The wildest and weirdest things this week in the world of the woke

Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd, a leading professor wants to convict America, Netflix doubles down on hateful content, LeBron James wants to hold a hero cop accountable, news organizations lie about the hero cop, top high schools lie to parents in the name of social justice, and a Congresswoman claims climate change is caused by a lack of healthcare.  It’s a wild world out there if you aren’t woke enough.

“Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom — how heartbreaking was that — call out for your mom, ‘I can’t breathe.’”  So said Nancy Pelosi during a news conference with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, as if George Floyd was a soldier who jumped on a grenade to save his squad.  Needless to say, reaction to this odd-to-say-the-least phrasing wasn’t exactly positive.  Barbara Ransby, a history professor at the University of Illinois and long-time activist, summed up the response nicely.  “Did Pelosi just say ‘George Floyd, thank u 4 sacrificing your life for justice’?” she tweeted.  “He did not SACRIFICE his life. His life was violently taken.”

Of course, the cynic in me thinks her phrasing was no accident:  Many progressives believe they benefit from racial strife and, therefore, thanking the “founder” of the resurgence of the BLM movement makes sense in Nancy Pelosi’s warped view of the world.  Speaking of a warped view of the world, professor and activist Ibram X. Kendi also had an odd response to Chauvin’s guilty verdict.  He believes convicting Chauvin isn’t enough.  The entire United States of America is guilty.

“So now what? Chauvin is headed to jail, but is America headed to justice. Is justice convicting a police officer, or is justice convicting America?” Mr. Kendi wonders for a CBS News video. “When tens of millions of Americans after Floyd’s murder last year took to the streets of nearly every American town, we were convicting America.”  Mr. Kendi has some strange views on other issues as well.  For example, last year he attacked Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barret for the crime of adopting children from Haiti, claiming that “White colonizers” often adopted black children to “civilize” the savages.

These bizarre, anti-American, anti-white views haven’t prevented Mr. Kendi from increasing his media profile and raking in millions of dollars.  Recently, Mr. Kendi signed a deal with Netflix to adapt his best selling books for the small screen.  He will partner with the streaming provider to produce Stamped from the Beginning, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You, and Antiracist Baby.  Yes, anti-racist baby.  The “renowned author,” according to Netflix at least, will be creating products aimed at both young adults and children, obviously with the goal of indoctrinating them in his anti-American and anti-historical view of the world.

What could possibly go wrong?

Elsewhere in the world of the woke, reactions were perhaps even more bizarre to a police shooting in Columbus, Ohio.  In this case, body cam footage clearly shows a police officer arrive on the scene in the middle of a knife fight.  Ma’Khia Bryant, a sixteen year old woman, charges not, one, but two people in the space of nine seconds.  The police officer repeatedly tells her to stop, then “get down, get down, get down,” as Ms. Bryant is literally in the process of attempting to stab another young woman pinned against a car.  The officer shot Ms. Bryant and she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.

One would think this was a simple case of the police saving a young woman’s life, but of course this is America in the year 2021.  None other than President Joe Biden’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, felt the need to weigh in, sharing her wisdom as it were, siding with Ms. Bryant, the knife wielding maniac about to murder another black woman.  “She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family in the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss. We know that police violence disproportionately impacts black and Latino people in communities and that black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence.”

Nor was that the only strange reaction.  Basketball great Lebron James also weighed in, claiming the officer involved in the shooting, the one doing his job protecting the people he’s sworn to protect, was “next” after Derek Chauvin and demanding accountability in a since deleted tweet.  After the tweet was deleted he explained his odd desire to defend what, in any normal era, might be considered a heroic cop.  “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate – This isn’t about one officer.  it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”

Apparently, Mr. James’ definition of accountability does not include knife wielding maniacs attacking people.  They are not accountable for anything, and he is not alone in that belief.  None other than former Presidential Adviser, Valerie Jarret, said pretty much the same thing on Twitter.  “A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability.   Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.”  Then, in an even more bizarre reaction, Bree Newsome, a Black Lives Matter activist, tweeted, “Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons.  We do not need police…”

To my knowledge, none of these morally superior geniuses asked the young girl whose life was saved her opinion on the matter.

