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Comparing American Cops with Islamic Terrorists

The title of this entry is taken from Heather Mac Donald's article in the City Journal. Her subtitle is, "With His UN Speech, Obama Sinks to a Shameful New Low."

The article begins:

President Obama has announced to the world that America's police officers are as disruptive to civil society as Middle Eastern beheaders and Russian-backed rebels. Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, he agreed with "America's critics" who point out that America, too, has "failed to live up to [its] ideals; that America has plenty of problems within [its] own borders." He went on to explain the particulars:

In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri--where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.

All the more important, then, for Obama to set the record straight. The idea that the Ferguson riots were the result of a predatory police force tantamount to sectarian murderers in the Middle East is a poisonous calumny. The threat to America's blacks comes almost exclusively from other blacks, not from the police. Every year, thousands of African Americans are gunned down by other African Americans, with no attention from the media and local government officials. 

The anti-white bigotry, and specifically the anti-white cop bigotry, of this Administration is appalling, and the responsibility for it rests less with Eric Holder (although there too) than with his boss.


MacDonald's characterization of Obama's speech is at best misleading and at worst fabricated. If anyone is interested in the actual speech, you can read it here:


As you'll learn from reading the speech, the idea that Obama somehow equated terrorists with police in Ferguson is laughable. What he was doing is noting, accurately, that some may criticize America for intervening in other countries when we have our own problems, and acknowledging that, yes, we do have problems. Ignoring that or pretending we don't isn't being honest.

But nowhere, and in no sense, does Obama somehow equate police in America with terrorists. It's fine to have a discussion about Obama's speech and whatever you think of his policies, but fabricating connections where none exists does not help your cause.

1. Actually, interested readers can not only read but listen to the entire speech simply by clicking on the word "announced" on the fourth line of the entry and scrolling down the page.

2. Mac Donald never claimed or came close to claiming that Obama "equated" America or American police with terrorists. But when he says, referring to Ferguson THE SENTENCE AFTER his reference to Middle East terrorism, that "we have our own racial and ethnic tensions," what point could he possibly be trying to make? Either his statement is a comparison of the shooting in Ferguson to Middle East terrorism (specifically beheading hostages, as he knew everyone would have in mind) or it makes no sense whatever.

I'm open to the latter view for sure, given Obama's predilection for senseless blather. But the former is more likely.

3. There is of course no comparison between these two things, and that's even if the Ferguson shooting were premeditated murder as opposed to legal self defense (which is not known at this time).

How many CRIMINAL killings by white police of black citizens are there per year in this country? I don't know, but I would be shocked if the number were above single digits. Indeed I'd be pretty surprised if it were above zero.

By contrast, how many grisly videotaped beheadings of innocent hostages have we seen in just the last month from the "Caliphate?" Three that I know about.

The only reason Obama mentions the possibly legal and possibly illegal homicide in Ferguson in the same breath as "tensions" in the Middle East is to cast the United States in the worst possible light. (Indeed, beyond the worst possible light, since, on the present state of knowledge, nothing unlawful or even immoral happened in Ferguson).

To say, as you do, that the USA has "its own problems" is of course true, since there is no nation, or for that matter neighborhood, anywhere, ever, that does not "have its own problems."

The President of the United States should do better than to take the podium of the United Nations to say things they are either (1) unbelievably stupid truisms, or (2) intended to make the his country look comparable to the worst sort of evil.

He'd be better off sticking to, "If you like your health insurance, you can....."

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