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Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 8, 2020

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The Left’s Insane New Cry: ‘Defund the Police’

Arnold Ahlert

“In war, truth is the first casualty.” —ancient Athenian playwright Aeschylus

The “progressive” Left is at war with America. And in the leftists’ never-ending quest for power by any means necessary, truth has indeed become the first casualty. Rather than presenting America with the facts, media, academia, Hollywood, virtue-signaling corporations, and cowardly Democrat politicians abide the destruction of their own cities, hundreds of businesses (many minority-owned), and the Rule of Law itself.

The “fundamental transformation of the United States” demands nothing less.

Are there bad cops? Undoubtedly. In a nation of 329 million people, there are bad apples in virtually every walk of life. And since 9/11, one could argue that police forces have become unnecessarily militarized.

Yet the notion that police forces are afflicted with institutional or systemic racism is a blatant lie. A nationwide study published last year assessed hundreds of police shootings since 2015. It revealed that 55% of all people fatally shot in America by the police are white, more than double the 27% of black and 19% of Hispanic individuals.

In 2019, police officers fatally shot 1,004 people. Most of them were armed and/or otherwise dangerous. Black Americans comprised approximately a quarter of that total (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015.

What about the fact that black Americans are only 13% of the population? Between 1980 and 2008, blacks committed 52% of the nation’s homicides. In 2018, the latest year of available data, black Americans still comprised 53% of the nation’s known homicide offenders and committed approximately 60% of the nation’s robberies. Given those numbers, blacks being confronted by cops is going to happen more often.

As for unarmed people shot by cops, a Washington Post database reveals police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. In 2018, again the last year of available data, there were 7,407 black homicide victims in the United States. Assuming a similar total last year, the nine unarmed men killed in police shootings would represent just 0.1% of black homicides.

In reality, those most likely to kill blacks are other blacks: According to 2018 FBI stats, black Americans are more than 11 times likelier to be murdered by members of their own race than whites or anyone else.

These facts are rarely disseminated because they would be utterly inimical to a revolutionary Left that senses its moment is at hand. A revolutionary Left that undergirds that revolution with absurd no-bail-release policies that have come to fruition in New York City, where those arrested for arson, grand larceny, resisting arrest, or vehicular assault were released back to the streets, often within hours. In Washington, DC, most arrested for felony rioting had those charges reduced before being freed. In St. Louis, all 36 individuals arrested for rioting, looting, and arson were released — with no charges at all.

Thus, many of these accused criminals now have the opportunity to pillage their respective cities — again.

Yet even that doesn’t satisfy the leftist mob. In what is arguably the most blatant attempt to destroy our constitutional republic, progressive politicians, celebrities, the ACLU, and the media now insist the only solution to nonexistent institutional police racism … is to defund police departments altogether.

We already know what fully funded but politically intimidated police forces do. After the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore, police stopped being proactive in minority neighborhoods. Homicide rates skyrocketed and police clearance rates — as in suspects being arrested, charged, or turned over to a court — plummeted. In short, people are literally getting away with murder. And just like most other Democrat-controlled cities, black Americans remain the most prevalent victims.

Yet if this policy prevails, what will ostensibly occupy the ensuing power vacuum? A “transformative new model of public safety,” according to Minneapolis City Council president Lisa Bender. Community-based initiatives “that can produce real safety and security without the violence and racism inherent in the criminal justice system,” states The Nation columnist Alex S. Vitale.

Really? Who will patrol the streets? Hawk Newsome, chairman of the Black Lives Matter New York chapter, announced his organization will launch an armed branch of “peace officers.” “We pattern ourselves after the Black Panthers, after the Nation of Islam, we believe that we need an arm to defend ourselves,” Newsome explained. “We will build and train peace officers to keep the peace in our communities, to defend our communities, to keep our communities safe.”

Will whites, Asians, Hispanics, and others create similar race- or ethnic-based organizations? How about the “LGBTQ” community? Will each entity declare what turf it controls and what criminal statutes are still, or no longer, enforceable? Who will investigate everything from murder and rape to arson and robbery, along with everything in between? If a black-owned business is torched by a black arsonist, who will be the alleged victim of “institutionalized racism”?

