President ‘Unity’ Hits America’s ‘Dark Side’ in Tulsa
Joe Biden’s address to mark the 100th anniversary of a racist massacre was despicably divisive.
Joe “Unity” Biden is never one to let a crisis go to waste, even after a hundred years. Such was the case with his remarks yesterday in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre.
Before we get to that, we and all decent human beings condemn what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from May 31 to June 1 of 1921. After a black man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a white woman, a wrathful lynch mob of 1,000-plus formed. Confronted with a couple dozen armed black men seeking to defend their own, the white mob gathered their guns and soon a literal battle began.
Records are spotty, but when it was over, as many as 300 blacks were dead. More than a dozen whites were killed. The mob also burned down 35 city blocks of black neighborhood, leaving thousands homeless and destroying many businesses and livelihoods.
Despite the horrors perpetrated, the 2001 Oklahoma Commission to Study the Race Riot came to an appalling conclusion: “Not one of these criminal acts was then or ever has been prosecuted or punished by government at any level, municipal, county, state, or federal.” That kind of wanton and hate-filled destruction — followed by an utter lack of justice — absolutely leaves a mark, and it is right to mourn and remember it. It’s right to make sure it never happens again, but also to acknowledge how much progress has been made.
Loving America does not mean ignoring its sins. It does, however, mean not defining our present nation by such incidents, though that’s what President Unity did yesterday.
Some of his comments were appropriate and true. “For much too long, the history of what took place here was told in silence, cloaked in darkness,” he said. “Just because history is silent, it doesn’t mean it did not take place. We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know, and not what we should know.”
Yet he took the opportunity to drive the remembrance right into the partisan ditch. Great nations must “come to terms with their dark sides,” he said, as if America is still a racist backwater. “We must address what remains the stain on the soul of America,” he insisted. In fact, he alleged, the hate that prompted the massacre “never went away.” And, he insisted, “Terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today.” Just don’t pay attention to antifa violence, and especially not to Black Lives Matter rioters.
As if to “prove” his case, he slammed Republican-led states for the “simply un-American” effort of passing laws aimed at guarding election integrity, insinuating that it’s tantamount to minority voter suppression. He opposed this “tireless assault on the right to vote,” which he called an “unprecedented assault on our democracy.”
He has in the past grotesquely likened such laws to the Jim Crow regime. Major League Baseball even punished Georgia (and Atlanta’s black residents) by removing the All-Star Game from the city after Biden’s outburst. Democrats in Texas walked out of the state legislature to torpedo a vote on a similar election integrity law, and other states doing likewise will face such obstacles.
Biden went further yesterday, appointing his border czar Kamala Harris as his voting czar. (As a side note, it’s almost like Biden’s grooming Harris to take over the top job…) Given how well she’s secured the border, we can only imagine what election integrity will look like under her watch. Actually, we don’t have to imagine; we know.
That included taking a swipe at Democrat Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for defending the filibuster. And that’s even though Sinema is a sponsor of S 1. Why hasn’t the bill passed? “Well,” he lamented in the third person, “because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House, and a tie in the Senate — with two members of the Senate who voted more with my Republican friends.”
As a brief refresher, the bill will federalize election processes and institutionalize the worst elements of Democrat-driven voter fraud, typified by their bulk-mail ballot strategy.
For her part, Harris said, “The work ahead of us is to make voting accessible to all American voters, and to make sure every vote is counted through a free, fair, and transparent process. This is the work of democracy.” It is Republicans who are attempting to do exactly what she described. Democrats aim to flood the zone with opportunities for fraud, and the border with new illegal residents, thus diluting the honest votes of American citizens and undermining our Republic.
Again, it is right and appropriate to grieve the bloody events of 1921, and even to rectify what can be. But it compounds the sin to politicize that massacre in order to destroy our elections along with whatever unity can be had today. By casting everyone opposed to their agenda as racists, the real race-baiting hustlers like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, congressional Democrats, and their Leftmedia lickspittles disgrace our country and the memory of the dead.
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