- The American Conservative - https://www.theamericanconservative.com -

Racist Cops—or Liberal Slander?

We have found the new normal in America.

If you are truly outraged by some action of police, prosecutors, grand juries, or courts, you can shut down the heart of a great city. Thursday night, thousands of “protesters” disrupted the annual Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, conducted a “lie-in” in Grand Central, blocked Times Square, and shut down the West Side Highway that scores of thousands of New Yorkers use to get home.

That the rights of hundreds of thousands of visitors and New Yorkers were trampled upon by these self-righteous protesters did not prevent their being gushed over by TV commentators.

Watching cable, I saw one anguished man cry out from a blocked car that he was trying to get his sick dog to the vet. But his rights were inferior to the rights of protesters to block traffic, chant slogans, and vent their moral outrage to TV cameras.

From New York to Washington to Oakland, crowds acted in solidarity to block main arteries at rush hour. Has President Obama condemned this? Has Eric Holder?

Remarkable. Underlings of Gov. Chris Christie have been under investigation for a year for closing off lanes to the George Washington Bridge. Contrast liberal indignation at Christie, with liberal indulgence of the lawbreaking Thursday night, and you will see what people mean when they talk of a moral double-standard.

What were these protests about? A grand jury on Staten Island voted not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner last July. As the video that has gone global shows, Pantaleo sought to arrest Garner, a 6’5″, 350-pound man arrested many times before.

What was Garner doing?

Selling cigarettes one by one on a main street, a public nuisance for the stores and shops in front of which he plied his trade, but not a felony, and surely not a capital offense. A misdemeanor at most.

As Garner backed away and brushed aside attempts to handcuff him, Pantaleo grabbed him from behind by the neck to pull him down, as other cops swarmed in. Repeatedly, Garner cried, “I can’t breathe!” On the ground he again cried, “I can’t breathe!” And he died there on the sidewalk.

Undeniably, terrible and tragic. Undeniably, not a natural death. And, undeniably, the way Garner was brought down and sat upon, an arm around his neck, contributed to, if it did not cause, his death.

Yet Garner did not die by strangulation. According to the city medical examiner, he died from the “compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” The cops were holding him down by sitting on him.

As Rep. Peter King said Thursday, “If [Garner] had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, he would not have died.” The Washington Post reports that the medical examiner seemed to confirm this, describing “Garner’s asthma and hypertensive cardiovascular disease as contributing factors.”

Why would a Staten Island grand jury not indict Pantaleo for murder or manslaughter in the death of Eric Garner? In a word, intent. Did Pantaleo intend to kill Eric Garner when he arrived on the scene? Did Pantaleo arrive intent on injuring Eric Garner? No and no.

Pantaleo was there to arrest Garner, and if he resisted, to subdue him and then arrest him. That was his job. Did he use a chokehold, which the NYPD bans, or a takedown method taught at the police academy, as his lawyer contends? That is for the NYPD to decide. The grand jury, viewing the video, decided that the way Pantaleo brought down Garner was not done with any criminal intent to kill or injure him, but to arrest him.

Garner’s death, they decided, was accidental, caused by Pantaleo and the other NYPD cops who did not intend his injury or death, with Garner’s asthma and heart disease as contributing factors. Now that grand jury decision may be wrong, but does it justify wild allegations of “racist cops” getting away with “murder”?

This reflexive rush to judgment happens again and again.

We were told Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a white vigilante for “walking while black,” and learned that Trayvon, when shot, had been beating a neighborhood watch guy nearly unconscious, “martial arts style,” while sitting on top of him.

We were told that Ferguson cop Darren Wilson gunned down an unarmed black teenager for walking in the street, and learned that Michael Brown just robbed a convenience store, attacked Wilson in his patrol car, and was shot trying to wrestle away the officer’s gun.

Liberals are imprisoned by a great myth—that America is a land where black boys and men are stalked by racist white cops, and alert and brave liberals must prevent even more police atrocities.

They live in a world of the mind.

The reality: As of 2007, black-on-white violent crime was nearly 40 times as common as the reverse. But liberals can’t give up their myth, for it sustains their pretensions to moral superiority. It defines who they are.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.” [1] Copyright 2014 Creators.com.

