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Posted on 05/26/2021 4:23:37 AM PDT by Kaslin

resident Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met in the Oval Office Tuesday with the family of George Floyd, the man who died one year ago in the custody of Minneapolis police. The occasion is an opportunity to look at the enormous upheaval the reaction to Floyd's death has caused in the last year.

First, wall-to-wall media coverage of Floyd's death gave Americans a distorted picture of the extent of police violence. Unlike Floyd, most people who die in interactions with police are killed by gunfire. And fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians, black or white, are exceedingly rare. As the Manhattan Institute's Heather Mac Donald has pointed out, 14 unarmed black people and 25 unarmed white people were killed by police in 2019. That number, 14, represented two-tenths of one percent of black homicide victims in that year. It was also down significantly from previous years. And the toll of all those killed, of course, included a significant number of white victims as well as black.

Nevertheless, a national uproar over Floyd's death turbocharged the Black Lives Matter movement and the Defund the Police movement. Support for BLM skyrocketed after Floyd's death, and several city governments, including Minneapolis, took steps to defund their police departments. They did so even in the face of warnings that fewer officers and less active policing would inevitably lead to more crime.

And now those cities are suffering through a wave of increased violence. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta -- all have experienced huge increases in crime. The situation in Minneapolis is particularly dire. "Minneapolis homicides between Jan. 1 and last week were up 108% compared with the same period in 2020," writes Mac Donald. "Shootings were up 153%, and carjackings 222%. The crime increase began after Floyd's death and has never let up."

As anyone could have predicted, the reaction is here. "The surge [in crime] is prompting cities whose leaders embraced the values of the movement last year to reassess how far they are willing to go to reimagine public safety and divert money away from the police and toward social services," The New York Times reported recently. Instead of defunding the police, some cities are now talking about increasing funding for law enforcement. That's what a crime wave will do.

In addition, some on the left are worried that rising crime will hurt Democrats who were sympathetic to the movement. It might also give energy to law-and-order candidates who run for office on the basis of actually enforcing the law rather than diverting police money to other purposes like housing and health care. "Fear of violence undermines liberal politics," the leftist Times columnist Ezra Klein tweeted last week. "Strongmen politicians win, punitive responses like mass incarceration and warrior policing rise."

So Biden and Harris welcomed the Floyd family to the White House amid an uncertain atmosphere. There was a political purpose to the event; the president wants to build support for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Capitol Hill. Biden had wanted the bill passed by now, but it is still hung up in Congress.

Finally, there is the image of George Floyd himself. As the name of the bill suggests, and as the White House visit suggests, a year of activism, protest and upheaval has lent a certain martyr's status to the Floyd name. "The martyrdom of George Floyd gave the American experience a moment of national anguish as we grieve for the black Americans killed by police brutality," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference on June 8, 2020. Later that day, on MSNBC, Pelosi said, "Isn't it a beautiful sight to behold? The martyrdom -- the martyrdom of George Floyd has evoked such a response of peaceful demonstrators calling for the change that they know our country needs as we go forward." Also on June 8, Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and other top Democrats held an event at which they knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in Floyd's memory.

But it is important to remember that the issue here is how police treat people who are criminals or who are suspected of committing crimes. Suspects in custody have the right to be treated decently and in accordance with the law, which is why former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the Floyd case. But no one would want to emulate George Floyd. He had a record of nine arrests, almost all of them for drugs and theft, and served stints in jail before being sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. On the day of his death, he was high on fentanyl, hanging out with a known drug dealer and allegedly engaged in petty crime at a convenience store. Then he resisted arrest.

What is important in the Floyd matter is to focus on the issue of police handling of cases like Floyd's -- on the lawful treatment of suspects -- and not on George Floyd himself. It is not about creating a martyr. It is not about defunding the police. Dwelling on that has contributed to what is now an ongoing disaster of increased crime in the United States.

This content originally appeared on the Washington Examiner at

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: blm; georgefloyd; joebiden

1 posted on 05/26/2021 4:23:37 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, George has been straight for a year...

2 posted on 05/26/2021 4:30:48 AM PDT by polymuser (A socialist is a communist without the power to take everything from their citizens...yet.d)
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To: Kaslin

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

Dear profs X, Y, Z

I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. I am worried that writing this email publicly might lead to me losing my job, and likely all future jobs in my field.

In your recent departmental emails you mentioned our pledge to diversity, but I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them.

In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or ‘Uncle Toms’. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.

The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.

A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.

Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries.

And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department’s apparent desire to shoulder the ‘white man’s burden’ and to promote a narrative of white guilt.

If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it’s fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. “Those are racist dogwhistles”. “The model minority myth is white supremacist”. “Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime”, ad nauseam.

These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.

Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM’s problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.

I personally don’t dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.

