I’d like to see MORE football player protests — NOT less

We’ve recently shared three stories about violence in our schools, and interestingly, two of those three incidents were in urban centers, Milwaukee and New York. The third was in a suburban area: Rome, Georgia, north of Atlanta. In each of these cases, the perpetrators of violence were minority students.

Now, I suppose my saying so makes me a racist; you know, a black white supremacist.

After all, in Portland, Oregon, they decided to drop the gang-member designation — they don’t call gangs “gangs” anymore because it’s, yes, racist.

See, liberal, progressive leftists don’t see the crime. They only see social justice victims, and their definition of a victim is aligned with their ideological agenda.

You won’t hear too much, for example, about the 22-year-old concealed-carry holder who stopped the shooting this past Sunday in Antioch, Tennessee. The liberal progressive media is not heavily covering what happened at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, or who perpetrated the attack: 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson — originally of Khartoum, Sudan.

I also recall the shooting of churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel Baptist Church by Dylan Root. All of a sudden, the leftist dog whistle went out and everyone white was a white supremacist — it was all about racism.

So, where’s the massive, collective condemnation about this recent Tennessee case?

I’m quite sure that, once again, the left will find a way to make Samson the victim, and the young church usher, Robert Caleb Engle, the assailant. It’s just another example of how things have become upside down in America — and how we’ve all become pawns in the dangerous and delusional game being waged by the progressive, socialist left.

As reported by the Associated Press,

Violent crime in America rose in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by a spike in killings in some major cities, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday.

The Trump administration immediately seized on the figures as proof that the nation is in the midst of a dangerous crime wave that warrants a return to tougher tactics like more arrests and harsher punishments for drug criminals. But criminologists cautioned the new numbers may not indicate the start of a long-term trend, noting that violent crime rates remain well below where they were a quarter-century ago.

Still, the FBI said it was the first time violent crime rose in consecutive years in more than a decade. Violent crimes such as shootings and robberies rose 4.1 percent in 2016 from the year before, with homicides climbing 8.6 percent, according to the figures. Violence increased 3.9 percent in 2015, while killings jumped by more than 10 percent.

“This is a frightening trend that threatens to erode so much progress that had made our neighborhoods and communities safer — over 30 years of declines in crime are being replaced by increases,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week during a speech in Boston. “We cannot accept this as the new normal.”

On Monday, he called upon law enforcement to “confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime.”

Sessions has used the threat of rising violence as an impetus for many of his sweeping policy changes. He has directed the nation’s federal prosecutors to seek tougher sentences against most suspects, including some low level drug offenders and has urged them to focus more intensely on prosecuting gun cases.

I don’t find it a coincidence that, over the last two years, we’ve seen this type of rise in violent crimes in the United States. When the Obama administration decided it was going to defend criminals over law enforcement, this is where it ends up.

See, the Obama administration decided it was better to release criminals, since they view them as victims, and punish law enforcement — by supporting groups such as Black Lives Matter, who use violent rhetoric to bash law enforcement officers.

And think about the decision by the mayor’s office and new police chief in Portland, Oregon, to make criminal behavior about race — and not about the people committing the crimes?

Who cares what color a gang member is? The fact is simple: They’re gang members and who cares if the majority of them are minorities? That doesn’t make them victims … what it does however, is put more Americans at risk of being victims.

Funny, these NFL players are supposedly protesting police violence against blacks in America, but the facts don’t support their misguided and Quixotic quest — actually, the opposite is the case.

I would love to see them protesting — actually going into the communities where they play, and confronting the problem of gang violence that has caused this uptick.

The horrendous, combat zone-like shootings and death statistics emanating from places such as Chicago have nothing to do with white police officers, and certainly nothing to do with the American flag and the national anthem. Sadly, we have lots of folks who choose the uninformed, easy, low road of saying what will bring social acceptance — thereby exhibiting their ignorance.

Why are these NFL players not advocating for more and better school choice opportunities in the urban communities? I hate to tell them that it was a black president, not Donald Trump, who cancelled the D.C. school voucher program. Didn’t see too many Washington Redskin or Baltimore Raven players protesting that, did ya?

Yes, these fellas are entitled to their own opinions, but they’re not entitled to their own facts — and the facts are not on their side.

Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri was not a model citizen, and he wasn’t a victim in the sense that the social justice warriors would have us believe. He was, however, a victim of the failed, liberal progressive policies of the inner city that have destroyed the family and ushered in a wasteland replete with violence.

We should be committed to ending this spate of gun violence and criminality. We should stop allowing the progressive, socialist left to manipulate us for the sake of their insidious ideological agenda.

The problem is simple — doing that takes courage, and the left tends to define courage with examples such as Bradley Manning or Bowe Bergdahl.

Real courage, however, is shown by those who don’t  merely follow the trend or status quo, but who stand up for that which is right and truly just — and don’t kneel.

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]

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