No, Harry Reid, Crushing Poverty Does Not Cause Violence

Harry Reid thinks crushing poverty explains the violence of the riots—though he is quick to say he does not condone the violence. Before I explain how wrong he is, let me first thank Harry Reid for bringing up justice reform as a bipartisan issue. The Daily Caller reports that he did so: So instead of turning a blind eye, let’s work together and take this problem seriously. There is bipartisan work being done on criminal justice reform and that is a good start. For once, Reid is absolutely Read more […]

How the Freddie Gray Family Showed Real Character

It takes real character to refuse to join a mob when you are grief-stricken about a loved one’s death, which is what we see in the Freddie Gray family. I’m not suggesting that it is somehow especially worthy to refuse to endorse mob violence. Everyone should have enough moral sense to condemn lawless rioting. But I would think that the family of Freddie Gray might have been tempted to keep silent, since the riots are against the police (in some sense; I’m not sure how destroying private Read more […]

Justified Shooting, Unjustified Violence

The community of Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in violence once again Monday night after a grand jury finally found that there was no reason to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Several stores were reported burned, there was mass looting, and police cars were seen on fire, exploding as flames ignited ammunition in the trunks. There were numerous reports of automatic gunfire, and gunshots could be heard repeatedly over several live news feeds. A television news Read more […]

The “Cracker” Is Free

George Zimmerman, the self-identified Hispanic and media-identified Caucasian, who shot and killed an attacking 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been acquitted. The charges? Second-degree murder, manslaughter, child abuse, and probably, for good measure, raping hostages during a shoplifting spree gone wrong. The trial of Mr. Zimmerman for the shooting of gangsta Trayvon Martin truly is a sad affair for black people. Not because justice was not served in the courtroom on Sunday night, for indeed Read more […]