In the past week, two television reporters in Roanoke, Va. — Alison Parker and Adam Ward — were murdered by a black man who hated whites; and a white sheriff’s deputy in Houston — Darren Goforth — was murdered by a black man. Neither crime has been labeled a hate crime. And no mainstream media reporting of the murders attributes either to race-based hate.
For the mainstream media, the Roanoke murders were committed by “a disgruntled former employee”; and regarding the Houston deputy, the media report that, in the words of the New York Times, “a motive for the shooting remained unclear.”
Thus, President Barack Obama convened a “White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” rather than a “White House Summit on Countering Islamist Violence.” Though the summit was convened the month following the Islamist massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, the words “Islam,” “Muslim,” “Islamist” did not once appear in the White House 1,668-word fact sheet on the summit. The Obama administration went so far as to label Nidal Hasan’s murders of his fellow soldiers “workplace violence.”
Whenever blacks are killed by whites, the Left attributes the killings to racism. But when blacks kill whites, the Left attributes the killings to guns.
And a Washington Post headline read: “Beer warehouse shooter long complained of racism.”
The fact was that the man was fired for stealing beer from his workplace, and there was a video of him doing so.
The Left denies black racism in another way. When a white racist was charged with murdering nine blacks in a Charleston, S.C., church this past June, the Left and the media correctly stressed the suspect’s racism. Indeed, whenever blacks are killed by whites — which, it is worth noting, is many times less likely than a white being murdered by a black — and especially by white police officers, the Left attributes the killings to racism. But when blacks kill whites, the Left attributes the killings to guns. This is all reinforced by the Left’s position that only whites can be racist, because only the powerful can be racist, and whites have all the power.
How tragic that the Parkers would not channel their grief and rage into a different campaign — one that actually addresses the reason for their daughter’s murder and that might prevent future murders: a campaign against the fomenting of anti-white hatred among black Americans.
After a lifetime of studying and writing about evil, I have come up with an equation that explains most of it. Coincidentally, the equation actually spells the word. The equation is Evil = Victimhood + Lies. Or E=V+L.
Either victimhood or lies is enough to produce great evil. Together they constitute the components of ultimate evil.The Left has been supplying both victimhood and lies to black America. The lies are that America is a racist society — as the president of the United States himself has said, racism is “still part of [America’s] DNA”; that the greatest problem facing young blacks is racism; and that white (and even black) police routinely kill blacks for no reason other than racism. One of the best examples of this lie is the Left’s use of the word “Ferguson” as an example of white police killing innocent young black men. The extensive investigation into what actually happened in Ferguson (by both local authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice led by then–Attorney General Eric Holder) revealed no such thing. Yet even President Obama continues to use the term “Ferguson” as an exemplar of police racism.
Those lies in turn produce the anger-inducing victimhood that pervades too much of black life. Just this past weekend at the Minneapolis State Fair, a “Black Lives Matter” group chanted: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”
Some blacks, as in Houston this past weekend, are taking this message literally and randomly murdering police officers. And some other blacks just want to kill whites, whether or not they are police. Such is the power of victimhood and lies.
There is a lot of blood on the Left’s hands.
And there will be more.
— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.