Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Professor Bruce Thornton, Frontpage Magazine: Dallas and Progressive Moral Idiocy

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Why black lives don't really matter to the Left.

Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center​.
The murder of five Dallas policemen at a protest march is the gruesome consequence of the rhetorical war on police being waged by the progressive race industry. The shooter, of course, bears the primary responsibility for the killings. But a climate of opinion makes such events more likely, and those who create such a climate are culpable as well.
The justification for the war on police is that they gun down unarmed black men out of racial animus. The 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri sparked a nationwide movement predicated on this popular urban myth. The Black Lives Matter movement quickly came to national prominence, instigating protests over every police shooting of a black person, and popularizing their signature chant, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”  
Everything about this organization is based on a lie. Even Eric Holder’s politicized DOJ determined the Brown shooting was justified, and cleared the officer involved. Brown never put up his hands and said “Don’t shoot,” nor was he a “gentle giant,” as the race-baiters and media claimed. Nor is there an epidemic of racist police killings of unarmed blacks. More blacks than whites are killed relative to their population, but that’s a consequence of blacks being a much larger proportion of violent criminals. Race is not the issue: Whites and Hispanics are three times more likely to die at the hands of police than are blacks, and minority police officers are three times more likely to fire their weapons than are other cops. And a police officer is 2.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than he is to kill an unarmed black. 
Morally idiotic too is the politicizing of the relatively rare killing of unarmed black men who are not resisting arrest, even as every year more blacks are killed by other blacks than were murdered during the whole history of racist lynching since Reconstruction.
Activist groups like Black Lives Matter, just like the rest of the race industry, exploit the dysfunction and misery of the black underclass for political clout and profit. 
More important, the failures of progressive policies to do anything about the economic stagnation of blacks, the breakdown of the black family, the dysfunctional schools hostage to teachers’ unions, and the violent urban plantations in which many have to live are hidden by distractions like calling for useless gun control regulations, and hawking preposterous myths about racist police. Saying “black lives matter” while doing nothing to improve and save black lives is textbook moral idiocy.