In the summer of 2020, from the quiet setting of my home office, I watched as many cities fell into manufactured implosions at the hands of the mob and cancel-culture. Up until that point, the general theme of 2020, in the wake of COVID-19, was unity to “stop” or to “slow the spread.” And so, as I watched the riots in response to the unfortunate death of George Floyd spread from city to city, under the blessing of municipal authorities and progressive politicians in office, it became apparent (by the destruction of property, lives, and livelihood) that the moral and intellectual fabric of the nation was again under attack by the institutions whose duty it was to protect her. The song of unity, which we had been asked to sing “wear a mask; save lives,” was replaced by “Black Lives Matter.”
To those who might deem this as an insensitive approach to the subject of race relations, I assure you it is not. My objective is not to be cavalier or dismissive, but to draw attention to the ever growing problem we have in this country—that of “mob” justice by “cancel culture;” neither of these serves the purpose of furthering true race relations.
Yet, as we remained glued to the heartbreaking violence and destruction of many of America’s cities, we could not help but notice how the morass of the lynching French Revolutionist mob had found itself embedded in the United States. There was no middle voice of caution, just one of demands which ultimately sought conquest of positive law and historic institutions rather than positive policy changes where changes could be made to serve equity and justice. And so, to these loud voices, a good number of well-meaning Americans bowed their heads, in willful resignation to accept their fate at the hands of various crowds who sought to exact their idea of justice on passersby. Moses’ warning comes to mind: