We’ve read a lot recently about Jena from MSM’s favorite civil rights leaders, the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. “No justice, no peace” and all that.
Now, let’s read some of what another civil rights leader, Thomas Sowell, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Center, has just written in response to events in Jena:
Racial hype has replaced all rational discussion.The politics of condoned law-breaking is certainly part of the moral dry rot of out times.
Moreover, the Jena episode has shown that two can play the racial hype game. Neo-Nazis have published the names and home addresses of all the young blacks involved in the school incident.
The slogan "No justice, no peace" has been used to justify settling legal issues in the streets, instead of in courts of law.
Neo-Nazis have now helped demonstrate what a dangerous slogan that is, since different people have opposite ideas of what "justice" is in a given situation.
Long after the imported demonstrators have left, and the national media have lost interest, the families of the black youngsters involved in the school altercation will have to live with the knowledge that their privacy and security have both been lost in a racially polarized community, with vengeful elements.
The last thing the South needs is a return to lynch-mob justice, whatever the color of whoever is promoting it.
Back in the 1950s, when the federal courts began striking down the Jim Crow laws in the South, one of the rising demands across the country was that the discriminators and segregationists obey "the law of the land."
But, somewhere along the way, the idea also arose and spread that not everybody was supposed to obey "the law of the land."
Violations of law by people with approved victim status like minorities, or self-righteous crusaders like environmentalists, were to be met with minimal resistance -- if any resistance at all -- and any punishment of them beyond a wrist-slap was "over-reacting."
College campuses became bastions of the new and sanctified mob rule, provided that the mobs are from the list of groups approved as politically correct. Otherwise, even an injudicious remark could bring swift and certain punishment under "speech codes."
The politics of condoned law-breaking is part of the moral dry rot of our times. So is settling issues in the streets on the basis of race, instead of in courts on the basis of law.
So is the liberal/leftist MSM’s hyping of Jackson, Sharpton and other such race hustlers as “civil rights leaders.”
Why does MSM pay so much attention to the exploitations of the Jacksons and Sharptons while ignoring genuine and outstanding civil rights leaders such as Sowell and Duke Law School Professor James Coleman?
As the Duke Hoax played out last Spring, Jackson and Sharpton paid no attention to violations of its victims' civil rights. They enabled the lies of Mangum, Nifong and the DPD. And they wound up looking like a pair of self-deluded dopes better suited to wearing dunce caps than the mantle of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.
Meanwhile, Coleman and Sowell, tough-minded, fair and disciplined scholars, paid attention to civil rights issues and helped lead us through the Hoax and to the day when the Attorney General of North Carolina declared its greatest victims innocent.
In response to Jena, the network news programs, the cable talk shows and our major newspapers should be featuring what civil rights leaders like Coleman and Sowell are saying. Instead, they feature the likes of Jackson and Sharpton who self-promote at the expense of justice and peace.
Sowell’s column is titled Law Versus Mob Rule.
Hat tip: BN