Al Sharpton helped create the crime crisis he is trying to solve
There’s a strange phenomenon involving firefighters, with nearly 100 fire arrests a year, making it almost as if they’re worshiped for putting out the chaos they create.
Although a more deliberate act, there is a similar situation where someone wants to be the hero in charge of putting out a fire, avoiding full responsibility for the carnage they helped create. : Al Sharpton.
The activist gathered New York’s black elected officials — including Mayor Eric Adams, Attorney General Letitia James, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie — behind closed doors this month at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. discussing public safety and criminal justice issues.
He urged those leaders and others to do something about it after a Siena College poll released Monday found that 93% of New Yorkers — virtually equally among all races — view crime as a serious problem in the state.
“The results of Siena’s latest poll will come as no surprise to anyone who lives and works in the black or brown community. Many of us have spent much of the year asking for change in the criminal justice system,” Sharpton said Monday. “I’ve convened an unprecedented number of black leaders from New York and across the state this month to start a conversation about public safety. “
Sharpton pushed hard for bail “reform,” but he tries to explain that he supported the “foundation” of the 2019 law, a verbal tactic to further distance himself from the results — but the foundation created the crisis we see today.
In 2018, Sharpton said, “We need to end the criminal detention system in this country that keeps black and brown people incarcerated because they can’t pay bail, and others profit grossly from the cash bail system.”
The cashless bail law does what it’s supposed to do. The problem is that the widespread effects of crime aren’t affecting poor neighborhoods as much as they used to, but are now spreading to upscale neighborhoods like Al Sharpton’s Upper East Side. If the poor get the flu, the rich should be immune.
When thieves steal from a Pelham Park retail store or bodega, it’s normal and justifiable; but when rich people like Al Sharpton are uncomfortable with having to ask a store clerk for help to get toothpaste — “Eric, they’re going to block my toothpaste,” he yelled last February — then it’s peak time. important in the state. make changes to powerful government officials.
Sharpton can say that he cares about the helpless who are sent to prison, but what about the helpless who will have to care for them after they are immediately released?
No-cash bond advocates have always made non-violent crimes like shoplifting seem like victimless crimes. But there are victims when stores decide to leave neighborhoods that are already underserved due to rampant theft or raising prices in poor communities to cover the cost of theft.
The desire for fair justice is admirable, but what I often find is that no one cares or cares about the poor citizenry and the law-abiding working class who must survive the dysfunction that perpetuates the elites. No one considers the demoralization of the average citizen who goes out of his way to uphold social norms, while rule breakers are given due empathy and endless second chances.
Sharpton is right that there is a system of haves and have-nots because the richest and most powerful people in government determine how much misery the have-nots can tolerate at the whim of their own fantastical political endeavors. . Sharpton is connected to this system like conjoined twins.
A man arrested for third-degree assault, a non-bailable felony, said you risk being returned to your immediate neighborhood to fight you. When you receive a terrorist threat from an individual who promises to harm you, the system created by the possessors tricks them into betting on your safety.
I’m sure the maniac who threatened the McDonald’s on the Lower East Side with an ax said “I love it” after being released without bail the next day.
Sharpton should not be applauded for trying to put out the fire he helped put out. Not because he wants to play fireman today, but because we have to forget that his fingerprint is on the gas can.
Adam B. Coleman is the author of Black Victim to Black Victor and founder of Wrong Speak Publishing. Do it at Substack: adambcoleman.substack.com.
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