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Cop under Fire

 

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Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America

by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.

with Nancy French

Foreword by Sean Hannity

Worthy Publishing

Hardcover, $21.99

272 pages

ISBN: 978-1-617-95857-1

Book Review by Kam Williams

“David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he refuses to give his party over to the hands of black activists whose politics would destroy America. That’s why I have Sheriff Clarke on my show so frequently… Some of my colleagues at Fox have said he’s too controversial. But I keep inviting him back…

I think Sheriff Clarke makes people uneasy because he defies easy easy categorization. He’s black, but he’s against Black Lives Matter. He ran as a Democrat in Milwaukee, but he spoke at the Republican National Convention.

He’s from an urban area, but he’s more conservative than an Alabama Tea Party member. It’s easier for people to stereotype than deal with the actual man and his actual beliefs.

In this book, Sheriff Clarke writes about how his traditional upbringing in the housing projects of Milwaukee improbably David Clarke, political correctness, controversial, Cop under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better Americamolded him into the cowboy hat and boots-wearing sheriff we know and love today… Here’s the truth: the principles Sheriff Clarke stands for are the same principles this nation was built on.” 

— Excerpted from the Foreword (pages xi-xiii)

David Clarke has become a familiar face on the network news channels in

recent years, thanks mostly to his many appearances on Fox where he routinely trumpets arch-conservative positions on popular issues while sporting his trademark, ten-gallon cowboy hat. Much of his appeal undoubtedly rests in the fact that he is a confident black man articulately advancing an array of right-wing ideas.   

For instance, he’s very pro-cop, which only makes sense, since he’s the Sheriff of Milwaukee County. However, he’s also an outspoken opponent of the Black Lives Matter Movement, which he derides as “nothing more than an AstroTurf operation… of community organizers and leftists who specialize in fostering rebellion in ghettos.” Furthermore, he indicts it as a “hate group” with an “anti-cop ideology” whose real goal is anarchy.

Clarke became a national figure after he accepted an invitation from Donald Trump to address the 2016 Republican Convention during prime time. He received the loudest and longest ovation of the week when he opened his speech with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear. Blue Lives Matter in America!”

The Sheriff is pro-gun , too, and explains why in a chapter entitled, “The Second Amendment Isn’t Just for White People.” His basic thesis there is that “There simply aren’t enough of us to protect all of you,” and “when seconds count, the police are minutes away.” He asserts that “survival is the first law of nature” before concluding, “Sometimes that means fighting off criminal predators.”

In addition, Clarke is pro-charter school, anti-abortion and a defender of the criminal justice system who says that prison is supposed to be unpleasant, not a country club. Despite leaning so far to the right, he has been re-elected Sheriff four times by his predominantly Democratic constituency.

Check out his entire, incendiary platform in Cop under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America, a combination memoir/position paper from a charismatic iconoclast likely to be working in the White House before long. 

To order a copy of Cop under Fire, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1617958573/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  GIG News

Nate Parker Writes, Directs and Stars in Nat Turner Biopic

 

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Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Nate Parker Writes, Directs and Stars in Nat Turner Biopic 

Nat Turner (Nate Parker) was born into slavery on October 2, 1800 on a sprawling plantation located in Southampton County, Virginia. There, as a precocious child, he exhibited a thirst for knowledge at an early age and learned to read the Bible with the help of his masters, Samuel (Armie Hammer) and Elizabeth Turner (Penelope Ann Miller). The couple simultaneously shielded him from the brutality of the evil institution by granting him the privilege of living and working in the mansion rather than having to toil in the cotton fields alongside his mother (Aunjanue Ellis) and grandmother (Esther Scott).

Nat grew up a deeply-religious boy, and was turned into a traveling preacher tasked with spreading the word of God to fellow slaves from neighboring towns. In that capacity, his job was to keep the masses of oppressed African-Americans content with their miserable lot in life by reciting scriptural passages like “Submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)

However, the more he witnessed the atrocities associated with slavery, the more outraged he became. And by the time he reached adulthood, he’d not only become convinced that it was evil, but he’d started surreptitiously quoting Biblical verses supporting that conclusion, such as “Do not become slaves of men.” (1 Corinthians 7:23)

Nat subsequently had a miraculous vision in which he was directly ordered by God to set his people free. That transformative moment would serve as the inspiration for a bloody insurrection which would begin with the slaying of his masters and ultimately claim about 60 more white slave owner lives.

All of the above is graphically depicted in The Birth of a Nation, a reverential biopic marking the impressive directorial debut of Nate Parker (The Great Debaters). Nate also co-wrote the script and stars here, as Nat Turner, in a revisionist period piece which effectively recasts as a hero an infamous slave revolt leader previously denigrated by history because of his resort to violence.

This compelling drama landed both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and had emerged as the prohibitive Best Picture Academy Award favorite until buzz about Mr. Parker’s having been accused of rape while in college went viral across the blogosphere. An emotionally-unsettling alternate version of a controversial chapter in America’s slave legacy!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated  R for brief nudity and disturbing violence

Running time: 120 minutes

Distributor: Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Blu-ray Extras: Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner Documentary; Feature Commentary by director Nate Parker; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; The Birth of a Nation: The Making of a Movement; #AmeriCAN (Short Film) with optional director commentary; Free God: Spoken Word; Celebration of Independent Voices – Nate Parker; the shooting script; and a stills gallery.

To order a copy of The Birth of a Nation on Blu-ray, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHN5TK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News