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OPINION

Does Black Violence Matter?

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I've watched black protests for months now (since Ferguson, Missouri erupted) with signs proclaiming that "Black Lives Matter." Those same protests popped up for the past week at protests in Baltimore in advance of the massive riots and unrest on Monday.

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But what I've never seen is a single protest or sign proclaiming "Black Violence Matters." Or does black-on-black murder not matter to black Americans? How about blacks looting and burning black businesses? Does that matter?

I heard ultra-liberal (and pathetically politically correct) CNN analyst Sally Kohn blame white America today. She wished white America would be half as outraged as outraged over “police violence” as they are over the riots. https://twitter.com/search?q=sally%20kohn&src=typd

Well I have a message for Sally Kohn:

I wish black Americans would be half as outraged over black on black violence, black on black murders, black gangs, black drug dealers, black looting, black burning of black businesses and black destruction of black neighborhoods as they are about one white cop killing one black kid.

Here are the real questions black America should be asking...

Where are the black fathers in Baltimore? They don‘t exist. I saw black mothers in the streets. I saw black male teens. But no black fathers trying to keep their kids off the streets and away from violence. Could the lack of black fathers at home be the reason for the hopelessness, anger, poverty and violence on the streets of Baltimore?

Where is Obama? Our nation’s first black president has been silent as blacks tear apart a major America city. He’s quick to weigh in and assign blame every time one black kid gets shot by a white cop. But not a word when thousands of blacks rampage and terrorize a city? Not a word about black-on-black crime, rioting, looting, burning or murder?

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Where is the black Mayor of Baltimore? She clearly ordered police to stand down, make no arrests, stop no crimes while her city was being destroyed, while the businesses she is sworn to protect were being looted and burned. She clearly said days before the riots went ballistic that she wanted to create a “space for those who want to destroy.” Then she blamed the media for merely repeating her words verbatim. http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/baltimore-city-mayor-allows-rioters-space-to-destroy-during-weekend-violent-protests-video

Where are the black leaders? Where’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? You're quick to blame white policeman for one dead black kid (often with a long criminal rap sheet), but not a word of blame or anger towards thousands of black youth burning down black neighborhoods? Cat got your tongue?

How about the war on poverty? How’s that worked out for black America? The longest and most expensive war in American history has been in place since LBJ, yet inner cities like Baltimore look exactly the same. Same poverty. Same hopelessness. Same anger and violence. Same rioting and blame and excuses. After $22 trillion has been spent- more (by far) than all the wars in the history of America combined, the results are…nothing. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25288

I hear plenty of excuses from black America. I hear they feel powerless. Really? With a black president, the first black Attorney General, another black Attorney General, black Mayor of Baltimore, black city council, black police chief and a majority-minority Baltimore police force? All that and you still feel powerless? Trillions spent on welfare, food stamps, free healthcare and hundreds of other entitlement programs…and you still feel powerless? What exactly would it take to stop the pattern of violence, poverty, excuses and blame?

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How has having the first black president helped black America? With black unemployment double that of whites, who is to blame?

And one more thought for CNN's Sally Kohn and liberals like her…

What has 50 years of black rule, liberal welfare and entitlement policies, excuses and blame towards white people done for black Americans in inner cities like Baltimore and Detroit? Where’s the progress in those cities under 100% Democrat politicians and policies?

The sighting of a white Republican on the streets of cities like Detroit and Baltimore is just a rumor. There were no white faces or Republicans among local Baltimore officials at the podium yesterday- just a black mayor, black city council members, black police chief and black local community leaders and clergy. 100% black leadership. Yet urban inner cities like Baltimore and Detroit are in ruins.

It’s time to take personal responsibility. Slavery was a long, long, long time ago. My Jewish relatives were enslaved by Hitler and the Nazis much more recently than your ancestors were enslaved by the South. It’s time to move on.

It’s time to fight for jobs, not welfare. It’s time to look within yourselves. It’s time to stop blaming others. It’s time to blame black fathers. It’s time to blame black leaders. It’s time to blame a black president. It's time to ask what the Democratic Party has ever done for you except insure you're helpless, hopeless and dependent on government to survive. It’s time to blame the war on poverty.

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Yes, "Black Lives Matter."

But it’s time to admit that "Black Violence Matters" too.

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