It looks like Obama, Holder, CNN and all the rest of the leftist hivemind have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They painted two ordinary incidents of policing–Mike Brown’s justified shooting death and Eric Garner’s eggshell skull death after he resisted police after breaking the law–as proof of some malignant, widespread institutional racism. In other words, they maligned every police officer in the country. Well, since racism is for the left the greatest sin ever, they have contributed to the atmosphere in which an angry black man gunned down two random police officers in NYC last night. After all, if they are racist, they basically deserve it right! (Notably, the two officers killed were Chinese and Hispanic.)
This is the atmosphere that prevailed, incidentally, in the late 60s and throughout the 70s, the age of Weatherman Underground bombings, the widespread reference to cops as “Pigs,” and the Zebra Killing Era in San Francisco. In other words, the age that brought Nixon’s Silent Majority to the polls and that led the abandonment of the Democratic Party by the white working class. Then, as now, the simmering discontent and use of violence was employed or exploited by more peaceful, respectable leftists, as a form of veiled threat. We’ve all heard of threats of a “long, hot summer” from Sharpton and his clones before.
I have to think, as in the 60s, the left and its black power constituency is about to overplay its hand. Most of us, while we have had a few unpleasant encounters with the cops, know they’re doing a dangerous and necessary job. We also know that there is much highly visible misbehavior by young ghetto blacks, which brings a rain of law enforcement pain upon perpetrators. This is why all these phrases like “good schools” and concepts like “not going to a movie theater anymore” are widespread among the middle class of all races. We know what’s going on, and while CNN can move the dial a bit, the internet, various facebook memes, and blogs provide a useful counter-narrative that is rooted in suppressed facts and direct experience. People today can watch ordinary cops’ dealings with citizens on the reality show Cops, as well as crazy videos of ghetto nonsense on YouTube. The facts, including the politically incorrect one, are out there, and this particular atrocity should, one hopes, provoke a serious backlash.
It should be obvious how the “militarized policing” talk favored by the left and polite right missed the significance of these events entirely. It’s a story about minority misbehavior and alienation, fomented by a hostile media, political, and academic class, not bad policing. And that story is a lot more uncomfortable to discuss, particularly among whites, whose self-identity includes being the most fair-minded, least tribal, and least racist people in the history of mankind. But you can push people around too far.
It’s fitting the perpetrator may have had some connection to a gang called the Black Guerilla Family, because this act, as well as so many similar atrocities–Wichita, the “knockout game,” Knoxville, etc.–has the marks of an undeclared but simmering race war, but a one way war, of blacks against every other race. Non-Blacks are stunned, disorganized, worried about naming this for what it is. Like every insurgency, there’s a great many bystanders and folks avoiding allegiance, both black and white, many of the former because of their greater commitment to being middle class and following majority mores. And there are also the noncombatant supporters and use of political theater as an auxiliary. There’s the attempt to paint this as ordinary crime, as Don Rumsfeld did in the earliest days of the Iraq Insurgency. But something’s going on here, and it’s not good, and it is altogether one sided . . . for now.