The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.

No discussion is permitted for nonblack victims of black violence, who proportionally outnumber black victims of nonblack violence. This is especially bitter in the Bay Area, where Asian victimization by black assailants has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that the SF police chief has advised Asians to stop hanging good-luck charms on their doors, as this attracts the attention of (overwhelmingly black) home invaders. Home invaders like George Floyd. For this actual, lived, physically experienced reality of violence in the USA, there are no marches, no tearful emails from departmental heads, no support from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. For the History department, our silence is not a mere abrogation of our duty to shed light on the truth: it is a rejection of it.

The claim that black intraracial violence is the product of redlining, slavery, and other injustices is a largely historical claim. It is for historians, therefore, to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn’t led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively. Arab Americans have been viciously demonized since 9/11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. However, both groups outperform white Americans on nearly all SES indices - as do Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. It is for historians to point out and discuss these anomalies. However, no real discussion is possible in the current climate at our department. The explanation is provided to us, disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore additional ways in which the explanation is additionally correct. This is a mockery of the historical profession.

Most troublingly, our department appears to have been entirely captured by the interests of the Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic Party more broadly. To explain what I mean, consider what happens if you choose to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization UCB History has explicitly promoted in its recent mailers. All donations to the official BLM website are immediately redirected to ActBlue Charities, an organization primarily concerned with bankrolling election campaigns for Democrat candidates. Donating to BLM today is to indirectly donate to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. This is grotesque given the fact that the American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police-on-black violence are overwhelmingly Democrat-run. Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for over five decades; the ‘systemic racism’ there was built by successive Democrat administrations.

The patronizing and condescending attitudes of Democrat leaders towards the black community, exemplified by nearly every Biden statement on the black race, all but guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty, and the attendant grievance politics which are simultaneously annihilating American political discourse and black lives. And yet, donating to BLM is bankrolling the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who saw their cities devolve into violence. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there are virtually no avenues for dissent in academic circles. I refuse to serve the Party, and so should you.

The total alliance of major corporations involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning flag to us, and yet this damning evidence goes unnoticed, purposefully ignored, or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. Starbucks, an organisation using literal black slaves in its coffee plantation suppliers, is in favor of BLM. Sony, an organisation using cobalt mined by yet more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, is in favor of BLM. And so, apparently, are we. The absence of counter-narrative enables this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.

There also exists a large constituency of what can only be called ‘race hustlers’: hucksters of all colors who benefit from stoking the fires of racial conflict to secure administrative jobs, charity management positions, academic jobs and advancement, or personal political entrepreneurship.

Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. Their activities are corrosive, demolishing any hope at harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist.

MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he spoke on our campus today. We are training leaders who intend, explicitly, to destroy one of the only truly successful ethnically diverse societies in modern history. As the PRC, an ethnonationalist and aggressively racially chauvinist national polity with null immigration and no concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the US, I ask you: Is this wise? Are we really doing the right thing?

As a final point, our university and department has made multiple statements celebrating and eulogizing George Floyd. Floyd was a multiple felon who once held a pregnant black woman at gunpoint. He broke into her home with a gang of men and pointed a gun at her pregnant stomach. He terrorized the women in his community. He sired and abandoned multiple children, playing no part in their support or upbringing, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. He was a drug-addict and sometime drug-dealer, a swindler who preyed upon his honest and hard-working neighbors.

And yet, the regents of UC and the historians of the UCB History department are celebrating this violent criminal, elevating his name to virtual sainthood. A man who hurt women. A man who hurt black women. With the full collaboration of the UCB history department, corporate America, most mainstream media outlets, and some of the wealthiest and most privileged opinion-shaping elites of the USA, he has become a culture hero, buried in a golden casket, his (recognized) family showered with gifts and praise. Americans are being socially pressured into kneeling for this violent, abusive misogynist. A generation of black men are being coerced into identifying with George Floyd, the absolute worst specimen of our race and species.

I’m ashamed of my department. I would say that I’m ashamed of both of you, but perhaps you agree with me, and are simply afraid, as I am, of the backlash of speaking the truth. It’s hard to know what kneeling means, when you have to kneel to keep your job.

It shouldn’t affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. My family have been personally victimized by men like Floyd. We are aware of the condescending depredations of the Democrat party against our race. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements to get ahead in life, is richly familiar to us. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to deal with open fascists, who at least would be straightforward in calling me a subhuman, and who are unlikely to share my race.

The ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations and the permanent claim that the solutions to the plight of my people rest exclusively on the goodwill of whites rather than on our own hard work is psychologically devastating. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. A whole generation of black children are being taught that only by begging and weeping and screaming will they get handouts from guilt-ridden whites.

