There have been two killings of police officers, recently, in as many weeks. Of course, there are people who are pointing toward the heightened tensions between the police and the communities they
harass and kill serve and protect as the culprit for these crimes. Naturally, Fox News has jumped right on that bandwagon.
On Monday’s edition of Fox and Friends, regular Uncle Tom Fox contributor Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was on to opine on one of the most recent shooting deaths of a police officer, Deputy Darren Goforth out of Texas’s Houston area. Clarke played right into the Fox agenda’s hands, saying that Deputy Goforth died because President Obama has declared a “war on police.”
As a header flashed across the screen reading “Murder Movement,” Fox host Brian Kilmeade and Sheriff Clarke painted an ominous picture of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the media, and of course, the Obama administration, as trying to encourage the murder of white police officers. Sheriff Clarke began:
Let me start here. The headline is ‘Black man shoots white defenseless police officer.’ I get sick and tired of seeing it the other way around when an officer defends his life. They always point out that it’s a white officer shooting an unarmed black suspect.
Maybe, Sheriff, the headlines always read that way because, well, the incidents happened that way? Ring a bell? Nothing wrong with telling the truth, especially if it is an ugly truth. In fact, the news organizations would be doing a grave disservice to the public if they didn’t say what actually happened.
Of course, the good Sheriff was just getting started. He continued:
President Obama has breathed life into this ugly movement, and it is time now for good law-abiding Americans to rise up like they did around that Chevron station — an outpouring — but it can’t just be symbolic. We now have to counter this slime, this filth coming out of these cop-haters.
Even Brian Kilmeade seemed uncomfortable with the direction Clarke’s on-air rant was going, and suggested that perhaps the president simply “shed light” on a problem that has always existed. Sheriff Clarke plowed on though:
That’s a lie. If there is anything that needs to be straightened out in this country, it is the subculture that has risen out of the underclass in the American ghetto. Fix the ghetto and you’ll see a lesser need for assertive police officers, or policing in these areas, and then you’ll see less confrontation. Stop trying to fix the police. Fix the ghetto.
Well, it’s clear that Sheriff Clarke has bought into society’s racism hook, line and sinker. There’s no convincing him that there’s a problem with the way law enforcement treats black Americans. Well, I give you a challenge, Sheriff Clarke. You’re black. Take off your law enforcement gear. Leave your badge, your gun and everything else that signifies your status as a member of law enforcement, and travel to, oh, let’s say, Mississippi or Alabama. Not a main city, either. Some backwoods town that no one has heard of. Get stopped by a cop. Let’s see what happens then. I guarantee you, your eyes will be opened — if you’re lucky enough to make it out of the encounter alive. Then you might be able to see that racism is a problem, and that racist policing on a systemic level is a problem.
#BlackLivesMatter isn’t about killing white police officers, sir. It’s about showing the nation and the world that black lives matter just as much as those of our white counterparts. That’s it. Don’t blame a noble civil rights movement for the unhinged violence perpetuated by the few. To do that is to insult and dismiss the concerns of the race to which you belong.
Oh, I forgot. You tried to stop being black so long ago that you’ve deluded yourself into thinking you’re not. Go ahead, Sheriff Clarke. Take my challenge. I assure you, your delusions will be shattered forever.
Watch the video of Sheriff Clarke’s embarrassing nonsense below via Media Matters:
Featured image via Media Matters video screen capture