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BLM – Black Looters Matter

(Thursday blog)

Looting for justice?

Here we go again. Another black man, Walter Wallace Jr, shot by police in the USA leads to mass looting of stores by mostly black Americans:

But I’ve watched the video of the shooting and here are some facts that the UK mainstream media might ‘forget’ to mention:

  1. The dead man’s family are already bleating and howling about the man supposedly being ‘butchered’ by the police. But it was the man’s family who called the police in the first place when he ran amok with a large knife and they were in fear of their lives
  2. The police ordered the man to drop his knife and get down on the ground at least 20 times. Instead of obeying the armed police, he rushed at them trying to stab them
  3. The police didn’t have tasers due to budget cuts imposed by the Democrat politicians in Philadelphia under pressure from the ‘defund the police’ movement. This left the police two choices – run away leaving the man to possibly kill someone or else shoot him
  4. You have to be pretty dumb to take a knife to a gun fight
  5. I suspect that (as usual) Walter Wallace Jr had a rap sheet for violence and criminality longer than an elephant’s d*ck (though I don’t know this at the moment)
Cops shoot, we loot!

Anyway, the shooting led to the usual response – what I suppose an economist might call “asset redistribution” and the rest of us would call “looting”. Flat-screen TVs, fashion trainers and iphones seem to be the items of choice for those looting for justice:

The mainstream US media (as usual) claimed the protests (looting) were “peaceful” until the police blocked some streets to try to protect some shops from the protestors (looters). Around 30 police officers were injured in the “peaceful” protests.

And to cheer us up, here’s a more positive story

10 comments to BLM – Black Looters Matter

  • A Thorpe

    This is the same issue as the middle east. There is no understanding that we have to follow rules to live together in peace and to have a high standard of living we have to contribute to wealth creation and that also means protecting the assets we create. Socialism is the antithesis of this and we are witnessing the slow creep of state dependency where people value nothing, because they neither create or own anything. Eventually the socialist state will have to gain control and that is when we will find ourselves in a totalitarian police state.

    This can be seen in wealthy areas, some do not bother to maintain their gardens or cut plants growing over pavements and nobody bothers to remove weeds growing on the pavement outside their homes and the council no longer bothers. My street is a disgrace, but there is a good show of new cars. All fur coat and no knickers.

  • Jeffrey Palmer

    People aren’t used to the idea of creating anything because all our manufacturing jobs have been shipped out to the Far East, as Western manufacturers would rather look for the cheapest possible labour to increase their profits than pay their workers a decent wage. This in itself is also a powerful driver for State dependency. Another baleful result of Globalisation.

    I was at an event at the Shuttleworth Trust two months ago, an aircraft museum which prides itself on keeping all its exhibits in flying condition from its 1912 Blackburn monoplane to some of the final products of the now-defunct British aircraft industry from the 1950’s.

    It brought home to me how such a large and important British industry, one in which we were once a world leader and was a source of great national pride, had been destroyed by the stupidity and short-sightedness of politicians of all parties. And the glaring fact that no such wonderful products of human ingenuity could be designed or manufactured in this country today – when even France and Sweden still have their own aircraft industries.

    The decisions of politicians of all parties in the 1960’s and 70’s that we should replace a manufacturing-industry economy with one based entirely on service ‘Industries’ (I use brackets to show how the word Industry has been debased) may have had certain economic advantages, but its impact on society as a whole has been disastrous.

    A nation most of whose workers spend their time either staring at computer screens or stacking shelves has little job satisfaction, little sense of achievement or of a genuine common national purpose. With results to society which we can see every day of our lives in the current era.

    It is still possible to manufacture things in this country – I know people who are still doing it. But UK political parties composed of bankers and lawyers have zero knowledge of, or interest in, manufacturing industry. And UK banks are singularly uninterested in financing it, vastly preferring the short-term profits to be derived from financial speculation and property speculation.

  • Jeffrey Palmer

    Quotation marks, not Brackets

  • Tomsk

    This is why I have no tv licence, nor have I purchased a paper in years. There are no journalists anymore, only activists who incite division and promote fear through biased one sided reporting rather than fact checking and giving folk the whole story. Their children will have to live in the violent divided world they are helping to create.

