An interesting thought experiment can be had in this: what would Malcolm X think of current events and American race relations if he were around today?
Going solely by the statements of the combative 1960s black leader, one might project that he’d be an interesting figure indeed. Particularly with respect to Black Lives Matter and its causes, and particularly with respect to a quite underreported and very embarrassing case for the “civil rights” movement.
We speak here of Ronald Greene.
Oh, you don’t know about Ronald Greene, do you? That isn’t surprising. His name ought to be a rallying cry for every social justice warrior from Nome to Key West, but it isn’t. And for a very predictable reason.
To bring you up to speed, Greene was a barber — not a career criminal like Alton Sterling, George Floyd, Daunte Wright, or Eric Garner, just a barber — from Monroe, Louisiana, who’d been out celebrating a bit too much one night in May 2019. He ran a stop light in view of a policeman, which was a mistake. And he compounded that mistake by refusing to stop when the cop’s lights came on.
The Ronald Greene case is the exact example Black Lives Matter was looking for. If they’d presented this case to the public it would have had much more legitimacy than, say, Ferguson. But that never happened.
Greene ended up leading police on a lengthy high-speed car chase, probably out of panic, possibly because he was influenced by the messaging of the social-justice crowd about what police do to black people they stop for traffic violations. He lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. What happened next was a 45-minute ordeal which included Greene being tased twice, dragged out of his vehicle, beaten, dragged by his feet along the pavement and beaten some more — all as he apologized, sobbing, and begged for his life.
When it was over Greene lay dead on that roadside, Louisiana state troopers surrounding him.
The body-cam footage doesn’t do the police any favors, unlike in some of the other more celebrated police controversies. The Ronald Greene case is the exact example Black Lives Matter was looking for. If they’d presented this case to the public it would have had much more legitimacy than, say, Ferguson.
But that never happened, and the local civil rights crowd was silent. Ben Crump didn’t show up in Louisiana for years. Why?
There’s a very simple answer for that: 2019 was an election year in Louisiana, and the governor of the state, John Bel Edwards, was a Democrat. In Louisiana the state police are more or less the governor’s praetorian guard, and the state police beating a black man to death on a roadside would present a singular political problem.
So the Ronald Greene case was buried for more than a year. And the black community turned out for John Bel Edwards, a white Democrat whose family history contains a disgraceful heritage of not just slave-owning but slave-trading, not to mention Jim Crow segregationism and a faint whiff of flowing white apparel, in numbers larger than Barack Obama mustered in 2008 or 2012 in the state.
Edwards won reelection in 2019 by just 40,000 votes.
It’s now 2022, and the Greene case is finally turning into a local scandal in Louisiana, because the Associated Press uncovered text messages proving that Edwards knew what had happened the morning after Greene was killed and he went along with the cover story that Greene had died of a car wreck. It turns out that when the leaders of Louisiana’s Republican-majority legislature began making noises about legislative hearings on the case, Edwards reportedly repeated the lie, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder passed that along to federal investigators probing the case and the apparent cover-up.
Schexnayder went public with the accusation Edwards lied to him about Greene after the AP piece came out, and signaled that a legislative probe of the case was coming, perhaps even within the ambit of an impeachment proceeding. On Thursday that probe became a reality per Schexnayder’s announcement.
The heat on Edwards has been rising. So much so that he put on a rather fiery and defiant press conference denying he’d ever told anyone Greene died in a car crash, which amounted to directly calling Schexnayder a liar. That came after a meeting he held with the Legislative Black Caucus which didn’t go overly well. No Black Caucus members appeared with Edwards as he decried the systemic racism which could produce a case like Greene’s and stated that had Greene been white this wouldn’t have happened. Edwards didn’t take responsibility for the killing as the man atop the state government which perpetrated it, and he denied there was a cover-up.
A week ago, WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, which has been investigating the case and cover-up for well more than a year, uncovered a trove of text messages among officials in Edwards’ administration, legislators, and state police officials, and released them. They present a very clear picture of a cover-up in progress. Everyone knew what they had on their hands, and they were all intent on keeping it from going public.
One thread among those texts stands out, though. It involved state representative Ted James, a Democrat from Baton Rouge who was the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus…
In one text exchange, then-State Representative Ted James sent Governor John Bel Edwards’ lawyers a text message as the case continued to draw media attention.
James wrote: “I can’t keep ignoring the issue because I like the governor,” James wrote. “This isn’t my last political office … many members of the LLBC (Legislative Black Caucus) are equally sick and tired of being criticized in their districts … waiting on the feds is no longer an option in my opinion.”
James recently resigned his post to take a federal appointment with the Biden administration.
