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A Truth So Glaring Even Vox Can See It

Over at Vox, Matt Yglesias highlights a polling trend we first noted in October: Just as the Black Lives Matter movement hit its stride last year, the American public—whites and non-whites alike—became far more supportive of law enforcement, with the share of Americans who say they have “a great deal” of respect for police officers shooting up from 64 to 76 percent.

Over the past few years, Black Lives Matter activists have prompted an unprecedented level of media and political scrutiny on questions related to police misconduct. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign very openly sounded these themes — first to rally people of color to her standard in the primary campaign against Bernie Sanders, and then on an ongoing basis in her losing general election campaign — in a way that was strikingly different from her husband’s “tough on crime” politics.

Under the circumstances, many people may not be aware that 2016 was also a year in which Gallup found a huge surge in pro-police sentiment among the mass public. […]

Combine this with the apparent rise in the rate of murder and violent crime (albeit still to levels that are lower than what we saw five or ten years ago) and it’s relatively easy to see why Donald Trump thinks emphasizing his disposition to support law enforcement officers is smart politics.

It’s worth considering the possibility that the BLM movement and the publicity it received just might have played a decisive role in tipping the 2016 presidential election to the law and order candidate—that, as Glenn Reynolds puts it, “this is how you get more Trump.”

That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a policing problem in this country or that we don’t need to be constantly rethinking the way our social institutions (including the judicial and the educational systems) address the needs and problems of African Americans, especially though not only young men. But it does mean that today’s would-be Civil Rights heroes need to think a bit harder about how to build majority support for changes that would help. Martin Luther King was sometimes an angry man, and with just cause, but we owe his lasting impact on American life to his wisdom rather than to his rage.

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  • jeburke

    Answer: it certainly might have done so. Of course, with such a razor-thin Trump win, one can point to a dozen factors that might have proven decisive. But the spectacle of violent protests in Ferguson over a shooting that turned out to be justified, those protests going on the road, killers apparently angered by these events ambushing and murdering police officers in two major cities, and above all, the spectacle of Hillary Clinton and every other prominent Democrat tying themselves in knots to avoid saying, “All lives matter,” was enough for a lot of white voters to turn to Trump. My fellow Democrats need to take stock.

    • ronetc

      Yes, “with such a razor-thin Trump win, one can point to a dozen factors that might have proven decisive.” My vote is split between BLM and the totally-unnecessary transgender bathroom nonsense. Liberals used to whine about conservatives wanting to decide what goes on in private bedrooms; then liberals wanted to mandate what went on in public bathrooms. I believe lots of folks just decided that not only is enough enough . . . enough is too much.

      • jeburke

        TG stuff is pretty self-destructive, too. A tiny number of people have been trying to change genders at least since Christine Jorgensen became the first American to undergo sex change surgery in 1951. I wish them well, but how the supposed needs of this group suddenly became an urgent national priority is a mystery to me. But I don’t think it drove many votes.

        • Disappeared4x

          LGBT donors and voters are a core Dem ‘Identity Group’, exchanging votes for support of their ideology. The ‘T’ in LGBT is why bathroom access became, not just “an urgent national priority”, but, as then-AG Lynch said (paraphrasing), ‘the great civil rights issue of our time’. THAT should have turned off black voters, so maybe that is why BLM bussed themselves into NC.

          Transgender bathroom access certainly drove enough votes in NC, in the gubernatorial contest. HB2 was the state legislature’s response to the Charlotte ordinance. Mayor Jennifer Roberts thus ‘created an issue’ to drive voter turnout, of progressives who want to express their inclusiveness.

          When that failed to work as planned – based on tight polls, BLM ‘created’ the Charlotte protests-turned riots in September, 2016. That backfired, perhaps because then Gov McCrory, and enough local media, made certain voters knew that 70% of those arrested in Charlotte during the riot phase were from out-of-state.

          Similar to Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster on SB5 in Texas.

    • Andrew Allison

      Razor thin? He beat Kennedy, Carter, Nixon and GWB in Electoral College votes and excluding CA comfortably won the popular vote. Is the significance of the fact that 4.3 million of Clinton’s 2.8 million popular vote plurality came from CA really so hard to grasp? I agree that the BLM fraud and its results probably turned a lot of voters to Trump, but suspect that it was the truly deplorable candidate which was the decisive factor. I, like others who follow this blog, held my nose and voted for ABC (anybody but Clinton). The Democratic Party is in deep trouble, and shows no sign (Shumer? Pelosi? Ellison???) that it understands why. The Republican establishment is equally out of touch.

