Thursday, February 02, 2023

State University Hosts Workshops to Help Nonwhites Survive 'Racial Battle Fatigue'

 By Alex Parker | RedState.com

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At Northern Illinois University, they’re trying to right racial wrongs. Hence, the school will host monthly equity workshops this semester.

The school website explains:

The Faculty Academy on Cultural Competency and Equity (FACCE) initiative is an opportunity for all faculty and instructors at NIU to join an engaged community of fellow educators in learning and professional development. Participants will…hear from our NIU faculty experts on how to make their classrooms and pedagogy inclusive and accessible to all current and future Huskies.

Spring ’23’s first session — Resistance: Understanding and Rethinking Resistance for Equity in the Classroom, on January 27th — will work thusly:

[It] will explore the concept of resistance and the various manifestations of resistance that can arise in classrooms like, White guilt, White Fragility, and White Fatigue.

And according to April 28th’s Cultivating a Community of Care, it’s a war zone out there:

This workshop session will provide strategies and opportunities for discussion and practice around how we as academics can care for ourselves and each other while engaging in the important work of social justice, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.

The discussion will be “informed” by three theories:

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies
  • Racial Battle Fatigue

Racial Battle Fatigue was recently remarked upon via TheConversation.com by Alfred University Psychology Professor Geremy Grant:

It may come about from racial macroaggressions and racial microaggressions.

Racial macroaggressions are far-reaching race-related experiences that may be publicized and traumatic. For instance, when a video surfaced of George Floyd slowly being killed as a result of a police officer who knelt on his neck, experts say it traumatized many who saw the video. This experience is an example of how hearing about or observing experiences of racial prejudice and discrimination can add to the distress of people of color.

Racial microaggressions are defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.”

Examples of “common racial microaggressions toward Black individuals” are asking someone, “Where are you from?” and saying, “I’m not racist. I have several Black friends.”

They also include asking a Black person, “Why are you so loud?” and confusing a Black professional for a service worker.

Students of color may experience racial microaggressions throughout their academic careers, beginning before college and persisting into college and university settings.

The resultant fatigue, Geremy says, causes anxiety and is “associated with an increased likelihood for developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Chronic racial stress also increases the probability that a person of color won’t get good sleep. It is associated with a diminished sense of well-being, a loss of appetite and elevated blood pressure.

The professor’s solution:

[S]tudents of color can seek to form connections with other individuals of color to foster a sense of community, which may lessen feelings of isolation for people of color.

Will segregation fix America’s lack of unity? If so, we’re on the right track:

Major University Trains Its Students in Groups of White and Nonwhite

UCLA Students Stump for Segregation to Pummel ‘Pervasive’ Anti-Blackness

NYU Student Group Petitions for Black-Only Housing So They ‘Can Feel Included’

Ivy League School Offers Rock Climbing Class for Everyone But White Students

Tennessee University Segregates Students for ‘Antiracism’ Training, Hails the Absence of White People as ‘Magical’

UNC Chapel Hill Art Club Welcomes All Students but White Ones

Back to Northern Illinois University, FACCE will “focus on access, equity, and inclusion” and “provide educators with the opportunity to explore” these topics:

  • Culturally competent leadership skills
  • Decolonization in the classroom
  • Antiracism
  • Queer and trans inclusion
  • Navigating resistance
  • And much more!

 Antiracism, as you may know, isn’t merely the opposite of racism. Courtesy of Verywell Mind:

People often mistakenly believe that simply being “not racist” is enough to eliminate racial discrimination. The problem with this perspective is that White people are often unaware of their own unconscious biases. People often don’t fully understand the institutional and structural issues that uphold White supremacy and contribute to racist behaviors, attitudes, and policies.

Racial issues appear to be an increasing focus of education. That would seem to suggest problems are getting worse. But how could they be worsening if more institutions are fighting them? It must be quite the battle, indeed.

