Ferguson Fallout: Iraq Veteran Beaten in “Hate Crime”. Elections Have Consequences.

obamamyworkOn February 7, 2007, Roger Simon published excerpts from an interview he had conducted with Barack Hussein Obama, potential Democrat Candidate for the Presidency of the United States, on politico.com. Here is a pertinent part of that interview:

Q: Jesse Jackson made very explicit in his campaigns for president that a vote for him was a sign of racial healing in America. I don’t think I’ve ever heard you make it that explicit. Do you believe that the election of you, a black man, to the presidency in 2008 would show something good about America? Or healing?

Obama: The fact that I am in a position to run a credible race is a sign of enormous progress. The fact that people have taken this campaign seriously and we’ve got a chance to win is a testimony not only how far America has traveled but also the legacy of Jackson’s race and (Shirley) Chisholm’s race and Carol Moseley-Braun’s and (Al) Sharpton’s races. Each time the effort is made, certain barriers are broken. And I am a beneficiary.

Q: People say you are unthreatening. I have never heard a white candidate described as unthreatening as a compliment. What is that all about? Do you have to be unthreatening to get elected?

Obama: Well, look, our racial politics are complicated in this country. There are lots of wounds that are still healing. I think that it’s not something that I have to end up thinking about a lot explicitly. But because of my background and circumstances I have the potential at least of bringing people together who might feel suspicious towards each other. I am not sure that is just racial, by the way. It’s been noted that I come from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, but throughout my career, I have always had extraordinarily good relations with very conservative colleagues. And that’s not because I agree with any of them or fudge on my positions, but people feel I listen to them and give them the benefit of the doubt. I assume the best of people. And that, I think, is an attitude that is maybe rare in politics these days. (He smiles.)

Q: Bill Bradley in his presidential campaign would always quote Toni Morrison as saying she looks forward to a world “where race exists but it doesn’t matter.” Is that the kind of world you want to see?

Obama: I would phrase it perhaps a little differently. I would love to see an America where race is understood in the same way that the ethnic diversity of the white population is understood. People take pride in being Irish-American and Italian-American. They have a particular culture that infuses the (whole) culture and makes it richer and more interesting. But it’s not something that determines people’s life chances and there is no sense of superiority or inferiority. I think if we can expand that attitude to embrace African-Americans and Latino-Americans and Asian-Americans, then we will be in a position where all our kids can feel comfortable with the worlds they are coming out of, knowing they are part of something larger.

Yeah. About that whole “racial healing” thingy.

WMC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Memphis reports the following. ..

West Point, Miss. – (WMC) – A 32-year-old Marine and Iraq war veteran attacked and beaten in what might be a hate crime.

Investigators say several men jumped Ralph Weems in a parking lot in West Point, Mississippi.

One man is in custody, but West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley says there were more attackers. His department is developing a list and trying to bring them in for questioning.

The Associated Press reports that Weems’ friend and fellow veteran David Knighten says the beating was racially charged.

Knighten says someone outside a Waffle House told him politely that it was not a safe place for whites to be at the moment, because people inside were upset over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Knighten says Weems was inside arguing with some people. They both left and went to another restaurant.

A group of men followed them there. He says the men attacked both of them, shouting racial slurs during the attack.

Chief Brinkley says a hate crime carries an enhanced penalty, but adds, “It’s up to the Grand Jury to make this determination. All we do is process the evidence and turn the case over to the District Attorney, who in turn presents it to a Grand Jury. It’s within their discretion to add the hate crime enhancement.”

The case is still under investigation. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and state District Attorney’s Office both known about the ongoing investigation.

As I have written in previous posts, I was born, raised in, and lived for 39 years in Memphis, TN.  I now reside right across the state line (literally) in Southaven, MS, after former Mayor W.W. Herenton told middle class folks like myself that we were no longer welcome there.

I left out the aspect of race from the preceding paragraph as to not beat a dead horse, but racial division in this country is being used as a political tool in an attempt to “divide and conquer” (divide et impera) through a deliberate campaign strategy by Obama and his minions, reinforced by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice.

In fact, today’s Liberals use Racism as both a sword and a shield.

As Americans witnessed last week in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, Liberals will shamelessly use any situation involving a perceived “Racial Act”, fact or fiction, to strengthen their ties with the Black Voting Bloc.

Additionally, if you attack Obama’s performance as President, or any other Liberal Black Leader’s performance, Liberals will deflect their incompetency, but claiming that you’re a RAAACIIIST! 

 President Ronald Reagan once said,

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

Compare it to these words:

It’s not to make excuses for that fact — although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history. – President Barack Hussein Obama, 7/19/2014

President Obama, for his own political reasons, reinforces, at every opportunity, the self-fulfilling prophecy that the Black Community is still shackled and limited in their freedom.

Which is an ironic statement, considering, as a Black man, that he presently holds the position of President of the most powerful country on the face of the Earth.

Back in High School, during the 1974-1975 school year, I was a Sophomore Commissioner on the Student Council with a fellow named James. James was one of those students who were bused to our school. He went on to play football and run track. More importantly, James went on to have a 4.5 GPA,  make a 32 on his ACT, and receive a full scholarship to Harvard, and later, went on to Johns Hopkins Medical School. James worked hard and he achieved.

Millions of other Black Americans have, as well.

The current race-baiting and racially-based pandering by the President and his Administration dishonors those who have achieved and has constrained those who might otherwise achieve.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

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