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Rafael Mangual joins Seth Barron to discuss the disturbing leftward trend among urban prosecutors in major cities and the consequences of undoing the crime-fighting revolution of the 1990s. In recent years, cities like Philadelphia and Chicago have elected district attorneys dedicated to the principles of social-justice and the goal of “dismantling mass incarceration.” The shift away from proactive […]
The BLM movement started in 2013 and picked up steam in 2014. I reviewed data in two cities, Chicago and Baltimore, which had murder spikes from 2015 onwards. The Baltimore data was through 11/15/17 and I assumed the last 45 days of 2017 would be at the same rate as the murders through 11/15. For 2018, I used the average of 2015-17. Taking the average of 2013-14 as my baseline, there have been an excess of 852 murders in Chicago and 517 in Baltimore for 2015-18. Thus the total in these two cities is 1,368. It’s reasonable to assume that almost all the additional murders have been of blacks. Some cities such as NYC have not had murders spike, but the 1,368 in two cities probably translates to a total of around 3,000 additional murders countrywide. BLM has incentivized cops to do much less aggressive policing in poorer neighborhoods and the murder rate has jumped as a result.
The suspect in the first of two closely timed attacks on Orthodox Jewish boys sure doesn’t look like a skinhead or Klansman, which is why there is not a word about the suspects’ race.
The boy was walking home with his mother around 6 p.m. Sunday near Throop Avenue and Walton Street in Williamsburg.
City Journal contributing editor Howard Husock is joined in the studio by Shelby Steele to discuss the state of race relations in American society, the history of black protest movements, and other subjects. Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, specializing in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. His books include The Content of […]
The newest scandal that supposedly will end the Trump administration is the allegation that he used the N word. We have Obama in public using that word. That’s OK because he’s only half white. So a white person can’t use the word but a half white person can. What’s the dividing line? 70%. Carly Simon […]
The political rhetoric is heating up. Lies, distortions, and accusations have reached a new high. The Democrats are beginning to realize that their confidence about winning seats in the midterms this year may not be so certain. And they’ve moved beyond being concerned. They are desperate.
In looking at the following information, you’ll benefit by looking at it not through Conservative eyes, but through the eyes of the Left. You can be sure that their media pundits will disclaim the effects that I’m predicting. But the Democrats would be remiss if they didn’t at least consider that they may be in trouble in November.More
I hardly know how to use this material, between reactions of hilarity and despondency. But I thought it might make a nice challenge here. It appears that Black Lives Matter has come down from the mountain and issued 10 new commandents (for white people). I wasn’t aware of this and I’m not sure how “official” […]
In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. – Martin Luther King, 16 April, 1963 It might be the engineer/manager in me, but a good framework helps accomplish the goal. The injustices – are they valid? Negotiate with the people […]
Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America’s standing as one of history’s few successful multi-ethnic societies. More
Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Jon Gabriel appeared on “Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler” to discuss Black Lives Matter’s idea of a #BlackXmas. The group is urging people to boycott all forms of “white capitalism” this holiday season. Merry Christmas!More
This piece in the Atlantic is a very good read. Reed College, in Portland, OR, has endured 13 months of outrage over Humanities 110, the college’s signature humanities course. In the course, students are trained to engage in critical reading of various ancient works from the perspective of different disciplines. A group of snowflakes formed themselves into “Reedies against Racism” in response to a call to protest police violence against blacks. Of the list of demands, one was reforming Hum 110.
But for RAR, Hum 110 is all about oppression. “We believe that the first lesson that freshmen should learn about Hum 110 is that it perpetuates white supremacy—by centering ‘whiteness’ as the only required class at Reed,” according to a RAR statement delivered to all new freshmen. The texts that make up the Hum 110 syllabus—from the ancient Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt regions—are “Eurocentric,” “Caucasoid,” and thus “oppressive,” RAR leaders have stated. Hum 110 “feels like a cruel test for students of color,” one leader remarked on public radio. “It traumatized my peers.”
Black lives ought to matter; and, in my opinion, they once did. They once mattered a great deal. Not long after he became mayor in New York City, Rudy Giuliani introduced a new method of policing that concentrated resources where there was a plethora of crime. It resulted in a dramatic decline in the murder rate, and Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton took notice and poured federal money into similar policing reforms. African-Americans living in rough neighborhoods were the intended beneficiaries, and they benefited a great deal.
But those days are long gone, and I do not believe that black lives much matter now. They did not matter to Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the white radical who passed as black and founded Black Lives Matter, and to George Soros who funded the outfit. These folks were perfectly prepared to do a number on America’s African-American community and to put their lives at greater risk for the purpose of mobilizing them as a political force.More
Victor Davis Hanson critiques the recent wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, explains why the league’s activism can’t be squared with the way it actually does business, and considers the importance of politics-free zones in American life. More
Heather Mac Donald joins Brian Anderson to discuss the state of policing today, the “Ferguson Effect,” former FBI director James Comey’s defense of proactive policing, and the recent protests against conservative speakers on college campuses. Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, public discussion about police and the […]
Recently, I read a post written by a Christian brother that really touched me and I felt that there needed to be a critique of it. I did not want to dismiss what he wrote on racism, but I did want to offer loving criticism with another person on my podcast. It worries me that […]
Recently, The Federalist published an article in which the author sincerely argued that two popular social movements – Black Lives Matter (BLM) and anti-abortion/pro-life activists – pursue a common goal: the respect and preservation life. More
Black Lives Matter (BLM) has brought together a diverse group of people, each with their own particular goals. Its organic nature makes it difficult to define, but that is also a source of its strength. While most people will associate BLM with police shootings of black men the organization’s leadership has a more coherent left-wing […]
“Clown Lives Matter” is a thing that’s about to happen. According to Fox 43, clown fears have tarnished the business of Pennsylvania’s Snuggles the Clown. The performer said he was having a hard time trying to convince kids he’s not trying to hurt them. More