No Truth in Socialism: Why the 'Crisis of Marxism' Matters

By L.K. Samuels | American Thinker


Why do the Progressive Big Media, Democrats, elites, and Democratic Socialists feel duty-bound to create false realities?  Why must they silence, obstruct, or distort any truthful voice before it can ever be heard?  And why do they rush to judgment before the facts can be sorted out?  The answer is simple: socialists and collectivists have no other choice.  By hard experience, they learned over 100 years ago that their ideology is devoid of facts and reality.  They had to sacrifice truth in order to hide the inevitable failures of socialism.

This realization occurred in the late 1890s, when a crisis of confidence began to reach a fever pitch.  Before that, Marxian socialists were seen as the bright new kids on the political block.  They were gaining acceptance and recognition.  They thought they had it made.  Socialists had long predicted capitalism's inevitable demise.  In anticipation, they prepared to be capitalism's pallbearers, and they breathlessly awaited the birth of a glorious socialist-proletarian revolution.

But then something unexpected happened: socialism started to decompose.  Marxist leaders and revisionists looked inward and noticed serious flaws in Marx's socioeconomic predictions.  Across Europe, the truth of Marxian socialism was called into question.  As the defects and failures started to pile up, Marxian socialists faced an ideology both false and unworkable. Instead of witnessing capitalism in its last stage of life, it was apparent that Marxism and socialism were dying on the vine.

Like a viral plague, these inconsistencies within Marxist theory swept across the entire socialist and Marxist landscape.  It became known as the "crisis of Marxism," a term dubbed by Marxist theoreticians and practitioners themselves.  This internal struggle revolved around the release of devastating economic data in the 1890s.

Obviously, this situation was a bitter pill to swallow.  Socialist intellectuals had to face the fact that truth and scientific law could easily destroy their political agenda to reconstruct society.  If Marxian socialism did not conform to reality, then they would have to rely on other methods to gain political power.  They found it more effective and convenient to sidetrack the truth at every possible opportunity. 

Ironically, the man who pointed out the many fatal flaws of socialism and communism was a rising star in the Marxist movement: Eduard Bernstein.  He was an important Marxist political theorist and historian and a close friend of Friedrich Engels, working with him for almost ten years.  Bernstein also personally collaborated with Marx, becoming not only a patron, but editor of Der Sozialdemokrat, the militant organ of the Social Democratic Party in Germany, from 1881 to 1890.  Bernstein was being groomed as one of the major philosophical heirs of Marx and Engels.

A stickler for ethics, Bernstein embraced the idea that truth was a strong disinfectant against hypocrisy.  He wanted to see successful results, not Marxist dogma.  He waited until the passing of Marx in 1883 and Engels in 1895 before he launched an investigation of Marx's predictions.

The litany of failed promises that Bernstein discovered overwhelmed orthodox Marxists with a stunning sense of denial.  Marx had predicted that industrial capitalism would result in a concentration of a few big companies; instead, ownership of companies become more dispersed, decentralized, and scattered into many hands.  Marx and his surrogates predicted that the poor would become poorer; instead, Bernstein showed empirical data that the incomes of workers were rising to unheard-of levels.  He discovered that big companies were not as profitable as smaller businesses, which defied Marx's contentions.  Technology was advancing, not hitting a roadblock.  Profits were rising, not falling.  Past problems of "unemployment, overproduction, and the inequitable distribution of wealth" were being overcome by capitalism.  Bernstein even targeted Marx's cherished "class struggle" theory, proving that capitalism's wealth-building capacity had reduced the animosity between the wealthy class and the worker class.  These statistics confronted Marxist and socialist theorists with a paradox: why was capitalism growing more vibrant when it was supposedly entering its final dying days?

To Marxist socialists' dismay, the bourgeois system of market economics had gotten a clean bill of health.  Capitalism was flourishing.  Objective reality refused to comply with socialist demands.  Instead, Marxian socialism was found guilty and given a sentence of rejection.  To the public, Marxian socialism had lost its credibility.