31 Comments (Open | Close)

31 Comments To "Racist Cops—or Liberal Slander?"

#1 Comment By Kurt Gayle On December 5, 2014 @ 2:08 am

Pat, maybe part of the problem is that a lot of people don’t seem to understand either the 5th Amendment to the US constitution or Article 1, Section 6, of the New York State Constitution:

UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
5th Amendment
No person shall be held to answer for a
capital, or otherwise infamous crime,
unless on a presentment or indictment
of a Grand Jury….

NEW YORK STATE CONSTITUTION
Article 1, Section 6
No person shall be held to answer for
a capital or otherwise infamous crime . . .
unless on indictment of a grand jury….

New York Criminal Procedure Law – Article 190:

S 190.05 Grand jury; definition and general functions.
A grand jury is a body consisting of not less than sixteen nor more
than twenty-three persons, impaneled by a superior court and
constituting a part of such court, the functions of which are to hear
and examine evidence concerning offenses and concerning misconduct,
nonfeasance and neglect in public office, whether criminal or otherwise,
and to take action with respect to such evidence as provided in section
190.60…

#2 Comment By N Row On December 5, 2014 @ 5:55 am

If a guy intends to hurt a guy, and he kills him, that’s not nothing. That’s voluntary manslaughter.

#3 Comment By Richard DeBacher On December 5, 2014 @ 6:23 am

Mr. Buchanan would do better to try and see things from another perspective before smearing all “liberals” with a demeaning broad brush. A better conservative mindset might recall a time when a cop on the beat, familiar those in his assigned neighborhood who commit petty crimes, might approach the perpetrator, address him by name and say, “C’mon, Eric, you’re embarrassing me. You know I can’t let you do that right in front of the drug store. Take that nonsense to the alley and stay out of my sight.” The “perp,” having an interest in maintaining a live-and-let-live relationship with the cop he knows, would move on and that’s the end of it for now.

It’s outrageous that a gaggle of New York’s finest felt compelled to take this man down violently for such a petty crime. The degree of force employed and the number of officers deployed are all out of proportion to the offense. It’s time to get back to real neighborhood policing and to end the “us-and-them” mindset of our “peace officers.”

#4 Comment By Northern observer On December 5, 2014 @ 6:51 am

I think you should read the work of Ta Neisi Coates on the idea of white supremacy in american law, politics and cultural norms. He makes a pretty compelling case that it is the tribal behaviour of American whites towards blacks, refusing to apply the golden rule in relation to Africa americnas, that explains these incidents – Marvin, garner, Brown.
You’re I inability to see white on black crime, because it is bureaucratic and cultural would be comic if it wasn’t so tragic.

#5 Comment By EliteCommInc. On December 5, 2014 @ 7:23 am

“The reality: As of 2007, black-on-white violent crime was nearly 40 times as common as the reverse. But liberals can’t give up their myth, for it sustains their pretensions to moral superiority. It defines who they are.”

I have no issues removing color from the equation, And it matters not the color that a force designed to protect the public has killed an unarmed citizen who was not really a threat, and by not really, I mean none that some less extreme choices would have played in avoiding those deaths. The reason we arm officers in the way we do is for appropriate use of force per situation.

Now I understand that there is a growing divide between people like you and people like me. But my poverty shouldn’t make me any less subject to common sense by government.

Nor does my poverty make me by default a threat to wealthy people of any color. Poverty places me at higher risk than you for criminal activity, including assault. I makes me less capable of obtaining counsel should any issue requiring counsel occur. There are no ivy leaguers coming to my defense if I lose my job. If I engage in election fraud, there no well connected pals that will keep their doors open so any losses I accrue will be minimal. If my car breaks down, I get ill, the consequences cab devastating. Now, I have managed in spite of some fairly unsavory behavior, lies and tactics, but there millions like me whose lives should not be canon fodder, so you can feel safe. And I understand that my education even minus the income places me in a position to better buffer life’s issues.

But I expect that the police, the government, protect you and the rest of it’s citizens even suspects it matters not the age, the color, or the size.
_________________
Now the use of this statin regard to this issue is inappropriate because it suggests black people are targeting whites for criminal activity and thereby justifying the killing and/or more abusive treatment by police.

Here the issue must be linked to motive, not merely the relational incidents, And there is no evidence that the motive for criminal activity is motivated by color, even if the ratio were correct.

