I want to say at the outset: As a young boy, my heroes included Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and the Temptations. I am not a racist, and indeed I cherish among my many friends Alan Keyes, Larry Elder and Armstrong Williams, all African-American conservatives who, like me, believe that all of us – in the words of our Founding Father and President Thomas Jefferson, who hailed from Charlottesville, Virginia, and his nearby estate at Monticello – are equal under God. And, as a Jewish Christian, I have a personal stake in making sure that the Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists who perpetrated the heinous deadly car attack in Virginia this last weekend go severely punished, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions correctly pledged just Monday.
But I am troubled about the continuing hypocrisy and dual standard of justice in the nation as a whole. In addition to Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in attendance and who engaged in violence at the pro-Confederacy rally, also present were counter-revolutionaries from Antifa, a radical leftist hate group, and of course Black Lives Matter, by and large a black vigilante group, to name just a few. These hate-filled agitators also participated in the violence that predictably erupted.
Antifa is the equivalent of the KKK of the left, funded by none other than that radical leftist billionaire George Soros. The group’s protesters were largely responsible for the violence and physical attacks at Berkeley earlier this year. And, Black Lives Matter (BLM), along the Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, were, in my opinion, directly responsible for intentionally inciting the violence that led to the deaths of five policemen and the critical wounding of seven other cops, in Dallas Texas over a year ago. Indeed, Freedom Watch and I have filed lawsuits over these vicious attacks, and one of those suits against BLM, Farrakhan and Sharpton was brought by another heroic African-American, Demetrick Pennie, a Dallas Police Department sergeant (and now my close friend), who was assaulted as his law enforcement brothers fell to racist violence against cops and whites in general.
So when President Donald Trump called out hatred and racist violence from “many sides” over the weekend, he was right to do so. The source of this violence from many quarters, stoked by the politically correct and insensitive decision of the leftist mayor or Charlottesville to remove the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, a hero to many Southerners, and to rename the park where it stood “Emancipation Park” – which was like trampling on the graves of those who died for Dixie – is manifest. This is quite apart from what we all can agree was the abhorrent nature of slavery.
On one side – and I understand this having spent my young adult years in the South, having graduated from Duke University in North Carolina and Emory University Law School in Atlanta, Georgia – is a Southern pride some saw desecrated, and on the other those who see anti-black racism around every southern street corner. From my years in the South, but having grown up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I can tell you from personal experience that today the South is much less racist toward African-Americans than the North, where blacks are allowed to rot in ghettos. Nowhere is this more apparent, ironically, than in Philadelphia and the southeast and northeast quadrants of our nation’s capital, which looks more like a war zone than the first home of abolition and emancipation.
And, that is why I feel duty bound to yet again regrettably criticize our “beleaguered” attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Having been falsely accused of being a racist by BLM and others, and being under investigation by the tool of the left, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, our chief law enforcement officer of my once proud alma mater, the Department of Justice, rightly announced an investigation of the white nationalists who engaged in violence during last weekend’s Charlottesville riot, but conveniently cowered away from pledging to investigate the BLM and other groups that also have engaged in hateful violence.
It is in my humble opinion this dual standard tragically will stoke more violence between white and black, as one side is being truthfully branded as racists when the other side gets a free pass. This same hypocrisy was furthered by former President Barack Obama and his attorneys general, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, and Sessions has fallen into this trap. Again putting his own political interests first, Sessions’ newly minted dual system of defining racism and meting out justice cannot continue to exist if the country is to heal and move forward as one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
So the president was right to blame “many sides,” but his wounded and reflexive attorney general continues to abdicate his responsibility to do his job to protect and preserve the vision of our Founding Fathers.