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Taking a Beating II

Yesterday (three posts down), we began a Conversation on Race™ by noting that not only were Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the two most notorious abusers in the NFL today (against stiff competition), African American—so were their defenders. We learned, and shared, that “whooping” a four year old child with a “switch” (the leaves from which were stuffed in the child’s mouth) was commonplace in the black community (at least in the South). Like “baking a pie”.

So, apparently is domestic violence:

Ray McDonald and Chris Cook of the San Francsico 49ers, Tony McDaniel and Kevin Williams of the Seattle Seahawks, Brandon Marshall and Santonio Holmes of the Chicago Bears, Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers, Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, Erik Walden of the Indianapolis Colts, Donte Whitner of the Cleveland Browns, Randy Starks of the Miami Dolphins and Frostee Rucker of the Arizona Cardinals have all been arrested for domestic violence or related charges since 2005, according to a USA Today database that tracks players’ arrests since 2000.

I wasn’t sure, so I checked: all 12 are black men. In a league that is roughly 60% black, how can 100% of the domestic abusers be black? As a New England Patriots fan, I remember Christian Peter, a serial abuser who was white—and of course Aaron Hernandez, a Hispanic gang-banger who played professional football on the side. Where are the four or five white guys in this list? These are just numbers. They don’t tell a story.

These tell a story:

[T]here are a large number of people who don’t think Adrian Peterson did anything wrong at all, including fellow NFL players (both retired and active):

Keith Bulluck: Adrian Peterson might go to jail for whoop’n his son? Oh ok…

Darnell Dockett: I got a ass whippn at 5 with a switch that’s lasted about 40mins and couldn’t sit for 2days. It’s was all love though. Times have changed!

Mark Ingram: When I was kid I got so many whoopins I can’t even count! I love both my parents, they just wanted me to be the best human possible!

I have no comment on their upbringing. But did they see the pictures of Adrian Peterson’s son? Have they read the reports? That wasn’t discipline; it was fetishistic abuse. And why are all three black men?

As is this guy:

NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy joined the show to talk about Week 2 in the NFL and to share is opinion on charges against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Dungy said that he believes it remains to be seen whether what Peterson did was abuse and Dungy noted that he grew up with that kind of discipline in his home.

I admit I’m jumping back and forth between domestic abuse and child abuse, but can you blame me? That’s the news. What I’m trying to get at in this Conversation on Race™ is what I’m often trying to get at: the violence committed against black people by black people—from inner-city crime to abortion—is appalling. If it is to end, and it must end, we first need to talk about it. Thanks for listening.

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Taking a Beating

Before I go on, you should know this is about Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. Before you click away, however, it’s not my opinion I want to share with you (I’m against beating intimate partners and children, if you’re curious).

It’s the opinions of others:

According to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, the demise of behavior in America is directly attributed to “the lack of whippings with switches.”

These comments come days after Minnesota Vikings running back and NFL star Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges after whipping his four-year-old son with a switch, leaving him bloodied.

“I think the decline in the behavior of America is directly traceable to the lack of whippings with switches,” Wilbon said. “Your grandparents or your parents would send you out to…pick your own switch. You go out, you snatch it off the tree, you cut it down, do whatever you do depending on where you are.”

“It’s such a common thing. It’s like baking a pie,” said the former Washington Post sports writer.

The African American former Washington Post sports writer I think it important to note.

Why do I think it important to note?

This is why:

Jim Rome: “Can you hit a child?”

Charles Barkley on NFL Today: “I’m from the south. I understand Boomer’s (Esiason) rage and anger. He’s a white guy and I’m a black guy. I don’t know where he’s from, I’m from the South. Whipping – we do that all the time. Every black parent in the south is going to be in jail under those circumstances. We have to be careful letting people dictate how -”

Jim Rome: “It doesn’t matter where you’re from: Right is right and wrong is wrong.”

