Saturday, June 06, 2020
This video by former officer Brandon Tatum is going viral for delivering his incredible response to the destructive rioting and looting that is destroying the lives of black Americans in urban cities across the country. What happens next is incredible!
How People Reacted
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Friday, June 05, 2020
By Editorial of The New York Sun
The sudden plunge in the unemployment rate just reported for May is a reminder of — for all setbacks of the past few months — the extraordinary power of the Trump economy and the American free enterprise system. The economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, bringing the jobless rate down to 13.3% from the 14.7% recorded in April. Given that expectations were running closer to 20%, or more, it’s just a remarkable report.
US economy adds 2.5 million jobs in May, unemployment falls to 13.3%
The US mounted a surprise recovery from the coronavirus crisis by adding a record 2.5 million jobs last month, the feds said Friday, stunning experts who predicted more bloodletting in the labor market.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report showed the unemployment rate falling to 13.3 percent as states began to lift virus-related lockdowns. That’s an improvement from April’s 14.7 percent unemployment although it is still higher than any other point since the Great Depression.
The data suggest the government’s efforts to backstop the economy during the pandemic have helped kickstart a recovery, blindsiding economists who predicted millions more lost jobs and unemployment at or near 20 percent.
“The difference was that more people got hired back than expected,” explained George Pearkes, macro strategist at Bespoke Investment Group. “That’s down to PPP and the natural occurrence of businesses reopening. The correlation between the two is very key.”
Several industries added jobs last month, but restaurants and bars devastated by pandemic lockdowns led the way with 1.4 million positions, accounting for about half of the total gain, the feds said. The construction and retail sectors also saw sharp increases, adding 464,000 and 368,000 jobs, respectively, the feds said.
“The sectors that got a lot of PPP loans — construction, retail, restaurants — that’s where we saw a lot of the job gains in May,” Curt Long, chief economist and vice president of research at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, told The Post. “With the prospect of reopening now a reality, or it looks like it could be a reality for people in the near future, it now makes sense for a lot of those people to rehire workers back.”
The Trump administration crowed about the report, saying it showed the economy is making a strong recovery from the coronavirus. President Trump tweeted that the numbers were “stupendous” and “INCREDIBLE!”
“It appears the worst of the coronavirus’s impact on the nation’s job markets is behind us,” US Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said in a statement.
Thursday, June 04, 2020
BY MEGAN FOX | PJ Media
Photo of Antifa by@KatieDaviscourt
James O’Keefe is the greatest journalist of our time. Coming right in the nick of time to show America what antifa is really like, O’Keefe revealed on Thursday that he’s had an undercover reporter within the ranks of the most secretive domestic terror group in America. Rose City Antifa in Portland is about to get wrecked.
Antifa trains recruits to commit violence
The first video dropped, in a series that will be released in O’Keefe’s usual slow-drip style, shows antifa organizers admitting that they go to events to cause damage and violence to Trump supporters. “It’s not boxing, it’s not kickboxing, it’s like destroying your enemy.”
This would explain why we see images of antifa stomping and kicking the heads of people they’ve already knocked out. It’s never a fair fight and they never get held to account.
Reporter Andy Ngo, who has been ruthlessly targeted by antifa, has been collecting information on them for years. This Twitter thread shows how police in Portland play catch-and-release with terrorists.
Photo of Antifa taken on 06-29-2019, Portland, Ore.by @KatieDaviscourt
Some photos of those arrested at the riot in Portland. Fireworks, bottles, bats & other projectiles were thrown at police.
Antifa infiltrates peaceful protests to turn them violent
Antifa is well-trained and acts in coordination to start violent riots. A protester at a Black Lives Matter rally took this incredible video of antifa destroying a police car and setting it on fire in under a minute and then disappearing into the crowd to let the protesters take the heat. That’s not easy to do without a lot of practice. These are expert provocateurs, not amateurs.
The anonymous infiltrator hired by Project Veritas says he was recruited into Rose City Antifa and put through secretive steps to become a member. The group is so paranoid about being recorded they make members and recruits put their phones in a bathroom when they meet. They had no idea the undercover reporter had a hidden camera on him the whole time.
