Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly has noted the constant war on law enforcement. Anti-police rhetoric spikes following shootings of young black men like Michael Brown, Freddy Gray, and Tamir Rice. Although the shootings involving these young men are tragic, it does not excuse the police-bashing going on in America. Here’s what Mr. O’Reilly had to say about this last year:
BILL O’REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: The overall anti-police movement is basically thematic. It believes that the U.S. justice system is unfairly putting black men in prison for crimes like selling narcotics. Many on the left see nothing wrong with selling heroin, cocaine and meth — they call it a nonviolent crime that should not be punished harshly.
Mr. O’Reilly also pointed out that black-on-black crime and the hip-hop industry, combined with the disintegration of the family unit in the African-American community contributes to the violence in the black community. These issues are rarely discussed. Instead, MTV allows anarchists like Doreen St. Félix to deliver garbage like this:
[NYPD Commissioner Bill] Bratton is a key architect of a racist, ad hoc policing system — Stop and Frisk — that has sanctioned the unconstitutional searches, harassments, and arrests of hundreds of thousands of black and brown people in New York City and beyond. It is almost impossible, as a person of color, to have passed through the streets of New York City without having been harassed by an NYPD officer at least once in one’s life.
Ms. St. Félix does not consider the reasons a “Stop and Frisk” policy might be used. CNN anchor Don Lemon, a man who I disagree with wholeheartedly most of the time but have a lot of respect for nonetheless, had the courage to point out these problems in the African-American community as well, including what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior–committing crimes, using drugs, and living the gangster lifestyle.
Ms. St. Félix insults the NYPD commissioner, the leader of a group of men and women risking their lives to protect New York City. She also absolves artists for their contribution to a culture of violence:
Rap is art. It’s real and not real, a dramatization of some parts of a life to create entertainment — just as white art forms have done for millennia with impunity. The black men and women who have carved this thing out of despair, oppression, and ancestral style are not unthinking, violent brutes. They are not “thugs,” to use his brutal language. They’re not gun-happy automatons who simply transpose violence onto beats. Rappers are artists. Is that so hard to comprehend?
People glorifying destructive lifestyles in their lyrics are ‘artists’ according to Ms. St. Félix. The notion is preposterous. The gangsta culture being promoted in our society today is catastrophic to the people targeted. Her wrong-headed opinion can be found in places like MTV and the failing website Vice. New York City mayor Bill di Blasio defends hip-hop as well.
Rap will come to be seen as a destructive force. Dr. Ben Carson, who has long been a role-model for the African-American community points this fact out, but you will never hear stuff like that coming from MTV.
The challenges facing the black community need to be addressed. It will take honest people to combat the problem. Fox News’ Juan Williams confronted one of hip-hop‘s stars and defender – Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Calvin Broadus) – on The Five:
JUAN WILLIAMS, FOX NEWS HOST: Now you talk about a lack of responsibility? Holy smokes! Were white people coming and and destroying black neighborhoods? Or was he saying that black people were destroying black neighborhoods–and now he’s blaming Ronald Reagan? Ronald Reagan, who was Governor of California in the 70’s? I didn’t see all that happening in black neighborhoods during the ’70s. To me, this is another guy who has exploited black people, and has used people like Ronald Reagan…because of his own failures, and his refusing to take responsibility.
What Williams was saying was that Mr. Broadus was attacking Ronald Reagan for destroying welfare in California. Like Lemon and Carson, Williams was predictably attacked for not towing the liberal line, but his courage stands in stark contrast to the ignorance and corruption of both the entertainment industry and the press.
We need more courageous black voices to combat the problems in the black community.