  • William Boreham

    A public defender in the USA describes the differences in the races from bitter experience better than most accounts I’ve seen:

    I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area.
    Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 percent of my clients are black.
    The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites.
    I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns.
    Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence.
    Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes.
    The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes.
    In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black.
    As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive.
    Actual black behaviour was a shock to me.
    The media invariably sugarcoat black behaviour.
    Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted.
    Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black.
    All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day.
    I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court.
    What follow are my observations.
    Although blacks are only a small percentage of our community, the courthouse is filled with them: the halls and gallery benches are overflowing with black defendants, families, and crime victims.
    Most whites with business in court arrive quietly, dress appropriately, and keep their heads down.
    They get in and get out–if they can–as fast as they can.
    For blacks, the courthouse is like a carnival.
    They all seem to know each other: hundreds and hundreds each day, gossiping, laughing loudly, waving, and crowding the halls.
    When I am appointed to represent a client I introduce myself and explain that I am his lawyer. I explain the court process and my role in it, and I ask the client some basic questions about himself.
    At this stage, I can tell with great accuracy how people will react.
    Hispanics are extremely polite and deferential.
    An Hispanic will never call me by my first name and will answer my questions directly and with appropriate respect for my position.
    Whites are similarly respectful.
    A black man will never call me Mr. Smith; I am always “Mike.”
    It is not unusual for a 19-year-old black to refer to me as “dog.”
    A black may mumble complaints about everything I say, and roll his eyes when I politely interrupt so I can continue with my explanation.
    Also, everything I say to blacks must be at about the third-grade level.
    If I slip and use adult language, they get angry because they think I am flaunting my superiority.
    At the early stages of a case, I explain the process to my clients.
    I often do not yet have the information in the police reports.
    Blacks are unable to understand that I do not yet have answers to all of their questions, but that I will by a certain date.
    They live in the here and the now and are unable to wait for anything.
    Usually, by the second meeting with the client I have most of the police reports and understand their case.
    Unlike people of other races, blacks never see their lawyer as someone who is there to help them.
    I am a part of the system against which they are waging war.
    They often explode with anger at me and are quick to blame me for anything that goes wrong in their case.
    Black men often try to trip me up and challenge my knowledge of the law or the facts of the case.
    I appreciate sincere questions about the elements of the offence or the sentencing guidelines, but blacks ask questions to test me.
    Unfortunately, they are almost always wrong in their reading, or understanding, of the law, and this can cause friction. I may repeatedly explain the law, and provide copies of the statute showing, for example, why my client must serve six years if convicted, but he continues to believe that a hand-written note from his “cellie” is controlling law.
    The risks of trial
    The Constitution allows a defendant to make three crucial decisions in his case.
    He decides whether to plea guilty or not guilty.
    He decides whether to have a bench trial or a jury trial.
    He decides whether he will testify or whether he will remain silent.
    A client who insists on testifying is almost always making a terrible mistake, but I cannot stop him.
    Most blacks are unable to speak English well.
    They cannot conjugate verbs.
    They have a poor grasp of verb tenses.
    They have a limited vocabulary.
    They cannot speak without swearing.
    They often become hostile on the stand.
    Many, when they testify, show a complete lack of empathy and are unable to conceal a morality based on the satisfaction of immediate, base needs.
    This is a disaster, especially in a jury trial.
    Most jurors are white, and are appalled by the demeanour of uneducated, criminal blacks.
    Prosecutors are delighted when a black defendant takes the stand.
    It is like shooting fish in a barrel.
    However, the defense usually gets to cross-examine the black victim, who is likely to make just as bad an impression on the stand as the defendant.
    This is an invaluable gift to the defense, because jurors may not convict a defendant—even if they think he is guilty—if they dislike the victim even more than they dislike the defendant.
    Most criminal cases do not go to trial.
    Often the evidence against the accused is overwhelming, and the chances of conviction are high.
    The defendant is better off with a plea bargain: pleading guilty to a lesser charge and getting a lighter sentence.
    The decision to plea to a lesser charge turns on the strength of the evidence. When blacks ask the ultimate question—”Will we win at trial?”—I tell them I cannot know, but I then describe the strengths and weaknesses of our case. The weaknesses are usually obvious: There are five eyewitnesses against you. Or, you made a confession to both the detective and your grandmother. They found you in possession of a pink cell phone with a case that has rhinestones spelling the name of the victim of the robbery. There is a video of the murderer wearing the same shirt you were wearing when you were arrested, which has the words “In Da Houz” on the back, not to mention you have the same “RIP Pookie 7/4/12” tattoo on your neck as the man in the video. Etc.