As reams of published evidence proved the emptiness of socialist theories, Marxian ringleaders became distraught.  They were taken by surprise by something they had never expected — widespread repudiation of Marxian fundamentals by economic and social statistics that appeared in many journals and newspapers. 

Nonetheless, Marxism and socialist revolutionary activity did not die.  A French Marxist and Revolutionary Syndicalist, Georges Sorel, had already figured out the next course of action.  His prescription was to inject heavy doses of "myth-making" into public discourse, confusing political issues, and overriding truth.  His plan was to reinvigorate the socialist brand by releasing mountains of lies.  Sorel understood that unconstrained truth would crush socialist theories and their fledgling movement, forcing socialists to master the art of slick propaganda to prevent being invalidated once again by the power of truth.

Georges Sorel went on to make lies sound truthful in an effort to defend the fallacies and failures of Marxism, propping up the advocacy of labor violence in the streets, anti-democracy, autocratic socialism, and revised Marxism.  His myth-making propaganda became an inspiration to Marxists, fascists, and a host of socialist elites.  To Sorel, truth was no longer important; it was an impediment to progress and had to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

In reality, there is no truth in socialism, because it has never worked.  Still smarting from the hard lessons of history, today's Marxist socialists have learned to swiftly bury truth and any truth-seekers, before they can become entombed themselves.

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Can American history survive this generation?

By William Haupt III | The Center Square Contributor

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"One of the saddest signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain the most." – Thomas Sowell

Plato told us we study history because it leads our way. Through history we learn how events of the past made our current world. Lessons from the past not only teach us about ourselves and how we evolved, but direct us away from the mistakes made by societies to avoid repeating them again. Events that are mere dates on a page were episodes that chartered our global chain of societies.

Both past calamities and good fortune have changed entire regions. Some have caused tensions and others rewards. Some events created new governments that influenced those of today. Others violated the rights of man and vanished. Today's world is a combination of many actions. The more we know about the past, the more we can plan for the future: One with less aberrations and failures.

In a national survey conducted among public high school students five years ago, it revealed that only 3% could pass a U.S. citizenship test. Those students are adults today. This means many people today are woefully ignorant of our history, culture and of even our system of government.

American history is closely linked to the formation of a healthy society. That's why it's so vital how it is taught in public schools across the nation. Learning historic events develops the cultural, moral and ethical values of students. Most importantly, it teaches the young how to avoid the traits of bad citizenship, and how to become good citizens that take active roles in managing their governments.

A recent report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that an abysmal 18% of American high school students were proficient in U.S. history. When major colleges no longer require classes in U.S. history and high schools propose changing their curriculum so that history is taught only from 1877 onward, such as North Carolina, this rates barely a mere blurb in the fishwrap.

It was recently reported that a story in Perspectives on History magazine found that 88% of school teachers considered teaching history a lower priority. When Professor Bruce VanSledright of the University of North Carolina was asked to comment on this story, he said he wasn't surprised. "If a subject like history isn't something that students are tested on, then why spend time teaching it?"

VanSledright reflected on the teachers themselves. "There is some curriculum associated with basic history but history has become so controversial teachers just avoid it rather than teach it.''

“The attempt to avoid legitimate suffering lies at the root of all emotional illness.” – M. Scott Peck

A Brooklyn father says his third-grade daughter knows who George Washington is because she heard about him on the soundtrack of the show “Hamilton.” But she doesn't know who Abraham Lincoln is or when America was discovered. And she knows nothing about America's Revolution.

A teacher at the same Brooklyn school said instructors balk when it comes to history: They don’t want to offend anyone. “The more vocal and involved the parents are, the more likely the teacher will feel uncomfortable teaching certain things or saying something that might create a problem.”