Such anarchic insanity is only possible in the tribal environment the American Left sees as its most viable path to unassailable power. Yet Americans might consider the uncomfortable reality that absent the police, the most viable and organized “enforcement” presence in most big cities is heavily armed street gangs.

Are Americans ready to emulate Mexico, where murderous drug cartels call the shots? “The truth is all these people — the elected and the mob — take comfort in knowing the police are there when they need them,” writes columnist Derek Hunter. “When something happens to them, even the most violent trust-fund ANTIFA mutant liberal will call for them.”

No one made that clearer than NBA player Chris Martin Palmer, who went from tweeting “Burn that s—t down. Burn in all down,” to “get these animals TF out of my neighborhood” when “protesters” massed in front of his home.

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket,” stated American philosopher Eric Hoffer. No other quote better describes the trajectory of the civil-rights movement from the days of Martin Luther King’s inspirational leadership to the rank hucksterism currently demonstrated by the likes of Al Sharpton and countless other divisive demagogues.

All of whom maximize racial discord for power and profit.

Such demagoguery has tragic consequences. In St. Louis, retired black police captain David Dorn, 77, was shot and killed by looters. His death was live-streamed on Facebook. In Oakland, California, black federal officer Patrick Underwood, 53, was murdered while attempting to keep the peace. Hundreds of other officers, of every ethnicity, have been injured, some quite seriously.

In other words, hundreds of police officers have risked their lives to protect the public — even when most know decisions made in split seconds will often be judged in leisure by agenda-driven hacks.

Will the phalanx of supposedly enlightened social workers, psychiatrists, and community organizers with whom progressives would replace police forces step into that breach?

Don’t bet on it. “We can now see, with perfect vision, what the Democrats want for us should they ever take power,” warns columnist Curtis Ellis. “What they call ‘new normal’ is an upside-down world.”

Post-apocalyptic is more like it.

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Defund the Police and Send the Feds the Bill?

Nate Jackson

It was almost inevitable that riots over “systemic racism” would yield calls to defund the police. From the placard-holding radicals marching through the streets to the most extreme leftist members of Congress to “progressive” mayors of big cities, the rallying cry is gaining steam. What’s worse, they want to send all American taxpayers the bill for their own malfeasance.

Calling for a “reduction of our NYPD budget,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist Millennial representing parts of the Bronx and Queens, demands to know, “If you’re an elected official… I’m asking you to ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that over-funded police departments are defunded?”

Fellow “Squad” member Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis shouted during a rally, “We need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department because … there’s a cancer.” She continued, “We don’t want your damn reforms. … What we want you to do is to cut the cancer so that it does not continue to spread throughout our bodies. The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed out of a protest for refusing to commit to “the full abolition of the Minneapolis Police Department.”

Apparently, the Minneapolis City Council agrees with Omar, not the mayor. A veto-proof majority of the council has pledged to disband the police department. Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender aims to “dismantl[e] policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe.”

Nor is Minneapolis alone. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti plans on solving his city’s “systemic racism” problem by slashing $150 million from LAPD’s budget “to redirect [that money] to black communities.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added that he’ll work to divert money from the police department toward other social services.

These cities — particularly Minneapolis — have already seen mass destruction caused by rioting, looting, and arson. Disbanding or defunding police departments will only exacerbate those problems.

What’s Mayor Frey’s solution? Send the feds the bill — a.k.a. the American taxpayer.

Early estimates peg damage to the city at $55 million, but it’s almost certainly far higher, and Mayor Frey and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz want aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though FEMA denied aid to Maryland after the Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

To aid in this charade, Walz and Frey have blamed “outsiders” for the damage. This wasn’t OUR fair residents, they insist, it was agitators from other states. Democrat Congresswoman Betty McCollum, whose district covers parts of the twin cities, says, “To be realistic, the odds of that happening are, at best, very difficult. [But] if it is demonstrated [that] outside provocateurs committed acts of destruction then there is a clear rationale for an emergency declaration by President Trump.”

Nevertheless, McCollum and Omar are working with Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith to secure federal funding for riots they allowed to happen in a city where they want to “dismantle” the police department. This is all while blue states around the country are busting their budgets and demanding a COVID bailout. We’re detecting a theme — Democrats run cities and states poorly. The rest of us shouldn’t have to pay the bill.

