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I had a chat with son #4, the cop, earlier this evening. He said “the silent majority is speaking up,” and went on to say that citizens were showing up in increasing numbers at the station to express support, drop off food, and generally counter the prevailing anti-cop message.

We had a well-attended Back the Blue event here in town a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear about it until it was over, or I’d have been there. My son tells me that he and his people are familiar with Back the Blue and appreciate the support.

In other news, I see that officials, including prominent black leaders, in New York City are calling for a restoration of the proactive policing practices terminated by the incompetent mayor of that city. Homicides are up 100% over this time last year. People are noticing.

America is sane. Pass it on.

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  1. GrannyDude Member

     If your boy ever needs a chaplain, let me know.

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    • July 14, 2020, at 6:24 PM PDT
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  2. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    News the NYT will ignore. I thank your son for his service.

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    • July 14, 2020, at 6:30 PM PDT
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  3. Jules PA Member

    Henry Racette: America is sane. Pass it on.

    May it be so. 

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    • July 14, 2020, at 6:55 PM PDT
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  4. The Reticulator Member

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    News the NYT will ignore. I thank your son for his service.

    Protecting the people’s right not to know.

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    • July 14, 2020, at 7:56 PM PDT
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  5. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    News the NYT will ignore. I thank your son for his service.

    Protecting the people’s right not to know.

    You have the right to remain ignorant. If you give up this right, an ignoramus will be elected to rule over you.

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    • July 14, 2020, at 8:11 PM PDT
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  6. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Racette: America is sane. Pass it on.

    Will wonders never cease?

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    • July 14, 2020, at 8:12 PM PDT
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  7. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

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    • July 14, 2020, at 8:43 PM PDT
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  8. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    That’s stupid and irresponsible.

    First, “the minorities” don’t want the police pulled from their streets. A small, vocal subset of radicals, white and black, want that. Not “the minorities.”

    Secondly, the people you’re talking about are Americans. We don’t throw Americans to the dogs to punish them for things other people are doing in their name.

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    • July 14, 2020, at 8:49 PM PDT
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  9. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    That’s stupid and irresponsible.

    First, “the minorities” don’t want the police pulled from their streets. A small, vocal subset of radicals, white and black, want that. Not “the minorities.”

    Secondly, the people you’re talking about are Americans. We don’t throw Americans to the dogs to punish them for things other people are doing in their name.

    It is what they are demanding. We have had daily riots for months to make the point. I see no minorities counter marching and supporting the police or law. If these areas supported law enforcement in the first place this whole thing would not be an issue. So fine let them have what they want. Who are we to decide what a locality wants or inflict our vision on them?

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  10. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    That’s stupid and irresponsible.

    First, “the minorities” don’t want the police pulled from their streets. A small, vocal subset of radicals, white and black, want that. Not “the minorities.”

    Secondly, the people you’re talking about are Americans. We don’t throw Americans to the dogs to punish them for things other people are doing in their name.

    It is what they are demanding. We have had daily riots for months to make the point. I see no minorities counter marching and supporting the police or law. If these area supported law enforcement this whole thing would not be an issue. So fine let the have what they want. Who are we to decide what a locality wants?

    In fact, people who live in the crime-ridden communities do speak up, and do ask for police protection and stability. Opposition to policing comes mostly from safe, relatively prosperous, mostly white Americans who are pursuing an agenda that has nothing to do with the safety of black Americans.

    But you want these people, these mothers and kids and elderly, to march? To go up against the violent Antifa and BLM thugs, precisely when the police have been told to stand down and surrender the ground to the mob? Why should they do that? Why should they risk their lives? They haven’t done anything wrong. They haven’t asked anyone to riot on their behalf. They’re no more responsible for Antifa and BLM than I am or you are, and no more duty-bound to march against the thugs than I am or you are.

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  11. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    That’s stupid and irresponsible.

    First, “the minorities” don’t want the police pulled from their streets. A small, vocal subset of radicals, white and black, want that. Not “the minorities.”

    Secondly, the people you’re talking about are Americans. We don’t throw Americans to the dogs to punish them for things other people are doing in their name.

    It is what they are demanding. We have had daily riots for months to make the point. I see no minorities counter marching and supporting the police or law. If these areas supported law enforcement in the first place this whole thing would not be an issue. So fine let them have what they want. Who are we to decide what a locality wants or inflict our vision on them?

    You’re falling for the narrative. BLM/Antifa is not some kind of organic, grassroots movement of locals, deciding how to run their neighborhoods. What @henryracette is describing is a lot closer to that.