"Since Common Core, no subjects are safe from distortion in the classrooms." – Alice Starkland

Logic tells us that the rewriting of history is something found exclusively in dictatorial nations. But it has recently crept into global democracies, especially America. As George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

Who would have thought how we teach history would be questioned? Should our history books be rewritten to eliminate flawed heroes and increase the events of racial and ethnic minorities? Should we be erasing, rewriting, and apologizing for, or covering up our history, as identity groups propose, since they are so critical of America's past? Should we make heroes out of non heroes?

Can we ever again teach history that is relevant to all students, or must we embellish it to portray micro events by identity groups more salient than major contributions made by real heroes who did something that someone today doesn't like? Do we teach history to the majority or to the minority?

“Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable." – Stefan Molyneux

How did teaching U.S. history become so controversial? Several decades ago Howard Zinn wrote "The People’s History of the United States" to demythologize the history of America. He demonized America’s traditional heroes by retelling American history though the perspective of those who had experienced treatment different than most other Americans, including slaves, Indians and the poor.

The left saw this as an opportunity to appease identity groups, LBGT rights supporters, climate change advocates and labor unions they depend on for survival. They directed the Department of Education to establish criteria that would appease these splinter groups which local teacher unions would force feed to the states.

The failed Common Core curriculum was an outgrowth of this monstrosity. And it opened the door for progressives to utilize the public school system for political gain. And today, with the help of the teachers unions, school districts around the nation are a breeding ground for young progressives.

"I think there is a widespread agreement that there is a crisis in public education." – Mitch Kapor

Stanford's Sam Wineburg says groups that criticize our history lack academic insight on why we study history. They are “reading the present into the past,” which is like putting water in a gas tank. Water worked great to power steam engines, but cars run on gas. You can't judge American history with 21st century standards. If colonials owned slaves, by our present standards we must chastise them and erase them from history. If a leader was on the wrong side of the Civil War, we dare not honor him, despite his contributions to our nation before or after the war. Are we really better than them?

A teacher in California was told to stop telling students about the first Thanksgiving. Her principal told her, "The story of the pilgrims and Native Americans celebrating together" offended a parent. She asked why? The principal retorted, "You made the Pilgrims seem like white supremacists."

Norman Cousins wrote, "History is a vast early warning system.” If we want to understand today, we have to know what happened yesterday. History is an encyclopedia of accidents, successes, blunders, surprises and absurdities. It is a roadmap of the past drawn for the future. Anyone who fails to study history as it was written doesn't appreciate today's America and all of its opportunities.

Those who take our history personal are living in the past because they fear today and tomorrow.

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." – Martin Luther King

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Parents Want a Complete Overhaul of the Education System

By Salena Zito | Townhall.com

AP Photo/Marta Lavandier

In the wake of COVID-19, people now overwhelmingly believe that the education system's broader purpose needs to be rethought. This begins with a shift away from standardized testing, college prep and a one-size-fits-all model and toward personalized curricula, practical skills and subject mastery.

A new Purpose of Education Index survey released by the Massachusetts-based national think tank Populace found a radical shift in the way most of us view education and what our children should be getting out of it.

"The findings show the K-12 educational system is wildly unresponsive to what parents and children actually want," said Todd Rose, co-founder and CEO of Populace.

Rose added that people are not looking for something "better" -- they are looking for something fundamentally different. "They want a way out of the one-size-fits-all approach driven by standardized testing models and elite institutions making us compete in a zero-sum game and instead an educational framework geared towards individualized learning, practical skills, and preparation for a meaningful life."

The study was conducted with over 1,000 participants conducted with cooperation from YouGov and data analytics firm Gradient. Respondents were given 57 priorities for K-12 education and ranked them using a conjoint analysis that forces them into trade-off scenarios and avoids the distorting effects of social influence.

The fissure between the public education system and parents began in 2020, when school districts across the country closed at the beginning of the pandemic. Parents, often working in the same room where their children were being educated over Zoom, began to gain a more complete understanding of what and how their children were being taught -- and they did not like what they saw.

