Waxing Colder Every Day
Vol: 126 Issue: 31 Saturday, March 31, 2012
Malik Shabazz is a prominent attorney and national chairman of The New Black Panther Party. Shabazz made headlines last week when he exhorted Detroit residents to “burn the city down” if the state approves the appointment of an emergency financial oversight board.
Rev. Malik Shabazz called the Charlie Langton Talk Radio 1270 morning show where he spent an entire hour discussing the disaster zone that used to be the city of Detroit.
“The state of Michigan did that to us,” he said about the failing school system, at various times blaming banks, the state, and the suburbs for the city’s issues.
What the state of Michigan did was create a consent agreement that would put a nine-member financial oversight board in charge of the city’s books, forcing it to consolidate departments, potentially re-negotiate union contracts, give greater board oversight, find new streams of revenue and cut expenses.
During his radio broadcast, Charlie Langdon asked Shabazz how he could justify going in front of a crowd and TV cameras to yell ‘white supremacy’ and threaten to burn down his own city to prevent outsiders from coming in.
“White supremacy is a worldwide institutional system and it affects the lives of the human family every day, both historically as well as today,” Shabazz said. “It even disrupts and hurts white folks. To say ‘White supremacy’ is not an attack on all white people, but I am attacking the system, the mindset that ‘I am better simply because I’m white.’
This is a good place to point out that Shabazz is the one espousing the mindset that “I am attacking simply because I am black.”
“Isn’t the mood in this nation…in Lansing, that white people are better than black people? He added. “Hasn’t it always been that we’re substandard? The governor doesn’t have to say it, his policies show it.”
The degree to which Detroit’s problems are “racial” is the degree to which Detroit’s citizens listen to race-baiting hatemongers like Malik Shabazz. Detroit’s problems don’t stem from race, they stem from racial politics.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage earner down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should for themselves.”
President Lincoln is proved right by contemporary history. Detroit is emblematic of the American “inner city” in almost every key area — not the least of which is the shared legacy of a half-century of Democrat rule.
A recent study, the American Community Survey gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau, looked at the 10 largest cities with a population of more than 250,000 that also had the highest percentages of people below the federal poverty level. These have been described as the “poorest cities in America.”
They are: Detroit, with 32.5 percent of its residents at or below the poverty level; Buffalo at 29.9 percent; Cincinnati, 27.8 percent; Cleveland, 27 percent; Miami, 26.9 percent; St. Louis, 26.8 percent; El Paso, Texas, 26.4 percent; Milwaukee, 26.2 percent; Philadelphia, 25.1 percent; and Newark, 24.2 percent.
What do these cities have in common besides their exceptional poverty? It should not come as a surprise. Detroit hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961. Buffalo hasn’t elected one since 1954. Cincinnati hasn’t since 1984.
The last GOP mayor in Cleveland left office in 1989, and Miami has never had a Republican mayor. St Louis hasn’t had once since 1949. El Paso has never had a Republican mayor. Milwaukee? Not since 1908. Philadelphia hasn’t since 1952. Newark: not since 1907.
Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats, yet they are still poor.
They aren’t poor because they are black. They are poor because being poor gives Democrats the advantage. So they craft their policies to keep them poor. If they weren’t poor, then it would be much harder to buy their votes with promises of free stuff.
They are poor because class warfare isn’t as effective with an affluent population. If there were not a sharp economic divide between the inner city and the suburbs, then there would be nothing to exploit.
Prior to the 1960’s, it was the Democrat Party that championed segregation. Abe Lincoln was a Republican. The KKK was founded by Democrats. ALL of the segregationists of the Old South, Orville Faubus in Little Rock, George Wallace and Bull Connor in Birmingham . . . Democrats.
Trent Lott lost his seat as Republican House Majority Leader in 2002 simply for praising fellow Republican Strom Thurmond’s 1948 run for the White House.
Conveniently ignored was the fact that in 1948, Strom Thurmond was a “Dixiecrat” (Southern Democrat) who was running on a white supremacy ticket aimed at keeping segregation legal.
During the Civil Rights era, the Democrats realized that opposing segregation won them more votes than endorsing it. So they switched sides. That isn’t my opinion. Neither is it a slam against the Democrat Party to point out the historical truth.
The Democrats were for racism before they were against it and for taking the most extreme position in either case.
Conflict wins elections. So that is the Democrat creed. Fight, fight. fight. Fight the fat-cat rich white guys. Fight global warming. Fight union-busters. Fight the Tea Party. Fight, fight, fight.
Ever been in a fight and tried to do anything else at the same time? Of course not. Fighting is one of those distracting tasks that requires one’s full attention.
