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.