Chicago PD Superintendent's Pivot From 'Hate Crime' to 'Gun Violence'
If Johnson was sincere, he would declare that leftist policies are the root of urban violence.
Now that the Chicago Police Department has, to its credit, solved the Smollett hate hoax, the comments from CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson beg closer scrutiny.
No doubt in Barack Obama’s hometown, there was a lot of pressure on Johnson to solve the “race hate-crime” case, but his attempt to pivot to “gun violence” was unacceptable, though consistent with the party line. After all, Johnson was fast-tracked by leftist Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be his superintendent, bypassing the three candidates selected by the Chicago Police Board.
In Johnson’s remarks, after the PD investigation shifted from one of hate-crime solving to hate-hoax-crime solving, he opened with this observation: “I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention because that’s who really deserves the amount of attention that we are giving to this particular incident.”
Those lives do deserve more attention, but suffice it to say that if Johnson was sincere about that pivot, he would admit that “gun violence” is actually a culture problem that is the direct result of generations of statist Democrat economic and social policies giving rise to the urban violence.
Regarding the hoax, Johnson said that the investigation shift “recognizes that [Smollett] took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.” Of course, most (not all) of the “pain and anger” in this era is the result of leftist political rhetoric to keep “people of color” beholden to the Democrat Party. Johnson may be so deep in that ruse that he actually believes it.
Johnson asked, “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?”
In the next breath he answered his own question: “This phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.” Smollett knew he could depend on the mainstream media and politicos to make his “attack” national news. But he badly overestimated his acting skills.
The sum total of the Left’s “weigh in” became part of the farce. Johnson said, correctly, “Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city.”
Johnson concluded, “I only hope that the truth about what happened receives the same amount of attention as the hoax did.” But it didn’t and won’t. None of the Leftmedia talkingheads were as breathless in their coverage of the hoax as they were of the original hate-crime report.
As for Smollett, political analyst Deroy Murdock offered this assessment, “Jussie Smollett deserves the immediate termination of his career and the entire nation’s permanent, unbridled revulsion for needlessly grinding rock salt and Tabasco sauce into America’s perpetually reopened racial wounds and ever-widening political divides.”
And predictably, in an effort to refocus the nation’s attention on the “epidemic of hate,” the most well-funded hate-hustling organization in the nation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, released its latest hate-group map.