Attitudes changed almost overnight as parents got a peek behind the curtain at what their children were being taught, what was emphasized and how out-of-step the system was in preparing their children for the workplace after graduation. An awakening took place as parents soon learned the power teachers unions had, not just over curriculum but also over whether schools would even open.

That disruption has been devastating. Test scores shared with the Associated Press showed that the average student lost over half a year of learning in math and a quarter of a school year in reading. But students in some public-school districts lost twice that in learning.

This has all prompted many parents to move their children out of public schools and into private or parochial schools, most of which are not controlled by teachers unions and stayed open during the pandemic. The overall rate of parents choosing to home-school grew from 5.4% to 11.1%, according to data from the Census Bureau.

For the study, respondents were given 57 priorities for K-12 education and ranked them using a conjoint analysis that forces them into trade-off scenarios and avoids the distorting effects of social influence. Pre-COVID-19, people ranked preparedness for college as one of the highest priorities for a K-12 education. In this recent survey, it was one of the lowest priorities.

The study also showed that 70% believe more things about the educational system should change than stay the same, including 21% who say nearly everything should change.

Respondents said they wanted to see students develop practical skills such as managing personal finances, preparing meals or making appointments as their top priority -- functions that students a generation ago learned in home economics classes.

"Demonstrating basic reading, writing, and arithmetic," "being prepared for a career," and "hav(ing) the skills to be competitive in the local job market" are goals of education that went out of style in the last generation, but now people are more interested in bringing them back than they are in less practical and more short-term goals.

Overall, the report evinces widespread belief that education needs to be fundamentally changed. It needs to prepare students for the workforce, adulthood and success, not necessarily put students into the pipeline for college.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Finland introduces world’s first transgender national figure skater and we’re officially DEAD (watch)

 By Twitchy.com


Yeah … we got nothin’.

It’s rare that any of us here at Twitchy are at a loss for words (clearly, we write a lot of them every single day) but this is, well, yeah.

Why don’t you give it a watch and decide for yourselves what the EFF this is?

Maybe this was just some sort of performance art?

Yeah?

No?

What.

The.

Hell?

We have NO idea.

Much stunning. Much brave.

Nah, that would mean SNL was funny again and … it’s not.

If we needed proof that men go into women’s sports because they’re NOT GREAT at the sport here it is.

Take a look:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

There Is Nothing Democrats Won’t Destroy

 By Derek Hunter  | Townhall.com

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

If there is some good news out there, count on some leftists to come along and take a huge dump on it. It’s what they do – they are the nail in the tire of your homecoming float, the rock you twist your ankle on while taking the field for the Super Bowl, the open-mouth belch during a moment of silence. Only miserable human beings could be such a destructive force every single time there is something that could actually unite Americans, because unity is kryptonite to the progressive movement.

Honestly, if 9/11 happened today it would take about 5 minutes before some rabid Squad member took to the floor of the House of Representatives to blame an old Trump tweet or something from the Reagan administration as justification for the attack. “What did we expect when we support Israel so fervently!?!?” they’d say. How long before some conspiracy theorist on MSNBC delivered a 20-minute monologue based on a tweet from an account with 3 followers and 7 numbers in its nonsensical name claiming to have experienced some kind of micro-aggression while eating a falafel on the streets of New York and how this is what you get with Kevin McCarthy as Speaker? Maybe the next night?

Democrats can’t let people simply be people, they need us to be groups; groups that can be manipulated to do whatever best suits their needs at any given moment, and any people hurt in the process are expendable. 

After the death of George Floyd there really wasn’t anyone saying the video was really nothing. People saw that long video and were horrified that someone would just sit there for that long on top of a handcuffed man. That didn’t help Democrats, so the division soon started.