In fact, the enlightened folks over at NBC decided they needed to erase the nature of the attack entirely.  They edited the original 911 call to make it look like the officer in question was presumably stalking black people, rather than responding to an assault in progress.  In the original 911 transcript, the caller told the police specifically that someone was “trying to stab us,” as in, “trying to fight us, trying to stab us, trying to put their hands on our grandma. Get here now.”  The police responded with urgency and arrived on the scene prepared.  NBC, however, edited that part out as if it was unimportant.

After the shooting, the police also displayed remarkable transparency:  Releasing the call and the body cam footage within hours, but clearly that was not enough, for NBC was not alone in deceptively reporting on the story.

The Daily Beast originally claimed that Ms. Bryant was unarmed and the knife was found lying “on the ground.”  Amazingly, they quoted only Ms Bryant’s aunt, Hazlet, as their primary source, repeating her false version of the story that the police provided no warning before the shooting and that the police were lying.  “The police are going to lie,” she said. “The police are going to cover up for themselves. They don’t care. At this point, I feel like they’re just out to kill Black people. They’re not here to protect and serve. That isn’t happening. That’s been over a long time ago. They’re not here to protect and serve. They’re here to kill Black folks.”  NPR also relied on Ms. Bryant’s family as if they were objective observers.

It’s almost as if the narrative is all that matters anymore, and that narrative, independent of any facts or objective evidence, is that any police shooting involving a minority has to be a cold blooded killing.

The narrative, and concealing that narrative from parents, is also all the rage at one of the country’s best high schools, Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Virginia, where a number of parents were shocked to learn there students were enrolled in a radical “socio-emotional learning experiment.”

What did this experiment entail?  The students, mostly Asian Americans, were treated to a Netflix (yes, the same Netflix funding anti-American content mentioned earlier) “documentary” created by a Communist Party Member, Angela Davis, 13th.  PowerPoint slides that accompanied the film concluded that “criminals are constitutionally deprived of freedom” and the “War on crime = War on drugs = War on race.”  Amazingly, the slides included the BLM logo and directed students to seek out radical anti-racist sites for more information, even haranguing them into joining the fight.

As the students were primarily minorities themselves, 70% Asian, 20% white, and 10% hispanic or black, they were dutifully informed that, while this particular program focused on black racism, not to worry, all minorities are oppressed.

The slides noted that “While there are countless different groups that experience racism other than the target group in the 13th,” then concluded “Racism is a very prevalent issue affecting a variety of people and many ethnicities.”  Not to be outdone, the students were also treated to images such as American flag with a sign in front reading “The American dream is over.”  The icing on the cake was a tour through the thinking of our old friend, Tema Okun, who opined way back in 1998 on the traits of “white supremacy culture,” including “perfectionism,” a “sense of urgency,” “defensiveness,” “worship of the written word” like memos, “either/or thinking,” “power hoarding,” “individualism,” “objectivity” and “right to comfort.”

Perhaps even worse, the school’s leadership both lied about the content itself and the origin of the program, then tried to trick parents into having their children attend.  The principal, Ann Bonitatibus, claimed “There is no critical race theory training with students,” calling it “a project initiated and created by students for students.”

Of course, that was a flat out lie.  A Freedom of Information Act Request revealed 200 pages of internal emails that the plan originated with the school’s “Equity Team.”  One of the student’s parents, Asra Q. Nomani, writing for The Federalist explains, “Over the next seven months, the T.J. principal, two assistant principals, the director of student services, at least three teachers, several counselors, and a Fairfax County Public Schools ‘equity’ officer directly edited, wrote, and reviewed all of the content for the lesson, masked as ‘socio-emotional learning.’”

Finally, equity and climate change are now one and the same, building on the new “climate is everything” craze.  On Earth Day, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a press conference, claiming “The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice, and it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost.”  “Which means that we must recognize in legislation that the trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change, that the trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change,” she continued before a cheering crowd.  “Because we are allowing people…to deny ourselves human rights and deny people the right to health care, the right to housing and education.”

Yes, healthcare is now a climate issue.  Who knew?

Alas, none of this is surprising:  A belief that all our problems can be solved if only we implement full on socialism?  A willingness to lie to achieve their warped goals?  Deceit?  Rabid anti-Americanism?  A complete disregard for the facts and reality?  It’s all in a week’s work for the woke, whether celebrities, former government officials, school administrators, or Congresswomen.  One closing question:  If a knife fight broke out at Jefferson High School, would they call the police or just let the students kill each other?  It’s an even bet either way.

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