Monday, May 23, 2016

- The Key Is Personal Agency

There is a pretty good gun piece above the fold in the NY Times today where they come right out and admit, that most shootings are a black on black phenomenon:

The divide is racial as well. Among the cases examined by The Times were 39 domestic violence shootings, and they largely involved white attackers and victims. So did many of the high-profile massacres, including a wild shootout between Texas biker gangs that left nine people dead and 18 wounded.

Over all, though, nearly three-fourths of victims and suspected assailants whose race could be identified were black. Some experts suggest that helps explain why the drumbeat of dead and wounded does not inspire more outrage.

Clearly, if it’s black-on-black, we don’t get the same attention because most people don’t identify with that. Most Americans are white,” said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston. “People think, ‘That’s not my world. That’s not going to happen to me.’ ”

The key of course is agency. To the left, the black man is not a man at all, he's an object. An object who is tugged hither and yon by the feelings of the white society he lives in. He has no personal agency, and therefore no responsibilty. He is a 'victim' of the white biases and white 'hatred' that the broader society feels for him. Silliness.

To me, a black man is a man. He may not be a smart man, or he may be a genius. He may not be a good man, or he may be a saint. He may be lazy, or hard working, or any number of other things. But whatever he is, his sins and virtues belong to him. He is accountable for his actions. That's what being a man is. What's more, I think most men (including black men) agree with me. It's only women who 'feeeeel' differently.

There is much wisdom in the comments section of the Times piece. The Times position that we need to feel their pain so we can then ban all guns, doesn't seem to be resonating at all. Take this comment from a black woman:

As a black woman who immigrated to the US, I simply don't understand what action the American black community is hoping for and from who. The article mentions that some African Americans feel that whites don't care but what are they to do even if they did care? It is clear that the overwhelming majority of gun violence is within black communities and gangs. Their guns are probably obtained illegally. I honestly can't think of a gun law that would prevent that violence.

There is a woman who can see the forest for the trees. It's a shame there aren't more like her.

For all it's faults, the Times piece is a good start. At least they are admitting the facts of the problem. Now maybe we can all have a rational conversation about what to do about it.

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