Jumaane Williams, the town’s public advocate and a Democratic candidate for governor, is enjoying video games with New Yorkers on the important challenge of public security. Cynically claiming to cherish “safe and thriving communities,” he advocates the identical insurance policies that introduced New York to its knees and gave criminals the whip hand over peaceable, law-abiding individuals.
As violent crime soars throughout the town, Williams — together with others on the laborious left — redefines “safety” to imply practically something however freedom from concern of getting stabbed, shoved or shot in one other “random” incident.
Williams tweeted Tuesday that “true public safety comes when communities have what they need to thrive. Public safety is safe housing, good health care, childcare, reliable transportation, and living-wage jobs — not over policing, arrests, incarceration, and surveillance.”
This reinterpretation of what it means to really feel “safe” simply inverts the usual definition of the phrase for ideological ends. “Safety” now not means getting criminals off the streets — it means fulfilling the identical want checklist that progressives all the time demand.
Someone received shot on the subway? We want extra funding for the New York City Housing Authority! A young person was stabbed in a juice retailer? Let’s unionize daycare employees! A lady was raped in a Bronx park? More funding for libraries, now!
Here’s a helpful rule: When somebody presents the identical reply it doesn’t matter what query you ask, he has an agenda that has nothing to do with the problem at hand.
Williams and his cohort are defining public security down. They see violent crime as a characteristic of city life and the efficient answer — “arrests, incarceration, and surveillance” — as a treatment that’s worse than the illness. Instead of attempting to deal with what they consider as a symptom, they encourage us to take a look at crime’s social “root causes.”
Progressive idol Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made this level in her characteristically clumsy means in July 2020 when she blamed rising crime on the truth that criminals “need to feed their child, and they don’t have money so . . . they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
This is like saying individuals solely leap the turnstile as a result of they should get to their third job after attending their second church service of the day. If there’s a rash of needy dad and mom stealing bread to feed their ravenous kids, I’d like to listen to about it, however within the meantime, there’s little proof that folks commit violent crime — or shoplift from upscale Soho boutiques — out of something resembling actual want.
Williams, in the meantime, gaslights New Yorkers, telling them to disregard the proof of their very own eyes. “Folks want to be safe, and they want to feel safe,” he defined final month. “Sometimes they are safe but don’t feel safe, and that could be just as dangerous in pushing policies that harm people.”
Got that? If you don’t really feel secure on the subway — the place 18 individuals have been murdered in two years — you’re unsuitable and will ignore your personal senses. The “dangerous” downside, he safesplains, is that when individuals underestimate how secure they are surely, they could demand motion that “harms people.”
Like what? You know — arresting criminals and sending them to jail. Letting cops do their job. Tracking gang members. Responding to requires assist from law-abiding residents whose buildings, streets and parks have been become 24-hour crime scenes. All the standard strategies that made New York City secure and affluent however which Williams and his allies see as Gestapo ways.
No determine in public life has made such an effort to destroy public security in New York City as Jumaane Williams. From scrapping with police at protests to selling laws designed to place policing in deep freeze, he has constructed his profession on making the town extra harmful. Which is why it’s so richly ironic that Williams lives inside Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton, a gated military base guarded by troopers armed with machine weapons.
Williams by no means has to concern himself with drug sellers, deranged homeless individuals or vandals in his neighborhood. They can’t get in. Try protesting exterior the general public advocate’s home — as he has carried out exterior his opponents’ homes many occasions — and see what the troopers on the gate say. Per the bottom’s web site, “all visitors and uncleared contractors desiring access to Fort Hamilton must be vetted through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index.”
Sounds cozy — for him. This rank hypocrisy on public security is pure chutzpah. Jumaane Williams should stop whereas he’s forward and benefit from the peace and quiet of Fort Hamilton as a substitute of lecturing the remainder of us about our safety.
Seth Barron is managing editor of The American Mind and creator of “The Last Days of New York.”