RNRF Called “Racist” for Describing Stabbing Suspect as “Black”
SPRING HILL – While the world sits on the edge of their seats over nuclear sword rattling between North Korea and the United States, racial tensions are proliferating Stateside at a rate that many never expected to see in the 21st century.
Saturday’s clash in Charlottesville Virginia between a group of White Nationalists and a mixed group of counter protesters turned deadly, after a man drove his car into a crowd, killing one and injuring at least 19 others. Violent racial conflicts, the likes of what happened in Virginia, hasn’t been seen in our nation since the 1960’s.
Hatred on all sides seems to have crept back into our society and is starting to gain traction. But what is causing the rebirth of racism? Many blame President Barack Obama for opening old wounds and fueling a fire that was all but extinguished but others say President Donald Trump is responsible for more recent conflict, due to what some say is his complacency towards racial divisions.
There are certainly fringe groups on all sides that have wreaked havoc on our society but in recent years, none has taken center stage as often as the DNC-backed, Black Lives Matter organization. The same organization that has justified and even celebrated the assassination of law enforcement officers around the country, and coined the chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry em’ like bacon.” BLM activists far outnumber members of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi’s, white Nationalists, and other white supremacist groups but their rhetoric isn’t deemed “hate speech” like that of a white supremacists.
Another group that was involved in Saturday’s riot is “Antifa,” an often-violent anti-fascism group that organizes protests at Conservative events and despises President Donald Trump. Antifa is the group that some say is responsible for the riots at Berkley University, which forced the cancellation of Conservative speaker Milo Younopolous’ scheduled event. Conservative author, Ann Coulter also canceled an event at Berkeley University, out of fear of violent protests.
Political Correctness is just one of “Hate’s” key tools in dividing a nation and last week RNRF fell victim to accusations of racism, after I used the term “Black male” to describe a stabbing suspect who was still at large.
On Friday, August 11th, deputies responded to 8559 Bay Drive after receiving reports of a stabbing. As I sometimes do when a violent crime occurs, I broadcast a Facebook Live news report from the scene. (CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK VIDEO) The only information I had, as the investigation was just getting underway, was a that the suspect was a Black male. My use of the word “Black” outraged RNRF viewer, Justine Haddock, who said, “Why do you have to say a “black male” you didn’t mention the victims race why mention the suspects race?” I tried to explain why I used the term by stating, “I’m sorry you were offended by mentioning the race as an identifying factor in reporting the incident. We always provide the race and other factors when there is a suspect at large. “Black male” is the only information we have at this time. When and if a clothing description is provided, we will update the story.” I further stated, “It’s disheartening that you believe it is in some way “racist” to mention someone’s race…”
Haddock’s comment sparked several responses from RNRF viewers, most defending the term and chastising Haddock for her statement. Jay Domico writes, “I bet if you were the one with the knife wound you wouldn’t care one bit what adjective they used to describe the suspect. Your only concern would be that law enforcement was utilizing every resource to find the person. There was a bit more sarcasm in Rob Cole’s response, when he said, “Because this isn’t CNN.”
Akindeji Hill, who refers to himself as Hillary Clinton’s Personal Assassin, defended Haddock’s remarks when he said, “That’s bull***t Tom. Black male is not an identifying factor unless you have other details. “Black male” doesn’t identify anyone. That’s the same as saying “all we know is that he was black so watch out around black people, you might get stabbed!” Hill continued his criticism and even went as far as calling me and the other commenters “racists,” when he said “…It’s seriously twisted minds who think this is ok. Most of these racist idiots don’t even realize that they are racist, or idiots. And they don’t realize that psychological warfare against blacks has not stopped since slavery. There is always an excuse for pointing out “black on black” crime or black suspects or associating blacks with rape or kidnapping. History is full of false accusations involving “black males.” Does Hill have a point? Should white people be bound to different set of vocabularies than other races? Lauren Yancy doesn’t think so, she says, “I strongly disagree with her [Justine Haddock]. I am white, my Husband and children are black & white. In no way did you say anything offensive! I am beyond exhausted with the race issues recently in the media, and they don’t seem to be slowing down.” Yancy goes on to say, “I’d prefer someone say he or our kids are black than “African American”. I kind of feel like it would be more offensive to call a black person “African American,” as if they’re not from here. You don’t hear black people calling white people Caucasian.”
Are we on the path of establishing “thought police” or are we already there? Should we continue to divide a nation by becoming more “Resistant” towards each other or should we organize groups that unify all races, religions, and lifestyles?
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