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Thu Sep 24 16:36:59 2020
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It has been a while since I've written anything in the political section, and yet recent events, both with COVID-19 and the protests and riots that have rocked the city, and the entire U.S. political reaction to events serious thought. I've had great concerns about China. I think the influence and the threat of China is bad for humanity, and is having terrible affects on us. I have listed below some evidence of those concerns. The internal domestic problems I have not yet addressed.
But that doesn't mean that I haven't discussed them, and much has been written and talked about. The truth is that the current crisis around race inequality has been brewing. I've identified this and written about it since I first started this website in the 1990's. The root causes to this crisis predate my birth and will continue long after I am dead. I question if justice can be applied societies. We can make subjective moral judgements on society and groups, but justice can only be applied to individuals, not whole societies. The concept of social justice is a lie, and fraught with racism, and bigotry.
Nearly every aspect of our lives is perfused with judgments about people with minimal information about them. This is the cornerstone of human intelligence. We are pattern matchers. The basic different in human intelligence and digital systems is that biological intelligence is based on pattern matching. Even jellyfish and paramecium do it. Additionally, we live in the context of our culture. It colors nearly decision and action that we make. We can't live without it.
Cultures aren't all equal and they aren't all the same. Its lie to pretend that all people and all cultures are the same. They aren't and they never have been. Using fairly objective criteria, we can make judgements that some cultures have been good, and others bad. We can draw up a list of object characteristics for cultures that we prefer. Most of them have been distilled in the principles of Americanism and our political system. We've learned them the hard way, through centuries of suffering.
Rabbi Tzaddok would say: Do not separate yourself from the community. Do not act as a counselor-at-law (when serving as a judge). Do not make the Torah a crown to magnify yourself with, or a spade with which to dig. So would Hillel say: one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish. Hence, one who benefits himself from the words of Torah, removes his life from the world.
Judah ben Tabbai and Shimon ben Shetach received [the oral tradition] from them. Judah ben Tabbai said: do not [as a judge] play the part of an advocate; and when the litigants are standing before you, look upon them as if they were [both] guilty; and when they leave your presence, look upon them as if they were [both] innocent, when they have accepted the judgement.
The radicals and ignoramuses that support the protests and riots behind Black Lives Matter fail in accepting that cultures and people are different, and refuse to accept that the fear of the American Black male is based on real and objective experience. They also fail to accept that Justice must be blind or there is no justice.
I am sorry, but these communities are dangerous and there is no quick fix to this. I grew up and was beating by mods of black men as I grew up in East New York and in Canarsie. For sure, there is violence in the White communities as well, but it doesn't remotely rise to the level of violence in the ghetto, and we all know this. By denying proper policing in minority communities for decades, we denied basic civil rights in these communities as well. The result of aggressive policing in these communities, is a springtime of legitimate businesses, economic stability and home ownership through out the poor sections across the five boroughs.
Major thoroughfares and business districts sprang back to life and the policing gave security to residents, along Pitkin Avenue, Lovinia Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Sutter Avenue, Broadway, Rockaway Avenue, Fulton Street, Marcy Avenue, 5th Avenue, etc etc etc. The side affect of this was that many of these communities, close to the center of the city and mass transit, became magnets of gentrification of communities like DUMBO, Prospect Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Bushwick.
This change in policing spread across the country, and became extreme. Driven by fund raising, and crime control, policing has crossed the line from being fair and firm to being unconstitutional and repressive. I'm not measuring this by the standards of Black Lines Matter. They are part of the problem. But we can measure this by the policy changes, and the numbers. Mike Bloomberg, the guy who switched parties and ran for President as a Democrat, he stopped and drisked 2,300,000 people with 4.4 million frisks between 2004 and 2012, in which 98.5% of the frisks proved to have no weapons. That is UnAmerican, unethical, and flat out crazy.
In the case of the shooting of Michael Brown, the individual police were rightful found not guilty of any wrongdoing. But the Ferguson police department was a power keg of mismanagement and unconstitutional activities that triggered the community reaction and allowed it to be an excuse for an attack on the police. The department was being used to raise funds through police ticketing and petty arrests, in a disenfranchised community that suffered from under funding for decades, after the district turned minority.
This brings me to Dominick Smith and baseball. Dominick's tearful protestation about how difficult it is to grow up as a black man in America is only half the story and distorts the reality. I am Sorry Dom, but Black Men are dangerous. Its not all of them, but it is a lot of them, and especially when they are young. The predatory behaviors and deadly gangs in minority communities throughout the country, and especially in New York City is real. Handcuffing the cops is not a solution to anything but a return to murder, riots, bigotry and violence. I am not interested in this.
I am not interested in building large stocks of housing projects for the poor, and social workers doing the jobs of cops. This has been proven to be ineffective and to fuel inter-racial violence, white flight, and to destroy the foundations of urban communities.
I remember growing up and seeing black and minority friends suddenly just, piinnngg, run off in a deadly violent direction of self-destruction, involving dropping out of school, joining gangs, shooting drugs, packing guns, and getting shot. It seemed inexplicable.
It is hard to grow up as a Black Man in America, and the most dangerous thing about it is the streets and other minority youth. You will get stopped by the cops when driving. You will be monitored when shopping in a retail store. You are going to be prejudged as a potential threat. And the cause of this is hard earned experience. Black youths are a threat. Youth in general are a threat, but black youth are especially dangerous. Just walk up 125th Street and see it with your eyes.
There is no quick solution. And our politicians, specifically politicians like Andrew Cuomo, have been in favor of racist government policy for decades. The problem is a lack of investment in services to minority communities with the same vigor, not less vigor, as we have applied to policing. The Mantra "Defund the Police" is bullshit. We don't have a false choice between policing and education. We need both. New York has suffered from underfunded schools my entire lifetime. It has never been addressed, and, in fact, court orders demanding that New York fix the funding problem of New York City Schools has been summarily ignored by a state that depends on the large suburban counties and districts for funding and votes. We have a system where fiefdoms of suburban communities throughout New York and New Jersey have created education districts paid from property taxes that support much of the best educational systems in the world, no more than 25 miles from the hellholes of Jefferson and Boys and Girls High school in Brooklyn. This is pure racism and Andrew Cuomo, among others, has staunchly supported it for decades.
The same is true for Parks, Healthcare, Transportation, Courts, Family Services, Children Services, and most other government resources. We must fully fund government services in all minority communities, in fact all communities, not just just policing. The policy of politically dividing minority communities and leaving them with inferior services must stop now. And then it will take about 20 years of patient hard work to begin to correct and address both the social underpinnings to minority violence and poverty. There is no quick fix. Race baiting is not helping at all and will explode in our faces.