington lawyer Hans Bader analyzed H.R. 1280 in an article published on legal blog Liberty Unyielding.

Bader believes it “could lead to more racial and sexual profiling, such as gender-based stops of female motorists. … [It] could actually cause systematic racism and sexism.” (emphasis mine)

According to Bader, this bill “encourages police departments to adopt quotas based on gender and race for ‘traffic stops,’ ‘pedestrian stops,’ and ‘interviews.’ The practical effect would be to encourage police departments to stop innocent women, Asians, and whites, just to meet quotas based on gender and race. If police departments don’t meet these quotas, they could be sued by the Justice Department or individuals they stop.”

Sound fair? Moreover:

Section 311 of the Act forbids what it calls ‘racial profiling.’ This is defined to include not just race, but also ‘gender’ in Section 302(a)(6) of the bill. But it defines ‘profiling’ in such a crudely-mechanical way that it actually encourages profiling, rather than outlawing it.

Under the bill, what matters is numbers and racial bean-counting, not actual racism or sexism. ‘Disparate impact’ in police stops or interviews based on race or gender — for example, stopping more men than women, or interviewing more blacks than Asians or whites — is defined as ‘prima facie evidence’ of a ‘violation.’ That means that numbers alone are enough for a judge to find a police department in violation of the Act. Prima facie evidence is a legal term meaning that the person suing has provided enough evidence to prove something, in the absence of proof to the contrary by the entity being sued, which bears the burden of proving itself innocent.”

Bader provides examples in layman’s terms for us non-lawyers. Statistically, men commit more crimes than women. They also speed and violate traffic laws more often.

Asians, on average, commit fewer crimes than whites. Both generally commit fewer crimes than blacks.

Even so, if a police officer stopped more men or more blacks, than women or whites or Asians, they may be found to have violated the terms of this Act.

How many police officers would be found to be in violation if they merely stopped motorists whom they believed were violating the law – speeding, driving recklessly, erratically, etc? Or if they pursued only those individuals they thought had committed a crime?

Answer: Most.

They would be guilty of sexual profiling and or racial profiling.

In order to be in compliance with this law, an officer would have to stop women at the same rate as men even if they weren’t violating the law and Asians and whites as often as blacks.

Bader cites U.S. v. Armstrong, in which the Supreme Court determined that “crime rates differ by race. That’s why arrest rates differ by race, as a recent federal study of violent crime shows. Yet the bill treats stopping fewer Asians than whites, or fewer whites than blacks, as suspicious.”

Naturally, “all police departments everywhere are presumptively guilty under the bill.”

And this would result in real world consequences. Bader cites what officers might expect were this bill to become law.

The bill doesn’t explain how they can possibly rebut this presumption of guilt or prove themselves innocent. So if they wish to avoid being sued, and avoid being forced to pay the attorneys fees and expert-witness costs of the person suing them, police departments will have an incentive under the bill to stop only as many men as women — even if more men are speeding or committing crimes — and to adopt racial quotas in police stops.

That could undermine road safety by encouraging police to ignore speeding or other violations just because they were committed by members of a particular gender or race.

Further, Bader points out that “it is unconstitutional to have racial quotas in punishment or arrests.”

It’s hard enough to be a police officer. Adding these senseless conditions would waste the time of both the officer and the woman, the Asian or the white person who is not suspected of wrongdoing, but who must be stopped so a police officer can satisfy the requirements of this misguided piece of legislation.

If an officer observes someone violating the law, they should be stopped regardless of sex or race.

Law enforcement isn’t a game. Making sure that one has a perfectly proportional number of encounters is irrational.

A lot of good officers left law enforcement last year as a result of the Democrats’ “defund the police” campaign. If H.R. 1280 were to become law, we would lose more and no individual with an ounce of common sense would agree to subject themselves to this pointless and nonsensical code of conduct.

After 135% Spike in Chicago Carjackings, Dem Rep Introduces Bill Which Would Ban ‘Grand Theft Auto’

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Following an uptick in city carjackings and other crimes, Illinois state Rep. Marcus Evans Jr., a Democrat from the South Side of Chicago, introduced a bill last Friday that would ban the sale of “Grand Theft Auto” and other similarly violent video games,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Evans’ bill would be an amendment to a 2012 bill which prohibited the sale of these games to minors. The new bill would “ban the sale to anyone [regardless of age] of video games depicting ‘psychological harm,’ including ‘motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present.'”

Additionally, the bill “changes the definition of a violent video game to one in which players control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.”

“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” Evans told the Sun Times.

Early Walker, a Chicago businessman and philanthropist, initiated “Operation Safe Pump” in January. This project is intended to stop carjackings at gas stations and shopping centers. “Safe Pump positions security guards from the Kates Detective and Security Agency in areas with high numbers of carjackings.”

Walker told the Sun Times he had begun “noticing similarities in local incidents of carjackings and actions players can make in the video games.”

“I feel like this game has become a huge issue in this spectrum,” he said. “When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings.”

On Monday, Walker announced that he would be expanding Operation Safe Pump into the South Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields where carjackings have increased in the last few months. “From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Safe Pump guards will be at the Speedway gas station at Crawford Avenue and Vollmer Road.”

According to WTTW, there were 218 carjackings in Chicago in January 2021 compared to only 70 in January 2020, which represents an increase of 183 percent rather than the 135 percent the Chicago Sun Times has reported.

Either way, a spike is a spike and hopefully these measures will help.

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!