The number of whites at risk for criminal activity is the direct result of the more white exposed to more criminals who are black. If I set up a set of pins 20 black and sixty white dependent on where I rill the ball and the composition of the pins, it more likely tat I am going to knock down more white pins than black — those are random associations.

The use of proportionality in this manner is abusive because it advances two agendas that are false.

1. blacks are criminals because blackness alone is cause for criminality and two

2. blacks have as their motive to attack whites in the proportions you claim, merely because they are white.

I usually breakdown these so its clear why. But I suspect you already know what those reasons are.

The amount of black on white remains low. And the level of black on white crime with color as motive is unlikely to register. And when I say that I include color bias as motive for crime. In other words, the motive would available wealth as indicated by crime. The motive is goods not whiteness.

#6 Comment By Johan On December 5, 2014 @ 8:25 am

I never hear liberals protest the appalling lawlessness of the urban demographics we’ve lately seen looting and burning. But they’re johnny on the spot when it comes to protesting the policemen who fight the lawlessness.

#7 Comment By Clint On December 5, 2014 @ 11:49 am

These orchestrated demonstrations by community agitators and their followers follow a democrat election shellacking and disappointment in a failing Obama presidency and seem to be about as counterproductive and ineffective.

#8 Comment By Sam On December 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

I appreciate the nuanced handling of this tragedy by TAC, but it seems a bit smarmy to put “protestors” in quotation marks, as though there is any other word for an indignant crowd of people marching and holding up signs. They are protesting; they are not pretending to protest.

As for any disruption they caused, please try to understand that a protest in a dense metropolis will always disrupt traffic. It would not be effective if it didn’t. For New York in particular, it’s nearly impossible for even one person to stand still without making another person lose their train.

When these people see law enforcement, the justice system, and by extension the entire city as having failed them, there is very little they have left to do but to congregate and get loud. They have no power, and it’s very small to mock them for doing the very last thing they can do besides rioting.

#9 Comment By dahoit On December 5, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

Sorry Pat,the cops are out of control,and a bunch of chickensh*ts to boot.
And what can black people steal from each other,when they have very little to steal?Hence the black white crime statistics.
And Pat,the jobs are all shipped overseas,and selling contraband is now the communities last recourse.A joke of American leadership,as it is internationally.We might as well kiss our ass goodbye.

#10 Comment By JMW On December 5, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

Say what you will about Patrick J. Buchanan, the man is an avatar of consistency.

#11 Comment By tbraton On December 5, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

“As Rep. Peter King said Thursday, “If [Garner] had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, he would not have died.” The Washington Post reports that the medical examiner seemed to confirm this, describing “Garner’s asthma and hypertensive cardiovascular disease as contributing factors.” ”

I admit that I had not followed the Garner case closely, so I appreciate the information that Garner had asthma. In recent days, as the nature of the neck hold became clearer in various accounts, the thought occurred to me that Garner might have been suffering from asthma, which would explain his sudden death from asphyxiation. Many years ago, I was present when a female friend suddenly developed breathing problems and couldn’t find her inhaler. I called 911, but by the time the fire and rescue arrived, she had died. Being totally unfamiliar with asthma at the time, I was totally shocked by the sudden death of my friend resulting from an asthma attack, but the memory has remained with me. Not that asthma excuses the police action in this case, but it does shed light on the grand jury’s apparently inexplicable action in refusing to indict the police officer.

#12 Comment By William Dalton On December 5, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

The death of Eric Garner at the hands of police is inexcusable, not because he is black, not because he wasn’t breaking the law, but because the decision to arrest him and the means used to effect his arrest were completely out of proportion, both to the offense and to the needs of the officers to protect themselves and the public.

Selling cigarettes on the street, whether deemed offensive because his presence there for commerce was unlicensed or his wares were untaxed, was not an offense warranting arrest, at least not without a warrant. Police should have responded by issuing him a summons and confiscating his wares.

If his arrest was warranted, he should have been cuffed and escorted to a transport vehicle to take him for booking and to set bail. There was no excuse for multiple police officers to jump on him and drive him to the ground, much less sit on him and suffocate him. It was apparent from the video he offered no violence to the officers, so the violence inflicted upon him was completely unsupported.

