There is never a shortage of far-left garbage flowing from the lips of Harry Belafonte as he struggles to remain relevant six decades after first releasing the calypso music that made him famous.
The man once called George W. Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” immediately before telling Venezuela’s Communist dictator Hugo Chavez he is among “millions of the American people” who “support your revolution.”
Belafonte is one of the rare humans capable of making Chris Matthews seem moderate by comparison.
His latest bout of verbal ignorance came when he weighed in on the ongoing gun debate. As he accepted an award at the NAACP Image Awards, he contended the “group most devastated by America’s obsession with the gun is African Americans.”
I strongly disagree with his assertion that Americans are obsessed with guns. The left certainly is, insofar as they are obsessed with taking them away; but conservatives are only obsessed with freedom and the individual liberty afforded in the Bill of Rights.
He does make a fairly reasonable point that blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence, but that is precisely where his logic breaks down.
“The river of blood that washes the streets of our nation flows mostly from the bodies of our black children,” he stated. “Yet, as the great debate emerges on the question of the gun, white America discusses the constitutional issue of ownership while no one speaks of the consequences of our racial carnage.”
Laying the blame at the feet of the white man is certainly expedient, given his audience at the time, but completely belies the actual cause of such violence.
Using statistics from Chicago, a hotbed of gun violence and leftist stronghold of restrictive gun ownership laws, one can see that three-fourths of all murder victims were black between the years of 2003 and 2011. During that same time period, blacks were also the offenders in the same percentage of murder cases.
It has become boilerplate among leftist adherents to blame any societal ill befalling a minority on the oppression of the majority. Unfortunately, until these race-baiters choose to deal with the problems that actually exist – i.e. black-on-black crime – instead of conveniently targeting imagined institutionalized racism, we can never truly address appropriate remedies.
Many instigators in the progressive movement, though, have no desire to actually deal with the problem in any meaningful way. Maintaining the minority population’s distrust of the racist bogeymen around every corner only serves to keep them loyal to the Democrat Party.
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