    You’re also treating this like a racial issue, like the Left wants and needs you to do. That is a mistake. 

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    • July 15, 2020, at 4:25 AM PDT
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  12. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    That’s stupid and irresponsible.

    First, “the minorities” don’t want the police pulled from their streets. A small, vocal subset of radicals, white and black, want that. Not “the minorities.”

    Secondly, the people you’re talking about are Americans. We don’t throw Americans to the dogs to punish them for things other people are doing in their name.

    It is what they are demanding. We have had daily riots for months to make the point. I see no minorities counter marching and supporting the police or law. If these areas supported law enforcement in the first place this whole thing would not be an issue. So fine let them have what they want. Who are we to decide what a locality wants or inflict our vision on them?

    You’re falling for the narrative. BLM/Antifa is not some kind of organic, grassroots movement of locals, deciding how to run their neighborhoods. What @henryracette is describing is a lot closer to that.

    You’re also treating this like a racial issue, like the Left wants and needs you to do. That is a mistake.

    It is local and a race issue. The people a locals, all I see on TV is minorities and their white supporters. They say it is about how racist all whites are. If this is what they want for their community then let them have it. Who am I a white person that should tell minorities how to live their lives? Let them have what they demand.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 4:32 AM PDT
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  13. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    The people a locals, all I see on TV is minorities and their white supporters.

    Is this satire? Surely, you don’t think TV news is giving you an accurate picture of how locals want their neighborhoods to be run. Surely, you wouldn’t beg the question by saying, essentially, this is about what minorities want, because some white people said so, and some minorities agree with them.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 5:06 AM PDT
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  14. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    The people a locals, all I see on TV is minorities and their white supporters.

    Is this satire? Surely, you don’t think TV news is giving you an accurate picture of how locals want their neighborhoods to be run. Surely, you wouldn’t beg the question by saying, essentially, this is about what minorities want, because some white people said so, and some minorities agree with them.

    I know many people that have gone to these protests. My FaceBook feed is full of them and videos of the protests. This is what those protesting are protesting about. At least the ones I know of.

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  15. Stad Thatcher

    Henry Racette: In other news, I see that officials, including prominent black leaders, in New York City are calling for a restoration of the proactive policing practices terminated by the incompetent mayor of that city. Homicides are up 100% over this time last year. People are noticing.

    It’s called “Fifteen in Fifteen”. I read somewhere that NYC had fifteen murders in one fifteen hour period.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 5:36 AM PDT
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  16. Jules PA Member

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    The people a locals, all I see on TV is minorities and their white supporters.

    Is this satire? Surely, you don’t think TV news is giving you an accurate picture of how locals want their neighborhoods to be run. Surely, you wouldn’t beg the question by saying, essentially, this is about what minorities want, because some white people said so, and some minorities agree with them.

    I know many people that have gone to these protests. My FaceBook feed is full of them and videos of the protests. This is what those protesting are protesting about. At least the ones I know of.

    People say things and demonstrate, often with surface understanding of what those positions actually mean, and how such decisions actually impact their community.

    I think we are still in a place where a U-Turn is still possible, as people see the bubbling brook of leftism becomes a raging whitewater heading toward a gigantic waterfall.

    There is a clear point of decision on Nov 3, after which leftists may gain more control, and send us hurling over the edge. 

     

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  17. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    First, “the minorities” don’t want the police pulled from their streets. A small, vocal subset of radicals, white and black, want that. Not “the minorities.”

    Certainly, not the minorities. But not a small mix of Democrats either. Many. 

    It isn’t all of Democrats. But conservatives need to stop pretending the madness in this and many other situations is driven only by a tiny fraction of Democrats who are strangely able to define the narratives and battle cries for tens of millions of other Democrats.

    In any movement, some portion will act as the tip of the spear. But we should worry about the whole spear. The DNC is pushing for revolution. The Left’s most prominent politicians and media figures jumped on this bandwagon and they are parroted by millions.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 8:25 AM PDT
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  18. J Climacus Member

    Henry, is he a big city or small-town cop? Are you comfortable telling us which city? (Understand if no).

    I live in a small town and we are very supportive of the local police. Of course, a lot of us know some of the cops personally.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  19. EB Thatcher
    EB

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    I grew up in the South. Throughout my life, people have assumed that I’m racist or have accused me of being racist – not because of anything I have said or done but just by virtue of where I was born. I believe that I have some standing to assert that I have a pretty good understanding of what is and isn’t racist.

    Sir, this comment was racist. You should be ashamed.