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NFL Embraces BLM and White Guilt

Thomas Gallatin

Over the weekend, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a public statement apologizing for previously “not listening” to the complaints of Black Lives Matter activists. Goodell condemned “racism and the systemic oppression of black people” and asserted that the league was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encouraging all to speak out and peacefully protest.” This is an obvious reference to the controversial anthem-kneeling antics begun in 2016 by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

At the time, Kaepernick’s offensive display, coupled with the league’s unwillingness to address it, produced a massive negative backlash from fans, as the league’s viewership dropped by 17%. Goodell sought to stop the bleeding by instituting new rules to dissuade anthem kneeling and arguing, “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem.” Aiming to placate the loud demands of “social justice” activists, before the 2019 season Goodell guided the NFL into a partnership with famed rapper and businessman Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, to help the league promote “social justice” initiatives, which included the league giving millions of dollars to various causes, among them police and community relations and criminal-justice reform.

At the time, Carter contended that “this partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America.” Now, following the deluge of protesting and rioting that has rocked the nation, Goodell is acting like he and the NFL have never “listened” to the complaints of players. Instead of standing up and defending the actions the league has taken, he took a knee to support BLM’s narrative of “systemic racism” and white guilt.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees fumbled under the blitz of criticism and hate from the “social justice” mob, apologizing profusely for daring to declare his commitment to standing for the flag. Likewise, it appears Goodell decided to run to the front of the line to genuflect and declare the NFL’s commitment to unquestioningly preach the dogma of BLM.

In a league where 70% of the players are black and those players are paid a salary that places them in the top 1% of wage earners in America, it is frankly incredible that this insidious “systemic racism” narrative even exists, much less is taken seriously. Of course, the race hustlers like to justify their dubious complaint by pointing out that only three of the 32 NFL teams currently have black head coaches. But, using the SJW’s equity logic, how can the league be truly “just” given that the ratio of players by their race doesn’t reflect that of society as a whole? In fact, the current racial ratio of head coaches is much closer to that of the national population. Two can play this stupid race-baiting game.

The greater question the league should be addressing is how it aims to survive this coming season with the COVID-19 pandemic likely preventing the mass gathering of fans at games (they aren’t protesters, after all; they’re fans). Instead, Goodell has elected to kneel for BLM’s “woke” anthem.

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Cotton Gins Up Cancel Culture

Douglas Andrews

A.G. Sulzberger: “James, our entire newsroom is revolting.”

James Bennet: “You can say that again.”

That’s not exactly how it went down, of course — but the thought must’ve crossed Bennet’s mind.

Yesterday, in the wake of the New York Times’s publication last week of an op-ed by Republican Senator Tom Cotton — an op-ed advocating a position supported by fully 58% of the American people — the Times cleaned its editorial house.

The housecleaning neatly captured the once-proud Gray Lady’s continued abasement at the feet of the cancel culture, and it resulted in three casualties: the aforementioned Editorial Page Editor James Bennet, who resigned; Deputy Editorial Page Editor James Dao, who was reassigned; and the Times’s dubious claim that it is “committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor,” which died of a thousandth cut.

The Times, for its part, bravely threw Bennet under the bus, claiming that this sin was just the latest of “several missteps” by the man who many felt was being groomed to one day lead its newsroom. “Senator Cotton’s Op-Ed,” said the Times, “prompted criticism on social media from many Times employees from different departments, an online protest that was led by African-American staff members.” This included tweets claiming that Cotton’s opinion “puts Black NYTimes staff in danger.” (Exactly what kind of exclusive danger our military poses to black Times staffers was never spelled out.)

Former Times reporter Alex Berenson fundamentally disagrees with Cotton’s opinion that the Insurrection Act of 1807 can be an effective tool for restoring order to our nation’s riot-stricken streets, but he nonetheless called yesterday “a terrible day for the New York Times.”

“At a time when social media giants like Facebook and powerful technology companies like Amazon are openly censoring views they do not like,” said Berenson, “the fact that the Times — and other newspapers too — have also backed away from free speech is troubling and dangerous. For democracy to flourish, we all need to be willing to hear each other. But if the most powerful platforms in American media are afraid to run voices that might make people uncomfortable, how can we?”

