I’ve posted stuff from Bill Whittle before, and he says things much better than I can, so I’ll do so again. Enjoy.
Author’s note: this is not an actual letter from the Reverend Al Sharpton.
A letter of thanks to the entire population of historically disenfranchised and oppressed people of America:
I know this comes without much surprise, but I must thank you all for once again igniting the fire that keeps me relevant. The death of Mike Brown in Ferguson- a mere month or so after the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island- has allowed me to once again step into the national spotlight while the rest of the country ignores my television appearances and doesn’t buy my books. But above all and most importantly, I want to thank you all for creating such an uproar over two very unfortunate events which will enable people like myself, and other progressive liberals, to continue enslaving you and lying to you for another hundred years, if not more. I mean it’s been two centuries so far, why not make it three?
I want to thank the minority community for ignoring the fact that “big”, and often militarized American police forces are the result of the progressive policies that enable unions to become so powerful and politically influential that who you guys have come to know as “bad cops” cannot be fired no matter what. I’d also like to thank you for failing to consider that “bad cops” might be the result of the harsh environments we have created for you and relegated you to. Further, I’d especially like to thank you for following me in my demands for justice- entirely ignoring the fact that my words defy the very definition justice, and have painted Officer Darren Wilson as guilty before we could even so much as hear about an autopsy. The best part about that is now that we have heard about an autopsy that indicates an event completely unlike that which eye-witnesses recalled, no one even cares about it. Why would we have to when Mike Brown’s mother has already told us he was a good kid? The funeral is on television, the White House has sent a delegation to attend that outnumbers that of the one sent to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, and no one cares about silly things like autopsies when yet another one of our angels has been taken from us.
I’d like to thank you all for ignoring that the perpetually dysfunctional, impoverished, and crime-ridden cities of America where the deaths of young men and women of color are so frequent were built by people like me. I’d like to thank you for continuing to vote for the progressives who have driven the lower classes of major cities like New York, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore (among others) so deep into pits of despair that the only thing keeping their votes guaranteed are the scraps of meat we throw at them from the dinner table of the nation’s 1%-political-elite, and the idea that, somehow, Democrats exactly like me in mind (but not in
spirit pigment) are responsible for 100% of the slavery and segregation of this country’s past that has most definitely handicapped your shot at success today, and in the future. Thank you for your unflinching devotion to the welfare state that we have set up to ensure not that you pull yourselves out of it, but that you remain entrapped in it for life. Thank you for allowing me to convince you that this is all about white privilege, and that none of it was politically-motivated, or the intent of my buddies in Washington, or of those they followed into power.
(We’re talking about you, LBJ and FDR!)
Thank you for ignoring that I have more blood on my hands than the police forces of this nation combined will ever have; it sure does feel good to be considered a peaceful man of character. In doing this you’ve set me upon the same perch that civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. enjoyed, and you’ve most certainly forgotten that a man of MLK’s character would have despised a deceitful, hateful, and conniving old man like myself. Thank you for looking at the nation’s law enforcement as a band of thugs, dead-set on targeting young and unarmed “children” of color. Thank you for talking about how it “has to stop”, and how it is time to respect everyone’s human rights. Thank you for ignoring how you, as a member of the historically disenfranchised and oppressed people of America, are exponentially more likely to be killed by your friend at school, your neighbor, or even one of your relatives than a police officer. Thank you for not considering, even if just for a minute, that the aggressive nature of policemen in cities like Ferguson are the result of the notions we have instilled in you from birth through the persistent suffocation of your choices, your talents, and your potential. Thank you for allowing my colleagues at MSNBC to convince you that black-on-black crime trends are irrelevant and have no place in this discussion- a bunch of black kids have been shot and killed since the death of Mike Brown, but come on- I can’t rake in any cash for that.
You’ve stood by me through the Trayvon Martin episode, where not even one of you considered that both George Zimmerman and Trayvon were in the wrong. That was impossible. We just marched in honor of Eric Garner in Staten Island, and while the force used by the NYPD in that situation might have been excessive, none of you would even know who Eric Garner was if that young police officer wasn’t white. And now we’ve buried another of our unfortunate sons, and you have an entire nation trusting and believing with a full, but heavy heart that he was a man of character- a good person, with a spotless record.
Just like me.
Thank you for the years, and the years yet to come, where we will continue to foster an environment of hatred, violence, gang warfare, dependence, poverty, and the eventual rage that comes along when one of our own is killed by someone who happens to be white– thank you for not reminding your friends in the streets of Ferguson protesting peacefully that this occurs about once for every 1,200 of us who are killed by way of violence. No one has to know.
Thank you, as always, for allowing me to define what racism is for you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to inject race into every discussion imaginable, while being on the same “team” that created just about every single varietal of racism that has infected this country since its founding. Thank you all for failing to realize, yet again, that labeling young black men who find the wrong end of a gun (when that gun is fired by white people) as immune from guilt, is in fact a racist position.
Thank you for allowing me to be your voice, your mind, and most importantly the force that guides your hand on Election Day. Without you we couldn’t elect the people who keep allowing me to be here, when I should probably still be sitting in prison.
Keep it up, for me– certainly not for you. I’ll be here ready to thank you again sometime soon, I’m sure of it.
With love and gratitude,
LZ Granderson, a regular contributor to CNN Opinion, has actually surprised me over the last year or so in his effort to take a more centrist approach to things. While I do not particularly like the term “centrist” personally, for it implies that there is some good to be had in taking a middle ground between polar opinions (or that dueling sides in a political debate both possess some good opinions– they don’t), for a guy like LZ to take a step to the center I was kind of impressed. In fact, there were a few times where I even agreed with the man’s opinion on a thing or two. That’s unprecedented for me. While LZ has never exhibited the blind and apathetic ignorance of the likes of MSNBC’s Toure, who has been in hiding since our Twitter scuffle a few months back, he most certainly has played the race card in his opinion pieces more than once, and he most definitely played that same card today.