Footage shows Nicolas Cifuni instructing recruits on how to get away with violence. “Don’t be that f*cking guy with the G**damn spike brass knuckles getting photos taken of you,” he said. “We need to f*cking hide that sh*t.” The investigation also exposed foreign ties.
Caroline Victorin is the founder of Rose City Antifa and is married to an antifa leader, Johan Victorin, from Sweden.
The undercover reporter says there’s coordination between European factions and U.S. groups. One of the trainers tells recruits “the whole goal of this, right, is to get out there and do dangerous things as safely as possible.”
Dragoo Raistin from Switzerland was arrested for felony riot and disorderly conduct .
Photo of Dragoo Raistin
Dragoo Raistin has been released.
@Project_Veritas did the near-impossible: They successfully infiltrated America's most notorious antifa group, @RoseCityAntifa in PORTLAND. Project shows the recruitment process & how members are taught to maim. This is organized terrorism. #ExposeAntifa
Cifuni trains antifa recruits on eye-gouging as a tactic of terror.
“Practice things like an eye gouge. It takes very little pressure to injure someone’s eyes,” Cifuni instructed in a recon and tactics class.
President Trump declared antifa a domestic terror group after reports and video showed organized anarchists setting fire to American cities and starting violence after the death of George Floyd by police.
BY MATT MARGOLIS | P J Media
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
By now you’ve heard a number of reports claiming that tear gas was used against “peaceful protesters” to clear the area around the White House so that President Trump could “get his photo op” at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been burned in the riots the night before. Trump had just told the country he would restore the rule of law, which the left and the media think is just a dog-whistle for fascism, and set out to turn his symbolic act of walking through Lafayette Park to the church and holding up a Bible into a Trump-is-literally-Hitler moment. In fact, a doctored photo of Hitler holding a Bible the same way Trump did had gone viral even though it was completely fabricated.
After protesters were moved from the area, the narrative quickly spread that “peaceful” protesters were tear-gassed in order to get them to move.
Reuters claims the following video shows U.S. Park Police (USPP) using tear gas on protesters:
U.S. Park Police fired tear gas on protesters gathered outside the White House to demonstrate against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death
The police aren’t even wearing gas masks. All major media outlets nevertheless reported that tear gas was used, without provocation, against peaceful protesters.
NPR claimed, “The plaza between St. John’s Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops, with the use of tear gas, suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason.” The only photo they show of police gathering to remove protesters once again shows none are wearing gas masks, which would seem necessary to protect themselves from tear gas.
The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News, and many other outlets, reporters, and pundits peddled the claim that peaceful protesters were tear-gassed without provocation to clear the area for Trump. Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden also chimed in, repeating the claim.
But United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan said the following in a statement:
The United States Park Police (USPP) is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights. However, this past weekend’s demonstrations at Lafayette Park and across the National Mall included activities that were not part of a peaceful protest, which resulted in injuries to USPP officers in the line of duty, the destruction of public property and the defacing of memorials and monuments. During four days of demonstrations, 51 members of the USPP were injured; of those, 11 were transported to the hospital and released and three were admitted.
Multiple agencies assisted the USPP in responding to and quelling the acts of destruction and violence over the course of the weekend in order to protect citizens and property.
On Monday, June 1, the USPP worked with the United States Secret Service to have temporary fencing installed inside Lafayette Park. At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.
To curtail the violence that was underway, the USPP, following established policy, issued three warnings over a loudspeaker to alert demonstrators on H Street to evacuate the area. Horse mounted patrol, Civil Disturbance Units and additional personnel were used to clear the area. As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls. No tear gas was used by USPP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park. Subsequently, the fence was installed.
According to the USPP, there were acts of violence by the protesters, which means they weren’t peaceful. Peaceful protests don’t result in the destruction of property, vandalism, or USPP officers being injured.
Unfortunately, the media jumped on the story, allowing it to spread before the facts came out. Photos should have made it clear that traditional tear gas was not used because photos and video of law enforcement show most are simply wearing face guards, which would not protect them from tear gas. Rather, they used pepper balls and smoke canisters.