      • jeburke

        Oh please, stop making yourself look so dense or stupid. Trump won the EC by virtue of fewer than 100,000 votes out of 130 million cast. It’s not even razor thin. It’s practically invisible. Yeah, if you exclude the union’s biggest state, with 39 million people, as many as 15 states Trump won, then it was “comfortable.” Likewise if you exclude the whole northeast. Take that BS elsewhere. This is a serious blog.

        • Anthony

          The blog is not as serious as when you started jeburke. But razor thin is absolutely correct – 79,000 vote margin of 0.7%, 0.3%, and 0.3% in Pennslyvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin respectively – and as a Patrick Moynihan Democrat you recognize razor thin margins when you see them. Still as you indicate above, the Democratic party must reflect (despite constitutional weighing of electoral college in favor of “small states”). By the way, Trump won Florida by 1.2%.

          • Psalms564

            Trump won the EC decisively. You can keep consoling yourself with meaningless numbers and wish upon a star.

          • Anthony

            You’re wrong but understandable as you’re new to country. But limits remain!

          • Psalms564

            Now you are just spewing nonsense and insulting me to boot. What am I wrong about? Please be specific. You don’t think Trump’s margin of victory was decisive. Seemed pretty decisive.
            I’ve been in this country since 1991, you littlecunt. During the time here i managed to get degrees from some of the best universities in the world and am in an income bracket that King Hussein considered “rich”. So take your pretentious BS and shove it up your anus. As somebody who had to fight for everything he got, I understand more than you can possibly imagine.
            As a side note, other than ad hominems your message is utterly devoid of meaning. No wonder you found a piece of human excrement like Dan Greene good company.

          • Anthony

            Yeah, O.K. but if you’re really interested in your EC contention the historical % comparison is available (but do you own work, unlike Dan Greene I avoid wasting online time). Shalom.

          • Psalms564

            AA listed the Presidents Trump beat. So the work has already been done.
            But what do I know? I’m just a dumb foreigner. Let me go to my “English for Dummies” books.

          • Anthony

            Again, you’re wrong but as Pait suggested elsewhere you have some need to win an internet argument, whatever that is. Nevertheless, JR, (as we’ve traveled this ridiculous path before – two years ago) I don’t recycle a mirroring interlocutor. So as Pait says, it’s best to have the…have the last word. Be at it (and Shalom).

          • Psalms564

            What am i wrong about? you keep on repeating something without ever giving an example. I’m sorry but I judged way too many high school debates to fall for that trick. You never have anything to offer. The fact that you think I give afuck about your opinion is precious.

          • texasjimbo

            Well, at least you’re trying to make a substantive argument (which is progress for you). But your math is pretty messed up. Trump won Penn. by 1.1% and (not .7%) and won Wis. by 1.0% (not .3%). http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president. And your comments are still over written (like you’re trying to impress some one with style rather than substance, and trying to hide the lack of a real substantive argument. It comes across as mostly nonsense, and I suspect it isn’t original. But congrats on the improvement.

          • Anthony

            You’re incorrect and find some right-wing folks to share alternative facts with; jeburke is partially right this still is a site inclined to serious commentary.

          • texasjimbo

            “…this still is a site inclined to serious commentary” Heh. An assertion impossible to reconcile with the fact that you and friendly goat are responsible for such a high percentage of the comments.
            “You’re incorrect” That non grammatical line that begins with “http” is called a link. If you click on it you’ll land on the Politico site (a lefty site). That is where the numbers I used come from So if your numbers are right, then you need to let them know. Since you didn’t provide a link or even name a source, the reasonable assumption is that you’re wrong and that “aforementioned percentages came to me” must be a metaphysical reference. Using the “alternative facts” meme to try to refute facts you can’t actually refute is just more evidence that you’re not especially bright.

