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Better Kind of Black on Black Violence

A George Mason professor of economics, Walter E. Williams, has offered a better kind of black on black violence.  After quoting the statistics for crime (blacks are extremely overrepresented in crime) he recommends people do something about it. 

Should black people accept government’s dereliction of its first basic function, that of providing protection? My answer is no. One of our basic rights is the right to defend oneself against predators. If the government can’t or won’t protect people, people have a right to protect themselves.

Its time for people to take back control of their lives.  We have a government that is very good at paying lip service to the idea of protection, but is too busy having sex in the men’s bathroom to do anything substantial.  In the interest of keeping everyone happy, we are not willing ot do what is effective.  Drug dealers operate with the effective permission of the neighborhood.  Illegal immigrants are here with the permission of the population in the regions where they live.  In the view of the government people do not run awry by supporting those who break the law.  Instead, if they try to enforce the law, we call them vigilantes.  Again, Walter E Williams-

You say, “Hey, Williams, you’re not talking about vigilantism, are you?” Yes, I am. Webster’s Dictionary defines vigilantism as: a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate.

Why has vigilantism been painted as massive evil with government apathy painted as just the way things are? Isn’t the government really a very large vigilante committee? A group of people voluntarily bonded together to make sure that everyone gets a fair shake?  I recognize that now it is fast becoming  a group of people who try to suck the resources from a few and line the pockets of those in high places.  The need for free and honest discourse is very clear.  Without that, what would point out the inadequacies of the government.  The local groups in trouble communities would operate with the support of the community.  They would be formed from members of the community.  Instead of the “us versus them” argument perpetuated by rappers and other thugs, you would have “thugs versus responsible citizens”, which would serve the community at large.   Some racial demagogues are against anything that would undermine their ability to play the race card, even if it helps their community.   You’ll not find Jackson or Sharpton supporting this idea.

I guess that everything comes down to people doing what they think is right.  Those in power now say that we have to do everything right within the law.  Lucky for us, a group from over two hundred years ago believed that what was right was the law.