Heavily armed federal officers fired gas canisters at a crowd of nonviolent demonstrators outside the White House. 'This was a peaceful protest,' CNN analyst Jackie Kucinich wrote. 'And they are using tear gas. In the United States. In front of the White House.'
Further, using traditional tear gas, a powerful chemical irritant, in an area that the president of the United States would soon be walking through doesn’t make a lot of sense now, does it?
“It’s said that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on,” said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump 2020 communications director in response to the USPP statement. “This tear gas lie is proof of that. For nearly an entire day, the whole of the press corps frantically reported the ‘news’ of a tear gas attack on ‘peaceful’ protestors in Lafayette Park, with no evidence to support such claims. We now know through the U.S. Park Police that neither they, nor any of their law enforcement partners, used tear gas to quell rising violence.”
But the Washington Post disputes the notion that tear gas wasn’t used:
The truth boils down to an exercise in semantics.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.”
And, according to the CDC, “several different compounds” fall under this definition, and are employed by security forces, including military and police, in riot control situations.
Among others, they include chloroacetophenone (CN), more commonly referred to as “mace,” or pepper sprays — in other words, the compound that was deployed in Lafayette Square — and chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS), “one of the most commonly used tear gases in the world,” according to an article in the British Medical Journal.
But as Neal Augenstein of WTOP radio in Washington D.C. noted, smoke canisters, which the USPP acknowledges were deployed, “don’t have an uncomfortable irritant in them.”
The USPP did acknowledge that pepper balls were used after protesters started throwing projectiles, and those do have a chemical irritant in them. A senior defense official also said that National Guard troops who assisted in clearing the protesters did not have tear gas or rubber bullets. “The National Guard forces do not have tear gas, do not have rubber bullets, so they did not do any of the firing,” the official said.
While there is some discussion about whether pepper balls are considered tear gas, it seems indisputable that the protesters were not as peaceful as the media wants to portray them.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
By Clarence McKee
U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2020. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)
If you want to know what a country led by Joe Biden and a House and Senate controlled by Democrats would look like, look at what has been happening in cities and states they've controlled for years.
Democrats and major media were quick to condemn the president for standing in front of St John’s church across from the White House holding a bible.
Even the progressive-leaning Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C., the Right Rev. Mariann Budde, couldn't resist taking a political swipe at the president: "Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence. We need moral leadership, and he’s done everything to divide us."
As far as I know, she nor the Democratic Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, has condemned the arsonists who set fire to that same church and threw objects at, and injured, members the U.S. Secret Service.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and other Democrats have criticized the president for threatening to send troops if violence and anarchy continue.
Most have been silent on the burning, looting, and attacks on police.
Looters killed a black retired police captain, and four police officers were shot in St. Louis, Missouri. In Rochester, New York, a woman trying to protect her store was beaten with metal clubs and two-by-fours when trying to defend store from looters.
Again, mostly crickets.
Many of the mayors, governors, and pundits who had no problem being tough on barbers, salon and restaurant owners, and churches defying their lockdowns, turned into total wimps in confronting those "protesting" with bricks, Molotov cocktails, and attacks on police.
No social distancing for them.
They certainly are not standing up for the hundreds of minority and other business owners who have seen their life’s work and dreams destroyed!
George Floyd’s brother, Terrence, called for an end to violence.
Most Democratic leaders did not!
Schumer and Pelosi are not the only Democrats who turned a blind eye on the violence.
Where was former President Barack Obama?
Where were members of the so-called "Squad" — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley. D-Mass.?
Their cities were torn apart by violence.
Where was the Congressional Black Caucus, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton — the latter two whose cities were taken over by anarchists?
Former Vice President Joe Biden told a black church audience in Delaware that he will take action against "institutional racism" during his first 100 days in office.
His weak comments on violence sounded more like an after-thought.
The question blacks should ask him is, where was he during his eight years as Vice President? Where was the nation's first black president and his two black attorneys general? Where were all of those Democratic mayors and governors?
Joe Biden would have us believe that institutional racism, abuse of black men by some cops and racial division, didn’t exist until the Trump presidency.
