C.L. Bryant rips away the facade surrounding such fatuousness. “The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men,” he says. Bryant is correct. A study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that more than nine out of 10 black murder victims were killed by other blacks between the years 2001 and 2005.
Bryant continued. “Why not be angry about the wholesale murder that goes on in the streets of Newark and Chicago?” he asked. “Why isn’t somebody angry about that six-year-old girl who was killed on her steps last weekend in a cross fire when two gang members in Chicago start shooting at each other? Why is there no outrage about that?” Chicago has the highest murder rate in the country. Of the 511 murders committed in Chicago in 2008 (latest statistics available), 74 percent of the victims were black–and 76 percent of the perpetrators were also black. And most of them were young males.
What drives such young black men? According to progressive mythology, endemic white racism coupled and black victimhood are ultimately responsible. And no one promotes that mythology better than Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Bryant believes he knows where the promotion of that mythology is leading. He speculated that Jackson and Sharpton will “turn this evolving tragedy of this young man into fodder to say…if you don’t re-elect Obama then you will have unbridled events or circumstances like this happening in the streets to young men wearing hoodies.”
Bryant knows what he’s talking about. Trayvon’s parents attended a forum in Washington D.C. on racial profiling, hate crimes and “stand your ground” laws sponsored by Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee. Six Democrats in the New York State senate donned hoodies and likened NYC’s highly effective stop-and-frisk policy to a “Jim Crow”-like racist campaign. (In New York City in 2010, blacks comprised 25 percent of the city’s population. Yet 67 percent of the murder victims as well as over 60 percent of murder suspects were black.) And in perhaps the most cynically calculated political move of the year, the Obama 2012 Twitter account announced it was selling hoodies on its website. “Let everyone know whose team you’re on for 2012 with today’s merchandise steal: the college-style hooded sweatshirt,” it read.
It remains to be seen if such a strategy — one which yet again rests on dividing Americans from one another — can be sustained when the facts, as opposed to the hysteria egged on by Sharpton, Jackson and their media collaborators, become more widely known. Racial arsonists and complicit journalists have labored mightily to establish a narrative largely irrespective of those facts, secure in the knowledge that a 180-degree turn of events, as in the Tawana Brawley hoax or the Duke lacrosse case, will do absolutely nothing to diminish their respective reputations or credibility.
C.L. Bryant represents someone of a dying breed in modern-day America: a man willing to think for himself and express those thoughts freely and openly. For a majority of Americans such courage is hard to come by. For the overwhelming majority of black Americans, still mired in racist mythology promoted by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, such courage is greeted with contempt. As if on cue, CNN contributor Roland Martin spoke with Soledad O’Brien on Tuesday’s Starting Point, and took a shot at Bryant. “Right, here’s what what I would tell Rev. CL Bryant. How much attention did this story get before black bloggers and folks in social media began to drive the story?” Martin asked. “Would you have a special prosecutor right now had the attention not been placed on it? I would say absolutely not!”
“And I would say, where’s Rev. C.L. Bryant?” Martin added. “Where’s he fighting for justice? It’s as simple as that.”
Ginning up racial animosity is what is simple. Genuine justice, such as the latest story that alleged shooter George Zimmerman’s story is “consistent” with the evidence, may prove to be far more complicated.
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