The portion of the headline in quotes harks back to one of Barack Obama’s earlies comments on race relations in the country. The occasion was of course the arrest of Obama pal and Harvard professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates by Cambridge police who saw what looked like a home invasion in progress and reacted.
Initially, the police stopped merely to investigate, but Gates quickly became belligerent and was arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Before any of this was known to Obama, he declared on network television in primetime that the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly.”
When questioned about his comment by the press, he admitted, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played.” He nevertheless doubled down, telling reporters:
But I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.
Thus began the race wars (there is no more polite way of putting it) that have become a part of our daily discourse ever since. That police act not only stupidly in dealing with blacks but in a racist manner has become the standard narrative from the Left in analyzing each new incident, regardless of the history of any of the combatants. Black lives automatically matter, and lengthy rap sheets and the race of the officer(s) involved automatically do not.
Which brings us to the latest incident — the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. — and the aftermath. Whether Scott was armed, as officer Brentley Vinson has claimed, has yet to be verified. Scott’s family maintains he was reading a book, which Vinson mistook for a gun.
As for the aftermath, two nights of rioting and looting have occurred since news of the shooting made headlines, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard.
— Ty Chandler (@TyChandler_News) September 22, 2016
It gets worse:
- A white man who just happened to be in the wrong place (and underground parking garage) at the wrong time (a gang of black marauders were camped in the garage) led to the man’s being stripped and beaten, even as he pleaded for mercy. None was shown, though the gang member who recorded the beating for posterirty found the whole situation pretty laughable.
- CNN reporter Ed Lavandera was body-slammed by a protester and knocked to the ground on live TV and attempted to set another newsman on fire.
- A homeless man was kicked so hard by one of the protesters that he fell to the ground.
youngers these days are becoming so moist pic.twitter.com/ctKxUQXIAz
— 6Paths OfA WolfsPain (@GiovanniiDC) September 21, 2016
One might expect that Obama would use his bully pulpit to excoriate his fellow blacks for acting stupidly, which this time around seems like an apt description. Instead he’s busy trying to shore up his legacy, which — he may discover too late — is being forged in Charlotte as the cameras roll.