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  20. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    EB (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    I grew up in the South. Throughout my life, people have assumed that I’m racist or have accused me of being racist – not because of anything I have said or done but just by virtue of where I was born. I believe that I have some standing to assert that I have a pretty good understanding of what is and isn’t racist.

    Sir, this comment was racist. You should be ashamed.

    Of course it is. I am whiteish, my very existence is racist. Everything in the world is my fault. Got it. But asking that people that get what they demand so they can live it to understand the repercussions is now racist? Yes I guess that too is a racist white position

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  21. Brandon Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    In fact, people who live in the crime-ridden communities do speak up, and do ask for police protection and stability. Opposition to policing comes mostly from safe, relatively prosperous, mostly white Americans who are pursuing an agenda that has nothing to do with the safety of black Americans.

     

     

    ^This!

     

    It’s worth noting that the calls for “no police” are coming from affluent neighborhoods that feel they don’t need the protection of the police. These rich (mostly white) leftists are perfectly willing to destroy the lives of poor minorities in order to demonstrate their “wokeness.” Don’t take your anger out on the poor folks with lives that are stuck in neutral due to urban left wing policies that have been in place for decades.

     

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  22. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    J Climacus (View Comment):

    Henry, is he a big city or small-town cop? Are you comfortable telling us which city? (Understand if no).

    I live in a small town and we are very supportive of the local police. Of course, a lot of us know some of the cops personally.

    He’s in a New England town with a metro area population of about 60,000. It feels smaller, probably because of its large college population. It’s a pretty nice, pretty affluent place, for the most part.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 9:56 AM PDT
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  23. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    EB (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    I grew up in the South. Throughout my life, people have assumed that I’m racist or have accused me of being racist – not because of anything I have said or done but just by virtue of where I was born. I believe that I have some standing to assert that I have a pretty good understanding of what is and isn’t racist.

    Sir, this comment was racist. You should be ashamed.

    Of course it is. I am whiteish, my very existence is racist. Everything in the world is my fault. Got it. But asking that people that get what they demand so they can live it to understand the repercussions is now racist? Yes I guess that too is a racist white position

    Your complexion has nothing to do with it. Your error is to decide that it’s somehow appropriate to punish a large group of Americans by abandoning our civic responsibility to police our cities because some much smaller group of hotheads thinks this is a good idea. That’s the stupid part. The racism came in when you decided to make your idiotic proposal minority-specific.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 10:00 AM PDT
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  24. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    EB (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    No, give the minorities what they have demanded for months. Release all minority prisoners, pull police from minority areas, do not arrest minorities for any crimes. Let them chew their own dog food.

    I grew up in the South. Throughout my life, people have assumed that I’m racist or have accused me of being racist – not because of anything I have said or done but just by virtue of where I was born. I believe that I have some standing to assert that I have a pretty good understanding of what is and isn’t racist.

    Sir, this comment was racist. You should be ashamed.

    Of course it is. I am whiteish, my very existence is racist. Everything in the world is my fault. Got it. But asking that people that get what they demand so they can live it to understand the repercussions is now racist? Yes I guess that too is a racist white position

    Your complexion has nothing to do with it. Your error is to decide that it’s somehow appropriate to punish a large group of Americans by abandoning our civic responsibility to police our cities because some much smaller group of hotheads thinks this is a good idea. That’s the stupid part. The racism came in when you decided to make your idiotic proposal minority-specific.

    Sure my complexion does. If I was black the insult would not have been thrown.

    I do not want to “punish” anybody. In point if you read my statement just the opposite. I want to withdraw the police and release the prisoners. Just what I have been hearing the black community demanding since I was born. What they are protesting and rioting for now. What minority leaders are yelling for. If minority communities want no police and all the other BLM stuff then let them have it. Why should I enforce my morality on them? I basically paraphrase the statement below and now I am a raciest.

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard” – H L Mencken

     

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    • July 15, 2020, at 10:16 AM PDT
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  25. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    @FakeJohnGault, you’re treating racial groups as if they should be governed by a different set of rules, and as if they are some kind of self-governing enclave. The “community leaders” aren’t elected leaders, or if they are, they’re not elected to lead a racial group.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 12:15 PM PDT
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  26. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Joshua Bissey (View Comment):

    @FakeJohnGault, you’re treating racial groups as if they should be governed by a different set of rules, and as if they are some kind of self-governing enclave. The “community leaders” aren’t elected leaders, or if they are, they’re not elected to lead a racial group.

    Radical groups are already governed as different set of rules. Minorities do not have to follow the same rules as whites follow. Illegals have to follow even less. We have even codified this. At one time there was Jim Crow to discriminate against Blacks which was bad, now there is Affirmative Action to discriminate against whites which is good.

