Words describing brazen crimes are…racist?
Criminality that took hold in California has now spread across the US
In another absurdity promoted by the left, the rash of crimes involving hordes of hooded looters breaking into high-end stores, smashing display cases, grabbing expensive jewelry, handbags, and other merchandise is merely offensive. These social reformers are less offended by the criminality than they are by the description of the thieves.
Calling smash-and-grabbers “looters” is now more objectionable than the costly thefts estimated in the tens of billions, since the term has been deemed, “racist.” The large-scale heists began in California after the 2014 passage of Prop. 47 deceitfully peddled as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” which lessened criminal penalties and downgraded many felonies to misdemeanors, reducing incarcerations. Thefts under $950 are ignored. DNA samples are no longer collected from misdemeanor offenders meaning the DNA database has shriveled, making it more difficult for law-enforcement agencies to solve cold cases, including those involving rape and murder. To no thinking person’s surprise, Prop. 47 was supported by the democrat party and the ACLU.
The speech contortionists are alive and well at the dilapidated, radically left, Arizona Republic newspaper. An expansive report headlined, “Retailers reassess loss prevention,” is illustrative of the lengths to which the word police will go to avoid the offensive word, “looters.”
“Gangs, flash mob incidents and thieves,” are among the words given the stamp of approval.
Since the looters are fully covered with hoods, gloves and masks, their race is unknown. But that fact doesn’t intrude on the new language limits being imposed.
Lorenzo Boyd, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice & Community Policing, a professional race hustler, indoctrinator extraordinaire and diversity pimp, at the University of New Haven, lectures us that words matter:
“Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing,” asserted Boyd as he blatantly ignores the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of the word. What exactly Boyd — named Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer — means by “doing something,” is never explained. It’s a reminder of Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ihan Omar describing the monstrous September 11, 2001 deaths of 3,000 Americans as, “Somebody did something,” when asked about the horrors in 2019. This is how the New York Post responded to her absurdity.