By Jim Goad
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The weekend before last, Donald Trump egged on a frenzied crowd of sweaty Alabama rednecks as they beat, kicked, and bludgeoned a peaceful Black Lives Matter activist, while last Monday night five peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis were shot by a group of armed white supremacists who came looking for trouble and fired wantonly into the crowd.This is all part of the ongoing terror and violence that our white supremacist society routinely rains down on noble, long-suffering black Americans.
Of course that’s all bullshit. But... that’s the impression you’d get from reading most media accounts.
Let’s “deconstruct” these real-life events, shall we?
According to the Daily Beast, the black protester at the Alabama Trump rally, one Mercutio Southall, Jr., was “beaten” by the crowd and is planning to file hate-crime charges. Donald Trump is being considered as a possible accessory to the crime. The New York Times also states as fact that he was “beaten.” The Washington Post says that he was “punched.” Keep in mind that in the absence of clear evidence and a criminal trial, reporters are supposed to insert an “allegedly” or “reportedly.” But in all these cases, they claim without equivocation that a crowd of fat old angry white bigots assaulted this man.
Here is video of the beginning of the fracas with Southall.
From what I can tell, he’s screaming and elbowing and gesticulating and generally being a bellicose prick. But I don’t see him getting punched or beaten. And here is video from a CNN reporter stating that Southall “was shoved, tackled, punched & kicked.”
I’ve closely watched the latter video at least ten times, and the only person I can see throwing a punch is Southall.
When one’s entire identity revolves around being persecute - yet to one’s extreme dismay people aren’t actually persecuting you - one must often resort to... making shit up.
What’s truly unsettling is how easy it is these days for these blatant liars to be believed.
Despite the fact that the Birmingham crowd who came to see Trump was estimated to be at least 10,000 strong, Southall claims his mission was to start barking from the crowd to inform Trump “he’s not welcome here.”
What level of delusionally meddlesome asshole must one be to go somewhere you’re obviously not welcome merely so you can bark to the star of the show that he isn’t welcome?
As luck would have it, back when he wasn’t a full-time shit-disturber, Southall had attended police academy but was too goddamned fat to pass the physical test. Since then he has been repeatedly arrested for making a public nuisance of himself. He estimates he has been Tasered 30 times as a result of his “activism.” He says his mom was married to a “crackhead,” but for some reason he still seems to find white police more of a threat to his four younger sisters than the fact that his mom was married to... a crackhead.
Southall had previously been involved in a two-hour armed stand-off with police on July 4, 2014.
* AND YET... HE'S NOT CURRENTLY SERVING TIME IN PRISON...
Since then he has been arrested for public disturbances last December, this past April, and in October. (Apparently he thinks taunting police with guns is the best way to keep his four younger sisters safe.)
“I’m about black people,” Southall told a reporter. “I’m not a racist, but I am about my people.”
What a sweet sentiment. Let’s see a white guy try to get away with saying exactly the same thing.
Despite Southall’s clear record of being a gleefully full-throttle agitator, a Birmingham police official was deemed a Jim Crow-era tobacco-chawin’ bigot for referring to him as an “agitator.”
* MY HEADACHE IS GETTING WORSE...
In Minneapolis last Monday night, five Black Lives Matter protestors were shot by someone in a group of three white males who’d attended the protest. In report after report, the whites were referred to as “white supremacists” who sprayed lead at “peaceful” protestors. There was no journalistic equivocation, no “alleged” — this was all stated as fact.
The evidence that they were white supremacists? Simple hearsay from a spokeswoman for Black Lives Matter as well as from the aptly surnamed Nekima Levy-Pounds, who told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on nonviolent, peaceful protesters.”
That’s nice, Ms. Pounds, but what does the video evidence show?
It shows an angry mob of blacks surrounding and repeatedly sucker-punching someone who’s recording the event on his phone camera.
It also shows two black males explaining that they were confused about whether the whites were actually “white supremacists” since one of the whites was holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign.
(*DARK AMUSED SMIRK*)
It also shows those two black males explaining that the whites were surrounded, chased, and repeatedly punched before they reached for their guns.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
But again and again, despite the clear evidence, the press described the black "protesters" as peaceful... while referring to the whites they punched and chased as “white supremacists.”
Allow me to gently suggest that for all intents and purposes, objective journalism no longer exists in the United States.
The entire Black Lives Matter phenomenon is moored in lies and rampaging innumeracy. The idea that black Americans are routinely hunted down like wild game and shot cold by bloodthirsty white police officers — and especially the idea that this is the main threat to “black lives” — stands in screaming contrast to reality.
To his severe discredit, Donald Trump recently tweeted an image about interracial crime statistics that was factually inaccurate.
* AND SO...
Let’s deal with accuracy instead... because it still puts lie to the entire Black Lives Matter sham.
* GOOD IDEA!
I’ve recently noticed that whenever anyone says that 93% of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks, some addled enabler of black dysfunction will counter that most white victims are killed by other whites.
Technically, that’s true — according to a 2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics report, from 1980 through 2008, 93% of black murder victims were killed by blacks, while 84 percent of white murder victims were killed by whites.
* GOT THAT? NOW... PAY ATTENTION... FOCUS... READ CAREFULLY:
In other words, 16% of white murder victims are killed by non-whites, whereas only 7% of black murder victims are killed by non-blacks. Sixteen divided by seven is 2.28. Then take into account that there are roughly five times as many whites in America than blacks.
* FOLLOWING? GOT IT SO FAR? KEEP READING...
Multiplying 2.28 times five, we arrive at the statistical fact that a white murder victim is over eleven times more likely to have been killed by someone black than a black murder victim is to have been killed by a white person.
* BY THE WAY... I WONDER HOW MANY OF THOSE "WHITE" FOLKS ARE... er... "WHITE HISPANICS?"
And let’s not forget — because the media staunchly refuses to remind you of this fact — that from 1980 to 2012, American police killed nearly twice as many whites than blacks.
According to 2011 BJS stats regarding homicide, black perps offend at a rate eight times higher than whites.
Yes, there are five times as many whites as there are blacks, but when one controls for black homicide rates and the frequency of violent encounters between blacks and police, whites are more likely than blacks to be shot dead by a cop.
Here are some facts that you’ll never see on a Black Lives Matter banner:
Blacks are in far more danger from other blacks than they are from whites.
Whites are much more likely to be assaulted or killed by blacks than the inverse.
In raw numbers, cops kill about twice as many whites as they do blacks.
When you factor black homicide rates into the equation — black males are only 6.5% of the population yet commit over half of the nation’s murders — police are actually killing whites at a higher rate than they’re killing blacks.
Apparently the facts are “white supremacist.” So be it. The truth doesn’t matter to these black lives anyway.