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The Society of the Cincinnati By: Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, April 08, 2002


YOU REMEMBER TIMOTHY THOMAS, the unarmed young Black man who had outstanding misdemeanor warrants, who was killed by a white police officer in Cincinnati. While we still do not know the `official` reason for the killing, one thing we do know is that Brother Thomas had misdemeanor traffic tickets. We know he ran from the police. We know that he was killed. We know the alleged initial statement by the officer was that Thomas`reached`for something. We know that was a lie. "

This essay was published in the commentary section of the website of the Cincinnati Black United Front. The article is titled "Irony of Ironies."

"Newsline subscriber Thomas Haas survived two critical incidents in Cincinnati within 17 days apart one during which he was shot at between 15 and 20 times. Haas was willing to share his experiences with fellow Newsline subscribers with the hope that others might take something from it that could ultimately save a life, if faced with a similar situation…The first incident took place on July 10, 2001, shortly after midnight in Cincinnati District One..."I am an FTO and had a new recruit with me in training," Haas, a 10-year veteran for the City of Cincinnati, said. "He was approximately 2 weeks out of the [police] academy when this (first) event took place."

This is an excerpt of an essay that was published in Calibre Press’ Newsline and e-mailed to me.

These essays represent the dichotomy that is Cincinnati on the first anniversary of the shooting of an unarmed black youth by a white law enforcement officer.

The Coalition for a Just Cincinnati (CJC) and the Cincinnati Black United Front (CBUF) instituted a boycott of the city’s tourism trade last July. Entertainers Smokey Robinson and Bill Cosby cancelled their concerts because of the boycott, implemented because of the city’s lack of progress regarding racial issues. Black leaders, who accuse the cops of harassing blacks for three decades, sued the city of Cincinnati last year.

As the first essay suggests the CBUF is convinced that Cincinnati law enforcement officers are murderers. As the second essay suggests their premise is a fallacy. However, the BUF and the CJC claim they are engaged in a campaign for social justice.

Social justice.

Father Coughlin called his magazine Social Justiceand he was anti-Semitic. Juan Peron termed his politics "social justice"and he imprisoned and executed dissenters. Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin all said that their policies created social justicewe all know about them.

So, why should we believe the CBUF and their claims of social justice? From the first essay, it is apparent that they do not believe in "innocent until proven guilty." Their condemnation of Cincinnati law enforcement as racist is unproven. It is the usual canard. Fifteen blacks have been killed by Cincinnati law enforcement, ergo Cincinnati law enforcement is racist. Nowhere do they mention that 75% of those shootings occurred in self-defense. In fact, in a letter sent by the CJC to entertainers, they term the shootings "supremely suspicious."

There are three criteria for proving a causal relationship. They are:

1. The cause must occur before the effect

2. The cause and effect must be related empirically

3. The observed relationship cannot be explained by the effect of another cause

As is usually the case the claims by the Cincinnati civil rights groups possess the first two criteria. They do not possess the third. Obviously, the CBUF is not concerned about scientific factual evidence.

The Black United Front is affiliated with the African Peoples Revolutionary Partya socialist organization. They along with the Revolutionary Communist Party, and the New Black Panther Party-a CJC constituent- organized a " March for Justice " last June in Cincinnati. The Revolutionary Communist Party is particularly interesting. Their leader Bob Avakian wrote an essay for their website which states that as a white person he cannot lead blacks; as a communist he must.

All of which has to make one question whether the events in Cincinnati are genuine complaints by a certain portion of the citizenry who feel they are being treated unjustly, or is it nothing more than communist agitprop and exploitation by opportunists who want to enrich themselves and obtain political influence for their own benefit?

The irony of this is that the black leaders are being sued themselves. The Cincinnati Arts Association is suing the boycott leaders for prompting the entertainer’s cancellations. In March some black community activists formed an anti-boycott group appealing to the entertainers to reschedule their concerts.

Ahh, the Byzantine complexity of being a leftist….


Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the new novel A Sense of Duty, and an ex-Philadelphia cop. E-mail him at elfegobaca@comcast.net.


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