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Wednesday, June 07, 2023

New York Dems Want to Free ‘Son of Sam,’ All Serial Killers

By On June 07, 2023
Last year, California’s Gov. Newsom announced that he was dismantling Death Row, providing relief to monsters like the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer who killed nine women, the “Yosemite Killer,” and Charles Ng, who raped, tortured, and killed unknown numbers of women.

New York Democrats have decided to go one better by offering parole to serial killers.

The campaign, promoted by celebrities like Common and John Legend, could set the worst monsters in prison loose on a city and state already drowning in crime.

Senate Bill S2423, known to its backers as Elder Parole, eliminates life sentences by offering parole to all prisoners regardless of how horrific their crimes may have been.

Any murderer, rapist, or pedophile over the age of 55, who spent at least 15 years in prison, will be automatically eligible for parole under a pro-crime bill that has 33 state senate co-sponsors.

Potential parolees could include the “Son of Sam” serial killer, mass shooter Colin “Black Rage” Ferguson, and Richard “Angel of Death” Angelo, a nurse who poisoned dozens of patients. Even if these monsters aren’t paroled immediately, numberless other killers, rapists and pedophiles will be set loose.

After New York Democrats abolished bail and set out to free as many criminals as possible, homicide rates and all crime rates shot up. Many of the Democrat legislators proposing to end life sentences and free serial killers had also backed previous pro-crime measures like the “Less is More Act” which put more convicts back on the street and kept them there.

Charles Rowe (pictured above) raped and stabbed to death a 10-year-old girl; after being paroled he went on a crime spree, but he was kept on the street thanks to Gov. Hochul and the Democrat “Less is More Act,” until he sexually assaulted a 69-year-old woman.

“Let’s not turn this into a murder,” Rowe told his victim.

Not satisfied with the massive increase in crime since the wave of pro-crime laws were unrolled, New York Democrats are on a mission to free every single criminal in prison. Literally.

Senate Bill 2423 or Elder Parole complains that “New York State holds the shameful distinction of having the third-largest population of people serving terms of life imprisonment in the country.” The victims that Elder Parole is lobbying for include not only Son of Sam, but John Jamelske, who ran a house of horrors in his homemade dungeon, and Joel Rifkin, who dismembered women and scattered their parts across parts of New York and New Jersey.

There’s also Calvin Jackson, who murdered nine women in Manhattan and then sexually assaulted their corpses. Jackson is black, making him one of the “disproportionately black and Latinx” monsters that the Democrat pro-crime Elder Parole bill claims are “aging rapidly behind bars.”

Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, who is responsible for the proposal to free all the serial killers, does not believe that it’s “shameful” that these crimes were committed against innocent women or that it took so long to catch these monsters; he only believes that it’s shameful that we keep them locked up instead of setting them loose so they can strangle and dismember more women.

“There is a growing consensus among people across the political spectrum that mass incarceration is ineffective, flawed, and racially biased,” Sen. Hoylman-Sigal’s bill argues. That pro-crime consensus among leftists and libertarians has already led to thousands of added deaths over the past few years. Murder rates continue rising nationwide while pro-crime Democrats like Hoylman-Sigal argue that we just haven’t freed enough monsters.

The pro-crime Democrats backing the Elder Parole bill claim that their bill isn’t meant to free serial killers and the worst offenders, but whom exactly do they think is serving life sentences?

Had they wanted to exclude serial killers, murderers, and pedophiles, all they had to do was add a few words to their bill. Sen. Hoylman-Sigal and pro-crime Democrats chose not to do so because they want to provide the Son of Sam and every other monster with a chance at parole.

And if they don’t get paroled on their first try, they will automatically be able to reapply “no more than 24 months later.” Go through parole hearings often enough and something may give. Just ask Sirhan Sirhan, Robert F. Kennedy’s killer, who was recommended for parole in 2021.

New York Democrats could have chosen to limit the scope of the Elder Parole bill by excluding murderers, serial killers or child rapists. They didn’t do that because they wanted them to have a chance at parole. Why? It’s right there in the bill. They oppose “mass incarceration.”

The pro-crime bill contains no mention of victims except for the name of the committee responsible for this abomination: the Senate Crime Victims, Crime And Correction Committee.

Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal and his pro-crime allies announced the launch of the Elder Parole bill at a session with Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (RAPP). And afterward? RAPP’s site contains a proposal titled, “The Next Step: Ending Excessive Punishment for Violent Crimes” in order to “end mass incarceration.” Life sentences are considered “excessive.”

The ultimate goal of the pro-crime movement is to free all the criminals, to eliminate police and prisons, and turn everyone who isn’t a criminal into a victim. This endgame is to be achieved through incremental measures like freeing “non-violent offenders” and then violent offenders over 55 and then all criminals. A growing list of crimes will be decriminalized. Police will be replaced with pro-crime social workers, prisons with “restorative justice” and public safety with perpetual terror. That is what “ending mass incarceration” and “defunding police” really means.

There will still be some crimes punishable with the harshest sentences. Just ask former Marine Daniel Penny who put his life on the line to stop deranged subway psycho Jordan Neely.

In a society of criminals run for the benefit of criminals, self-defense is the only crime.

Gov. Hochul and New York’s Democrat Senate and Assembly legislative majority under pro-crime politicians like Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie will quickly roll out the end of life sentences and parole for the worst criminals the way that they have every previous piece of pro-crime legislation.

New York will become even more violent and dangerous. Innocent people will be robbed, beaten and killed by the criminals whom the Democrats have set loose on the populace.

And if you happen to spot the Son of Sam or the Angel of Death while riding the A train, try not to make eye contact. They might take it personally.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2023

State Dept Pushes LGBTQ ‘Pride’ Everywhere Except Muslim World

By On June 06, 2023
In June, United States embassies across the world get ready for the biggest patriotic celebration of the year. Flags are taken out of the attic, ironed and hoisted in rainbow swirls across the sky.

From Europe to Latin America to Asia, Africa and Oceania, the new flag of the nation flies across what used to be the worldwide diplomatic outposts of the United States of America.

This is done without regard to the religious feelings or sensibilities of the host nation.

In Vatican City, the U.S. Embassy flew the rainbow flag and tweeted that it “stands with the LBGTQI+ community against discrimination and other forms of persecution because of who they are and whom they love.”

In Jerusalem, outgoing Ambassador Tom Nides cheerfully declared “Shabbat Shalom” from a gay pride parade that featured a drag queen. Nides had made no comment about the murder of Meir Tamari, the 20th person in Israel killed by Islamic terrorists so far this year.

In India, Ambassador Eric Garcetti, the former Los Angeles mayor whose inappropriate nomination had barely survived the scandal of his aide sexually harassing men, broadcast a video in which he raised the pride flag, with more dedication and drama than the Marines at Iwo Jima, before delivering a speech about the importance of the LGBTQ movement.

In Paris, the embassy celebrated “#IncroyableDiversité” while the embassy in Moscow put up a rainbow mural of Biden declaring in Russian that, “Pride is a celebration of generations of LGBTQI+ people, who have fought bravely to live openly and authentically.”

In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a country where the people are starving, children are being sold as sex slaves and the streets belong to gangs, the white ambassador convened white staff members to attend a Pride Month ceremony. The wind was blowing hard and the participants might have smelled ash, misery and human waste. Some of the locals have taken to setting each other on fire, but surely they appreciated the ambassador’s thoughts on LGBTQ pride.

Few Americans were in attendance since the embassy had previously issued an alert warning tourists not to come “due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor health care infrastructure.”

