Major Bias Myths Debunked In Baltimore Uprisings *Open Thread* *Updated*

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Update at the end of the post.

Ben Shapiro of Breitbart and TruthRevolt had a great piece in Breitbart on the Baltimore riots debunking some big-time Lefty race myths (h/t Facebook friend). Things were calmer overnight with a curfew in place, and a strong National Guard presence, thank heavens. Still, Shapiro’s piece is timely and informative indeed.

So, let’s get to it. From Breitbart:

[…] Baltimore’s riots have prompted a state of emergency in the city, as well as the calling of the National Guard. But the riots should also demonstrate conclusively that leftist myths about what drives race riots are just that: myths. It turns out that all the excuses given for the riots in Ferguson simply do not apply to the situation in Baltimore.

The “White Police” Myth. As rioters tore up Ferguson last year in the aftermath of the justifiable shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, media members rushed to explain that the disproportionate whiteness of the police force was to blame. Media outletafter media outlet after media outlet after media outlet blamed the unrest on the failure of the police department to reflect the community. But as of 2010, “Half of the sworn command staff are minorities,” according to the Baltimore Sun. And in Baltimore County, 55 percent of new applicants to the police department are minority, a number the police department has been attempting to boost. Racially reflecting the community, in other words, doesn’t seem to be helping.

The “Evil Police Chief” Myth. In Ferguson, the media targeted as its chosen villain Chief Thomas Jackson, who is white. After the Department of Justice found that the Ferguson Police Department had serious racial problems thanks in part to its disproportionate whiteness, Jackson stepped down. Media found Jackson particularly galling because Jackson released footage of Michael Brown strong-arm robbing a convenience store minutes before his confrontation with Wilson. It is difficult to blame the riots in Baltimore on similar circumstances. The police chief, Anthony Batts, who is black, said in February that crime should be addressed “through social justice as a whole,” and added that “Leadership should be focused not just on crime-fighting, but tackling racism.”He then stated, “When I go to Baltimore, on the East Coast, I’m dealing with 1950s-level black-and-white racism.”

Interesting statement from the Chief of Police, isn’t it? I am truly curious as to why he says that. Not for nothing, but Democrats have controlled Baltimore since the mid-’60’s, so given that, wouldn’t the narrative be that it is a City of Racial Harmony On The Hill or something? You know, because Democrats are the paragon of anti-racism virtue and all that, aren’t they? Yeah. Sure. Right. I hate to say it, but if things are that bad there, don’t they only have themselves to blame?

Back to the Liberal bias myths exposed by Shapiro:

The “Evil Mayor” Myth. As Ferguson burned, media focused in on Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, a white man. They suggested that Knowles didn’t understand his own community thanks to his race, exacerbating racial tensions. He’s currently at risk of recall. The same is not true in Baltimore, where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake runs the show. Rawlings-Blake, who is black, said a month ago, “To this day, if I go out with a mixed crowd, people are automatically suspicious, questioning: ‘How do you know this person?’ We have a long way to go…Baltimore, like many other cities, still faces the challenges of racism.” As the riots spun out of control, she infamously commented, “It’s a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” That didn’t stop the riots.

[…]

The “Not Enough Government” Myth. In Ferguson, the media and governmental actors suggested that lack of governmental intervention led to the riots. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote an open letter in December 2014 suggesting just that:

We should take away from Ferguson that we need a conversation to rebuild those relationships, throughout the country, and that need is urgent.  It needs to involve everyone – our young people, our parents, our schools, our faith communities, our government officials, and the police.  It needs to happen now.

Lack of government is not the problem in Baltimore. Every single member of the Baltimore City Council is a Democrat. All 15 of them. The mayor is a Democrat. Baltimore has not had a Republican mayor since 1967. The tax rates in Baltimore are astronomical; the city carries the fourth highest tax rate of any city in the nation. The poverty rate within the city is nearly 25 percent. Households in Baltimore earn approximately 56 percent of the overall state average. Crime rates, of course, are out of control. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

There is more to this excellent piece by Shapiro, and I hope you read the rest, but I think you get the point.

And if you need any more debunking of myths, I recommend this Daily Caller article. I warn you, some of the photographs of what happened to these Daily Caller journalists are not for the faint of heart. Neither are the injuries they suffered, from a broken nose (sucker punched) to a broken cheekbone (looted liquor bottle), and more. These young people who inflicted this level of violence were hardly children, nor were they engaging in this behavior because of what happened to Freddie Gray (as always, there is more than meets the eye with what happened to him, but I want to wait until the report comes out to confirm a story I saw). They were causing mayhem, terrorizing their community, and beating the crap out of people BECAUSE THEY COULD, and because they could get away with it, which most of them have thus far.