“This is a dark, dark day for the NYTimes,” tweeted former Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent, echoing Berenson’s sentiment. “I know no finer journalist than James Bennet.”

Let’s not get carried away about Bennet’s journalistic chops. This is the same journalist, after all, who allowed a grotesquely anti-Semitic cartoon into the Opinion pages of the Times’s international edition last year, and the same journalist who gave the thumbs up to an editorial that linked former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin to the shooting of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Moreover, Bennet is also the brother of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, the Democrat from Colorado, which is just one more example of the nepotistic network that infects the Media-Democrat Complex.

Yesterday may well have been a dark day for the Times, but it was an even darker day for American journalism. As such, it was also another incremental win for those in the cancel culture who fear free expression and loathe the marketplace of ideas.

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Leftists Want It Both Ways

Robin Smith

“What in the world is happening in this day?!” is an expected exasperation from average citizens protecting their health while recovering from loss of work and wages. It’s also a justifiable response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of a renegade law-enforcement officer. It’s time mutual respect was not just a talking point but a practice — from everyone.

Unfortunately, some Americans have hijacked civil expression by destroying public as well as private property belonging to neighbors already struggling to reopen post-COVID. Radicals and anarchists have always exploited the grievances of individuals to destroy civil society.

In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky, a leftist author in the ‘60s and '70s and a mentor of sorts for Democrat leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, taught that an incoming organizer must have a “reason acceptable to the people” to show up on the scene and lead the situation. Alinsky notes, “It’s not enough to persuade them of your competence, talents and courage. … They must also have faith in your courage to fight the oppressive establishment.” Wannabe radicals are taught the essence of community organizing and the mechanics of anarchists: Change the end goal, make terms relative, and never come to a point of resolution. Instead, just keep the chaos stirred by playing on fears, emotions, and anger. Alinsky describes “how to organize for power: how to get it and how to use it.” The basis for his formula is to divide the population into Haves, Have-Nots, Have-a-Littles, and Want-Mores, using personal politics to mobilize citizens.

For Alinsky and other leftists, these Have-Nots and Want-Mores are valuable only because they can be exploited to erode the institutions of a civil and decent society. There are Americans just trying to survive in difficult neighborhoods, fighting for their access to good schools and dealing with predators on their streets who will be deserted by the leftists after they are used for political gain.

The events of recent days have been orchestrated with the aid of the media to use the death of George Floyd and other blacks who have innocently died in police custody. Yes, there are too many minorities unnecessarily dying in the hands of police custody. No, racism is not dead. But the righteous disgust Americans displayed after the death of George Floyd has been commandeered by well-funded activists who play both roles of the situation — the virtuous protestor and the violent agitator — aptly employing key tactics of Alinsky.

“Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it” is the declared method to create an enemy of the Have-Nots and Want-Mores. In 2020, the selected target is law enforcement, but instead of writing off every cop as horrible and meeting every grievance with hatred and destruction, we must examine facts to solve the problems before us. The black community needs access to great schools and higher-education opportunities. Minorities need to continue embracing the value of an intact family providing the best for their children. They need good jobs that reflect dignity and self-reliance. They should own property and pass that property to their children. All families need these things.

Yes, there are horrible cops just as there are horrible people in every part of life. It’s why we have laws, licenses, standards, judges, penalties, and jails. But not every law-enforcement officer is Derek Chauvin, a reckless and brutal killer. Defunding police departments isn’t the answer. Violence and anger are never the answer. Exploiting the poor, the fatherless, and the widow are never the answer. Anarchy is never the answer.

Fellow Americans, we must do better.

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White Guilt: Exposing a Hypocritical Approach to Racism

Patrick Hampton

“They’re not protesting. They’re not making a statement. They’re stealing. When they burn down a building, they’re committing arson. … A handful of criminals and thugs tore up the place.”

In 2015, President Barack Obama said these words as he addressed the Baltimore riots upon the death of Freddie Gray.

But what’s hypocritical is how today’s riots are far more intense than anything America has seen in a couple of decades, yet these heinous acts affecting local businesses aren’t deserving of what truly was a sound and reasonable response from the Left.

Instead, the red carpet is being rolled out for looters and thieves, as people of all colors under the flags of #BLM and antifa take advantage of this massive wave of white guilt.

