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Eugene Robinson: Being black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes
Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2014 | Eugene Robinson

Posted on 08/26/2014 1:21:15 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

WASHINGTON -- To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.

The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.

African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member police force -- which responded to peaceful demonstrations by rolling out military-surplus armored vehicles and firing tear gas. It is easy to understand how Brown and his peers might see the police not as public servants but as troops in an army of occupation.

And yes, Brown made mistakes. He was walking in the middle of the street rather than on the sidewalk, according to witnesses, and he was carrying a box of cigars that he apparently took from a convenience store. Neither is a capital offense.

When Officer Darren Wilson stopped him, did Brown respond with puffed-up attitude? For a young black man, that is a transgression punishable by death.

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KEYWORDS: ferguson; michaelbrown; vicky
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I don't usually think apologists for Brown like Robinson here need to be rounded up and locked away.

But - for the life of me - I'm having a hard time coming up with any reason why not.

1 posted on 08/26/2014 1:21:15 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Attacking a cop tends to be equally fatal, racial considerations aside.


2 posted on 08/26/2014 1:22:39 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, Eugene, I dunno - we let you keep writing columns, don’t we?


3 posted on 08/26/2014 1:23:22 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Responsibility2nd

Being White in American means being blamed for everything.


4 posted on 08/26/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Robinson is a moron. He’s not a black moron. Just a moron.


5 posted on 08/26/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Manchuria Called. They want their Candidate Back!)
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6 posted on 08/26/2014 1:24:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Mistakes like murder, robbery, rape, assault, et...


7 posted on 08/26/2014 1:24:26 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Billthedrill

“Well, Eugene, I dunno - we let you keep writing columns, don’t we?”

Heh, well said.

And another liberal bites the dust.

Logic is a harsh mistress.


8 posted on 08/26/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Responsibility2nd

? Eugene, you make mistakes regularly. In print. Every week. And get PAID.

Must be nice.


9 posted on 08/26/2014 1:25:09 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Ingtar
Every apologist for Brown omits the assault. Because their meme fails otherwise.

It's a lot like Trayvon, the racial grievance industry jumped all over the case purely on initial impressions, and then when it came out that Trayvon initiated the assault on Zimmerman and went for his gun, well, they already had too much invested in the meme, so the truth got tossed aside. To this day, liberals blame Zimmerman, Stand Your Ground which wasn't even invoked, racist cops, concealed carry, everything and everyone except Trayvon, who is the one person who could have prevented the situation by acting like a normal law-abiding person.

10 posted on 08/26/2014 1:26:10 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Responsibility2nd

Being black in America means being held to no standard whatsoever.


11 posted on 08/26/2014 1:26:18 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

he robbed a store, he assaulted a store worker and then he assaulted a cop.

As for not making mistakes, is he for real. Blacks have more rights than white Christian males today, hell they have all the working for them. affirmative action, racial quotas etc


12 posted on 08/26/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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14 posted on 08/26/2014 1:28:04 PM PDT by polymuser ( Enough is enough.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

IF

Strong Arm Robbery = Mistake in the black community

THEN

First Degree Murder = Bigger Mistake

What is all the crime(BLACK ON BLACK) in Chicago considered?


15 posted on 08/26/2014 1:29:10 PM PDT by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I don't know how many times I've read a story about some black thug committing murder, and he's got a rap sheet as long as Obama's nose. I've been hearing that myth for the last fifty years usually in the area of sports. Many blacks repeated the myth that they better succeed the first time or they'd never get another chance.

That might have been true before the sixties, but I know of many black athletes who were given numerous chances to succeed after screwing up in one location.

16 posted on 08/26/2014 1:29:34 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m not sure I would call robbing a convenience store a mistake.

I’m not sure I would call assaulting a store clerk a mistake.

I’m not sure I would call physically attacking a police officer and fracturing his skull a mistake.


17 posted on 08/26/2014 1:29:34 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m still waiting for the day when one of these black “poster children” for whatever cause actually turns out to be a halfway decent kid instead of the usual thug or wannabe thug. Unfortunately, every time one of thes things comes up, it’s a Rodney King, a Mumia Abu-Jamal, an O.J., a Gary Lee Graham, a Hurrican Carter, a Tookie Williams, a Trayvon, a Gentle giant, etc. Can’t the black community hold the outrage until they actually come up with someone who isn’t a total asshole?


