Most of the time, liberal bombastic anti-police rhetoric isn’t worth spending energy to combat. But the lies have grown tentacles and continue to spread. And when they derive from a public figure, they need to be challenged. The latest comments are so over the top it’s nearly unbelievable.
Norfolk city councilwoman, Angelia Graves, compared the police and jurists to members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). She said they have “taken off their white hats and white-sheeted robes and put on police uniforms. Some of them have put on shirts and ties as policymakers and some of them have put on robes as judges.”
Did a sitting politician actually claim that modern cops and judges are the equivalent to the KKK? Her comments even shocked a liberal crowd at the Norfolk NAACP Freedom Fund luncheon. When given a chance to retract, she didn’t walk back her comments according to the Washington Post.
I’ve come to expect outrageous comments from members of Black Lives Matter (BLM), but for a person operating government, this should be completely out of bounds. It is shameful enough to hold these thoughts privately, but to spray them publicly is appalling. I believe the comments were intended to harm those doing their best to hold American civility together, and it should be unacceptable.
“Racism still does exist,” Graves said in an interview. “Stereotyping of black people still does exist. …”
Graves is correct that racism exists, AND her comments indict her as a racist. She is fed up with ‘stereotyping,’ yet she engaged in it. You cannot condemn racism and stereotyping while you simultaneously participate in it. I’m calling her out on the hypocrisy!
According to the Washington Post report, the NAACP tried to distance itself from her words, saying they didn’t represent the organization. They said, “we certainly apologize to any person in attendance who were offended by her message.”
Yet Joe Dillard, head of the local NAACP, didn’t rule out having Graves return as a speaker at next year’s luncheon. So I guess they are not too heartbroken with her incendiary comments?
Another alarming signal that will be missed is this; politicians speak to their political base. Very few words are uttered without careful consideration. I believe Graves is convinced she is speaking for her constituents. If true, this is evidence that hostility toward white cops in some pockets of the country is well beyond a preponderance, and Graves is yet another politician with no interest in unifying people as she panders to an agenda. Shame on you Ms. Graves.