Hopefully, this too will pass and soon. I reckon time will tell. In the meantime, when some well-meaning liberal friends or family member tries to compare Ferguson to Baltimore, they are not the same. Heck, Ferguson wasn’t even Ferguson as we all know now. But you get my point. Maybe someday, these myth promoters will too…

This is an Open Thread.

Update: This additional “myth busting” comes courtesy of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. From the Daily Caller:

[…] Something needs to be said. We talk about police brutality. We need to understand the difference between police brutality and a brutal act by a particular police officer. When you say ‘police brutality,’ what you’re doing is inciting a nation of individuals out there to go and act in a very belligerent and, dare I say, criminal fashion against law enforcement officials. And where does that get them?

We’re busy looking outside at everybody else; what everyone else has done to us; what history has done to us; how it has affected us. I’m here to tell you something…our ancestors, considering our history and what they had to go through and the sacrifices that they had to make to get us to this point, our ancestors would be ashamed of how we’re conducting ourselves.

And it needs to be said, and it needs to be addressed and it needs to be stopped. Because I see a whole bunch of young brothers and sisters out here right now. They’re here with us. They wouldn’t act that way. (Click here to read the rest.)

Thank you for saying so, Mr. Smith.

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24 Responses to “Major Bias Myths Debunked In Baltimore Uprisings *Open Thread* *Updated*”

  1. piper Says:

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jason Riley at the WSJ had a good piece on Baltimore too.

    The Lawbreakers of Baltimore—and Ferguson

    The racial diversity of local government doesn’t matter when people want to seize on an excuse to commit crimes.

    By Jason Riley

    Broad diversity is not a problem in Baltimore, where 63% of residents and 40% of police officers are black. The current police commissioner is also black, and he isn’t the first one. The mayor is black, as was her predecessor and as is a majority of the city council. Yet none of this “critically important” diversity seems to have mattered after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died earlier this month in police custody under circumstances that are still being investigated.

    Some black Baltimoreans have responded by hitting the streets, robbing drugstores, minimarts and check-cashing establishments and setting fires. If you don’t see the connection, it’s because there isn’t one. Like Brown’s death, Gray’s is being used as a convenient excuse for lawbreaking. If the Ferguson protesters were responding to a majority-black town being oppressively run by a white minority—which is the implicit argument of the Justice Department and the explicit argument of the liberal commentariat—what explains Baltimore?

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lawbreakers-of-baltimoreand-ferguson-1430263032

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I really like Jason Riley. And he is absolutely right abt what happened in Baltimore and some of these other cities. It is an excuse, plain and simple, having NOTHING to do with the deaths of these individuals.

      Again, as Sheriff Clarke pointed out on Monday, these people don’t give a damn abt Freddie Gray. he noted had Gray bumped them in a nightclub, they would have killed him for it. It isn’t abt that at all. So much of this is ginned up, and just an excuse for horrendous, lawless behavior. I, for one, am sick of it.

      This de facto acceptance of lawless behavior has been going on for some time, but it has certainly gotten worse with the flash mobs going around causing destruction and mayhem, or the sucker-punching by black youth of unsuspecting white people. It is just appalling.

      And now it has come to Charleston. This weekend, we had a roving gang of 60 black teens going around and beating up people, obstructing traffic, and causing trouble. So far, only 1 has been arrested. WOW.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I wonder if the people who encourage this kind of behavior, like the black teens in Charleston, have any idea of what the end result will be? Because in the long run anarchy doesn’t care if you are left or right or black or white. Anarchy simply is interest in destruction.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, Marge – that is exactly right! It just doesn’t CARE abt anything but destruction. That so many people are pawns in this game, whether they know it or not, is disturbing.

          Oh, and Charleston has had a Democratic mayor for decades now, for anyone keeping score…

        • foxyladi14 Says:

          I agree Marge. :0

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    It took me a minute to understand what Nate Beeler was trying to say in this cartoon. But when I did I once again was amazed at his genius in saying so much in a cartoon. Without words even.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Of course Glenn McCoy is pretty much a genius too IMHO.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great Derek Hunter pience.

    The Real Lesson From The Life And Death Of Freddie Gray

    A who’s who of Maryland Democratic Party politics turned out for the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died from a severed spinal cord injury that apparently occurred while in police custody. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was there, as was the woman she succeeded, Sheila Dixon. Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes were there, as was former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a former president of the NAACP. The Obama administration even sent two representatives. While all in attendance mourned the loss of Gray, none were willing to address the real problem his short life exposes.

    The death of Freddie Gray is a sad end to a sad life that involved everything you’d expect from a life lived in poverty in a major urban area. But his death, and his life, were the result of what far too many big cities are doing to (not for) their residents.

