Are you ‘woke’? Do you accept your racism and ‘white privilege’ guilt? Nope…?
He was killed by a white cop with a long history of problem behaviors. The national news has been full of riots, looting and demonstrations.
Black men, 6% of the U.S. population, commit roughly 50% of violent crimes — murders and robberies. It’s blacks who kill and rob other blacks in overwhelming numbers.
Black Lives Matters Inc. (BLM) has been much in the national news. BLM has held various demonstrations. What does BLM say about blacks killing fellow blacks, largely in their own neighborhoods? Nothing.
The corporate organization Black Lives Matter (BLM) has no message opposing killings by blacks of other blacks. BLM focuses on police killings of blacks and support de-funding the police as their ‘solution’. What will happen to black neighborhoods with even fewer people wearing blue are keeping the peace? More violence. Just recently, New York City removed 500 plain clothes police from street duty and violent crime in the City has skyrocketed.
So what to make of all this killing? Blacks kill other blacks in huge numbers. Unarmed blacks and whites get killed by the police.
So — is it ‘whitey’ that’s the real problem? Is racism — your racism–or ‘structural racism’ — is that’s the problem? Are you ‘woke’? Do you accept your supposed ‘white privilege’ guilt?
Maybe you’re a bit curious and willing to learn more about ‘white privilege’ and ‘structural racism’?
Well, there’s workshops out there that seek to ‘enlighten’ you.
I attended The Call of the Moment: an Anti-Racism Workshop offered via ZOOM by Dr. Lewis. About 1300 attended. Dr. Lewis plans more workshops in the future.
Two books by Dr. Lewis are listed as available on Amazon. One of her books is The Power of Stories.
Dr. Jacqui Lewis, is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church located in New York City. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and has served in a senior position with Middle Collegiate for about 15 years.
Published on VOX on May 29,2020 is the following info:
Dr. Lewis writes: “And it’s not enough to condemn this particular presidential abuse without also naming how the president [Trump] routinely kills and maims those on the margins through policy.
“Tens of thousands of people are killed each year due to ridiculously lax gun legislation he [Trump] defends. Child hunger is soaring because of our woefully anemic safety net and federal cruelty. Thousands have been kidnapped at our border at his [Trump’s] command.
And more than 16,000 people have already died in my city [New York] because the president failed to prepare for the coronavirus and did not prioritize giving New York the aid we needed. [Oh really? Factual problem here.]
Dr. Lewis continues: “So, while I’m horrified by the president’s callousness in demanding houses of worship be allowed to open, I cannot say I’m surprised. And I am not surprised by how many white Americans continue to support him — it is part of our country’s foundational white supremacy. Our social contract has always made its peace with brutality and death to secure the power of whiteness…..”
Given the strong bias against President Trump that Dr. Lewis clearly expresses, how ‘loose with the facts’ might Dr. Lewis be when she presents in an anti-racial workshop? More about the Workshop will be discussed in a separate post.
As. Dr. Lewis lays a huge number of societal problems at one person’s door — President Trump’s door — how likely is she to consider that behavior on the part of blacks is part of the problem as well as part of the solution?
Per the VOX post, Dr. Lewis blames Trump for killing twelve thousand people in New York City (where she lives and works). The facts do not support her allegations.
It is well publicized that the Mayor of New York moved COVID-19 persons into nursing homes and about 4,500 nursing home patients died. That is what the Mayor of New York City did. That’s the city where Dr. Lewis lives and works. It is well known that Trump sent a hospital ship to New York to help out and also it is well known that Trump sent heaps of ventilators that were not needed but New York City received them. There are no indications that Trump killed people in New York.
Dr. Lewis, as published by Vox, states ‘facts’ about Trump that are clearly erroneous for which there is no support.
