Donald Trump got into a lot of trouble for his comments about black people on Friday:
“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” he asked. “You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
The problem is…he’s right.
Listen to BreakingBrown.com founder Yvette Carnell explain:
In trying to understand the riots that erupted in Milwaukee over the weekend, and why “calls for peace” are wrongheaded, we should first understand that Milwaukee’s black neighborhoods are prison neighborhoods.
Middleton High School student Lew Blank revealed to Madison365 that while researching racial disparity in Wisconsin, he’d come across isolated black neighborhoods in the middle of nowhere.
It seemed odd to Blank, and for good reason. He would later learn that the pockets of black population were in fact jails:
“Thirty-one of the 56 black neighborhoods in Wisconsin are, in fact, jails,” he says. “And I found out that the places that weren’t jails, weren’t great places to be – homeless shelters, section 8 housing, food deserts, etc.”
Of the black neighborhoods in Wisconsin that aren’t jails, Blank found that 21, or 38 percent, are apartment complexes, Section 8 housing, or both. Two are homeless shelters, and one is a job corps center. The only one left is Milwaukee’s general residential black neighborhood, which overall is doing very poorly.
Even though Milwaukee is 77 percent white, the jails are filled up almost entirely with blacks, and the disparity persists throughout the state:
Forty-one percent of inmates in Wisconsin’s jails are black, despite black people making up only 6 percent of Wisconsin’s general population. This is completely disproportional to the crime rate and drug usage rate, which has been statistically proven to be near-equal between blacks and whites.
This means that the black community in Wisconsin isn’t a community at all; it’s in total collapse. If America as a whole was experiencing this level of collapse, there would be riot police on the street in every city, but it goes unnoticed in black communities because black people are considered expendable.
The fallout is still ongoing after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the charges against officers in the Freddie Gray case. At least one juror has spoken out publicly and now, Baltimore’s former police commissioner is also expressing intense criticism of Mosby.
Jurors in the Freddie Gray case had been under a gag order until all of the trials of the officers were over, but now the former jurors are free to talk. The Baltimore Sun spoke with attorney Susan Elgin, one of the 12 jurors in the trial of Officer William Porter.
“The above stated verdicts reflect the honest and best judgment of our jury on the evidence presented at trial,” Elgin said in a statement provided to the Sun on Friday. “We listened carefully to the court’s instructions and did our best to apply the law given to us to the facts proven in the courtroom. It was not an easy task and we had legitimate differences of opinion, but the justice system was well served in this case.”
Porter had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
Marilyn Mosby blasted police investigators for thwarting her case against the officers in a press conference explaining why she decided to drop charges in the case.
“There were individual police officers who were witnesses to the case, yet were part of the investigative team,” said Mosby. “Interrogations that were conducted without asking the most poignant questions, lead investigators that were totally uncooperative and started a counter-investigation to disprove the state’s case by not executing search warrants pertaining to text messages among the police officers involved in the case.”
Mosby also said the judge did not agree with the prosecution’s theory of the case. In doing so, Mosby explained why successful prosecutions of police officers are near impossible due to the level of corruption in many (if not most) police departments.
In an interview with WJZ, Mosby said she has no plans of resigning her post.
“So what I can say is that I was elected by the people of Baltimore City, and there’s no way–absolutely no way–that I will ever resign. With regards to the lawsuits, they’re still pending and open and I can’t make a comment.”
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who is also black, called Mosby “incompetent” and “vindictive”:
In response, Mosby said Batts began spreading misinformation after Freddie Gray’s death and she warned him about it at the time.
“People are going to get angry about that and start burning things down,” Mosby recalled telling Batts.
When asked about Batts’ assessment of her as incompetent, Mosby said “I think there’s a reason why he’s no longer the commissioner” and said he had displayed a “lack of leadership.”
Bill Clinton called on African-Americans to help protect police officers during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Speaking at the funeral of the slain Baton Rouge, La. officers on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to echo the need for all Americans to prove that they value law enforcement officers.
“If you’re a young African American disillusioned and afraid, we saw in Dallas how great our police officers can be,” Clinton told the crowd at the Democratic National Convention. “Help us build a future where nobody’s afraid to walk outside, including the people that wear blue to protect our future.”
African-Americans, however, are not responsible for ensuring the safety of police officers. The only way to ensure the safety of both our communities is to overhaul an injustice system that currently protects police officers at all costs.
Speaking at a memorial service on Thursday in Baton Rouge to honor three police officers who were killed by a military veteran, Vice President Joe Biden said he’d heard that Alton Sterling’s aunt had prayed for the families of the slain officers. Sterling was fatally shot by Baton Rouge officers while selling CDs outside of a convenience store.
“Loss is loss is loss,” Biden said, according to Reuters.“Now the city has to reach out, the country has to reach out to law enforcement, and let you know how much we care.”
One of the officers remains in critical condition in a Baton Rouge hospital.
Rush Limbaugh is trending on social media over comments he made about Michelle Obama’s Monday night keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Mrs. Obama said in her speech. “I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
During his radio show, Limbaugh compared the relationship black people have with America to that of a cheating wife. In order for the relationship to work, Limbaugh says, the husband must forgive his wife.
“Imagine that your wife has an affair … and you decide that you’re going to forgive her your relationship hasn’t a prayer if you can’t let it go”, said Limbaugh, according to Media Matters.
In order for this country to be united, blacks have to forgive slavery.
The key problem with Limbaugh’s analogy is that it doesn’t account for economics. The husband of a cheating wife doesn’t lose out financially, as black slaves and their descendants have; the husband loses out emotionally. The wife can make up for that with dutiful devotion over time. When is America going to make us whole financially? When is this country going to make up for slavery through economics?
It is also easy to castigate Limbaugh for his comments because he’s a white Republican, but we should recall that even some of the black community’s most cherished icons have in the past held similar views on slavery.
“I think a lot of people still use the slavery experience as an excuse,” Winfrey said. “Some people are still walking around thinking that this system–now Mr. Bush owes them something because we were in slavery, is that fair?”
Winfrey frequently discussed poor people as a burden to society due to their own personal choices as opposed to the way in which society is structured.
“So, you know, we have all heard stories of how being on welfare takes a hold of some families, about two and three generations of mothers and daughters and sons that get stuck in a cycle of poverty that provides little inspiration to the next generation to to better,” said Winfrey. “People who work and pay taxes have a lot of big gripes about those who spend decades and generations on welfare… Today we asked families–mothers who have raised their children on welfare and their daughters who are also raising their children on welfare–why the cycle gets repeated.”
Keep in mind that these comments by Winfrey were made during a period when war was being waged against black Americans. While black communities were still reeling from President Reagan’s ‘trickle down’ economics and besieged by the crack epidemic, Winfrey was wondering if it wasn’t time for blacks to just move on from slavery.
Winfrey’s views may have evolved since then, but it is important when criticizing Limbaugh to understand that this thinking is present in the black community as well. It is imperative that we
unlearn the propaganda we’ve been conditioned to accept as fact. This applies to African-Americans as well as right wing hacks like Limbaugh.
Watch the clip below as Oprah sets the stage for the descendants of slaves and slave owners to make peace.