New Year’s Eve Protests: When Will it End?
A website called Stop Mass Incarceration is sending out a message to the idiots who believe that, in America, black lives don’t matter to the police. Instead of letting this regrettable movement die a natural death, the website is asking activists to disrupt New Year’s Eve celebrations across the country. According to the site, “the powerful, beautiful, and necessary outpourings that have disrupted this society’s normal routine must continue and escalate on New Years Eve and into the New Year.”
With or without motivation from a single website, it seems inevitable that New Year’s Eve celebrations in Boston, Houston, L.A., Times Square, and elsewhere will be interrupted by protestors. And that’s fine. Though I question whether these protestors have the right to take over stores, stop traffic, close bridges, and impede society, they have the right to assemble and chant. The question is when, where, and how is someone going to tell them the truth: your “movement” is built on a foundation of lies.
Because the subject is one so sensitive as race, though, no one is going to risk their political career to come out and say that. No one who would actually have a chance of getting through, anyway. So the protests will continue, the politicians will keep abetting them, and the media will keep reporting on it like it has some relationship with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. It doesn’t.
Dropping Truth Bombs
If the Black Lives Matter protestors wanted to make serious changes in their communities, they might start with the real problems. Problems like the 70 percent of black children born out of wedlock. Problems like the 60 percent of black children who grow up without their father in the home. Problems like gangs, black criminality, and black-on-black violence. Problems like the stunning rate of black abortion. Problems like the Democrats who stifle black progress with programs that encourage the cycle of poverty.
It would be nice to suggest that the protests have had no effect, but that isn’t the case. A story in the New York Post suggests that NYPD officers are beginning to look the other way when it comes to minor crimes in the Big Apple. The protests – and the murder of two NYPD cops – have encouraged a climate of fear where cops are hesitant to do their jobs. This climate threatens to undo the city-wide turnaround effected by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s, sending New York back into the crime-ridden hellhole it was the decade before.
This isn’t a white vs. black thing, as much as the instigators want to make it so. The people who will be most hurt by reduced policing are blacks themselves. But that’s another truth no one is going to tell the protestors.