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Jason Riley Blasts Obama, Sharpton For Pinning Black Criminal Behavior On Poverty

Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley said today on “Special Report” that it was “nonsense” for Obama to attribute black criminality like the riots happening in Ferguson to poverty and a racist justice system.

“The black crime rate in 1960 was lower than it is today. Was there less racism or less poverty” in the 60s, Riley asked.

“This is about black behavior. It needs to be addressed head-on. It’s about attitudes toward the criminal justice system in these neighborhoods, where young black men have no sense of what it means to be a male or to be black.”

And Obama “needs to talk about that head-on, not dismiss it as a product of poverty or racism–which is a dodge,” Riley added.

He also criticized “the hustlers” Al Sharpton and MSNBC analyst Michael Eric Dyson’s suggestion that black males have to live in fear of being beaten, arrested, or shot by cops.

“I know something about growing up black and male in the inner-city,” he said. “And it’s not that hard to avoid getting shot by the cops. They pull you over, you answer their questions, you’re on your way.”

“The difficulty is not getting shot by other black people if you are a young black man in these neighborhoods,” Riley says.

Video via Therightscoop


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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