A Study Of Black And White Illusions … And Their Costs

Cops Come In All Colors

Cops Come In All Colors

A middle-aged Detroit white man driving a truck, hit and injured a 10 year old, evidently black boy in a largely black neighborhood. The locals quickly formed a mob, which,as the driver got out to help the boy, beat him into critical condition. The boy according to the report, had stepped in front of the driver’s truck.

In Dallas, an apparently white cop jailed a 62 year old black man for attacking him during a traffic stop, witnessed by other police.  After 15 months’ imprisonment, the black man was released by virtue of a police dashcam video of the incident, that showed that the cop had attacked the black man, who had offered no resistance. The falsely imprisoned man was awarded a $1.1 M judgement by the courst for his ordeal. The cop was –eventually — fired; the other cops who testified they had witnessed what he reported, were cleared.

Both these reports contain wrongs, evidently racially based. The man injured by a governmental employee, made out financially. The critically injured man in the hospital will have so such counterweight for his ordeal, if he survives it. Regardless, both stories are about racism in America today. And even more about political hypocrisy.

We don’t know whether the white truck driver who hit the black boy was in the right or was not. He was immediately attacked upon getting out to help. We can likely assume that future white drivers in that and similar areas will not try to help.

We know too, that the cops will be seen as the enemy in black neighborhoods, many of which most need decent policing. We can call these events a: “Lose-lose” game. So let’s consider why things are that way …

Why the cops see a felon in every black citizen they meet is simple: Too many of them, are. Jails hold around twice as many blacks per capita as whites. Given their school drop-out rates and in school rates of bad behavior, that all fits. And it prejudices the cops. The blacks who mobbed the white truck driver were folks told from birth that whites are the enemy and that the only reason that they aren’t living in Beverly Hills with rich whites (we ignore the presence of rich blacks there)  is the evil machinations of whites that hold them down. And it is our government that tells them. The government that also, trains and supervises the police.

Perpetuating race war pays off for politicians; they collect voters by promising to pay off the underprivileged by taking money and privilege from those who have earned them. That sells. While the cops that have to deal with the result of the attitudes so formed see themselves as defenders of the last resort, becoming as warped as the client blacks. Both are victims of a pernicious political opportunism, seems to us. Neither is in the right, but both can be understood. And both are symptoms of an illness in society, a debilitating one. That illness will continue until America returns to its Constitution, under which all have equal rights and no one receives government privilege. Privilege is always paid for in resentment by the unprivileged, is it not?

If the blacks want to get ahead, they have but to clean up their act as shown by the Asians. When they blacks no longer have double the white imprisonment rate, cops will no longer see them as prime customers. It’s up to the blacks and especially, black parents, if there are any such any more. So long as they continue waiting for the government to solve their problems for them, progress will remain in the future. As mentioned, there are plenty of well-educated and well off blacks to emulate but they are usually dismissed as “Uncle Toms.” In dismissing them, blacks are also dismissing success in American society, and then, whining for their lack of it.

Blacks are indeed held back by racism … their own, black racism. They need to realize that American life is a race all right, and you don’t win in a race by waiting for someone to bring the trophy to you. Those selling that view are not friends, no matter their protesting otherwise.


About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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6 Responses to A Study Of Black And White Illusions … And Their Costs

  1. michael says:

    Benjamin Franklin:
    I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

  2. James Teague says:

    The victim cycle starts in families and is maintained through school cultures. Fifteen months seems a long time to remember to review a dash camera. The fellow officer’s code of silence should have gotten them at least a reprimand, or demotion if not being fired also.
    I wonder if the truck driver in the other case made it.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      The latest available report says Steve Utash remains in critical condition … And tw local teens have been arrested, with further searching for others under way.

  3. Jim Teague says:


    Sounds like some locals are trying to clean up the mean streets.

  4. katie says:

    I hate cops and almost picked up my first black hitch hikers in.Oklahoma this last road trip…too lazy to turn around on the interstate
    ..Indians too….did get one of those for a little lift he needed. Hate black.cops too.

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