In January James, who had one of the worst scorecard ratings in the entire Louisiana legislature according to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, was given the job of regional administrator for the Small Business Administration in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. That’s your Biden administration in technicolor and just how committed to the growth and prosperity of small business they are.
And probably the reward James was given for keeping the Black Caucus quiet about Ronald Greene.
Neither Ted James nor John Bel Edwards, nor anyone else among the Democrat Powers That Be, have addressed why the number two man at the Louisiana State Police turns up with a phone which has been digitally wiped, so none of his text messages can be retrieved as the feds probe the cover-up.
Malcolm X had a famous speech in which he called the black community a “political chump” for tolerating the Democrat Party’s inclusion of southern segregationists — people like Edwards’ forebears — in their governing coalition. “A Dixiecrat is a Democrat,” he said, and Democrats had no interest in elevating the black community in return for their votes in bulk.
He was saying this while Lyndon Johnson, who reportedly was telling Dixiecrats that he’d “have those n****rs voting Democrat for 200 years,” was spearheading the passage of a massive expansion of the welfare state aimed at redistributing wealth to the black community — and in the process making it utterly dependent on that welfare state.
And all these years later you have a white Democrat governor covering up an Emmett Till-style atrocity for the cynical purpose of making sure “those n****rs are voting Democrat” and re-electing him.
And Ted James let him do it, all the while bitching that his constituents don’t like it and are very understandably calling him and telling him so. This, several years after James had posted a meme on his social media equating Trayvon Martin with Emmett Till. That sure didn’t age well in the current context, did it?
I’ve noted in this space that Louisiana’s Democrat Party is essentially a feudal enterprise, with white nobility and black serfs. Some 60 percent of the registered Dems in the state are black and yet it’s whites like Edwards who get to run at the top of the ticket. The Greene case shows how well that works for the black community.
But nobody’s upset about this? Nobody recognizes, as Malcolm X did, what political chumps that makes them?
Nope. At least not among the so-called leaders in the black community. Here was Vincent Pierre, the new head of the Legislative Black Caucus in Louisiana, a week ago Monday…
The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus says they still have a great relationship with the governor despite controversy over how John Bel Edwards responded to Ronald Greene’s death. While speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club, Lafayette Representative Vincent Pierre says the governor acted appropriately after hearing a motorist died following a violent struggle with State Troopers.
“The relationship is great with the governor, we are very comfortable in the decisions that the governor has made based on a routine text that he received, we are very comfortable with that,” said Pierre.
Black lawmakers and Edwards held a private meeting last Tuesday after an Associated Press report suggested Edwards was involved in a cover-up of Greene’s death, who died while in State Police custody in May of 2019, the same year the governor was up for re-election.
Pierre says the U-S Attorney’s office has publicly said the governor did not interfere with the investigation into Greene’s death.
“With all of the information that we’ve received, I truly believe we are behind the governor, because thus far there has not been anything that justifies the governor did anything wrong,” said Pierre.
Breathtaking, isn’t it?
There have been no riots over the Greene case. Deray Mckesson hasn’t showed up wearing a stupid t-shirt. No businesses or courthouses have been burned. And no public attacks against the white Democrat governor who clearly covered up the scandal have been made.
Meanwhile, Ronald Greene’s family, who are a whole lot more sympathetic than some of the others who came to celebrity thanks to the misfortune of the deceased, have called for Edwards’ resignation over the cover-up. So has the National Bar Association, a mostly-black group of lawyers and judges.
But the black political class? The Black Lives Matter crowd? Where are they?
A previous column talked about the race-hustling black Democrat Gary Chambers, who’s running against Republican John Kennedy for the latter’s Senate seat this fall, and how Chambers has voiced his opposition to white control of the mostly-black Louisiana Democrat Party as part of his justification for running.
Back in 2020, Chambers filled up his social media with admonitions that it was overdue for Edwards to do something about the state police and to hold it accountable for Greene’s “murder,” as he termed it. But with several state police officials involved in the cover-up still on the job and Chambers now running for office a year and a half later, does he have more to say on the issue?
Not exactly. Here’s Chambers’ new ad in the Senate race…
Doesn’t exactly ring true, does it?
More like he’s grifting, and that all of this is a con, a shtick designed to fleece money from guilty white leftists while ignoring the most obvious of the injustices the Black Lives Matter crowd purports to address.
Nobody should ever give these race-hustlers the time of day again. They are fully exposed by the Ronald Greene case as shameless liars. As political chumps. As minstrels for an utterly racist political party which victimizes them decade by decade as it shifts blame to Republicans in the suburbs, most of whom simply want to talk about something — anything — else.
Well, now the cards are on the table. And because Ronald Greene’s life didn’t matter, none of this matters anymore. It should be over, right now.