WASHINGTON – Weeks ago, the Alexandria Council in suburban Virginia moved to take down the name of Jefferson Davis, the traitorous president of the Confederate States of America, from signs marking U.S. Route 1 through the city.
Even if successful, there are several hundred more miles of the good old “Jeff Davis Highway” to deal with before Route 1 touches the North Carolina border.
Here are some of the ways Virginia and other Southern states have found to commemorate the quaint era when millions of African-Americans suffered under slavery and Jim Crow.
Nearby is Robert E. Lee High School, honoring the man who ordered Confederate forces to their blood-soaked marches into Pennsylvania and Maryland.
There are brand-new signs on U.S. Route 50 saluting Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.
Yes, there are plenty of symbols and issues, new and old, that African-Americans can, and should, be furious at.
At the same time, there are forces at large that have converted blacks’ righteous anger into a new wave of rioting, looting, killing and destruction in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and Charlotte, N.C. Peaceful demonstrations be damned. From San Diego to Niagara Falls, cities are on edge.
Every time a person is shot by police, urban communities wonder if they’re going to be next. Both presidential candidates are exploiting this tension: Donald Trump discovering he is the law-and-order candidate, and Hillary Clinton fueling suspicions of all police officers, picking up grenades lobbed by President Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Al Sharpton over the last four years.
Criminologist Heather Mac Donald writes that Clinton voiced “lies” about law enforcement in last Monday’s debate with Trump.
Clinton, Mac Donald said, intoned a “dangerous narrative” by implying that the entire justice system is biased against African-Americans and Hispanics, when the evidence is to the contrary.
All police should be educated against their “implicit bias” against minorities, Clinton insisted.
Clinton’s “dangerous falsehoods,” Mac Donald writes, could result in the continuing “delegitimation of the criminal justice system.” That process, she said, “with its attendant hostility and aggression toward police officers, has already produced the largest one-year surge in homicides in urban areas in nearly a half-century.”
It would be simplistic to say Clinton picked up this theme of “implicit racism” from Obama. But she, like Obama, was an early admirer of the late Chicago agitator Saul Alinsky, whose favorite slogan was, “rub raw the sores of discontent.”
Mac Donald is the author of the book “The War on Cops.”
Among the Obama administration’s legacies is an informal but lethal “entitlement.” That one supposedly entitles a minority person to resist arrest when approached by a police officer. There is no such right now, and there never was. But this “right” is what has triggered most of the violence.
There are well-meaning persons, including professional athletes, who have been caught up in this lie about law enforcement. They are surely entitled to their freedom of speech, even before captive audiences in stadiums and on TV. But they should also consider the consequences.
A test of character: Yes, he’s running for re-election. But Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., rates kudos for defying Obama and successfully co-sponsoring legislation to give families victimized by the 9/11 attack the ability to seek money from governments that may have backed the twin towers terrorists.