Except for black mayors Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta and Michael Hancock of Denver, most of the country’s black and white Democratic leadership, and their media partners, have been apologists for those who committed violence — including attacks on police. In essence, they tell America that it's not the looters' fault and that they are just frustrated after years of oppression, racism, and police brutality.
They forget that frustration is not a permission slip to burn down your community and leave even more people jobless, especially during a pandemic.
These cities and police departments have one thing in common — they are controlled by liberal Democratic mayors who take black voters for granted.
They have sympathy for violent protesters but none for people like the 24-year-old black woman in Minneapolis who said, "We’re burning our own neighborhood. This is where we live, where we shop, and they destroyed it."
It's believed the French diplomat and historian Alexis De Tocqueville once said, "In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve."
Liberal Democrats have controlled the states and cities under attack for years.
Blacks have played a significant role in electing and keeping them in office.
And still, today, black males, regardless of political affiliation or position, too often bear the brunt of police racial profiling and misconduct in these and other cities.
Donald Trump has not been in charge of those city halls, police departments, or school systems for the past 30 years — Democrats, many of them black — have!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read Clarence V. McKee's
BY DAVID SOLWAY | PJ Media
(Image credit Julio Rosas for Townhall)
Everyone knows that America is now aflame with widespread riots protesting—or in all too many instances, ostensibly protesting—the death of George Floyd in police custody. As Floyd was black, the rioting, looting, vandalism, destruction of property, defacing of historical monuments and multiple homicides are regarded as a reaction to police violence and institutional racism.
As Heather Mac Donald correctly points out in National Review, “There is no epidemic of racist police shootings. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer…In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians.” Her argument is supported by a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and by another 2015 Justice Department study of the Philadelphia Police Department—legitimate studies which “demolish[ ] the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings.”
Such truths are passed over as inconsequential. Indeed, whites tend to be relatively passive in reacting to violence perpetrated against them. The fact that Mohamed Noor, a Somali police officer, killed a white woman without cause in Minneapolis, Ground Zero of the present turmoil, ignited no riots. As The Intercept reports, some activists believed that Noor “was unfairly targeted because he is a black man who killed a white woman…Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights lawyer and local racial justice leader, said Noor’s conviction reveals how the court system treats white people differently compared to everyone else.”
The question is obvious: What is wrong with this picture?
The answer is: everything. I do not give the racist meme much credence. With African-Americans convincingly represented in the halls of power, as mayors, governors, members of Congress, including an American President and two Attorneys General, it should be clear that Jim Crow is pretty well dead and buried. Race has become a huckster’s source of power and profit. Let it be said once and for all: The United States is not a racist nation, but in fact bends over backwards to appease the bearers of the slander and the advocates of anachronistic reparations.
It needs also to be said that the fires burning across the country are nothing less than a national insurrection, brewing for years and exploited by the hawkers of racist dissension and programmatically by the Democratic Party. What is taking place is an emeute, a war against the Constitution, a plot to unravel the fabric of the Republic, in short, a coup against the State and a sitting President. It is a condition of civil war in everything but name, long simmering and now breaking out into the open.
This is not the time for breast-beating, for systemic timidity, for merely defensive measures, for making amends and concessions. As William Butler Yeats wrote in The Second Coming, one of the great poems in the language:
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity…
Words that were never more pertinent than now. The political and cultural left, the guerilla cadres wreaking havoc on the streets and in the public square, their supporters and backers—they are indeed “full of passionate intensity.” Those who would oppose them, arguing for civility, reluctant to return fire with fire, relying on toothless or disregarded legislation, slamming governors for being weak—they may be “the best” but often seem to lack “all conviction.”
Newsmax reports, the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich hopes President Donald Trump’s designation of Antifa as a terrorist organization will reveal who is funding it. “Who is paying for these people?” Gingrich is right. What we are witnessing is “war against America…These are not riots in a traditional sense…You have a nationwide group, Antifa is part of it, but there are other elements involved…who is organizing it?…we have to do whatever it takes to put down the people who would destroy our country.”