But while State Department facilities from Bogota, Columbia to Pretoria, South Africa put aside their pressing business to celebrate Pride Month, and the embassies in Warsaw, Poland and the Philippines joined in, there were notable exceptions from the global celebration of ‘Pride’.

The United States embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia bafflingly neglected Pride Month. In Islamabad, Pakistan, insult was added to injury when the embassy instead commemorated Urs, a festival marking the death of a Sufi saint, without even a single rainbow emoji in view.

The Saudis would seem to be more in need of hearing about gay rights than the Haitians or the French since under Sharia law the penalty for pride is being stoned to death. The Pakistanis could also use a few rainbow flags since they lock up gay people while freeing terrorists.

The Biden administration recently vented its outrage because Uganda passed some laws criminalizing homosexuality. There has been talk of threatening one of the poorest nations in the world with sanctions. But where are the sanctions for Saudi Arabia? Or other Muslim countries?

A decade ago, Brunei brought back Sharia law and the death penalty for homosexuality. The US embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan failed to mention Biden’s views on ‘Pride’ and instead promoted ‘Sports Diplomacy’ through soccer. There are no sanctions for Sharia law.

And no mention of Pride Month in our outreach to the Muslim world.

Pride Month was missing in action in Baghdad, where the U.S. embassy has enough problems since the only thing Iraqi Sunni and Shiite Muslims agree on is trying to kill them. If the Kuwait embassy celebrated the Stonewall riot, they kept it to themselves. No rainbow flags could be seen in Jordan where all the focus was on the royal marriage of its dictator. Nancy Pelosi recorded a message on the marriage, but sadly had nothing to say about LGBT rights.

The same was true in Yemen, currently caught in a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites over who gets to impose Sharia law on whom. Neither side will be particularly interested in any rainbow flags. And Biden isn’t interested in telling either side about ‘Pride Month’.

The US Embassy in Cairo focused on Jill Biden’s visit to Egypt where she met with women wearing hijabs and pretended to understand what they were saying to her. The honored doctor made no mention of the LGBTQ movement to the women in the hijabs.

While the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland urged, “This month and every month, let us celebrate the pride that powers the movement for LGBTQI+”, the message did not reach the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. “Pride Month is kicking off in the U.S. today! We’d love to know: What does Pride mean to you,” the U.S. Embassy in Brussels asked. But the U.S. Embassy to the UAE instead bafflingly urged the locals to come to Michigan to get degrees in Arabic Language..

But that’s how you get more Muslim Brotherhood members and win elections in Michigan.

To understand the mystery of why some embassies and consulates, but not others, celebrate Pride Month, take a trip to Kabul. Not literally, as that would be a worse idea than visiting Haiti or Baltimore, but via the digital outposts of the nation’s failed diplomatic empire.

In 2021, the US Embassy in Kabul tweeted, “The month of June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month. The United States respects the dignity & equality of LGBTI people & celebrates their contributions to the society. We remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities, including LGBTI persons. #Pride2021 #PrideMonth.”

In August 2021, the Taliban took Kabul. The embassy ‘saigoned’ itself out of there, but not before costing at least 13 American lives, and is now permanently virtual. The collapse of Afghanistan is not enough to shut down any part of the State Department. Despite being unable to operate in Kabul, the U.S. Embassy continues to conduct its business. Foreign aid, which was 99% of our function in Afghanistan, continues to flow by the billions to the terrorists.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has taken the time out to celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’ in Pashtun (a people that believes that mothers should be ‘burkaed’ and beaten, not heard), ‘Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander Heritage Month’ and ‘World Press Freedom Day’ in a nation where the only free press is living in caves.

Afghans with access to Twitter are informed that there are over 2,700 mosques in America.

Most of those Afghans can only wonder what the hell is wrong with America. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul (not actually in Kabul) believes that the one thing that can give Afghans hope is the knowledge that the Taliban aren’t just taking over in their country, but also in America.

Among all this diplomat-ish nonsense, the one thing you won’t find the U.S. Embassy in Kabul tweeting about is Pride Month or displaying any colorful rainbow flags.

What happened between Pride Month 2021 in Kabul and all the lost pride months since?

Afghanistan, like the rest of the Muslim world, is now fully run under Sharia law. We didn’t have to worry about offending the old puppet regime, but we strive not to offend the Taliban.

There’s no more talk of Pride Month to Afghans, no lesbian studies or any of the stuff that our diplomats used to waste their time on while American boys were fighting and dying in valleys.

The Biden administration will fly its Pride flags in Vatican City and Jerusalem, but you won’t hear about it in Riyadh, Doha, Islamabad or Kabul. In the great intersectional roundabout, Muslims are higher on the totem pole than ever drag queens and not a word must be said to offend them. It’s alright to offend Catholics and Orthodox Jews, but thou shalt not cross a Koranist.

The flags of Pride Month fly from Warsaw to Bogota, and from Oslo to Port-au-Prince, but the army of pride doesn’t venture to hang its banners in Baghdad, and never mind, Benghazi.

Like feminism, the LGBTQ movement stops at the line in the sand drawn by Sharia law.

And the Biden administration, the State Department, and the alphabet soup activists are fine with that, because it was never about rights, but about bringing down western civilization.

There’s no need to hang up flags in Riyadh, when your goal is to destroy Rome and Jerusalem.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, June 05, 2023

How Not to Fight Crime

By On June 05, 2023
“I will not stand by and let criminals undermine our economy and the livelihood of New Yorkers. We are going to act,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams vowed.

After announcing a 44% increase in retail theft in one year, Adams promised a bold new effort called “Second Chance” and “Re-Engaging Store Theft Offenders and Retail Establishments (RESTORE)” that will allow shoplifters “to avoid prosecution or incarceration by meaningfully engaging with services to help address underlying factors that lead to shoplifting.”

What “underlying factors” led gangs to steal hundreds of thousands worth of jewels or handbags, pack them up and walk away, or roll a trash can full of them down the street?

The root cause of the crime wave is a lack of consequences.

“Last year alone, 327 repeat offenders were responsible for 30 percent of the more than 22,000 retail thefts across our city.,” Adams noted.

Do the math. The variable after the equals sign is a complete lack of consequences in which criminals, steal, are arrested, get released, steal, get arrested, and do it until their arms get tired. Smarter criminals recruit teens with no formal criminal records to steal for them. They go from store to store in gangs while making sure that each gang member steals less than $1,000 from each individual store at one time even if the total haul is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Get caught the first time and criminals don’t even have to “step foot in a courtroom”, they’ll just go to a “voluntary one-day program, which can take the form of an educational workshop and restorative justice circle” to “reflect on their actions.” So much for “meaningfully engaging”.

Then they’ll be signed up for every form of social services imaginable.

Get caught stealing again and the thieves will be subjected to RESTORE’s “variety of programming” including “educational modules” and “restorative justice exercises”.

By then many criminals may however voluntarily choose prison to avoid the exercises.

The city will “train retail workers in de-escalation tactics” so they don’t interfere with the shoplifters and will even add “resource kiosks” so that the criminals can apply for welfare without putting down the stuff they’re stealing.

The bold new strategy to go easy on shoplifters assumes that the criminals are motivated by “root causes” like “poverty” and “food insecurity”, but the report’s own statistics show that the vast majority of thefts are happening at chain stores, drug stores and department stores. Over 4,000 took place at clothing stores, more than at supermarkets and grocery stores combined.

Barely a thousand happened at supermarkets.

Numbers like these are why Target is projecting over a billion dollars in retail shrink losses and chain stores are closing in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and other pro-crime cities.

