It never ceases to amaze me how far people will go to protect cops who make mistakes, engage in racial profiling or commit acts of police brutality. Generally speaking, one of the first excuses you hear is almost precisely what was written by a man name Steve Crowder, who typed up a blog for the right-wing site Big Hollywood. You see, to many of our fellow citizens to the right of the political and cultural mainstream, when minorities are arrested or get in any confrontation with the police, the officer’s statement is always taken as the undeniable truth, as irrefutable fact. To many of these individuals, when blacks are arrested, racially profiled, harassed or become victims of police brutality … they earned it and it would not have happened unless they did something wrong. These enablers of racism, racial profiling, police brutality and/or more are about as dangerous as those who actually commit these kinds of acts.
I hate to say this, but it must be noted to understand the situation at hand: Black people commit more violent crime per capita than any other race. Now before you go all Johnny Cochran on me here and declare me a racist, let me just state that I am simply addressing a statistic, much like President Obama did last Wednesday. The only difference is that my statistic doesn’t fit into a politically correct agenda with an end game designed to demonize the members of our law enforcement. Do you folks out there honestly assume the worst in all cops? Does it insult you that Barack Obama assumes you do?
Lets dissect. He starts with one of the oldest racist talking points in the book: blacks commit more crimes than other races. I didn’t see any statistics about the number of blacks living at or below the poverty level. Might that have an impact on crime? There certainly is nothing original in that part as he jumps right off the bat and sticks it right in the face of his readers. Then, after misspelling the late Johnnie Cochran’s name, he takes his customary right-wing cheap shot at President Obama as he begins to lay out a plan of attack against the president to try and scare whites using race as a weapon.
Near the end of that excerpt, he goes hysterical by asking “do you folks out there honestly assume the worst in all cops?” This is just plain ignorant and takes an Olympic championship-like leap to go from President Obama’s statement about one cop involved in one case to that ridiculous statement. Then he asks, “Does it insult you that Barack Obama assumes you do?” President Obama was speaking for himself ( and from what I heard he was not speaking for anyone else) and giving his personal opinion of a situation that involved a friend (something he prefaced his comments with), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. So, I am not sure what Crowder is getting at with such a statement.
This is what Crowder follows that up with:
“There is a long history of African-Americans and Latino’s being stopped by law enforcement, disproportionately” – Barack Hussein Obama. Boy, there’s a prejudiced little statement… against cops.
Sure it may be true that more minorities in this country are pulled over or even given the once-over by our police officers… But a disproportionate amount… Really?
When you take into account that black people are over seven times more likely to commit murder or a violent crime, I think you’ve got to ask yourself, at what point do we forbid a police officer from doing his job in the name of political correctness? Shouldn’t the honorable men and women who put themselves in harms way to protect us be given the benefit of the doubt?
After laying out statistics he says asserts blacks commit more crimes than other races, he pretty much slams President Obama for being “prejudiced” for citing a history of blacks and Latinos being stopped more often by police. Crowderseems to be hypocritical.
Then, of course, he tries to reinforce his primary message by again citing facts he likely feels portray blacks as more violent.
Here, however, is where Crowderreally seems to go irrational:
Another question… How can so many cops be “racist white men” when many of the police officers themselves are minorities (much like Crowley’s black partner who was at the scene and supports the man 100%)?
He does not seem to establish who says so many cops are “racist white men” in his blog. Just because his black partner backed him up is irrelevant and hardly a surprise. Cops who racially profile are not all white. Also, think about it: What’s the first defense when someone is accused of racism (and I am not personally accusing Sgt. Crowley of that, but I am accusing him of being a bit of an arrogant cop who probably wanted Gates to essentially kiss his butt): “I have black friends” or “I have a black partner” or something along those lines.
No one is accusing all cops of anything. To make such an assertion is ignorant and alarmist.
This is one case, and not a statement of fact against all police officers.
The main reason I wrote this blog was to show the extent to which enablers of racism will go to make their point even if it means using the politics of fear to smear an entire race as violent.