Charles Barkley: “I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the south. I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go overboard – Listen, Jim, we all grow up in different environments. Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances.”

News to me, but then so much is. I’m just glad we’re having this conversation on race. I have so much to learn.

Speaking of NFL violence, did you know this?

African Americans, especially African American Women, suffer deadly violence from family members at rates decidedly higher than for other racial groups in the United States. However, it is observed that research concerning family violence among African Americans is inadequate.

Overall, African Americans were victimized by intimate partners a significantly higher rates than persons of any other race between 1993 and 1998. Black females experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females, and about 22 times the rate of women of other races. Black males experienced intimate partner violence at a rate about 62% higher than that of white males and about 22 times the rate of men of other races.

African-American women experience significantly more domestic violence than White women in the age group of 20-24. Generally, Black women experience similar levels of intimate partner victimization in all other age categories as compared to White women, but experience slightly more domestic violence. (Estimates are provided from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which defines an intimate partner as a current or former spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend. Violent acts include murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.)

Approximately 40% of Black women report coercive contact of a sexual nature by age 18.

The number one killer of African-American women ages 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

In a study of African-American sexual assault survivors, only 17% reported the assault to police.

Hard to highlight only one thing when it all needs to be highlighted.

What I’ve learned from the cases of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice (and a few other similar cases) is that the epidemic of domestic violence against black women and black children is not just in the NFL. It’s in the black community.

But if it’s like “baking a pie”, something you do “all the time”, don’t let this white guy from the North tell you how to treat your women and children.

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Katrina Fatigue, Nine Years On

To all those with whom I did battle over the proper apportioning of blame after Hurricane Katrina (search our archives if you don’t remember), I will accept cash in lieu of an apology:

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has reported to a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, to begin serving a 10-year sentence for corruption during the years when the city was struggling to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

Nagin arrived at the facility shortly before noon Monday. New Orleans television stations showed images of Nagin hugging family members in a parking lot before he entered the lockup.

Nagin, a Democrat, was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005, when Katrina overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage.

The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

The onetime cable company executive who served as New Orleans’ mayor from 2002-2010 was convicted on 20 criminal counts including bribery, conspiracy and money laundering, all tied to payments he received for granting city contracts.

Nagin was convicted February 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects.

With Ray “Tens and Twenties” Nagin and Mary “Forward Mail to DC” Landrieu in charge, the leftwing media blamed George Bush. Oh yeah, that made a lot of sense.

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Cause and Effect

Cause:

On August 10, 2014, the Ferguson, Missouri, the local QuikTrip was looted and torched during riots over the shooting death of 18 year-old Michael Brown.

The QuikTrip was completely destroyed during the Ferguson riots.

Ferguson protesters later warned local business owners to rebuild: “Or it’s gonna be hell to pay”

Effect:

Despite the threats QuikTrip has no plans of rebuilding in Ferguson.

On August 19, 2014, the gas was removed from the tanks at the Ferguson QuikTrip.

This was another sign that the QuikTrip in Ferguson will not rebuild.

Nice one, Ferguson. Now, even if you wanted to leave, you can’t. No gas.

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Another One-Sided Conversation on Race

In lieu of an actual conversation on race—you know, a dialogue—sometimes, I just start talking.

There are so many misconceptions on race, it seems to me, particularly on the harm done to black people by black people. We spend so much time huffing and puffing about Michael Brow and Trayvon Martin (both of whom were willing collaborators in their own deaths, we now know), we forget the thousands of black people executed in cold blood by other black people. It’s practically sui-genocide (or geno-suicide). The facts don’t lie.

But facts don’t tell a story, pictures do:

If you’ve been reading us for any length of time, you know my heartache over Hadiya Pendleton, a beautiful, promising young woman from Chicago who got caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Chicago. She had just returned to that “killing field” of black people after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration (a symbolism too painful for me to explore). But Hadiya is just one face among thousands of the victims in the War on Blacks By Blacks. Some (many) don’t even have faces. Yet.

