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What’s Next, “Shiftless”?

Yesterday, we heard a member of the liberal media refer to “lazy blacks”—much to our disgust. But we should have waited.

Today, we learn they’re also ignorant:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: What about the attempt to intimidate them out of voting?

DAVID CORN: That’s true. That’s happening in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia. And when you do that, when people want to vote or they are thinking about an election, they do get ticked off and it motivates them. But the question is, as Wesley just indicated, they’re so distant from this election that they may not even know that they’re not being allowed to vote. And then you have candidates in some of these key states who are trying to — Democratic candidates — who are trying to distance themselves from Barack Obama. Alison Grimes, Kay Hagan. And so it’s hard to have a two-level strategy.

I would try to mock that, but I don’t even understand it. It can only be, as Donna Brazille said (see below), a “big ass lie”.

I just wish the Left would stop hating on black people. It’s so unbecoming. Robert Byrd is blushing in his grave.

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How Liberals Think

I use “think” generously—almost as generously as the Koch brothers’ charitable donations:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: [...] This is people admitting that we’re in the business of making sure minorities don’t vote. They’re saying it.

JONATHAN CAPEHART, WASHINGTON POST: [... A] pantheon of people talking about how what they’re doing is to keep basically Democrats from voting, African Americans from voting. What’s different here is they’re talking about it outloud.

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

CAPEHART: It used to be wink and nod and little code words. But now, yeah, it’s about helping Mitt Romney. It’s about keeping “lazy blacks” from getting up off the couch and going to vote.

I can reliably report from behind the enemy lines of conservatism that I have never heard a single Republican say anything like this. Liberals say it all the time—so often, they must really believe it. Why do they feel blacks are lazier than non-blacks? They say it, over and over, but they never defend it. They just expect us to agree (like so much of their ignorant dogma). I don’t.

But I don’t even understand this:

CAPEHART: You know, Ronald Reagan is the saviour of the Republican party, but I remember Ronald Reagan as the guy who went to Philadelphia, Mississippi — his first event after getting the Republican nomination.

MATTHEWS: And that says what?

CAPEHART: Well, Philadelphia, Mississippi, that’s where the civil rights workers were killed.

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

CAPEHART: In ’64. And so that sends a message to those white Dixiecrats that he’s one of us… and it says to African Americans and folks who fought really hard, not just African Americans, but folks who fought really hard for the right to vote, this guy and this party isn’t exactly for us, or thinking about us, or with us. And so now you’ve got people within the Republican party, a generation and a half, two generations later, who are actively trying to stop people from exercising the franchise.

First, I had to fix the transcript to read “Philadelphia, Mississippi” and not “Philadelphia and Mississippi”. That was confusing enough, but if you watch the clip, it’s clear they’re talking about the “Mississippi Burning” murders of 1964 which took place in that town. (Two Jews and one black man were murdered by the Klan.)

It is true that Reagan gave a speech there in August, 1980—sixteen years later—in which he said these words:

I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights and I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.

Why, that racist! How dare he believe in “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Next, he’ll claim to believe in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Or even the Bill of Rights:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

President Obama appeared in Berlin, the capital of Communist East Germany in 2008—nineteen years after the wall fell—and declared himself a “citizen of the world”. Words practically lifted from the socialist anthem, “The Internationale”:

The Internationale
Will be the human race.

Does that make him a crypto-Communist? (Well, sort of. Maybe this doesn’t help my point.)

Two last points. One, Reagan’s speech was 34 years ago, and the Civil Rights Act was 50 years ago: what possible relevance does either event have to today?

Lastly, as I’ve shared with you at least a dozen times over the years, Republican supported the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts at a greater percentage than Democrats. Unlike the rest of the bilge above, it’s a fact. You can look it up.

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The E-Word

It’s the new N-word:

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, was not the right kind of victim for the west: he wasn’t a pretty young woman smiling in sunglasses as a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Bentley licks her cheek; he didn’t have a young, benevolent doctor’s face that looks “appropriate” plastered on newspapers; he wasn’t a kindly older nurse who told reporters how God had spared her. He wasn’t the kind of person to whom primetime news specials would dedicate 20 minutes and glorify with quotes from loved ones about his kind spirit or ceaseless determination to overcome an unfair affliction.

