Let’s talk

An aphorism I recall declares, “Talk is cheap.” Extending that thought, my friend Jack says, “Better well done than well said.”

Liberals talk a lot about how to attempt solutions for real or perceived social problems. That’s preferable to them actually doing something because their social justice schemes usually make it worse for everyone.

Here in Wilmington, N. C. for the past 148 years racial discontent has been promoted by incessantly talking about it. New Hanover County had a “Human Relations Commission” for decades, but apparently it didn’t create any improvement. It was disbanded several years ago.

Listening to the talk you would think that race relations are worse than ever. Yet black people have more advantages and opportunities in America than ever before in their history and those anywhere else on earth. Many black Americans have accumulated wealth and positions by their individual achievements, not because of blather by talking-heads on commissions. But large numbers of blacks have chosen to stay on government, urban welfare-plantations.

Now, because of recent violence by criminal gangs in black public housing, Wilmington StarNews editors advise “We need to talk.” Police have reacted with authorized lethal force to stop violent black criminals. Predictably, cops have been accused of “excessive” force by National Association for Advancement of Colored People activists. Out of town gad-about agitator Rev. William Barber made “serious allegations” and had some “harsh words for the police.” (link)

City and county police have responded to gun-toting criminals with their own considerable fire-power to protect themselves and to stop young black males from continuing their rampages and threats.

Our police aren’t social-workers or debaters; they are not the friends and confidants of people they suspect of criminal behavior; they aren’t hired to “promote harmony and trust”—an illusion StarNews editors want to uselessly talk about.

The editors suggest that New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon assemble a group (with “varied perspectives”) to listen to residents, police and local ministers “to help build trust from…an adversarial relationship.” They don’t seem to understand that, by definition, police have an “adversarial” relationship with criminals. Editorialists delude themselves that talk will “attempt to identify ways to begin chipping away at the cycle of violence.”

The only way to break this cycle is to get rid of the elements that continue it—natural or manmade cycles can’t be talked out of following their courses, but it makes progressives feel better if they discuss it. Talk about this issue is meaningless and hopeless, but those who refuse to face reality can’t accept that; “we” must do something, they say— “we” usually results in more government interference that enables the cycle of dependency.

For nearly 150 years progressives have promoted and legislated federal programs to “help” black people—with little encouragement to help themselves. The results are painfully clear to reasonable people. We have a culture of dependency where many are trapped in dysfunctional lives—generations destined to live in chaos and criminality.

No amount of talking can undo this unnecessary, wasteful human tragedy.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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