    Freddie Gray was raised in poverty, educated in failing schools, thrust out into an economy choked by regulation and taxes, and offered only drugs as a way to earn money.

    We’ve spent $20 trillion in the “war on poverty,” and we still have the same rate of poverty. Because that money was not spent to help those in poverty; it was spent on government bureaucrats to administer “benefits” to those in poverty.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2015/04/30/the-real-lesson-from-the-life-and-death-of-freddie-gray-n1992170/page/full

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is right along the lines of today’s upcoming post. Excellent article, Marge. Thank you so much.

      And yeah – we have been throwing money at this for forever, and what what has changed? It seems that with the vastly increased entitlements, along with poor education, we have done more to make it worse, not better.

      Btw, I saw this angry young man on tv in Geraldo’s face. He was yelling abt how things won’t change until “white people give a damn” (or words to that effect) abt black people. HUH??

      WHO is teaching this message that we don’t care? Who is ratcheting up this racial divisiveness? And not for nothing, but WHO does he think are the bulk of taxpayers paying for all of these entitlements and programs for the Inner cities?? (I saw that not to imply black people don’t work, but because there are far more white people in this country than black.)

      SOMEONE is benefiting from pushing this false narrative…

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    She “ran” her stupid mouth and now she’s running for cover. Note the old “some of my best friends are vets” line. That dog won’t hunt Brooke.

    VFW: CNN Host’s Comment About Vets ‘as Unacceptable as It Is Insulting’

    “I was talking to the city councilman last week,” Brooke Baldwin said Tuesday while reporting from Baltimore. “He said, ‘Brooke, these people have to live in the community. There’s a lack of emotional investment.’ And a lot of young people — and I’ve been talking about this so much. A lot of young people — and I love our nation’s veterans, but some are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they’re ready to do battle.”

    After outcry over her remarks, Baldwin made an on-air apology.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/04/29/vfw-cnn-hosts-comment-about-vets-as-unacceptable-as-it-is-insulting/#ixzz3YnFFGpMY

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yeah, too little too late. She exposed her bias in a BIG way, and no amt of apology will distract from that…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And now we have a WaPo article that states another prisoner in the van said Gray was TRYING to hurt himself: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/prisoner-in-van-said-freddie-gray-was-banging-against-the-walls-during-ride/2015/04/29/56d7da10-eec6-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html

    This continues to highlight why people need to wait for the information to come out and not go off half-cocked based on nothing more than rumor and media agitation. The media and the, um, rabblerousers, have been wrong abt every single one of these cases.

    Not for nothing, but as Bo Dietl pointed out this morning, there are pro rabblers out there pushing these violent protests, like OWS. Gee, what a surprise – NOT.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The race-baiters have lit the fuse and now all it takes is a spark to set things off. Does anyone think that these rioters really care about the truth? Black politicians in these cities have pandered to the meme that blacks are victims of whites – therefore blacks rioting are the fault of the whites not caring about blacks.

      I respect the mother who smacked the crap out of her son and chased him home but I sure am not willing to call her “mother of the year”. She has six kids, no job and is part of the culture that sent her son into the streets. Until enough of these “single” moms and the men that impregnated them and then ran away admit that they are the biggest part of the problem, they and the party they support, nothing will change.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        It is evident that “Facts Don’t Matter” (too bad THAT isn’t one of the signs they are waving around, though it would be the most ACCURATE one) to this crowd. Heck, to many Democrats, it seems. They continue to ignore ALL evidence and information regarding these events, glorify criminals as if they are saints, and are causing more disruption and chaos than cities seem able to handle. It is truly disturbing.

        And you are so right abt that mom. She IS part of the problem, and while it was good she got her kid away from that line, there are so many issues there that will never be addressed as long as Dems continue to control Baltimore…

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is just astonishing. This man said a bunch of young people tried to set him (and his car) on FIRE as he was trying to get away from his pizza shop. This is not the Middle East, folks; this is BALTIMORE:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It’s hard to believe that this is happening in a major American city. What’s even harder to believe is those on the left that are excusing the behavior.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, they aren’t just excusing it. Judging from the major protests in NYC, San Diego, and other major cities, they are jumping right on in – “Black Lives Matter” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” “No Justice, No Peace!”

        UGH.

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And to add to the insanity of what is happening in Baltimore, seems the Mayor instructed the cops to let the rioters loot. Huh – seems like a good lawsuit for the man in the video above: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/04/30/let-them-loot-baltimore-mayor-ordered-cops-to-stand-down-fox-news-reports-200096

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      This woman needs to be recalled. But she won’t be. She’s the right color and gender so competence, honesty and leadership are not important.

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