    If you tell a black man that the evidence is very harmful to his case, he will blame you. “You ain’t workin’ fo’ me.” “It like you workin’ with da State.” Every public defender hears this. The more you try to explain the evidence to a black man, the angrier he gets. It is my firm belief many blacks are unable to discuss the evidence against them rationally because they cannot view things from the perspective of others. They simply cannot understand how the facts in the case will appear to a jury.
    This inability to see things from someone else’s perspective helps explain why there are so many black criminals. They do not understand the pain they are inflicting on others. One of my robbery clients is a good example. He and two co-defendants walked into a small store run by two young women. All three men were wearing masks. They drew handguns and ordered the women into a back room. One man beat a girl with his gun. The second man stood over the second girl while the third man emptied the cash register. All of this was on video.
    My client was the one who beat the girl. When he asked me, “What are our chances at trial?” I said, “Not so good.” He immediately got angry, raised his voice, and accused me of working with the prosecution. I asked him how he thought a jury would react to the video. “They don’t care,” he said. I told him the jury would probably feel deeply sympathetic towards these two women and would be angry at him because of how he treated them. I asked him whether he felt bad for the women he had beaten and terrorized. He told me what I suspected—what too many blacks say about the suffering of others: “What do I care? She ain’t me. She ain’t kin. Don’t even know her.”
    No fathers
    As a public defender, I have learned many things about people. One is that defendants do not have fathers. If a black even knows the name of his father, he knows of him only as a shadowy person with whom he has absolutely no ties. When a client is sentenced, I often beg for mercy on the grounds that the defendant did not have a father and never had a chance in life. I have often tracked down the man’s father–in jail–and have brought him to the sentencing hearing to testify that he never knew his son and never lifted a finger to help him. Often, this is the first time my client has ever met his father. These meetings are utterly unemotional.
    Many black defendants don’t even have mothers who care about them. Many are raised by grandmothers after the state removes the children from an incompetent teenaged mother. Many of these mothers and grandmothers are mentally unstable, and are completely disconnected from the realities they face in court and in life. A 47-year-old grandmother will deny that her grandson has gang ties even though his forehead is tattooed with a gang sign or slogan. When I point this out in as kind and understanding way as I can, she screams at me. When black women start screaming, they invoke the name of Jesus and shout swear words in the same breath.
    Black women have great faith in God, but they have a twisted understanding of His role. They do not pray for strength or courage. They pray for results: the satisfaction of immediate needs. One of my clients was a black woman who prayed in a circle with her accomplices for God’s protection from the police before they would set out to commit a robbery.
    The mothers and grandmothers pray in the hallways–not for justice, but for acquittal. When I explain that the evidence that their beloved child murdered the shop keeper is overwhelming, and that he should accept the very fair plea bargain I have negotiated, they will tell me that he is going to trial and will “ride with the Lord.” They tell me they speak to God every day and He assures them that the young man will be acquitted.
    The mothers and grandmothers do not seem to be able to imagine and understand the consequences of going to trial and losing. Some–and this is a shocking reality it took me a long time to grasp–don’t really care what happens to the client, but want to make it look as though they care. This means pounding their chests in righteous indignation, and insisting on going to trial despite terrible evidence. They refuse to listen to the one person–me–who has the knowledge to make the best recommendation. These people soon lose interest in the case, and stop showing up after about the third or fourth court date. It is then easier for me to convince the client to act in his own best interests and accept a plea agreement.
    Part of the problem is that underclass black women begin having babies at age 15. They continue to have babies, with different black men, until they have had five or six. These women do not go to school. They do not work. They are not ashamed to live on public money. They plan their entire lives around the expectation that they will always get free money and never have to work. I do not see this among whites, Hispanics, or any other people.
    The black men who become my clients also do not work. They get social security disability payments for a mental defect or for a vague and invisible physical ailment. They do not pay for anything: not for housing (Grandma lives on welfare and he lives with her), not for food (Grandma and the baby-momma share with him), and not for child support. When I learn that my 19-year-old defendant does not work or go to school, I ask, “What do you do all day?” He smiles. “You know, just chill.” These men live in a culture with no expectations, no demands, and no shame.
    If you tell a black to dress properly for trial, and don’t give specific instructions, he will arrive in wildly inappropriate clothes. I represented a woman who was on trial for drugs; she wore a baseball cap with a marijuana leaf embroidered on it. I represented a man who wore a shirt that read “rules are for suckers” to his probation hearing. Our office provides suits, shirts, ties, and dresses for clients to wear for jury trials. Often, it takes a whole team of lawyers to persuade a black to wear a shirt and tie instead of gang colors.
    From time to time the media report that although blacks are 12 percent of the population they are 40 percent of the prison population. This is supposed to be an outrage that results from unfair treatment by the criminal justice system. What the media only hint at is another staggering reality: recidivism. Black men are arrested and convicted over and over. It is typical for a black man to have five felony convictions before the age of 30. This kind of record is rare among whites and Hispanics, and probably even rarer among Asians.

