Hochul’s racial peddling after Buffalo ignores surge in violent crime in New York

Add racial peddling and exaggerated executive reach to the case against Kathy Hochul.

New York’s most recent accidental governor responded to the Buffalo massacre last weekend with executive orders dramatically expanding police oversight powers to combat what she described as racially motivated domestic terrorism .

“The truth is that the most serious threat we face as a nation comes from within,” Hochul said. “Not Russians, not people from elsewhere – that’s white supremacy.”

But she provides no proof.

Nor has she ever shown serious concern about the growing number of black citizens being killed by other black citizens throughout the state — and especially in New York City.

So take it for what it is: Hochul hokum.

Not that there’s any doubt that 18-year-old Payton Gendron, charged in the Buffalo shooting, is a white supremacist; he explicitly describes himself as such in his strange “manifesto”.

But it’s also obvious that Gendron is a murderous mental patient — though he’s in no way part of an organization that poses a threat to black New Yorkers.

Just as it’s clear that among all the Empire State’s troubles, the Ku Klux Klan wannabes lurking in the weeds aren’t included.

New York State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen holds a gun as New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a news conference following the Buffalo Massacre.
New York State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen holds a gun as New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a news conference following the Buffalo Massacre.
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The sad but compelling fact is that African Americans are routinely shot – many fatally – in New York cities, out of all proportion to their numbers. And that the shooters are almost always other African Americans.

Jim Quinn, former Queens executive attorney and co-author, recently stated in the New York Times: “While all New Yorkers are affected by the rise in crime, the brunt of this increase is borne by Black New Yorkers. In 2020, black New Yorkers, who make up about 24% of the city’s population, were the victims of 65% of murders and 74% of shootings.

The data lag, sure, but there’s no reason to believe that the current surge in violent crime has been any less of a burden for black New Yorkers.

New York is not unique either.

A recent study by Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while black men between the ages of 15 and 34 make up just 2% of all Americans, they account for 38% of murder victims with a weapon. in the country between 2019 and 2020 – a period when these killings themselves jumped by 40%.

Funeral of Deacon Heyward Patterson, pallbearers carry his casket.
The first funeral was held for one of the Buffalo mass shooting victims, 67-year-old Deacon Heyward Patterson.
James Keivom

But who pulled the trigger?

Johns Hopkins’ response to this is a turnoff – much like Hochul’s response to the Buffalo murders.

“These racial disparities are largely the result of structural inequalities that increase the risk of interpersonal violence,” the university argues — a word that roughly translates to “white supremacy,” but reveals next to nothing about who actually commits. murders.

For that, you have to go to the FBI figures, which show that murder tends to be an intra-racial crime: white people are usually killed by other white people – and black people are massively killed by other black people.

In 2018, for example, 88.6% of black murder victims nationwide were killed by black offenders.

Closer to home, 2021 NYPD figures show that black people – about 23% of New York’s population – made up 67% of its murder victims, 64% of its murder suspects and 62% of those arrested for murder.

So while New York has no shortage of senseless bloodshed, it’s not remotely the result of white supremacy or terrorism.

Civilian and policeman outside the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo.
People gather at a memorial outside the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo on May 16, days after ten people were shot.
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Certainly, the numbers don’t justify the executive orders grabbing power from Hochul — which, among other things, dramatically expand the spy authority of New York’s Homeland Security Agency and the State Police.

Hochul’s hyperbole, of course, is explained by New York’s political calendar: Taking office last year following the shameful resignation of her predecessor, she is seeking a full four-year term.

And his criminal record could interfere with that. She’s a committed sweetheart, and polls show that New Yorkers are looking for something completely different.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signs executive order
Hochul signs a decree on May 18.
New York Governor’s Office/AP

Granted, New York City Mayor Eric Adams is seeking to change the state’s criminal code to address his city’s rising violent crime rate — and Hochul hasn’t been of any help. On the contrary.

This risks damaging his campaign – hence the attempt to convert a very real issue of street violence into a campaign against bogus “white supremacy”.

The cynicism — and the betrayal of black New Yorkers — is breathtaking, but neither has ever stood in the way of political success in the Empire State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hand-picked former lieutenant governor seems to understand that — because she certainly acts like that.

That she will cheat on someone is the question of the moment.

Email: bob@bobmcmanus.nyc

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