We know what the root cause here is and it’s not poverty, it’s a lack of consequences.

There were 40,000 thefts in New York City before 2020 and around 65,000 last year. In the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, thefts more than doubled between 2020 and 2022. In Manhattan, they rose from 18,000 to almost 30,000.

That’s a statistic that can be credited to the newfound enthusiasm for pro-crime policies in the year of BLM. The criminal justice system no longer functions and the criminals know it.

So do the politicians. New York City’s retail theft report offhandedly mentions that, “egregious retail theft is carried out by organized groups of individuals, including those who exploit New York State law by stealing less than $1,000 worth of merchandise (as this dollar amount is generally punishable by a misdemeanor rather than a felony). These groups often commit brazen, multi-person, and sometimes violent raids on retail establishments to maximize the amount of goods they can steal in one instance.” This isn’t poverty, it’s organized crime that takes advantage of pro-crime legislation that legalized theft in New York and California.

New York shows what happens when consequences are replaced with social services.

Since New York’s pro-crime troika of Gov. Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, along with pro-crime DAs like Manhattan’s Alvin Bragg, are determined to keep the crime wave going, the law isn’t going to be changed and the laws won’t be enforced which means that the thievery will continue. If the consequences for stealing are a diversion program and a day of listening to lectures on how theft hurts the feelings of store owners and employees, the situation will only get worse.

Store owners and employees will be taught “de-escalation” which is “commonly used in policing” but “can also be applied in a more traditional customer service setting”. The push for de-escalation training originated with getting the police to stop enforcing the law. The presumption of de-escalation training is that law enforcement is the real problem. Now store owners and employees who have tried to fight back against thieves will be told that they are the real problem and that they need to de-escalate situations and avoid trying to protect their property.

The good news for store owners is that they’ll be allowed to “identify perpetrators of theft using surveillance cameras and then fill out the requisite form to NYPD” and then the NYPD will assemble a list of “top repeat offenders” that will, in some form, be available to store owners, but with a lower level of details about the perps so as not to “compromise privacy.”

The priority here will be protecting the privacy of the people ripping off stores.

Rather than enforcing the law, the Adams proposals will route criminals into the social services bureaucracy and funnel money to social services “providers”, often politically connected, to offer “educational services”, “restorative justice” and sign them up as lifelong clients. With providers doing a good deal of the screening, as many criminals as possible will be deemed eligible.

Since the providers tend to be local community organizations linked to the Democratic Party, these programs will incentivize more local crime to create more clients and provide a financial incentive for the party’s local movers and shakers to support pro-crime policies.

The thieves will no longer just be stealing from small businesses, they’ll also help community groups steal tax money from those same businesses to provide therapy to the thieves.

Chain stores will flee New York City, prices will rise everywhere else and the party’s community groups and activists will get richer from a social crisis that they created.

The only way to prevent crime is through consequences. New York has no consequences and so has no way to stop crime. Crime isn’t a social problem, it’s a moral problem. The Left rejects individual responsibility and argues that criminals are oppressed victims who suffer at the hands of an insensitive capitalist system. But crime is not a response to poverty. Dangerous areas of the city are poor because they suffer from a culture of criminality. Poverty doesn’t create crime, if it did, CEOs would never steal, crime creates poverty by destroying morals and economics.

A culture of criminality leads to a place where crime goes unpunished and public safety disappears. Individuals, knowing that there’s no law that will protect them, defend themselves. No broad prosperity is possible in such a state of lawless anarchy and misery. New York, having lost the broad prosperity of its middle class, is losing its upper class, leaving behind nothing.

Except restorative justice seminars for the thieves.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Latinos Can Be White Supremacists or Oppressed Minorities. Not Both

By On June 05, 2023
Forget George Zimmerman, Latino white supremacy is having its moment now.

“Latinos Can Be White Supremacists,” The Atlantic asserts. The New York Times traces, “The Long and Violent History of Anti-Black Racism in the Latino Community”, Slate delves into, “The Roots of Latino White Supremacy” and The New Yorker profiles, “The Rise of Latino White Supremacy”.

None of these articles mention Jose Vasconcelos, the ‘Mexican’ politician and thinker who created the term La Raza Cosmica, giving us the La Raza movement, and who propagandized for Nazi Germany. Much like the KKK roots of the Democrats, it would be politically inconvenient to note that the party staked its bet on the racial nationalism of Latino and black movements to take over America. But that’s what identity politics is under its thin disguise of fighting racism.

If Mauricio Garcia, the Texas mall shooter whose rampage set off a corresponding media rampage about the threat of Latino white supremacy, did indeed have Swastika and SS tattoos, there would be nothing extraordinary about that. From Vasconcelos to Eva Peron, the subject of a Hollywood movie and musical, plenty of Latino political figures were Nazi collaborators. There was no contradiction in that. Latinos are southern europeans immigrants and there was no reason not to consider them members of the Aryan race. Or to consider them oppressed.

The Left wants to opportunistically reimagine Latinos as both white supremacists and oppressed minorities. This is the same intersectional trick it’s trying to pull with feminism, treating women as oppressed when dealing with men, but as oppressors when it comes to men in dresses. Gay men are victims outside the LGBT movement, but oppressors inside it. This hierarchical victimocracy is at the core of intersectionality which treats everyone as victim and victimizer.

Minority groups tricked into believing that they were being given power are discovering that they are only useful as weapons against white heterosexual men and that otherwise they’re oppressors. But the real oppressors are the ones who get to decide who is a victim. Those who define the hierarchy are the ones who have all the power. Splitting the atom of victimhood makes everyone an oppressor and subservient to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity machine..

The Left cannot and should not be allowed to have it both ways. Latinos can be either oppressed people of color or white supremacists, what they absolutely cannot be is both.

“Being white and being Latino are not mutually exclusive,” a New York Times op-ed grudgingly admits the obvious. Then why have a Latino racial category at all? Federal law confusingly defines Latinos or Hispanics as an ethnicity, even while many states and cities treat them as a race. And yet around 40% of Latinos define themselves as a race on census questions.

The Biden administration is proposing to treat Muslims as a separate race defined by the MENA category and to create a Hispanic or Latino category. All of this will be pushed forward by Robert Santos, Biden’s census bureau appointee, who has a past with La Raza. Santos is a big proponent of a Hispanic or Latino racial category.

The problem with racial categories is that they carry with them the presumption of an oppressed minority group. That’s certainly not true of Latinos in Latin America who, like Muslims, are a majority in their home countries, and are on the way to becoming a majority in America.

Can Latinos can be members of another race and white supremacists at the same time?

What the new “Latino white supremacist” push really proves is that racial categories are absurd nonsense and that the federal government should stop tracking them. And it’s not just Latinos.

Barack Obama and Kamala Harris built political careers on feigning an unconvincing black racial identification based on absent foreign fathers they barely have a relationship with. The absurdity of these privileged wealthy politicians claiming to be members of an oppressed group jumped the shark when Kamala, a San Francisco socialite raised by a wealthy globe-trotting Brahmin mother, claimed that she was a victim of racial segregation in California.

We never actually lived in the imaginary black-and-white society that the civil rights movement pretended that we did. And we certainly don’t exist in it now. America is a racially mixed society where achievement is not predicted on race except for those who want it to be. Southern Europeans who oscillate between white supremacists and oppressed minorities are just the most ridiculous example of trying to apply the paradigm of the civil rights movement in 2023.

Racial categories serve no function except to divide Americans. It’s time to get rid of them.

