When Revenge is evil – Micah Johnson avenges black lives

A black sniper took up a position near a peaceful protest against the police shootings of two black men, one of those black men, Alton Sterling, shot in Louisiana and the other,  Philando Castile, shot in Minnesota.  Then the sniper proceeded to shoot at police, using a “shoot and move” doctrine, killing 5 and wounding several others.
Its a big mistake, as Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective said, to theorize without data, and I made that mistake already, believing initial reports that there was more than one sniper.
Its not a mistake though, to see his actions as part of a bigger problem.  For example:
If you take a look at the Black Lives Matter Twitter feed, you’ll find photos of activists wearing shirts that say, “Assata Taught Me.”
So who was Assata?  Katie Pavlich tells us:
They’re referring to infamous cop killer Assata Shakur, otherwise known as Joanne Chesimard, who shot and killed a New Jersey State Trooper back in 1973. In 1977, Shakur was convicted and sentenced to prison but quickly escaped and has been a fugitive in Cuba ever since. She’s also on the FBI’s most wanted terrorism list. BLM glorifies Shakur as a hero and uses her writings and materials during training sessions.
I’ll make a point about BLM later, but lets look at the injustice that drove sniper Micah Johnson.
First, the two black men shot by cops were very different people  Sterling had molested a fourteen year old girl (she became pregnant) and had been previously arrested for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse. .

Castile though had not such record. He was just driving with his girlfriend Diamond, and when the officer stopped their car, he told the officer who stopped his car that he had a (legal) gun, and then obeyed the officer’s order to get his driver’s license.  It may be that the officer then mistook the movement to get the license as a movement to get the gun, and so he shot the driver.  This is all speculation, and I should remember what Sherlock Holmes said.  Diamond Reynolds (the girlfriend) says that the police officer screamed “f*** oh my God, I can’t believe it” after shooting Mr. Castile multiple times.

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Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile of St. Paul
Of course this is the story at this moment.  Stories often change as more facts come out, and we should not “jump the gun”, any more than that officer in Minnesota should have jumped the gun.
Many people seem to assume racism in a case like this.  However, common sense tells me that most policemen do not want to lose their jobs, plus be tried in court, plus attract years of hostility by shooting people who are innocent.  Plus even if the policeman was very racist in private, if he has to go into a black neighborhood day after day, he wants to be on good terms with the people around him.
The case reminds me a bit of the shooting of an African immigrant, Amadou Diallo in the year 2000.  The Los Angeles Times reported:
Testifying through tears, the police officer who fired the first of 41 shots at an unarmed West African immigrant told a jury Monday he pulled the trigger because he believed his target was wearing a bulletproof vest and was shooting at his partner.
After 19 bullets struck  Officer Sean Carroll said he knelt alongside the victim, who was breathing his last breath in the vestibule of a building in the Bronx.
“I said, ‘Oh my God,’ and I just held his hand,” Carroll said, recalling he pleaded, “Please don’t die.”
In that case at least, the mistakes of the cops were understandable.  It was a tragedy of errors.
It may not be much comfort to know that a man is killed due to a mistake, rather than to racial hatred, because in either case he is just as dead.
However, assuming that it is racism is the engine of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and may have been the motivation of the snipers.
So where is the evil in this story?
  1. A man’s character is shown not only by how he treats people he likes, but how he treats people he does not like.
  2. A good man does not shoot first and ask questions later.
  3. A good man is honest with himself, even it makes him, or people he identifies with, look bad. He does not blame others for problems that they are not responsible for.
  4. And a good man does not shoot Persons A (policemen in Texas) because of what Person B (a policeman in Minnesota) did.  The appropriate response is to go after Person B, via the legal system, assuming the legal system works.  And if Person B meant well, you look at how the mistakes happened. If the policeman had a hearing problem, or was incompetent in some way, you change procedures so that admissions tests weed people like him out. If the problem is that reaching for a wallet looks too much like reaching for a gun, you push to change police procedure so that misunderstandings do not happen.
  5. A final point about BLM. The protest in Dallas was peaceful, but protesters should do their homework about organizations such as “Black Lives Matter”. It is not truthful about the supposed campaign to kill innocent blacks, and its members have chanted “pigs in a blanket, [this means policemen in a body bag] fry em’ like bacon,”
Now for some unpleasant facts:
If the policeman in the Minnesota case was more afraid of a black driver than he would be of a white driver, it was because blacks have a higher proportion of murderers (at least 3 times higher) than other groups in the U.S.  Not only that, but policemen who go into black areas to arrest someone are often surrounded by people jeering at them.  Even if they are black policemen, they hear taunts.  One black policeman, Robert Reedy says this:
“They call me a slave, a field nigger,” he says. He responds contemptuously: “That’s ‘house nigger’—get your terms right.” The perps then whine: “You black like me!” Reedy shakes his head in amazement: “What’s that got to do with taking the lady’s handbag?”
Ask Detective Carl McLaughlin if the police prey on black people, and this normally ebullient Brooklyn cop will respond icily: “I just prey on people that are preying on others. It shouldn’t be a race thing.”
A cop’s denial that policing is racist is perhaps not noteworthy—except for one thing: Detective McLaughlin is himself black.
But a frightening change is happening to a segment of the black population.
I remember when two policemen were killed in Brooklyn, ambushed by a black man who had driven up from Maryland, as they sat in their car. The motive was “revenge” on police treatment of blacks.
Perhaps the idea is: “Those police won’t mess with us anymore if we kill a few.”
But what do these snipers think will happen if policemen stop policing?  Or if for that matter, the law-abiding portion of America all left for Greenland?
When you create a policing vacuum, or a defense vacuum, something will fill it.  There are very ruthless countries some made up of black or brown or yellow or white people, and they may  be armed with very sophisticated weaponry, and human rights are not their priority.
There are countries that have literally millions of slaves (I’m thinking India, and I say that even though the Indians I meet here strike me and my parent’s friends favorably. Some Muslim countries have black slaves (I’m thinking Mauritania, and Sudan)).  In some countries the slaves are of a different color than the rulers, in others the same color.  A recent book (The Slave Next Door) tells us at least 50,000 people are enslaved any given year in the U.S of A.
There are countries where the difference between organized crime and the government is murky. They work together, or are friends.
So…
without law and order you will get chaos, and eventually get order imposed by ruthless people who don’t care about “rights”.
I mentioned honesty.  In the Ferguson shooting case of Michael Brown, there was dishonesty.
One witness said ‘crowds of people had begun to gather, wrongly claiming the police shot Brown for no reason and that he had his hands up in surrender. Two black women approached Witness 102, mobile phones set to record, asking him to recount what he had witnessed. Witness 102 responded that they would not like what he had to say. The women responded with racial slurs, calling him names like “white motherfucker”.
The colleges are finding they have students who don’t want to argue – because they know they are right, and if you argue with them, you are being hurtful, and even evil.  Or racist.  They have “safe spaces” – safe from being hurt.  Safe from hearing any idea they don’t want to hear.  This is a great recipe for trouble.
 Megan Bautista, was a smart black Bronx girl who went to college at Oberlin. She was interviewed there by Nathan Heller of the New Yorker,
 When I asked what she hoped to do after she graduated, this spring, she said, “I can see myself leaving the country.” In the immediate term, she hoped to join AmeriCorps and build her résumé. She thought she might end up being a class-action or impact-litigation lawyer. Then she wanted to get as far away from the United States as she could. “Working my piece of land somewhere and living autonomously—that’s the dream,” she said. “Just getting the eff out of America. It’s a sinking ship.”