          • Anthony

            Firstly, this in 48hrs. old but one last round (as I told you a month ago to take your inanities elsewhere) because you’re representative of dogmatism’s ill societal effect if left unexposed, I’ll share what has been shared with me:

            “A complex society can only permit its members to live in comparative freedom if those members voluntarily adhere to certain standards of behavior. One of the core requirements is that important political issues are discussed with a commitment to using evidence and rational argument as the means to narrow disagreement. Among other things, this means refraining from deliberate lies.

            American right-wingers have abandoned that commitment. There is no longer any basis for addressing political issues with the right, it is either their way or the highway. They support their agenda with a deliberate array of fairytales, false statistics and brazen lies. The outcome will inevitably be increasing social dysfunction….”

            If you need the last word…have at it with God’s Blessings because two rounds for you is quite generous (by the way, latest fact: Electoral College margin is 77,000 votes – 2-12-17).

          • texasjimbo

            First I wasn’t aware you ran this site and could ban people; if you can, feel free to do so.
            Second, telling me to go some where else is *not* evidence that you are interested in evidence based discussion; to the contrary, it strongly suggest you are not interested in such discussion.
            Thirdly, of the two of us, I’m the one that has actually presented verifiable evidence; you have not done so (more evidence that you aren’t interested in in evidence based discussion).
            Fourthly, what does how long ago this article have to do with evidence based discussion?
            Lastly, are you on drug,? Or are you really just that big an idiot.

          • Anthony

            Disappear!

        • Psalms564

          nobody is disputing that coastal CA is very liberal. The county map shows a lot of Red CA further inland in a state that was never seriously contested and where top two Senate candidates were Democrats. But then again so what? I’m sorry, but not everyone can afford to live a Palo Alto lifestyle.
          Democrats are a very geographically concentrated party, and our system penalizes them for it.
          I also noticed you haven’t answered any of AA’s points about the state of both Democratic and Republican grandees.
          Trump won in a campaign where he was outspent 3:1. See, our democratic system cannot be bought. Let’s rejoice in that.

          • FriendlyGoat

            The people who voted against the Palo Alto lifestyle also thought they were voting against Manhattan traders.

          • Psalms564

            I’m getting a POOL!!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

          • FriendlyGoat

            Yep.

          • Anthony

            A reflection I have, given the feigned contention within last several hours, that I share with no purpose beyond clarity of thought:

            The wonders of capitalism and its ostensible opportunities ( comparable advantages) to the foreign eye and appreciative immigrant who thereto material success has been acquired: he was nothing and he knows this; the system made him into something, perhaps a college graduate, a security trader, a property owner, a pundit, etc.

            To that end, here is ground for true belief and anyone who contests said dream is a (fill in the blank). For those who wonder at the emotional fervor of the system adherent, the explanation is as simple as it is vulgar: would not almost anyone except the rarely cultivated man be inclined to see vast merit in a system that showers down upon him personally material rewards. Would he not feel strongly impelled when the occasion presented itself to draw upon whatever diction he commanded to defend and cheer both system and his ostensible success in it. I’m just taking an opportunity to put in words via keyboard incomplete perceptions as you provided option – utilizing your advice

          • FriendlyGoat

            I don’t know. I “grew up” as a young adult straight out of college with two company-founder-owner bosses about 60 years old when I met them. They were in a high-tax environment, they didn’t rail against it as alleged theft, they claimed their employees “built the business” and they were by-the-book doers of “right” with customers and with employees. This was the 1970’s. It formed my view of how capitalism is supposed to work and how taxation keeps it under control. It is not the worldview of JR.

          • Anthony

            It’s not that so few know why; there’s a generation (maybe two now) who consciously or unconsciously are economically indifferent (personally referencing). More importantly, my reflection attempted to compare U.S. capitalism as seen perhaps by outside eyes and so measured if deemed materially life changing individually. But it would be a mistake to believe the attitudes of the industrialist you mention carry much weight in America circa 2017. Overall, you mentioned utilizing keyboard before you are clear what it is you want to write (as an aide to thoughts) and the above is all that is -trying to give sense to nonsense, maybe.

          • seattleoutcast

            Where were you when Wall Street was making millions from Obama?

            Yep, crickets were chirping. Please be consistent.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Making millions during Obama and making millions from Obama are two different things. Goldman Sachs stock has not been going straight up since the election because they are planning to feather your nest or mine.

