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Looting: How the Bored Respond to Perceived Injustice

Another day, another artificially manufactured racial issue.  Brief replay of facts: Johannes Mehserle, a former transit cop, shot Oscar Grant in the back while trying to subdue him during a confrontation early on New Years Day 2009.   He was charged with murder.  During the trial, Officer Mehserle testified that when he went to grab his taser, he accidentally grabbed his handgun instead, and ended up shooting and killing Grant.  Grant was allegedly resisting arrest at the time.

Present day: the Los Angeles jury convicted Officer Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter, thereby finding that he did not intend to kill Grant.  He was convicted of killing him though, and will spend time in jail because of it.  The real story here, as it is too often, is a community rioting because of perceived injustice due to racism.  See, Officer Mehserle was white and Grant was black.  Therefore, in the eyes of a small minority of people in Oakland, CA, rioting is warranted.  And of course, the race-baiters aren’t far away,

‘We are outraged that the jury did not find guilty of murder in a case that is so egregiously excessive and mishandled,’ said Benjamin Todd Jealous, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Well, thanks for the objective analysis Ben.

‘It’s unbelievable this guy is getting less jail time than someone who wrote a bad check,’ said Barbara Plantiko, a 41-year-old immigration lawyer at the protest. ‘I just don’t buy he got confused. I don’t think that it was an accident.’

Well, you are certainly entitled to your opinion.  I wonder if Mr. Jealous or Ms. Plantiko think destroying one’s own community is a good way to deal with events like this?  What is Officer Mehserle had been found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death?  What would their response be if I started rioting?

Simply put, this country will never get beyond race if people like Mr. Jealous continue searching for “racism” under every rock.  Of course, the riots themselves are only half about racism.  Many of those people who were looting would be looting anyway.  Why?  I don’t know.  Maybe because they’re bored.  Maybe because they think they’re entitled to the cell phone they just stole.

Oh, and where’s our post-racial president in all of this?  I don’t know…probably golfing.  But his DOJ has announced that it will review the shooting to determine whether it warrants federal prosecution.  Keep in mind, this is coming from the same group that decided to drop its investigation of a black panther group allegedly violating voting laws with intimidation for no particular reason.  I have to ask again: Where the Hell is Kanye?!

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