So another inner city goes up in flames after another young black man dies in the custody of a police department. Is this going to become the modus operandi for the summer of discontent 2015? Is it just another reason for the Obama administration to investigate a local police department and create a civilian police/security force before his term is out?
When Ferguson burned 12 businesses during a riot, the administration blamed it on racism (which they couldn’t confirm). Now Baltimore is run by black folk – black mayor, black police chief, black prosecutor, etc., etc., etc. So nobody can scream racism.
Even when the black prosecutor issued arrest warrants for three white cops in the death of Freddie Gray, they couldn’t blame it on racism, because there were three black cops arrested as well. So since racism couldn’t be blamed for Freddie Gray’s death, why the riots?
Well, some folk blamed the youth riots on the fact that school was let out early and the city stopped all the public transportation, so the kids had nothing to do but run around Baltimore like a bunch of locusts, destroying everything in their path.
But one parent – just one parent out of hundreds of parents – saw her son on TV with a mask and hoodie, and ran out to get him – to save him from himself and from becoming another Freddie Gray. By the end of the week, millions of people across the globe watched Toya Graham discipline her son.
My great grandson said watching Ms. Graham smack her son was the best part. It was also the best part for me because it let me know that someone cared enough about their children to teach them some values. And then I heard one of the liberal talking heads calling Ms. Graham’s smack-down unnecessary violence which had no meaning. Such an idiot.
But the real idiots were the so-called protesters who pretended to care about Freddie Gray dying, but proceeded to burn approximately 350 businesses in Baltimore – mostly small business owners whose life savings went into their business.
The world watched Baltimore burn. And for what? Even after the prosecutor arrested the six cops responsible for Freddie Gray’s death, the protesters burned businesses which had no dealings with Freddie Gray.
And to add insult to injury, the talking heads on the mainstream media TV programs began to pontificate about why the city burned. Even Obama talked about racist cops, bad inner city schools, little investments in the city (even after his administration poured billions into Baltimore).
Nobody even came close to talking about the real problem – criminal elements, bad parenting, children having children, little family values, absentee fathers, little education, and absolutely nobody taking responsibility for their own actions.
And the Obama administration again takes the opportunity to make a good thing out of a crisis. His new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, takes over for the old Attorney General, Eric Holder and nothing changes. Obama marches on toward taking over the country’s police forces so he can make good on his promise to create a civilian security force.
One wonders why a group of so-called protesters would burn down a city to make a point that has nothing to do with the death of the black man in police custody which supposedly was the reason the protest started in the first place.
This is only the beginning. It will be a long, hot summer.
Barbara Howard is a political consultant, radio host and commentator and motivational speaker. She is Florida State chairwoman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Trade & Travel goodwill ambassador to Kenya. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.