Bravery, Courage, Pluck, Valor, Chutzpah, Heroism…
No matter how it’s described, over the past several years I have had the honor of personally knowing several people that those words could describe. But for the sake of time, this post won’t list them all. I’ll hold that post for another day. In this post I’m going to concentrate on one person in particular:
Now who is this Brave person you ask? Has he saved a child from a burning car or maybe saved a comrade while under fire?
No (Not that I’m aware of anyway) he is just a person who has been brave enough to speak his mind and stand for what he believes is right.
So he must live in an oppressive country like Iran or North Korea, you say, if it took bravery for him to just speak his mind? A place where free speech is frowned upon maybe?
Nope. He is an American who lives in the United States and has, on more than one occasion, been brave enough to stand up for what he thinks is right and has been chastised or even threatened for it.
Because he is a Conservative….. and Black.
It seems there is a racist double standard among many Progressives in this country. They believe that as long as an individual is a certain race they are expected to believe in only one particular political ideology. Anyone who doesn’t fit into that mold, is to be threatened and vilified. Cases in Point.
Martin Baker’s recent experience with standing for what he felt was right might be compared to…well, an online Progressive lynching.
A few weeks ago an impromptu rally was held in support of law and order in front of the KSDK Channel 5 building in St. Louis. Among the couple of hundred people who attended was two time Republican Congressional Candidate hopeful, Martin Baker. But because of the color of his skin a reporter from the UK newspaper, The Guardian, took this picture of Martin:
There are perhaps 125 people at this pro-Darren Wilson protest. 124 white people and Martin Baker, aged 44 pic.twitter.com/6DaAHPlQtT
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
At that point, like the days of old when the political left began the KKK, the Progressives grabbed their virtual nooses and attacked Martin because of the color of his skin. Here are some of the milder attacks against Martin:
@jonswaine he's mixed with animal anyway. His ugly ass can't sit with us
.@jonswaine he's probably a plant. Or doesn't speak English. Lordt!
— Monise L. Seward (@MoniseLSeward) August 17, 2014
I wonder what these haters would think if they had seen this next picture of Martin Baker:
That’s right. Martin Baker attended Al Sharpton’s press conference in support of the Brown family. But did anyone on the Progressive left notice or give Martin kudos for doing what he thought was right?
They waited till he broke ranks from what they thought a Black man should be doing and then treated him no better than dirt. And it’s still going on almost two weeks later.
Sadly this isn’t the first time Martin has been attacked for “being on the wrong side”. In 2011 Martin was called an Uncle Tom (among other things) by an Obama voter. You can see the video Here.
I’ll be honest. I’m tired. Tired of all the hypocrisy, hate, ignorance, and fear that permeates politics. (Which is part of the reason I put myself on the blogging injured reserve list.) But most of all I’m tired of watching good, kind people like Martin, belittled, insulted, and threatened just because they stand up for what is right…and in this pathetically disturbing case.. because of the color of their skin.
This is 2014 for goodness sake, and while the human race has come a long way as it pertains to judging each other based upon character, incidents like this remind me that ignorance is still prevalent in some areas of society and certain political circles. Ironically it’s the political circles that are usually the first to label others “racist” or “ignorant”. But that is for another post.
Martin Baker is, in my opinion, one of the bravest people I know because not only does he have enough courage to stand up for what is right even though he knows that many, many people out there will hate him for it. But also because unlike many of his small minded, racist haters, Martin doesn’t believe that doing the “right thing” involves a person’s political affiliation…or the color of a person’s skin.