Skip to comments.Ghetto Pathologies, Personal Responsibility and Wishful Thinking
Posted on 07/26/2013 8:36:57 AM PDT by SJackson
In April, two black teenagers punched a Chinese immigrant, 59-year-old Tian Sheng Yu, in the mouth in downtown Oakland, California. He fell on his head, spent the next few days in critical care, and subsequently died. In late March, five black teenagers surrounded a 57-year-old Asian woman at a light rail bus stop in San Francisco; one of them grabbed her and threw her from the platform onto the rails before beating her. In January, black teenagers kicked and beat 83-year-old Huan Chen after he got off the same bus stop. He, too, died from his injuries.
Some of the perpetrators demanded money before they ran off laughing. Others, however, acted for no apparent reason aside from the satisfaction of perpetrating a beating.
After Mr. Tian Sheng Yu was attacked and killed in Oakland, his widow appeared on television with her eyes swollen, bravely trying to speak about her loss. Justice, she told reporters in Mandarin, would prevail if what happened to her family did not ever happen to anyone else. Days after her husbands death, Mrs. Yu visited the congregation of a large black church in Oakland and said to the members in broken English, We are one family.
Soon thereafter, President Barack Obama conveyed his and Mrs. Obamas thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Yu, and remarked on the incredible grace and dignity with which she dealt with the entire situation. It was an incredible moment: Americas first black president addressing the reality and tragedy of rampant black crime and acknowledging the suffering of its victims.
Unfortunately, this moment did not happen. It was all wishful thinking.
The black-on-Asian crimes described here are realas real as they are grotesque. They took place in 2010, and many others similar to them have followed. Obamas praise and prayers were also delivered, but not to Mrs. Yu or the families of the other Asian victims.
Instead, Obama made his remarks to the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager in Florida who was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The President appeared at last Fridays White House Press Briefing to offer impromptu comments on the not guilty verdict rendered in Zimmermans criminal trial the previous weekend, and to teach the country about why black people felt angry in its aftermath.
Race did not surface as an issue during Zimmermans trial. The jury did not take race into consideration in their deliberations. The FBI conducted an investigation after the shooting last year and concluded that Zimmerman was not a racist.
Yet the President told the country that race was what this case was all about: Barack Obama could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago.
Yet race was a prism through which the President, self-appointed minority leaders and white liberals have adamantly refused to view crimes committed by black people against other racial groups.
After the incidents of black-on-Asian violence in 2010, an uncomfortable question stared everyone in the face: What role had racism played? Obama was silent. Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton staged no protests and made no comments. Most in the mainstream media looked away. Local officials and the local media in the Bay Area bent over backwards to deny or discount the issue of race. Former San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell eagerly labeled the attackers as mere thugs who targeted the weak and vulnerable, while San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon insisted that the attacks against Asians were mere crimes of opportunity, not incidents of racial targeting.
Never mind that certain reformed black criminals openly acknowledged and described in detail their racial profiling of potential Asian targets for robberies and other crimes. Never mind that Asians living in urban America, especially recent immigrants who speak relatively little English, regularly stand at the receiving end of racial epithets and racially inspired, senseless beatings from black teenagers.
The President or black civil rights leaders could have exhorted black teenagers to do better, to reject the ghetto pathologies that lead them to inflict racial hatred and violence on others. This, too, was wishful thinking.
They prefer to talk about the victimization of black people, their grief, their historyand all that inspires them to protest or riot over a verdict they did not like, even though it resulted from a demonstrably fair trial.
There are very few African-American men in this country who havent had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store, President Obama explained to the country on Friday, That includes me.
There are very few African-Americans who havent had the experience of being victims of black crime either. As Fox News has reported, although they make up 13 percent of the population, blacks committed more than half of the murders in the United States between 1976 and 2005, and 93 percent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. None of their deaths merited an individual impromptu session of presidential preaching by Mr. Obama.
Now, this isnt to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence, Obama acknowledged the inescapable facts of reality. Its not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.
