Uprising In The Queen City *Open Thread*

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Some of you know that my hometown is Charlotte, NC. My family has been in Charlotte for centuries. My forebears signed the first declaration of independence in this country in 1775, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. I have siblings who live there, nieces and nephews, and their children, who live there.

All of that is to say, what is going on in Charlotte right now affects my family, and it affects me. To say I am upset at what is happening in the city in which I grew up, my father grew up, and his family before him for generations, is an understatement.  It is disconcerting in the extreme. I am sickened that the Black Lives Matter Mentality has now turned my city into a raging inferno. Check that: I am PISSED. OFF.

Yes, once again, a black man has been shot by a police officer, this time a black officer in Charlotte. The level of anger and violence has reached a level that is WAY out of proportion, especially considering that preliminary information I have seen indicates that this was a RIGHTEOUS SHOOT.

Here’s the thing. If you want to make SURE you get shot by a police officer, no matter your skin color, grab a hand gun, get out of your car, and  refuse to drop it. If you think you are NOT going to be shot as a result, you are a moron. But then again, grabbing a handgun and getting out of your car when a bunch of cops are in the midst of carrying out their duties and you refuse to drop it when ordered is already proof positive of what a moron you are.

I honestly do not know what the hell these people who are rioting, looting, throwing objects off the Interstate overpasses (more on that below), and worse, think should have happened in that instance. That the police officers ALLOW themselves to be shot lest they injure or kill a young black man out to do them harm? Is THAT what they think they should do? Is that what THEY would do? Hell NO! They would DEFEND THEMSELVES. And that is EXACTLY what the police officers did.

Not for nothing, but once again, this man was hardly an angel. Scott lived down here in the Lowcountry for a while, and racked up a number of arrests and convictions, including having sex with a minor, as well as assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges.  And not just in SC, but NC, and in Texas as well, where he was “convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,”which, as this Federalist article highlights, made it ILLEGAL for him to possess a firearm. Once again, the “victim” was someone who had a lengthy criminal record to go along with his actions that fateful night.

And just like in some other cities across the country, these rioters shut down a major interstate, I-85. But that isn’t ALL they did. No, they were THROWING ROCKS  an other projectiles at cars and trucks from an overpass. Listen to the GLEE from these terrorists (as Pat Dollard referred to them in this piece which has more on what happened to these motorists), as they attacked these unsuspecting motorists:

 

That is indeed terrorism. They could have killed people doing this, not to mention cause major traffic accidents.

But that isn’t even the worst of it. I can barely even write about this next story because I am sickened and angry as hell about it. Okay. Here it is: these barbarians tried to throw an UNCONSCIOUS photographer INTO A FIRE. Here is a photo from the WCCB (local Charlotte news station ) Tweet from last night:

 

There is a video in this Right Scoop article of the photographer being dragged to the fire, and the rescue of him by both police and civilians. If it becomes available on Youtube, I will add it, but for now, you can look at it HERE.

Honestly, it had me in tears at the depravity of it all, of the sheer callous disregard for human life. And to be honest, it reminded me of the kinds of horrors ISIS terrorists perpetrate. That is how despicable I find this behavior to be.

Let’s make one thing clear: these are not PROTESTERS. They are RIOTERS, LOOTERS, THIEVES, and CRIMINALS. Take a look through the Twitter feed HERE for Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte to see what has happened there – businesses broken into, Bank of America downtown broken into, and on it goes.

I cannot believe this is my home town.

Charlotte has been a jewel of the South for some time. We were the ones who introduced busing back in the day to integrate our school systems, and were VERY successful at it. We were so successful, in fact, that Boston asked for help on how to do just that there. Well, it never worked in Boston, but it sure did in Charlotte.

I cannot recall a time growing up in Charlotte that I was not around black people. From my grandmother’s little country store whose patrons were largely black, to the Episcopal Church I attended growing up and which sponsored me for ordination. The Charlotte in the news today is NOT the Charlotte in which I grew up, a reality that, again, makes  me angry as hell, and extraordinarily sad.

This whole BLM movement incites violence against not just police officers, but white people. It is a hate-filled, racist group which has received unprecedented support from the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States. When Obama invited BLM leaders to the White House, and not just once, when he sent White House aides to Michael Brown’s funeral, and when he gave credence to the claims of oppression an disproportionate deaths of black men by police levied by NFL Quarterback, Colin Kapernick, he made clear just who it is he is supporting: Black Lives Matter.

That support has resulted in their thinking they are above the law, they can destroy private and public property, they can endanger the lives of citizens and police officers, and generally run riot with very little comeuppance. That is an affront to a civil society.

And the very premise of BLM is based on lies. So once again, here are some facts regarding the deaths of black men by police officers and other stats. From the NY Post:

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The facts are these: Last year, the police shot 990 people, the vast majority armed or violently resisting arrest, according to the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings. Whites made up 49.9 percent of those victims, blacks 26 percent. That proportion of black victims is lower than what the black violent crime rate would predict.

