Everyone who hasn’t drunk the progressive Kool-Aid is aware that during elections Democrats resort to the race card to scare African Americans, for whose intelligence they have limitless contempt, into voting for them. If Republicans are elected, their propaganda claims, “black churches will burn” or the racial clock will be turned back to the era of segregation, an era that Democrats happen to have been directly responsible for.
This year it’s the mythical threat white policeman allegedly pose to black youth, as Democrats and their media enablers encourage a “lynch mob” mentality — as Howard Kurtz put it recently — in a desperate attempt to pocket black votes.
A flyer distributed by the Georgia Democratic Party (Ferguson is in Missouri) warns: “On August 9, 2014, an unarmed 18-year old African-American named Michael Brown was fatally shot six times and killed by a white police officer, his body left in a pool of blood for four hours. Ferguson Missouri’s population is 67% African-American. But the city’s mayor, 5 of its 6 city council members, and 94% of its police force are white. What are we going to do about it? If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change.”
Note first that this flyer was distributed in Georgia, not Missouri. In other words, according to Democrats: Republicans everywhere are racists. Moreover, if 67 percent of Ferguson citizens are black and they elect a white mayor and city council members shouldn’t that be applauded as a sign that they are committed to America’s inclusive ideal, and are not voting along racial lines? Wouldn’t Democrats be saying that if white majority populations were voting for blacks (as they in fact do)? Once again the claim that this reflects white racism is a itself a racist claim, one that is typical of self-hating progressive whites.
The flyer’s timing couldn’t have been worse. The just released autopsy report shows that Michael Brown was only unarmed because he failed to wrestle Officer Darren Wilson’s gun from his holster, when he attacked Officer Wilson in his police car. How many innocent citizens attack a policeman in his police car and attempt to grab his gun from him?
According to the very liberal St. Louis Post Dispatch, “A source familiar with Wilson’s version of events, as told to investigators, said the ‘incredibly strong’ teen punched Wilson and then pressed the barrel of the cop’s gun against the officer’s hip and fought for control of the trigger.” You think the officer might have been in fear for his life after that?
The autopsy report further shows that Michael Brown’s hands were not in the air in a posture of surrender when he was shot – as the Ferguson lynch mob claims — but that the 6’4” 292lb individual was advancing on the much smaller officer, less than twenty feet away. In other words, the autopsy report supports Officer Wilson’s claims that there was a violent struggle and that he shot Wilson first with the intent to warn him to stop and finally – when he failed to do so — to stop him.
Then there is the evidence provided by the convenience store security video, which shows that the 6’4 292lb Michael Brown had committed a strong-armed robbery earlier that day. Not exactly the poor “unarmed teen” of media and leftist fantasy.
What we are dealing with in these episodes of deadly lies is a nation so paralyzed by its fear of being the target of racial smears that it will not call a lynch mob a lynch mob, or racist Democrats racists. This is a result of 30-years of race baiting by the Democratic Party and the so-called civil rights movement, which has become a lynch mob itself (the Duke lacrosse kids, George Zimmerman, Paula Deen and many others). These modern day racists are in the thrall of a progressive delusion in which white people are guilty before the fact, while black people are innocent even after the facts show they are not. It’s time Americans said enough to such racism and its violence to reason and tolerance, and reclaimed the pluralistic vision that once made this country great.
David Horowitz is the author of the recently published Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan For Defeating The Left.