That being said, there is no evidence these officers acted in bad faith or with malice – the requirement, even more than “intent to kill”, which must underlie a criminal charge of homicide. (Some jurisdictions allow criminal charges for reckless acts resulting in death. I’ve seen no report that such charges were prepared for the grand jury in this case.) These officers should face professional discipline by the NYPD. The fact that their actions are being defended by the Department indicates an immediate need to reform police procedures and thinking in New York (and, likely, throughout much of the country). This is more grievous than Garner’s tragic death itself.

But demands that a grand jury return a criminal true bill of indictment in this case, as in Ferguson, are misplaced. When police misbehavior reaches the point that criminal indictments are needed to reform repeated instances of police conduct it is time to disband the department. Offering up a few beat cops as sacrificial lambs to be tried and punished will not bring atonement for this systemic failure.

#13 Comment By cdugga On December 5, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

I believe the statistic of black on white crime being 40 times more common than white police criminal behavior against black suspects to be pretty funny. That had to be what was meant unless we also include whites wrongfully shooting blacks after stocking them or blowing them away on their porch. The white guy beating the black guy stocking him until the black guy finally just had to shoot him probably is not included in your statistics. If only people like you would realize how pathetic you sound defending the indefensible. Are white men all that cowardly? If we are I need to spruce up on my ebonics cousin, since I ain waitin fer to shoot the iga squarin up on me.
Trayvon Martin did exactly what I would have done had I been confronted by some munchkin who not only was not an officer of the law, but had been told specifically by law enforcement to not confront the shadowy skillets man.
Now we see the policeman say, hey, I did not mean to kill the guy I was choking, sorry. Yeah, sorry but he dead sorry. He weren’t innocent and now he dead. Doan worry, you ain the one kilt him anyway.
I can’t help but sympathize with Garner, and nobody could possibly label me as a bleeding heart poor black man advocate.
Unfortunately I am acquainted with some police strategy, which automatically gets me labeled a trouble maker by the armchair finger pointers. Some have brought up the idea of police training, and I think that incorrect training may in fact be the problem. Like the munchkins that took me down were screaming stop resisiting the whole time they were jumping up and down around me and twisting my arm behind me even though I was not resisting. As in smile for the camera, and be sure to delete the face slam before the underpaid public defender gets the video. I see a video with a big black guy being wrestled down for selling cigs, and he’s got his hands open, not in a fist and not grabbing and tossing the munchkins around, and I know right away the strategy is to instigate charges beyond misdemeanor cig selling. Just like in my experience, the whole resisting arrest and comply, comply was a strategy to justify searching my vehicle. He did not comply when we said to get out of the vehicle for us to search it after telling him to stay in the vehicle where he did not give us permission to search it. Experience is the best teacher, but if you cannot learn from other’s experience and refuse to see what is qualitatively obvious, then there is no reason to debate a problem with police strategy or cowardly little men shooting first, with fear as the actual justification for killing somebody. I was afeered fer my life judge. He were cumin at me like a demon, soaz I shot him 12 times. Ran out of bullets ya see.
No, I’m no advocate trying to justify all the igatude I see on a daily basis, and I’ll be gall darned to be labeled a self righteous liberal with pretensions to moral superiority by anybody, anybody standing behind a gun as proof of their moral superiority!

#14 Comment By H.D. On December 5, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

Cops have a terrible attitude, and most come with obnoxious personality disorder. For now, they can take their awfulness on petty offenders of a different race, and be exonerated. But I am afraid that nurturing this kind of attitude comes back to hunt a civic society. Eric Garner was selling cigarettes, raised his hand, said he has nothing on him, 10 seconds later he is dead. Cops could have released the pressure on his neck, there was no need for that, with several of them sitting on him. Maybe there was no intent to kill, but certainly a sadistic intent to harm.

#15 Comment By c matt On December 5, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

Trayvon and Brown, I would agree that the outcomes were likely correct, in line with the available evidence.

I can’t help but see Garner as different. From the video, there appears to be no violent resistance. The question is not racism (regardless of liberals’ clamoring). The question is excessive force.