    At one time our office was looking for a motto that defined our philosophy. Someone joked that it should be: “Doesn’t everyone deserve an eleventh chance?”
    I am a liberal. I believe that those of us who are able to produce abundance have a moral duty to provide basic food, shelter, and medical care for those who cannot care for themselves. I believe we have this duty even to those who can care for themselves but don’t. This world view requires compassion and a willingness to act on it.
    My experience has taught me that we live in a nation in which a jury is more likely to convict a black defendant who has committed a crime against a white. Even the dullest of blacks know this. There would be a lot more black-on-white crime if this were not the case.
    However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.
    I do not know the solution to this problem. I do know that it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth. As for myself, I will continue do my duty to protect the rights of all who need me.

  • twi5ted

    Slavery reparations in Nike trainers. BLM are barking up the wrong tree with totalitarian marxism – the people are showing them what they really want. Maybe the UK government should nationalise New Balance to guarantee supply.

  • Jeffrey Palmer

    William Boreham – I once read a comment from a former British colonial official who served in Africa, about the indigenous people with whom he had to deal, which sums up your post completely.

    He said that they ‘possess an imperfect acquaintance with the law of Cause and Effect.’

  • A Thorpe

    Jeffrey makes some interesting points, but I don’t accept that we can bring back lost manufacturing. Trump promised to do this and has made some progress, but the result is a potential trade war with China. There is another point related to manufacturing and that is we now have built in obsolescence. I am not sure why this has happened, but I suspect that with automated production factories would not keep producing without obsolescence. It is like a giant plate spinning act, doomed to fail. As well as not having manufacturing jobs we have lost all the skilled craftsmen who used to repair the items we used. The other result is a mountain a waste perhaps being recycled, but who really knows?

    History shows us that trade has been vital to human progress. Countries that have isolated themselves, and China in the past is a good example, result in a declining economy. In our early history it was exchange of goods that resulted in us working out that we were better at somethings than others and so specialisation allowed us to make more progress. Archaeological evidence shows that there was trade over large distances, even when travel was not easy. Trade not only resulted in movement of goods, more importantly it resulted in the best ideas being exchanged. The UK cannot isolate itself and provide everything we need even though it might seem attractive. It might have been possible in the distant past, but it is not possible now. We are not even self-sufficient in food and we need to export to pay for food imports.

