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Ferguson: To Kill a Mockingbird’s Epilogue

There's a connection between Harper Lee's classic novel and the situation in Ferguson.

Walter Hudson


August 26, 2014 - 3:44 am

During a wide-ranging interview on the topic of Ferguson on The Midday Show on KFAB radio in Omaha, host Clint Bellows offered the following remarkable insight:

You know, Walter, back in the fifties, one of my favorite actors – Gregory Peck – played Atticus Finch in the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s great novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch defended Tom Robinson, an African-American man in the deep south who was accused of assaulting a lower-middle class white woman… of course, he was found guilty and he was sent to prison. Along the way, the officers that were holding him claimed that he tried to escape and they shot and killed him…

This [situation in Ferguson] is To Kill a Mockingbird in reverse, isn’t it? We’ve got a white police officer who has been found guilty in the court of public opinion, including the former attorney general and governor of the state who says the Brown family needs justice. What about this police officer’s situation? We don’t know what happened there, do we?

Indeed, the rush to prejudgment regarding the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson demonstrates precisely the same form of racially-fueled bias critiqued by Lee in her novel. Unchecked, such prejudice portends injustice. It should not matter whether the victim of such injustice is white or black. What should matter is the recognition and protection of each individual’s rights, regardless of their background.

As articulated in the interview, which you can listen to at the link below, the blatant politicization of a criminal justice incident should chill the blood of anyone concerned with the essential guarantees of due process and equality under the law. The adoption of a mob mentality by many in the mainstream media, and – worse yet – highly placed government officials like Attorney General Eric Holder, flies in the face of each institution’s purpose. Government and the press each exist to cut through bias, administrating blind justice and reporting objective fact respectively. When they fail to do so, they become no different then Tom Robinson’s racist persecutors.

(Today’s Fightin Words podcast is on this topic available here. 32:16 minutes long; 31.05 MB file size. Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, and as president of the Minority Liberty Alliance. He hosts a daily podcast entitled Fightin Words, proudly hosted on Twin Cities Newstalk Podcast Network. Walter is a city council member in Albertville, MN. Follow his work via Twitter and Facebook.
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Trivial error by Mr. Bellows: the film was released in 1962.
Critical error by Mr. Bellows: Tom was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. Tom tried to escape from the prison and was shot to death. This matters; the scenario that Mr. Bellows uses in the interview would make a plausible story but it's not the story that Harper Lee wrote. (Hedging: I don't recall exactly how Tom's death was portrayed in the film.)
Fail Burton is right about how the events in Ferguson are unfolding and the events in Salt Lake City are not unfolding. I see this as an example of how the sins of the fathers are visited unto the third and fourth generations -- not as divine will but as a sorrowful reality.
The liberal program of maintaining and increasing the victim mentality will only make the sins go further among the generations.
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Let's be honest about why this is happening. Liberalism has fully embraced the most paranoid anti-white racial conspiracy and revenge fantasies by exaggeration, manipulating statistics, promoting racial demonization theories like "white privilege" and simple massive hypocrisy, even lying.

Bigotry is the sign of a failed mind and when hate-speech and intellectual pogroms are institutionalized into the fabric of gov't and universities, that is a sign of a failed culture. What it says is that the Dem Party is allowing the worst bigots in its ranks to dictate cultural custom and practice and mainstream formalized ideological racial bigotry as its default orthodoxy. When Eric Holder and Obama are your leaders, and racially, you're are in big trouble.

This has been skillfully done by exploiting genuine anti-oppression narratives like women's suffrage and Jim Crow and basically asserting they still exist. When Michelle Alexander is writing books titled "The New Jim Crow," you don't have to be a genius to figure out what's going on.

The latest and trendiest go-to ideology in liberalism embraces every oppression imaginable, including weight and being crippled: intersectional feminism - created and promoted by and for black women. For anyone paying attention, the loudest and most numerous voices on social media surrounding Ferguson are black women.

The bottom line for black folks is two-fold, and each is negative. The first is that things like Duke Lacrosse, Trayvon Martin and Ferguson are turning off white folks and creating bigotry where there was none. More than a few people who say they supported the Civil Rights movement are saying they would not do so again. One gets only so many swings at the plate before I believe 100 strike-outs in a row mean what it means. Racism and racial whining is so institutionalized into black (and white liberal) American culture I don't see it ever going away.

The second is that black culture, for short-term feel-good gains, is literally building an internment camp for itself in America in the long term. When defending criminals, disdaining books and welfare are baked right into a culture, that is a culture with no future, not in an aggressive place like America. There are cultures that say "Give me a job" and cultures that create jobs. Even a place like Vietnam is a miracle of self-made urban businesses created by extended families with both parents.

Success is not rocket science; it is non-stop work. When that concept is institutionalized within a culture, success emerges. When being a layabout and having entire college courses devoted to blame and excuses combined with black hole financial programs that go nowhere is baked into a culture, that is failure, and on a massive scale. Core black culture in America is basically indistinguishable from typical Third World culture. The main difference is that a lack of welfare programs in the Third World keeps even the most failed among them on an even keel that understands hard work and family are important. Where that fails you see agglomerations of shanty towns like in Bogota and Rio de Janeiro. Where it succeeds you see extended family businesses like in Bangkok and Denpensar. A possible third problem is those family businesses are coming to America and making things even worse for black folks.

Ferguson is not a result of white racism but black racism and a liberal mindset that embraces, promotes and creates failure. I now ignore things like Trayvon Martin, Duke Lacrosse cases and Ferguson for the simple reason it's basically a ton of lying about white people and it really doesn't go beyond that.
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All common sense there...what would it take to bring on the collective moment of clarity?
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A round of Tequila Mockingbirds for everyone!
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