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Dream On...

Last night, I read Cassy's piece on the latest "civil rights" outrage to draw national attention, and her linking it to the "Jena Six." And then I did the dumb thing -- I read the comments.

There were only two things that were dumber than that decision. The dumbest was the local civil rights community's protests and cries of racism. But running a close second was certain people (yes, "civil behavior," I mean you) assailing Cassy for posting the story.

I don't quite follow cb's logic. He describes most of the people at the heart of the story as indefensible -- the surviving burglar/would-be murderer and the local chapter of the NAACP. But he also lumps in Cassy (well, "the person sitting at the computer who wrote this entry," but I cheated and looked at the top of the story to see who the author was) for "trying to deflect their own desire to incite by sharpening the racist debate using words as a weapon against those who in a general sense HAVE been discriminated against and still are."

I have a bit of a different perspective from cb. (This should come as no surprise to long-time readers. Or, for that matter, anyone else who's read more than a few words written by either of us.) I heard something a while ago that struck me as pretty insightful and dead-on, and I've let that sway me on matters such as this:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The case in Lakeport is a simple one. Three men broke into a house and violently assaulted one of the residents, nearly killing one and leaving him pretty much a vegetable -- perhaps for life. Another of the residents chose to take defensive action, killing two and driving off the third. The police, in accordance with the long-standing principle of "felony murder," are charging the survivor with participating in the crimes that led to the deaths of two people. It's hardly the first time that a surviving criminal has been charged with the deaths of his accomplices at the hands of the victim.

The theory behind the "felony murder" concept is, I believe, a good one. If you willingly and knowingly take part in a crime that leads directly to the death of someone, then you are liable for that death. In the eyes of the law, it makes no difference if you pull the trigger, if your accomplice pulls the trigger, or if the would-be victim does and kills your accomplice -- the root cause of that death was the crime being perpetrated by you and your accomplices, so you are responsible for all the foreseeable consequences of that decision.

And in this case, if you and your buddies break into a house to rob it and, in the process, beat one of the residents almost to death, it's not surprising if another of the residents should choose to use force -- even lethal force -- to stop you.

The element of racism here is in the surviving invader's defenders. They are saying that the only reason he is being charged is because of his race.

Bullshit.

As I said before, the doctrine of "felony murder" is clear. I know it's sometimes dangerous to use Wikipedia as a source, but it has a very clear run-down of the concept, with examples and everything.

The precise law being used here is a California refinement of that concept. And, again, it's been tested -- and survived legal challenge.

The fact that the invaders were black and the homeowner was white is, to me, utterly irrelevant. The invaders made the choice to invade the home; the residents did not have any say in the matter and did not specify "whites only allowed to break in and beat us."

That the jurisdiction where the crime took place is also irrelevant, but the defendant has already won a change of venue. So that whole matter is moot.

One corollary of Dr. King's dream is that when people are judged by the content of their character, we may find that certain people are vile scum. This is true of all races. No single race holds a monopoly on scummery; I can cite people of all races, all sexes, all creeds, all colors, all ethnic heritages, all national origins (well, mostly -- no Tibetan Buddhists come to mind, but I haven't looked into those vow-of-poverty-taking monks who forked over big bucks to Al Gore's 2000 campaign too carefully) who are noble and who are vile. To try to reduce the deeds of people -- for good or ill -- on the basis of race is, in and of itself, racist.

There seems to be little dispute among the basic facts of the Lakewood case. Three men broke into a home, beating one of the residents so severely that he is severely disabled -- quite possibly for life. Another of the residents got a gun and shot two of the invaders. The third fled, and is now being charged for participating in the violent crime that triggered the whole chain of events.

Whether or not Mr. Hughes will be convicted is yet to be determined. But there is certainly strong legal grounds for charging him -- and race does not appear to have been a deciding factor.


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Jay,You have to reme... (Below threshold)
allen:

Jay,
You have to remember that cb and his ilk believe nobody should have firearms. And any way, any slanted talk they can do to discredit legal law abiding citizens that own firearms.

If CB wants to break into my house at 4AM, I will gladly show him the business end of a firearm, and also introduce him to the pain of getting blown away. Now does that make me a racist, because to the best of my knowledge I have never met CB, don't know anything about him, except he is a flaming idiot for spouting off about racism.

Your first mistake was expe... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Your first mistake was expecting a coherent argument from CB.

The race hustlers threw Dr.... (Below threshold)

The race hustlers threw Dr. King under the bus long ago (pun intended). However, the trend is not going their way when it comes to crimes like this.

