No matter the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial this month, there will likely be unrest. If he is acquitted, there will be renewed cries of injustice and probably mass riots. If he is convicted, we will hear the verdict confirms all we’ve been told about systemic racism in America; it will provide impetus for new measures and a new purge of racists in our midst (a purge of any sort has much collateral damage as the innocent are punished along with the guilty, all for the sake of the political narrative). I don’t know if Chauvin is guilty or not. I would like to hear all the facts and decide on that basis. But I am sure we won’t be allowed to hear all the facts because it has already been decided that Chauvin must be found guilty and no other verdict will be tolerated.
While I don’t know what will or should happen in the Chauvin trial, I do know that what happened between Derek Chauvin and George Floyd should not define race relations for all Americans. They are two flawed individuals and their interaction should not be representative for the rest of us. Chauvin is not a proxy for my views, nor he is a proxy for the relationship I, nor any other white American, has with another black American. He is not a proxy for all police officers, and if found guilty, it doesn’t mean all police officers are guilty of racism by association. But we make this same mistake every time there is this kind of story. We’ll make the mistake we made with Trevon Martin and George Zimmerman, with Michael Brown and Darren Wilson. I wish we would stop taking a few individuals as representatives of entire groups. Wait a minute. Has anyone famous said that before?
I also know a large chunk of people assume Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd because of his race, but that case has never been made. Videos tell much of what happened, but we still don’t know why it happened. Did Chauvin have a animus towards all blacks or did he have a personal animus towards Floyd himself (they knew each before this incident)? Maybe he was motivated by some other reason or maybe there is another less sinister explanation for what he did. The answer is important, because the truth matters and because the rest of the country will be greatly impacted by this verdict and the subsequent turmoil. Nevertheless, I doubt we will ever know the whole truth because for so many the matter is already settled. The approved narrative is that Floyd was killed by a white police officer simply because he was black, and this incident is emblematic of race in America; no other argument can even be countenanced. How can we ever know the truth if we don’t get to have this discussion, if we don’t get to pursue the facts, or even begin to commence to attempt to discern the truth? Instead, we are told not to go down that dark alley. It is not allowed because too many people only want events to confirm what they already believe to be true.
Another thing I know is that when the narrative says someone is a racist, then you must accept that fact or risk being labeled racist yourself. Those, like me, who have an open mind concerning the Chauvin trial, have already been condemned as bigots. Simply asking questions is dangerous for those peddling the narrative; they cannot afford an open discussion. I don’t have any insight into the Chauvin case, but I know the facts have been ignored in so many other instances. I know the narrative says certain individuals or certain actions are racist by default; the facts, as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez so aptly put it, don’t matter when you are morally right. The legendary AOC doesn’t talk about the hidden agenda behind all this or about the manipulation of race to consolidate political power. It is the power, not the individuals she pretends to champion, that really matters to her and those pushing the notions of systemic racism, critical race theory, unconscious bias, white privilege, and all other such nonsense.
How about the Orange Man?
Let’s look at the example of former President Trump as we have more data points with him than we have with Chauvin. We know that half the population has no doubt he is and always will be a racist. But is he? Are we willing to at least look again at the evidence against Trump? Are we willing to withhold judgment for a moment while the defense puts on a case? I think it is instructive to see how the facts regarding Trump have been manipulated. To put up a defense, I don’t need to deconstruct his words or put a new spin on what he said. I don’t need to tell you what I think he really meant; you can decide that for yourself. I do not need to use some form of lawyerly sophistry to change your mind. All I need to do is to present a few pieces of video evidence, evidence of Trump’s own words along with some of his critics’ words. Please watch these videos with an open mind and afterward ask yourself if you’ve been led to believe something which is not true.
If you gloss over everything else in this post, at least watch the video below and honestly evaluate it. The video is concise and to the point; in three minutes it highlights the problem with the phony racial narrative better than anything I’ve seen or heard: President Trump Condemning White Supremacy Compilation – YouTube
Allow me to summarize: on repeated occasions over a four-year period, Trump condemned racism, hatred, the KKK, white supremacy and the like. Yet after all these statements, the claim from the media is that he cannot bring himself to condemn any of this. The big lie lives on despite all evidence to the contrary. I suppose because he condemned the KKK yesterday, but hasn’t condemned them again today, he must be a racist.
Joe Biden said there were three things that motivated him to run for president in 2020. Trump’s response to the Charlottesville riot was one of the three. Listen to Biden’s own words on the topic: Joe Biden Goes After Trump’s Charlottesville Response: ‘Enough’s Enough’ | NBC News – Bing video
But what did Trump actually say in the days after the Charlottesville incident? In the video from the days immediately after the incident in 2017, you will see that Trump had no trouble calling out the Neo-Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists, and the like. Please tell me in this four-minute clip of Trump talking to reporters when exactly he supports hatred, violence, racism, the KKK, or anything of the sort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmaZR8E12bs.