Whether Latinos want to be a race, an ethnicity or a band is entirely up to them. It is not the business of any government authority to track such things. In the name of dismantling racism, Americans have spent three generations living under a pernicious system for tracking race and dispensing privileges based on race. And, like most racial systems, it’s based on fraud.

Would Senator Elizabeth Warren have built her career on a fraudulent Indian identity if there weren’t ample rewards waiting for those who claim to be another race? Would Rachel Dolezal have headed an NAACP chapter if our fake racial categories didn’t reward real or fake races?

The Latino racial category is Dolezal and Warren writ large. It’s white people claiming minority status and scoring massive benefits from it. There are cultural reasons that Latinos want to self-define as non-white or white, but such self-definitions have no objective basis to them. If Latinos can self-define their race based on whatever their politics or ideology is right now, then shouldn’t everyone also be able to pick whatever race they’re feeling like at any given moment?

A Latino racial category makes ‘transracialism’ or the conviction that someone is a different race inescapable and legally undeniable. Genetic analysis already shows that much of the population has genetic origins from all over the place. Anyone who really wants to can use selective testing to argue that they are a member of any group, Latino, Jewish, Indian or black, they choose to be.

The La Raza racial category dates back to the insistence by Vasconcelos that being a mixed race is a separate race. But, if so, then Americans are becoming an even more mixed race.

American should appear as a racial category alongside Hispanic or Latino. Latinos are a race in the same geographic, cultural and nationalistic sense that Americans are a race. There’s a far more credible argument to be made that the American mix of English, Irish, German,. Scottish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Jewish, Indian and black are a truer mixed race than Latinos who still trace the majority of their DNA to the Iberian peninsula.

The only science behind treating Latinos as a separate race is political science.

Democrats hoped to make Latinos the cornerstone of a national one-party system through demographic change. That’s why Democrats still champion open borders and illegal migration. It’s why millions pour through the southern border and are resettled to transform America.

But Democrats and their media are also slowly realizing that the same strategy that worked in California may be faltering in Texas and Florida, and that, unlike black voters, Latinos are a more mixed group with different agendas and less of a tendency toward the bloc vote. Open borders are not just a scheme to replace Americans, but to replace older Latino immigrants with fresh arrivals who don’t speak English and will sign whatever the ballot harvesters tell them to.

But even that’s not working as reliably or systemically as the leftist movement had hoped.

The Left is trying to subdivide Latinos into good and bad categories that are seemingly based on race, but are actually derived from cultural ideology. The New Yorker’s profile on “The Rise of Latino White Supremacy” argues that “seventeen thousand people have been killed by guns in this country. Meanwhile, there are more than sixty million Latinos in the United States, and, motivated by extremism or a sense of fear, they’ve bought a lot of guns in the past few years.”

Latinos buy guns. People are killed by guns. Therefore Latinos who buy guns must be white supremacists. This dumb bigotry is deeply revealing of the hypocritical double standards from which the separate racial categories are derived. Latinos who don’t own guns are oppressed peoples of color while those who buy guns must be white supremacists.

Leftist identity politics argues that the only real minorities are leftists. Or non-gun-buyers.

Do we really need a racial category to define gun-buyers as white supremacists and non-gun-buyers as oppressed peoples of color?

Do we really need a racial category that is exclusively limited to leftists?

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Sunday, June 04, 2023

Biden’s Strategy to Fight Anti-Semitism Enables Hatred of Jews and Israel

By On June 04, 2023
In 2019, President Trump signed an executive order on combating antisemitism. The order used the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism which includes “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination”, “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism to characterize Israel” and applying double standards to the Jewish State.

Biden’s hyped U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, released on the eve of the Shavuot holiday, backtracks from this gold standard by claiming that, “there are several definitions of antisemitism, which serve as valuable tools to raise awareness and increase understanding of antisemitism”, including the IHRA, but noting that the Biden administration “welcomes and appreciates the Nexus Document and notes other such efforts.”

The Nexus definition was authored by anti-Israel activists like Tema Smith, who had claimed that, “Hamas — and the Palestinians as a whole — have desperately real and legitimate grievances against Israel.”

“Jews *have* to be ok with Palestinians *explaining* why some turn to terrorism,” she argued.

The Nexus advisory committee included the likes of Hussein Ibish, who had described Hezbollah as a “disciplined and responsible liberation force” whose terrorists had “conducted themselves in an exemplary manner”, along with J Street leader Jeremy Ben Ami, Lila Corwin-Berman, who had defended BDS, and Chaim Seidler-Feller, whose hatred was so intense he had kicked and scratched a Jewish woman over her support for the Jewish State.

The Nexus definition of antisemitism was created to protect anti-Israel activists from charges of antisemitism. That definition, which the Biden administration chose to promote, claims that BDS, or “boycotting goods made in the West Bank and/or Israel is not antisemitic”, and argues that, “opposition to Zionism and/or Israel does not necessarily reflect specific anti-Jewish animus nor purposefully lead to antisemitic behaviors and conditions” and defends double standards by contending that “paying disproportionate attention to Israel and treating Israel differently than other countries is not prima facie proof of antisemitism.”

While the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism claims that the IHRA definition is the most prominent, that is not the same as an endorsement and the strategy carefully avoids any mention of BDS and beyond its opening has relatively few mentions of Israel. Despite being hyped by Jewish Democrats, it is undeniably a step back from the Trump executive order.

Even with the seemingly strong language cited by administration supporters, such as “when Israel is singled out because of anti-Jewish hatred, that is antisemitism”, the ‘conditional’ in that sentence is clearly a lawyerly use of the Nexus, not the IHRA definition, defining hatred of Israel only as antisemitism when it can be proven to have originated because of antisemitism.

Incorporating the Nexus defense of BDS and hatred of Israel is a symptom of a larger problem.

The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism insists that the only kind of antisemitism is white supremacism or “right-wing” hatred. Its only references to leftist, black, or Muslim antisemitism are cautiously indirect because those forms of antisemitism cannot be condemned.

After multiple Muslim and black nationalist terrorist attacks on synagogues, Muslims and black nationalists are only mentioned as allies and fellow victims of white supremacist bigotry.

The strategy states that, “antisemitic conspiracy theories are often foundational to white supremacy as well as numerous other violent extremist ideologies. For example, in January 2022, an armed hostage-taker motivated by other violent notions terrorized the members of a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.” The “other violent notions” were Islamic ones.

Malik Faisal Akram, a Muslim Pakistani supporter of ‘Lady Al Qaeda’, broke into the synagogue and held the people inside hostage until he was shot and killed by the FBI. Al Qaeda later called Akram a “martyr” and declared that “there Is no greater enemy of Islam and inhabitants of Islam than the Jews”.

When a national antisemitism strategy can’t even name and describe an Al Qaeda attack on a synagogue because it would undermine its premise that Muslims can only be victims and that the only threat worth discussing is white supremacy then it’s the problem, not the solution.

If the Biden administration won’t even allow a mention of the most violent kind of Islamic antisemitism by a supporter of a terror group we are at war with, it’s collaborating with it.


The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.rollout press release boasts that “the Council on American-Islamic Relations will launch a tour to educate religious communities about steps they can take to protect their houses of worship from hate incidents.”

That’s the same CAIR which has defended Islamic terrorism against Jews, defended Muslim terrorists who plotted attacks on synagogues, whose official, Zahra Billoo, had urged, “we need to pay attention to the Zionist synagogues”, and which was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial involving the funding of Hamas.

When Ahmed Ferhani was arrested for a plot to attack a synagogue, CAIR held a rally to support him. It still has materials on its site defending the antisemitic terrorist.

