We do so by rejecting immediately the voices of Identity Justice and the embracing of real justice. Real justice sees the facts, acknowledges reality, and makes sure that at the end of the day everyone is equal before the law.
The killing of an unarmed Michael Brown, who was black, in one-sided shoot out with a police officer who was white in Ferguson, Missouri set off a national firestorm. At the epicenter were protests by many and even riots by a criminal subset , then came the rest of the story. It appeared the unarmed man attacked an armed Policeman in his own squad car. He attempted to take his weapon, injuring the officer. When he came back toward the officer, the officer naturally would not allow him another attempt. He shot and killed him. That is one incredible turn of events. Not so said some witnesses. The gentle giant was gunned down for failing to walk on the sidewalk. Others seem to give a different tale. Who is right? I am not sure anyone knows outside of those who have the secret grand jury evidence and testimony. I cannot make a judgment or take sides without the information needed to do so. Sometimes, I feel that I am alone in that assessment. The pressure to take sides is significant. The fact that Police in Missouri inflamed the situation by leaving the body uncovered for hours on the street more like a deer been shot down, does not help bring unity nor does a history of insensitivity or worse leading up to the case. That does not change the fact that this patrol officer cannot be judged by the actions of others and certainly not the actions of history. People like myself, who acknowledge that racism is real and there is a disparity in justice, but also acknowledge that there is a criminal subculture that disproportionately affects minority communities and the eradication of it is the opposite of racist are called upon to take sides. I believe the indiscriminate undermining of local law enforcement does as much damage to minority communities as the KKK did. So who do I support? The one not guilty of a crime. You remove a cancer with a scalpel not an ax and you cure an infection with medicine not poison. First we need to diagnose are we dealing with the cancer of racism or the infection of lawlessness. Then we act with reason not just emotion. Rushing to judgment leads to the wrong treatment. In the era of instant communications, the idea that we have to wait for months to learn basic facts about an important and explosive case is difficult for us. In the absence of facts, we are to identify with our tribe. Some Black extremists have wised up to the fact that destroying Black neighborhoods does not help Blacks. They now call for taking the fight to White neighborhoods so they know what it feels like to be Black. I am not sure what that means. I do not think they do either. They are operating out of rage because they are sure the system will cover up the facts and justify the officer. It has happened before. Who can deny that? What they overlook is that more often than not, it does not happen. Part of the reason is technology allows the whistle blower to get the truth out in spite of the establishment. The other part of the reason is that “White” America is not a monolith. This is not 1939. The majority of the people that the extremists feel need to experience the rage of disenfranchised Blacks are people who are not racists and even more to the point would support justice on principle whichever way the facts go. Justice is no longer mainly based upon your group identity. So what do the advocates of Identity justice hope to achieve? If their proposed solution would push those who now favor them into the opposite camp and undo 60 years of progress, why advocate it? The secret is that integration is hated by those who gained power by division, not just Black extremists, but White, Asian, American Indian, Latino, and sub divisions thereof by ethnicity in those groups. The best way to shatter America’s emerging meritocracy is to take video of neighborhoods being invaded by thugs. Fear will rule on one side as anger rules the other. A clash would occur fanned by 24/7 cable news and social media. People would fall back into safe camps. Identity Justice would give way into identity politics on steroids. Legitimate discussions on issues of justice, economics, and social policy from an inclusive way would shut down. The good news is that they will not shutdown for long. What extremist on both sides neglect to consider is that integration is a fact of life that cannot be undone. It is a fact in businesses, governments, and even families. I doubt they would even be widely successful projecting their riots. Many poorer blacks have relatives helping them who live in those now integrated neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods have friends, doctors, employers, and family. Contrary to image both extremists apparently have of poor Blacks, they are not angry, lawless, vengeful people. They are people who care about their future and their children. They love this country and are frustrated that they feel locked out of the American dream. They want in not to take it down. They are victimized by the criminal element more than anyone else and won’t join it to make a point. Sadly, YouTube and CNN can make 100 people look like an uprising. How do we prevent the unraveling of our social fabric?