Jackson's New Chaos Theory
I have to say this much for that enduring Jack-in-the-box, the
Rev. Jesse Jackson: He never ceases to amaze me with his absurd litany of
accusations against mainstream American society and its supposed racism.
Jackson's latest race-baiting tomfoolery manifested itself
last month in Springfield, Ill., where Jackson revealed to the world the
existence of a conspiracy to throw black students out of school.
What possible motivation, you may ask, could lie behind so
mean-spirited a conspiracy?
You may want to tighten your seat belts for this one, because
it's the kind of reasoning that could come only from Jackson at his
self-indulgent, misguided best.
According to the local newspaper, The Herald & Review,
Jackson says that the conspiracy aims at putting more inmates into an
ever-increasing number of prisons, thereby giving greater job security to white
prison guards and administrators.
I've got to give the good reverend points for creativity,
anyway. In a nation prospering under one of the strongest economies in our
history, an economy which every day makes it tougher to peddle the concept of a
downtrodden, victimized and _ of course _ African-American underclass, it takes
real imagination on Jackson's part to keep coming up with the kind of crises his
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition needs to sustain itself.
Why, Jackson even has a catchy name for his theory of
prison-oriented, society-wide racism: ``the Decatur Syndrome.''
In case you missed it, Decatur, Ill., is the city where
Jackson sought to intimidate the school board into reinstating six black
high-school students who had been suspended from school after being videotaped
brawling viciously in the stands during a football game.
Unable to fathom the possibility that he and his misguided
minions could be wrong about the moral character of these six young thugs,
Jackson turned for support to such great legal minds as that of Leroy Pernell,
dean of the Northern Illinois University Law School in De Kalb.
Schools are actively looking for excuses to discipline black
pupils, Pernell insisted.
``There's a myth that these kids are being put out because
they are dangerous,'' Pernell said at a Springfield meeting led by Jackson.
``The overriding offense that puts our children in legal jeopardy in the school
system is being uppity.''
Now there is a word you don't hear much anymore _ ``uppity.''
It's an incendiary term, harkening back to a time in American
history when a black man could be lynched if a white man decided he was being
uppity. The good dean knows how to mix quite a verbal Molotov cocktail.
Some children are targeted for discipline, he added, while
others ``of a different hue'' escape trouble.
``These children become the fodder in an industrial-prison
complex designed to make money for everybody else,'' Pernell concluded.
Well, that's one way to look at it.
Sadly, the objective statistics tell a story that doesn't line
up with the feel-good interpretations of African-American leaders of Jackson's
This is all the more unfortunate in that it is blacks
themselves who suffer most from the depredations of the disturbingly large
number of amoral, violent black children.
According to the United States Department of Justice, black
Americans are disproportionately likely to be the victims of violent crime. In
1998, for example, black Americans were six times more likely to be murdered
than were whites.
And they are generally victimized not by white racists but by
black sociopaths _ the same statistics showed that blacks were seven times more
likely than whites to commit homicide.
In the past, apologists have sought to blame this epidemic of
black-on-black crime on poverty and the debilitating effects of white racism.
But too many successful black Americans now stand as living evidence that those
factors can no longer serve as blanket excuses for social misfits.
Enter Jackson, Pernell and company with a new generation of
pathological denial, blaming everything on ``the Decatur Syndrome'' and the
True enough, capturing, convicting and containing the feral
elements of the African-American community has indeed blossomed into a growth
But, from where I'm perched, that's an effect, not a cause. No
amount of claims of new-look racism will change the cold, hard facts of
African-American thuggery and murder. c.2000 Ken Hamblin
This piece comes from
(Ken Hamblin is the author, most recently, of
``Plain Talk and Common Sense'' (Simon & Schuster, 1999). He writes a column
for the Denver Post and has been a radio talk-show host for 16 years. His
program is syndicated by American View Inc., and currently is carried by 120
stations across the country.) EDITOR: Don't forget to visit The New York Times
Syndicate Website at http://www.nytimes.com/syndicate for information on Ken
Hamblin and other features. -------------------------------------------------
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