Source: Family Security Matters, by ALAN KORNMAN, June 2, 2015
The statistics are in and crime is on the rise in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri following the first wave of riots in August of 2014. In the month of April 2015 homicides are up 81.8%, robberies up 20.4%, burglary up 23.5%.
The rioters have spoken and St. Louis law enforcement is listening. The police learned that their superiors will turn on them if they aggressively do their jobs. An increased police presence and threats of apprehension in high crime areas known as, zero tolerance policing, can end many a good officer’s career.
The result of police officers being arrested for doing their jobs often results in a step down of neighborhood patrols, only answer radio dispatch calls, limit “knock and talk” operations, and stop seeing evidence of crime in plain view. The result of less aggressive policing in the higher crime statistics we see in St. Louis, April 2015 and year to date statistics.
“Black Lives Matter” (BLM) is the driving force in demanding local, state, and federal law enforcement limit the ability of police agencies to serve and protect. According to the their website this is what BLM wants.
“We will help develop a network of organizations and advocates to form a national policy specifically aimed at redressing the systemic pattern of anti-black law enforcement violence in the US. The Justice Department’s new investigation into St Louis-area police departments is a good start, but it’s not enough. Our ride was endorsed by a few dozen local, regional and national organizations across the country – like the National Organization for Women (Now) and Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation – who, while maintaining different missions, have demonstrated unprecedented solidarity in response to anti-black police violence. We hope to encourage more organizations to endorse and participate in a network with a renewed purpose of conceptualizing policy recommendations.
We will also demand, through the network, that the federal government discontinue its supply of military weaponry and equipment to local law enforcement. And though Congress seems to finally be considering measures in this regard, it remains essential to monitor the demilitarization processes and the corporate sectors that financially benefit from the sale of military tools to police.
We will call on the office of US attorney general Eric Holder to release the names of all officers involved in killing black people within the last five years, both while on patrol and in custody, so they can be brought to justice – if they haven’t already.
And we will advocate for a decrease in law-enforcement spending at the local, state and federal levels and a reinvestment of that budgeted money into the black communities most devastated by poverty in order to create jobs, housing and schools. This money should be redirected to those federal departments charged with providing employment, housing and educational services.”
To understand Black Lives Matter politics we must learn the background of it’s leader Alicia Garza. “Born in 1981, Alicia Garza is a self-described “queer” social-justice activist who, from 2009-14, served as executive director of the San Francisco-based People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), a group aiming to “secur[e] living wage employment, job security, affordable housing, and community services” for low-income black and Latino families.
“Garza reveres the Marxist revolutionary, former Black Panther, and convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur for her contributions to the “Black Liberation Movement.” Garza is likewise a great admirer of Angela Davis (another Marxist and former Black Panther), Ella Baker (an avowed socialistwho had ties to the Communist Party USA and the Weather Underground), Audre Lorde (a black Marxist lesbian feminist), and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee activist Fannie Lou Hamer. “These women really attempt and attempted to tackle some of the biggest questions facing our society,” says Garza. “Learning about them and in some cases getting a chance to meet them really underscores that everyday people, when working together with a shared vision, can accomplish extraordinary things.”
“In 2013, Garza collaborated with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi to co-found Black Lives Matter (BLM), an online platform designed to stoke black rage and galvanize a protest movement in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the “white Hispanic” who was tried for murder and manslaughter after he had shot and killed a black Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin in a highly publicized February 2012 altercation.”
“By Garza’s telling, BLM is, at its essence, “a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement” for those who, as a result of ubiquitous “white supremacy” and “state violence,” have been “deprived of [their] basic human rights and dignity.” This deprivation, she says, manifests itself in a variety of forms-most notably, rampant poverty, “genocide,” and mass incarceration. The fact that “1 million Black people are locked in cages in this country,” Garza asserts, separates many black fathers from their sons and daughters while forcing black women “to bear the burden of a relentless assault on our children and our families.”
“What we know,” said Garza, “is that there is a Black Spring that is emerging where communities that have been under the boot of police terrorism, communities that have been attacked by poverty and unemployment, are rising up, coming together and advancing new solutions and new visions and new demands to create a new world where Black peoples’ lives matter…. [W]e’ve had enough…” (Source: Discover The Networks.)
Alicia Garza is the poisonous well from which the recent attacks on our police originates from. Ms. Garza writes for WarTimes magazine, which promotes “antiwar, antimilitarist” efforts to radically transform American society by stoking antagonisms based on “race, class and gender.” Ms. Garza has a profound ignorance of what principles the United States was founded on.
America is a nation of laws firmly rooted in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our unique free society and culture did not just suddenly appear in 1776. Our Representative Republic was built on the successes and failures of previous world governments dating back to the Roman Empire and before. Our founding fathers were radical in the sense they put their self interests aside and formed a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
The current attack on our nation’s local and state law enforcement is the beginning of a trend that will have negative ramifications across the country, if not reversed.
Law enforcement is tasked with enforcing the laws our legislatures write. For a society to function, the citizenry must follow our man made laws. Each person understands that if he or she breaks our laws they risk arrest, fines, or imprisonment. The accused has the right to his/her day in court where guilt or innocence is determined by a jury of one’s peers. In a post trial hearing, a Judge will hand down sentencing based on pre-established guidelines.
When the police no longer enforce our laws the fabric of our civil society starts unravelling one incremental thread at a time.
When people like Alicia Garza say she wants to, “radically transform American society by stoking antagonisms based on race, class, and gender” her real dream is to destroy that which gives her the free speech to spew her vile separatist agenda. As the crime stats point out, the only thing Alicia Garza and her separatist followers brought St. Louis and Ferguson, Mo was destruction during the two waves of rioting and higher crime rates after the fact.
Listen up America – If you don’t want any interaction with the police obey the law. If you find yourself in a situation where you must interact with the police do exactly what they say when they say it. If you are driving and are stopped by the police, turn off your ignition, put your keys on the dashboard, both hands on the top of the steering wheel, and only speak when spoken to.
If violent gangs rule your neighborhood you have only two options. Help the police make cases against the gangs despite the reality of likely gang retaliation. Or keep silent and live in a constant state of fear. This break down of society and living in a constant state of fear are the goods Alicia Garza and her Marxist violent ilk are selling.
Moral of this story: The next time you see a cop, fireman, soldier, or veteran give them a smile and a thank you, even when the cop gives you a ticket for for going 4 miles per hour over the speed limit. As your cursing up a storm inside your head, remember a large percentage of violent criminals are caught during routine traffic stops.