Yet excuses were proffered. The President, along with the Martin family, civil rights leaders and liberal pundits, has accused George Zimmerman of following and racially profiling Trayvon Martin because he was a black teenager wearing a hoodie. The neighborhood watchmans defensethat Martin appeared suspicious as a stranger in Zimmermans neighborhoodfell on deaf ears.
More importantly, the President and his soul mates of racial victimization have refused to say one word about the violence, bravado and self-destructiveness that would lead a black teenager to break someones nose and beat him senseless, as Martin did with Zimmerman. Nor has the President been willing to contemplate aloud if elements of urban black culture that glorifies violent confrontations have led young Trayvon and far too many other black teenagers astray.
If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family, Obama continued in his national lecture for white people.
By then, violence had already broken out in Los Angeles, Oakland and elsewhere. It had already dishonored the Martin family and the country.
In Oakland, protestors blocked traffic on a freeway, smashed windows in downtown retail shops, slashed car tires and set a police car ablaze. One masked protester hit a waiter at a restaurant in the face with a hammer.
Addressing such violence would have required that the President reprimand hoodlums and thugs for their behavior. He declined to do so.
Yet each time that urban riots break out in the name of racial or social justice, small business owners, many of whom minorities themselves, are hurt the most. Each time, they must clean up the shattered windows, replace the damaged or looted merchandise and bear the financial cost of lost business.
As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, the owner of one retail shop in downtown Oakland wanted to know: Do you know why there werent any police?
She was a victim of the lawlessness that results from racial grievance. Stories like hers are inconvenient to the President and the racial grievance industry. So they ignore them.
In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, much has been said about Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martins then girlfriend. She took the witness stand during the Zimmerman trial and presented a shining example of the shameful ghetto-ization of Americas black youth: she could not speak English properly, had an extremely bad attitude and was unable to show a semblance of respect in the court of law. When one white juror subsequently revealed that she did not find Jeantel to be a credible witness, the Martin family, its lawyers and numerous others yelled racism.
Black civil rights leaders could have said that being black should not be synonymous with speaking English poorly and disrespecting others and yourself. White liberals, like CNNs Piers Morgan, could have taken a pass on pandering to Rachel Jeantel. Both scenarios were wishful thinking.
The sad reality is that hate, self-loathing and self-destruction grow when a people have been wronged by history and when an individual believes he will be no exception. That dysfunction is exhibited when an individual feels entitled to commit racial violence against other ethnicities, such as Asian immigrants. It is exhibited when a teenager punches a stranger and beats him senseless, perhaps believing that his manhood demands it. It is exhibited when another teenager proudly flaunts her failure to speak proper English and her eagerness to disrespect the courtroom.
White liberals and black leaders alike do these individuals no favors when they look away from their racial hatred, excuse their proclivities for violence or delight in their bad attitudes. The President of the United States does them no favors when he shares their grief and their historical anguish but says nothing about their need to do better themselves.
No one can bring back Trayvon Martin. No one can bring back Mr. Tian Sheng Yu or Mr. Huan Chen either. However, law enforcement can find ways to better protect innocent minority business owners or law abiding citizens from the lawless outrage of rioters clamoring for social or racial justice. Rachel Jeantel can still learn to speak English properly. America can still look the black community in the eye, respect its historical anguish and demand more personal responsibility.
The President has shown himself not to be up for the task. Yet perhaps the rest of America still could be, and perhaps that will not just be another instance of wishful thinking.
Didn’t Asians vote majority for the won in 08 and ‘12?
I’m trying to find the world’s tiniest violin picture.
We have a handful of black conservatives that only FOX will give a voice to, and that's it.
The entire problem, IMO, lies in the way blacks self-define. To be ‘black’ is NOT to speak proper English, to be ‘black’ is to identify with the lowest possible behavior. If non-black society demanded this of black people, it would be a return to the thinking of slave days. Yet the predominant black culture chooses this willingly!
How many times have we seen black mothers, dressed in expensive clothes and shoes, sporting elaborate hairdos and outrageous manicures, get out of an Escalade PULLING their children, CURSING them like animals while talking on the phone? From infancy the children of women like this are treated as annoyances, property to be endured. “Get ya F’in a** movin’, I ain’t got time for your F’in s**t!” This to a two year old! So they raise children brutally and produce brutal adolescents who are dead inside-and those children reproduce early and continue the process.
