The Smart Bloomberg Argument: Black Victims Matter

Mike Bloomberg is having a bit of a bother over his statements concerning Stop and Frisk when he was mayor of New York. (He must have anticipated these problems as he asked that there not be video of same).

Ann Coulter had plenty to say on the matter:

To stop crime, he said, you “put a lot of cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

Bloomberg further explained that frisking young black and brown men for minor crimes is how you keep guns off the streets generally: “And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them. And then they start, they say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to get caught.’ So they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”

Does anyone with a functioning frontal lobe disagree with this?

This instantly brought to mind something I read Bernie Goldberg’s classic book Bias about covering riots in a predominantly black country where his video had been rejected by the network because the people being arrested were black.

He pointed out that yes the perps were black, and so were the the owners of the shops that were being looted and so were the police who were arresting them.

This brings up a fact that is usually ignored concerning policing in minority neighborhoods when loud complaints are made concerning it.

The vast majority of victims of these perps are black and that when you use aggressive policing in minority neighborhoods where crime is high, the lives you are saving are black lives who would otherwise be the victim of violent crime , robbery, extortion etc etc etc.

Coulter again:

By pursuing the wacky idea of having cops frisk kids in high-crime areas for minor offenses like turnstile jumping, Mayor Rudy Giuliani cut the murder rate from more than 2,000 per year to about 600. No one thought it could possibly go any lower — and then Bloomberg got murders down to an unfathomable 300 or so per year.

Giuliani and Bloomberg did more for young minorities than all living Democrats combined. In New York City alone, at least 20,000 more black men are alive today than would be under the genius crime-fighting ideas of prior administrations 

Or in other words while activists scream “black lives matter” to Rudy and Bloomberg at the time, black lives actually mattered so they acted to preserve the black victims of these crimes.

Now it’s true that you have to look at individuals and you can’t nor should base policing on race it should be based on fact.

So here is the fact, if a particular neighborhood is where the crime is and the victims of said crime are the people of said neighborhood that’s where you deploy your police to stop it and you police that neighborhood aggressively if it’s a high crime neighborhood if you want to protect the potential victims of said crime no matter what the race of the people involved.

That is, you do if you think black victims matter.

Apparently said victims did when Bloomberg was the Mayor of NY, but now that he is running for president black votes in the Democrat primaries matter more than black lives did in NYC

Unexpectedly of course.

The Octave of Romano’s Market Friday: Meat and Meeting Places

One of the things that made a local butcher shop special was not just the fresh meat cut the way you wanted it by people who knew what you wanted almost before you ordered it, but was the all the people in line with you and behind the counter.

Fridays were always busy, people had been paid or were buying for the weekend, lots was going on and when you stopped down you were bound to see people you knew.

Now on weekdays, particularly in the morning this was always true. There were folks who would stop down daily for whatever they were cooking or just to visit. It was much like a barber shop. Mike and the team would be working or orders or pre-made foods or any of the daily grind that went on while folks would gather and talk both to them and each other.

I suspect that Saturday will be too busy for this kind of this and today will likely be hopping too, but it will be nice to stop down and see a few of these folks one more time.