Editor’s Note: Say What? is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class.
Tim Donner: As bad as things got last week around the nation, let’s start with one courageous action that likely prevented things from getting a whole lot worse. It didn’t get as much play as it should have from the Trump-deranged media presenting the riots as another in a long line of Trump scandals, and that’s because Terrence Floyd, the brother of the man killed by those Minneapolis cops, invoked the almighty as he begged protesters for an end to the violence.
Terrence Floyd: What are y’all doing? Y’all doing nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all. My family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing. Let’s do it some other way. Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter. Go vote! Do this peacefully, please.
Tim: Terrence Floyd and his family, friends, associates, kneeled in a prayer circle for peace and calm and the violence melted away. But the elite media preferred to focus on perverting the actions of President Donald Trump, per usual. After Trump said he would use whatever force is necessary to, as he said, “dominate the streets,” Anderson Cooper on CNN called it basically an excuse for fascism.
Anderson Cooper: We are witnessing a failure of presidential leadership at a time when this country, when we the people need it more than ever, perhaps in our lifetime. The president seems to think that dominating black people, dominating peaceful protesters is law and order. It’s not. He calls them thugs. Who is the thug here?
Tim: Okay. For just a moment, just a moment, imagine if someone on Fox News called Barack Obama a thug or, for that matter, a fascist, racist white supremacist — of course, not that one — like they’ve been calling Trump for years. But here’s a question for you. What happened to the centuries-long white supremacy you decry as if roving gangs of white people are prowling around looking for black people to beat up or kill? What happened to that white supremacy when Obama was president for eight years? Suddenly, when Trump is elected, the country is completely given over to white supremacy. Of course, Cooper and his fellow inside-Washington so-called “journalists” can make sweeping virtue-signaling statements from the sheltered comfort of their studios, but what people like him say means absolutely nothing, just empty calories revealing their own ignorance. What does mean something is the viewpoints of people who’ve been on the ground and paid a price seeking racial justice, like Andrew Young, who was mentored by Martin Luther King Jr., as he watched protests in Atlanta this week.
Andrew Young: The quieter and calmer the demonstration is, the more powerful and effective it is. We were with the Klan that was acting worse than this and beating us up in St. Augustine, but when they came down and marched through the community, we sang to them and welcomed them, and the power of people being able to forgive publicly was one of the things that swung the Congress to vote for civil rights legislation. Everything that they are enjoying down there, we fought for.
Tim: There you go. These people — the peaceful protesters and the savages exploiting the nation’s pain — are beneficiaries of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, but the side effect is that Democrats have controlled urban America for decades, and their single-mindedness about race has been devastating, according to longtime conservative community activist Bob Woodson.
Bob Woodson: After 50 years of liberal Democrats running the inner cities where we have all of these inequities that we have, race is being used as a ruse, as a means of deflecting attention away from critical questions, such as why are poor blacks failing in systems run by their own people? And if we continue to look at life through a racial prism, when evil wears a black face, it will escape detection and therefore correction.
Tim: But the corrections necessary to tame the beast of racial bias is for white people to just get with the program and admit the country is in the grips of systemic racism. Why, just listen to the woman known as Hanoi Jane, actress Jane Fonda.
Jane Fonda: Because we’re white, we have had privilege. Even the poorest of us have had privilege, and we need to recognize that, and we have to understand what it is that keeps racism in place. The policies, redlining, banking policies, mortgage policies, all of the things that are really making it very, very difficult for black people to lift themselves up. The policies have to be changed, and then white people have to understand the history that has led to this, and we have to get to know black people, and they have to become our friends.
Tim: You mean like, “I’m not a racist. One of my best friends is black!”
But Nikole Hannah-Jones, the radical woman who started the famous or infamous 1619 Project at The New York Times, claiming the real founding of the country was not with the Declaration of Independence in 1776 but the arrival of slave ships in 1619, says open racists are infiltrating the police.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: The FBI put out a report just a couple of years ago, raising the alarm about the infiltration of police forces across this nation by white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, and in fact the role that police departments have played has been to enforce racial laws and racial policies against black Americans.
Tim: Racial laws, racial policies? No word as to what those specific laws or policies are or where they’re written, but the point is that it makes for the useful narrative of America as a baldly white supremacist country.
We’ll close with something at once amusing and remarkably ignorant, which means it’s something said by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, this time in response to how the police can be reformed.
Joe Biden: The idea is instead of standing there and teaching the cop to shoot the person coming at him with a knife, shoot him in the leg instead of in the heart. It’s a very different thing.
Tim: Aim for the leg, not the heart. Hey, as someone said, why not try to shoot the knife or gun out of the perpetrator’s hand, just like they do on TV? Right.
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