    I don’t accept that manufacturers are using cheap foreign labour to increase profit. The market drives our activities putting the consumer in control and this results in competition, giving us the lowest prices. It was competition that resulted in the collapse of our car industry. Unions had forced up wages under Labour governments, so car prices increased and at the same time quality, reliability deteriorated, and designs stagnated. Japanese cars offered cheaper and better designs and the UK could not compete. It was right that UK consumers had access to better goods. It was a sign that the UK has a sense of entitlement to high income, and standard of living but does not realise it is in competition with the rest of the world.

    If we attempt to bring back manufacturing, as Trump is doing, at our salaries we will produce expensive goods and will not be able to sell them abroad. Americans are inclined to support their own manufacturers, but if this results in them paying more for some goods, then something else will suffer. America under Trump has one big advantage, since by allowing fracking he has made the USA energy self-sufficient. Compare that to the UK which is slowly destroying its reliable fossil energy produced electricity and moving to unreliable, very expensive renewable energy. It will eventually result in the collapse of the grid system because we cannot provide the electricity storage facilities needed. This is all being done on the basis that we can control the climate by moving to zero carbon emissions. Engineering has been replaced with emotional, irrational views, unsupported by facts. Asia meanwhile ignores this utter nonsense and is leading the world in manufacturing. We also do not have the raw materials needed for manufacturing. We must pay for what we need to import and that means exporting something at a price that is competitive with the rest of the world. Europe is in the same situation. The politicians did not decide to move to service industries, there was no alternative. They had given into demands for pay rises with no associated productivity increases, responded to voter demands and raised taxes to pay for increased state dependency. It is not the government’s job to run businesses and we only have ourselves to blame for their decline. When demanding science and maths becomes to taxing for the younger generation to take up, decline follows.

  • Jeffrey Palmer

    It is wrong to suggest that there was anything intrinsically inevitable about the demise of the UK’s manufacturing sector. Or even that this was in some way the consequence of stroppy trade unions, a pain in the backside though they were. Other countries had unions that were just as, or even more, militant and Marxist-dominated.

    But no country apart from the UK has been such a victim of the prioritizing by our politicians, at the expense of everything else, of the Financial Services industry. To the point where, in the coming ‘cashless society’, the banks will have finally achieved their ambition of gaining absolute control over every single penny we possess. This has been the main aim of every UK government since the 1980’s.

    Current European mass-market manufacturers –

    Germany – Daimler-Benz cars and trucks, BMW cars and motorcycles, the Volkswagen group, Porsche, MAN trucks.

    France – Renault, Citroen, Peugeot (PSA Group) cars and trucks; Dassault Aviation.

    Italy – Fiat group cars and trucks; Leonardo helicopters.

    Sweden – Volvo cars and trucks, Scania trucks; SAAB aircraft.

    So there was nothing inevitable about the demise of these industries in the UK. Apart from the fact that the bankers and lawyers who have been running the country for the last forty years had no knowledge of, or interest in, these great industries. If even tiny Sweden can keep these industries going in their country, even designing and building their own front-line military aircraft, what possible excuse can we have?

    Triumph Motorcycles has shown that it’s possible to re-establish the design and manufacture of high-quality, competitive vehicles in this country very successfully, given the finance and the will.

    If (and yes I know it’s a big ‘If’ given Johnson’s painfully obvious shortcomings) Brexit finally happens, we are going to need that kind of ambition and determination if we want to have something other than Financial Services to export, and our nation’s wealth to consist of anything more than figures manipulated on computer screens.

  • George McIntyre

    Of course black lives matter, as a white British person, I am offended that some feel the need to point this out to me. In my opinion ALL lives matter, that is why I consider it disgraceful that the “White lives matter” banner flyer was treated the way he was, a “BLM” promoter doing the same thing would be lauded as a hero by our powers that be.
    The BLM movement, whether or not it has the sinister political objectives which many claim, I now find offensive.
    Millionaires, usually sportsmen and luvvies, not only “Taking the Knee” to display their over-inflated sense of self importance, but badgering others to follow suit. Also the statue destroyers bent on eradicating traces of slavery from history, would see, if they cared to look, that the common people of the countries invoved were treated no better than slaves and might find their time better spent trying to do something about the 20 million plus present day slaves in Africa, (black slaves to black people, no whites involved).

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