The heroism of George Floyd, the iconic meaning of George Floyd…if that’s what we’re celebrating, if that’s where we take our stand – that’s our story, we’re sticking to it – it’s a weak hand. It’s a profoundly weak hand.
So, the cops in Minneapolis or anyplace else are not the issue here. George Floyd, may he rest in peace. They are not the issue. The gangbangers with pistols prepared to shoot wildly into crowds are the issue. Seventy percent of kids born out of wedlock. In fact, go down this list. People will just get infuriated.
But an 11-year-old in Chicago on the streets at one or two o’clock in the morning with something that looks like a gun and a cop shoots him when the kid turns around and doesn’t respond to the command. And the way we read that is ‘Racist cops strike again’ and the real story is ‘Oh my God, what is the nature of a community in which 11-year-olds, unbeknownst to their parents, wander the streets with weapons.’
— Brown Professor Glenn C. Loury in Honestly with Bari Weiss