Please Blacks, Beware of What Rand Paul is Selling

In business there is a practice known as root cause analysis. The notion is you can’t solve a problem if you don’t get to the root of it. Eliminating symptoms and side effects (often millions of project dollars later) leaves you with the original problem rearing its ugly head again.

Recently GOP Senator Rand Paul and Dem Senator Cory Booker made headlines advocating criminal justice reform. The REDEEM act calls for expunging non-violent juvenile records and other measures to help young criminals get out from under the label of “criminal”. Paul has also spoken to black audiences about the unfairness of sentencing laws, stating that blacks get tougher sentences for crack cocaine than whites get for the powdered variety.

There is no doubt that sentencing should be fair and color blind but is this really the best Paul can offer black folk? He’s stealing from the tired old liberal playbook of addressing everything EXCEPT the root cause. The root cause is that blacks are committing crime in the first place.

It’s almost as though Paul were saying “now we know, because of the MAN, that you just can’t stop doing drugs and committing crime so let’s reduce the consequences of your behavior.” How about CHANGING the behavior? How about no new drug legislation until black communities make a serious effort to rebuild? How about we wait for black “culture” to stop embracing rap singers who celebrate criminal behavior?

Rand Paul, a doctor by the way, is addressing the black man’s toothache by performing a colonoscopy. He is attacking the wrong end of the problem. It should not be the goal of blacks to get away with as much crime as their white counterparts. The goal should be no crime and that is fueled by increased opportunity, staying in school and developing a self-sufficient spirit.

I just hope my fellow blacks don’t believe that Paul’s efforts are helping them. If you buy what Paul is selling, no matter how well-intentioned, you are still left with high crime and poverty. What we need now are leaders with the courage to do some root cause analysis.


Damn! Another Thug!

We were told that down in Florida an angelic black child with only candy and iced tea had been gunned down by a crazy lilly white vigilante who was not arrested. Photos of the child made him look between 10 and 13. Following my liberal instincts I joined the chorus of the outraged.

Then came the drip drip drip of truth. The shooter was not lilly white. He was part Hispanic so the “racial angle” was immediately compromised. Then we learned the little angel was not so little and was far from an angel. In deep trouble at school, his Twitter handle was NoLimitNigga. He was essentially a thug. The possibility that he beat his shooter in a very fear inducing way became quite believable.

Trayvon Martin taught me to hold my fire on these racial injustice stories. And so it went this week when the unarmed “gentle giant” Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri. This time I waited to chime in. This time, thanks to an unwise move by the Ferguson chief of police, we didn’t get the drip drip drip. This time we got video of the gentle giant robbing a convenience store and assaulting one of its employees mere minutes before his fatal encounter with police.

Alas, like Trayvon before him, Brown was a thug and if we believe our own eyes, a more intimidating thug than Trayvon was.

Was the video prejudicial? Of course it was. Did its release disrespect the parents of the dead young man? Yes, sadly it did. But the video served a far more noble purpose. It allows us to get REAL about this young man who has captured the sympathy of so many.

When Fox News asked Jesse Jackson why we never see him decrying rampant black on black crime in Chicago but always see him (and Al Sharpton) in places like Ferguson, his answer was telling. He said he would be soon attending a funeral in Chicago. You see, for black on black inner city stuff, we console the victim’s family and leave it at that. We don’t scream “justice” for the victim and focus on the black thug who killed him. After all, it’s whitey’s fault that our children kill each other right?

I’m sick and tired of it. I’m sick and tired of NEVER hearing the words “responsibility” or “accountability” when discussing black behavior (unless it’s Bill Cosby). I’m sick and tired of being sold a bill of goods about polite good black boys getting imprisoned wrongly or worse shot to death. We ALL know a good kid when we see one, regardless of race. So let’s stop this charade that properly behaved kids are getting gunned down on a regular basis.

But you say it’s not fair that black thugs get treated worse than white thugs. Let’s assume that is true. My momma told me when I was a kid that it was GOOD to be black because you had to hold yourself to a higher standard. I submit nearly every successful black has had someone in their life who told them that. Think how sick the culture must be that our chief complaint is we can’t get away with crime like white folks do.

Contrary to what the liberal media are telling you, there is no war on young black men. There is a war on young black thugs. We need to wake up and demand better from our children.

Once and for all, more than 100 years after the end of slavery, white people are NOT going to save us. We need to save ourselves.

And one more thing. Notice how much more anger and violence was stoked by the Brown shooting vs the wrongful death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a black man choked to death by a cop over a truly frivolous crime. DAMN! Black folk don’t even know who their true martyrs are.

Next time, talk to me when a truly sweet polite law abiding black kid gets killed by THE MAN. Until then, you can talk to the hand.


Talk Amongst Yourselves

Usually whatever I post, my loyal readers pick their own topics to discuss in the comments section. So tonight with Iraq a mess, the Ukraine a scary Russian power play, Israel and Palestine in their usual state of unrest, and another gifted artist gone too soon from self destruction, I leave the topics to you.

Have at it.