Police Chief Mike Koval said, police were called about 6:30 p.m. Friday regarding a man jumping into traffic. A second call to police reported that the man was “responsible for a battery,” Koval said. The officer went to an apartment where he believed the man had gone, and after hearing a disturbance, forced his way inside. Koval said the officer was assaulted by the 19-year-old and then fired at him. Obviously, reports from the family paint a very different picture of the young man, not yet identified by police, but identified by the family as Tony Robinson. They shared the obligatory High School graduation picture of their “good boy” as well. Now, I didn’t quote good boy as a derision, but rather as a yet to be determined. Unlike those firing up the protest machine, I tend to wait for some actual facts to base an opinion upon. Therein lies the problem.
This nation has become so racially divided, ironically since the election of our first “post-racial” President. The very catch phrase used by protesters is indicative of the real problems we face. “Black Lives Matter.” As if there are people out there that believe otherwise. ALL LIVES MATTER. Regardless, the wheels are already in motion, so what can we expect? Well, if we look back at the last several incidents that captured the nations attention, we begin to see a pattern.
2009: “Cambridge Police Acted Stupidly” – President Barack Obama Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was arrested at his Cambridge, Massachusetts home by a local police officer responding to a 9-1-1 caller’s report of men breaking and entering into the residence. Mr. Gates initially refuses to show identification and injects racial animous into the confrontation by reported responding to Officer Crowley’s investigation of a break-in with “Why, because I’m a black man in America?” Within days of the incident and without knowing the facts of the case, President Obama replied when questioned about the incident with, “I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.” Mr. Gates was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for his attitude, belligerence and hindering a police investigation by refusing to comply or show identification. Thus began the transition from “post-racial” President to race-baiting President.
2012: George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin: The prototype for future racial firestarters. What has become expected today, was perfected then. From referring to George Zimmerman as a “white” hispanic to the baby pictures of Trayvon Martin, no sleazy stone was left unturned in order to shoehorn it into a “black/white” issue. Characterizing Zimmerman as a frustrated “wanna-be cop” also helped set the stage for future anti-police protests. Zimmerman was tried and convicted in the media, but acquitted by a jury of his peers. Not satisfied with the jury findings, the Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, picked up the baton to try and find a reason to convict, but alas could find no charges to file against George Zimmerman. However, despite a trial AND an additonal DOJ investigation, the nation remains divided on the issue due in large part to the race-baiting of the usual race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and the now famous quote from President Obama; “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.”
2014: Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown: “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” – a phrase with no basis in fact regarding the shooting of Michael Brown. Again, trial by media, Officer Wilson convicted in the media and Michael Brown was a saint. Except that the actual TRIAL with evidence acquitted Officer Wilson, it also disproved the whole “hands up don’t shoot” nonsense and again the DOJ investigates and comes to the same conclusion. Riots, looting and Ferguson Missouri ablaze based on No Facts and No Investigation. Just emotion, race-baiting and a good catch phrase were enough to inflame the masses and stoke the fires of racial animosity. Although the officer himself was cleared of any wrong doing or racial bias, Officer Wilson received no apologies for the unfair treatment he received. In fact, President Obama chose to focus on the police department in general, saying “I think there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down, and individuals or entire departments may not have the training or the accountability to make sure they are protecting serving all people, and not just some.” Again adding fuel to the firey claims of “institutional racism” within America’s police departments.
The Eric Garner case in New York played out on the heels of the Ferguson Missouri turmoil and again the officer was acquitted in court. What do all of these cases have in common and what do they foreshadow in the coming days in Madison Wisconsin? Facts are irrelevent. All of the cases were proven to NOT be racially motivated, yet all of them spawned racial unrest before any investigation, evidence or trial. All of these cases were WRONGLY TRIED in the media and then the actual evidence and verdict of the courts and DOJ investigations were rejected by many. So, the fires still burn. Is there still racism in America? Of course there is. Is it as rampant and “institutionalized” as many claim? Well, none of these high profile cases have born that out. How many times will protesters “cry wolf” before people wake up and see what is going on? I feel for the families that have lost loved ones. I feel for the people who have had their lives unjustly ruined over false accusations. I fear for this nation, if we continue to rally to the aid of those “crying wolf,” because it is tearing us apart without justification. I will be right there, arm in arm, with President Obama, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when there is a case of actual racially motivated murder or proven institutionalized racism in America. I just hope that when/if such a case surfaces we have not already destroyed each other or tuned each other out entirely due to a long line of false claims and “crying wolf.” That being said, I also expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with me when acts of racial hate and murder are perpetrated by blacks against hispanics or whites, or perpetrated by hispanics against whites or blacks, or perpetrated by terrorists against ANY AMERICAN. The selective outrage and cries of wolf MUST STOP.
ALL LIVES MATTER!