Is Black America’s vehement defense of the American State setting blacks up for constant abuse?

“We may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely—-those against private citizens or those against itself?

The gravest crimes in the State’s lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment, for example, treason, desertion of a soldier to the enemy; failure to register for the draft; subversion and subversive conspiracy; assassination of rulers and such economic crimes against the State as counterfeiting its money or evasion of income tax.

Or compare the degree of zeal devoted to pursuing the man who assaults a policeman, with the attention that the State pays to the assault of an ordinary citizen.

Yet curiously, the State’s openly assigned priority to its own defense against the public strikes few people as inconsistent with its presumed raison d’etre.”—Murray Rothbard from “Anatomy of the State

Whether or not you agree with the grand jury’s refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, you have to wonder why more blacks, who consistently raise concerns about the abuse they receive at the hands of the State, consistently go to the polls to replace the State they complain about with an exact replica of the State that they abhor.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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2 Responses to Is Black America’s vehement defense of the American State setting blacks up for constant abuse?

  1. kenski2013 says:

    When all this started, and it became clear that Ferguson MO had a 67% black population but a mostly white city council, a friend of mine asked how this could be. I explained that people vote for those who run for office, and perhaps there was more interest in being an official part of government on the part of whites than blacks. It’s also about being registered to vote, and actually voting. I see this a leadership issue relative to black community–it needs more leaders, and also more effective leaders, as whatever leaders it nominally has (NAACP, Al Sharpton’s group, etc) don’t seem to be doing much to help the situation.

  2. kenski2013 says:

    Watching all the recent activity relative to Ferguson, MO and Officer Darren Wilson, I saw Al Sharpton show up a couple of times here to give speeches, moral support to Michael Brown’s parents, and threaten nationwide protests. We now have nationwide protests. The problem as I see it, is that they don’t seem to be accomplishing much except making some people uncomfortable, but I’m not convinced that this is how you garner support for your cause. Arson and looting are also not endearing actions. This is where the “leadership” in the black community fails, in my opinion–talk is cheap, meeting with government officials and legislators would be a better thing to do to try to address some of the issues that appear to be on the table. Getting Officer Darren Wilson indicted is pretty much off the table, but getting procedural changes and independent oversight of policing to reduce racial profiling would be worthwhile efforts. Why are those efforts not being pursued?

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