Our Better Angels

I served just shy of a full term on Macon, GA’s City Council. When I took my radio job, I had to step down. In the time I was there, there were multiple times black members of the City Council had to challenge the local police force for what they saw as overkill or police abuse. From my vantage point, not every incident was as these council members claimed. But there were enough times that no one should dismiss the issue. On more than one occasion, there were legitimate grievances about police abuse.

Too many law and order conservatives want to ignore the police abuse as libertarian or left-wing whining about law and order. But there are too many numerous incidents to think there is not a problem. I know of more than one black minister pulled over randomly by police. I have had more than one friend pulled over randomly and the only common denominator is that they are not white. None were charged with crimes, but all were treated as if they were guilty of something.

Likewise, a young black man tends to more often be involved in violence than young white men. From 1980 to 2008, “blacks accounted for 52.5% of homicide offenders.

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, in the year 2008 black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58.5% of youth arrests for homicide and 67% for robbery. Black youths were overrepresented in all offense categories except DUI, liquor laws and drunkenness.


There is a serious problem in the black community and when any white person raises the issue, too many people scream “racism.” Look at Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul Ryan59%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard59%‘s comments about family troubles in cities. The left savaged him for saying what large numbers of people in the black and white community agree with.

The sad truth is that too many young black men have been, for so long, told they are victims that they’ve started acting as if they are not responsible for their actions and that society is out to get them.

And you know what?

In a lot of cases, it is true. Society is out to get them. …read more    

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