After promoting an antisemite’s definition of antisemitism, the Biden administration is promoting synagogue bombers to tour and educate houses of worship about security measures.

There are good things about the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. It does address campus antisemitism, acknowledging that, “on college campuses, Jewish students, educators, and administrators have been derided, ostracized, and sometimes discriminated against because of their actual or perceived views on Israel.” But it fails to note that the antisemitism is coming from Islamists and leftists, and its focus on “swastikas” and “Kristallnacht” implies the familiar white supremacist narrative even when, in one case, the Nazi reference was actually being employed by a Muslim woman.

The strategy does mention that beyond learning about the Holocaust, students should also learn the “histories of antisemitism experienced by Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews—who trace their ancestry to Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa—and their stories of exclusion, persecution, and expulsion.” And that is a good thing, American Jewish historiography has been dominated for too long by Ashkenazi or European Jewish history, but how will it be possible to teach about Muslim antisemitism without even mentioning Islam?

Even though Orthodox Jews have been the victims of the majority of violent physical assaults, there is only one brief mention of this phenomenon, “some traditionally observant Jews, especially traditional Orthodox Jews, are victimized while walking down the street.”

Inconveniently, the attackers tend to be black or other minorities, and so cannot be mentioned.

The black nationalist massacre at a Kosher grocery store in Jersey City and a machete attack at a synagogue in 2019 go completely unmentioned, even though they were among the deadliest recent attacks on Jews along with the white supremacist terrorist attack in Poway, California.

A better name for the new approach would be the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Those Kinds of Antisemitism We Are Willing to Discuss while leaving out the majority of violent antisemitic threats and avoiding the question of Israel as much as it possibly can.

The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism is crippled by the woke dependency on intersectionality, on the need to view antisemitism as interrelated with other prejudices and bigotries, and to position Jews as common victims and allies against white supremacy, and in the process it ignores what antisemitism actually is and what is unique about it. And that approach has actually ended up enabling leftist antisemitism over the 20th century.

Anitsemitism is not simply a racial or religious hatred. The attempts to narrowly define it run aground on its persistence across thousands of years, through different cultures, religions, and nations. Antisemitism morphs, adopting different shapes and forms, emerging in radically different political movements across both the Left and the Right, to form a common denominator. The Biden strategy seeks to compartmentalize antisemitism within a postmodern rainbow coalition of minority victims faced with the bigotry of a majority, even as the document is forced to awkwardly grapple with the fact that much of the hatred is coming from minorities.

At best that’s denial and at worst that’s complicity.

The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism isn’t a strategy to fight antisemitism, but to cover up the reality of it as a politically inconvenient reality with a politically convenient myth. And no one should have expected anything else from a radical administration with no shortage of antisemitic nominees, which continues to undermine Israel while supporting hate groups like CAIR. Whether it’s Nexus or the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, putting the enablers of antisemitism in charge of defining and fighting antisemitism can never end well.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, June 01, 2023

J1 – The Anniversary of the BLM Insurrection at the White House

By On June 01, 2023
On May 29th, 2020, the nationwide insurrection by the racist hate group BLM and its leftist allies arrived in the nation’s capital in a very big way.

On Friday night, a violent racist leftist mob, falsely described as “peaceful” by its media allies, converged on the White House. The insurrectionists assaulted Secret Service and Park Police officers. They shouted obscenities and threatened President Trump even as they fought their way past law enforcement personnel to reach the White House.

“It looks like a war zone outside the White House,” Adam Parkhomenko, the former co-founder of Ready for Hillary, commented on a retweeted video of a burning building.

The Democrat insurrectionists hurled Molotov cocktails and rushed out for brief tactical forays even as a more telegenic crowd that was proportionately more female held their hands up for the cameras and chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot”: a BLM hoax popularized during the Michael Brown riots. While these human shields faced off with law enforcement, the real attack was underway with insurrectionists targeting security barriers and Secret Service personnel.

Secret Service personnel faced everything from bricks to incendiary devices and held the line. The insurrectionist assault was aimed at breaking the line, forcing the Secret Service to retreat allowing for a siege of the White House, followed by a full assault and penetration of the grounds. But despite the violence, the Secret Service did not retreat and none of the Democrat insurrectionists were able to make it over the White House fence.

The insurrectionist tactics on display were similar to those that had terrorized cities around the country, but what especially alarmed federal personnel was that the insurrectionists were not just aiming at the White House, but also at the nearby Treasury Department building.

The Treasury Building is connected to the East Wing of the White House by a secret tunnel built after Pearl Harbor to allow the president to evacuate in case of an attack.

When the insurrectionists penetrated barricades set up at the Treasury Building, there was fear that the attackers were preparing to foil a presidential evacuation by hitting both the White House and the Treasury Building, cutting off any possible escape route for President Trump.

With the Treasury evacuation route in danger, the Secret Service brought President Trump, along with Melania and Barron, down to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center. Another relic of the FDR administration, the PEOC is a secretive bunker over 1,000 feet underground with its own air supply that is nearly impossible to penetrate by missile strikes or even by an armed force that has taken control of the White House grounds.

Taking presidential family members to the PEOC is usually a response to an aerial threat like rockets or aircraft on 9/11, when there isn’t enough time to evacuate in a conventional fashion. The use of the PEOC during the BLM insurrection however was triggered by the attack on the Treasury Department. With D.C. streets overrun by rioters and no cooperation from Mayor Bowser, the Secret Service may have believed that a street evacuation was too risky. And an aerial evacuation would have been ruled out until the grounds were fully secured.

On Saturday, May 30th, the insurrectionist occupation of D.C. continued. The Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial were vandalized and 11 police officers were injured. An attempt was made to burn the historic Chamber of Commerce Building. And even with Trump out of town, the insurrectionist mob continued to try to reach the White House.

The D.C. National Guard was activated in the largest deployment since the black nationalist riots after Martin Luther King’s murder. Democrat governors in charge of nearby forces however remained sympathetic to the insurrectionists and refused to deploy to protect the capital.

Virginia’s Gov. Northam, New York’s Gov. Cuomo and Pennsylvania’s Gov. Wolf, among other pro-insurrectionist governors, made it clear that a new civil war was underway.

President Trump flew out to Florida to watch Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch at the Kennedy SpaceCenter. He had originally planned to be there for much of the week, but had cut short his visit earlier that week and returned to Washington D.C. just in time for the insurrection.

Instead of celebrating another great national accomplishment, President Trump was forced to begin his remarks at the launch by paying tribute to George Floyd, whose misreported drug overdose earlier that week had been used as a pretext for the nationwide insurrection.

“The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief,” Trump said at the Kennedy Space Center. “I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack, and menace.”

But these remarks did nothing to damp down the violence of the leftist insurrection.

Despite the wounds suffered by her own cops, Mayor Bowser, who had refused to allow the police to help stop the violence, made a public statement of support for the insurrectionists.

“While [Trump] hides behind his fence afraid/alone, I stand w/ people peacefully exercising their First Amendment Right after the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & hundreds of years of institutional racism,” the Democrat politician sneered. “There are no vicious dogs & ominous weapons. There is just a scared man. Afraid/alone…”

On Sunday, May 31st, with President Trump back, the violence intensified. Efforts were made to set the Church of the Presidents on fire. The White House guard house used by the Secret Service was reportedly torched. The BLM insurrectionists also pulled down and burned American flags where they could find them. Six members of the National Guard were wounded by Democrat insurrectionists throwing bricks. One of the Guardsmen was struck in the head.

