Racial Profiling; if you can't find any, organize some

Until Thursday morning I had never heard of Brenda Bell-White. In every major American city community organizers (now they are called activists) like Ms. Bell-White are hard at work trying to bring about "change" in the community. In Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky wrote.

...The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act....An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent; provide a channel into which the people can angrily pour their frustrations.[1]
Most community agitators fly under the radar, creating havoc as they fan the flames of ignorance, mislead the people and insight civil unrest. Brenda Bell-White may well have remained an anonymous instigator (unless she had political aspirations) if not for Eugene Kane at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Ms. Bell-White sent an inflammatory email to a number of public officials that stated.

"The African-American community is under siege by Milwaukee Police Department. Drive down any major street after 7 p.m. and you will see Black drivers being pulled over by the MPD. Our young black male teenagers are even stopped ‘while walking,' questioned and treated like criminals."

This came as news to Mr. Kane, who is well connected in the black community and is widely known for his racial bias. Rather than accept the Bell-White email as conclusive Mr. Kane did a little digging. The local chapter of the NAACP was not aware of any increase in racial profiling by the MPD and Ms. Bell-White could not be reached for comment. It seems that the email in question was merely an attempt to smear the Police Department.

True to form Eugene Kane could not simply uncover the Bell-White race-baiting incident and move on, he had to provide cover and find a way to echo the sentiments his hero Barack Obama.

The new Arizona law that requires police officers to investigate anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant has served to raise the consciousness of some Americans who never have to face the prospect of a law enforcement officer questioning their citizenship based upon their appearance.

African-Americans across the nation understand the issue very well. Not only have black people routinely been stopped or questioned by police when they show up in areas like the suburbs with little or no minority population, they also face the burden of being questioned in their own neighborhoods where police investigate suspected crimes daily.

At least Mr. Kane took a brief stab at objective journalism by reporting Brenda Bell-White's scheme before he misrepresented Arizona's immigration law and gave us an Obama/Skip Gates racial profiling moment.

[1] Saul Alinsky, Rules For Radicals (Random House. 1971, Vantage Books Edition. 1989). Pp 116-7