        • FriendlyGoat

          You are correct and the thing to remember is that evangelicals who are said to be 26% of all voters went 81% for Trump. This means that in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania alone, where a total of over 12,000,000 votes were cast, the people who called themselves born again provided total Trump voted which were more than 25 times the margin by which Trump won those states and hence the EC. If the evangelicals had voted 50/50, Trump would not have won those states, probably would not have won some others as well and absolutely would not be president.

          Maybe the evangelicals were mad at BLM, maybe they were mad at bathroom politics, maybe they were mad at gay marriage, maybe they admire Donald’s hair, jet, Tweets, wives or golf game. It does not matter what motivated them. The only thing that matters is who they are, what they did, how badly they hurt the whole lower end of our society and for how long.

          • Psalms564

            Church went against your political beliefs, and you are ready to tear it to the ground. You want to punish those who are wicked. Look at how much hatred and vitriol you spew. Maybe they just wanted to tell little twits like to STFU. Did it ever occur to you that other people may consider you to be wrong? And here we go AGAIN to the urine and feces smelling bum on a NYC subway ranting. I’m sorry, but the glove fits. 🙂

          • FriendlyGoat

            Don’t forget that a strong majority of the USA citizens in your own religion—–measurable by their votes—–don’t agree with your politics and would not have given you the results you now arrogantly celebrate. If you want to gripe at someone, please take your subway analogies to your own folks for their edification. They supplied far more Dem votes than I did and they would probably enjoy having that STFU conversation with you.

          • Psalms564

            People who consider themselves Jewish and go to synagogue on a regular basis voted overwhelmingly for Trump. In every generation, we lose many to assimilation. Tragic, but has been going on for the past 5000+ years. So members of my religion agree with me. And don’t worry, I’ve had defended my views against very hostile crowds. I’m not afraid of anyone’s judgement.
            But I like your hatred of those who disagree with your politics. You wish to punish them. You hate them. I find your hatred to be illuminating.

          • Pait

            Your 1st statement is patently false, I should say for the benefit of those who don’t pay much attention to how Jews vote.

            One could do worse than judge the trustworthiness of the rest of your comments by the fact that you knowingly make false statements.

          • Psalms564

            I merely pointed out that there’s a wide divide in a Jewish community over whom to support. It seems that those who are more observant tend to be MATERIALLY more conservative and likely to vote for Republicans than those who were less observant. In Brooklyn, Trump won sections with Russian Jews, Hasidic Jews, and Orthodox Jews. These tend to be more conservative and observant Jews. So what I said is actually true, albeit said with a certain amount of disdain for those who I don’t consider to be good Jews. In my defense, when Moses went on his vision quest, it was the majority of Jews who built the Golden Calf. Only a small minority was against the idea. Man, Moses was p!ssed off when he came back, that’s for sure. I’m comfortable being in the minority with the righteous. My world view wouldn’t have suddenly changed if Coughy McFallsalot was elected.
            People can trust my trustworthiness in any way they please. All opinions are my own. Feel free to ignore what I say, but then don’t be surprised when things like Trump happen outside the wall you built for yourself.

          • Pait

            Your are entitled to your opinions, but you are not entitled to coming out with your own fact – not if you want to maintain any credibility.

            Which is why I pointed out that your employ false statements in your arguments.

          • Pait

            On the separate point of how Jews vote: 1 – Jewish vote is not nearly unanimous; 2 – Jews voted against the incompetent and dishonest bigots who currently occupy the White House in a larger proportion than any other religious group; and 3 – That is largely explained by the fact that Jews have in average more education and interest in civic affairs than other groups.

            Each of the 3 facts reflects positively on American Jews. What the future reserves I do no know.

          • Psalms564

            So you like people who think like you? I kind of got that part. You are not much into diversity of thinking, are you? Rhetorical question. You are a left winger, of course you aren’t.
            “incompetent and dishonest bigots who currently occupy the White House ” Oh YES!!! That is the STUFF!!! That bitterness and just a hint of real hatred. So delicious. The fact that you still don’t realize why you are the reason Trump won just keeps me coming back for more.
            BTW, you are right about Jews having more education. Both me and my wife have advanced degrees in actual subject, not advanced Post-feminist pre-modernist gender studies. IT certainly helps when it comes to getting a pool. This is gonna be my thing for the next 6 months. Trump better cut my taxes, ’cause I got some stimulating the blue collar economy to do!!!!!!!!

          • Psalms564

            What I pointed out IS a fact. I always love it when non-Jews start lecturing me about Jewishness and Jewish facts. Nobody is arguing that the majority of American Jews voted for Trump. Just that the majority of PRACTICING Jews, a minority of the overall population, voted for Trump as a group. A majority of a minority is still a minority. Nobody is arguing the opposite.
            Like a typical Left-winger, you confuse the argument and start arguing against a strawman. If that somehow affects people’s perception of my trustworthiness is up to them. I don’t worry too much about things I can’t control.

          • Pait

            A possible explanation for your incorrect facts could be that you define Jewish practice in a manner to exclude people who don’t follow your preferred political ideology.

            I honestly don’t much care. In an internet discussion, personal statements are useless because they are unverifiable. I will simply state that you made several incorrect assumptions about me, and let the matter drop.

          • Psalms564

            They used times visiting a synagogue as their measuring stick. Once again, you are trying to make this about me, what it means to me, and not on the facts. Everything I said is factually true, it is just stated in a way that you don’t like. Facts don’t care about your feelings.

          • Pait

            No, everything you say is not true. For example, you made many statements about me which I know to be false. Now I know that, but of course it is not useful arguing with you about them.

            The fact that you make statements about a person whom you don’t know, if though you could figure out that they would know better, shows how little regard you have for truth.

          • Psalms564

            Well, thankfully you stopped falsely claiming that majority of religious Jews didn’t vote for Trump. That’s all I care about. That is the fact we argued about, that is the truth. Glad to see you finally came around to admitting that you lied about me not knowing facts about Jewish voting patterns. This is a subject of some interest to me, I dare say I know more about it than the average person.
            I have no idea who you are. All my statements about you are my best guesses. There is no way to verify, so saying something is either true or false is a waste of time.
            Looks like we came to a compromise. You agreed with my statement about how religious Jews voted, and I agree with your statement that all I said about you is pure conjecture on my part. Win-win!!!

          • Pait

            A search for Psalms 564 returns: “No results found. No valid results were found for your search.”

          • Psalms564

            Psalms 56:4
            http://biblehub.com/psalms/56-4.htm
            In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

          • FriendlyGoat

            I have sent you before to a credible reference which tells us that 24% of Jewish Americans voted for Donald Trump and 71% went for Hillary Clinton. Here it is again: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/220030

          • Anthony

            Something in line with your espoused concern: Do I still have a place in it.” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/conservative-christians-disagreement-trump/516132/

          • FriendlyGoat

            Wow. Thanks for that. As you may know, I have been opining off the cuff (to Jim_L and Tom here mostly) that the religious leaders such as some pastors and organizations like Focus on the Family are now completely captured by politics and many of the listeners to those ministries have no idea how much so. Well, these lower-level insiders are now explaining HOW MUCH so.

            The double-operating snares of religion capturing politics and then politics capturing religion are a big story (maybe THE big story) of our country right now. I think it already happened in Russia first and now perpetuates Putin. I think with a different religion it also happened in Iran in 1979 and created an “Islamic Republic” where a modern Persia should have been. I’m glad the Atlantic is now “on this” from the angle of “Do I still have a place?” I would call it, “Can I mess with conservative church and still be a real Christian?”.

          • Anthony

            Yes for some sectors of our society, your “double operating snares of religion capturing politics and then politics capturing religion are a story” is descriptive (and quite a phrase turn as well as insightful, if I may say so). Implicitly, you also raise a consideration (similarity between religious right and Mullahs, Islamic fundamentalists, etc.) that I have been thinking about but have been unclear (in my mind) regarding comparison because I’m yet sifting through concept. FG, as a compassionate and committed insider, keep making us aware of the tension “can I mess…and still be a real Christian” generates. The latter, in my opinion, a profound question in these tremulous times. Finally, you’re welcome.

          • FriendlyGoat

            “Double operating snares” is a phrase I had never even thought of in those words until it suddenly leapt from fingertips to screen. Seriously, writing is how we know what we think. You are welcome to do your own “sifting through” with the keyboard to me at all times and on all subjects.

          • Anthony

            Thank you very much and see he immediate results of your method!

          • Psalms564

            So Leftwing is actually the one who is being persecuted. Um, do you watch the news? Honest question. It doesn’t seem like you do.