These are true words. President Trump has declared Antifa a terrorist organization, which is a step in the right direction—but only a step. Antifa and their kindred outfits will simply go underground and continue a sporadic campaign of inflaming anti-democratic sentiment, creating civil unrest, pillaging and destroying property and assaulting innocent people. Two decisive measures are required to quell the insurrection.
As Gingrich advised, Trump “should indicate he is prepared to declare an emergency for the destruction.” This means, or should mean, not only that government will rebuild devastated neighborhoods, but that the American police, National Guard or military should be permitted to use lethal force when attacked by domestic terrorists of when dispersing hoodlums and gangsters laying waste businesses, smashing storefronts, assaulting bystanders and committing arson. That such an initiative, as many will argue, would only provoke violence, or more violence, is the classic evasion of the temporizers and fearful propitiators among us.
But even more importantly, the Justice Department must be immediately tasked with seeking out and identifying those who sponsor and finance the army of commandos, mercenaries and terrorist groups that have declared war on the nation. The identities of some of these shadowy bankers are already well-known and have been known for many years, yet nothing has been done to investigate or arraign or even extradite these fiscal malefactors.
The head of the snake must be cut off—call it Operation Ophidian—if the civil venom is to be stanched. If, as in the Greek myth of the Lernean Hydra, the head keeps growing back, which it surely will, then perpetual vigilance will be necessary. But the old adage remains apt: follow the money. When the funds are cut off, the reptile loses its main force.
President Trump should take Winston Churchill’s observation to heart, made in reference to the 1945 Yalta Conference, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”—a phrase pilfered by Rahm Emmanuel for malign rather than constructive purposes. Churchill intended the remark to indicate the need for a proper post-WW II resolution to disputed territories. Interestingly, the axiom originates with geriatric psychiatrist M.F. Weiner, who titled a 1976 article in the journal Medical Economics “Don’t Waste a Crisis — Your Patient’s or Your Own.”
Weiner meant that a medical crisis can be used to ameliorate mental health or the lives of both patient and physician. Whether in Churchill’s or Weiner’s use of the phrase, the intention is genuinely therapeutic and the acceptation, positive.
The future course of the American Republic hangs in the balance. This is the real issue. The current state of unrest is an opportunity for the President to embark upon a surgical operation to excise the tumor of revolt, orchestrated violence and, to be explicit, national destruction. He should not let it go to waste.
Darkness Falls - The collapse of the rule of law across the country, intensified by Antifa radicals, is terrifying.
Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images
Savagery is spreading with lightning speed across the United States, with murderous assaults on police officers and civilians and the ecstatic annihilation of businesses and symbols of the state. Welcome to a real civilization-destroying pandemic, one that makes the recent saccharine exhortations to “stay safe” and the deployment of police officers to enforce outdoor mask-wearing seem like decadent bagatelles.
This particular form of viral chaos was inevitable, given the failure of Minneapolis’s leaders to quell the city’s growing mayhem. The violence began on Tuesday, May 26, the day after the horrifying arrest and subsequent death of George Floyd. On the night of Thursday, May 28, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey ordered the city’s Third Police Precinct evacuated as the forces of hatred, distinct from legitimate forms of protest, descended upon it for a third day in a row. The building was promptly torched, sending a powerful sign that society would not defend its most fundamental institutions of law and order.
On Friday, May 29, Minnesota governor Tim Walz explained his reluctance to mobilize the National Guard as an unwillingness to seem “oppressive.” Naturally, he apologized for his white privilege—“I will not patronize you as a white man without living [your] lived experiences”—and explained the feral violence as an understandable response to racial injustice: “The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish, unheard.” Few arrests were made after five days of rampant crime.
The media, visibly exhilarated by this latest explosion of black rage, had its own explanation for the chaos: people were outraged that the officer who had kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for a sickening eight-plus minutes had not yet been arrested and charged. But when that arrest came, along with murder and manslaughter charges after a lightning-fast investigation by the district attorney, the anarchy continued—not just in Minneapolis but across the country, intensfied by Antifa radicals.