Thomas Eric Duncan was black, he was poor, and he was African.

That he was.

Oops! My bad. That’s George Obama. Honest mistake. The list of poor black Africans betrayed by the West is virtually endless.

Note how the writer didn’t say he was the first American to die of Ebola. There have been plenty of those already: saintly souls who’ve risked their lives to help the sick and needy. Risked them and lost them. And Duncan certainly wasn’t the first African to die of the disease. He finished somewhere in the 4,000s, I believe. And Duncan wasn’t American.

No, he happened to be in the statistically unique position to be the first person to die of a disease endemic to Africa in the geographic proximity of the United States (as many of us feel about Texas).

Well, it had to be somebody. And it was likely (given all the above) that it would be a poor, black African.

And being the first, is it any wonder he was first misdiagnosed? Even if he hadn’t lied to get here, hadn’t shamed his country (according to the president of the country) by spreading the disease to a new continent, he would still likely have been misdiagnosed. Why would Dallas know Ebola even when it was staring them in the face?

But what do I know?

(CNN) — The tragedy of Ebola is not just its staggering toll. It’s also the implicit racism that the deadly virus has spawned. The anecdotes are sickening, particularly a Reuters report this week that children of African immigrants in Dallas — little ones with no connection to Thomas Duncan, the Liberian Ebola patient who died Wednesday in a local hospital — have been branded “Ebola kids” simply because of their heritage or skin color.

In both the United States and Europe, Ebola is increasing racial profiling and reviving imagery of the “Dark Continent.” The disease is persistently portrayed as West African, or African, or from countries in a part of the world that is racially black, even though nothing medically differentiates the vulnerability of any race to Ebola.

Duh! People know you don’t have to be black to get Ebola. That’s why people are scared.

But Ebola is African. It’s named after a river in the Congo. It seems to be tied to African fruit bats. Its outbreaks—until now—have been in Africa alone. Do Africans get gout?

We just go done with the canard that Republicans caused Ebola by cutting funding (ads declaring such have been pulled). Now, this.

We’re not too smart, I guess. Our response to a litany of threats and tragedies is limited to blaming ourselves. It gets old fast, if you ask me.

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Why Does the Left Hate Black People?

Even Congress is beginning to investigate:

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said the recent cuts at Time Warner are “troubling.” Specifically, though, it’s layoffs of African Americans in senior and executive roles at CNN, the company’s flagship news organization, that are particularly “concerning” for her.

Her statement comes on the heels of a few weeks of rough relations between CNN and the National Association of Black Journalists. Last week, NABJ condemned the practices toward black employees at CNN. This week, CNN supposedly pulled funding requested by NABJ for a jobs fair. According to Politico, CNN disputes that it has reached any final conclusions on the matter and that funding has not definitively been pulled.

Still, Fudge is incensed by what she sees is a serious lack of diversity at CNN. She called it “an affront” to the African American journalism community and to African Americans.

“In a nation growing increasingly more diverse, it is imperative that the organizations tasked with keeping us informed reflect the same diversity,” Fudge said. “Ethnic sensitivity both on-camera and behind it demonstrates a corporate understanding of the benefits of diversity, and a genuine respect for the audiences’ needs.”

“Any staffing changes that disproportionately cut the number of African Americans at CNN — intentionally or otherwise — are an affront to the African American journalism community and to the African American community as a whole. It is my sincere hope that these reports are not true, and that Time Warner works to ensure that the diversity of its viewers across the country, and the world, is reflected and protected in all areas of its organization.”

Capitol Hill sources also say Zucker is still smarting over the butt kicking Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) gave him during brutal congressional hearings when Comcast was trying to buy NBC Universal. She blasted Zucker, former CEO of NBC Universal, for the lack of blacks in primetime programming and on “Meet The Press.”