The mainstream media has officially mastered the art of bringing white liberals to their knees, all in an effort to vindicate one solitary act of violence against one single black man (who without question deserves justice). Meanwhile, they’ll never focus on the bigger picture, the other casualties of this brigade — the victims whose stories will never see the light of day or airtime on news platforms so long as this narrative lives.

So far, at least nine black people were killed in the rioting, but we don’t remember their names. But we thought this was about black lives.

Minority businesses burn to the ground, destroying economic opportunity as people’s life savings turn to ashes. But we thought we were fighting for black people who lacked opportunity by way of systemic racism?

Liberals and socialists feel so guilty that they haul away merchandise while wearing AirPods and Apple Watches. Taking a knee against injustice in the brand new sneakers they stole, these looters freely indulge in the plight of black America for their own gain, recording it all on brand new iPhones.

And in their arrogance, these rioters post their footage on social media, flaunting it as a sort of badge of honor to make their other white friends feel guilty. In intimidation, these types demand that all of their white friends kneel and speak out on behalf of black people, or else their silence equates to “violence.”

The truth of the matter? White guilt in 2020 has more to do with elitism than it does with actually helping black lives.

And now America is on its knees. Kneeling to look good on social media. Kneeling to protect businesses from getting firebombed. Kneeling to save white lives, families, and communities from being destroyed. Local police and even the National Guard are kneeling to hopefully stop the rioting so that some semblance of society will remain. We are kneeling in fear, giving control to something sinister that we do not understand.

I only ask that you kneel to our Almighty God.

Only He knows the truth within each person’s heart. He knows every racist there is. If you want to know if you are one, turn only to Him for the answer.

To all American Patriots who identify as white — do not fall for this charade. Stand up, but not just for yourself. Stand for Americans of all skin colors who, likewise, are fed up with destruction and chaos. And when you do stand, keep your feet on the ground, never again to be swayed by the next divisive mainstream media tactic aimed at bringing White America — no, all of America — down.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • According to The Washington Free Beacon, “The New York Times announced on Sunday the resignation of editorial page editor James Bennet in the wake of staff uproar over the paper’s publication of an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) calling for the use of military force against rioters.” Furthermore, “The Times also announced the reassignment of Bennet’s deputy, James Dao, to its newsroom from the editorial side. Dao on Saturday claimed responsibility for the publication of the op-ed.” So not only did the Times ridiculously apologize for publishing Senator Cotton’s op-ed — which the Times solicited, by the way — but the rag’s supposed miscreants are being penalized for it. This is the definition of dumb and dumber.

  • National Review writes, “Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey will seek state and federal aid to rebuild city structures following over a week of looting and rioting, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday. Some 220 buildings have been damaged and require at least $55 million in repairs.” Similar to how all whites are being unfairly blamed for perpetrating racism, Minneapolis unfairly wants every taxpayer across the nation to foot the bill for lawlessness.

Government & Politics

  • Joe Biden formally wins Democratic nomination to take on Trump (BBC)

  • Birds of a feather flock together: Anti-Trump deep-stater Lisa Page debuts as legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News (The Washington Times)

  • Searching Twitter for “racist” shows you President Donald Trump’s account (CNET)

  • Appeals court mulls making Hillary Clinton testify on emails (Politico)

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham says that he plans on calling former FBI Director James Comey and former deputy director Andrew McCabe to testify before his Senate Judiciary Committee (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Man charged with murder of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was killed during pawnshop looting (Washington Examiner)

  • Minneapolis bans police chokeholds (New York Post)

  • Majority of Minneapolis City Council signs pledge to disband police department (Washington Examiner)

  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey rejects city council’s push to defund police, despite veto-proof majority (Fox News)

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces NYPD funding cuts and reforms (Washington Examiner)

  • Michigan Supreme Court throws out shutdown orders against barber Karl Manke (Detroit Free Press)

  • Infamous hate-crime hoaxer Al Sharpton to host August race rally in DC (Hot Air)

  • NFL apologizes for “not listening” to players about racism (ABC News)

  • Syracuse University invented evidence to find fraternity guilty of racial slur after investigation cleared them (The College Fix)

