On this lovely Juneteenth day, I’d like to celebrate how far-sighted and prescient Mr. Booker T. Washington was. Over a hundred years ago, in his 1911 book My Larger Education, he perfectly described the situation today with Black Lives Matter and other related movements:
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
His claim is echoed by our own modern genius, Thomas Sowell, who said:
Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists.”
Finally, here’s Muhammad Ali Junior on the BLM:
The legendary boxer and activist stood up against racism throughout his life, but Muhammad Ali Jr. says his dad would have been sickened by how the protests have turned to violence and looting after the death of George Floyd.
“Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place,” he told The Post. “You can peacefully protest.
‘‘My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.
Of the BLM movement, Ali Jr., a Muslim like his father, said: “I think it’s racist.”
“It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is,” Ali said during an hour-long interview with The Post.
In the light of those Juneteenth quotes, let me review the current state of play.
In 2018, there were over 600,000 violent incidents between black people and white people.  That’s far too many, obviously, but humanoids of all flavors are not uniformly peaceful. However, here’s the relevant part:
In nine out of ten of those 600,000+ incidents, black people were the offenders and white people were the victims of the violence.
Let me run that past you again so you can take it in. In 2018, the latest year for which we have records, in over 600,000 violent black|white incidents:
• Nine out of ten victims were white.
• Nine out of ten offenders were black
In other words, while there is indeed racism in America, the BLM-claimed and widely believed epidemic of violence against black people is not true in the slightest. There are no masses of white people out there roaming the nights and hunting down black people. There’s no concerted white effort to harm black people.
In fact, the exact opposite is true. There is a verifiable, factual epidemic of black violence against white people.
Note that I’m not complaining about that fact. I’m not giving any “poor me”. I’m just stating what is true.
So no, I’m not taking a knee to the BLM. First off, they endorse and practice violence. They include violent thugs who chant “Pigs in a blanket, fry’em like bacon”. They ambushed and killed policemen. They support rioting and arson.
Second, they are incurably racist, as Muhammad Ali Jr. pointed out above.
But more to the current point, the entire BLM movement is built around a lie. The lie that the BLM is built on is the false claim that there is an epidemic of white violence against black people.
Not only is that a lie, but it is a total inversion of the truth—there is an epidemic of black violence against white people.
And it’s not just an epidemic of black violence against white people. There’s an epidemic of black violence against everyone, including black people. For example, black men are only about 7% of the population … but they commit almost half of all murders. And most of those murdered by black men? Other black people.
Now, please be clear. I understand the variety of historical and social reasons for the black|white disparity in violence and hatred, including the current support of black violence by Democrat leaders. And not just tacit support of violence either—they’re putting up $ to bail out people committing violence. Like I said, Booker T. could see the future with very penetrating eyes. There are a lot of people whose very jobs and income depend on the existence of racial hatred, and they’re pushing it hard, they’ll pay good money to keep us at each others’ throats.
Also, please be clear that I’m not putting any racial group, white, black, or other, up or down above anyone else. Not my style. Plus my friends and relatives of all colors would beat me to a pulp if I tried. Plus my grandma’s ghost would haunt me forever. She grew up in the 1890s in the swamps of Louisiana in the only white family in a large area, surrounded by people she later described as “blacks, Creoles, and Redbone Indians”. Those were the playmates of her childhood and the friends of both her youth and her later days.
She knew, and she taught her children and her seven grandchildren, that the Declaration of Independence was 100% true—all people are indeed created equal. It was never a question in our household. With her children in her own home in the 1920s and 1930s, my grandmother would never allow anyone to utter the n-word. Even back then she hated and spoke out strongly against racism in any form, she was a force of nature … ahead of her time? Yeah, more than half a century ahead of her time. And since I grew up with her ruling our household, those were our ironclad rules in the 1950s as well.
And now? Now, I hold two seemingly-contradictory but in fact complementary views at the same time:
• Having worked and traveled in a number of countries on every continent, the US is the least racist country I know of, and
• There’s still too much racism in the US and still plenty of work to do.
So I’m not denying that US racism exists. It does. Not like when I was a kid, for sure, back when black and white people couldn’t marry … but racism still exists and I’m well aware of that.
Instead, I’m just making a simple point:
At a time in history when white people are the victims in nine out of ten violent black/white incidents, the BLM doesn’t get to play the “VICTIM OF RACIST VIOLENCE” card any more!
Because that’s a BLM-supported black lie … and black lies matter. Their lie is spreading divisiveness and hatred where there should be none. There is real work to be done in the US, and the BLM moves people apart rather than together by falsely claiming that white people are out to do violence to black people. Not true, folks. Black lives matter to me and to millions and millions of white people, and the violence statistics prove that clearly.
So, on this Juneteenth, a day for being thankful for our freedom, my very best wishes to my friends of all colors. Me, I only care about one color—red.
Yep, red. If you bleed any color but red, I get real nervous. I ascribe my fear of green-blooded creatures to reading too much science fiction as a boy, but my fear is real whatever the source … for example, here’s an unretouched photo of US scientists, maybe in Area 51 … or not … extracting blue-colored blood from a brood of imprisoned alien creatures …
From the photo, you can see why I’m only color-conscious about red … blue colored blood is weird.
And to close the color circle, let me return to the Juneteenth Declaration:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.
We’re getting close to the perfection of that ancient promise of absolute equality, dear friends. Not as fast as we might like, and it doesn’t help that the BLM Movement and the Democrat party are both doing their utmost to spread and maintain hatred between the races, but we’re getting there …
PS—And no, the police aren’t systemically out to kill black people either. White cops are no more likely to be violent against black people than are black cops. The problem is police brutality, period.
And if you are getting arrested, your odds of your being killed by the police are greater if you are white … see my posts When Arrests Go Bad and Making The Shortlist for the evidence. Other studies have shown the same.
Are there still racist white cops? Absolutely, just as there are racist black cops, and just as there are racist white, black, and every other kind of people in any profession you can name. Haters are gonna hate, and hating people who are different is an ancient human idocy.
I can’t just describe a problem without proposing at least one thing to improve the situation. In that regard, when we find racist or more commonly simply brutal cops, we should have a standard procedure to revoke their credentials nationwide and blacklist them so they can never again work in any police force. That one change alone would be a huge improvement to our current situation, where bad cops just move to another state.
But is there “systemic racism”? That’s what most of the George Floyd protestorioters are claiming. So let’s start at the logical place, and consider the George Floyd case itself. He was killed by police in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Chief and the Deputy Police Chief are both black … are we to believe that the Police Chief and his Deputy are victims of systemic racism in the Minneapolis police force?
Didn’t think so … see here for more on the lack of systemic racism.
PPS—Yeah, yeah, I know those aren’t actually aliens … or not … still, their blue blood is mondo bizarro.
 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2018. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Table 14