Thursday, May 07, 2015
Walter Williams writes a column
that might have been regarded as condescending in better days, owing
to some of the advice it offers:
[T]he advice that I would give to anyone of any race in dealing with police is: Follow the officer's instructions. Do not resist arrest or attempt to flee. Do not assault the police officer or try to disarm him. Had this advice been taken, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Walter Scott would be alive today.But these aren't better days. Instead, we have the following situation:
Criminal activity is a major problem in many black communities. That means many black citizens will have some kind of contact with police officers, either as victims of crime or as criminals. One of the true tragedies is that black politicians, preachers and civil rights advocates give massive support to criminals such as Brown, Garner and Scott. How much support do we see for the overwhelmingly law-abiding members of the black community preyed upon by criminals?The "support" of which Williams speaks comes from the left. The leaders of this political movement also offer, for example, similar "support" for college-aged women who choose to get drunk at frat parties.
The average American has no idea of the day-to-day threats and fears encountered by the law-abiding majority in black neighborhoods on account of thugs. In addition to giving threats and instilling fears, criminals have turned many black communities into economic wastelands where there is a lack of services that most Americans take for granted, such as supermarkets, other shops and even home delivery. Black residents must bear the expense of having to go out of their neighborhoods to shop or shop at high-cost mom and pop stores.
How so many pied pipers acquired such influence can be blamed in part on the right: Too many conservatives, on the grounds of altruism, fail to question the propriety of making some pay for the mistakes of others. (Follow any stand for self-reliance to the conclusion that government assistance should end altogether. You'll hit , "Yes, but..." sooner or later.) Ayn Rand once put this well:
The creed of sacrifice is a morality for the immoral -- a morality that declares its own bankruptcy by confessing that it can't impart to men any personal stake in virtues or values, and that their souls are sewers of depravity, which they must be taught to sacrifice. By its own confession, it is impotent to teach men to be good and can only subject them to constant punishment.Forget our failing public schools: Nothing rivals altruism in its ability to dumb down an entire culture. When sacrifice is regarded as an ideal, there seems no reason in reason to be moral, and there is always a sucker to cushion the blow from a bad decision. No wonder common sense seems increasingly outlandish these days.