Hey Liberal Media Assholes – Read This

Commentary | Jim Watkins

I made the comment about the rioters that they should just let it burn. I meant it figuratively.

For three months many Americans have been told to stay indoors, they have been told they have no job, no vacations or trips to the zoo or park. Stay home. Death is outside your door.

And then, right at about the same time the figures starting showing that COVID-19 was not exploding anywhere else but New York and the Tri-State area, a viral video caught the attention of the mainstream news media. And they ran with it.

Nothing drives news like a clean video of a black guy being beaten by police officers, and watching (playing) the video over and over, on top of the fact that we have all been caged up what is starting to look like for no good reason AND I have no job to go back to, makes me furious. Just like it has made millions of people furious.

The video was the last straw.

Then, mysterious groups jumped in and added more chaos to the protests, the people throwing molotov cocktail bombs and breaking into business want anarchy; they want to tear down institutions because it’s the only cause they can find. Nothing like an angst twenty-something with no life plan playing with fire.

There are other forces of course, the media whores like Rachel Maddoux, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, and Wolf, and that is what they are, whores who have prostituted real news to the level slightly below the National Enquirer. It stopped being about the truth a long time ago.

And then there are the politicians like Kamala Harris, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters and a few mayors who love to throw the word ‘white supremacy’ around to stir things up. All of these people could care less if America burns. It was never their country to love; it was always a playground to push whatever agenda made them feel superior, as long as it was against tradition, which they despise.

I’ve lived through enough riots to know they come and they go. They let off steam because they are a reaction by a segment of people who believe they are stuck – and they are – stuck by an imperfect system that doesn’t allow for much error.

But we built this system through the leaders we voted in. If the system isn’t working, the people who make and pass the laws need to re-examine them. This is how we perfect the system as it goes along. Our system is built upon trial and error. Evolution periodically changed by revolution.

We also need to remember that what happen to George Floyd is the exception, though the frequency of seeing the video might convince you otherwise. Thousands of people break the law every single day, and 99% of the arrests go pretty smoothly. But no two are the same and an overzealous or insensitive law enforcement officer must self-check.

Even law enforcement agrees with the protestors, George Floyd died tragically and unnecessarily. But we are a nation of laws, and we have to allow that process to play itself out. That is why we are the greatest country on earth, because no one is supposed to be above the law.

When the coronavirus hit, it blew me away. I was and am still sometimes overwhelmed by what happened on a global scale, and most of us don’t realize it is still far from over. Our economy, according to Forbes, will take a decade to rebuild. Let that sink in.

But how quickly everything switched to George Floyd. In a matter of hours we went from a global pandemic that stopped a global economy in its tracks, and to riots in the streets because I Can’t Breathe

Just like that.

So yes, I am little hesitant to get all up in arms about the riots. They will pass. And the reason they will pass is because something else will come along to distract us. The media, once they sense low ratings, shifts and finds the next big event to get people riled up about. 

Or as Malcolm McLuhen stated in 1954, “the nature of a medium, the channel through which a message is transmitted, is more important than the meaning or content of the message.”

The riots therefore, are just a prop; the real story is the way the media has turned Americans, albeit temporarily, against each other with one well-orchestrated stroke, which shows how effective today’s media has become. 

And that should worry everyone.

George Floyd Died Because of 50 Years of Democratic Policy

How did we get to the point in the U.S. where there is a huge divide over racial equity in our nation, a pluralist nation where Black and White have coexisted for 400 years?

There can be no question that from the day of Emancipation to the day the Civil Rights Act was passed 10 decades later, Black suffering continued, but it took on a different form. 

Oppression has many faces.

It can also be said that while racial injustice continues, it bears further and candid examination as to why it is that black American men are incarcerated at a higher proportional rate than caucasian American men.

Poverty strikes inner-city blacks at a much higher proportional rate than caucasians simply because of the fact that there are more Blacks settled in inner cities (where there were traditionally more jobs during the 19th and 20th Century).

After the Civil Rights Act was passed, a policy that was designed to help build up Black communities by creating laws against discrimination, there was also the unlooked-for harvest of a growing Welfare State that created dependence within inner-city black communities.

More government programs were developed to aid unwed mothers where we saw a higher proportionality of younger black women having children without fathers; this in turn, disenfranchised young black men from further financial or parental involvement.

Even today, welfare recipients are “penalized” if mother and father reside in the same dwelling. And that was the key to further oppression. Instead of government programs encouraging black American families to stay together, they instead, instituted programs that drove them apart, including access to abortion clinics, increased sex education in school (which promoted promiscuity by normalizing teenage sexual behavior), and of course, more benefits were handed to unwed mothers – just enough to keep them from starving.

Meantime, strict drug laws were enacted in the 1980’s while NOT stemming the flow of drugs into inner cities, thus creating increased profits to men who had an easy way to make quick cash. Thus, the inner city gangland was created.

In the last twenty years we have seen Mexican cartels move into these areas that were once controlled by young black men.

Today’s drug wars in Chicago are a perfect example of what happens to African-American families when they have three generations of fatherless children. To ignore this reality is to refuse to address the underlying problem that has led us to where we are today.

Children from these impoverished homes, following the same cyclical path, also produce more offspring, and these offspring are the ones we see today grown up and rioting; third generation children raised in a cycle of government produced poverty, by a system that produced dependence instead of independence.

All of this has led us to the present day where again there is less opportunity with higher unemployment, along with more obstacles, more incarceration and hence, more examples of police violence now being displayed (which now has exploded thanks to smartphones and social media).

