Police Shootings in Ferguson Bear Mark of Holder, Sharpton

Nothing underscores the Obama adminstration's failure on race relations more than its reaction to the wounding by gunfire in the wee hours last Thursday of two St. Louis-area cops at a Ferguson demonstration.  Police Saturday night arrested Jeffrey Williams, a 20-year-old black who admitted to firing the shots but claimed he was aiming at someone else.  Civil rights activists, predictably, are condemning Williams and denouncing “racist” police.  The Department of Justice, which helped create this situation, is responding similarly.  The outcome could be a nationwide law enforcement disaster.

Ferguson, a north side St. Louis suburb of about 20,000 residents, two-thirds of them black, for months has been a nationwide flash point.  As I have chronicled in lengthy NLPC articles (here, here and here), and in a new book, Sharpton:  A Demagogue’s Rise, the aggressive allegations of racial motivation behind the police shooting death last summer …

Why Obama Is Wrong About Henry Louis Gates

Obama photoOne of the more irritating aspects of what passes for civil-rights activism in this country is the constant clamoring for a "national conversation on race." In practice, what this amounts to is blacks accusing and whites apologizing. About a dozen years ago, President Bill Clinton explicitly called for this sort of "dialogue." Now President Barack Obama has jumped into the fray. At the close of his press conference this evening, Obama denounced Cambridge, Massachusetts police for acting "stupidly" in arresting Harvard African-American Studies Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. on July 16 for disorderly behavior. Yet the facts of the case – beginning with the fact that police and prosecutors soon dropped the charge – speak more about the disregard for logic and context among blacks eager to locate the latest evidence of institutional "racism." 

Henry Louis ("Skip") Gates is a reasonably competent scholar who owes his heavyweight credentials primarily to …