Can we speak the truth?
Discussions about race in America have become so highly charged that unless an individual measures every word, he or she runs the risk of being branded a racist. And when people are afraid to speak openly about a problem, it stands little chance of being redressed.
Recently a friend sent me a video recorded by a T.J. Sotomayor, a young black man who speaks freely and candidly about race. Sotomayor believes that on the subject of race in America the truth not only hurts but sometimes that truth is very harsh.
Sotomayor also believes we’re prevented from speaking the truth about race because a very liberal media won’t allow it; a notion I find a bit ironic considering that clear-thinking people usually want the truth and get upset only when lied to.
The unadulterated truth Sotomayor refers to is that black people comprise 13 percent of the American population yet commit 52 percent of all of the murders in the United States. Meanwhile, the liberal media consistently chooses to omit that unnerving statistic, reporting instead on isolated instances that paint the police in a bad light regardless of circumstance.
Let’s change our perspective for a moment. Let’s pretend 52 percent of all the doctors, lawyers and aerospace engineers in America were black. How long do you think would it take the media to make certain we knew about that statistic? About three nanoseconds is my guess. Yet it’s a no-no to say, imply, reference, insinuate, suggest or intimate anything about blacks committing 52 percent of the murders in America.
Why is it verboten to speak candidly on the subject? Sotomayor contends the liberal media has made telling the truth about black crime a bad thing, and out of fear of being labeled racists, they have intimidated most honest people into silence.
Grizzly bears are not inherently evil creatures. Nonetheless, grizzly bears sometimes kill people, so person will to avoid them when walking in the woods — that’s called wisdom. But if a woman clutches her purse or she crosses the street upon seeing a group of young black men standing in her path, she’s labeled a racist.
If a black man goes out and shoots 30 people the liberal media will find a “justifiable” or “understandable” reason for the crime because they want us to believe that white society is the real cause. Concealing the truth helps no one; but the real travesty is that by justifying bad behavior the liberal media holds young black men to the lowest standards possible.
Where were the Black Lives Matter protesters after the slaying of Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old Chicago youngster lured into an alley and then shot to death by a black man seeking gang-related vengeance against his father? Or why wasn’t young Tyshawn’s murder given the same around-the-clock news coverage afforded to Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown? And where was the outrage from Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton?
Polling has shown that more than 60 percent of Americans believe race relations in this country have deteriorated since 2008. Which begs the question, “Is the President, a man who has injected himself and his Department of Justice into racial matters ever since taking office, partly responsible for this problem?’ We can only speculate, but comments such as, “The police acted stupidly” or “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin” didn’t help matters.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has every right to sit, kneel or pick his toes in protest during the playing of the national anthem. But somehow, I can’t help but think it would have been more beneficial if the president had supported the police in this matter by saying something to the effect of, “Yes, Colin Kaepernick is within his rights but Kaepernick’s ire may be a bit misdirected because the vast majority of black people are murdered by thugs and street gangs, not the police.” But the president chose not to.
Black-on-black crime and its attendant ramifications are an enormously complex subject. There are countless theories explaining why 13 percent of the population consistently commits 52 percent of the murders. But regardless of the reasons, the problem cannot be successfully addressed until everyone (black, white, liberal, conservative and the media) is willing to deal with this reality honestly.
The ugly truth behind Black Lives Matter and the liberal media’s reporting is that black people killing other black people doesn’t advance the progressive agenda in the same way that a lone white cop killing a single black criminal does. And until we as a nation are willing to face that truth we have no hope of remedying the problem.
Quote of the day: “The media is the most powerful entity one earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” — Malcolm X
Butch Mazzuca, of Edwards, can be reached at email@example.com.