“White cops kill another black man” or “This is how police treat minorities.” How many times did you hear about “white privilege” that week? A digital counter for that would make the national debt clock look slow. (Ever hear of Tony Timpa? He died the same way George Floyd did – on camera, saying he couldn’t breathe while a cop sat on him – only 4 years earlier. Tony made the classic mistake of being white, so the CNNs and MSNBCs of the world didn’t bother reporting on it. The guy who sat on him as he died got promoted last year. Maybe Tony should’ve engaged his “white privilege” or something?)

You were either outraged to the point of taking to the street and, just coincidentally, voting for Democrats, or you were the problem. Not a part of the problem, the problem. 

If you were white you were guilty, and if you were black you were expected to be angry. If you weren’t, well, you were worse than white.

The country could have united behind many needed reforms to policing and how people taken into custody should be treated. Instead, we got “defund the police” and “all cops are bastards,” followed by months of “mostly peaceful riots” and the destruction of black neighborhoods and business while “Black Lives Matter” grifters became rich real estate tycoons. Literally the only lives made better through that summer were Democrat politicians and progressive activists who were good at fundraising from idiotic “woke” corporations.

Wealthy, wine drinking, Pilates-doing suburban white women, who wouldn’t even consider driving through the destroyed black neighborhoods in daylight before the riots, opened another bottle of Piot and celebrated their absentee ballot-casting for the very party responsible for the destruction as some sort of accomplishment for people have convinced themselves they’re the only hope for. The White Savior Complex in Spanx. 

Meanwhile, Democrat Party leadership takes a knee in the Capitol rotunda while culturally appropriating clothing they remembered from an old episode of the Cosby Show and lecture everyone who’d done nothing wrong about how they are the problem in the country. 

I’ve never run Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Philadelphia, etc., and neither has any other Republican in the lifetime of 100 percent of the current lost generation failed by the Democrat Industrial Complex. 

Democrats rail about the “school to prison pipeline” and propose to “fix” it by closing the prisons rather than looking at why the schools fail so many of their students. Apparently “Big Warden” doesn’t shovel the kind of money to Democrat candidates the way the teachers’ unions do. Then again, no one does. If the UAW did, Democrats would spend their time justifying new cars breaking down after a year, but since the biggest victims of progressive policy failures are black kids who’ll still vote 80 percent or more for Democrats in elections, these politicians literally ignore the slaughter of innocent people daily because they can’t be monetized or used to mobilize. 

The left has changed the definition of words to help their division. “Woman” has no meaning now, and men win the awards created expressly to celebrate them. It has to be weird for the old feminists, most of whom look like men now, to know they’ve plowed the road for men to dominate as women. Can’t wait till Rachel Levine demands the return of Virginia Slims advertising so he can be on them under the banner, “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

But few words have been bastardized more than “community.” It used to mean your neighborhood and the people in it; from the kids you grew up with to the old guy in the corner house everyone was slightly afraid of but who was secretly always nice. Now it means people who share your skin tone or sexual proclivities. Democrats would rather you care more deeply about something horrible happening to a person you’ve never met who lives thousands of miles away from you because they have sex the same way you do (only certain kinds, not straight sex) or have the same melanin levels as you, than you care about what happens to someone living a few houses down your block who doesn’t share those things.

One has an impact on your world, the other has an impact on Democrat voter turnout. 

Divide TO conquer. 

Everything Democrats have used to drive a wedge between people based on skin color in the last, well, forever, can be found with the skin color of the participants reversed or all the same and they barely rate a mention on the local news. But if it’s something Democrats believe they can exploit (and make no mistake, “exploit” is the exact right word), the preemptive statements start to fly, from the White House on down.

When a local NAACP chapter president from Missouri chimes in with a, “We have set up a system where the police officers do what they please and are immune for their actions,” after 5 black cops were charged with second degree murder, you begin to realize that either morons are in positions of leadership or lying to people to get and keep them angry serves a purpose more important to these political hacks than any lives ever could.