So the violence against black men, for which we are holding a national protest, stems not from the systemic racism, but instead, from an overzealous democratic government that took on the role of producing less opportunity and more dependency.

Too many Black men from 1965 to 1995 in America got lost in a system that seemingly no longer needed them and to whom the American dream was but an illusion, a sad and harsh joke.

Every study shows that a two-parent home is better for child rearing. All studies also show that parenting is good for the parents because it teaches young people (men and women) to grow up and take responsibility. There was never a time in any society when this wasn’t true, and yet for the last 50 years in this country, the paternalistic government of the United States, at the behest of mostly the Democratic Party, has quietly told the Black community, “don’t worry about the father of that child, we’ll take care of them for you.”

I have met people like George Floyd. I have welcomed people into my home who have just had horrible lives, mostly because of the impoverished conditions for which they were brought up and raised. It is difficult to break that cycle if you are a young black man who, at 19, has had a skirmish or two against the law, stuff that sticks with you and limits opportunity for achieving “the American Dream”

Today’ oppression is economic, stemming from a paternal government, who, in an attempt to make good on past sins, created a welfare-system that made single African-American mothers an unsuspecting ward of the State, while eschewing the role of the African American father.

What people really should be enraged about is the symbol of what that video of George Floyd truly represents, the video of Officer Derrick Chauvin with his knee on the neck of the black man.

George was no longer needed by society. The knee is, to me, the symbol of oppression of democratic policies that have destroyed the Black family in America.

And in a twist of irony, when the Floyd murder case is settled, once again the U.S. government will hand the children of Mr. Floyd a check and say, let us help make the pain go away for taking yet another Black American father.

Jim Watkins is the host of the Speaking Out Podcast. Watkins grew up in South Los Angeles during both Watts riots in the 1960’s and is a former resident of Los Angeles who now is a media consultant.

The Truth About Racism

Guess what. America is made of up different races, and we all don’t always get along. It’s actually quite normal for people to have to work to get along. People are normally belligerent towards one another, it’s human nature.

The Jews hate the Blacks, the Blacks hate the Mexicans who hate the Puerto Ricans, the Cubans hate the Haitians, the Columbians hate the Mexicans, and the Whites are suspicious of almost most anyone who is not white. Anyone tells you different is a liar.

Don’t believe me?

Go ask a clerk at an all night liquor store about racism. He (or she) will tell you most average people are absolutely hung up on race. You have to be cognizant of it because its real. Only people who live in ivory towers and don’t mingle with the rest of us thinks there’s a problem. And some fool in said ivory tower thinks you can somehow stamp it out by regulating it. End racism NOW! As if they truly understand how endemic it is to humanity.

If you define racism as “being culturally akin to the race you were born into,” then it’s kind of like being on a team – your default tribe.

There is a story that while filming the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes, all of the extras in chimp costumes hung together while at lunch, the Gorillas, and the humans also seem to “hang” with one another on the set in-between takes. As social creatures it is our tendency to identify with those who are of the same tribe as ourselves and assume, for safety reasons, that we are more comfortable staying with that tribe with whom share familiarity. It doesn’t mean you hate the other tribe, but it does mean you are capable of identifying group associations. Ask anyone who has spent time in prison and they will tell you this fact. Where do you think tattoos came from?

Except that now, because the Left has determined it so, hanging with “our own” is somehow racist, non-inclusive. It’s like the annoying kid in junior high that you were forced to hang out with because he is the new kid and we all have to be nice to him, except that niceties aside, it is normal to want to associate with members of your own kind. But it doesn’t mean you don’t like the others, or even that you care or judge people who are of a different color, or as Obama put it, “it is hardwired into our DNA” and it probably is a survival mechanism (although Obama was referring only to white people, which makes it somewhat a racist statement – more on that in a moment).

If an old lady is walking down a dark street and she see’s two dark figures heading towards her, is she a racist for crossing the street to avoid them? Or is the woman a just makings security decision?

The Left, or “the fixers” as I call them, are so much about inclusion (well, accept for the people they don’t like) that they literally force everyone to mingle by law.

Dr. Jordan Peterson calls it correctly when he states there are more differences among individuals within the same group than there are among groups themselves. People are generally the same, they have the same basic desires, fears and challenges, but it is absolutely true that among races there are recognizable characteristics between them, and there is nothing negative about acknowledging the obvious differences. Or, as Jerry Seinfeld put it, “it’s only racist when you same something negative.

In almost every culture the people who belong to it almost always poke fun at themselves (or others among themselves while no one is around), but according to today’s ruling elites, this is improper – especially if you are of one race referencing another. It has gotten to the point where it is now even inappropriate to ask someone where they came from, as if acknowledging someone’s country of origin would make someone feel bad

Who decides this?

People are uniquely different. It’s why comedy is so funny, because we as human beings recognize that yes, we do have stereotypical behavior. Humor tells us to not take those differences too seriously. Leftists tell us we should be ashamed for noticing them.

We are all racially cognizant in the sense that we observe our differences and acknowledge them, not because we dislike other people who come from different places, but because we see with our eyes that we are different, and that it’s okay to be different. Perhaps this is why the Left hates it so, because their attempt to to make everyone the same, even when nature tells us otherwise.

Jim Watkins is a former national talk show host, podcast host of Candidly Speaking, an author and writer. follow Jim on twitter @candidspeaker