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Assault on America, Day 610: What would a Joe Biden conversation on race and riots sound like?

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Liberals are still upset that Republicans are courting minority voters. Is it desperation time?

Think about it. Is there anything in today’s American lexicon more provocative than labeling someone a racist? Perhaps. If you need additional inflammatory tags, just poach from Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” speech four years ago. The 2016 Democrat nominee provided everything anyone would need to get folks riled up.

To refresh your memory, Hillary said, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. (Laughter/applause) Right? (Laughter/applause) They're racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks – they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.”

I’d forgotten about the “irredeemable” part. That’s a good one. The dictionary defines “irredeemable” as, “not able to be saved, improved, or corrected.” This is probably just as noxious as telling someone they’re backwards, ignorant, shallow and prone to judging by surface characteristics, such as a fellow human being’s skin color, gender, sexual orientation, place of national origin, and, not to be left out, religion.

Based on an impressive number of testimonials at last week’s Republican National Convention, the “racist” label certainly doesn’t seem like it would stick to President Donald Trump, yet Democrats continue making hay over the accusation. Earlier this week, liberal Fox News commentator Juan Williams wrote at The Hill, “Trump needed black voices [at the RNC] to assert that the real problem is that blacks can’t think for themselves and the racial justice movement is just an excuse for looting, violence and chaos.

“The strategy was revealed when a white woman, Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to Trump, said plainly that the Trump campaign benefits from ‘more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence,’ because it offers voters a ‘very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order.’

“That led Biden to say that Trump is ‘just pouring gasoline on the racial flames that are burning now.’ Every day of the convention, Trump turned to black voices to tell white voters to ignore reports of racial fires burning in America. I’m black, they said, and it is just a false alarm.”

Could it be that all of the African-American speakers at the Republican meeting touched a nerve, Juan? For far too long Democrats have reserved themselves the right to sole possession of black voters’ hearts and minds, and the fact it now appears that the solid color wall has developed serious cracks, it worries liberal party mouthpieces to no end. Democrats have played the race card so many times in the past few decades that people of all races are getting tired of the tactic. In fact, they’re fed up with the whole game.

Out in California, for example, Democrats are attempting this year to rid the state of a constitutional requirement (Prop 209, voted in as a ballot initiative in 1995) that bans racial preferences in college admissions and government hiring. That’s right, Democrats want to bring back quotas because they need to reassure their uninformed coalitions that they’re working for certain ethnic groups at the expense of others. Who loses in such a scenario? Primarily Asian students who’ve put in the time to study, earn good grades and perform well on the standardized tests used for admissions consideration.

Isn’t this a racist argument? Aren’t Democrats suggesting African-American and Hispanic youths can’t compete academically with Chinese and Korean (among others) kids and they need an artificial boost to keep up? By the raw numbers, Asian kids outperform white students as well and would likely fill higher percentages of all state colleges and universities if the criteria were strictly limited to straight-up cold, hard data. But there’s always room for “diversity” through extending credit for volunteer work, extracurricular activities and special circumstances. Schools have used such measures for a long, long time.

Human objectivity doesn’t seem to be enough in the Democrats’ world, though. Like in restaurant seating or a high school graduation ceremony, they want spots pre-reserved for their folks, based solely on race, gender, national origin and likely religion (Muslims) and sexual orientation.

Let’s not forget, the original justification for Affirmative Action was to rectify past racial discrimination in assessing candidates for jobs and competitive academic admissions. The question these days is how much longer do these retro-practices need to be renewed in order to right the past wrongs? If black applicants were denied acceptance to schools in 1955, should 2020’s pupils still be paying for it?

I’m not a social scientist, but the Asian families I’ve known demanded that their kids study, play musical instruments and do homework to a much greater extent than other groups’ youngins. There were exceptions, of course. The Asian student who didn’t get good grades seemed to feel peer pressure to do better. The same wasn’t true of other races, at least not as often. It’s a cultural thing. Again, just an observation.

In a “conversation” about race, what is there to talk about?

We’ve heard over and over that the solution to this (make-believe) racial dilemma is to have “conversations” regarding race relations involving government officials, law enforcement officers, school administrators, clergy, community activists, etc. What exactly does it mean to “have a conversation” about race? Or to search your soul for latent racism?

Grampa Joe Biden visits Kenosha today, where he plans to meet with folks to talk about the recent riots there. I’d imagine the “conversation” would look a little like this:

Biden: “Okay, let’s have a conversation about racism. Who wants to go first?”

Black Lives Matter Activist. “We in the black community have problems with never-ending police brutality and everyone ignores them. We’re sick of it. They (police officers) keep killing us and no one seems to acknowledge it or care about it. Every time a black man is murdered by a cop, whites just dig up the guy’s background and try to justify the killing by what he’d done in the past rather than get down to the root of the problem, which is systemic racism. Video doesn’t lie. Time after time we see white cops with knees on a guy’s neck or shooting someone in the back while his kids are watching. A-C-A-B. Our solution? Defund the police. No Justice, No Peace. Say Her Name!

