Peace will never have a chance with the Biden Administration’s constant focus on racial hatred of years past. America is not truly a white supremacist nation nor is it racially focused unless you are a democratic candidate looking to subvert the reality of poor polling or beat the bushes to stir up emotion that garners sympathy and votes. Yes, America is diverse but why is the focus on racially charged issues? Because it gets the attention of the media and the emotionally fragile (who vote their emotions).
This week President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris at his side signed a bill officially banning lynching at the federal level. Though Biden purported that between 1877 and 1950, more than 4,400 black people were murdered by lynching, he couldn’t resist comparing a mob carrying torches in a 2017 protest to the murderous practice. It certainly sells sympathy. Why did we need a special federal law prohibiting this? States have already declared it a crime.
According to the Washington Post, in January of this year the current version of this anti-lynching bill was introduced and referred to a House Judiciary subcommittee. Major resistance to the measure came in the “in name of states’ rights — an argument re-energized by the present fight on voting rights,” Obviously it passed since Biden proudly signed it.
Biden was quoted by Breitbart as stating “The same racial hatred that drove the mob to hang a noose, brought that mob carrying torches out of the fields of Charlottesville just a few years ago,” referring to protests in 2017. “Racial hate isn’t an old problem. It’s a persistent problem.” This is apparently kind of “hate” Biden wants to capitalize on, otherwise why hold a press conference to boast?
Beyond perhaps a stiffer sentence for those perpetrators who violate it, this law is entirely symbolic. This is a fact that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued against stating that “the people who are putting this forward are putting forward some sort of symbolism.” So focused emotionalism subdues realism?
Biden went on to boast “No federal law prohibited lynching. None. Until today,” and added “That’s a lot of folks, man, and a lot of silence for a long time,” he said. Truly, no one hears silence like Joe.
Even Jesse Smollett thought staging a hate crime using a rope was a good idea for publicity, sympathy and maybe a better acting role. He was caught and convicted of this “hate crime”. Lynching or the concept of trying to lynch someone which already had a name - was clearly against the law. However, the emotions it stirred up in ethnic communities worked for him, garnering sympathy until he was found out.
Additionally, Vice President Kamala Harris speaking after Biden signed the bill stated that “Lynching is and has always been a hate crime,” then added, “Lynching is not a relic of the past. Racial acts of terror still occur in our nation, and when they do we must all have the courage to name them and hold the perpetuators to account.” That is exactly what the law did in the Smollett case and why he was convicted.
America needs laws that are clearly defined and are defendable. However, its citizenry should not to be treated like a child that needs to emote constantly in perpetual remorse over infractions that have been resolved.
This Democratic led House of Representatives may be child-like in their emotions, but establishing a special hate crime label for lynching at the Federal level, is simply a means to project their thinking on the entirety of the US population.
Symbolism is fine unless you replace reality with it for the sake of emotional turmoil which serves no purpose other than to stir up sympathy for what you think you have accomplished.