  • “We’re not doing guns”: Elmer Fudd stripped of rifle in Looney Tunes reboot (Washington Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Study claims shutdowns prevented 60 million infections in the U.S. (The Washington Post)

  • Coronavirus cases on the rise in California, several other states (Fox News)

  • New Zealand lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls after declaring on Monday it was free of the coronavirus, one of the first countries in the world to return to pre-pandemic normality (Reuters)

  • Sweden’s prime minister rebuked as COVID deaths ignite political anger (Bloomberg)

National Security

  • Trump directs Pentagon to pull 9,500 US troops from Germany by September (Fox News)

  • Marine Corps bans Confederate battle flag: Display of banner “presents a threat to our core values, unit cohesion, security, and good order and discipline” (The Washington Times)

Other Notables

  • New York City begins reopening (NPR)

  • Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in Louisiana after churning up dangerous weather in the Gulf (Washington Examiner)

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says protests are “a perfect setup” for a second coronavirus peak (The Daily Wire)

  • Russia declares state of emergency over Arctic Circle oil spill (USA Today)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: George Floyd and what Martin Luther King Jr. really said about riots and “the language of the unheard” (Foundation for Economic Education)

  • Policy: The Black Lives Matter movement is deeply unserious (The Federalist)

  • Humor: Celebrities show solidarity with protesters by burning their own homes to the ground (The Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Video: What the Left Won’t Tell You About the Plight of Black People — The myth of systemic racism.

Video: This Looting Video Deserves an Academy Award — “You said Black Lives Matter. … I’m black. Look what you did to my store.”

Video: Man-Boy Rioter Gets Marched to Police by Mommy & Daddy — “Antifa Kid” tried to turn a peaceful protest in Pittsburgh into a riot by vandalizing a police vehicle.

Video: Kneeling Will Never Be Enough for the Mob — Why are Americans surrendering to violent mobs? Because they’ve been told they have to.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Activists would have us believe the government that brought us slavery, Jim Crow, anti-interracial marriage laws, affirmative action and police brutality is the government that will solve the problem. The government that started a war on poverty to bring us a great society actually managed to keep people in poverty and destroy families. But this time, just you wait, the government is going to fix it.” —Erick Erickson

For the record: “In 2018, more than 7,400 black Americans were murdered on the streets. That means for every unarmed black person shot to death by a police officer, more than 700 were murdered by someone else.” —Gary Bauer

Good question: “How many black lives are saved each year by the police? Don’t those thousands of black lives matter?” —Burgess Owens

Another good question: “Democrats want to grab our guns AND abolish the police. What’s left to defend against home invasions and looters then?” —James Woods

Observations: “The [Jeffrey] Epstein case is so relevant today because it’s the extreme example of our dual system. Those at the very top can literally get away with child rape. Those at the bottom find themselves at the whim of any bad cop they may encounter. This sense that there are two Americas, with two sets of rules, is driving so much of the rancor we are seeing in the streets. … Our country today is dominated by the extremes. You may believe the government went too far in shutting down our economy in response to the coronavirus, but you probably don’t think the guys open-carrying assault rifles around our state capitals are there to protect your interests. The antifa terrorists are not speaking for those outraged over George Floyd either. At some point, normal Americans are going to have to take back the conversation.” —Neil Patel

Friendly fire: “Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. We voted for them.” —BLM activist Shaun King

Leftmedia Bubble Award: “Biggest antifa rally in history.” —Social media post by NPR’s Mara Liasson with a photo of the D-Day landing at Normandy

Alpha jackass: “Friend points out on D-Day anniversary that the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy were the true and original antifa.” —The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi

Non compos mentis: “For me, it has to be demonstrated that whoever I pick is two things: One, is capable of being president because I’m an old guy. No, I’m serious. Look, I thank God I’m in great health. I work out. No, I’m serious. You know, I work out every morning. I’m in good shape — knock on wood, as my mother would say. You never know.” —Joe Biden (We presume the second “thing” is “black female.”)

And last… “Riots may excite the keyboard revolutionary, but they won’t bring racial equality. The opposite, in fact. Not only are the anarchists who burn and loot stores subjecting many of their neighbors to a dehumanizing experience, they are destroying poor and minority neighborhoods.” —David Harsanyi

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