As usual, the fine folks at Joe for America have leapt on the opportunity to use the words of a glorified Uncle Ruckus to justify their bigotry. Taking an article from The Blacksphere, a far-right blog that seems to exist solely to make conservatives feel more comfortable with their presuppositions about African-Americans and the basis upon which Joe the Plumber proudly declared that we need a white Republican president.
Joe for America blogger Rodney Lee Conover (who is running for Congress) practically salivated at the opportunity to suggest that black people who complain about racism do not deserve equal police protection.
Before we read what Kevin Jackson of The Blacksphere actually wrote, let’s take a look at the lily-white would-be Congressman’s take-away:
“There is a reason there are a disproportionate number of black men in jail; and despite the Liberals tome, it’s not because the police are bad. This cops didn’t decide come off a donut break to target Michael Brown for sport. The cop stopped Brown for a reason. Would you hang out in a black neighborhood for “shiggles,” if you didn’t have to?
And like with the Trayvon Martin story, if Brown had complied with the cop, instead of playing Tommy Toughass, he would likely be alive today.”
Of course, Conover is the sort of person who would be all for this suggestion by Kevin Jackson [the post titled “What if police didn’t protect black neighborhoods” has mysteriously disappeared from The Blacksphere — although you can clearly see the URL recently existed — so here’s the archived version]:
“If I were the police, I would take black neighborhoods off my radar. Let’s face it, white neighborhoods are safer, and they don’t shout ‘Kill the cops!'”
The belief that black people do not deserve equal protection, whether it be legally or by the police, under the law is not exactly a new idea in America — but it is one that runs rampant through the far right-wing of American politics.
Jackson continues by lying about the shooting of Michael Brown in the section Conover cites, even going so far as to claim that Michael Brown was only shot twice.
“The gist of the Ferguson, MO story is that the cops ordered two black teens to stop…for whatever reason. The teens got “lippy,” and maybe even fought with the cop. At some point, the teen got shot twice.”
Jackson goes on to explain that, “I don’t know if Michael Brown is a bad guy or a good guy who has been wronged. I can tell you, statistically speaking, he is likely a bad guy.”
Conover was also highly critical of the suggestion that the racial makeup of Ferguson police reflect the population, and of efforts to register voters in an effort to offset the oppression faced daily by the African-American population.
Showing a complete lack of knowledge about our country’s history, he equated the ideas of black people voting and of a police force that reflects the racial makeup of the citizenry to “a new version of the racist old Democrat idea of “Separate, but Equal” from back in the day?”
Someone needs to learn the definition of “Dixiecrat.” They’re yesteryear’s Tea Partiers.
Conover adds that if black people vote more and police departments are comprised by a racial makeup that represents the population, “Hey – we’ll have black cities run by blacks and white cities run by whites – then let’s see about the light brown ones, and yellow and pretty soon everything will be equal – right – like things ought to be… and separate.. hey wait, but, I..”
In the city of Ferguson, almost 70 percent of the population is black, while 50 out of 53 of its police officers are white. Five of the city’s six councilmembers are white, including a woman who is named in a civil rights lawsuit from her time as a Ferguson police officer. At least six former or current Ferguson officers are being sued for using excessive force. In the majority of the cases, the victim was black and the cop was white.
Of course, a racial makeup that is reflective of the population, along with the use of body cameras would help curb abuse — but none of that matters to Mr. Congressional-hopeful.
If you hadn’t guessed, Conover is exactly the sort of person who would complain about a project that automatically detects and reports hate speech on Twitter.
Joe’s staffing selections are perfectly representative of his own views. Would we reasonably expect someone who has publicly stated that he does not care about children killed in mass shootings and actively attempts to rile up the white-priders by characterizing Ferguson protesters as jobless cockroaches to staff anyone but a person like Conover?
Readers shared their own views on Conover’s writing. [The following is a mash-up of comments from the three referenced ‘Joe’ articles. Since the site uses two different comment systems, some may appear differently than others.]
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