Abortion in the black community is at an epidemic:

“Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the number of abortions recorded by women of every other racial or ethnic group in the city.” The report revealed that more than any other ethnic group in NYC, black women were the leading abortion patients and also had the highest pregnancy and miscarriage rates.

[A]according to the 2010 census data, blacks made up 12.6% of the population. And, as Abort73.com broke down:

In 2009, a total of 286,623 blacks died in the U.S.14 That same year, an estimated 1.21 million abortions took place in the United States.15 If 35.4% were performed on black women, that means almost twice as many blacks were killed by abortion as by all other causes.

This being the 50th anniversary of various civil rights and Great Society acts and programs, it is a time for reflection on those movements too. Regular readers here will know (because I mention it all the time) that the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act passed not only with Republican support, but that Republicans out-supported racist, segregationist Democrats.

But this is something I did not know, and I bet you didn’t either:

According to economist Walter Williams, “[f]rom 1900 to 1954, blacks were more active than whites in the labor market. Until about 1960, black male labor force participation in every age group was equal to or greater than that of whites … As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it’s about 30 percent longer.” According to economist Thomas Sowell, “[t]he poverty rate among black families fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent in 1960, during an era of virtually no major civil rights legislation or anti-poverty programs … In various skilled trades, the incomes of blacks relative to whites more than doubled between 1936 and 1959.”

[B]lack economic progress was advancing steadily during the first half of the twentieth century, but proceeded to flat-line in the 1960s and 70s.

What happened, then? Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1960s-era big government happened. Welfare laws were constructed that didn’t view black men and women as human beings in the image of God, but as useless children and at best tools for political gain.

Okay, maybe I could have cut that last sentence, which is more editorialization than fact. Or is it?

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Laws like the Davis Bacon Act, which barred federal contracts from paying less than union wages, pushed black men out of federally funded or -financed construction jobs at the behest of white unions; segregated public housing pushed blacks into inner-city ghettos where poverty was concentrated and its impact worsened; government handouts punished those who tried to work; and, most evil of all, men who had limited employment prospects were offered a way to feed their families via the federal government—as long as they packed up and left.

A century of Jim Crow made America almost uniquely shameful—more so than slavery itself (which was once commonplace across the world—apartheid much less so). It’s abolishment was long overdue, and required “by any means necessary”. But fifty years is more than enough time to admit they made mistakes—that there are things to fix that don’t go back to the status quo ante. It may be too late for this generation of young black men (and women, and their babies), just as it is too late for the two generations before them. But can we offer real Hope for genuine Change for any children they see to term?

PS: Not if Obama has anything to do with it. Granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will open the floodgates and inundate the job market. If it was a goal to put black people back to work they were before Liberalism ruined their lives, Liberalism will have dashed that hope once and for all.

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How Cool Is This?

Reenacting Michael Brown’s death—with 6th graders!

Outstanding!

Officials at Brantley Elementary School in Selma, Ala. placed a sixth-grade teacher on paid administrative leave on Wednesday after he directed his students to reenact the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Brown, a resident of Ferguson, Mo., died on Aug. 9 after a police officer, Darren Wilson, shot him a number of times.

The reenactment came to light on Tuesday after Jessica Baughn, the mother of an 11-year-old Brantley Elementary student, complained about it on Sound Off Selma, a Facebook page, reports The Selma Times-Journal.

According to Baughn, the unidentified teacher instructed students to research the details of Brown’s death. Where did it happen? How many times did he get shot?

As local school district superintendent Don Willingham later explained, the sixth-grade children then presented a skit about the incident in class. Willingham noted that the Ferguson shooting initially came up in class because the teacher was discussing current events.

According to Baughn, the teacher asked his charges to construct fake paper guns. For bullets, he had his charges use little wads of paper. Baughn’s son, a white kid named Jimmy Griffin, was the shooter in the skit.

