We’re scarcely two days out from the slaughter of two New York City police officers by a black man out for retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the “black leadership” has already moved on from grief to circling the wagons.
An article in yesterday’s New York Times (via the Associated Press) takes the pulse of rabble rousers great and small, beginning with NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Brooks said:
To link the criminal insanity of a lone gunman to the peaceful protests and aspirations of many people across the country, including the attorney general, the mayor and even the president, is simply not fair.
Interesting take. No mention of the self-avowed racial motivation of the shooter, who, rather is a “lone gunman” suffering from “criminal insanity.” Also get a load of the political figures he cites as endorsers of peaceful protest: Attorney General Eric Holder, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Barack Obama.
Naturally, there is a comment by Al Sharpton, who grouses:
We are now under intense threat from those who are misguided — from those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight.
There are those of us committed to nonviolence and making the system work. And there are those committed to anarchy and recklessness who could care less about the families of police or the families who have raised questions about police accountability.
One quote that was of particular interest came from “a black woman who was selling roses” on a Harlem street corner. He name is Irene Sundiata Myers, and these were her “inspirational words” (as the AP’s authors describe them):
It [the shooting of two cops] will change the attitude of police across the country in terms of how they go about killing black men, if they begin to think that there’s a possibility that there will be a retribution.
Very inspiring indeed. Sure, let’s have police hesitate when called upon to make split-second decisions. That should be good for everyone.