#16 Comment By William Dalton On December 5, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

I was wrong in my earlier assessment. The Richmond County grand jury, hearing evidence in the death of Eric Garner, was presented with the option of indicting at least one officer on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Not to whitewash the Department as a whole, but on that basis it is hard to fathom why an indictment did not issue. Perhaps clearer instructions need to be given to grand jurors about the expectations of the law, particularly regarding the conduct of law enforcement officers.

[2]

#17 Comment By Mario On December 5, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

Is this a joke ?
Garner was killed and it was no accident
At best it was negligent manslaughter

#18 Comment By William Frey On December 5, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

The definition of manslaughter does not require intent. Voluntary manslaughter does require intent, but involuntary manslaughter, which includes both criminally negligent manslaughter, and unlawful act manslaughter, does not involve intent (The presence of intent would elevate these crimes to voluntary manslaughter.)

(from [3]🙂
“Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another human being without intent. The absence of the intent element is the essential difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Also in most states, involuntary manslaughter does not result from a heat of passion but from an improper use of reasonable care or skill while in the commission of a lawful act or while in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony.”

On a deeper level, it would seem that the consequences of a culture undergoing unprecedented militarization of peace officers is a concern that may transcend left/right linearity.

#19 Comment By Yoyo On December 5, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

I know this is your shtick but in any western country excessive force leading to death is investigated at some form of criminal trial. In Aus a number of bouncers have killed people by similar behaviour all have had to face the courts, the majority have had to pay a criminal penalty. Why are your police immune to prosecution or even investigation? Cleveland shows what happens when a power hungry force behaves without checks and balances.

#20 Comment By EliteCommInc. On December 6, 2014 @ 8:54 am

“The question is not racism (regardless of liberals’ clamoring). The question is excessive force.”

I was happy to remove the card of color in order to make a more salient point about the numbers even if accurate.

But what I am disappointed about and this is where – almost every time, Mr. Buchanan and I part ways on the play of color bias.

When I was in HS, I dismissed color. Everyone was a citizen first and whatever, second, except for a belief God which trumps national loyalty. But it didn’t take long to se the reality of color at play when I got into college.

The historical data on this is just overwhelming.

Again, the bias or discrimination is not an excuse for drug use, theft, assault, murder or other crimes or other self inflicted wounds. The police are not forcing anyone to have children out of wedlock.

#21 Comment By Max Skinner On December 6, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

Why should our country allow the police be the judge and jury in enforcing the death penalty for anyone who fails to jump high enough when an officer demands it?

#22 Comment By Michael N Moore On December 7, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

A couple of points. The job of the police has increasingly become reining in our growing underclass. In many cities this is a racialized underclass, but more and more whites fall into that category every day.

The occupation of a police office involves the professional application of force that can result in injury and death. In this regard they are similar to a surgeon who, when cutting people open, can err and kill them.

We need to look at these case for what they are, professional malpractice. Unless it can be shown that the officer had a reason for killing or injuring someone, it should be considered a civil liability.

#23 Comment By Chick Dante On December 7, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

Two quick points: 1) Paul Craig Roberts, a conservative who served with Buchanan in the Reagan administration, has written extensively on the excessive use of force by police; and 2) read “White Fragility” a paper produced out of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro that explains why whites, like Pat Buchanan, seem inacapable of even seeing the racism in and around them. Seeing the obvious, such as unjustified deaths of whites and blacks due to excessive force used by police, is not a liberal delusion. If it was, then conservatives would not also be equally outraged by it. One problem that prevents us from addressing it as a society is that some of us are so stressed by race and racism in and around us that we avoid naming it or make ridiculous arguments (see Guiliani’s “Garner contributed to his own death by being fat!” comment) so that the problem is denied. This column by Mr. Buchanan is exhibit no. 1 and, frankly, most of us are not having it.

#24 Comment By david gilmour On December 7, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

The Liberal Media defense is pathetic and utterly lazy. It serves the purpose of negating the need to look at things honestly.
Its also a little difficult to reconcile with articles on the same page of American Conservative by Noah Millman, Ross Douthart and Rod Dreher (all pinkos?) which argue that there is a fundamental flaw in the nature of policing in the USA. Pat Buchannan is part of the problem.