She should ask the question: “Why is it sinking?”

The day after Micah Johnson gunned down policemen, I noticed blacks and whites getting along as usual.  I noticed a nice black couple cycling on the bike path near here.  I noticed a white employee of the hospital I visited talking to a very friendly African employee.  Some things did not seem normal.  I noticed black people who seemed rather depressed and quiet – more than usual.

We do have a race problem in this country.  I have memories.  My twin was whipped with a chain by a black youth when we were kids.  The white kids getting off my school bus in Manhattan were robbed by black kids as they hit the pavement.  I remember the news reports of burning cities in the sixties.
I remember news items, such as one about a Jewish teacher who tried to help a troubled black student, and who got tortured and murdered by that student and his friend.
Years ago, I had made some disparaging remarks about blacks (I forget what they were).  They were unfair.
And that might have something to do with the black youth who looked shamefacedly down at his sneakers, then rebounded and told me “we will annihilate you”.
“We” turned out to be multi-racial.
I have taken the sting of the hornet, over the past 22 years,  and its not over yet.
Collin Flaherty, a reporter who has written for several major newspapers, has put together 100 videos of black violence here: http://whitegirlbleedalot.com/top-100-black-mob-violence-videos/   The point is not whether he is racist or not (his past shows he isn’t).  The point is whether he is accurate.  Watch a few.
Again we get to the point of honesty.
That is not to say that white people are angels.  My brother once told a liberal friend that if black people are exactly the same as white people, then they are just as bad as white people.  This may seem silly, but it struck his friend like a thunderbolt.  He had never considered this.
If I were black, I would not assume that the people who agonize about white privilege are better than the people who don’t.  Or that the people who want to give me special preferences to go to the head of the line are doing me favors.   I would not respect the politician who promises me that he will help me with handouts – after all, its not his money.
My uncle’s take was that half of black people were like everybody else, and he told me “the other half – I stay away from.” My uncle is not a “supremacist” or a nasty type at all. So it is sad that he felt driven to that conclusion.
And where is the revenge for this (see photo below)?

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“Black on black” violence produces scenes like the above.

Also, note that there are always people who want to fan the flames, for their own ideological reasons… Here is one example, but there are others as well:
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Finally, the strangest aspect of all this is a recent study that found that police do not shoot black suspects at a higher rate than white suspects. Yes, the study found cops were more likely to put their hands on an equivalent black suspect vs. a white suspect — also to cuff, push to the ground or pepper-spray him. But less likely to shoot him! See the article by Larry Elder (who is black) at http://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2016/07/14/ignorance-of-facts-fuels-the-anticop-movement-n2192417   On the other hand, John Stossel, a libertarian, has an interesting article at the same website saying anger is justified – see http://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2016/07/13/cops-blacks-and-crime-n2191832

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