I wonder how the little tyke depicted Officer Wilson’s busted eye-socket, courtesy of Michael Brown’s fist? Papier mâché, probably. Or clay. And they can’t have used real cigars like the kind Brown shoplifted, or engaged in real physical intimidation against the shopkeeper, as Brown was shown to have done on video.

But that’s the magic of the theater. If Shakespeare could depict the battle of Agincourt in Hnery V, 11-year-olds at Brantley Elementary can reenact Michael Brown’s felony-riddled death. What I wouldn’t have given for a seat front row, center.

Oh, for a muse of firepower!

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It’s Eric Holder’s World…

We’re just cowards here.

I stumbled across this interview Adam Carolla had with Taleeb Starkes last week, and found this part especially interesting:

STARKES: When Eric Holder said we’ve become a nation of cowards, blah blah blah, we need to talk about race more. The NAACP applauded that. You guys don’t want an actual conversation, you guys want a monologue.

CAROLLA: Who is ‘you guys’?

STARKES: The NAACP. And everyone that applauded that statement he made. You guys don’t want a conversation, because with that comes some ugly truths, some statistics, some hate crime facts, et cetera. And they don’t want that. They want a monologue, they want control of the dialogue, and Eric Holder, his speech put him in the drivers seat, as far as being the official race hustler in my mind.

I largely agree with that, and have written so, but I also wanted to read exactly what Holder said.

February 18, 2009 (less than a month in office):

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder declared.

Holder urged Americans of all races to use Black History Month as a time to have a forthright national conversation between blacks and whites to discuss aspects of race which are ignored because they are uncomfortable.

“[C]ertain subjects are off limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one’s character.”

“It’s a question of being honest with ourselves and racial issues that divide us,” Holder told reporters in a hastily arranged news conference. “It’s not easy to talk about it. We have to have the guts to be honest with each other, accept criticism, accept new proposals.”

The attorney general criticized past public debates on the issue as “too often simplistic and left to those on the extremes who are not hesitant to use these issues to advance nothing more than their own narrow self-interest.”

Although the use of “cowards” is inflammatory, his point is valid, if vague. I think many people, black and white, don’t “have the guts to be honest with each other, accept criticism, accept new proposals”. In relations between the “races”, this isn’t the same country as it was 50 years ago. Bull Connor, George Wallace, Robert Byrd, and other Democrats were the faces of intolerance then; Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright are today. As Starkes said, “You guys don’t want a conversation, because with that comes some ugly truths, some statistics, some hate crime facts”.

And Holder didn’t back down five years later:

“I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” Holder told ABC News in an interview. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” he said, adding that Americans are still hesitant to reach out to “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.”

[T]here’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals,” he told ABC.

Still pretty vague, but is Holder ready to have the conversation? Not as such:

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC, citing “people talking about taking their country back” as an example.

“There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

It’s not the color of your skin, Eric, but its thinness. George Bush didn’t face vehemence? His Attorney General, John Ashcroft, didn’t encounter animus? Honest to god. It’s your politics (I don’t call you Eric the Red for nothing) and your dishonesty (Fast & Furious, IRS) that people don’t like, not your skin tone.

But Eric is having none of it. Monologue or conversation, he’s got a script and he’s sticking to it:

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

A touching story—one that prompted a similar reminiscence of my own—but irrelevant to the citizens of Ferguson, MO. What does a speeding ticket have to do with a very large man shoplifting cigars, roughing up the store owner, ignoring a police officer’s order to get out of the middle of the road, punching that officer in the face, reaching for that officer’s weapon, before dying as he “bull-rushed” the officer he had just punched and tried to disarm?

See what I mean about a conversation? Who’s the coward? Not me.

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Comforting the Comfortable

Many conservatives have come to realize that to win the contest of ideas, you have to compete on the field of culture. It does one no good to be right (as in correct) when Hollywood, academia, the media are all left (as in wrong).

