(With many thanks to Old NFO in part)
The Charleston shootings, by a white, and immediately proclaimed a hate crime prompted nationwide outrage over the (a particular) Confederate flag, forcing many to take the flags down, stop selling them, or stop displaying them. There was nationwide pressure to remove/ban the flag permanently…
The shooter’s desire to start a race war and tying that to the flag were central to their argument that the flag had to come down. Googling removal of the Confederate flag generated about 865,000 results… And not a SINGLE picture of a Confederate flag. Probably the first 50 pages of results all tied back to the Charleston shooting…
Last week a Black, gay, disgruntled employee killed two former co-workers on local TV. His apartment had a LGBT flag prominently displayed. He wanted to start a race war and blamed it on the Charleston shootings and his ‘powder keg’ feelings.
Where are the calls for removing/banning the LGBT flag? Where are the outraged media over his support of this flag and his desire to start a race war? Where are the editorials about this hate crime???
And, of course, the continued
racist, criminal, and incendiary comments by Farrakhan, The New Black Panthers (and their fellow travelers) to begin assassinating cops, especially WHITE cops! And what was it – 24 cop killings so far in 2015? (incendiary comments excised so as to not appear racist!)
Now you know me. I disagree with labeling crimes as ‘hate’ crimes, because thought and speech alone should be protected. Even thought and speech we find incendiary and disgusting (i.e. those Kansas ‘Baptist’ whack-jobs). The First Amendment still stands.
But, in today’s world, where a symbol can be made ‘bad’ by persons who have no understanding of it’s history, shouldn’t we treat similar speech and symbols with the same derision?
And how is it somehow ‘okay’ to openly recommend assassinating police officers, but if I were to suggest killing persons of another race…?
I think you see the double standard and hypocrisy.
I wish the media did.