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We have to trust that the jury in the Derek Chauvin case got it right when it found the former Minneapolis cop guilty of murder and manslaughter over the death of a black man, George Floyd.
This is our justice system and it’s all that stands between us and barbarism. If it were plagued by systemic racism, as claimed by the president, then Chauvin could not have been found guilty.
America, whose founding document declares “all men are created equal,” which uniquely fought a civil war to end slavery, and which passed the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is a great failure as a white-supremacist nation, when you think about it.
A white police officer had his trial, and a mixed-race jury of his peers determined his guilt. Justice is blind, no one is above the law and if a police officer does wrong he will be punished. That is our system and we should be proud of it.
Chauvin was imprisoned not without his day in court, as celebrity loudmouths demanded. He was not thrown to the mob to be torn limb from limb, or boiled to death in a cauldron, or slowly dismembered on a torture rack, as used to happen in medieval times, or burned alive in a cage as ISIS liked to do.
No, we are a civilized people.
So, Chauvin was given a fair trial — no matter how many people had decided he was guilty of murder after watching a video showing his peculiar lack of empathy at the life ebbed out of Floyd beneath Chauvin’s knee.
Now he will spend his life in prison.
But the revolutionaries are not satisfied. They are emboldened. They see the verdict as proof that policing is racist and must be abolished. They will not stop until they achieve their aim.
Every time a black person is shot by police, no matter the circumstances, they will riot and sue and demand more concessions with menaces.
The media and the Democratic machine will aid and abet them, as they did again over Tuesday’s police shooting of a 16-year-old black girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, in Columbus, Ohio.
Police bodycam video showed a raging Bryant lunging at a smaller girl with a knife at the moment she was shot. Her death is tragic, just as it seems was her short life, spent in and out of foster care.
But someone was going to die or be seriously injured that day, and quick action by police made sure it was the person wielding the weapon, not her imminent victim. The officers would have failed their duty if they had allowed Bryant to continue her attack and, of course, they would have been branded racist for not saving a black girl. Police can’t win in this environment, so they will end up vacating the field altogether, which is the aim of the revolutionaries.
Benjamin Crump, the ambulance-chasing lawyer who extracted $29 million from the taxpayers of Minneapolis for the Floyd family, did what he does best after Tuesday’s shooting and issued an inflammatory lie on Twitter claiming Bryant was “unarmed.”
The harmony merchants at The New York Times edited out the “unarmed” bit when they first reported his remarks. You can’t let facts get in the way of The Narrative of systemic racism.
LeBron James, the billionaire, China-boosting, race-baiting basketballer, also couldn’t wait to demonstrate his fealty to the downtrodden. He tweeted a photograph to his 50 million followers of the white Columbus police officer alleged to have shot Bryant, with the menacing words: “YOU’RE NEXT.”
He deleted the tweet but only after it received 40,000 likes. Don’t expect him to be censured by the NBA for his rancid lie, either.
There is an industry of untouchable influencers in this country who are devoted to racial division.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one. After the Chauvin verdict, she issued a call to arms to her 8.8 million Instagram followers: “I . . . don’t want this moment to be framed as this system working . . . because it’s not working,” she said. “And that’s what creates a lot of complexity in this moment.”
Lying always creates “complexity,” when you refuse to acknowledge the truth that our colorblind justice system worked.
In Minneapolis, BLM dealt with the “complexity” by taking credit for pressuring the jury. “The only reason we got this conviction is because we showed up,” an activist bellowed into a megaphone.
We have to trust the jury, but the pressure on them was intolerable. There were anti-cop riots, stores boarded up, and thousands of National Guard personnel and police protecting the courthouse. A severed pig’s head was left on what was presumed to be the house of a defense witness. Although he no longer lived there, the intent was clear.
The trial was conducted in such an atmosphere of menace and intimidation that you would think President Biden might have restrained himself from intervening.
But, no, before the jury had returned, he told reporters evidence against Chauvin was “overwhelming” and he was praying for the “right verdict.” What if the jurors disagreed? What then?
Worse were Biden’s remarks after the verdict when, incredibly, he praised 2020’s “summer of protest” and said it “unified people of every race and generation in peace.”
More than a dozen people died in riots last summer, police officers were injured, and there was $2 billion of property damage. Crime across the country is spiraling out of control as a result of police being defunded, demonized, disempowered and demoralized. Some unity.
Even though no evidence was presented at Chauvin’s trial that Floyd’s race had anything to do with his death, Biden claimed it had “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism . . . that is a stain our nation’s soul.”
The trial could have been a unifying moment for the country, to rally around a system of blind justice, where race and identity are left at the courthouse door, where the presumption of innocence applies even to the most reviled.
Instead, in the hands of this hapless president, it became another stake in the heart of America.
Quit cheap shots, Fauci
If Dr. Anthony Fauci genuinely wants us to get over the pandemic, he should stop attacking Republicans in partisan fashion when he thinks they aren’t watching.
Sure, he hated it when Republican Rep. Jim Jordan pressed him to be precise, for once, about what it would take for the country to fully reopen from pandemic restrictions. But with power comes accountability.
“I don’t enjoy those kinds of confrontations,” Fauci complained to CNN over the weekend. “It’s almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, [Republicans] want to be relieved of [lockdown] restrictions, but on the other hand, they don’t want to be vaccinated. It just almost doesn’t make any sense.”
The fact is that Fauci and his boss Joe Biden are ruining the vaccine legacy that Donald Trump left them.
They are destroying the incentive for people to get the shots by telling us we still have to wear masks and avoid social gatherings even when fully vaccinated. Fauci says eating inside a restaurant is still bad.
Then, after “pausing” the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson shots after a handful of adverse incidents, they are surprised that a lot of people stopped getting the vaccine.
They are sending the paradoxical message that, on the one hand, nothing changes if you get the vaccine and, on the other hand, the vaccine might not be safe.
“It just almost doesn’t make any sense,” as Fauci might say.
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