The New York Times Asks A Question About Racism

And I answer it

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The New York Times put up a feature on their website asking its readers to “tell us about a time you judged someone based on a stereotype — have racial stereotypes led you to mistreat a neighbor, a colleague, a schoolmate, a fellow commuter, a customer at a store? What happened as a result, and what did you learn from the experience?”

After rattling off a list of non-event headlines in recent race relations in the U.S. (idiotic incidents such at the Philly Starbucks “Brew”haha and the Napping Yale Student), the Times goes on to prompt:

Now, we want to hear from you, our readers, about how the racial stereotypes you hold may have led you to wrongly suspect someone of misconduct — or even to call the police. How did the interaction unfold? What did you learn from it? What happened to the person who was wronged?

Here’s how I answered their questions. I urge my readers to tell their stories as well.

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Failed Leadership in The State of Nature: Sacramento Edition

A few weeks ago, a Black man was shot and killed by police officers in Sacramento. Based on initial media accounts, the cops were responding one night to reports of a man breaking car windows in a certain neighborhood; they arrived in that area and confronted one Stephon Clark, 22, who feld. They chased him as he ran into the back yard of a house that turned out to belong his grandparents. When Mr. Clark stopped and turned around, the police officers proceeded to shoot him twenty times. The cops have stated that they thought they saw a gun on Mr. Clark’s hands, but it turns out that he only had a cell phone on him. An internal affairs investigation is in progress.

Predictably, the natives are restless at this Latest Outrage Against Innocent Black Bodies and have no patience for such silly things as “investigations” and “due process.” Protests and disorder have simmered in Sacramento since this event.

One image sums it all up:

Clark Shooting Sacramento City Council Meeting
Stephon Clark’s brother, Ste’vante Clark, interrupts a special meeting of the Sacramento City Council called to address residents’ concerns in the wake of Stephon’s shooting.

What do we see here? Ste’vante Clark, brother of the deceased, large and in charge, dressed inappropriately, sitting legs open with a broad chest on the edge of the mayor’s lectern like it was a city park bench — and he owned the city park. He’s howling at the top of his lungs to a braying crowd and clearly is the focus of the room.

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How to Lie With Statistics: NYTimes Edition

On February 7, 2018, the New York Times’ editorial board published one of its usual doses of pro-illegal-immigration pablum. There is plenty there to refute and not enough time to refute it, but the one point I want to dwell on is the utter bad faith they display when framing their arguments.

When attempting to justify the proposition that the “United States ought to admit more skilled immigrants” and that the debate should center around “what criteria it uses to screen applications,” the New York Times quotes an opinion polling statistic: “A Gallup poll last June found 62 percent of Americans support maintaining current levels of immigration or even increasing them.”

Well, 62 percent. That’s a clear majority of Americans. What kind of evil anti-American are you, Mr. Trump, if you are not willing to listen to the will of the people and flood the land with immigrants?

But the New York Times is lying with statistics, of course.

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The Damore Lawsuit: Just a Quick Pat on My Back

Back in August 2017, when the Google “diversity memo” (and James Damore’s firing for having penned it) was all the rage, I published a blog post pointing out that “Google has just earned itself a lawsuit,” and cited to California Labor Code §§ 1101, 1102 and 1102.5 as potential bases for such a suit.

So I was pleased to learn that on January 8, 2018, James Damore filed a lawsuit against Google citing, among other things, California Labor Code §§ 1101, 1102 and 1102.5. It’s right there on the front page of the complaint. I’m right again. Surprise, surprise.

Keep Up the Deportations

The mainstream press has gone in for another round of illegal immigrant sob-stories, now that DACA reforms are prominently on the table and immigration is once again a topic of national conversation. The Washington Post just published a piece about an illegal alien who was finally forced to leave the country, a *mere* nine years after receiving a removal order from an immigration court in 2009.

Clearly, the piece was meant to evoke sympathy for poor old lawbreaking Jorge Garcia:

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President Trump Ends DACA

Shockingly, The Atlantic, of all outlets, gives a relatively factual and unemotional account of the facts:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation, with a six-month delay.

The administration’s decision to end DACA means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services won’t consider new applications, but will allow anyone who has a DACA permit expiring between now and March 5, 2018, to apply for a two-year renewal by October 5. Thousands have already applied for renewals. Between August and  December 2017, 201,678 recipients are set to have DACA expire. Of those, 55,258 have pending requests for renewal, according to DHS officials. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to operations per usual, assessing DACA recipients as has been done in the past.

On Monday, Sessions sent a letter to Duke with his legal determination. He cited previous legal challenges, noting that because DACA “has the same legal and constitutional defects that the courts recognized as to DAPA, it is likely that potentially imminent litigation would yield similar results with respect to DACA.”

The administration’s decision now puts the onus on Congress to find a legislative solution. “Congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursue the types of reforms that are right for the American people,” Sessions said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted, “Congress, get ready to do your job—DACA!”

I congratulate President Trump for doing the right thing.

DACA was a legally unsound executive overreach on the part of President Obama from Day 1. Yes, setting enforcement priorities is the prerogative of the executive. At most, that justifies a memo to the immigration authorities saying: “I don’t want to hear of a single non-criminal childhood arrivee being deported until you tell me that each and every criminal alien has already been deported.” It never justified the creation of a whole new federal bureaucracy to hand out work permits that were not authorized by statute and which, in fact, contravene the law establishing which people do and don’t have work rights in the United States.

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Joe Arpaio Pardoned!

A few weeks ago, I put up a blog post strongly recommending that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be pardoned after he was trumped up on misdemeanor contempt of court charges.

This past weekend, President Trump did just that.

Thank you, President Trump, for doing a good and humane thing.

For posterity, I post here the statement released by President Trump explaining the decision to grant this pardon. Reading through it, I’m forced to the realization that Joe Arpaio was probably one of the most upstanding citizens ever to find himself in need of a presidential pardon. Certainly more deserving than pretty much any of those hardened death row cases that the Looney Left loves to fawn over.

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