          • SDN

            Actually, they simply saw Trump as at least willing to have the government leave them alone. They knew that a Hildebeeste Administration never would,

        • Disappeared4x

          Mr. Trump would have run a very different campaign if the presidency of the United States of America required winning the National Popular Vote.

          Senator Hoyer, D, MD seems to have been assigned the role of denouncing the Electoral College as part of the post-election campaign to delegitimize POTUS Trump, and to destroy the U.S. Constitution that every member of Congress has sworn to “support and defend”.
          https://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Oath_vrd.htm
          http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/memberfaq.aspx

      • Pait

        Why stop with California? Exclude NY, Massachusetts, NJ, Illinois, Washington as well. If you exclude all people who voted against him, the so-called president won with 100% of the vote – a win as huge as those of his dearly beloved Putin-for-life, or of Saddam Hussein.

        All that’s missing is Baghdad Bob as press secretary.

        • Psalms564

          I like my liberal tears with that bitterness aftertaste. You would think I would get tired of liberal tears; at least I thought so. But turns out, I like it more than I thought i would. Oh MAN, keep the “so-called” coming. That shlt is TASTY!!!!!
          Democrats are penalized for self-gerrymandering. Sorry cupcake. Call for a Constitutional Amendment or go the #Calexit route. See if anyone gives afuck…

          • Pait

            If you want to see who gives it, just look at the broomstick coming in and out from inside your behinds.

          • Psalms564

            Ummm, my 401K and net worth are at all times high as of Friday’s close, and I’m about to get my taxes cut. What broomstick do you think I’m getting screwed with? Be specific. What is this BIG REVEAL that I’m not aware of? I’m listening….

          • Psalms564

            Still waiting for your response to my question. Let me re-post.
            Like a typical Leftwinger, when forced to back up your hate-filled statements with facts, you disappear. How typical.
            “Ummm, my 401K and net worth are at all times high as of Friday’s close, and I’m about to get my taxes cut. What broomstick do you think I’m getting screwed with? Be specific. What is this BIG REVEAL that I’m not aware of? I’m listening….”

          • Pait

            I suggest you seat down while you wait.

          • Psalms564

            Oh I was just messing with you. You are a Leftwinger, I expect you to lie and then disappear. I just really enjoy calling people like you on their lies. I find it enjoyable.
            So in the past few days we have established that you lied about voting patterns within Jewish community and you lied about how bad Trump is. I’m personally very excited what you will lie about next. You know what, I’m not going to guess. Surprise me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Andrew Allison

          My point was, and is, that absent the state the leaders of which announced (correctly) after the election that the rest of the country doesn’t share its values, Trump has a comfortable plurality. I guess it’s harder to grasp the implications than I thought. The rest of the county is even more enthusiastic about Calexit than California.

    • Disappeared4x

      Your ‘fellow Democrats’ obviously do not care about losing so many of us who once were registered D. They just spent the past eight years labeling us as racist for criticizing anything about Obama44’s policies, and flinging all the other labels in that very durable basket of deplorables when we failed to become zombieDems.

      I did not believe it was possible for the O’dems to do anything worse to drive away ever more voters.
      I was wrong: the post-election ‘resistance’, the delegitimization, the absolutely bizarre behavior of the remaining Senate dems?
      It sure looks like they want to destroy the U.S. Constitution, and murder everyone they can not brainwash into conformity.

      THIS is the new and totally Terror-fying democratic Party.

      They are the real threat to America: sick parrots repeating the charge du jour, ready to lynch the truth.

      I did not think it biologically possible for zombies and vampires to live in the same body. Must be a new Identity Group.

      • John Schwartz

        I don’t think you’re racist for criticizing anything about Obama. I think you’re racist for criticizing everything about Obama.

        Post election resistant used to be called the Tea Party. Did you oppose that as well?

        “Delegitimization?” Trump spent years claiming Obama wasn’t born in America. And before you repeat that tired lie that Hillary said it first, no she didn’t. Her campaign team considered it, and rejected it. Trump started it after the election in a cynical attempt to attack the legitimacy of a sitting president who won not only the EC but the popular vote as well.

        Bizarre behavior of Senate dems? Like giving speeches? What do you object to about free speech?

