Saturday, July 25, 2009

Why is THIS Even a Story?.....

A guy comes home.

He can’t get into the front door of his own home, apparently because of some previous damage.

He and the driver of his taxi try to force the front door open and then wind up forcing their way into a rear door.

A neighbor calls the police reporting a suspected break-in.

The police arrive and do what police everywhere are required to do – check for ID to make sure that the person in the house does indeed live there.

By all accounts, the homeowner becomes irate and initially refuses to produce ID, then accuses the police of racism, racial profiling and follows the officer out onto his front porch to continue the harangue.

The police try and calm the homeowner down and then warn him that if he continues his verbal abuse he’ll be arrested for disturbing the peace.

The homeowner continues his harangue and is arrested by the police and the charge of disturbing the peace (a relatively minor offense) are dropped.

End of “story”...or it SHOULD be.

So why’d the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates warrant so much media attention and a jump to the conclusion that he was “right” and the police “wrong”?

In FACT, Professor Gates was treated no better or worse than any other citizen, which is what he deserved, his Harvard professorship notwithstanding.

Police have a DUTY to respond to calls of suspected criminal activity.

The police have a duty to protect Mr. Gates’ home by asking for ID from the occupant, which COULD HAVE BEEN an intruder, for all they knew.

If Mr. Gates felt mistreated there’s a venue for that – the local Civilian Complaint Review Board, the local Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and the local courts.

The street is NOT the proper venue for such complaints.

A driver irate over being stopped for speeding has no right to argue that ticket with the officer on-scene.

I presume that the reason Mr. Gates did not proceed along that route was because he KNEW that the cops were actually protecting his property by demanding ID after a neighbor reported a possible break-in at Mr. Gates’ home.

Mr. Gates had no reason, nor any right to challenge those officers.

If he had ANY legitimate grievance, it was with his neighbor who reported the suspected break-in to the police.

I can only guess why the diminutive Mr. Gates chose not to confront his neighbor, as that could’ve resulted in him getting his lights punched out rather than merely being taken down town and booked for disturbing the peace.

The only irony in this story I that far from illustrating “the nightmare of being a black man in America”, the Gates encounter with the Cambridge Police illustrates just how privileged the lives of the likes of Henry Louis Gates are!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Current Recession is Delivering a HUGE Racial Employment Gap...

The current global economic recession, triggered by the Frank-Dodd-Bush meddling in the mortgage market has resulted in a growing gap in employment along racial lines.

The subsequent non-stimulating stimulus package hasn’t done much to alleviate the disparities either. In fact, it could be argued that the policies of the current administration have only exacerbated the problem.

In New York, long one of the most Liberal cities in America, while unemployment rose steadily for white New Yorkers from the first quarter of 2008 through the first three months of this year, the number of unemployed blacks in the city rose four times as fast. In NYC, the black unemployment rate has soared FROM just under 8% in 2008 to over 15% today!

In the first quarter of 2008, the rate of joblessness among blacks nationwide was 8.9 percent, compared with 4.8 percent for whites; in the first quarter of 2009, the rate for blacks had risen to 13.6 percent, while the rate for whites had gone to 8.2 percent.

This comes as a result of a range of issues facing black workers, primarily, a disproportionate employment rate in the most vulnerable industries. So, why didn't any of these Liberal programs do anything to protect and preserve those very jobs? And why were those folks so much better off under the previous administration? Is the current White House that uncaring?

Is THIS Our Future?...

England’s Labour Party, the equivalent of our Liberal Democratic Party, has presided over the largest increase in England’s national debt EVER!

Today, the UK’s national debt exceeds 90% of GDP as unemployment tops 10% and rising.

The Pelosi-Reid-Obama Liberal Democratic triumvirate is well on the way to doing the SAME thing here.
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