18 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:01 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve made mistakes in my life, too. But I’ve never stolen anything from a convenience store. I never punched a cop in the face. I’ve always avoided walking down the middle of busy streets (if for no other reason than not to get run over - the threat of a cop bothering me about it is sort of an afterthought).

I’ve especially not punched a cop in the face. Although I’m not a black male, I wouldn’t expect good things to come of such an action.


19 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:17 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Doesn’t this low-life have some fudge to pack?


20 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:17 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It also means you never have to go to work.


21 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:18 PM PDT by The Toll
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22 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:40 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (FReerepublic: Bring a FRiend!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Woe is me! The professional race baiters have to keep feeding the template.


23 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT by kenmcg (b)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Black kids make plenty of mistakes, very few are fatal.
Among potential fatal mistakes are: Driving too fast, using drugs, committing crime, joining gangs, fighting against other gangs, fighting against cops...
For some reason, for all the risks they take, only certain rare fatalities are noted.
Other much more frequent causes of death are largely ignored.

24 posted on 08/26/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Forgetting your wallet is a mistake.

Robbing a store is a crime.

Assaulting a Police Officer is a felony not a mistake Eugene!

Attempted Murder of a Police Officer is punishable by death and that too is not a mistake!

25 posted on 08/26/2014 1:31:22 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: kaehurowing

I’m not sure I would call physically attacking a police officer and fracturing his skull a mistake.

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Robinson called it a “puffed up attitude”.

Which is true. St. Swisher DID puff up Officer Wilson’s face really bad.


26 posted on 08/26/2014 1:31:28 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: kaehurowing

I’m sure Big Mike’s list of “mistakes” is much longer if we’d open his juvi record.


27 posted on 08/26/2014 1:31:40 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ya I think this writer is factually incorrect.

The tanks and tear gas came out because of the looting and violence. This was not done in response to peaceful protest.

How do we get liberals to do “fact checking” or keep them from making things up?

Of course all have their opinions. But, people are entitled to their opinions but not their own “facts”. This guy is stating something as fact which is factually incorrect.

Unfortunately he and his ilk will influence others as to what the actual facts of the situation are.


28 posted on 08/26/2014 1:31:49 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Responsibility2nd

There’s a difference between making a mistake and deliberately committing and offense. Robinson’s not smart enough to see the difference.


29 posted on 08/26/2014 1:32:06 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Billthedrill

I would say the overwhelming majority of liberal, black writers in major media outlets were given their jobs simply because they were black. Ditto for many lib females. Politics trumps competency at lib rags.


30 posted on 08/26/2014 1:32:10 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s always remarkable to me when supposedly college-educated elitists have exactly the same opinions as violent, delinquent ferals.

Where else do you see this? Do...advanced degree violinists have the same musical opinions as beginner violinists? Or even say high-school student violinists?

What about physicists? Do college educated physicists have the same opinon as freshman high school “physicists”?

How about carpenters? Do journeyman carpenters have the same opinions as to their work as beginner nail-pounders?

No, none of them do. But when it comes to leftism and this odious mobocracy, all the smarties have the same opinions as the street thugs.

I wonder why. Not.


31 posted on 08/26/2014 1:32:45 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Why in the HELL do people keep bringing up the racial make-up of Ferguson. This crap DOES NOT MATTER!

Because there is no way that a city can ensure that the racial make-up of their various offices are equal to the racial make-up of their citizens...UNLESS the city FORCES a certain number of blacks to join the police, and they FORCE a certain number of Asians to join the police, and they FORCE a certain number of Gay, Lesbian, Albino, Transgendered to male, Transgendered to female, Transgendered to none, etc... to join the police or fire department or work at city hall, etc...!!!!! It is ALL complete BS and a waste of time to mention because most people don’t want to be cops! Nor fire fighters! Nor city clerks!

So, the racial make-up is immaterial to an area because people decide what they want to do or NOT do with the lives!


32 posted on 08/26/2014 1:32:51 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: sitetest

I’ve made mistakes too. But if a cop told me to get out of the middle of the road, I would comply without an “attitude”.


