Fla. man took 8-year-old with him on crime spree so boy wouldn’t get ‘soft’

Fla. man took 8-year-old with him on crime spree so boy wouldn’t get ‘soft’
Ernest McKnight III (Image: Police photo)

Conservative author and scholar Shelby Steele, one of the black men liberals love to hate, was a guest on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday. Host Laura Ingraham asked him to react to a quote from Barack Obama’s new memoir in which the former president attempts to rationalize why Donald Trump succeeded him as president. Here’s the quote:

It was if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted. … For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.

Steele’s response, which may be viewed in its entirety in the clip from the show that follows, included the observation that “if you don’t really take on a negative attitude toward America, you are somehow inauthentic as a black person.”

The truth of Steele’s words are borne out by a news story out of Florida. Breaking 911 reports:

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lake Wales man Thursday, November 12, 2020, after he committed a series of crimes over several days, some while he was accompanied by an eight-year-old child.

36-year-old Ernest McKnight III was booked-in at the Polk County Jail and charged with: Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling (F2), Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling (F2), Burglary of Unoccupied Conveyance (F3), Grand Theft Motor Vehicle (F3), Tampering with Evidence (F3), Petit Theft (M1), and 3-counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

When asked by a detective why he had the child with him, McKnight replied, “I was trying to toughen him up. … I don’t want him to be soft.”

As Steeles goes on to note, blacks “identify with victimization as the deep and profound truth of who we are. I can’t imagine a sadder statement.”

Neither can I.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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