The individual is disposable to Democrat politicians, elected or activist. Not theirs, of course, or the people they personally care about, but everyone else. The death of a junkie fighting police officers caused more fake outrage than all the murders of black people in Chicago over the last two decades, at least, among Democrats. Does anyone really think a single one of them gave a damn about George Floyd? If they did, and he lived his whole life where they have absolute control, why didn’t they do anything to help him while he was alive?

The truth is George Floyd was the type of guy who Joe Biden’s White House staff would’ve cleared off the streets before a presidential visit so Biden could walk, unmolested, down the street for the cameras. And that’s how Democrats view everyone, everywhere, always. 

The horrible death of Tyre Nichols is the latest example of how the left works. Ben Crump gets dispatched and signs the family with promises of justice under the guise of a big settlement, then sits in on every television interview (not off-camera, because what’s the PR value in that?). Al Sharpton shows up, MSNBC sends half their on-air staff. Biden makes a phone call, then a visit is planned – he talks about the family like he spent years vacationing with them when the reality is he can barely remember their names or why he’s there. Then the “think pieces” about how society is really to blame, or something else, and how we all need some kind of reckoning because of it. 

It may not work in this case, since all the police are black and they have been charged with very serious crimes, but the playbook is the playbook, and it must be followed because you never know what events will work best for the party. And you have to be prepared. 

The country watched the video of a man beaten and no medical aid rendered for far too long. That could unify most, if not all, of the country. But that unity wouldn’t be “behind Democrats,” so it’s not useful and must be destroyed. That’s what Democrats do, they destroy.

It hasn’t worked, so far, as of Saturday morning; cities didn’t burn. Not for lack of trying by the media flame-fanners and ratings whores, but Democrats aren’t about to give up on this chance just yet. Time will tell…

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Jason Whitlock Pens Moving Rebuttal of CNN, Others Calling Beating Death of Tyre Nichols 'Racist'

 By Mike Miller | RedState.com

Multiple Memphis Police officers appear to beat Tyre Nichols. (Credit: NBC News)

After news broke that Tyre Nichols died after a violent beating by five Memphis Police officers — and let’s be honest — people of color and white people alike wondered, many aloud, how the media and the predictable protesters would frame their responses, given that Nichols and the officers were black.

Was the brutality an act of police violence, or something more?

“Shockingly,” CNN’s Van Jones — who wasn’t the Lone Ranger — opted for “something more.” As my colleague Jim Thompson reported, CNN’s race-hustler extraordinaire declared that the alleged killing of Nichols was “racist.” Yes, really. Jones’s illogical “logic”: racism is defined only by the skin color of the victim, not by the skin color of his or her alleged attacker(s).

With that simple declaration, Jones unwitting opened a huge can of worms. Here’s a snippet of Jones’ advanced rationalization: 

At the end of the day, it is the race of the victim who is brutalized — not the race of the violent cop — that is most relevant in determining whether racial bias is a factor in police violence. It’s hard to imagine five cops of any color beating a White person to death under similar circumstances. And it is almost impossible to imagine five Black cops giving a White arrestee the kind of beat-down that Nichols allegedly received.

I’m not going to bother rebutting the nonsensical, advanced rationalization Van Jones used to play the race card on the senseless brutality unleashed against 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. But I am going to turn to longtime sports journalist, columnist, and podcaster Jason Whitlock — who is also black — for his take on the inexcusable tragedy in Memphis.

In an op-ed posted on Blaze Media, Whitlock said the tragic death of Nichols raised the possibility that the conflict between black men and law enforcement, in general, has more to do with attitude than racism.

[T]he Tyre Nichols video could spark nationwide rioting. Nichols could be George Floyd 2.0. CNN sent Don Lemon to Memphis to fan the flames. Memphis’ police chief, Cerelyn Davis, is doing her part to hype unrest. She’s conducted multiple interviews that, in my opinion, are aimed at increasing maximum anger and hostility. “You’re going to see acts that defy humanity,” she told Don Lemon.

