From our correspondent Esteban:
Ronald Reagan once observed that “the trouble with our liberal friends isn’t that they are ignorant, it’s that so much they know isn’t so”. I am repeatedly surprised by Leftists’ ability not to just get something wrong, but to get it spectacularly, 180 degrees wrong.
First, a couple of examples from the archives – some years ago there was an article in the NY Times (or WaPo perhaps) quite distressed that even though crime rates in the U.S. were at historically low levels the percentage of the population in prison was quite high. “Why are we putting so many people in prison when the crime rate is low?” they wondered, seriously. Hmm, how about this – when we put more bad people in prison the crime rate goes down? Keep in mind that the crime rate is what’s happening now, the prison population is who we caught and locked up over the past several years.
Then we had an article in a West Coast newspaper wondering why the homeless population in San Francisco had grown dramatically in recent years despite all the wonderful things the city had done to help them – weekly stipends, free shopping carts, etc. Note that none of this assistance to the homeless enabled them to become independent or required them to better themselves, they were all handouts. How is it that offering lots of goodies to homeless people attracts more of them here?
My point in bringing up these old stories is that it seems impossible that someone could fail to see they had cause and effect reversed. How could someone intelligent enough to write a column get these stories so backwards. The only answer I can see is that their worldview, at least in these areas, flows in only one direction and the underlying premise can never be questioned – putting people in prison is bad, there can be no possible upside, giving homeless people stuff is good, there can be no downside. So, when things get worse it’s a mystery, we can’t reconsider our starting point.
Now, on to current events – our present national convulsion over race, police brutality and “racial justice”. A number of prominent black men have howled that black men are being “hunted”. Actually, the people in the U.S. who are being hunted are Police officers and white people in general.
Let’s start with what’s happening to black men: George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and Jacob Blake are the unholy trinity currently being worshipped by the Left. Let’s assume just for the moment that all three were treated unjustly by the Police. OK, but how is it that they ended up in a confrontation with Police? All three were committing felonies and in all three cases someone called 911 to get the Police to come deal with them (in at least 2 of the 3 cases the call was made by a black person). The Police were not driving around looking for a black man to mess with.
And in all 3 cases the bodycam video and audio shows that the officers treated them calmly, politely and professionally for most of the encounters – in 2 of them until the perps turned violent. And if the 3 men had behaved appropriately (or even mildly belligerently) they wouldn’t have been harmed. That’s some strange idea of “hunting”.
OK, so how do I claim that Police and white people are being hunted? In 2014 two NYPD officers (Ramos and Liu) were shot while sitting in a car by a BLM devotee. BLM marched through the streets of New York chanting “What do we want, dead cops, when do we want it, now”. Five officers were shot in Dallas by a BLM sniper in 2016. Saturday night two LA County sheriff’s deputies were ambushed while sitting in a parked car. BLM “protesters” tried to storm the emergency room where they were being treated while chanting “we hope they die”. This list could go on a very long time.
And white civilians: a 5 year-old white boy (Cannon Hinnant) was shot in the head by a black neighbor. In Georgia a black teenager went into an auto parts store and stabbed an employee in the neck 17 times. He told Police that he “felt the need to find a white male to kill”. He is now suspected of killing a white cellmate. In New York a young black man was passing a 92 year-old white woman on the sidewalk and decided to give her a shove. She hit the pavement and hit her head on a fire hydrant. The video shows him glancing back casually and walking on. A young white mother of two was shot and killed for daring to respond to “black lives matter” with “all lives matter”. A black man posted video of himself kneeling on the neck of a white 2 year-old while his accomplice held the child’s arms with the caption “BLMnowMF”. Again, this list could go on for a very long time.
The claim that black men are being hunted reminds of the meme that sprang up around the time that Michael Brown was shot while attacking a Police officer “No mother should fear for her son’s life every time he robs a liquor store”.