We all know how quick self-appointed leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are to condemn racial injustice aimed at blacks. It doesn’t even matter if the prejudice is real; those guys are on it. However, when the hate flows from blacks to other races, the Sharptons and Jacksons of this world remain hypocritically silent. Aubrey Shines, a black pastor from Chicago, thinks hate is hate no matter what the color of the perpetrator is and calls out leaders of the black community for their one-sided activism.
In a piece he penned for Theblaze.com, Mr. Shines slams Sharpton and Jackson for ignoring the “Knock-out” game, in which black youths are randomly punching white people in the face in an attempt to get a one-hit knock-down.
First, the perpetrators are young black men. Second, the victims are white and most often Jewish. Because the victims are white, the game is also referred to as polar bear hunting. Third, there has been radio silence from black national leaders condemning the acts. Al Sharpton finally condemned the game at one of his weekly National Action Network meetings. But the outrage pales in comparison to the outrage that Sharpton and his fellow Race Warriors are able to muster when it benefits them financially and politically.
It’s nice to see someone finally point out that Sharpton is only in it for the money and attention. Shines actually takes it a step further and accuses the reverend of running a racket:
Sharpton is so skilled at ginning up crowds to protest injustice that his ability to pull together a rally of thousands in a matter of hours is called “rent a demonstration.” It is no secret that he uses his power as a tool of intimidation to encourage corporations to bend to his will.
Despite what the media tells us, hate crimes are not just committed by whites. Shines steers the conversation in a sane direction by pointing out that blacks are capable of racial violence as well.
You can be sure if those doing the knocking out were white and the victims were black, Sharpton and the Race Warriors would be demanding 24-hour news coverage. The truth is that while the knockout game is a rather new phenomenon, the problem of black-on-white crime is not. Statistics from all credible sources reveal that whites are the victims of crimes committed by blacks far more frequently than the reverse.
Though he comes from Obamaland, Mr. Shines is no presidential fan-boy. He thinks the silence is most deafening from the Commander-In-Chief:
As much as I would love to hear strong reproaches from these black leaders, the most deafening silence comes from President Barack Obama. Some people have argued that Obama should not weigh in on these issues of race because a white president would not. But Barack Obama is not a white president and we all would be wise to stop pretending that his race does not matter.
Shines points out that despite abysmal approval ratings, Obama still ranks very high among blacks and has a duty to speak to the people that consider him a roll model:
The young black men committing these crimes have an inextinguishable respect and pride for President Obama. He should speak to them and say in no uncertain terms that their behavior only reinforces stereotypes of black men as violent under-educated criminals. Their behavior moves Black Americans further away from achieving Dr. King’s dream. Continuing down the path that the knockout game leads also destroys any dream they have for themselves of a bright future.
After all, it’s not like the President hasn’t chimed in on racial issues before:
The President has weighed in on issues of race that had far less global consequences in the past. Remember the beer summit with Black Professor Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley, the white police sergeant who arrested him as he entered his own home? Remember the recent response to a reporter’s question where President Obama said if he were the owner, he would change the name from Redskins? Remember after the Trayvon Martin verdict, President Obama reminded us that if he had a son, he would probably look like Trayvon?
Aubrey Shines is a fresh voice in an otherwise stale movement. Instead of trying to divide the country along racial lines, he wants to unite it against hatred and violence. He knows equality can only exist when everyone is treated equally. America, not just the black community, needs more rational voices like his and less pandering BS artists like Sharpton.