8/28/2014 11:40:00 AM Racism alive and festering across America
Bill Forhan Publisher
Presumption of innocence is not a right specifically enumerated in our Constitution. It is in fact a recognized right in common law that precedes our Constitution's bill of rights and can be found in human legal jurisprudence all the way back to the Roman Empire. In other words, is has long been recognized as a fundamental principle of fairness in most civilized societies. So why are we still arguing about it today?
No justice - no peace, the rallying cry of race baiters and hate mongers on the streets of Ferguson Missouri is an open challenge to the very concept of a civilized society. Before an investigation has even begun the rhetoric has been calling for a lynching of the police officer involved based on the testimony of the victims friends and acquaintances. That's not just un-American it is a violation of basic human rights according to most of the civilized world.
Let's be clear here. This column is not a defense of the police officer involved in this tragic event. This is an indictment of our system of dealing with racial issues.
There are far too many individuals in our society who choose to make race the issue that divides us. As a result, we are growing increasingly unable to discuss issues of importance to every citizen. Our elections are becoming more polarized every year with claims that only women can understand issues of importance to women; only blacks can represent the interest of black people, etc.
Important issues like jobs, immigration or law enforcement cut across all genders and racial lines. All of our citizens, regardless of race, need jobs, an effective immigration policy and consistent and fair law enforcement in order to insure their safety and security.
But too many black politicians resort to pulling the race card at every opportunity. They use it to incite the very violence and misguided sense of injustice that continues to divide us. One can only conclude that they have no real interest in fairness or racial equality when their rhetoric is clearly designed to foster more civil unrest. Jesse Jackson called the shooting in Ferguson a "state execution." Without knowing any of the facts, he lumped it in with all of the other well covered cases of "police brutality" and said he didn't expect there would be any punishment of the officer involved. So much for a presumption of innocence.
Many political pundits have begun to question the argument by black leaders like Jackson and Al Sharpton that this is just another example of the war on young black men. Bill Whittle for example points out that there is an epidemic of racial violence in America today. But, according to Whittle black on white violence is 25 times higher than white on black violence when you look at the national crime statistics. And when you look just at aggravated assault, black on white jumps to 200 times the rate of white on black assaults. Even worse, 93 percent of blacks who are murdered each year are murdered by other blacks.
Yes, there is a an epidemic of racial violence in America. "Black racism is the toxic glue that holds the progressive coalition together," according to Bill Whittle. Racism is not tolerated among whites in America today, but Black racism is a huge problem. It is excused by progressives as the result of years of disenfranchisement. It is excused and tolerated because of the hopelessness of young black men who have the highest unemployment rate.
Another black man, Dr. Ben Carson, sees the issue differently. "You take a group of young men and you raise them with no respect for authority, not learning to take on personal responsibility, having easy access to drugs and alcohol, they're very likely to end up as victims of violence and incarceration," says Carson.
It has been 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Amendment. Fifty years since a group of white men took up the challenge of Dr. Martin Luther King to try to address the issues of racial inequality. Today it is the black leaders who are pushing the agenda of hatred and racial intolerance. It is the black leaders who are holding their people back by excusing the violence.
Progressives are always quick to point at Americans and blame us for the problems around the world. It is time for black leaders to look in the mirror and recognize that they are the ones who are primarily responsible for the deaths of many of these young black men who are so full of rage and hate.
America can never come together to solve the issue of a equality for all as long as we remain divided by such toxic issues as racism. Despite what progressives claim racism is not limited to Caucasians. It is a human problem we can only solve together.
Bill Forhan can be reached at 509-548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.