The Inspector General’s report for the Department of the Interior documented “bricks, rocks, caustic liquids, frozen water bottles, glass bottles, lit flares, rental scooters, and fireworks” thrown at Park Police officers resulting in 49 injuries. 16 of those occurred on May 31st.

Fearing that they might be overwhelmed by the insurrectionists, DEA and ICE agents were brought in to help the National Guard. So was the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. Non-essential White House personnel were told to stay home because it was not safe for them to come to work.

By June 1st or J1, 60 Secret Service personnel had “sustained multiple injuries from projectiles such as bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks” and were “punched, kicked, punched, and exposed to bodily fluids.” That number would later be updated to 67 injured.

With the weekend over, White House employees returning to work were told to hide their IDs because with the insurrectionists in control of the streets, their safety could not be assured.

President Trump was urged to invoke the Insurrection Act by Attorney General Barr, who was trying to mobilize every federal law enforcement agency in D.C., but still knew that there was not enough manpower, and by Stephen Miller, but was dissuaded from doing so by Gen. Milley.

“The riots over the summer, you know, I could make a case that those riots were riots organic to an aggrieved community that perceived that they had various injustices throughout their life,” Milley would later tell the J6 Committee, expressing his sympathy for the J1 insurrectionists.

President Trump was determined to reject the siege and challenged the insurrectionists on J1 with a walk to the Church of the Presidents accompanied by Barr, Milley, and other government officials. The plan was that Trump would enter the church and pray inside, but it was boarded up due to the rioting. Instead he held up a bible in what would become a powerful symbol.

In the Rose Garden, Trump had pledged to be a “president of law and order” and “an ally of all peaceful protesters”, but pro-insurrectionist Democrats denounced his defense of law and order and falsely claimed that “non-violent” insurrectionists “peacefully protesting” had been cleared out of Lafayette Square by law enforcement to make way for Trump’s visit to the church.

The clearance operation was part of a pre-existing plan to secure the area with more fences and the peaceful insurrectionists were, according to the Chief of the Park Police, armed with “bricks, rocks, caustic liquids, water bottles, lit flares, fireworks and 2×4 sections of wood.”

Senator Ron Wyden accused Trump of giving a “fascist speech” that “verged on a declaration of war against American citizens.”

“These are not the words of a president, they are the words of a dictator,” Kamala Harris tweeted.

While the threat had been more severe on previous days, on J1, national Democrats openly began expressing their support for the insurrectionist attacks on the nation’s capital.

Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Jim McGovern teamed up to write an op-ed falsely claiming that the National Guard had been mobilized “against American citizens peacefully protesting”. They did not explain what role bricks and rocks play in peaceful protests. Or how over 100 law enforcement personnel came to be injured by insurrectionists “peacefully protesting”.

Under the mounting pressure of pro-insurrection propaganda by Democrats and their media, military leaders quickly retreated. Unlike previous deployments to riot zones, like the L.A. riots, the Guardsmen had been deployed without being able to defend themselves. And by the end of the week they had been officially disarmed. Even helicopter pilots who had “disturbed” the insurrectionists by flying too low were investigated and later wrongly disciplined.

Some of the insurrectionists would later sue for “emotional damage”.

On Tuesday, June 6th, the arrival of more troops from conservative states, that, unlike the D.C. National Guard, were reliable, helped turn the tide. But the political battle had been lost.

D.C. government elites, from Senator Elizabeth Warren to Senator Mitt Romney, appeared at protests to express support for the insurrectionists. By Wednesday, the National Guard began to withdraw. The most overt violence had ended, but its leftist political goals had been achieved.

And yet federal law enforcement and the troops had succeeded in holding the line.

The insurrection continued across the nation, but it never hit the same level of violence in Washington D.C. J1 countered and broke the insurrection around the White House. More importantly it showed what was possible with a little courage and resolution. Had J1 become a national model, much of the destruction of the BLM insurrection could have been prevented.

Unfortunately, pro-insurrection Democrats and their media intimidated federal law enforcement and the military leadership. Congressional investigations were launched and scapegoats were punished. Gen. Milley’s racist endorsement for studying “white rage” was typical of the frantic response of careerists who cared nothing for the nation, but were worried about their jobs.

What the insurrection had failed to achieve through a tactical assault, it won politically.

While military wokeness was already a problem, Gen. Milley and other military brass accelerated it radically. Top military leaders were soon ordering racist political indoctrination sessions in support of the insurrectionists. This led to severe drops in morale and shortfalls in recruitment that continue to this day. The White House held, but the military was lost.

During the J1 insurrection, Democrats and their media denounced the use of troops in D.C. After J6, there was a massive extended deployment of the National Guard along with a nearly unprecedented militarization of the area. When Biden rode to his inauguration, instead of cheering crowds, there were troops. And the same Democrats and media who had denounced the deployment of troops on J1 as “fascist” supported it in the Biden era making it clear that they had not opposed the deployment of the military, they had supported the J1 insurrectionists.

J1 has largely been buried and forgotten. The attacks on the White House and other government buildings have been whitewashed. A partial list of the injuries includes 67 Secret Service personnel, 49 Park Police officers, 11 Metro police officers, 6 Guardsmen, and unknown numbers of federal personnel from agencies who operated without making public statements.

Those over 120 injuries along with the arson and vandalism disprove the lie that the J1 insurrection was peaceful and non-violent. But the larger unanswered question is what might have happened if federal law enforcement personnel, ranging from the Bureau of Prisons to ICE to the FBI, the Marshalls and the Secret Service had failed to hold the line in D.C.

June 1 marks the second anniversary of one of the worst attacks on our center of government.

Democrat governors had rejected aid to the White House and military leaders like Gen. Milley would prove themselves to be fundamentally untrustworthy. Had the insurrectionists entered the White House, we might have witnessed the fall of the center of the government and the murder of a president. That nothing like this happened is a debt we owe to the mostly unknown men who stood up to the insurrectionists and their supporters in Congress and the media, who held the line against bricks and incendiary devices, and all through the long nights, saved our nation.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The CEO Behind Target’s Corporate Culture War

By On May 31, 2023
Target projects over $1 billion in losses due in large part to shoplifting. And that is its own fault.

Target CEO Brian Cornell responded to the BLM race riots with a memo claiming that, “the murder of George Floyd has unleashed the pent-up pain of years, as have the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.” Much of that pain was directed at robbing Target.

After a massive wave of arson and looting, targeted its own chain stores, Target doubled down on its Racial Equity Action and Change strategy. The Target Foundation was one of the signatories of the Philanthropic Collective to Combat Anti-Blackness & Realize Racial Justice statement attacking the criminal justice system.

Target committed to racial quotas for its workforce and forced diversity and inclusion training on employees. Kiera Fernandez, Target’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion executive, warned that employees had to go along with the DEI agenda “to be a part of this company.”

Meanwhile people were being stabbed and shot at Target locations around the country.

A 9-year-old boy was among those stabbed by a homeless psycho with a butcher knife at a Los Angeles Target and a 17-year-old teen was shot and killed behind another store in the same city. A 19-year-old was shot and killed in a San Francisco Target parking lot. Earlier this year a gunman opened fire at an Omaha Target and a 23-year-old was shot and killed at a St. Paul Target store.

These are just a few of the crimes that have been committed in the vicinity of Target stores.

“The unfortunate fact is violent incidents are increasing at our stores and across the entire retail industry,” Cornell admitted, which is “putting significant pressure on our financial results.”

Rather than commit to law enforcement, Target chose to run away from it and championed anti-police and pro-crime radicals. This shortchanged shareholders, but was part of its larger commitment to leftist social agendas under the ESG umbrella.