    If you need any sort of subsidy. Maybe food stamps or education grants being a minority pretty much guarantees you help. Being white pretty much guarantees your told to go pound sand. So we have laws that already take race into account codified. We have an expanded set of laws in practice (Victor Davis Hanson discusses this). I just am agreeing to codify the laws that Blacks are demanding. Maybe then they will stop burning down the cities and beating up people that disagree with them.

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  27. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    If minority communities want no police and all the other BLM stuff then let them have it.

    That’s called “begging the question.”

    Minority communities don’t “want no police.” That’s the point. You can’t simply conclude that, because most of the people in a particular community have the same pigmentation as the outspoken representatives of some radical movement, they must be in agreement with them.

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  28. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    If minority communities want no police and all the other BLM stuff then let them have it.

    That’s called “begging the question.”

    Minority communities don’t “want no police.” That’s the point. You can’t simply conclude that, because most of the people in a particular community have the same pigmentation as the outspoken representatives of some radical movement, they must be in agreement with them.

    You seem to live in a different world than the rest of us. All my life I have heard how much blacks hate cops. I have heard blacks tell me repeatably how much they hate cops. How cops need to go. Black celebrities demanding police to go. If the world was as you seem to believe then there would not be large group of Black athletes trying to defund the police. Get our of your fantasy. There are a large amount of black that do not want the laws and the police. That is why the Democrat mayor are defunding and slamming down on the police. They are trying to survive and get elected and to do so they need what their biggest voting block wants. They voted for Democrats that promised this stuff. Now they want Democrats to delivery what they promised. No police. No lock up of blacks since many are their family. They basically want whites to leave them alone except to give them money.

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  29. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    If minority communities want no police and all the other BLM stuff then let them have it.

    That’s called “begging the question.”

    Minority communities don’t “want no police.” That’s the point. You can’t simply conclude that, because most of the people in a particular community have the same pigmentation as the outspoken representatives of some radical movement, they must be in agreement with them.

    You seem to live in a different world than the rest of us. All my life I have heard how much blacks hate cops. I have heard blacks tell me repeatably how much they hate cops. How cops need to go. Black celebrities demanding police to go. If the world was as you seem to believe then there would not be large group of Black athletes trying to defund the police. Get our of your fantasy. There are a large amount of black that do not want the laws and the police. That is why the Democrat mayor are defunding and slamming down on the police. They are trying to survive and get elected and to do so they need what their biggest voting block wants. They voted for Democrats that promised this stuff. Now they want Democrats to delivery what they promised. No police. No lock up of blacks since many are their family. They basically want whites to leave them alone except to give them money.

    Polling suggests that black Americans in crime-ridden neighborhoods are bigger supporters of increased policing than are white Americans, twice as likely to call for more officers in their neighborhoods. Black athletes — athletes in general — aren’t representative of the public. Nor are the rioters calling for defunding the police and emptying the prisons.

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    • July 15, 2020, at 1:29 PM PDT
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  30. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    If minority communities want no police and all the other BLM stuff then let them have it.

    That’s called “begging the question.”

    Minority communities don’t “want no police.” That’s the point. You can’t simply conclude that, because most of the people in a particular community have the same pigmentation as the outspoken representatives of some radical movement, they must be in agreement with them.

    You seem to live in a different world than the rest of us. All my life I have heard how much blacks hate cops. I have heard blacks tell me repeatably how much they hate cops. How cops need to go. Black celebrities demanding police to go. If the world was as you seem to believe then there would not be large group of Black athletes trying to defund the police. Get our of your fantasy. There are a large amount of black that do not want the laws and the police. That is why the Democrat mayor are defunding and slamming down on the police. They are trying to survive and get elected and to do so they need what their biggest voting block wants. They voted for Democrats that promised this stuff. Now they want Democrats to delivery what they promised. No police. No lock up of blacks since many are their family. They basically want whites to leave them alone except to give them money.

    Polling suggests that black Americans in crime-ridden neighborhoods are bigger supporters of increased policing than are white Americans, twice as likely to call for more officers in their neighborhoods. Black athletes — athletes in general — aren’t representative of the public. Nor are the rioters calling for defunding the police and emptying the prisons.

    Polls lie, always have always will.

    BLM – seem to want to defund the police by their website

    https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/

    Black athletes, Black entertainers, Black musicians, Black rappers are the heros of black culture. Sure they represent what their community wants. They would not be popular if they were against their communities. Democrat politicians are being responsive to the Black community by defunding the police because they want to be elected. Not sure why you seem to not understand the obvious and allow this community what it is demanding.

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