Incidentally, it can be argued that then-President Barack Obama fanned racially-divisive flames in an effort to hype unrest multiple times, from his “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” in response to the death of Trayvon Martin, and his irresponsible comments about racial bias in Michael Brown‘s death in Ferguson, Missouri. But, I digress.

Whitlock continued, pointing out the larger issue, as he sees it, in Memphis.

The five police officers have been fired and charged with second-degree murder. Like Nichols, the five officers are young, black men. The oldest officer is 32. The youngest is 24.

Cerelyn Davis, the police chief, is a black woman. Her predecessor, Michael Rallings, was a black man. His predecessor, Toney Armstrong, was a black man.

The city of Memphis is 65% black and is beset with a troubling pattern of black men killing each other.

Whitlock compared the Tyre Nichols case with that of Rodney King, who in 1991 was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers during an arrest, after a pursuit for driving while intoxicated. (King, who died in 2012, survived the beating.)

The case of Tyre Nichols tells a different story than the Rodney King case. King was black. The four officers tried for assaulting King were white. Corporate media framed the Rodney King case as an example of police misconduct fueled by racism.

Perhaps there’s a different common denominator in cases of police violence. Maybe the proper narrative focuses on attitude and frustration. Perhaps an attitude of resistance triggers lethal frustration among law enforcement.

Maybe people, regardless of color, who do not resist the commands and authority of law enforcement never trigger lethal frustration from police.

 Whitlock’s last point was critical. Regardless of guilt or innocence, resisting the commands of law enforcement officers, generally in charged situations, never ends well for the resister — and the police ultimately “win.” None of us will ever know what ran through Tyre Nichols’ mind — and nothing can ever excuse the brutality of those five officers — but from the moment he was jerked out of his car, he was no doubt terrified, which appeared to lead to his subsequent actions.

Whitlock poignantly referred to the death of his younger cousin, Anton Butler, in Indianapolis in 2012. Jason grew up in Indianapolis, which is where I live, and he was a classmate of my late wife’s younger sister. The point is, I remember the case — and Whitlock — very well. He wrote:

I know exactly how the Tyre Nichols family feels. As I’ve shared previously, in 2012, my cousin, Anton Butler, was tasered to death by Indianapolis sheriffs in the storming rain. The sheriffs claimed he resisted arrest and forced them to use their tasers.

I helped raise Anton. I bought him school clothes and Christmas gifts — read books with him. He, his brother, and cousins spent summers with me in Kansas City [where Whitlock was a sports radio host at the time] when they were children. I loved Anton. I paid for his funeral. I believe the sheriffs overreacted.

And then this: “I also believe Anton made a mistake resisting their commands.” Think that one through.

Whitlock then reflected on policing in general, particularly in crime-ridden cities:

Policing is a frustrating, high-stress job. It’s a mistake to increase the stress and frustration of police officers. You can trigger them to combust. As a man, I am primarily responsible for my safety — the government is not. My attitude toward law enforcement is to reduce stress. I’ve been pulled over for speeding numerous times. My attitude has created many warning tickets and no violence.

Too many young, black men have been programmed to hate and fear the police. The hate and fear spark resistance, which elevates frustration.

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The frustration of law enforcement is not color-coded. Black and white officers feel the exact same frustration and lose control of themselves at the same rate. We can’t keep doing the exact same things, expecting new results. How many cities must burn to the ground before we change the discussion about law enforcement and the black community?

Again, if found guilty, the officers involved in the death of Tyre Nichols should be sentenced to the fullest extent of the law. That said, Jason Whitlock’s critical point about the left intentionally fanning racial flames, particularly within the black community, has created the mindset in much of the country that America’s law enforcement officers are predominately racist.

Do bad cops, intent on using their badges as an excuse to do bad things, exist? Of course, they do; bad people intent on doing bad things exist in every occupation and walk of life. They always have and they always will, and they should be served appropriate justice when they do so.

It’s a shame that politicians and “journalists” who fan the flames aren’t served due justice, as well.