Frank Miele has a compelling essay up over at Real Clear Politics this week dealing with the rather stunning disparity between the recent urban unrest and violence in America’s major cities as covered by conservative reporters like Andy Ngo and others who have been on the ground, and other periods of unrest in the past. It’s titled, “Not in our town? How about not in our country?” In it, Miele begins with a less well-known story from a quarter of a century ago that took place in Billings, Montana.
At that time, actual white supremacists (think of the Klan and related groups, not insufficiently woke White people today) were terrorizing the Jewish, Black and Native American residents of Billings until a group of (mostly) White neighbors stood up for them and beat back the hatred. Both local officials and private citizens from all walks of life joined together to proclaim, “Not In Our Town,” and they prevailed. Using that as a measuring stick, the author compares the situation in Billings to what we’re seeing today and it’s not a favorable comparison at all.
That was then. This is now. The city is Kenosha … or Portland … or Seattle. The neighbors under attack are police officers or business people or any white people. The attackers are Black Lives Matter activists or antifa. The average people standing up to hate are — for the most part — missing in action.
What the hell happened to America in the last 25 years? …
How the hell can Americans sit back and watch as gangs of dangerous extremists maraud through our cities — burning buildings, throwing rocks, bottles and explosives at police, and attacking the elderly? Why make excuses for the bullies or justify their violence? Looting is wrong. Vandalism is wrong. Lawlessness is wrong. Yet too many people will not say so. Has the country completely lost its moral center in the last 25 years?
If one is being honest, the answer must be yes.