#25 Comment By Chick Dante On December 7, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

“Delusional liberal” Eric Adams, and former NYC police captain (ret.) wrote in NYTimes on Thursday:

“Hours after coming out of the police academy, I was told something as a new rookie officer: You’d rather be tried by 12 jurors than carried by six pallbearers. In my impressionable first days, I saw officers leave the precinct every day touching the lockers of their fallen brothers. They started their shift on the defensive, thinking about protecting themselves, as opposed to the communities they served, regardless of the complexion of those communities. One of my white fellow officers once told me that if he saw a white individual with a gun, he took extra care for himself and the individual. When he saw a black individual with a gun, he took care only for himself.

These are the lessons to which I was exposed, and the reality of what policing communities of color has been, not just in New York City but across America. There is a legacy of inequity that did not just appear overnight, but was carved into the culture of law enforcement over decades.”

#26 Comment By Clint On December 7, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik,
“The mayor and others are relating this incident strictly to race.The bottom line is, in my opinion, Eric Garner would be alive today had he not resisted arrest. I don’t care what color he was. He resisted a lawful arrest and that resistance escalated, the use of force by the officer escalated, which resulted ultimately and tragically in his death.”

#27 Comment By Michael Kaiser On December 7, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

We are LONG past the point where what actually happens in these incidences controls. Certain segments see events that can be placed with minimal effort into a much broader narrative and worldview and they run with it. And wow to the poor people–police officers or whomever–that get caught in the klieg lights at the wrong time or place. But of course I am not saying anything that everyone does not already know. It is one big game these days. Props and actors.

#28 Comment By Mr. Amagi On December 7, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

Mr. Buchanan

The failure to indict in these cases is suspect because the (elected) prosecutor guides the grand jury to the decision he or she wants, and that decision is invariably what the (politically active) police unions want. There is a clear conflict of interest. Racism isn’t the proximate cause of the problem, but the system allows for racism.

It is insane that an outside special prosecutor does not handle charges of police brutality or homicide.

And I am not a screaming liberal, I consider myself a conservative. We need to end this endless feedback loop of reactive violence on both sides of the equation, or we are all going to be stuck with a real police state.

#29 Comment By Northsider On December 8, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

Hilarious, isn’t it how when someone like Buchanan actually gives the real stats relating to colour and violence, the liberals all change their tune and say “Oh no! it’s not just about actual physical violence, you know – it’s about institutional violence perpetrated by whites – and anyway it’s understandable if blacks are violent – given the oppression they face.” In other words when they’re caught out flagrantly misleading the public about real facts liberals take refuge in vague, subjective waffle that is impossible to prove or disprove.

#30 Comment By Frida On December 9, 2014 @ 6:31 am

Oh, so the people who did not get to see the Christmas tree lightning were TRAMPLED UPON? How about all the blacks who are assaulted and killed on a daily basis? Self-righteous, that’s the word, you’ve got it!
This unusually narrow-minded article makes me sick. And so angry that I want to cry.

#31 Comment By Jon On December 14, 2014 @ 1:52 am

@NorthernObserver

I’m well familiar with Ta Neisi Coates, and the only people who his logically corrupt diatribes appeal to are those who have already bought into his message. His view that all deviations in black crime, incarceration, and other social norms (hmmm…including STDs and rape stats?) from the general population are the fault of white people is both inconsistent with the logic that considers the totality of all facts as well as indicative of the most extreme of far-left theory that is rightly dismissed by anyone with at least one-foot on the ground and lack of an axe to grind.

People like Ta Neisi Coates can only point to completely invisible or otherwise decontextualized “bureaucratic” and “cultural” (I love the latter claim) supposed racism, and require everyone else to ignore any and all facts or hard statistics that work against his narrative. His type always requires a lack of context. His type always requires that we ignore what contradicts his claim. When Ta Neisi Coates and the greater black community are willing to discuss the non-black perspective as a part of the further ‘negotiations’ that they are constantly attempting to guilt non-black America into, then perhaps we can begin to “talk about race” and have a “national conversation”. Until then, the rest of America well-knows that Ta Neisi Coates and his like are only interested in lecturing, rent-seeking, and controlling a strict, decontextualized and selective narrative. On behalf of non-black America: “No thank you”. We reject your attempt to hoist literally every single one of your community issues on our collective shoulders.

We will be here to listen when Ta Neisi Coates, and the greater black community, decides to grow up and join us at the adult table.