33 posted on 08/26/2014 1:32:52 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Responsibility2nd

GTFOOMC! Leave! Go! You don't like it here? Pack it up and get out! I'm sure we can get congress to appropriate some money for one-way tickets or military or charter aircraft or large ships.

34 posted on 08/26/2014 1:32:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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doesn’t matter with the facts as most on th eleft will read or watch their left wing sites and shows.

just last night they asked a black guy in NY city if it were self defense and he said no.
When presented with the cop had to go to hospital then he said he doesn’t watch the news and gets his info from other sources.
Yea like word on the street info, the friggin idiot. Others were saying the cop had no right to due process or a jury.

The country has become a nation of sheep with the left and Obama and Holder is to blame for a lot of this especially his race hustling.

First the Cambridge cop acted stupidly
The darling angel Trayvon, and now this.


35 posted on 08/26/2014 1:33:04 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Ingtar
Attacking a cop tends to be equally fatal, racial considerations aside.

Well, yes. That's a no-brainer.
They ARE targets, with their cars, uniforms, badges and weapons. They are the "thin blue line" to protect us from the mean sad sacks who break the laws of God and man.

Every culture and civilization of the planet of ANY size had, has and will always have the enforcers of the law.
At least, women aren't occasionally branded and burned as witches any more. Now we call them "bosses." :o) Humor...

Now, lawyers rule...NOT humor.

36 posted on 08/26/2014 1:33:22 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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Eugene Robinson: Being black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes

Well, boo-frkken-hoo.

Don't you ever get tired of feeling sorry for yourself? You're pathetic, Eugene.

37 posted on 08/26/2014 1:34:09 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Responsibility2nd
More Eugene Robinson BS.
39 posted on 08/26/2014 1:34:55 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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Eugene Robinson: Being black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes

I have an even better headline:

Foolish person alert: Being Eugene Robinson means not being the sharpest knife in the drawer

40 posted on 08/26/2014 1:34:56 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Responsibility2nd
You know, I've had a bellyful of journalist who quote statistics and make up the conclusion. Why do you suppose there are so few black police in Ferguson? Could it be they aren't qualified (you have to be a high school graduate)? Perhaps they don't want the job. There could be a thousand other reasons. This puff piece simply cannot be explained as a journalistic effort worthy of denuding the nation's forest. Why would a "real journalist" write such a piece of "I'm-a-victim" crap.

Oh...wait a minute...I think I understand now...


41 posted on 08/26/2014 1:35:15 PM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
And yes, Brown made mistakes.

Every time you make a mistake, you take a chance.

Sometimes you make a big mistake and you get lucky.

Sometimes you make a little mistake and get unlucky.

The more mistakes you make, the more chances to get unlucky.

42 posted on 08/26/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Billthedrill

LOL. Ain’t that the truth!


43 posted on 08/26/2014 1:35:52 PM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

no one ever calls these race hustlers out and certainly never call the lefts lies out


44 posted on 08/26/2014 1:36:13 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.

Nice to see Robinson is continuing the standard lie.

When two individuals are fighting to get a weapon BOTH are deemed to be in possession of the weapon. Hence, Brown was ARMED.

45 posted on 08/26/2014 1:37:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If you’re black you can scream The N Word all day —even make it the key word in a song u sell to the public— and there is no cost.

You can sexually harass women and they’ll shrug it off, “ they’re just like that...”


46 posted on 08/26/2014 1:37:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Responsibility2nd

There are enough good quality videos that these and other thugs should be under arrest by now. But then, AG Holder doesn’t see this as breaking the law, I guess. Funny how distorted that idiot’s view of the law is. Same for his boss’ view of the Constitution.


47 posted on 08/26/2014 1:37:53 PM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m thinking about emailing this web link to Mr. Robinson:

http://www.amishrakefight.org/gfy/


48 posted on 08/26/2014 1:38:01 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He is so totally right.
I cannot TELL you the number of times I’ve strong-armed a shop, intimidated the tiny owner, beaten the crap out of a cop while trying to steal his gun then charged him and lived to tell about it.

All because of the tint of my skin.


49 posted on 08/26/2014 1:38:22 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Responsibility2nd
Some mistakes are more significant than others.

Apparently Mike Brown had been given "the talk". Apparently it didn't register.

50 posted on 08/26/2014 1:38:28 PM PDT by Paladin2
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