As events continue to unfold in Minneapolis, I can hear the collective sighs of “we’ve seen this movie before” and “here we go again”.
We’ve all watched in shock, horror and disbelief the video of now-fired officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, a recently unemployed restaurant worker who was arrested for using a bad $20 bill to pay for food for his family. Floyd was handcuffed and did not appear to be resisting arrest, yet Chauvin continued to exert nearly the full weight of his body on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, despite the man’s cries that he could not breathe and despite cries from a cell-phone recording crowd that Floyd was bleeding and dying. What makes the video especially difficult to watch is that we now know the outcome.
Two questions immediately arise. Why did none of the other officers try to restrain Chauvin and why did bystanders not step in to help Floyd, choosing instead to simply document his death?
There is at least one person defending the Minneapolis police. That is Petal, Mississippi Mayor Hal Marx. He says that George Floyd must have died of a heart attack or drug overdose. On his Facebook page, Marx warned people about rushing to judge the police officers involved in the incident. Marx said, “If you can talk, you can breathe. Think about that before rushing to judgement.” Marx is resisting calls to resign, including from his own town’s board of aldermen.
As I write, Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder. There is also some reportage of another video angle which allegedly shows George Floyd resisting arrest and – as is usually the case – we find out there’s more to the story than what we were originally told or shown.
For instance, questions arise about Chauvin, who has been involved in several police shootings, the subject of nearly 20 conduct complaints and two letters of reprimand over his 19-year career.
We’ve also learned that Chauvin moonlighted as a bouncer at a downtown Latin nightclub where Floyd also worked security until last December. The club owner has said she didn’t know if the two men knew each other or had ever interacted.
Another wrinkle in this case revolves around former presidential candidate and potential Joe Biden VP pick, Amy Klobuchar. In 2006, while running for the Senate, she was also a prosecutor for Minneapolis who had declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, including Derek Chauvin. Yet, Klobuchar was quick to decry the Floyd case as “another horrifying and gut-wrenching instance of an African American man dying” but made no mention of the police role in the killing. She stated: “There needs to be a thorough outside investigation into what occurred, and those involved in this incident must be held accountable. Justice must be served for this man and his family, justice must be served for our community, and justice must be served for our country.”
A report from Minnesota Public Radio last year claimed that Amy Klobuchar “didn’t prosecute controversial police killings or brutality cases as a county prosecutor.” One could easily make the case that George Floyd would still be alive today had Amy Klobuchar been as aggressive then as professes to be now. Klobuchar is reportedly in the Biden VP sweepstakes, but her prosecutorial record mixed with Biden’s recent “you ain’t black” comment would make for an unlikely ticket in this current atmosphere. For that matter, the same can be said of another contender, Kamala Harris, whose record as a prosecutor – particularly as it pertains to blacks – is also checkered, at best.
Over the past two nights, the residents of Minneapolis have shown us just how much “black lives matter,” George Floyd’s, in particular. That would be the cost of a big screen TV stolen (not “looted”) from a local Target store. In other words, ZERO. By the way, why do we apply a different term to burglary, robbery or theft when it takes place during a riot? I’m not buying it.
The same people who insist that profiling and stereotyping are racist, have – for two nights – engaged in the very types of activities that gave birth to those stereotypes in the first place. How does that help anyone, including whites, see blacks in a favorable light, particularly as they drive around chanting “shoot the white folks, shoot the white folks” out of their car windows?
We’ve all seen the videos of the destruction in Minneapolis. Not only was the Third Police Precinct breached and torched, so too was a 7-Eleven, an Auto Zone, a Target store and almost an entire shopping district, robbed of merchandise (even cash registers broken into) and burned out, including a number of small, black-owned businesses and even low-income housing, still under construction. Some stores displayed “Black-owned Business” signs in their windows, hoping to be spared.
As I write, rioters have broken into, vandalized and are occupying the Columbus, Ohio Statehouse and we see similar displays across the country. The residents of Minneapolis – and no doubt opportunistic groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter and George Soros-funded troublemakers and anarchists from other areas – thought the appropriate way to honor George Floyd’s life was to destroy their own city. They gave not a thought to their own family, friends and neighbors who will now be deprived of those businesses, their products and services and the jobs they provided. From what we’ve heard about George Floyd so far, he would have been disgusted and outraged by what his community has done in his name.
Five years ago, after Freddy Gray’s death in Baltimore, then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered her police to stand down, saying “Let them loot, it’s only property.” Easy for HER to say. It wasn’t her property. She deemed it “free speech.” Rawlings-Blake said, “It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” It would seem that the authorities in Minneapolis are giving their thugs that same “safe space” to steal and to destroy OPP.
I maintain that there is a certain segment of the population who believes they are entitled to behave in this manner. And I’m not speaking specifically of blacks. For years, they’ve been told that the reason the poor are poor is because the rich are rich and that they deserve “free stuff,” reparations, etc. Democrats have also fomented racial strife, fanning the flames of hatred between the races and classes, particularly where the police are concerned.
We all remember the case of the Cambridge, Massachusetts police and their arrest of Barack Obama’s friend, Professor Henry Louis Gates. Always one to play the race card and inject himself, Obama said, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played……but I think it’s fair to say……that the Cambridge police acted stupidly.” During his eight years, Obama repeatedly injected himself into situations, including his assertion, “If I had a son, he’d look just like Trayvon” or other comments like “Racism is deeply rooted in our society” or
“Racism is in our DNA.”
With the help of a complicit media, Barack Obama and the Democrats established the narrative among their supporters that the biggest threat to black men in this country is white men, particularly white cops. These same leftists never report that 99 percent of all interactions between police and the public are uneventful, that 90 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks and totally ignore the black-on-black murders that are the curse of Chicago.