That’s what Malik Shabazz was advocating. Fighting against efforts to fix Detroit’s finances.
Why? Doesn’t he want Detroit’s finances fixed?
In the heat of the fight, THAT part probably never occurred to him. Instead, when he heard that the (white) governor was going to appoint a panel, his first reaction is to advocate burning the city down.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
It is hard to believe that it has been a whole month since we first learned that a self-appointed white vigilante gunned down a sweet, innocent seventeen-year old kid in Sanford, Florida, just because he was black.
According to Florida Congressman Frederica Wilson, (a Democrat) “this sweet young boy was hunted down like a dog, shot on the street, and his killer is still at large.” Writing for Human Events, columnist Pat Buchanan offered this assessment:
To much of America’s black leadership and its media auxiliaries, what happened in Sanford was, as Jesse put it, that an innocent kid was “shot down in cold blood by a vigilante.”
Yet, from police reports, witness statements, and the father and friends of Zimmerman, another picture emerges.
Zimmerman followed Trayvon, confronted him, and was punched in the nose, knocked flat on his back and jumped on, getting his head pounded, when he pulled his gun and fired. That Trayvon’s body was found face down, not face up, would tend to support this.
Is that the true sequence of events? I don’t know. Neither does Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton — but don’t tell them that. They’ve already created the “true” sequence of events in their minds and no amount of evidence to the contrary will persuade them differently.
MSNBC talk show host and professional hate-monger Al Sharpton is calling for an escalation of civil disobedience (deliberate, premeditated lawlessness) unless Sanford police arrest Zimmerman.
Sharpton evidently conceded that Zimmerman may have been the victim of an attack by Trayvon Martin.
“Whether he [Zimmerman] had a swollen or broken nose, neither one means he had to take a 9mm and kill someone,” he said. “It’s not about saying Zimmerman is innocent or guilty, this is about whether there was probable cause to arrest him.”
What does THAT mean? That probable cause is determined by the court of public opinion? Under Florida law, if Zimmerman was defending himself against an attack, then arresting him would violate HIS rights.
But lynch mobs are notoriously lax about such details when they are in full-throated roar. Al Sharpton knows this from previous experience in the Tawana Brawley case.
The newspapers are filled with hateful, loathing descriptions of Zimmerman, gleeful accounts of the trauma his family is undergoing, and page after page of stories detailing the incredible irresponsibility and lawlessness surrounding the case.
Spike Lee published the home address of what he thought were Zimmerman’s parents. He Tweeted:
“Like the fat punk that he is, he still lives at home with his mommie and daddy.”
Zimmerman is married with two children. The elderly couple were forced to flee their home in terror. Lee later apologized for wrongly terrorizing the wrong couple. As if it would be ok to terrorize them if they HAD been Zimmerman’s parents.
Chaka Khan has already recorded a “tribute” song to Trayvon Martin. Mia Farrow, Michael Moore, Wyclef Jean and others celebrities have judged Zimmerman guilty and demanded his head on a platter.
More than 435,000 people, many alerted by tweets from celebrities like movie director Spike Lee and musician Wyclef Jean, signed a petition on Change.org, a social action website, calling for the arrest of the shooter, George Zimmerman.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI announced they have opened an investigation into the Feb. 26 shooting in Florida of an unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin.
“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” the department said.
(Translation? “First, we’ll give him a fair trial. And then we’ll hang him.“)
When He was asked about the signs of His return at the end of the age, Jesus outlined conditions as they would exist in the last days. He warned of earthquakes, famines, wars, pestilences, wars and unrest.
He said that “nation would rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.” He said that because iniquity (lawlessness) would abound, the love of many would grow cold.
The word “nation” is from the Greek “ethnos” – which means just what it sounds like it means. It refers to ethnic, or racial, unrest, which Jesus said would increase exponentially, (like birth pangs) as we get closer to the appointed time.
Since the 2008 election that was supposed to heal race relations, the racial divide has only grown wider. Everything is calculated according to race. If you don’t like the president’s policies, you are a racist. If you don’t like the president, you are a racist.
If a black man and a white man get into a fight, it is automatically assumed to be about race — and because it is about race, it must be the white guy’s fault.
All other things being equal, had George Zimmerman been black and Trayvon Martin white, Zimmerman would have been a hero for defending himself and Martin’s death would have been the foreseeable consequences of his own actions.
One more time and for the record, I DON’T KNOW if Zimmerman is a bad man or a racist.
I wish I could say the same thing about Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Michael Moore or Eric Holder. They don’t know Zimmerman’s racial views, either.
But we sure know theirs.