Blacks constituted 62 percent of all robbery defendants in America’s 75 largest counties in 2009, 57 percent of all murder defendants and 45 percent of all assault defendants, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, even though blacks comprise only 15 percent of the population in those counties.

In New York City, where blacks make up 23 percent of the city’s population, blacks commit three-quarters of all shootings and 70 percent of all robberies, according to victims and witnesses in their reports to the NYPD. Whites, by contrast, commit less than 2 percent of all shootings and 4 percent of all robberies, though they are nearly 34 percent of the city’s population. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Perhaps the reason BLM is on the offensive is a smoke-and-mirrors strategy to deflect questions about WHY these statistics are what they are. Just a thought, because they are disproportionately represented in terms of perpetrators of crimes. That isn’t racist, that is a fact. And it is far past time we acknowledge the FACTS and stop relying on the rhetoric.

I hope it is not too late for Charlotte. I hope it is not too late for the country. But something needs to change, and now.

That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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39 Responses to “Uprising In The Queen City *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great Post Amy! You managed all the pertinent facts while giving us the “feeling” of someone who knows and loves the city.

    Any person of decency or intelligence sees what you see. That of course leaves out POTUS and AG Lynch and other black “leaders”. We are a nation more divided than we have been in many years thanks to those leaders and the black race industry.

    Again – great post and from within the belly of the beast. Thank you.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    This is what passes for “news” from our mind-numbingly biased media who seem to want and encourage riots and terrorism.

    1. Do NOT jump to conclusions about terrorist pressure cooker bombers…

    2. DO jump to conclusions about police-involved shootings. ~ Phil Kerpen

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. piper Says:

    Amy,
    It’s difficult watching what is happening in Charlotte as well as the terrorism that is happening in other cities and countries like my birth country. Sweden. People are destroying their home for what while certain elite groups are protected in their gated communities. These same ‘elites’ making the laws and supposedly governing us, think that they are safe from the violence need to remember history where mobs also turn on them. I watched Detroit burn and riot in 1967 as a teen – what did the good people of Detroit get – National Guard tanks patrolling the streets, burned out buildings which have not been rebuilt, increased crime with decreased police action, historical buildings decaying due to lack of funds and maintenance, people moving further and further away from the city, unsafe areas, roaming animals, and etc.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/713032/Sweden-chaos-no-go-zones-increased-police-lose-control

  6. piper Says:

    My questions – who or what really benefits from destroying our cities, how many are outside agitators and who’s paying them. Does Obama understand that this destruction/terrorism will be his legacy as 1967 along with Vietnam is part of LBJ’s.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is the question, isn’t it piper? A friend and colleague of mine yesterday asked what is in it for these ministers who jump in front of the camera abt this. Good, and related, question…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thanks so much for the great responses, y’all. I am running out now to take one of my cats to the oncologist, and for my PT. I’ll write more later, but I very much appreciate your responses. Thank you!

  8. piper Says:

    A bit of Hypocrisy – BLM leader wants police to investigate after being robbed.

    http://bluelivesmatter.blue/black-lives-matter-leader-jerry-ford-jr-robbed/

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ted Cruz just endorsed Donald Trump. On Facebook . What a weasel move. I’m done with him. Evidently he was never the man I thought he was. I am still and always will be #NeverTrump. Now I am also #NeverCruz. He’s proven himself to be just another politician bowing down to his big donors. Ef him!!

    • piper Says:

      Yep another weaselly politician. Having a hard believing that Ted would endorse after Donald derogatory comments about Ted’s wife and father.
      Some people blame the Dems for all our problems while others blame the Repubs. Me – I blame both sides as they’re equally guilty in promoting programs with some fake outrage but the bottom line is they legislate programs that benefit them first and foremost.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Exactly Piper. Both parties are corrupt and nothing they do is in the best interest of the country. I really thought Ted Cruz was a man of principle. My bad. Again.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I saw that at The Hill after I got home. I am thoroughly disgusted. Just disgusted. He is SO not the man I thought he was. I am just sick abt this. If HE is going to cave, what hope is there for this country? WHO is going to stand up to lunatics like Clinton and Trump??? I mean, really – Trump attacked his WIFE! His FATHER! HIM!!! And he endorses him???

      It really makes me feel like there is just no hope for this country any more. If someone like Cruz is willing to cave, and no longer stand for this country, who will?

      Just furious abt this. Here’s a link: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/297511-cruz-endorses-trump

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Steve Deace: There are five rules for political endorsements, ranked in order of priority:

        It must advance your convictions/principles, otherwise it will have minimal impact and isn’t worth the risk.

        It cannot violate your “brand” because if it does you risk substantial backfire, which can long out-live the endorsement itself.

        It must mobilize your base to action and not split your base, otherwise the endorsement will pit you versus your own base.

        It should have a reasonable expectation of return on political investment; whether that’s adding credit to your integrity, reinforcing your brand, electoral success, and/or raising your own profile.

        It cannot risk you descending into self-parody, where you become an object of scorn in the social media age—because the internet never forgets.

        https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/09/should-ted-cruz-endorse-donald-trump#sthash.tSnzHhM8.dpuf

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I was wondering how Deace was taking this news. He must be sick abt it. And yeah, I’d say Cruz failed MISERABLY when it comes to Deace’s 5 rules.