The problem is in the MENTALITY that is pervasive in black culture and it starts with the individual and their priorities. As long as it continues to be ‘bling’ and possessions, with no emotional connection above that of a greedy 5 year old, the deterioration of social standards cannot stop.
I speak from experience. The biracial children in my family face this daily-accusations of acting too white. I have seen the sharp divide between black and white imposed by the black culture. It does not raise up a child, it pulls him down to the lowest common denominator. Conformity to a black standard is mandatory- or else you are ‘too white’. I translate that as ‘too good’ to be black at all-and hearing that from a black person while they complain about discrimination and slavery is more than ironic. They have self-enslaved themselves, mentally, to a sub-human standard that their ancestors fought to overcome. Slaves in Escalades, I call them; and one cannot value someone who places no value on themselves.
Amen, amen, amen
When it comes to Koreans, I suggest they tread very lightly, they are quick to take up arms, and they have them close.
Just a little known fact.
Maybe, but we have know way of knowing if these particular victims voted for Obama; and even if so, that does not justify the attacks.
A fact that was evident in the Rodney King riots.
“The entire problem, IMO, lies in the way blacks self-define. To be black is NOT to speak proper English, to be black is to identify with the lowest possible behavior. If non-black society demanded this of black people, it would be a return to the thinking of slave days. Yet the predominant black culture chooses this willingly!”
All one need do is to look at their ‘roots’ in the Africa of today. General chaos, genocide, fratricide, drugs, etc.
I remember a segment on “60 minutes” maybe twenty years ago. A black lady who was an executive of a bank was interviewed because she was so successful. She blamed the pronunciation of ‘ask’ as ‘aks’ by African-Americans because in Africa they did not have the ‘as’ pronunciation in the language(?). She said that the trait had hung on for over 300 years.
I laughed at that because my grandparents came here from Germany yet I do not speak with a German accent. I so wanted to ask her if 300 years is enough time to lose an accent.
Wi Tu Low?
For many years, the Chinese community in California had “Tongs”, clubs much like mafias, but who also provided protection for the Chinese community against persecution.
The favored weapon of the Tongs was the butcher knife, which they had little hesitation in using. Eventually the US government cracked down on the Tongs, which did not work, until the US sent warships to China to convince the Chinese government to crack down on their parent organizations.
I say this because, in California, when black people made themselves obnoxious to the Mexican community, it fought back, and now the Mexican Mafia has made it clear that black people are no longer welcome in the area.
If the black community continues to make itself obnoxious to the Chinese, like the Rodney King rioters did to the Korean community, eventually there is going to be some serious bloodletting.
Yeah, it’s racist. And the black community started it, and does not condemn it, so has little cause to complain when others fight back.
This is entirely fair. If you do not want to be beaten up, do not pick fights.
This kind of stupid never ends well...
Any nation that puts up with widespread violence like this nation puts up with black violence can’t last long.
“Asians”? Like Turks, Siberians, Israelis, etc?
“If I see any violence”-—Obama....
What ‘violence’ would he EVER see? He doesn’t get much past the golf course & anywhere he goes, the pathway is professionally cleared for him way in advance. In pats of So Calif, there were street blockages as much as 5 hours in advance of his actual appearance!!!
The bubble Obama lives in is a very transportable one.
Asians—where are the Tongs and Hatchet men now that you need them? This doesn’t happen in Mafia controled neighborhoods on the east coast. Men with baseball bats comeout to defend the elderly.
From the Article, “America can still look the black community in the eye, respect its historical anguish and demand more personal responsibility.”
White America shares a large part in supporting the emulation of Gangster persona. Look at the youth, they buy that so called music. They buy the drugs. Their daughters (and wives) dress like sluts.
It pains me that practically every person I see when out in public has a tattoo. It is not just Black America that needs to take responsibility, we do too.
Asian immigrants find authoritarian Democrat methods familiar to the way the game is played in their home countries and easy to adapt to. They don't quite know how to deal with Republican (let alone libertarian) ideals of individual responsibility and achievement.
But they also know the score when it comes to black-on-Asian crime.
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