New York’s progressives have spawned a horrific war that is taking place not just on ideological fronts, but on the streets – and with real casualties. Yet what progressives fail to admit is that these victims are not just numbers on a spreadsheet; they are real people.
On August 13, New York added another name to its list of victims with the murder of taxi driver Kutin Gyimah. Gyimah was a real person – a father of four and a loving husband. He died after being brutally assaulted by riders for daring to collect his fare for his ride services.
And his merciless death came just a day after another innocent, Jesus Cortes, was caught off guard by a punch to the head, in an unprovoked attack allegedly by parolee Van Phu Bui. The out of the blue punch caused Cortes to fracture his skull and bleed into his brain.
Alas, in this very hot war, the humanity of innocent people like Cortes and Gyimah is completely lost. For progressives, the number of casualties can never be high enough to change course, because their mission is more important than a few dead bystanders.
And they fight their battles within all sectors of government, which are increasingly occupied by ideologues who create policies that sound good but create hell for civilians.
As Jesus Cortes lay in a hospital recovering from his injuries, New York’s occupying forces downgraded the charges against Bui from attempted murder to assault and harassment and quickly released him from prison. Why? Because their ideology dictates that they reserve compassion for the criminal element, not the innocent who are preyed upon.
This madness shone the spotlight on Governor Kathy Hochul, who was ashamed to step in to see that Bui was locked up. But Hochul is determined to leave the system that led to the parody entirely in place.
That leaves the only people who are afraid today in New York to be law-abiding citizens; meanwhile, those, like Hochul, who made and maintained this war zone will never admit responsibility. Their progressive doctrine states that they must never give in, continue the battle and dominate every part of the system, no matter how much suffering they cause.
They justify it by claiming that they are looking for “fairness”, and never mind if it results in losses. They pretend the public is safe while making sure not to punish predators.
The horrific but unsurprising result: rising crime rate. A lack of justice for the innocent. Demonization of those who try to protect themselves (eg bodega worker Jose Alba). Taxi drivers killed. Hospitalized passers-by.
Progressives continually lecture on how they seek to help the poor and working class, but when the poor and working class begin to bleed, through their policies, their bleeding hearts suddenly heal.
The fact is that when the systems start to fail, it is the people below who suffer, while those who rule from above insulate themselves from the pain that others feel. The lenient district attorneys actually allow violent sex offenders like Van Phu Bui to be released onto the streets to eventually join the ever-growing list of victims.
Efforts to defund and demoralize the police have contributed to an environment where someone like Kutin Gyimah is brutally and fatally attacked, without his would-be attackers questioning their criminal actions for fear of being caught.
Let’s stop pretending: New York’s losses aren’t numbers; they are real people who deserved protection and defense, certainly more so than the emboldened predators who choose to terrorize the innocent but are defended by progressives.
People like Kutin Gyimah and Jesus Cortes are not replaceable; they are vital for their loved ones. Yet elitists don’t see them that way; for them, these are numbers that can be ignored, lest they be diverted from their ideological goals.
All New Yorkers are now suffering from tremendous anxiety as they realize how progressive politics are producing a hell in which they must survive. They know that if they became one of those unfortunate victims, their city would simply add their name to a casualty list while doing nothing to prevent it from happening again and little to ensure justice on their behalf.
It is a useless war. And it’s more than pathetic.
Adam B. Coleman is the author of “Black Victim to Black Victor” and founder of Wrong Speak Publishing.
New York Post