One’s heart must go out to any parent who endures the agony of having to identify their child’s body and plan a funeral to lay him to rest.

It goes against nature’s way of doing things – parents are not supposed to outlive their children, but it is too often the case in the world of race relations in the era of Obama that finds too many young black men without education, jobs – or role models.

And so it is that Patrick Smith identified his son, Sylville, as the suspect shot by a Milwaukee police officer when he refused to comply with an order to drop his weapon on Saturday.

But it was the lengthy statement the elder Smith made to local reporters that draws attention.

Mr. Smith, who was released just recently released from jail, was initially painfully blunt in seeming to take responsibility for failing his son.

“I had to blame myself for a lot of things too because your hero is your dad and I played a very big part in my family’s role model for them. Being on the street, doing things of the street life: Entertaining, drug dealing and pimping and they’re looking at their dad like ‘he’s doing all these things. I got out of jail two months ago, but I’ve been going back and forth in jail and they see those things so I’d like to apologize to my kids because this is the role model they look up to. When they see the wrong role model, this is what you get.”

But then, Smith launches into an “us versus them” narrative, blaming “the white guy.”

“They should have never OK’d guns in Wisconsin. They already know what our black youth was doing anyway. These young kids gotta realize this is all a game with them. Like they’re playing Monopoly. You young kids falling into their world, what they want you to do. Everything you do is programmed. They got us killing each other and when they even OK’d them pistols and they OK’d a reason to kill us too.”

Milwaukee, has not had a Republican mayor since 1908, although it has enjoyed three Socialist mayors.

The unemployment and drop-out rates among black youth have skyrocketed under the watch of the nation’s first black president, whose divisive rhetoric has fostered the deterioration in racial relations.

Instead of taking the opportunity to urge African-Americans to take responsibility for their own lives – and deaths, Smith advised them to wise up and not “give in to the hand.”

They targeting us, but we know about it so there’s no reason to keep saying it’s their fault. You play a part in it. If you know there’s a reason, don’t give in to the hand, don’t be going around with big guns, don’t be going around shooting each other and letting them shoot y’all cause that’s just what they’re doing and they’re out to destroy us and we’re falling for it.”


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