“The BLM movement is mostly peaceful, yet Trump blames us for the riots and looting carried out by a few. There are lots of white people doing this stuff too. All lives can't matter until black lives matter. So what if the statement doesn’t make sense?”

Establishment media member: “I just took truth serum, so I can speak freely now. We recognize that many more unarmed white people are shot every year by police but we don’t bother showing these videos because it won’t draw ratings. White guilt sells. Who wants to see a pale-skinned redneck take a bullet? No one cares about that stuff. He was probably a racist anyway. So, we fan the flames of racism to increase our readership and viewership. It also gives Rachel Maddow and Don Lemon something to talk about. Trump is a racist.”

“Woke” white twenty-something racial justice warrior: “We stand with our African-American brothers and sisters in their quest for equality. Power to the people! Let’s get those fists raised! Through our race and gender study courses and the 1619 Project we’ve learned about how blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics and (name-your-ethnic-group-here) have been systematically oppressed by white people. We want it to end and it hasn’t yet. America is broken and always has been. We apologize for being white. We demand more multicultural and transgender classes as well as sensitivity training in the workplace. Believe ALL WOMEN! Big evil corporations must be taxed into submission. The country must be reformulated to address climate change, too, since minorities suffer the most from it. I heard it from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If we don’t get it, we’ll burn the place down.”

Law Enforcement Officer: “We don’t deny that we sometimes can do better but incidents of policemen and policewomen killing an unarmed suspect are incredibly rare if you examine the data. There are bad apples but most officers are conscientious, good people. Our resources are being stretched to the bone and still local officials, mayors and governors threaten to defund us. Police veterans are retiring in droves or staging sick-outs. Further talk of stripping legal protections from officers makes this even more of a thankless job. Why should anyone be able to sue us personally if something goes wrong? Who will patrol the streets when we’re gone? We’re not racists and do our best to work an impossible job in today’s world.”

Biden: “Okay, everyone’s had their say. Does this qualify as a ‘conversation’? What’s the answer?”

Blue state mayor or governor: “Yeah, the solution is easy. Haven’t you seen all the ‘Black Lives Matter’ street murals? And we’re in the process of either abolishing our law enforcement forces or devoting resources that previously went to police departments into community programs that benefit black people. We’re working with Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Ben Crump on the best ways to shake down big and stupid -- I mean, ‘woke’ -- corporations. We’re not prosecuting protesters. They’re not rioters. We love no-cash bail. And any professional athlete that kneels for the national anthem will get a street named after him. ‘Justice’ is such a fleeting concept, isn’t it? Trump’s rhetoric caused all this. He was responsible for Rodney King and OJ Simpson, too.”

--There you have it. The “conversation” really didn’t do much other than allow the participants to vent their prepared talking points for the umpteenth time. Nothing ever gets done and the business owners and decent citizens who are the real victims of the riots, arson and looting are stuck with a political class that takes no responsibility and blames Trump for everything.

Is this “conversation” fictional? If so, what would the “real” one sound like? When liberals suggest talking about a problem, aren’t they really saying, “You need to do what we say or the ‘protests’ -- and the violence that comes along with them -- will continue. Yeah, if it sounds like a threat, it’s because it is a threat.”

Biden plays with fire by claiming Trump is responsible for the looting, riots and arson

In the Democrats’ incessant drive to brand Donald Trump with the “racist” moniker, presidential nominee Joe Biden the other day made the claim that the first-term outsider president is responsible for the unrest in America’s blue cities. Will it work? W. James Antle III concluded at The Washington Examiner, “[T]here are signs that the public, though sympathetic to racial justice issues, is growing weary of the rioting and looting taking place in some cities. While Trump argues things will get worse if Biden is elected, the Democratic nominee counters that the incumbent is to blame for the current violence.

“The president visited Kenosha on Tuesday to survey the damage from rioting that broke out after Jacob Blake, a young black man, was shot seven times by police. Trump promised to dole out federal aid to the area to help rebuild. Biden continued to cast Trump as an instigator whose comments on the protests generate more heat than light.”

The back-and-forth over the rioting indicates that the major battleground in the 2020 campaign has shifted from the punditry endlessly dwelling on the ever-shrinking COVID-19 subject to a question of which party’s worldview represents more safety and security for Americans.

As would be expected, Biden resurrected the blatantly false claim that Trump’s divisive “rhetoric” is fueling the protests and the violence itself, as demonstrated through last week’s shootings in Kenosha carried out by a private militia group member, and that they’re encouraged to lash out by the GOP half of the spectrum.

Maybe the most gullible of MSNBC and CNN watchers will buy the baloney, but it’s doubtful the people on the ground will accept it. From the beginning, Trump has offered federal help and it's been refused by Democrat officials who don’t want to make the president look good and authoritative -- and caring. And it was obvious that the shooting circumstances in Kenosha last week haven’t been duplicated elsewhere (meaning, a private citizen taking the law into his own hands to stop looting).

Biden was trapped between a rock and a hard place. He couldn’t condemn the violence and looting without infringing on the territory of his own voters. And he couldn’t not speak out… because he was being undermined by his lack of action. Is it considered “racist” to take a side? Democrats are backed in a corner on this one and there’s no way to go but down.

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