No message will more surely devastate their futures, especially if whites run out of guilt, or indeed if America runs out of whites. If this had been done to Japanese Americans, or Jewish Americans, or Chinese Americans, then Chinatown and Japantown would surely be no different to the roughest parts of Baltimore and East St. Louis today. The History department of UCB is now an integral institutional promulgator of a destructive and denigrating fallacy about the black race.

I hope you appreciate the frustration behind this message. I do not support BLM. I do not support the Democrat grievance agenda and the Party’s uncontested capture of our department. I do not support the Party co-opting my race, as Biden recently did in his disturbing interview, claiming that voting Democrat and being black are isomorphic. I condemn the manner of George Floyd’s death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end.

I also want to protect the practice of history. Cleo is no grovelling handmaiden to politicians and corporations. Like us, she is free.



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3 posted on 05/26/2021 4:34:21 AM PDT by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism: )
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To: Kaslin

May the drug addled veranda opice rot in hell.

Have me several George “His Blackness” targets. They are a hoot to shoot

4 posted on 05/26/2021 4:34:58 AM PDT by eartick (Stupidity is expecting the government that broke itself to go out and fix itself. Texan for TEXIT)
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To: Kaslin

1. Mob rule.

2. Convicted by corrupt jury.

3. Committed suicide, drug overdose was cause of death.

4. Criminals run our country, via STOLEN Election

5 posted on 05/26/2021 4:42:18 AM PDT by stockpirate (Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God., Where Justice Ends Tyranny Begins)
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To: polymuser

“Straight for a year”
...big time LOL!!

6 posted on 05/26/2021 4:43:49 AM PDT by albie
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To: Kaslin

BAD CCP fentanyl made him crazy? It’s killed a lot of peeps.

7 posted on 05/26/2021 4:52:29 AM PDT by PGalt (Past Peak Civilization?)
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To: Kaslin

After all the bullshite I have read about the Joe & Ho meeting with the family of the martyred Saint George of the Ghetto,
my biggest surprise is, Biden did not posthumous award Floyd the Medal of Freedom.

8 posted on 05/26/2021 5:07:51 AM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Tired, Cranky and Disgusted)
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To: Kaslin

George Floyd was and is an American enemy

By refusing to cease his serial criminality he forfeited his right to be a true American.

America should be glad he is dead and gone

9 posted on 05/26/2021 5:10:12 AM PDT by bert ( (KE. NP. N.C. +12) History: Pelosi was pitiful vindictive California crone)
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To: Kaslin
Byron York nearly always writes that worth reading. This isn't one of his best efforts. He missed points with all of his references to supply a summer's worth of columns. A couple jumped off the page.

How can anyone reference Nancy Pelosi without an introduction about how evil she is. The quick reference to Floyd's destructive life made this "martyr" look almost benign.

Then there is this: Suspects in custody have the right to be treated decently and in accordance with the law, which is why former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the Floyd case.

This case should never be used to note justice served. This was a nationally televised kangaroo court and a televised lynching. Chauvin might well have been convicted in a fair trial. We will never know.

10 posted on 05/26/2021 5:14:11 AM PDT by stevem
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To: stockpirate

“Criminals run our country, via STOLEN Election.”

DC and state houses are all dens of thieves.

Imagine all elected state and federal representatives having to answer questions from their constituents, every six months, while hooked up to a lie detector...

Government would downsize immediately and deeply.

11 posted on 05/26/2021 5:28:01 AM PDT by polymuser (A socialist is a communist without the power to take everything from their citizens...yet.d)
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To: Candor7

Amazing, thoughtful letter. How sad that its writer, a history professor, must lecture his/her own colleagues when it comes to the history of fascist/marxist thought control.

12 posted on 05/26/2021 5:39:00 AM PDT by MarDav
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To: Kaslin

Stop it with this George Floyd shit. I have had it up to my butt cheeks with this junky, perverted criminal POS.

13 posted on 05/26/2021 6:17:48 AM PDT by spincaster (i)
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To: Candor7

Thanks for posting the letter. It was an excellent description of the turmoil that exists on our campuses and throughout our society. It is sad the author felt the only way to articulate the issues was anonymously. There was a time in the not to distant past when we all felt free to voice our views, whether or not they were mainstream our outside the box. Apparently, those days now are gone.

14 posted on 05/26/2021 7:01:23 AM PDT by JGPhila
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To: polymuser

We need to not allow elected office holders to have a foundation for money to pass to them from othrs.

15 posted on 05/26/2021 7:11:10 AM PDT by stockpirate (Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God., Where Justice Ends Tyranny Begins)
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To: Kaslin

Just a bunch of privileged millionaires kickin back in da White House

16 posted on 05/26/2021 7:23:09 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom Hi Dad)
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To: spincaster

Yet here you are

17 posted on 05/26/2021 7:24:20 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom Hi Dad)
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