Political leaders elsewhere have been just as reluctant to use the necessary force to quell the violence. New York mayor Bill de Blasio called on police to use a “light touch” in response. New York governor Andrew Cuomo coolly predicted on Sunday, May 31, during his now absurdly irrelevant daily coronavirus press conference, that the violence would continue. “The explosion we saw last night we’ll probably see again tonight,” he said—obviously confident in his own physical safety, if not the safety of the rest of the state’s residents.
The attacks on local law enforcement were already happening out of sight of TV cameras before the most photogenic scenes of arson and the stomping of squad cars started showing up on network and cable news. On Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27, Chicago residents surrounded and threw bottles at Chicago Police Department officers trying to arrest gun suspects. One suspect was the likely perpetrator of a shooting that had just hit a five-year-old girl and two teenage boys. The other had just thrown his gun under a car; the cop-haters tried to free him from the squad car. No surprise that Saturday night, downtown Chicago was plundered.
This pandemic of civil violence is more widespread than anything seen during the Black Lives Matter movement of the Obama years, and it will likely have an even deadlier toll on law enforcement officers than the targeted assassinations we saw from 2014 onward. It’s worse this time because the country has absorbed another five years of academically inspired racial victimology. From Ta-Nehisi Coates to the New York Times’s 1619 project, the constant narrative about America’s endemic white supremacy and its deliberate destruction of the “black body” has been thoroughly injected into the political bloodstream.
Facts don’t matter to the academic victimology narrative. Far from destroying the black body, whites are the overwhelming target of interracial violence. Between 2012 and 2015, blacks committed 85.5 percent of all black-white interracial violent victimizations (excluding interracial homicide, which is also disproportionately black-on-white). That works out to 540,360 felonious assaults on whites. Whites committed 14.4 percent of all interracial violent victimization, or 91,470 felonious assaults on blacks. Blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population.
If white mobs were rampaging through black business districts, assaulting passersby and looting stores, we would have heard about it on the national news every night. But the black flash mob phenomenon is grudgingly covered, if at all, and only locally.
The national media have been insisting on the theme of the allegedly brutal Minneapolis police department. They said nothing as black-on-white robberies rose in downtown Minneapolis late last year, along with savage assaults on passersby. Why are the Minneapolis police in black neighborhoods? Because that’s where violent crime is happening, including shootings of two-year-olds and lethal beatings of 75-year-olds. Just as during the Obama years, the discussion of the allegedly oppressive police is being conducted in the complete absence of any recognition of street crime and the breakdown of the black family that drives it.
Once the violence began, any effort to “understand” it should have stopped, since that understanding is inevitably exculpatory. The looters are not grieving over the stomach-churning arrest and death of George Floyd; they are having the time of their lives. You don’t protest or mourn a victim by stealing oxycontin, electronics, jewelry, and sneakers.
Fittingly, the ideological handmaiden of this violence—academia—has already sprung into action. The chancellors and presidents of Harvard, the University of Arizona, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale, among others, released statements over the weekend assuring their black students of their schools’ commitment to racial equity, in light of the George Floyd death—an event wholly unrelated to the academic. No college leader denounced the violence.
UCLA’s chancellor Gene Block, as well as the school’s $400,000 a year Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a parade of deans, announced that the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the school’s legions of Equity Advisors would be coming up with new programs for “virtual reflection spaces” in which to “humbly acknowledge the pain.” The school’s Resources for Racial Trauma would be beefed up. The academic diversity bureaucracy has now been given a whole new excuse for existence and can be assured that it will escape the cost-cutting chopping block, even as universities beg the federal government for more coronavirus bailout money.
The great philosophers and poets of the West—from Aeschylus and Euripides, to Shakespeare, Hobbes, and the American Founders—understood the chaos and lust for power that lurk beneath civilization. Thanks to the magnificent infrastructure of the rule of law, we now take stability and social trust for granted. We assume that violence, once unleashed in the name of justice, can easily be put back in the bottle.
It was a signal accomplishment of both politics and science to banish humanity’s millennia-long fear of darkness. That city dwellers are now reexperiencing that fear with each fall of night is a measure of how rapidly we are losing our hard-won progress.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and the author of the bestseller The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.