They tell us so themselves:

At last, we know the reason why comedy writers don’t make fun of President Obama much.

It turns out the man is completely unmockable.

We learn this from Jim Downey, the longtime “Saturday Night Live” specialist in political japery. “If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, ‘Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10,’” the writer says in the expanded new edition of the “SNL” oral history book, “Live from New York.”

“It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled,” Downey says. “There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [Al] Gore had these ‘handles,’ so did Bush, and Sarah Palin, and even Hillary had them. But with Obama, it was the phenomenon — less about him and more about the effect he had on other people and the way he changed their behavior. So that’s the way I wrote him.”

Got that? The charter Choom Ganger, confessed eater of dog and snorter of coke. The doofus who thinks the language spoken by Austrians is “Austrian,” that you pronounce the p in “corpsman” and that ATMs are the reason why job growth is sluggish. The egomaniac who gave the queen of England an iPod loaded with his own speeches and said he was better at everything than the people who work for him. The empty suit with so little real-world knowledge that he referred to his brief stint working for an ordinary profit-seeking company as time “behind enemy lines.” The phony who tells everyone he’s from Chicago, though he didn’t live there until his 20s, and lets you know that he’s talking to people he believes to be stupid by droppin’ his g’s. The world-saving Kal-El from a distant solar system who told us he’d heal the planet and cause the oceans to stop rising. The guy who shared a middle name with one of the most hated dictators on earth.

Nope, nothing there to mock. No way to get a grip on this polished, oiled obsidian. So comedy writers didn’t and mostly still don’t.

In a new book, “Politics Is a Joke!” three academics tabulated 100,000 jokes told by late-night comics over the last 20 years. They found that in 2008 only 6% of the jokes were about Obama (Palin attracted nearly as many jokes in four months as a public figure as he did all year). And those jokes had a tendency to be about as barbed as cotton candy. Example cited by Tevi Troy in The Wall Street Journal: Jon Stewart said Obama visited Bethlehem so he could see “the manger where he was born.”

In every presidential campaign since 1992, the researchers found, comedians aimed more jokes at Republicans than they did at Democrats. Overall, twice as many barbs flew at the GOP.

“Our job is, whoever is in power, we’re opposed,” “SNL” chief Lorne Michaels told The New York Times in 2008.

And 2008 is when that policy ended.

Anyone who cares deeply about a story—say, the way we do about Israel—sees the distortions in the media and the culture at large. We often despair. Obama, global warming, big government, race—we see (and share with you) report after report, story after story highlighting the misconceptions and hypocrisies in the coverage in the media and culture, yet we feel like we get nowhere.

To many young Americans, Jon Stewart is their John Chancellor, and Tina Fey is their Sarah Palin.

Speaking of whom, who says Obama isn’t comedy gold?

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All You Need to Know…

About Ferguson, MO:

A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying.

Sharpton—once such a pariah that Clinton administration officials rushed through their ribbon-cuttings in Harlem for fear he’d show up and force them to, gasp, shake his hand—arrived on the scene 72 hours after the shooting at the request of Brown’s grandfather, who had admired his advocacy on behalf of the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

But if the old Al Sharpton would have parachuted into Ferguson to rile up the masses, the Obama-era Al Sharpton trod a more gingerly path to justice. Over the years, the 59-year-old former Brooklyn protest leader turned MSNBC talk-show host has embraced a new identity, one that reflects his evolution from agitator to insider with all that implies. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”

Because most people who do what he does are in jail. Hustler, agitator, bigot, parrot.

What a charlatan. Obama, I mean. Sharpton’s not sophisticated enough.

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Want to Stop the Violence in Ferguson? STFU

What, pray tell, is the relevance of this?

Attorney General Eric Holder told residents of Ferguson, Missouri — the scene of heated protests since the death of an unarmed teen — that he understands their mistrust of law enforcement, saying as a black man, he too has been confronted by police.