At the 2:00 minute point, Trump says “I am not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists”: He calls them out again at the 3:00 minute mark. I see nothing concerning with his actions. Am I missing something or are the others lying to you about the content?
Here is another video around the same time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKi2AOPBavU. Again, he took the incident quite seriously. Again, he called out hatred, bigotry and violence. Again he called out the KKK and others in this video.
So, one of the three pillars of the 2020 Biden campaign is based on a lie. We won’t go into the other two in this post, but they aren’t any more legitimate.
Why then is it that the racist label continues to stick to Trump? Why is it that Trump is still denounced by so many? If so many people believe he is racist, there must something to it, right? They can’t all be wrong, can they? The fact is that racism and racist straw men are oxygen to the Democrat Party. Without racist villains, the party would die. They had to turn Trump into a racist because it’s necessary for their survival; it’s the same charge they’ve made against every Republican leader since Reagan. Painting the leader of the Republican party as racist is good for business and yields a ton of votes.
We see this narrative play out when anyone hitches their wagon to Trump. Any association with the supposedly racist Trump gets you labeled a racist as well. The racist label is attached not just to people of prominence, but includes anybody who voted for Trump; you are a hater on par with Trump because you looked the other way when he spouted his racist ideology; you were willing to overlook the racism because he promised you something you wanted or maybe the racist policies were what you wanted after all. But the truth is that I and millions of other Americans would not have voted for Trump if we believed he is a racist. He wouldn’t have been elected or even nominated by the Republicans if he were a racist. We didn’t look the other way with regard to his racism; we simply didn’t see it. The man has his numerous flaws and his rhetoric frustrated us often, but we don’t see racism as one of his flaws. We don’t like racism or racists either.
This video from Steve Harvey, a man who clearly states he is not a Republican nor a Trump supporter tells us something of the man Trump is. Harvey also reveals himself to be a man of strong character who is willing to look past the caricature of Trump and judge the man for himself, and because he had an open mind, the two were able to collaborate on something good for the community. Harvey also calls out those who tried to shame him for simply engaging with Trump; through this testimony, he reveals the political game for what it is. He openly admits he was shocked by the criticism he received and how disappointed he was in those who played the game, a game he was not used to playing.
If AOC really cared about the individuals she champions, she would take the approach Harvey took in trying to solve the real problems her minority constituents face, but for her the game is about painting the other side as evil and her side as the Holy Roman Empire. Once she has your vote, she couldn’t care less about your problems.
Trump didn’t play the political game that well; he spoke bluntly about problems, often too bluntly, but those who supported him at least believed that he wanted to solve problems. People both loved and hated him for his straightforward, non-conventional approach to government.
But more than his approach, most supported Trump because of his policies. His policies differed from someone like an AOC who has the same policy prescriptions for every problem. How were his policies actually good for minorities?
First, he advocated for school choice for all Americans, something that disproportionately benefits black Americans whenever it is tried; school choice does more for minorities than any affirmative action policy or EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) department ever has or ever could. But still Democrats call Trump a racist for taking a stand on school choice.
Before the COVID crisis, Trump lowered black and Hispanic unemployment to their lowest levels ever, while Democrats denounced his effective economic policies as racist. Would you prefer Trump who used spicy language but actually accomplished something that benefited you directly or would you prefer someone like AOC who only makes promises and makes you feel good by telling you how bad the other guy is?
Trump also highlighted the problems with crime and poverty in the inner cities like Baltimore, LA, and Chicago, and was called a racist for doing so. I suppose it was deemed racist because the harsh criticism may have reflected badly on some of those cities minority leaders, but we should all care more about solving the problems than damaging the reputation of a few corrupt and ineffective politicians. Many years ago, Rudy Giuliani took a common sense approach to crime in New York City and made it a great place to live for all New Yorkers: white, black, Hispanic, or other. It is one of the greatest turnarounds in American history, but it too was called racist despite the tremendous and tangible improvements it brought to minority communities. On the other hand, what have the steady stream of Democrat mayors in Los Angeles Baltimore, Chicago, and other high crime cities done to improve the lives of their communities? Believe me, not nearly as much in comparison.
