All of America believed George Floyd was murdered. President Trump, all the commentators on Fox News, and even police officers across the nation expressed outrage at the infamous video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, causing his death.
This marked the first time a “blue on black” death was condemned by so many who normally might oppose the Black Lives Matter movement. What was the result of this unity? Massive looting. It is not confined to statues of confederate generals. Statues and monuments that pay homage to abolitionists, black civil war troops and even Gandhi have come under attack.
The looters have turned solidarity into divisiveness.
Which top Democratic leaders called for the city’s mayors to bring order to the chaos? Answer: None of them. Which top Republican leaders called for the city’s mayors to bring order to the chaos? Answer: All of them.
The presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Joe “If you don’t vote for me, you’re not Black” Biden, wrote the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act which passed in a 61-38 vote. Thirty-seven of 41 Republican Senators did not vote for the act.
How was that legislation received by people of color? At a Chicago rally, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said that President Clinton had the chance, “with one stroke of your veto pen, to correct the most grievous racial injustice built into our legal system.”
Twenty years after being made law the numbers told the tale. A Black child born in 2014 had a 1 in 3 chance of spending time in prison or jail. A Latino child had a 1 in 6 chance.
What was then Vice President Biden’s response after being informed of those numbers in 2014? Nothing. Crickets.
In 2018 the U.S. Senate passed, on a bi-partisan 87-12 vote, the First Step Act. President Trump signed it into law days later.
That Republican initiative released more than 3,000 federal prisoners based on changes to the First Step Act’s “good-time credits” formula and more than 2,000 received sentence reductions.
The idea that Democrats best represent minorities is not going unchallenged by people of color.
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King tweeted “Stop generically telling us to vote in response to all of the police brutality we have right now. Yes, we should vote. But we have to be very specific. Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. We voted for them.”
During this unrest, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), an African-American, wrote a bill to address police brutality. On June 24, the U.S. Senate voted whether to debate Scott’s bill. Sixty “yes” votes are required. Every single “no” vote was cast by a Democrat sending it down to defeat 55-45.
Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Ferguson, Baltimore — all rocked by racial unrest resulting in billions in property damage losses and an incalculable loss of wealth by the business owners and residents of those communities. What else do these cities have in common? Decades of Democrat-dominated leadership.