In 2016, Target became the first major department store to allow men, who falsely claim to be women, to use changing rooms meant for women and girls.

Conservatives launched a boycott and Target suffered a 7% drop in sales. But the retail giant doubled down, declaring that, “we stand for equality and equity” and that we “welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

Target’s equity policy made it all too easy for a series of incidents in which men photographed, shot videos and otherwise spied on women and girls in dressing rooms and bathrooms. The perpetrators included a man recording underage girls.

Now Target has lost an estimated $10 billion in value after promoting “chest binders”. These dangerous and damaging pieces of equipment are meant to groom girls into identifying as boys. The chest binders were allegedly being sold in sizes as small as XS. The company also offered baby onesies and bibs promoting transgenderism.

Target removed some of the worst items from its shelves, but CEO Cornell apologized to “the LGBTQIA+ community” claiming that he was trying to “alleviate these threats to our team’s physical and psychological safety” while assuring sexual identity activists that he was worried how backing away from grooming kids would “impact you and your wellbeing and psychological safety.”

The most serious of the bomb threats came from an angry transgender activist who claimed to have placed bombs in five Ohio and Pennsylvania Target locations and warned, “we will continue to bomb your targets until you stop cowering and bring back your LGBT merchandise.”

Cornell showed little interest in the “physical and psychological safety” of Target employees when people were being shot and stabbed at its stores. Target stores have been regularly robbed, looted and burned without any sympathy for Target employees. And there’s been no support for female employees and customers forced to cope with men using their facilities.

Target’s decision to put woke politics over its customers and shareholders has been disastrous.

Cornell claimed that Target’s “focus on diversity and inclusion and equity has fueled much of our growth over the last nine years.” In reality, it’s lost the company billions of dollars.

Target has generated repeated boycotts because of its hostility to family values and its support for pro-crime groups has helped unleash a wave of lawless violence and thefts. The chain’s multi-billion dollar commitments to racial discrimination in its supply chain, staffing and philanthropy have fed a larger breakdown in trust and unity inside and outside its business.

The question is whether Target’s shareholders are tired of bleeding cash for DEI and ESG.

Target’s largest shareholders include ESG stalwarts like Vanguard and BlackRock. Unless the corporation feels a great deal of pain, Vanguard and BlackRock will keep on subsidizing Target’s social justice policies the way that they do with so many other major woke corporations. And what Vanguard and BlackRock want matters more than what individual shareholders do.

Last year, Target scrapped its retirement age and announced that Cornell, like Xi, would be staying on even as the stores were struggling, but there will be no change unless it begins at the top.

Cornell had taken the lead in pushing the new woke corporate mantras, and he has doubled down on arguing that “it’s the right thing for society, and it’s the great thing for our brand”.

ESG is based on this false linkage between leftist politics, “the right thing for society”, and sound business practices. State regulations and consumer boycotts are attacking ESG at the level of pure profit and loss. If ESG delivers losses, not profits, it will become unsustainable.

That is why the corporate culture war matters.

Good business and social agendas are incompatible. The Target boycott, like the Bud Light boycott and the battering that Disney has taken in Florida, has the opportunity to hammer that message home. And if that happens, Cornell’s job and much of Target’s wokeness will go with it.

CEO Brian Cornell has turned over Target to criminals and perverts. By putting agendas ahead of profits, he has hurt shareholders, damaged the brand and betrayed his responsibilities.

It’s time for him to go.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Hitler’s Multicultural Supporters

By On May 30, 2023
“The world today needs a Hitler,” CNN correspondent Adeel Raja tweeted. Tala Halawa, the BBC’s “Palestinian” specialist, had previously tweeted a rant that included #HitlerWasRight.

Researchers have found that the #HitlerWasRight hashtag was intertwined not just with the usual white supremacists, but with more “progressive” hashtags like #FreePalestine.

Raja, a Pakistani Muslim, and Halawa, who hails from Israel’s West Bank, don’t fit the image of what people think Hitler’s fanbase looks like, but they’re more typical than you might think.

During the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists, Pakistani celebrities and politicians praised Hitler.

“I remember a saying by Hitler who said he had spared some Jews to let the world know why he killed them. Today I have developed a firm faith in this,” a Pakistani parliamentarian declared.

Pakistani actress Veena Malik tweeted the same fake Hitler quote. “I would have killed all the Jews of the world … but I kept some to show the world why I killed them.”

But it’s not just about Israel or the Jews.

Fayaz ul Hasan Chohan, a minister in Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet, allegedly named Hitler as one of his idols. He later positively compared Khan to Hitler. When CNN cut ties with Raja over his Hitler tweet, Khan’s right-hand man and one of his closest advisers, tweeted in support of him.

But then, as a Der Spiegel article began, “It’s not hard for a German living in Pakistan to get used to these differences, but one contrast is hard to stomach: Most people like Hitler.”

“Pakistanis always hone in on that topic whenever they talk to Germans. ‘We’re Aryans too,’ they say,” he observed.

The situation isn’t much better in Halawa’s West Bank where ‘Hitler’ is a popular name or nickname used by local terrorists. Among them is Jamal ‘Hitler’ Abu Roub, an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terror leader, whose original run for office led to headlines like “A Man Called Hitler Runs for a Seat” and “Palestinians Vote for Hitler”.

“Oh Hitler, you have brought pride to the homeland and Allah,” his supporters gushed.

Palestinian Authority media and leaders routinely praise Hitler. It’s not unusual to see Nazi flags flying on Arab Muslim homes in the West Bank or see Nazi salutes displayed at terrorist rallies.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority boss, wrote a Holocaust denial thesis as part of his education in the USSR. A few years ago, he claimed that the Holocaust was the fault of the Jews.

But appreciation of Hitler among non-white racialist nationalists and supremacists goes well beyond the usual predictable antisemitism in the Muslim world. And it can be found right here.

In the United States, the two main non-white forms of racial nationalism, black nationalism and the La Raza movement, were rife with admiration for Hitler and Nazi Germany.

“What the Negro needs is a Hitler,” Marcus Garvey had declared, and urged his followers to read Mein Kampf. “Hats off to Hitler the German Nazi.”

Admiration for Hitler and Nazi Germany was not unusual for black nationalists.

In The German Case Against the Jews, W. E. B. DuBois defended Nazi bigotry. Under Hitler, he claimed that there was “more democracy in Germany than there has been in years past.”

The Nation of Islam carried forward the black nationalist agenda. Like Garvey, Malcolm X met with the KKK. He also welcomed the leader of the American Nazi Party, to a Nation of Islam event. After his conversion to more normative Islam, which is often used to falsely depict him as moderating his views, he met up with the infamous Islamic cleric known as Hitler’s Mufti.

Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam’s current leader, has said, “Here come the Jews. They don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” The black supremacist leader suggested that “He raised up Germany from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising up our people from nothing.”

This idea of Hitler as a model for black leaders pervades the black nationalist movement.

“We must take a lesson from Hitler,” civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael, who later changed his name to Kwame Ture, had argued . “I’ve never admired a white man, but the greatest of them, to my mind, was Hitler.”

On the other side of the trinity of identity politics is La Raza.

“Hitler represents, in short, an idea, the German idea, so often humiliated once called by the militarism of the French, the perfidy of the English,” Jose Vasconcelos wrote in 1940. “What is becoming evident, even for the stubborn, is the triumph of Germany over its rivals and the historical change that will consequently take place in the world.”

“But we will win with the German victory!” he assured readers of his pro-Nazi magazine.

