Well, we’ve finally reached the point where it’s “racist” for a white congressman to bring up factual, verifiable statistics on the floor of the House, if those statistics happen to say something not-so-flattering about a majority black U.S. city. Here, as in most other things, Washington lags behind the rest of U.S. society, where liberals have used this trickery for years. Confronted with an uncomfortable fact about minorities – be it in the realm of IQ rates, job performance, or violent crime rates – they immediately jump to their Safe Space protection and wield the sword of Political Correctness to make sure that the arguer – NOT the argument – becomes the news of the day.
In a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said he was disheartened to realize that murder rates in Central America – as shocking as they are – aren’t much worse than in certain American cities.
“That shocking number in El Salvador, that 93.09 violent deaths per 100,000 — shocking until I looked up the data that was delivered to this committee from former member and stellar member Randy Forbes of Virginia, who had gone to New Orleans to examine the violent death rate and the crime rates,” said King. “And New Orleans – this was post-Katrina, the violent death rate was 90 per 100,000.”
This brought tears from the Democrat from New Orleans’ district, Cedric Richmond, who thanked Rep. King for bringing the data to light and vowed to do everything in his power to stop the violence in his hometown.
No, of course that didn’t happen.
Instead of taking the FACTS to heart, Rep. Richmond blasted the Iowa congressman for actually talking about them on the record. After all, these FACTS should be hidden away in a box somewhere…along with the Confederate monuments New Orleans has been removing as fast as they can. The best response to a problem is to ignore the problem. To do otherwise might get the citizens of New Orleans thinking…hmm, maybe our city is actually turning into a pile of garbage and maybe the Democrats we keep electing have something to do with that. And obviously, we can’t have that.
“We’re going to lose all civility in this committee if he thinks it’s appropriate to compare New Orleans to Guatemala,” Richmond said.
El Salvador, actually, but please proceed, Congressman.
“You are comparing the people in the location — that would be like me comparing him to somebody in the Klan. I don’t have the basis to do that,” Richmond said. “Now I wear badges of bipartisanship because I actually take up and stand up for principles. I am not going to sit here and let him do that now the people I love, the people I respect — and I live in New Orleans. If the gentleman persists on it, then let’s go in the back and have the conversation about New Orleans. If it takes walking across over there, then I’m prepared to do that, too.”
Wow. Democrats were all over that Republican who roughed up a reporter, but here we have one of their own basically saying, “You wanna take this outside?” on the floor of the House. And for what? For saying something that is nothing less than the truth.“It’s not appropriate. It’s insensitive. And it’s nothing more than traditional white privilege of ‘let me criticize a minority city,’” he concluded. “Now take it how you want. I’m telling you how I feel.”
We’ll take it as a black Democrat who, in the words of the legendary Jack Nicholson, can’t handle the truth.