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Quick Agreement on Dem Debate

Just a quick note to thank Tom Elliot for flagging some of Hillary Clinton’s disturbing remarks on race and crime last night, and to agree with Wesley Smith’s remarks on same. Her claims of “systemic racism” in our criminal justice system and suggestion that it has resulted in an open season on young black men is uninformed, divisive, and irresponsible. I would add that Bernie Sanders’s claim that there should be an attorney general’s investigation whenever anyone dies in police custody is eyebrow-raising, as is his demand that police forces reflect the demographic makeup of the citizenry (quotas, anyone?).

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Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29. Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. ... Read More