Iconoclast: Floyd’s ‘Murder’ Wasn’t Racist
We are “supposed to believe” Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd “at least partly out of a disregard for black lives” — yet John McWhorter at his Substack blog doubts that. “For every incident we hear of where cops kill a black person, there are multiple others where cops killed a white person, and we did not hear about it.” The problem is that the media focus on black killings; people “never see white people being killed on television and online.” Still, the George Floyd case may help us change a situation in which cops kill “too many human beings.” And if that means “thinking of the cops as blithely dedicated to shattering black bodies, then I may just have to go along for the ride.”
Peanut gallery: MLB & the Voting-Rights Con
By pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, grumps Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review, the rulers of Major League Baseball have “taken a no-compete spectacle I’d long since stopped caring about, and, by politicizing my respite from politics, they have made me not only care about it but get bats–t over it.” Yet “this is about power, not social justice”: Democrats “press to expand the number of registered voters and available ballots, then figure out ways — many regrettably legal, some not — to harvest them” to “acquire and retain power.” Indeed, “if voting is as crucial as the left says it is, people should be proud to exert the close-to-zero effort that is called for.” Policies like “no-ID provisions have nothing to do with race. They have everything to do with Democrats creating more opportunities to cheat.”
Economy beat: Cali’s High-Speed Lesson
“With a Democrat in the White House and a $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan on the table, excitement about high-speed rail is on the rise again,” reports Reason’s Paul Detrick. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg even tweeted out a map featuring possible routes for bullet trains crisscrossing the homeland. But “anyone taking the promise of high-speed rail seriously” should first consider California’s recent attempt to build a bullet train. The project has been substantially scaled back over the years, as the cost ballooned from $33 billion to $100 billion, and it still remains “unfinished and over budget” more than a decade later. Constructing high-speed rails drains state finances and would require “bulldozing neighborhoods and disrupting communities.” Candidate Joe Biden didn’t hide his famous rail fetish, but smarter Dems should heed the Golden State’s high-speed warning.
From the right: Hunter’s Ugly Memoir
“Hunter Biden’s ‘Beautiful Things’ is an ugly piece of fiction,” declares Dominic Green at Spectator USA. In his memoir, the president’s son “denies that he did anything wrong” by taking $50,000 a month from a Ukrainian energy company or persuading “a Chinese billionaire to give him $10 million a year for ‘introductions,’ ” though there is no evidence “Hunter tried to disabuse his foreign patrons” of the idea that “their money would buy influence or access.” After all, why “else would these companies have thrown their money at this runny-nosed whoremonger?” When The Post revealed “Hunter’s influence-peddling,” traditional and social media ran interference, a “downright chilling” attempt to affect the outcome of the election. The memoir and its coverage aim “to spin Hunter Biden’s story back onto the familiar rails of pity and redemption.” In America, just as in “one-party dictatorships,” “naked nepotism can be converted into virtue.”
Conservative: Questions on Joe’s Georgia Boycott
For the first time ever, a president of the United States (Joe Biden) has called for economic sanctions against one of the 50 states “over dutifully and legally passed legislation,” scoffs The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway. The media should ask him some tough questions. For one, “given that African Americans make up 55 percent of Atlanta, 54 percent of Savannah and 55 percent of Augusta,” does Biden really think punishing the state will promote equity? More important, does Biden “keep a list of other pieces of state and local legislation of which he does not approve?” Will he punish those jurisdictions, too?
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board