        A “real threat to America?” “Lynch the truth?” Give me a break. Trump supporters are a bunch of pants-shitting cowards, who obviously see a lot to admire in a draft-dodger. Democrats are not a threat to America; they are an opposition party. Do you honestly believe Spicer when he claims that the 2017 inauguration was the biggest crowd ever? This administration started lying and hasn’t stopped for one second.

    • Disappeared4x

      Apologies, JEBurke. Did not mean to lash out at you. Have been mentally writing my last letter to Schumer …

  • Andrew Allison

    Actually, we need to be constantly rethinking the way our social institutions (including the judicial and the educational systems) address the needs and problems of ALL Americans, especially though not only young men.

  • Beauceron

    I don’t know.

    The BLM phenomenon has been incredibly disheartening for me. How such a poorly framed, easily refutable argument– that young black males are being hunted down by racist police, or that they’re even disproportionately killed by the police relative to their involvement in violent crime– is a frightening example of the cultural power of the Left. The Left does not need to be right. They do not need to be fair. They do not need to have the interests of the country at heart. All they have to do is be aggressive or violent and accuse all opponents of racism and they will get traction from a large proportion of people– many of them professional activists, many of them violent, and many of them associated with or actual teachers on our nation’s college campuses.

    I am not sure how much an effect that had on the Presidential election. I know it has been deeply detrimental to the comity of the people that make u0p this country.

    • Psalms564

      I think BLM shows the true face of the enemy and that is a good thing. BLM is a symptom, not the problem. It is giving “normals” information about itself, its views and methods. Use that information to empower yourself, not victimize yourself.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Video cameras are giving law enforcement help in policing not only civilians but themselves. This is creating improvements in law enforcement. There’s a new show “APB” that is demonstrating the use of body cams, drones, networking, tasers, etc… The instant replay is spreading beyond the sports field, and Justice is benefiting. Black Lives Matter is flying in the face of this improving Justice.

  • Abu Nudnik

    The real question is why did the media believe the two eyewitnesses who lied on the stand at the Wilson trial? Why did they fan the flames? Why do so few still not know that three autopsies showed no bullets in Mike Brown’s back and 11 of 13 eyewitnesses confirming Brown was not giving up but rushing at the officer, presumably to take his gun as he had in his cruiser. That fact was determined by forensic evidence inside the car.

  • Derek

    To the Democrat’s detriment, there are still a good number of people alive who remember what crime was like before the policing revolution that turned it around.

    No one likes dealing with the police anymore than they like dealing with a proctologist. But when things take a turn for the worst our attitudes change very quickly. And things did turn for the worst last year.

  • That’s a little thing called backlash. Like it?

  • paoburen

    BLM, like many leftist groups, tries to combine many different ideas into a single group. The problem here is that different groups and interests do not always align.

    For example:

    BLM talks about police brutality as a problem. Here I agree. There should be better ways to deal with police brutality. Body cameras are a way we can achieve more transparency. Other methods may be used. This is what should be discussed.

    BLM’s website also talks about things like the “western-prescribed nuclear family” as a negative. What? BLM wants to tie a socialist, anti-family and pro-collective idea into their group’s core message. This is disheartening for me as I believe the break-down of the family is horrible and has negative long-term consequences.

    A political group outside of the major party structure should find a single issue, stick to it, and find solutions. BLM unfortunately also pushes pet-causes that cause a person like me to not give support.

  • VRL DC

    That means that Blacks are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. BLM movement is focused on getting greater accountability for the behavior of police in Black areas. They are a movement that tries to assert their rights as Americans and address what they see as an unjust use of state power — they tried to act like Whites would if they were similarly situated. And that’s always the “rub” isn’t it. When Blacks stand up and assume equality of any sort, Whites become terrified, and in the face of some very compelling evidence of unjustified killings, the sympathy went to the people with the night sticks and guns, not the people bleeding out and getting choked to death. White America and their Black middle class allies asked for this kind of policing against Blacks and the Poor (Whites included). Call it what is — White Supremacy and Privilege! We elected a President who encouraged and presided over the beating of Black people at his rallies and we (including this magazine and NPR) pretended not connect the racist dots. We hate BLM because we fear and feel privileged to not have to acknowledge or consider any group of Black people that dare assert their humanity and equals with other Americans.

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