Police shot and killed a young black man in Missouri, 18 years of age, who was apparently unarmed. I’ve heard various accounts of the story, but I suppose that’s expected when something is so fresh- with much left to be discovered, and understood. Of course, as we saw with the Trayvon Martin shooting, no evidence, investigation, FBI involvement, or anything in between will do anything to put a damper on the unfortunate events that took place, nor will they ever allow for the police officer responsible for taking the shot to be able to live or sleep in peace ever again. The verdict is in– not just from LZ, but by the usual suspects who heard about this and frothed at the mouth just as they did after the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island (which also happens to be my hometown). The suspects I am referring to of course are none other than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and it’s only a matter of time before we see their faces on television denouncing police officers nationwide, and calling on the mayor of St. Louis to do something about supposed “police violence”.
While the death of a young man is always an unfortunate thing, even if they were living a life of crime, it is important to understand situations like these through a lens of harsh truth- a dose of reality that no one in the mainstream media has the balls to bring up. So I guess I’ll be the guy to do it, as always.
Ferguson, Missouri is where 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer the other day. Ferguson, what people aren’t mentioning, is a dirty and crime-riddled part of St. Louis– in fact, it wears the badge of honor as the worst neighborhood in its general vicinity by a fair margin. Though I was too young to fully grasp the situation in New York City prior to the Giuliani years, I knew (as I’ve mentioned here before) that the city was a place where we just did not go. It was off limits. As someone who got to witness how NYC got cleaned up over time and became a beacon of light of the east coast, I could only imagine the kind of hard work and sacrifice the brave men and women of the NYPD had to endure to ensure things did not relapse back to the David Dinkins era of lawlessness. As such, I could not even begin to imagine what the police force in a city like St. Louis, and in a town like Ferguson, have to deal with on a daily basis. And neither can LZ Granderson.
Having said that, and just as I said when I discussed the Trayvon case, none of the crime statistics or facts about how terrible a place Ferguson is validates what the police officer did. One account of the incident claimed that Brown tried to take the officer’s gun, and fled when he failed, only to be shot in retaliation. Whether or not the officer’s use of force was warranted is not something that can be determined with the help of a few articles on CNN or Fox, but if such a scenario is indeed true, I think it provides an important glimpse into the kind of people the police in Ferguson are expected to deal with.
But I digress– my target here is LZ Granderson’s ideology. It was his article alone that brought me out of my month-long hiatus to pen this in the first place.
In his piece, LZ claims to be tired:
Tired of our streets being peppered with dead, unarmed black people. Tired of listening to armed assailants describe how they feared for their lives. Tired of being told “this has nothing to do with race.”
I am tired of seeing a hashtag in front of a victim’s name on Twitter. Tired of seeing Al Sharpton speak on behalf of a family. Tired of waiting for verdicts and hoping for justice –as if hearing “guilty” can ease the anxiety of knowing a police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old black man while he was lying face down and with his hands behind his back.
I’m tired of unarmed dead black people being put on trial. I’m tired of politicians visiting our churches for votes but skipping out on these funerals
I’m tired of hearing mothers and fathers weep for children who did not have to die.
But most of all I’m tired of the people who are not tired like me.
You know what I’m tired of LZ? I am tired of just about every single one of our major urban city centers, dominantly led by progressive leftists, destroying the lives and the potential of millions of young, black people and forcing them into the unfortunate livelihoods that they so often lead for the sake of a vote. I am tired of cities like St. Louis, which haven’t experienced Republican leadership in decades, allowing their lower classes- often dominated by minorities and people who have historically been shafted (when they weren’t being murdered, of course) by Democrats- to fester and to devolve into locales so deeply steeped in the welfare state and government reliance that the very talk of “hope” or “change” is not only a ridiculous fantasy, but also insulting. I am tired of people, like you LZ, who don’t say a fucking word when hundreds, or thousands of young black people- no different from people like Michael Brown- die by the hands of fellow black people every single year. I am tired of celebrities like Lebron James wearing a hooded sweatshirt during warm-ups in honor of one black murder victim, while neglecting to wear one a few thousand more times during the season in honor of the other young black people who might have also taken their last breaths in a hoodie.
I am tired of people like you, LZ, claiming to be tired of Al Sharpton having to “speak on behalf of a family” when Al sure as hell is not tired of doing so. I am tired of people like you not realizing that people like Al absolutely love this. I am tired of people like Al- individuals with blood on their hands themselves- who have so much hatred built up in their hearts that they are completely unwilling and unable to espouse upon the millions of people in the black community who look to them for guidance that a young black man in America is exponentially safer standing next to a police officer than next to one of his friends, in his own neighborhood. Why? Because black people are murdered by black people about 93% of the time. I am tired of people disregarding just how many black victims are made by black perpetrators- as if the frequency of police officers shooting black men or women has ever, or could ever even come remotely close to matching that percentage.
The hypocrisy of those like Sharpton, who routinely profit and gain power at the expense of young, black lives is nothing less than apparent. Unfortunately, no one cares much about confronting it. Opinions like LZ’s affirm the notion that little could ever be done to curb the hatred that people feel towards a group that does so little to harm them, and does even less to harm them when compared to how often they harm each other. The sickest part of this all is that those who are now running rampant through the streets of Ferguson, throwing bottles at police, torching stuff, and looting stores likely voted, and will continue to vote for the same progressive liberals that banished them into their low social class and shackled their ankles to its foundation for eternity.
And LZ will keep voting that way too.
Lyndon Baines Johnson is laughing in Hell.