Consider this even more contentious issue: the very rich are frequently becoming victims of home invasions....even the liberal rich.

http://www.realestatejournal.com/homegarden/20071116-mcqueen.html

This is bad news for the opponents of concealed carry permits. Race and socieconomic class hustlers can complain all day long, but rest assured: more incidents like this will result in more pro gun legislation.

Darleen makes a good point about gun free zones and VT. Just one student or teacher with a weapon could have reduced the death toll dramatically.

It was clear to me racism w... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

It was clear to me racism was being a tool for a greater agenda. Of which included:
- Sharpton/others to help remind Blacks only the Democrats can save them
- Democrats to punish a successful home defense with a firearm
- CB to insult Cassy

The trolls never pass up a chance to dig at Cassy for much the same reason that Blacks are expected to remain loyal to the Democrats. Cassy is a young woman and they are stereotypically Democrats. Can't have other young woman thinking otherwise. Michelle Malkin got it for two reasons when she started. Both for being a visible minority and a young woman. With two reasons to be expected to be loyal to Democrats, Democrats went nuts.

In a TV interview Michelle Malkin acknowledged the race part of why she was reviled. I believe she referred to it as "being punished for leaving the plantation". I would add that being a young woman was another dimension to those attacks. Something Cassy shares with her.

So if you fall in certain demographics, you need to be reminded to remain loyal to the Democrats. If that means we have to find racism where there is none to frighten you into remaining loyal or you need to be punished for "leaving the plantation", whatever works.

Related thoughts on the cor... (Below threshold)

Related thoughts on the corollary to Dr. King's dream were expressed "In response to 'Schools low on minority teachers'":

Ms. Gildow's article reported on the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) statistics claiming that four of Warren County's school districts have no minority teachers on staff. She then goes on to state, "It's not a new problem - 10 years ago five districts had no minorities on staff, the ODE reports."

The real 'problem' is that the ODE disregards Dr. Martin Luther King's counsel to judge everyone, including teachers, by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. The ODE holds on to a social definition of 'race' that is not supported by science. It should carefully study the American Anthropological Association statement on "Race" (http://www.aaanet.org/stmts/racepp.htm) as it formulates its policies:

"In the United States both scholars and the general public have been conditioned to viewing human races as natural and separate divisions within the human species based on visible physical differences. With the vast expansion of scientific knowledge in this century, however, it has become clear that human populations are not unambiguous, clearly demarcated, biologically distinct groups."

The only 'race' we have is the hueman race, if you allow the pun. Many have historically, and to this day, acted on perceived differences in our shared humanity. Were that not the case, Dr. King would not have eloquently shared his dream...


In the other thread, CB's f... (Below threshold)

In the other thread, CB's first line of reasoning when Jay asked him to tell us what he thought we SHOULD do was to preface it with this:

This was a crime. Pure and simple. Leave the baiting of how "holding a person accountable... is no longer allowed in the progressive and enlightened United States" to the real racists. It's not a long jump to see how the blogger chose to intimate that those of "progressive" attitudes somehow desire to regress to some sort of anarchy.

CB starts off with a wild assumption and then continues with it in every comment taking a full day to clarify it with that?

Cassy's point was quite clear to me. To me, she didn't intimate any such thing as that progressives desire some sort of anarchy, but that many progressives are totally incapable of leaving race out of what CB himself describes as "... a crime. Pure and simple". And if a 'progressive' hasn't brought up race, they will often defend those who do. If not directly, then by some other means such as he has done here; equating the messenger with the race-baiters.

Then CB, near the end of his argument, concludes with this pearl:

A[n] extended stay in the Greater south of this nation is all that is needed to realize that some things just never change.

I find it ironic (or not) that CB would see his way to criticizing and accusing Cassy, and others here, for perpetuating the race-divide with such a comment.

I have lived in cities large and small and in some very rural southern areas and it has consistently been my experience that racism is far more prevalent in urban areas in the north and south than in what CB terms as the "Greater South". This broad brush often used by 'progressives' that southerners are racists and bigots is perpetuated by the CBs of the world while they cry about prejudice. Is that irony - or projection? Who knows.

CB has demonstrated here too many times that he has an unreasonable disdain for the "rich", the "south", "southerners", "conservatives" and basically anyone who disagrees with his world view. Color me surprised.

Yep...what I respect are po... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Yep...what I respect are posters whom are here as a direct result of ancestors coming to America by choice...as opposed to those whose ancestors came here as slaves...
Please articulate your connection.
...and please make value judgments based upon something other than hearing the word nigger when you grew up. (c'mon someone you knew as a relative used nigger)
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notiz=that will get you disemvowled.




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