by UnHerd
Monday, 8
June 2020

Chicago Pastor: Police should not allow looting

Freddie Sayers speaks to Chicago pastor Corey Brooks about rioting in his community
by UnHerd

Corey Brooks is a moderate voice in a heated time. He is pastor and founder of the New Beginnings Church in the South Side of Chicago, an area that has been badly affected by looting and rioting in recent weeks. In today’s episode of Lockdown TV, the pastor spoke to Freddie Sayers about the damage this has caused, why the police are allowing looting, the failures of both liberal and conservative policies and cultural problems within the black community. He told us:

  • Banks, pharmacies and groceries stores in primarily black, impoverished parts of Chicago were hit hard by looting over the past week.
  • Police officers seemed to be standing down as this looting occurred – he saw at least one occasion where they allowed a store to be looted.
  • Solutions like defunding the police are misguided – “I don’t want to live in an area without police” — but reform is urgently necessary.
  • Both far-Left (Antifa) and far Right (white supremacists) are bringing damage to the country.
  • Donald Trump has made mistakes but he is still ‘my President’.
  • Obama’s management of the riots would have been different but not necessarily better.
  • There was a false dawn with Obama’s election — the racial situation did not improve under his presidency.
  • The black community needs to work on its own cultural challenges of violence, weak families and a lack of entrepreneurial ambition
  • Self-hatred in the community stems from generations of racism too.

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  • A refreshingly balanced and considered perspective – like a patch of calm in the sea of wild insanity of media coverage elsewhere. Thank you.

  • God bless people like this who give me a ray of hope for the future of humanity.

  • Thank you for your (very strange) reply. You must admit that the name you use on this site does sound Irish.

    The grammar and general phrasing of your reply (eg. “to believe that the Blackman is treated fairly is a thinning that.”) does suggest that English may be a second language for you. Many educated Irishmen have an excellent command of English so perhaps the use of “Liam O Conlochs” misled me.

    When people talk about the redistribution of wealth it usually comes down to communism or some form of socialism so I think my assumption that you speak from a Left wing viewpoint is perfectly reasonable. Adding to that is your criticism of Israel ““ very much a standard Left wing target.

    Interesting that, if as you claim, you are not Left wing you trot out that favourite old Left wing trope ““ Russia was not truly communist. The Soviet Union was the earliest and most determined of the great 20th century communist experiments. The fact that it failed to produce the ideal egalitarian society socialists dreamed of is a lesson which the hard Left stubbornly refuse to learn. Ideals are for ideologists. The rest of the population have to suffer the consequences of practical application.

    I see no indication in your various comments that your call for “goods to be spread justly” is any more than a pious utopian hope and an attempt to establish a place for yourself on the moral highground.

    You use the word “just” very freely but do you have any real idea of what your “socially just” system would entail? “Fair” rather than “equal” you say but what does that mean in practice?

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