Zucker immediately ordered black and Hispanic guests to be booked on the show. And from the following Sunday on, “Meet the Press” had a variety of minority faces on their morning panel while the acquisition was still going through.

I was wondering why Mo’Nique was on as a specialist in trade barriers with China. Now it makes sense.

To be fair, MSNBC has a few black hosts, though Melissa (Tampon Ears) Harris-Perry and Al Sharpton don’t exactly make a good argument for more. Then again, Fox’s Juan Williams is a credit…to his profession! (Gotcha!) I will allow that Fox could easily lose a blonde or two in favor of a more diverse line-up—though this is what happens when they do.

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[Bleep] You Can’t Make Up

Next, Obama will pitch to Latino voters from the casa of someone named Rico Bastardo:

President Obama blasted Republicans as the party of “billionaires” on Tuesday while mingling with high-rollers at the $26 million estate of Rich Richman — yes, that’s his real name — in Greenwich, Conn.

Richman, who built his $10 billion company developing rental housing, lives in the Conyers Farm area, where the minimum lot size is 10 acres. Twenty-five donors paid $32,400 each to get their photo taken with the president. Others paid $10,000 for dinner.

While Obama was schmoozing — and the press pool was playing billiards in the basement — he was also soliciting donations for House Democrats in an e-mail.

“If Republicans win, we know who they’ll be fighting for,” Obama said. “Once again, the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class.”

Obama arrived from New York City — where he had attended a fundraiser with hedge-fund billionaires George Soros and Paul Tudor Jones — in a convoy of four helicopters that landed at the Greenwich Polo Club.

The story mistakenly says Richman “built” his company. I hope Obama disabused the aptly named Richman of that notion:

I suppose I should add the last paragraph of the piece:

Conspicuously absent was Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. The Stamford Advocate reported Malloy, “not wanting to alienate the state’s large bloc of independent voters, might be keeping a safe distance from Obama.”

We noted yesterday that the Democrat Party had a race problem: no one wants to be seen next to the guy.

So what’s TNFBP™ to do but raise money instead? Like he’s got anything better to do?

Obama Schedule || Thursday, October 9, 2014
by KEITH KOFFLER on OCTOBER 8, 2014, 9:52 PM
11:40 am ET || Departs White House
2:00 pm PT || Arrives Los Angeles
2:45 pm PT || Tours the startups area at Cross Campus; Santa Monica, California
3:05 pm PT || Participates in a town hall with members of the Cross Campus community
5:55 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser; Private Residence, Los Angeles

His skin may be black but the money he raises is green.

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Random Hatreds

While preparing my royal cup of coffee and preparing the Bloodthirsty Puppy’s breakfast of quail and squab, I heard a story on the local NPR station about Scott Brown’s race against Jeanne Shaheen. Women will be key to Shaheen’s reelection, we were told, something Brown has to work against if he is to win.

“He doesn’t have a uterus. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” one woman said. I stopped in mid kibble-scoop. Doesn’t that strike you as somewhat icky? If it doesn’t, what if I dismissed Shaheen as useless without a prostate?

What if I dismissed Jesse Jackson simply because he has black skin? That would be icky.

So why isn’t this?

In man-on-the-street interviews aired Monday night, not a single L.A. resident was able to say who Biden was. But they had some interesting ideas.

“A terrorist?” one man postulated, with another asking if he was “a movie star” and another claiming he’s a “Republican who’s going to be president soon, I’m assuming.”

Shown a picture of Biden, the African-American man was asked if he thought the vice president was a friend of Obama. “No,” he said. “He looks like he’d probably oppose things Obama’s doing.”

“How come?” the interviewer asked. ”I’m basically going off skin color right now, to be honest with you,” the man replied.

Biden doesn’t have a uterus, either. He’s a two-time loser. It’s okay, Joe, so am I.

The Shaheen supporter and the random black man were hardly embarrassed to spew their prejudices. Men, especially white men, are dismissed as irrelevant haters. But who’s doing the hating?

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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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