Where are the black fathers in Baltimore? They don‘t exist. I saw black mothers in the streets. I saw black male teens. But no black fathers trying to keep their kids off the streets and away from violence.
Where is Barack Obama? Our nation’s first black president has been silent as blacks tear apart a major America city. He’s quick to weigh in and assign blame every time one black kid gets shot by a white cop. But not a word on the day thousands of blacks rampage and terrorize a city? Not a word ever about black-on-black crime? As of Tuesday, after most of the damage has been done, Obama finally issued a statement condemning the violence. A day late, a dollar short and still no interest in "boots on the ground" to calm the crisis.
A Baltimore police captain tries to calm a protestor the night after citywide riots over the death of Freddie Gray on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Where is the black mayor of Baltimore? Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake clearly ordered police to stand down, make no arrests and stop no crimes while her city was being destroyed, while the businesses she is sworn to protect were being looted and burned. She clearly said days before the riots went ballistic that she wanted to create a “space for those who want to destroy.” Then she blamed the media for merely repeating her words verbatim.
Where are the black leaders? Where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Like Obama, his BFF Sharpton appears to be weighing in a day late and a dollar short too. He's arranging a meeting of community leaders. Once there he'll undoubtedly place the majority of the blame on "police violence" against black citizens of Baltimore. But blaming black citizens for the violence and damage? Asking black citizens who committed crimes to take personal responsibility? It will never happen. I could write Sharpton's script.
How about the war on poverty? How’s that worked out for black America? The longest and most expensive war in American history has been in place since President Lyndon B. Johnson and inner cities like Baltimore look exactly the same. Same poverty. Same hopelessness. Same anger and violence. Same rioting and blame and excuses. After $22 trillion has been spent - more, by far, than all the wars in the history of America combined, the results are ... nothing.
I hear plenty of excuses from black America. I hear they feel powerless. Really? With a black president, the first black attorney general, another black (female) attorney general, a black mayor of Baltimore and a black city council? All that and you still feel powerless?
How has having the first black president helped black America? With black unemployment double that of whites, who is to blame?
I heard ultra-liberal (and pathetically politically correct) CNN analyst Sally Kohn blame white America today. She wished white America would be half as outraged over “police violence” as they are over the riots.
Well I have a message for Sally Kohn:
I wish black Americans would be half as outraged over black-on-black violence, black-on-black murders, black gangs, black drug dealers, black looting, black burning of black small businesses and black rioting as they are about one white cop killing one black kid.
And one more thought for Sally and liberals like her:
What has 50 years of black rule, liberal welfare and entitlement policies, excuses and blame towards white people done for black Americans in inner cities like Baltimore and Detroit? Where’s the progress in those cities under 100 percent Democratic politicians and policies?
The sighting of a white Republican on the streets of cities like Detroit and Baltimore is just a rumor. There were no whites or Republicans among local leaders at the podium in Baltimore yesterday. There was 100 percent black leadership- black mayor, black city council members, black police chief, black community leaders and clergy. Yet urban inner cities like Baltimore and Detroit are in ruins.
It’s time to take personal responsibility. It’s time to move on.
It’s time to fight for jobs, not welfare. It’s time to look within yourselves. It’s time to stop blaming others. It’s time to blame black fathers. It’s time to blame black leaders. It’s time to blame a black president. It's time to ask what the Democratic Party has ever done for you except ensure you're helpless, hopeless and dependent on government to survive. It’s time to blame the war on poverty.
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