Take Away: The workshop by Dr. Lewis on anti-racism makes no mention of the brutal violence that male Afro-Americans living in large Democrat controlled cities inflict on other individuals of their color, ethnicity and culture both on physical bodies and on black homes, businesses and neighborhoods. Black violent behaviors harming other blacks was not touched on in the workshop.
Dr. Lewis does talk about ‘holding environments’, that we find our identify in various contexts (home, school, church). She talks about that the first ‘holding environment’ — the womb. When bullets are flying near by that first ‘holding environment’ is at risk.
When black males (6% of the population) commit 50% of murders against their neighbors who are black what’s the effect on the ‘holding environments’ aka wombs of pregnant black women? Check the facts: Floyd George put a pistol to the stomach of a pregnant woman after pushing his way into her home. Dr. Lewis writes that there were bullets flying nearby when she was 8, living in Chicago, and it was learned that Martin Luther King had been assassinated.
I think it matters that Afro-Americans are killing, maiming children and aborting black babies in huge numbers. As stated above, 50% of all murders and robberies are committed by black men killing and robbing other blacks who are their neighbors.
In response to what I wrote about blacks killing blacks one person, an episcopal church leader wrote: “Those statistics point to the effects of years of ‘systemic racism’ that have left black people with little to no opportunity and isolated them in ghettos where violence prevails.”
A black author in the WSJ Jason Riley says differently. He writes that riots caused businesses to leave inner cities which resulted in social pathologies. Here are Riley’s words:
“A common assumption among liberals is that the movement of inner-city jobs to the suburbs in the late 1960s is what led to the higher rates of crime, violence and other social pathologies associated with ghetto life. But this gets the order wrong. The business flight took place after the rioting, not before. Will history repeat itself?”
Someone, a christian and member of an episcopal church, wrote on Facebook that a video by Candice Owen ‘made him feel sick’. He asked people to comment and received 50-60 comments in response.
Some said Candice Owens and Jason Riley, both black conservatives, are ‘shills’ Three disagreed including myself.
Aren’t you just a little more ‘woke’ now ? the person writing on his Facebook page asked of one dissenter. “I reject most of what ‘woke’ stands for” that person responded. Oh dear, not everybody buys into getting ‘woked’.
Another dissenter commented that for many years most major U.S. cities are run by black politicians …. ” My question: do these black politicians care about the blacks voters that put them in office? Why have these black politicians produced so little helpful to blacks?
My view: Why blame the huge numbers of blacks killing and robbing their black neighbors on something called ‘structural racism’ when it can just as easily be described as Democrat Party politics as usual? Why? Remember, 2020 is an election year and the Democrats prime goal is to remove Trump from office.
Churches are a main civic organization. So what has been the response of churches to Black Lives Matters and ‘structural racism’?
The Episcopal Church has been in the news lately. Remember the picture of Trump standing in front of the church across from the White House which had been torched the night before? Trump had a bible – that picture.
Rev. Curry head of the episcopal church in Washington D.C. says. “I really do believe that we’ve got to face the pain of our past and then work together to create new ways to create a new future.”.
I’ve found no discussion by Rev. Curry or other episcopal leaders as to the role blacks specifically play in the violence inflicted by blacks on their black neighbors. Nothing specific as to what blacks can and need to do. The episcopal stance appears to be ‘we stand against racism and structural racism…’
So what are some of the factors why black men commit 50% of all murders?
Listen to voices who published Letters in WSJ June 13-14, 2020: These letters cite Prof. Orlando Patterson’s essay “The Long Reach of Racism in the U.S.” (Review, June 6). One voice names the failure of black office holders. The number of black children born without a father in the home and black reliance on government programs instead of finding meaningful work is listed as another factor by another voice.
My views: It’s complicated and there’s many factors why black men commit 50% of all U.S. violent crimes. Something not talked about is the role of feminism and easy access to abortions. Feminism and ‘my body is my own to do as I please‘ comes to mind. Due to Planned Parenthood, there’s easy availability of abortion as a primary birth control method. In New York City more black babies are aborted than born. How do those young black almost-a-father and never-had-a-choice black men feel? Ask them.
