Ed Brodow: Was It Right For White House to Celebrate George Floyd?

“Past oppression cannot be conflated into present-day oppression,” said black author Shelby Steele

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris entertained the family of George Floyd at the White House this week. They did not welcome the families of thousands of blacks and whites, civilians and police, who have been victims of crime. No, they chose to celebrate the ugly life of an unrepentant, violent felon and drug addict who was guilty of resisting arrest. How sad that the White House goes along with this corruption of our values. How sad that the black community accepts as its heroes violent felons like George Floyd and Michael Brown instead of exemplary figures such as Thomas Sowell and Bob Woodson.

The George Floyd incident has been used as an excuse for the destruction of our cities and the repudiation of American values in order to make restitution for outdated black grievances. “Past oppression cannot be conflated into present-day oppression,” said black author Shelby Steele. “It is likely that today’s racial disparities are due more to dysfunctions within the black community.” Steele put his finger on the problem. The black community has become increasingly dysfunctional. Blacks are not being held responsible for their behavior in spite of a continuing history of crime, violence, chronic anger and hostility, self-victimization, anti-white racism, anti-Semitism, and unwillingness to accept American values of hard work, education, family, and taking personal responsibility.

Instead of dealing with the facts, we continue to reward substandard behavior by blacks like George Floyd. Black men make up six percent of the US population. In 2015, according to Heather Mac Donald in The War on Cops, blacks were charged with 62 percent of all robberies, 57 percent of murders, and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 largest US counties. Blacks in New York City committed 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime. Yet every other item in the news is about the war on blacks and how white people are waging it. This towering falsehood is the biggest lie of our generation. The myth of systemic racism is utilized by criminal groups like Black Lives Matter to excuse looting, arson, and murder. Under the aegis of critical race theory, white kids are being taught to be ashamed of their skin color.

The systemic racism argument is perpetuated by race baiters such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Oprah Winfrey in order to encourage white guilt, to inflame the black love affair with victimization, and to avoid a truthful discussion of the damage done to our country by antisocial black behavior. Rather than exhibiting systemic racism, white Americans have bent over backwards to make life better for blacks. We are living more than half a century after the Civil Rights Revolution. Respected black figures such as Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Bob Woodson, Larry Elder, and Candace Owens agree that systemic racism is a thing of the past.

"The oppression of black Americans is over with," said Shelby Steele. “The truth of the matter is, blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner. If you are black and you want to be a poet, or a doctor, or a corporate executive, or a movie star, there will surely be barriers to overcome, but white racism will be among the least of them. You will be far more likely to receive racial preferences than to suffer racial discrimination.”

Another example of upside-down values also occurred this week as Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized US embassies around the world to fly Black Lives Matter flags and banners. BLM is a criminal Marxist enterprise using race as an excuse for the violent overthrow of the civil society. Based on the false narrative that cops are deliberately killing blacks, BLM argues that racism justifies the use of violence. "BLM believes in force," says Fox's Tucker Carlson. "They flood the streets with angry young people who break things and hurt anyone who gets in the way. Until violence stops working, violence will continue."

American embassies should not be bragging to the world about BLM. “The existence of Black Lives Matter is a national humiliation,” said Tucker Carlson. "Democrats," Carlson added, "believe their long-term goals align with those of BLM." In other words, the Democratic Party hopes to gain power through anarchy and the mob. We can’t afford the luxury of embracing the violence of Black Lives Matter. A civilized society cannot tolerate lawlessness.

Contrary to the BLM version of events, what happened to George Floyd was an isolated event. It does not represent how the vast majority of police treat black suspects, nor is it proof that America suffers from systemic racism. “America,” David Horowitz wrote in Big Agenda, “is arguably the most tolerant, least racist nation on earth.” Remember what Muhammad Ali said: "Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat.”

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Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator, negotiation expert, and regular contributor to Newsmax, Daily Caller, American Thinker, Townhall, LifeZette, Media EqualizerReactionary Times, and other online news magazines. He is the author of eight books including his latest blockbuster, Trump’s Turn: Winning the New Civil War.

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