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Salon.com’s Joan Walsh: White People Got Freddie Gray Killed

Joan Walsh, published author and writer for Salon, doesn’t seem to like white people very much. In fact, she seems to blame what happened to Freddie Gray on white people in-general.

Before we get into the America-hating articles that Joan Walsh has written lately, a little bio might be helpful. Walsh is the author of “What’s the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America.” I’m not sure who the “us” is that needs to find their way in the next America or what the next America supposedly is, but both of those concepts sound like a push to continue the country on its currently hell-bound track.

Ms. Walsh is the not-so-amazing talent behind articles like “The hideous white hypocrisy behind the Baltimore ‘Hero Mom’ hype” and “How job flight & police brutality spelled doom for Freddie Gray’s neighborhood

From the latter article, Joan posits that what happened to Freddie was due to the “hole at the center of these communities: disinvestment, job flight, wage erosion; the ‘disappearance of work.'” But these issues are laid out as causes of inner-city troubles instead of examining them as the effects of something else – something deeper and harder to fix.

What causes these businesses to leave? Why is there “job flight?” Her article on the subject does not examine the business environment, political leadership, community leadership or other societal factors.

If the local populace want to loot and burn their local establishments, that is their choice, but who’s actually to blame?

Could it be the de-emphasis of church and community that big-government liberals have pushed for generations? Without a core for a community, it becomes more reliant on the political leadership and slowly quits listening to its own elders. Church leaders’ voices get replaced by the likes of Al Sharpton – what could go wrong?

As a result of these riots, riots before these and extremely high crime rates, banks will NOT loan money to put new businesses in those locations. Before long, no new jobs will show up and the stores and restaurants that do exist will have no choice to but to move to friendlier neighborhoods – the death spiral of the inner-city continues.

In her article on the “Mom of the Year” Joan scolds white people for their admiration of a black Mom yanking her child out of the riots:

anyone white who’s applauding Graham’s moment of desperation, along with the white media figures who are hyping her ‘heroism,’ is essentially justifying police brutality, and saying the only way to control black kids is to beat the shit out of them.

See, white people caused police brutality because they, according to Joan, believe that you have to “beat the shit” out of black kids.

White people did not torch Baltimore, nor Ferguson, nor L.A. nor Oakland nor any other neighborhood that allowed their local environment to deteriorate to the point that businesses decided to operate elsewhere.

Going off on white people when Baltimore has a black Mayor, a black police commissioner and a mostly black city council seems odd. Add in that  half of the officers charged in Gray’s death were black makes Joan’s arguments even more ill-thought.

There are awful things that happen due to racial issues. Making everything about race belittles the truly racist actions that occur.

Before long, crying “racist” will have no more impact than saying that someone isn’t your friend anymore. They may just take their ball and go home – much like those businesses in black communities.

Those businesses (owned by black and white alike) are doing what they have to in order to survive. While leaving the neighborhood might be similar to taking your ball and leaving, it is is not the same as causing someone to get killed.

Joan Walsh Slams Ann Romney

I'm not sure Joan was trying to use a flattering picture here...

If there really is a war on women, then you can file this under “women on women violence”.  Joan Walsh over at Salon.com says that Mrs Romney owes all of a big fat apology.

From Salon.com

I’d like to demand that Ann Romney apologize to all women for equating the “struggle” of a wealthy mother who had full-time household help to that of a poor or working-class job-holding mother, who must choose between her job and her children when a child gets sick. How dare you, madam? Have you no shame? I’d like to demand that Mitt Romney apologize for his wife’s remarks, too. I’d like to hear every prominent Republican denounce Ann Romney for her heinous insensitivity to non-wealthy mothers who must work outside the home.

Wow… Mitt should apologize too.  She goes on to say:

And the fact is, Ann Romney’s experiences are not the average woman’s. She is a woman of great privilege. Most mothers don’t have the “choice” to stay home full time with their kids; they need a paycheck. Meanwhile, her husband supports the Paul Ryan budget, which cuts nutrition programs for pregnant women and new moms and their kids. It cuts Medicaid for poor women and children. It slashes food stamp funding, when women and children make up two-thirds of the people who get food stamps. He wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood, which provides not just contraception but breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings for millions of low-income women.

She then goes onto a tangent involving Bill O’Reilly and Al Sharpton:

I’m sure Ann Romney knows what it’s like to struggle. We all do; it’s the nature of being human. But in the political arena we really ought to be able to distinguish between personal struggles, and struggles that have social and political causes and implications. It reminded me of when Bill O’Reilly told Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, “I’m not black so I don’t know your struggle and you don’t know my struggle because you’re not white.” Nobody knows the troubles Bill’s seen, growing up on the mean streets of Old Westbury. I’m not saying that white people can’t face injustice, but to equate the black and white “struggles” is just ridiculous. Ann Romney is smart enough to distinguish between her own “struggles” and those of women who work at low-wage jobs and struggle to raise their children safely.

If you want to read all of it, you can go here.  (there’s even an 11 minute video where she really tells you how she feels)

So what do you think?  Should Ann Romney apologize?  Or is Joan Wash full of hot air?