Dr. Thomas Sowell’s review of Heather MacDonald’s latest book, The War on Cops, seems pertinent to our conversation on the situation with our police.
To anyone who isn’t familiar with Dr. Sowell’s work, he is an economist and political commentator, revered by conservatives and libertarians even if he is Chicago School and not Austrian, and is also, um, Negro. He has many videos on UT, including lots of interviews with Peter Robinson of Hoover’s “Uncommon Knowledge” series, with Brian Lamb of C-Span, even with William F. Buckley on “Firing Line” for PBS, back in the ’80s.
There was never a more appropriately named book than “The War on Cops” by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas.
Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It is occurring across the country. Who is to blame?
First, says Dr. Sowell, the race hustlers like Sharpton, the racist movements or institutions like “Black Lives Matter,” and the “genteel, upscale, and sophisticated race panderers,” including the present creature who “presides.”
Speaking of remarks by the latter, Dr. S. writes,
Are we fighting against racism today or do we just want to put it under new management?
The mainstream media play a large, and largely irresponsible, role in the creation and maintenance of a poisonous racial atmosphere that has claimed the lives of policemen around the country.
The media provide the publicity on which career race hustlers thrive. It is a symbiotic relationship, in which turmoil in the streets gives the media something exciting to attract viewers. In return, the media give those behind this turmoil millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity to spread their poison.
And now, he gives away the entire show. I do remember this, and I am delighted to see my memory confirmed for a change. My boldface:
The media have also actively promoted the anti-police propaganda by the way they present the news. This goes all the way back to the Rodney King riots of 1992. Television stations all across the country repeatedly played a selectively edited fraction of a videotape covering the encounter between the police and Rodney King, who had been stopped after a wild, high-speed chase.
The great majority of that video never saw the light of day on the TV networks that incessantly played the selectively edited fraction.
When the police were charged with excessive violence in overcoming Rodney King’s resistance to arrest, the jury saw the whole video — and refused to convict the policemen. That is when people who had seen only what the media showed them rioted after the jury verdict.
Mob rule is not democracy.
Consider one of the big talking points of politicians and others who claim that the harsher penalties for people selling crack cocaine than for people selling powder cocaine show racism, since crack cocaine is more likely to be used by blacks.
The cold fact, however, is that black political and community leaders, back in the 1980s, spearheaded the drive for more severe legal penalties against those who sold crack cocaine. Black Congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem was just one of those black leaders who urged these more severe penalties.
It is all well worth reading.