In a twisted way it is fitting that the most destructive week for America in living memory should be topped off by a memorial featuring the nation’s chief racial arsonist Al Sharpton. The memorial remembered pieces of the life of George Floyd who was brutally killed by a policeman pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck until he shut off the handcuffed man’s air supply and he died. Not the least unexpectedly, the malevolent Sharpton used the platform the mourners provided to stoke the fires of racial hatred, attacking all of white America because black America’s problems and miseries stemmed from the fact that “for 401 years white America has had its knees on our necks” – or words to that effect.
Sharpton’s four-hundred and one years ago was actually 1599, when no white man had ever set foot on North American shores and when the creation of the United States of America was still 188 years in the future, but why quibble over arithmetic when you are intent on indicting a whole race of people so you can blame them for your problems? “Four-hundred years of slavery” of course has long been a common battle cry of the racial demagogues who 50 plus years ago overwhelmed and then corrupted the civil rights movement turning it into a racial shakedown operation after the death of Martin Luther King.
That American knee that Sharpton kept referring to , of course produced the revolutionary declaration that all men are created equal and have a God-given right to liberty, which ended 3,000 years of normalizing slavery – which still exists in Africa today. That American knee inspired 350,000 mainly white Union soldiers to lay down their lives to free African slaves, and through many years of struggle created a society in which American blacks have more rights, more power, more wealth, privilege and opportunity than blacks anywhere on earth including all the black nations in Africa which have been independent for 60 years and all those in the West Indies, which in the case of Haiti have been self-ruled for over 200 years.
The protests fueled by accusations of white racism and police brutality existing as a systemic American problem are based on easily disproven lies. As Heather MacDonald summarized the real world facts in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on June 4, “However sickening the video of Floyd’s arrest, it isn’t representative of the 375 million annual contacts that police officers have with civilians. A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.”
The real world statistics are these: “In 2019 police