Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly recently had some important things to say about the violence in Charlotte and what it might mean for the presidential elections in November. O’Reilly began by saying that we cannot discount the perceptions that black America has about the injustices they face, but then pressed on to explain that the scientific data seems to contradict the popular left-wing social justice narratives. While O’Reilly may generally agree with Trump on the issue of violence in Charlotte and more generally about #BlackLivesMatter, the host cautioned Mr. Trump to make sure that he does not belittle the very real, legitimate concerns held by many in our black community.
Things calmed down a bit in that besieged city last night, but there is still tension in the air.
Earlier today attorneys for Keith Scott — shot dead by police on Tuesday — put out a video taken by Scott’s wife that chronicles some of the confrontation….
Now some of you will dismiss that woman’s perception as false.
But to her and many other Americans, it’s true. They believe the police in general are very suspicious of them.
So to be fair — and that’s what this program is all about — the perception that African-Americans are at a disadvantage with the police must be considered.
However, the stats are the stats and we have laid them out for you time and time again on The Factor.
According to a recent Harvard study and Justice Department statistics, there is no methodical persecution of blacks by the police.
But again, you are not going to convince some Americans of that.
Therefore decisions have to be made.
Talking Points believes that the social unrest in Charlotte will give North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes to Donald Trump.
Social order will always be a conservative issue and Mr. Trump is taking a hard line.
Donald Trump: “At the center of our society is going to be a simple promise to every American—and it’s called safety. We need safety. We’re going to make America safe again.”
Again, the street protests in Charlotte will help Donald Trump in that state — wait and see.
The truth is that when Americans see looters with masks, any individual case flies right out the window.
The family of Keith Scott deserves to know the truth about what happened.
The black police officer who shot Mr. Scott deserves that as well.
Today Hillary Clinton tweeted that the police video of the shooting should be released. She says that might ensure justice.
I’m not so sure. According to the Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney, who has been a hero in this sad situation, the video is inconclusive and is currently in the hands of investigators trying to make a definitive analysis.
So caution may be the best policy here as Chief Putney has stated.
But politics being what they are, Secretary Clinton must come down on the side of the minority community, which she desperately needs to win the election.
As for minority Americans themselves, Talking Points has this to say:
Racial division can only be healed by dignified conduct.
That means no hate, no violence, no anarchy.
Martin Luther King, Jr. gained the respect of most Americans by preaching a message of fairness and exposing bigotry beyond any reasonable doubt.
He is now honored with a national holiday.
The president of the United States is half black, the attorney general is black, the secretary of homeland security is black, and African Americans have made enormous strides since Dr. King was assassinated.
No country is perfect. The overwhelming number of American police officers are decent human beings doing a tough job, putting themselves in danger every day.
Most African-Americans understand that and I believe are ashamed when other blacks loot burn and hate.
Finally, two updates: The police officer in Tulsa Betty Shelby, who shot dead an unarmed black man Terence Crutcher, has now been indicted on manslaughter charges.
And in Charlotte, police have arrested 21-year old Rayquan Borum, a protester, for killing another protester, 26-year-old Justin Carr.
The accused killer has spent time in prison and has two pending weapons charges against him.
Summing up, the Charlotte shooting will directly influence the presidential race and we can expect a number of questions during the debate on Monday night about racial tension in the USA.
There is a stark difference between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump on the issue.
Mr. Trump is running as the law and order candidate who appeals to people that despise social unrest, especially when it turns violent.
But Mr. Trump has to be careful that he does not denigrate legitimate concerns that the African-American community puts forth.
For her part Hillary Clinton must side with the minority communities on all issues.
If she does not, she will lose the election.
And that’s the memo.