Officer's killing makes black leaders' misplaced loyalty plain

July 07, 2004|By GREGORY KANE

WHAT ARE the chances that the good Rev. Jesse Jackson will come to Baltimore and proclaim that Officer Brian Winder was the 78th American cop killed in the line of duty this year?

Slightly less than you would have of getting a dead dog to roll over? About even with the odds of President Bush ascending the stage and giving a high-five to propaganda master Michael Moore at the 2005 Academy Awards?

Don't hold your breath, in any case. Few of black America's so-called leaders, either national or local, have shown the passion and anger over the death of Winder that they showed for Nathaniel Jones in late 2003.

Winder was the officer shot and killed in West - not Southwest - Baltimore over the weekend. Winder, an African-American, died doing his job: protecting the citizens of Baltimore.

Jones died in Cincinnati last year after he fought with police who used nightsticks to subdue him. Jackson and other black misleaders made sure - by repeating annoyingly - that Jones was the 18th black man to die in police custody in Cincinnati since 1995.

Eighteen in nine years sounds like an average of two per year. It's not that high a figure, if you consider that Cincinnati police and black men must have had hundreds of thousands of contacts and encounters in those years.

At any rate, the figure probably doesn't even approach the number of young black men killed by other young black men in Cincinnati in the same period. And it's fewer than the 78 police officers killed this year.

That matters not to those black misleaders constantly cultivating the cult of victimization. For them, guys like Jones prove that white racist oppression runs rampant throughout America and cops still have it in for black folks. With "leaders" like these, should we be surprised that two black men allegedly ambushed Winder as he walked into G&G Village Liquors on Saturday night? Am I blaming professional race hustlers of Jackson's ilk for Winder's shooting?

You're darned right I am.

They have to take at least some indirect blame. When they complain about police brutality, no matter how justly, without stating clearly that cops do their jobs right over 99 percent of the time, then they contribute to a climate that, inevitably, will lead to officers getting shot. And when they take up the cases of guys like Jones - caught on videotape fighting with police - skeptics will be right to wonder if they're just anti-cop and pro-criminal.

Every time they stand up for restoring the voting rights of felons - the ones who are slinging drugs to our youngsters and terrorizing our elderly - while not providing words of comfort to the families of men like Winder, they contribute to an Afro-American subculture that celebrates crime.

(That subculture exists. Note rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg's comment in a current magazine that "real brothers" identify with the homicidal, drug-dealing protagonist of the film Scarface. Apparently Snoop figures "real brothers" are those who figure all "brothers" are to the cell block born.)

Every word liberal black leaders utter questioning the "racial loyalty" of a Clarence Thomas, a Condoleezza Rice or a Colin Powell while dismissing young black criminals as being simply misguided feeds into this nonsense. Because if it's OK to question the "racial loyalty" of Thomas and Rice and Powell, shouldn't black cops - who work for "the system" - be added to the list? Apparently, some blacks - the ones comedian Bill Cosby recently criticized for being dysfunctional - do.

Cosby, fast-becoming a curmudgeon in high dudgeon, for the second time in as many months criticized those blacks whose conduct - criminals would be among them - doesn't measure up to that of the rest of Afro-America.

Quite predictably, liberal black misleaders quickly claimed they had been saying the same thing for years.

No, they haven't. What they have been doing is criticizing this white Republican or that one for the state of black America and launching ad hominem attacks on black conservatives.

They've taken up the cause of people like Jones and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal while making themselves noticeably absent when police officers are killed in the line of duty.

What are the odds that Jackson or, say, Al Sharpton, will show up at Winder's funeral this week?

Slim and none sound just about right.

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