Thursday, July 14, 2016

Black People "Got to Do Better"

Who said that black people “got to do better?” Surely, it was not President Obama who believes, despite the evidence that his presidency has not produced deeper racial divisions. In fact, a recent poll shows that 69% of the people believe that race relations in America are bad. That counts as the worst number in the Obama presidency.

As for all that racial healing the president was promising, he has been discussing it with Rev. Al Sharpton and even hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. You know Lamar, a while back he sang this on Saturday Night Live:

I put a bullet in the back of the back of the head of the police….It’s a war outside, bomb in the street, gun in the hood, mob of police….

So, who was it who said that black people should do better? Why, it was none other than basketball legend Charles Barkley, a dissident voice in the din.

The Daily Mail reports on an ESPN interview that featured Sir Charles: 

Charles Barkley says black people have 'got to do better' in response to last week's shootings of black men by police and the sniper attack that left five officers dead in Dallas.

In an interview on ESPN radio's Dan Le Batard show Tuesday, Barkley said that police 'have made some mistakes' but 'that don't give us the right to riot and shoot cops.' 

He continued that it bothers him that black people 'never get mad when black people kill each other. We never get mad when black people kill each other, which has always bothered me.'

And Barkley continued:

'I’ve always said if we as black people want more respect, we have to give each other respect. You can’t demand respect from white people and the cops if you don’t respect each other.

He added that 'there's a lot of blame to go around but I’m not going to get on TV and yell like all these other idiots.'

The 11-time NBA all-star and TNT commentator has often been outspoken on issues of race.

'I'm not perfect. I'm not trying to be perfect. But you have to ask yourself, "Are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution?" 

He added, 'I think some of these cops are panicking under pressure.'

When challenged by the white interviewer about his views on black-on-black violence, Barkley responded:

Dan, I've been black all my life, most black people I know are killed by other black people.' 

Barkley went on to say that the officers in both the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile 'clearly overreacted' but says he can sympathize with the pressure of their job. 

'There's no doubt in my mind if I'm fighting with a guy and I hear somebody scream gun, and I got a gun, I'm going to shoot the guy,' Barkley said. 

While he thinks several cops have made mistakes in the killings of black men, the black community is going to need to work with law enforcement in order to make change. 

'We gotta look at the big picture. We have to work with the cops because we need the cops. If it wasn't for the cops, we'd be living in the Wild Wild West,' he said. 

As I said, a dissident voice. One that does not seem to have gotten too much press. 


Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Do better? Please. This Administration isn't even trying. It's feeding the beast, just in time for the general election campaign season.

While the blood had barely dried from the ambush in Dallas, Preident Obama used a memorial service for two of the slain officers -- yes, THEIR memorial service -- to deliver this gem:

"We have all seen this bigotry in our lives at some point," Obama said. "None of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this."

When is anyone going to call our president to the mat for these outrageous statements? All this in a speech at someone else's memorial service, where he mentioned himself 45 times!

And yesterday -- the day of another memorial service for two more slain officers in Dallas -- Obama convened a meeting at the White House with some of our country's most prominent civil rights leaders.

Who was there?

Brittany Packnett and Deray McKesson of Black Lives Matter. Obama, of course, Loretta Lynch, and Al Sharpton. For three hours. Honest to God.

BLM is the biggest faux-rage hoax we've seen since the Democrats cobbled together the Occupy "movement" to counter the Tea Party.

Where are the people calling this out? This is a meeting to foment racial tensions, not resolve them. And they are all in this together. Sharpton recommended Lynch for AG. She's doing a banner job, having clandestine meetings corrupting political investigations while telling these BLM people "do not be discouraged" after 5 policemen are gunned down by a black supremacist. We've got your back.

Look up Deray McKesson. Wikipedia articles and lots of other Google references. Look at all he's done and "accomplished," and you'll see how the Leftist grievance propagation system works, how people earn a living and gain accolades. For example, McKesson was a community organizer in his teens at Youth As Resources, was the president of student government and class president while at Bowdoin College (he majored in government and legal studies), then did Teach for America, won some Howard Zinn award, and was a guest lecturer at Yale Divinity School. He's the leader of Campaign Zero... look it up, and see what they believe in. McKesson is 30 years of age. At the White House. For a 3-hour meeting. With the President of the United States, the U.S. Attorney General and Al Sharpton.

I can't make this up.

This same crew met back in February to honor Black History Month. Who knows how many other times? The February meeting included Rep. John Lewis and Cornell Brooks, head of the national NAACP. They said of this meeting "the discussion will focus on criminal justice reform and building trust between police and neighborhoods."

Wow, what a great job they're doing.

FBI Director James Coney first shared his concerns about the "Ferguson Effect" on policing in his public comments back in October 23, 2015. Come said:

“We can’t lose sight of the fact that there really are bad people standing on the street with guns. The young men dying on street corners all across this country are not committing suicide or being shot by the cops. They are being killed, police chiefs tell me, by other young men with guns.”

Those black lives don't matter. Collateral damage. I guess they should bring James Carville in to come up with a catch slogan like "It's the police, stupid."

Given all the recent events, this whole meeting yesterday with Obama, Lynch, Sharpton, McKesson and Packnett stinks to high heaven.

It will be very interesting to watch how BLM behaves with the Republican and Democrat conventions. I sense there is a lot of steering and coordination going on with this supposedly "leaderless" movement with $34 million in funding from George Soros. This is no coincidence.

To think we have Charles Barkley looking reasonable...

For my money, the hero in all this is Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He's the real deal.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Oh, and McKesson was arrested in Baton Rouge this past Saturday for "obstructing a highway." That was Saturday, and he's with the bigwigs at the White House by Wednesday. Wow.

Anonymous said...

Blacks have to do better?

Talk about an understatement.

We have to do better than listen to the social commentary of a spoiled celebrity.

Ares Olympus said...

DailyMail: Dan, I've been black all my life, most black people I know are killed by other black people.' ... Barkley went on to say that the officers in both the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile 'clearly overreacted' but says he can sympathize with the pressure of their job. 'There's no doubt in my mind if I'm fighting with a guy and I hear somebody scream gun, and I got a gun, I'm going to shoot the guy,' Barkley said.

Wow, so Barkley is basically saying black people are too dangerous to have guns. I didn't know Barkley was so much of a coward.

So what we really need isn't more universal gun control, but banning gun ownership from black people or black men specifically. It's actually an excellent solution, even if we're going to have to work on the constitutionality of it.

A black man who has a gun will then by definition be a criminal and be treated as such. Perhaps we could even make it legal for whites to shoot a black man merely for showing a weapon, and if he doesn't have a gun, make sure to plant one in his dead hand before calling the police. We can call it "Stand your ground" or something like that.