          Wow. Just wow, Marge.

  10. cindyindie Says:

    Cuz I have been thinking about you and your family for three days…I remember your deep connection to Charlotte, and I’m so sorry about what is going on. Thugs are now revered like saints in this country, thanks to Obama and the Democrats.
    I am so sickened by them I can hardly talk about it….Can’t imagine how you feel!!!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Cuz’n – I appreciate it. And you are not only kidding abt how these thugs and criminals are elevated to sainthood. It is truly astonishing. And yes, Obama and the Dems have helped bring this Upside Down Worldview to us. UGH.

      And thanks, yes, my roots run very deep in Charlotte. The link below is of one of my forebearer’s homesite, part of the Charlotte History Museum (they wanted out house too, since my great-grandfather built it in the late 1800’s, but the company that rented our land claimed they were going to use it right away, razed the house, then let the property sit there for 5 yrs. I still have the front door from that house. It is one of the doors onto my porch.).

      Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.charlottemuseum.org/buildings.asp

      • cindyindie Says:

        That is so neat! I know you’re proud! And to have the front door—what a treasure!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Thanks, Cuz! I have to say, it was pretty cool going there with my family when I was younger, knowing the family connection.

          And when my mom was in the nursing home (also an independent living, assisted living, community), it was basically on the same campus as the Alexander Homesite. That was something to be able to see it so often.

          The door is neat. I am really glad to have it. I think the new owners of our house are going to let me take it when we move and replace it with something else. Hope so anyway!

  11. piper Says:

    One of the reasons why Ted finally endorsed Donald might have to do with Hillary polling much higher in Texas than the Republicans feel comfortable possibly leading to the state going blue. So the pressure to endorse was increased but will all the people who like Cruz change their stance and vote for Donald.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, I am sure the Reps are worried abt Texas going blue. The Dems have been working toward that for some time. I have no doubt he was under pressure, but still – when someone has said all the things Trump has abt Cruz’s family, has promoted a liberal agenda, has had more adulterous affairs than Bill Clinton (whom many of the same people supporting Trump have railed abt for decades but don’t care abt with Trump), and said the things abt his own daughter that Trump has (as a friend pointed out, along with the adultery issue), that Cruz STILL endorsed him after all that says a lot. I get the pressure, but I don’t get Cruz crumbling.

  12. mcnorman Says:

    I am so sorry Amy. It must be devastating to watch your heritage being destroyed by a lot of phony political hired hacks. I can only tell you that the fact that 70% of those that are rioting are not from Charlotte. That said, I wish that they were all escorted out of town asap. What a terrible shame!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, mcnorman – I appreciate that. And yes, it is beyond disturbing. This is not the city that I now know and love…

      I would not be one bit surprised to learn that you are right, that most of those people are interlopers, Soros-funded thugs sent to disrupt this beautiful city. Nope, wouldn’t be at all surprised…

      And yeah – they can be drop-kicked out of there ANY time now, preferably ASAP…

      • mcnorman Says:

        I read that interview with the Chief of Police as well as hearing an interview with M Kelly yesterday. He’s the one who said that the number of people arrested was 70% out of towners. The Soros goons sent in should be put on a bus and taken out to the middle of a dark road. They should be taken off the bus and left to walk on home. I’m sick of these people. They are the same goons that took over Ferguson.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Gotcha – it doesn’t surprise me one bit. That has been the Soros MO to incite and inflame these situations. You are so right abt them being the same as the ones in Ferguson. That’s how they roll…

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    I’m going to go turn on my television and watch both of the Captain America movies I have there. I need something tonight that shows me that eventually the good guys win. Even if only in a movie.

    Maybe I won’t feel so betrayed and stupid for believing there was at least one honest politician come morning. Mike Lee says he still won’t vote for or endorse Trump. But will he cave too?

    Night all…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, right – Mike Lee is another one along with the Bushes (most of them) and Kasich, of all people (as a friend noted), who has note caved yet. I never thought Cruz would, especially for someone like Trump, a liberal, whose character is objectionable on so many levels, and whose policies who are closer to Clinton’s than any Republicans or Conservatives. Just disgusting.

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    There are a lot of mighty interesting facts in this video (Steve Deace had it at his Facebook page). The facts fly in the face of the BLM/DOJ/Obama/Dem claims:

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    So despite ALL the claims of the Scott family to the contrary – turns out Scott did indeed have a loaded gun , complete with his fingerprints on it. Again, he was a convicted felon, and was not allowed to have one anyway. Primarily though, it is a huge hole in the Scott family’s claim he was innocently reading a book: http://therightscoop.com/charlotte-shooting-loaded-gun-was-recovered-with-keith-scotts-fingerprints-and-blood-on-it/

  16. justine Says:

    Innocently reading a book? Mom says the Koran. Figures.
    .
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3804430/Heartbroken-mother-Keith-Scott-claims-book-reading-shot-police-Koran.html
    .

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, that does put a whole new spin on it – though finding the gun with his fingerprints on it tells a different story…

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