All of this was easily predictable.
Conservative commentators and media talking heads are thrilled when urban violence breaks out over police brutality incidents. If you peruse National Review Online or listen to Rush or Sean or Bill-o or, or, or.....you'll see how elated they are over what's gone down in Baltimore. They simply love this stuff.
Think about where we are today in media coverage over what started out as a story about Baltimore police breaking the spine of an unarmed black youth who then died. Today, the story is no longer about what the Baltimore police did. It's about parenting, model mothers, black youth thuggishness, and if you consult the supremacists in all-white media....it's about the failure of liberalism and the Democratic Party.
The bitterly racist ElRushbo yesterday....."...that's the benefit of being 64 years old. I've seen this before, and all of you my age have. I'll bet many of you my age are looking at all this and saying, "Been there, done that."
I'm a bit older than the racist Limbaugh....and I've also seen this stuff before. I've seen the German Shepherds sicced on black protestors in the 1960's. The billy-club beatings, the firehoses......the white establishment treatment of American blacks demanding equal rights. Yes, I've seen this all before.
Because I've seen this all before, I can tell you that the same type of white supremacists as Rush and his ilk are today, the same white-entitled-mentality folks who have successfully turned the police-brutality Freddie Gray account into an account bashing poor, marginalized blacks in general.....were the ones leading the charge against black equality in the 1960's.
Sure, these conservative whites speak oh-so-glowingly about MLK today.....but let me tell you, conservative whites hated MLK and what he was doing for powerless blacks back in the 60's....just as much as today's white conservatives openly exhibit hatred for the likes of Sharpton and Jackson today.
Back in the good-old bad days, what really made white conservatives angry was when people like MLK spoke so publicly, and frankly, about the plight of blacks in the U.S. You see, entitled-whites back then maybe, sort of, agreed that black citizens should be considered equal with whites, at least on legal paper. What they literally despised however was hearing blacks, seeing blacks on their black and white teevees speaking so clearly about how the conservative white majority had been responsible for maintaining institutionalized racism for all those years.
Now, again, in 2015, the dynamic is disturbingly similar. What many on the conservative right try to avoid in the wake of events like Ferguson or Freddie Gray and Baltimore is any discussion which directs the conversation to the root causes of black protests over police brutality. Poverty, unemployment, white flight, the war on drugs, disproportional incarceration rates, etc......just like inequality before Civil Rights legislation.....are all stuff conservative whites don't like talking, or hearing about.
Thus, the almost instant detour in discussions about Baltimore, twisting another police brutality/killing story into a focus on black parenting, property destruction and roving gangs of black youth. ....and liberalism, the same liberalism which led to the Civil Rights legislation of the middle 60's.
To illustrate this theme....consider this CNN interview done by "centrist" Wolf Blitzer.
Blitzer had one goal in interviewing DeRay McKesson.....get him to say that black violence in Baltimore is unacceptable. The reason why there's an upheaval in that city wasn't on Blitzer's agenda.
“You want peaceful protests, right?” Blitzer began his interview by asking McKesson.
“Yes,” McKesson replied, after being momentarily taken aback by the obvious nature of the question. “Remember, the people that have been violent since August have been the police. When you think about the 300 people that have been killed this year alone. Like that is violence.”
“But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires — these are statistics,” Blitzer countered, robotically reading a police press release. “There’s no excuse for that kind of violence, right?”
“Yeah, and there’s no excuse for the seven people that the Baltimore City Police Department has killed in the last year either, right?” McKesson shot back.
That's not the answer the white, conservative Blitzer was looking for. And like the authoritarian he is, Blitzer tried to scold McKesson a bit....
“We’re not making comparisons,” Blitzer stuttered. “Obviously, we don’t want anybody hurt. But I just want to hear you say that there should be peaceful protests, not violent protests in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
No, on CNN, or anywhere else, it is not "obvious" that "we don't want anybody hurt." White establishment folk defended the killing by police of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and so on....and still do so today. But it's the verbal punch to Blitzer's bearded face from McKesson in response to Wolfie's scold attempt that is so refreshing...
“And you are making a comparison,” McKesson added. “You are suggesting this idea that broken windows are worse than broken spines, right?”
And there it is. To conservative whites, I'm sad to suggest, "broken windows are worse than broken spines." If that isn't the case, why have main media been relentlessly focusing on property damage these past 48 hours....instead of focusing on why the unrest took place.
To his credit, McKesson, unwilling to play along with CNN's little game of "look over there''.....spoke truth....the same kind of truth white conservatives in the 60's simply hated hearing....
“And what we know to be true is the police are killing people everywhere. They’re killing people here. Six police officers were involved in the killing of Freddie Gray, and we’re looking for justice there. And that’s real. The violence the police have been inflicting on communities of color has been sustained and deep.”
What is truly depressing about all of this is that nothing will change. Investigations and reviews...blah, blah....convened panels and community hearings...blah, blah...and all the rest of it which will now follow....will come to nothing. Like I said...predictable.