In some sort of dystopian play on words, a popular street sign of the 2020 uprising was 'Silence is Violence.' There is a pleasing poetic brevity to both 'silence' and 'violence' yet, when combined, is a bit startling. These two words are seldom used with each other. Violence is seldom quiet or silent. Making perfect sense to the angry and verbally abusive, they felt clever in their attempt to manipulate those who thought it best to remain silent. The sign makers insisted that you join them- loudly. Make a lot of noise and do some damage if necessary. It was a call to action to those who found themselves silent and not entirely in for the cause.
Essayist, Joel Kotkin, writing for 'The American Mind' website, goes deep into the consequence of 'wokeness' and our most troubled ethnic communities. He exposes the consequences of efforts to defund police and decriminalize criminal behavior. Many predicted this outcome but they remained 'violently' silent and unwoke.
For all that President Biden’s inspiring talk of unity represents a necessary salve after the often-excessive divisiveness of Trump, the new Administration’s focus on “systemic racism” simply nationalizes the race-based politics common in those areas, like California and New York, that now have control of the federal apparat. These policies—from affirmative action to Maoist “struggle sessions” reborn in corporate seminars—have catapulted minorities into important-seeming jobs but have brought little actual progress to most in minority communities. As the activists and their corporate sponsors preen over “defunding police,” it is predominately minority communities who face the greatest threat from renewed levels of violent crime in cities such as New York.
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