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

Me, too, Eric. I was once in a car that was pulled over by the State Police on the Mass Pike. We were suspected of something, told to show our hands, get out of the car, prepare to be searched, the whole shebang. At one point, I looked at my companion, smiled ruefully, and shook my head in disbelief. One of the staties demanded to know what was so funny. When I declined to answer, he stormed around the car, got into my face, and screamed “WHAT’S SO FUNNY?!?” (This was many years before Joe Pesci’s famous scene in Goodfellas.) I can still see his angry face, distorted in a rictus of hate. His colleagues had to tell him to cool it.

Oh, did I mention he was black?

Whatever we had been suspected of, we weren’t guilty of even speeding or changing lanes without signaling. We were let go with barely an apology for the stop, yet not a word of regret for the behavior the trooper with anger issues. Talk about humiliation. Talk about anger. Talk about “the impact it had on me”. I’ve been down with the struggle ever since.

As a white man, I don’t doubt that Holder has felt unjustly singled out by the cops from time to time. Like I said, I been there. But what relevance is that to the case of Michael Brown? Is he declaring in advance of an investigation Brown innocent of any crime or provocation? Is he likewise declaring Officer Wilson guilty of racial profiling and shooting an innocent man?

There are facts in this case, many still to be learned, but Holder has just taken a steaming leak all over them. (Likewise the dumbass Gov. Nixon—figures—who called for a “vigorous prosecution” of the case. Before the facts had been presented to a grand jury!) Holder’s statements about his experience are almost as self-centered as Obama’s observation that if he had a son, the boy might look like Trayvon Martin. And? So?

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Is Michael Brown Trayvon Martin?

By which I mean, did he initiate the violence and leave his victim with no choice but to shoot to save his life? Because that was Trayvon Martin.

And it’s beginning to emerge that that was Michael Brown:

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.

The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”

At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.

Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.

Darren Wilson sure sounds like George Zimmerman:

One difference between Trayvon and Michael is that Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong when he encountered Zimmerman (until he attacked Zimmerman, that is).

Michael Brown, on the other hand, may well have been doing something wrong:

Michael Brown was identified as a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a box of cigars moments before he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, police said Friday.

In an afternoon press conference, Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not initially make a connection between the robbery and Brown,whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.

Wilson stopped Brown and a friend because “they were in the middle of the street, blocking traffic,” Jackson said.

Hours later, however, Jackson told a slightly different story to CNN and NBC, saying that Wilson noticed Brown was carrying a box of cigars that had been reported stolen. Wilson, he said, initially stopped Brown for blocking traffic, but as he began driving past Brown, he noticed Brown was holding cigars.

At that point, Wilson “made the connection” that Brown might have been involved in a theft that had just been broadcast on police radio, Jackson said.

The discrepancy over the cigars may be an issue, or it may mean nothing: we haven’t heard Wilson’s story from his own mouth yet. Indeed, the large man strong-arming the store owner may not be Michael Brown (though the outfit of the robber appears to match that of Brown from post-mortem news photos).

What matters is that there is an alternate telling of the events of that day, with plenty of witnesses (and accompanying evidence) to attest to it, that depicts Michael Brown as anything but the innocent victim of racist police brutality. Which raises the question of what have the last several nights of rioting been all about?

Have Revs. Sharpton and Jackson helped or hurt? Has the presence of the New Black Panthers helped or hurt? Who are the alleged “provocateurs”, and where do they come from?

Out-of-town criminals are inciting violence and hijacking peaceful protests in Ferguson, police said early Tuesday, with officers coming under “heavy gunfire” in the Missouri town.

At least two people were shot in the violent overnight melee and 31 people were arrested – with some of those detained coming from New York and California, Johnson said.

When even the Black Panthers are blaming outside provocateurs, it suggests the violence and outrage is staged, manufactured. All the town leaders want it to stop, the clergy want it to stop, Michael’s parents want it to stop. Yet it continues.