Black fathers don’t appear to matter. What about self esteem issues and attaching value for who you are. Look at the Black Lives Matter website and you will find no role, no value, no interest in black fathers, black sons or black families with a mother and father as a married entity. Marriage and family and the place of the black man as father are not valued by Black Lives Matters. Take a look at their web site.
Self esteem comes from learning skills that are age grounded. Riding a bike at 4. Learning to read and later learning how to reason and think logically by early teens. These contribute to the development of self esteem. Learning a skill that can result in a wage is another crucial step for young people. The union controlled public schools produce poorly educated persons of all colors including young black men.
Effect of the unions. In the 1930’s thousands of young blacks went north to get jobs. The blacks had carpentry and other skills and got jobs. Then the Davis Bacon Act was passed which requires that ‘prevailing wages’ be paid. The act was passed to limit blacks from getting jobs. Time to change the law?
Recent events: Now we learn that a bad, bad white cop with 18 disciplinary actions killed a black man he knew (they were bouncers together) while several other cops stood by and did nothing. Those other cops were complicit and contributed to the death of that black. For years, that bad cop was protected by the police unions.
Yes — it’s time to rein in the power police unions. And time to rein in the school unions that produce poorly educated persons of all colors.
Unions for public employees. That is a major culprit. The police unions protect the bad cops. The school unions protect the bad teachers. Together as a result we get poorly educated young persons of all colors. And there are all sorts of factors why young black men take guns and kill and rob other blacks.
There’s no real bartering when the police and school unions sit down across the table from the politicians — the Democrats — who they paid to put in office. For example, t he SEIU paid $60 million to put Obama in office in 2008.
We don’t need ‘structural racism’ to explain why black Democrat politicians in large cities do nothing about the power of police unions and the power exerted by school unions.
Why unions for public employees stay in power: Old fashioned greed is a simple and better explanation why no change over the years. Both sides want more and both give to each other more to get more.
This is why there should not be public employee unions. There has to be an adversarial relationship when those representing the public purse sit down to discuss money with representatives of public schools and the police.
So what to do so young blacks stop killing and robbing other blacks? Become part of the solution. How?
Unions: Rein in and get rid of the corrupt power of unions in schools and the police.
Churches: Are you a member of a church? Get local churches to cooperate and work together. Episcopals with Catholics, Protestants and others — can work collaboratively to support family values that weaken and reduce the power of Hispanic and Black gangs. That’s a no brainer. Encourage young men to marry and staying married to the women with whom they have children. That’s also a no brainer. Intact families with a mother and father in the home create and raise children who go to college and get jobs. How support families? How and when? Do so around Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus into a family with a father in the home.
The organization Black Lives Matters: Call out Black Lives Matters for what it is — a marxist organization which is anti- nuclear family and puts forth policies and falsehoods which harm blacks. Look at their website carefully. There is no message on the BLM web site saying to black men to STOP killing other blacks. There is no support on the BLM web site for black fathers to marry the mothers of their children. There’s no discussion of the importance of male relationships between fathers and sons. And, there is no BLM message to young woman to ‘stop aborting black babies’ and re-think whether a government check and transfer payments for the next 18 years is a good deal.
Schools: Work to create more charter schools in your community and use of money that will mean more accountability by public schools to produce better educated (literate and meet specific standards in math and reading) young people of all color. Blacks don’t learn to read in CA schools. Require schools to provide classes that can assist all students in getting jobs. Require all students to learn at least one skill that could lead to a job.
Note: This post was reviewed 7/1/20. Some changes made to clarify the main points and preserve the privacy of persons who commented.
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This post was written by Cameron Jackson, licensed CA psychologist PSY14762 127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Wonder what the young black woman, Candice Owens, has to say? This is from You Tube and she has a mouthful to say about why blacks kill blacks.
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