Vasconcelos, formerly Mexico’s leftist Minister of Education, had embraced a new vision of Latinos as La Raza Cosmica: a new master race shaped by continental eugenics.

La Raza Cosmica became popular among Latino racialists in the United States leading to the rise of the racist Raza Unida movement whose chant “Viva La Raza!” meant “Hail the Race”.

There was nothing unusual about Vasconcelos’s collaboration with the Nazis. Latin American eugenicists were often socialists with fascist sympathies who admired Nazi Germany. And when the Ford Foundation and other leftist organizations backed Latino nationalists in America, they mainstreamed eugenics, national socialism, and racial supremacism as progressive ideas.

As they’ve done with black supremacists and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The pernicious myth that racism is a fundamentally different phenomenon among non-white groups, politically or morally, is at the heart of everything from political correctness to critical race theory. But the admiration for Hitler and the Nazis across racial lines shows that’s a lie.

Racism is racism. And racial nationalists have a natural sympathy. That’s what impelled the alliances between Malcolm X and the KKK. It’s what turned a Nazi sympathizer’s racial tract into the basis for the La Raza movement in the United States. It’s why Hitler remains popular in the Muslim world and among a variety of non-white racialist and nationalist organizations.

You can see photos of black soldiers in Nazi uniforms fighting as part of the Mufti of Jerusalem’s Free Arabian Legion which included Arab and African Muslim soldiers. A generation after the Mufti was urging Hitler to wipe out the Jews, Malcolm X met up with him in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Malcolm X called Hitler’s Mufti a “cordial man of great dignity” and casually noted that he “referred to New York as Jew York.” Three years earlier, Malcolm X had shared a stage with the leader of the American Nazi Party. And nothing had really changed with his famous “epiphany”.

Hitler’s popularity says little about the syphilitic failed painter, but a great deal about his fanbase and the nature of racism. Hate is universal and ubiquitous. It crosses all racial boundaries. There is no division between racism and reverse racism, between punching up and punching down.

Beyond antisemitism, Hitler and the Nazis remain popular among racial supremacists and nationalists because they embody the ultimate model and ideal of killing the ‘other’. Mass genocide is the final seductive and murderous fantasy that runs through Islamist groups, through black supremacist movements and through La Raza ideology.

Those who are not members of the group must die off or be killed.

There’s nothing ‘white’ about this idea. It’s as old as tribe and time. And some of the worst racists in the world are non-white members of racial movements that admire Hitler.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Department of Education Investigates Schools for Not Sexualizing Kids

By On May 28, 2023
Biden launched his 2024 presidential campaign with an ad attacking Republicans for keeping a book featuring a 10-year-old performing sex acts out of schools.

“’Lawn Boy‘, one of the books shown in the Biden ad, includes lines like, “I was ten years old, but it’s true. I put Doug Goble’s ___ in my mouth.”

According to Biden, whose administration had previously colluded to investigate parents rallying against sexualizing schoolchildren with graphic materials like these as domestic terrorists, anyone opposed to having ‘Lawn Boy’ in schools is a “MAGA extremist”. While that assault on parents was stifled, under Biden, the Department of Education is launching a new attack.

Last year, the Forsyth County School District in Georgia pulledAll Boys Aren’t Blue, along with 7 other books from middle school shelves. It brought back all the books except ‘Boys’.

Now Biden is going after them.

The Department of Education conducted a civil rights investigation accusing the school district of creating “a hostile environment for students based on sex”.

How did the Georgia school district do this?

According to the Department of Education investigation letter, at the behest of the school board, “books that were obviously sexually explicit or pornographic” detailing “graphic details of sexual acts” were removed from school libraries.

This would have included All Boys Aren’t Blue which includes sections such as, “he reached his hand down and pulled out my d____. He quickly went to giving me h___” and “for the first few minutes, we dry h___ and g____.”

The school district launched its review after Mama Bears of Forsyth County made headlines by reading excerpts of the graphic materials being pushed on children at school board meetings. The materials were so shocking that the activist mothers were told to stop and one was banned from school board meetings.

The Department of Education launched its investigation to aid supporters of sexualizing children, but found nothing to justify the false accusations of racial or sexual discrimination. But a mere lack of evidence of wrongdoing means nothing to a predatory woke bureaucracy.

Even though no evidence to back up any civil rights violations was found, the DOE is not giving up. Its investigation letter contends that the act of screening books intended for middle school children for graphic sex acts “created a hostile environment for students” because “board meetings conveyed the impression that books were being screened to exclude diverse authors and characters, including people who are LGBTQI+ and authors who are not white.”

Just trying to protect children from pornography and racism is discriminatory, even if not a single discriminatory act can be shown to have occurred, simply because the local leftists say so.

The Department of Education’s position is that being accused of something by the Left is inherent evidence of guilt. And that there is no way to disprove that guilt. That’s not just lawfare: it’s cancel culture backed by the full ruthless power of the federal government.

While Biden’s bureaucratic flunkies can’t actually prove that there was any discrimination, they contend that an “impression” was “conveyed” and so the school district must now undergo a resolution process. What that actually means is that lefty activists contend that the district discriminated against them and despite the complete lack of evidence that there was any discrimination, the district must make amends by empowering them to make further smears.

The Department of Education launched a groundless fishing expedition and having come up with nothing still gets to persecute a school district for acts of discrimination that never took place because it has the money and power to abuse educators, parents, and children. The actual purpose of the exercise is to intimidate the Forsyth County School District, its school board and parents to stop trying to keep their kids away from sexual content.

While the Department of Education was going after a school district in Georgia, Bertelsmann, a massive ex-Nazi publishing giant behind some of the most racist and sexually inappropriate books being pushed in schools, sued the Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Florida, over a ban on All Boys Aren’t Blue and other sexually inappropriate books.

The timing of the lawsuit on May 16th, and the Department of Education complaint resolution on May 19th, suggests a coordinated campaign being waged by the Biden administration, woke corporate monopolies and leftist nonprofit groups against parents and children.

Last month, the NAACP and the ACLU sued the Pickens County School District in South Carolina for pulling “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You”, co-authored by prominent racist Ibram X. Kendi, which denounces racial coexistence and integration as assimilationism, celebrates domestic terrorist Angela Davis, and describes the LA riots as a “rebellion”.

According to the NAACP, keeping this hateful racist garbage away from children is “racially motivated discrimination”. But to prove that, the NAACP and the ACLU would have to show that the Pickens County schools keep racist white literature which denounces black supporters of integration as racists and endorses white nationalist domestic terrorists, while removing Kendi’s racism.

There are unlikely to be any such examples.

The Department of Education, the NAACP, and the ACLU, and their corporate leftist allies, are well aware that they are using identity politics as a shield for brainwashing children with destructive racist and sexual ideas. And they are countering parental pushback by suing schools to intimidate parents into backing down and letting their children be destroyed.

It is unlikely that this wave of lawsuits was not coordinated. Governments, corporations and charities are just fronts that leftists weave together into a single oppressive war machine.

The parental uprisings in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, along with the rest of the country, are being met with lawfare by some of the most powerful forces in the country, including the United States government, the ACLU, with assets of three quarters of a billion dollars, and Bertelsmann, a massive multi–billion dollar publishing monopoly, determined to crush them.

At stake are the souls of our children.

Biden made it clear what the lawfare is about. It’s about exposing children to “Lawn Boy” and All Boys Aren’t Blue, and every influence intended to radicalize and sexualize them.

The Department of Education is investigating schools for not exposing children to graphic sexual acts. What was once the domain of child molesters driving around in vans is now the policy of the federal government.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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