The George Floyd case has been offered as proof that America is a racist country. The thesis of Black Lives Matter is that white police are targeting innocent black men like Floyd. Critical Race Theory argues that all white people are racists. In the words of Fox’s Greg Gutfeld, CRT
“undermines the positive core beliefs of America by redefining the nation as an engine of oppression.”
President Biden agreed when he openly indicted the US as systemically racist. He has fallen in step with the leftist canard that is poisoning America. “Biden is trashing his own nation with the false narrative of ‘systemic racism,’” said Bill O’Reilly. “No sitting president has ever trashed their country like this.”
Author Colin Flaherty refers to the systemic racism argument as the Big Lie: “The war on black people and how racist white people are waging it. That is the biggest lie of our generation. Because just the opposite is true,” says Flaherty. “Black crime and violence against whites, gays, women, seniors, young people and lots of others is astronomically out of proportion.” To be truthful about the causes of social disruption in the US, we must point a finger not at white America but rather at the black community. In spite of a continuing history of violence, blacks are not being held responsible for their behavior.
Whenever the police are required by circumstances to deal harshly with a black suspect, the race card is automatically dialed up. Statistics do not support this narrative. Black men, who make up only six percent of the US population, commit a disproportionate number of violent crimes. In 2015, according to Heather Mac Donald in The War on Cops, blacks were charged with a whopping 62 percent of all robberies, 57 percent of murders, and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 largest US counties. Blacks in New York City committed 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime. “Numerical disparities result from differences of offending,” said black talk show host Larry Elder, “not because of racism.”
The prevalence of black-on-white crime has been spectacularly ignored by the media. “Whites are the overwhelming target of interracial violence,” Heather Mac Donald wrote in City Journal. “Between 2012 and 2015, blacks committed 85.5 percent of all black-white interracial violent victimizations. That works out to 540,360 felonious assaults on whites.” Black-on-black crime is even worse, as proven by the daily murder statistics emanating from cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and New York.
Yet systemic racism is a thing of the past. White Americans have bent over backwards to make life better for blacks. History bears this out. By giving their lives to end slavery, enabling the Civil Rights Movement, instituting affirmative action, and voting twice for a black president, white America has shown itself to be anything but racist.
"The oppression of black Americans is over with," said black author Shelby Steele. “The truth of the matter is, blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner. If you are black and you want to be a poet, or a doctor, or a corporate executive, or a movie star, there will surely be barriers to overcome, but white racism will be among the least of them. You will be far more likely to receive racial preferences than to suffer racial discrimination.”
The bitter allegations of Critical Race Theory and Black Lives Matter cannot be justified. “In Baltimore, where Freddie Gray died,” says Larry Elder, “the majority of the city council is black, the top cop is black, the number two cop is black, the majority of the command staff is black, the mayor is black, the AG is black, and yet here we are talking about racism. It’s absurd.”
“America is not a racist country,” agreed black political activist Candace Owens. “Anyone claiming otherwise has a vested interest in keeping us divided. The easiest way to maintain power over any group is to keep those within it at war with one another.” Biden, who claims to be seeking unity, is doing exactly what Owens is talking about.
Encouraging blacks not to take responsibility for their own lives is part of the Democratic Party’s plan to make blacks dependent on government handouts. The primary fallacy of the Left’s redistribution plan is that it does nothing to end the pattern of black poverty. The current system of welfare entitlements benefits no one other than the charter members of the Victimization Industry, people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Entitlements foster a victim mentality that places the blame on whites. “Victimhood has become a mental plague on black America,” says Candace Owens.
The George Floyd incident has been an excuse for the destruction of our cities and the repudiation of American values in order to make restitution for outdated black grievances. A history of slavery, while abhorrent, does not give blacks the right to demand better treatment than anyone else. Shelby Steele hit the nail on the head: “Past oppression cannot be conflated into present-day oppression.” Giving special treatment to any one group is in violation of the equal protection clause. It is also the worst kind of racism.
Blaming current social problems on alleged white oppression heightens racial tensions and keeps the country divided. That seems to be what the Democrats want. The preoccupation with race only makes it worse for blacks, whites, and everybody else. America may not be perfect, but, as David Horowitz affirms in Big Agenda, we are “the most tolerant, least racist nation on earth.” I am reminded of what Muhammad Ali said when he returned from a trip to Africa: “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat.”