I read with interest and considerable puzzlement Roger Simon’s column in Wednesday’s MDJ concerning the situation in Ferguson and his insipid call for a conversation on race and racism in America.
It is my belief that we have had a conversation on race for almost 50 years now. Many times it seems that it’s all we talk about. Unfortunately, it has been rather one-sided thanks to liberal dogma (championed by the press).
If Mr. Simon wants a national discussion on race, then he and his left-wing ilk should start by accepting a few truths, for example:
- Black Americans make up somewhere between 30 percent and 40 percent of this nation’s prison population, even though they make up only about 13 percent of the general population.
- Most violent crime that is visited upon black Americans is perpetrated by other black Americans.
- More than half of black American babies are born out of wedlock (and in many American cities that figure approaches 80 percent).
Democrat politicians need to keep the issue of racism alive so that black Americans will continue to demonstrate their misplaced loyalty to them every Election Day. Democrats have no vested political interest in any kind of resolution, no matter how just or evenhanded.
So, is a national conversation on race needed? Absolutely. But not when engaged on a field that is tilted (by the media) to favor one side and not when the language and narrative are dictated by one side. When liberals like Mr. Simon are ready to agree to those terms, let the conversation begin.