In a breathtakingly stupid think piece for Politico, National Review editor Rich Lowry laid out his rationale for locking up more young black men in a article provocatively titled #SomeBlackLivesDontMatter.
Lowry’s argument goes something like this: Black people protest police violence against them but don’t protest about black people killing black people. Also, the media doesn’t report on this crime, and progressives don’t care about these black people either because there is no political gain from highlighting them in the media.
Therefore, black people and white progressives don’t care about black people.
But of course, rich white person Rich Lowry does care about black people, and has just the recipe to reverse hundreds of years of systemic racism, police brutality, and economic disenfranchisement. Using Baltimore as a case study for his theory, Lowry writes:
More people need to be arrested in Baltimore, not fewer. And more need to be jailed. If black lives truly matter, Baltimore needs more and better policing and incarceration to impose order on communities where a lawless few spread mayhem and death.
Brilliant – in a city where black men are routinely beaten and shot by the police, the best solution is to have more of it! Black people riot because of police brutality, so to stop them rioting, there must be more brutality. Makes perfect sense! Of course, black people don’t understand that despite being hugely disproportionately targeted by the police (while being less likely to be doing anything illegal) all this police violence is just to save their lives. He writes:
It is wrong for the police to shrink from doing their job, but the last month in Baltimore shows how important that job is. This is especially true in dangerous, overwhelmingly black neighborhoods. They need disproportionate police attention, even if that attention is easily mischaracterized as racism.
If only these blacks understood that it was for their own good! Rather than protesting a system that has beaten them down throughout history, they should trust in it and believe that it will make their lives better. Because of course it always has…
To top it all off, Lowry declares Al Sharpton to be the root of the problem, and Rudy Giuliani the savior of black lives in America. Yes, you read that correctly.
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