I wasn’t there, so I don’t know—but Ferguson, MO resembles a Broadway production more than it does a modern lynching.

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Silver Lining Watch

Good news out of Ferguson, MO!

MSNBC anchors Chris Hayes and Craig Melvin were pelted with rocks during the network’s live coverage of the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

“The scene here, just honestly 15 minutes ago, was calm, but it is the case now here and has been the last eight nights that as soon that things can go from just quiet and calm to incredibly tense and contested. And as you can tell people are angry,” Hayes observed

Gosh, Chris, how do you suppose that happened?

HOWARD KURTZ: Some are doing a good job. Some grandstanding in my view. I was surprised to CNN’s Jake Tapper say the police shouldn’t be out there in riot gear because there was no threat. And part of the polarization and this does get into a racially divisive case that reminds us all too much of the Trayvon tragedy. You have MSNBC kind of acting as the Michael Brown Defense Network led by Al Sharpton who speaks with families, speaks at rallies, comments on his show.

Anything else?

TRYMAINE LEE, MSNBC: I think it’s one thing to say there is no racial undertone here but then in practice, it’s almost like an apartheid state. When you look at the school board not a single African-American on the school board yet the community is 70% African-American. You have three black police officers on a force of 53. You talk about ladders of opportunity, young people feel there are none. The schools, many are failing. The state is embroiled in controversy about a transfer program. And so while he says it, he’s probably listening to his constituents.

There is a great article in the New Republic recently where they polled white folks in St. Louis and how people talk about what’s happening in the community. It’s on the people themselves for destroying their community and all the coded language. So there are clear issues here. I don’t know if he’s trying to do a P.R. move or what, clearly black folks in this community feel the long and terrible history here.

Another can of gasoline to throw on the fire?

On MSNBC this afternoon, network contributor Michael Eric Dyson said President Obama’s refusal to wade into the Ferguson situation is a “low point” for his presidency. Dyson said Obama “failed” black people and the nation for trying to come up with an excuse to “not speak about race.”

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: I think he has far more latitude than he’s exercised so far. He’s got the bully pulpit. Be a bully in the pulpit but don’t bully black people. Yesterday was a low moment in the Obama presidency because he distracted attention away from the facts of the case. A white police officer armed to the teeth with a gun has killed an unarmed black youth. The president turned this into a referendum, if you will, on internal machinations of black criminality and the politics of black respectability as opposed to the facts at hand. He was a poor teacher yesterday and he’s such a brilliant and insightful man, but he failed us not only as black people but he failed the nation.

He failed to deal with the particular instances not only of Michael Brown — he doesn’t have to deal with Michael Brown. The president said, I don’t want to put my thumb on it too much to weigh the scales of justice. Don’t even talk about Michael Brown. Talk about what led to Michael Brown. Tell us as a nation what happens when festering rage in a community then begins to ignite and then begins to consume not only that community but the people around the nation who are empathetic. So I think the president has a lot more latitude. Does he have opposition? Yes. But when he opens his mouth on Iraq, he’s opposed. When he opens his mouth on the environment, he’s opposed. When he opens hi mouth on gay marriage, he’s opposed. He’s oppose every step. Don’t use this as an excuse to not speak about race.

If anyone actually watched the poxy station I’d throw rocks at MSNBC, too, the patronizing bastards. This is about as close to shouting fire in a crowded theater as a “news” station can get.

PS: This can’t help.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man killed by police in Ferguson last weekend.

According to his attorney, Benjamin Crump, the funeral has been set for Monday, August 25, 2014 at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Michael Jones will officiate.

Sharpton never knew and never even heard of Michael Brown until his death. Sharpton may prove one wrong, but one would be forgiven for thinking that inviting an MSNBC host and notorious race hustler (Tawana Brawley, Freddie’s Fashion Mart, etc.) to eulogize in this incendiary situation is a political stunt.

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