In Historic First, 5’5″, 130-lb. A woman confirmed to the Supreme Court

Weird that the media didn’t cite Ketanji Brown Jackson’s height and weight as his most important features. When it came to THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN ON THE SUPREME COURT, it was all about her race. But after a guy shot a New York City subway train this week, the last thing the media wanted to tell us was his race.

For more than three hours after the attack, we received urgent alerts: Suspect on the loose! The police are asking for the public’s help! Be on the lookout for a man around 5’8160 pounds.

In this particular case, the media rule of never telling us the suspect’s race (unless he’s white) was more deranged than usual. It wasn’t carjacking. It wasn’t a shooting at a block party. It was not an attack on an Asian or a Jew. This crime had all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack – smoke bombs, fireworks, a gas mask and a dozen people shot while trapped in a subway car.

The police desperately needed the public’s help, but most people were looking for a Middle Easterner.

At least we knew it wasn’t white! If that had been the case, the journalists would have worn out the “W” on their computer keyboard. There would have been rampant speculation that it was a Proud Boy, as senior administration officials reminded us that “white supremacy is the deadliest threat to the homeland today. . Not ISIS, not al-Qaeda – the white supremacists. (President Joe Biden, June 2, 2021)

Officers with bomb-sniffing dogs monitor the area after a shooting on a subway train on April 12, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

We are always told that ‘awakening’ is just about being polite and that those who ridicule it are trying to ‘discredit the claims of respect of traditionally marginalized groups’. (Thomas Zimmer, Professor of History, Georgetown University) Or they engage in a “white reaction”. (Seth Cotlar, Professor of History, Willamette University)

[SIDEBAR: Don’t go to college, kids!]

No, the revival is real. And it can get us killed – when, for example, out of the blue, a murderous psychopath is on the loose and the media refuses to tell us what he looks like.

At the New York Police Department’s first press conference on the subway attack, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell offered a whole new circumlocution to convey relevant information without saying “black man.” She said, “…we will describe him as an individual, he is reported as a black male.”

“A black male”! It’s so much better than “black man” to identify a criminal.

By the time of the evening press conference, Sewell had opted for an even dumber description, calling him a “dark-skinned male.” Great, so now we’re back to looking for a Middle Easterner. Or maybe Hispanic. Possibly South Asian or mixed race. Definitely NOT “black man” (or “black man”).

NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell announces the arrest of the suspect in the shooting at a Brooklyn subway on April 13, 2022 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The NYPD must have spent all day crafting this new euphemism, as “dark-skinned man” was the exact phrase used minutes later by Chief of Detectives James Essig. “Black” is OUT. “Dark skin” is IN.

Biden nominates the first dark-skinned woman (whatever that is) to the Supreme Court!

No, “black” is good, provided we are talking about THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, or THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. Like… Commissioner Sewell herself!

– “One of Mr. Adams’ first appointments was naming Nassau County Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell as the first black woman to lead the NYPD.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

— “The new mayor of New York has just made history by appointing a black woman to head the largest police department in the country…” (New York Daily News)

“It’s really historic. We’ve heard that word a lot, but it’s 176 years of NYPD. You are the first woman, the first black woman to lead the force. (CNN’s Jim Sciutto to Sewell)

A black person who becomes a Supreme Court judge or police commissioner makes black people feel good about themselves! But a black man identified as the perpetrator of a heinous crime is making black people feel bad about themselves. Therefore, you cannot tell.

Frank R. James, 62, is taken from the 9th Precinct to federal custody in New York on April 13, 2022, after being arrested and charged in connection with the Brooklyn subway shooting. (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

As we know, the sine qua non of a well-run society is to take people’s feelings into account when reporting important events. And if New York doesn’t run like a top, then I don’t know what your definition of “run like a top” is.

Instead of subway cameras capturing clear photos of the murderous bully and being released minutes after the attack, hours later police were climbing ladders to physically inspect the cameras. They weren’t working.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York operates the cameras, but it has been VERY busy promoting diversity. Obviously, “Does our equipment work?” did not come.

Here is the MTA’s summary of the last meeting:

Report for the 3rd quarter 2021:

“The Department of Diversity and Civil Rights will present the Q3 2021 update on EEO and M/W/DBE and SDVOB contract compliance activities across the MTA agency.

“Status Report on the MTA M/W/DBE and SDVOB Inter-Agency Task Force. DBE and SDVOB Main Page #6 of 108 — Diversity Committee Meeting 09/15/2021

“Diversity Committee Work Plan 2022. The Department of Diversity and Civil Rights will present an updated Diversity Committee Work Plan for 2022.”

Another development that inspires confidence: the New York Times reports that immediately after the shooting, “Toward the front of the train, three victims were being picked up by bystanders. A uniformed police officer approached and asked the passengers to call 911 because his radio was not working.” (Emphasis added.)

The officer’s radio was not working. But on the plus side, he has completed six diversity training sessions.

To top it off, at the evening press conference, the top brass CANNOT GET ZOOM WORKING. Mayor Eric Adams was introduced, after which every television station in the country broadcast complete silence for a good 60 seconds, while city officials waited for the mayor to appear. They eventually gave up and patched it up later.

At least the mayor knows. Hours after even MSNBC admitted the culprit was a black man, Adams was on TV, vowing to catch the man — “or the woman!” – who carried out this attack.

My God, this makes me feel validated.

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