After years of leftists trashing law enforcement, we’ve seen the executions of police officers and we’ve heard the fabrications from the leftist media, including the “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” lie that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement. This alleged plea to police was attributed to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It didn’t happen. He never said it. He didn’t put his hands up. In fact, he tried to steal the cop’s gun. We’ve seen the protests/riots and heard the chants of Black Lives Matter and other anarchist groups: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” or “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”
There were lots of cries of racism in Ferguson and complaints that while the city – at the time – was 67 percent black, their police force was 94 percent white and only one of its six city council members was black. Yet, for all of the complaining, no more than 12% of Ferguson’s residents had voted in local elections to change the complexion of their council or police department. Even when an election was held just nine days after Michael Brown was shot, only 25.8% showed up at the polls.
Rush Limbaugh has made the point several times over the past couple of days – and numerous times over the years – that African Americans are complaining about the same things now that they complained about 60 years ago. Yet, either they don’t vote or continue to vote for the same Democrats who have been promising to make their lives better for 60 years. Then, as now, the Democrats’ answer is to promise to punish those people they claim are to blame for the plight of the black community……the rich, conservatives, Republicans, whites, Donald Trump.
Never mind that blacks – more than any other group – suffered under Barack Obama. Record unemployment, record food stamps and government subsidies, the lowest labor participation rate in decades, the lowest home-ownership in decades etc. Never mind that slavery, the KKK, lynchings, Jim Crow all were borne by the Democrat Party. Regardless, more than 90 percent of black voters chose Obama both times.
Meanwhile, under Donald Trump, blacks, including black youth were – until the shutdown – enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in American history with the highest wage growth occurring for low-income workers……as well as a complete transformation of our criminal justice system, including the Second Chance Act. Regardless, the media and the Democrats portray President Trump as a racist and xenophobe. If he is, he’s the worst one in world history.
We all remember the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Do you recall the left-wing media’s description of George Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic” or “light-skinned Hispanic”? Did you ever ask yourself why? The left had to make George Zimmerman white in order to be able to say that a white man killed a young, black boy and to perpetuate their narrative that the biggest threat to black men is white men. It didn’t matter that Zimmerman is 62% black/Hispanic and only 38% white. To the media, he was a white man. In contrast, Barack Obama is 50/50, as much white as he is black. In fact, Obama is 12% more white than George Zimmerman, yet he is considered “America’s first African American President.” Don’t you find that interesting?
The left made it about race then and they’re making it about race now. The crime is that – allegedly – a cop murdered an unarmed, handcuffed suspect. Period. End of discussion. However, leftists must once again portray this as a case where a racist, white cop woke up one morning hell bent on killing an innocent black man. They need to once again heighten racial tensions as we enter what will be the most important general election season of our lifetimes.
The same people who are ignoring Joe Biden’s racist “you ain’t black” comment are banging the racism drum, making the same old, hackneyed argument that they make every 4 years……that America is an inherently-racist country, that it’s the Republicans who are racists, particularly Donald Trump. Congresswoman Maxine Waters has even come up for air from the swamp just long enough to blame Trump for George Floyd’s death, claiming that his “dog whistles” gave the cops tacit permission to do what they are alleged to have done.
Enter professional race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. As of this writing, they may have already arrived in Minneapolis. The most dangerous place in this world is between a battery-operated megaphone, a TV camera and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
If someone could snap his fingers and end all racism tomorrow, Sharpton and Jackson would be broke, unemployed and bored. Their self-created grievance industry has provided them fame and a very comfortable living for decades. Sharpton’s history of lies, racism, hatred and trouble-making is well documented.
Not to be outdone, Jesse Jackson has his own baggage. Of his many quotes, this is my personal favorite: “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps… then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Remember this when the two men start agitating Minneapolis and, by proxy, other American cities.
Neither Sharpton, Jackson, the Democrats nor the media have any interest in fixing problems. They do, however, have a vested interest in creating problems, fomenting hatred and racism, so that they can then blame the fallout on their political opponents, Republicans and Donald Trump.
You see, Democrats create problems precisely so that they can run on fixing the very problems that they created. Without problems, without racism, there is no one to blame, no one to label a racist, nothing to fix, nothing on which to run, no reason for their existence, no reason for anyone to vote for them. Ah, but if you – through your policies and community organizing – can keep people unemployed, broke, hungry and convinced that everyone is out to get them, you can convince them to vote for you by promising to improve their lives.
Which takes me back to Rush Limbaugh’s correct assertion….that the black community has the same complaints now that they did 60 years ago, yet, continue to vote for the same Democrats who’ve been promising to improve their lives over that same period of time. The only difference is that the definition of the word protest has changed. As one of the “protestors” said last night, “We tried the MLK way of doing things and it didn’t work. Now we have to use the Malcom X method.”
Just as with COVID-19, the left will continue to drag out the situation in Minneapolis for as long as they can. They need to keep the COVID fears that “we’re all gonna die” going and the “all white people (particularly white cops) are racists” narrative going right through November 3rd. If “what’s past is prologue,” we know there is no level to which the left won’t stoop to achieve power and to wrest it back from Donald Trump and the Republicans.
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel
The Left doesn’t give a damn about George Floyd any more than do those who burned down Minneapolis. Rioters are seizing the opportunity to get free, big screen TVs and whatever else they can put their hands on and carry out. For their part, the Democrats are politicizing Floyd’s death, seizing the opportunity to destroy Donald Trump and his supporters and to “fundamentally-transform the United States of America.”
Finally, it is not lost on this writer that the same people who call rioters “protestors,” who claim they are simply exercising their First Amendment rights when they rob stores, hurl Molotov cocktails, torch cars and burn down a city………
Are the same people who are, as we speak, denying Americans their First Amendment right to worship, claiming that allowing people to go to church would endanger innocent lives.