Here a couple other short clips from black Americans commenting on Trump’s supposed racism, one from Herschel Walker, formal NFL great and hopefully the next senator from Georgia, and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King. They know the man and their testimony ought to count for something:
Here is a longer video during which Steven Crowder talks to regular folks on a college campus about their views. Crowder is a comedian by trade, but he confronts issues of our day with a good deal of seriousness and he makes inroads with folks during these “change my mind” sessions, including this one on “Trump is Not Racist”: Trump Is Not Racist: Change My Mind | Louder With Crowder – YouTube
A Powerful Film
Larry Elder recently released a powerful film, Uncle Tom that I call the true history of race and racism in America. I wish it was required for everyone. It has testimonies from many contemporary black Americans: Elder himself along with Candace Owens, Brandon Tatum, Hermann Cain, Col. Alan West, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Carol Swain, and many less known ordinary folks. It features words and actions of great black historical figures like Booker T Washington, Frederick Douglas, and Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King in his “I have a Dream” speech said that his dream was rooted in the American dream. The so-called equity movement championed by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and others today has not been true to Dr. King’s ideals. These people say little or no progress has been made in 400 years, as if Dr. King’s movement accomplished nothing, as if his legacy is meaningless. Just like the pandemic, the truth needs to be told about race in America. America is a great country that is founded on great ideals. Events in 1865 and 1965 were quite significant in finally realizing those ideals for all Americans. Because America didn’t fully live up to its ideals at the nation’s founding doesn’t mean we should abandon those ideals today; our ancestors didn’t abandon those ideals when they were on much shakier ground than they are today, and they prevailed in advancing those ideals and bringing them closer to their original intent.
The ideals of the nation’s founding were ones that Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglas acknowledged as good and true and they sought those ideals for black Americans as well. Ultimately, they were successful and America has become a better place for it. What is happening today is taking us backward, dividing Americans by group identity, and is making things worse for all Americans, black and otherwise. I encourage you to watch Larry Elder’s movie and see his perspective on all of this.
Another View from a Non-Politician
I love to hear from Charles Barkley when he speaks out on important contemporary issues. Just like Trump and Harvey, Barkley is willing to speak his mind–and the criticism be damned. I don’t know if Barkley is a Democrat or Republican or something else, but I don’t care; anyone who can speak common sense and withstand the “woke” criticism these days, deserves respect. During the Final Four broadcast this past weekend, Barkley took on the issue of race and told it like it is. He certainly does not play the game the way the network he represents would like him to, but one common sense rant from Barkley erases a bevy of nonsensical comments from folks like AOC. Check out this short video clip:
What about this Man?
Has any of this narrative made you look at Trump differently? How about we look next at the present occupant of the White House? He doesn’t have to put up with the incessant media criticism, so let’s dig a little deeper because they won’t. Does the current occupant have any racist tendencies? Is he given the same scrutiny as Trump with regard to his actions? This nine minute clip from Ami Horowitz is very revealing for some ordinary Americans like us. Like the title says, you will be shocked:
There’s more of a questionable nature regarding Biden. Here is a very short, 9-second clip, during which Biden stereotypes Indian-Americans. It’s said in gest, but why is he allowed this indiscretion when Trump would be tarred and feathered for such a comment? https://rightwingtribune.com/2020/07/16/biden-7-11-indian/.
How about this one in which Biden speaks about Obama as “clean and articulate”, implying we should be all impressed with such qualities rarely found in a black man: https://coalregioncanary.com/2020/10/10/biden-quote-obama-articulate-clean-storybook/ It sounds more than a bit racist to me, but the media has ignored this one forever.
Biden also gave a eulogy at the funeral of Robert Byrd, who is the only Senate majority leader I know of who was in the KKK leadership. :
Ask yourself could someone like Trump get away with such an association? Ask yourself if Byrd were a Republican would we all know about this past history?
What about what Biden’s VP, Kamala Harris said about him as well? Do you remember when she was still in the 2020 presidential race herself and she attacked Biden on the issue of race? If not, let me refresh your memory. In a couple of minutes, she took Biden apart on the issue. Of course, she starts off saying: “I do not believe you are a racist”, but then goes on to explain exactly why Biden is a racist, as bad as Trump or any other evil Republican:
A few months later, Harris revealed she was only playing a game when interviewed by Stephen Colbert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGliLOzUZUk.
Colbert said “you landed haymakers against Biden” and “How do you go from being such a passionate opponent and now you guys are pals?”.
She laughs it off as a debate tactic. She has no other explanation. In other words, she used the race card because it is effective. She didn’t actually believe Biden was a racist in this instance, but she had to say it to score points. She was tacitly admitting that the big lie of racism is used for political expediency. We already knew that, but here is a stark example of it.
Finally, how is it that in 2008 Biden can so blithely label Mitt Romney a racist, saying he will “put you back in chains”. Why, according to Biden, back then Romney was no better than Trump is today. But where is the evidence that Romney was a racist? And isn’t Joe supposed to be a different kind of politician who doesn’t use such incendiary rhetoric? As I said earlier, claims of Republican racism are oxygen to the Democrat Party. This was the playbook in 2008 when Biden was running for VP and the playbook hasn’t changed in 2021.
So, tell me who are the racists here? Who are the one who want to do something about the problems of race and who are the ones who just want to demagogue the issue?