… and it’s the cops who are making it worse. The New York Post reports that Mayor de Blasio was booed and heckled at a police academy graduation by members of the audience.
Joan Walsh writes about New York’s white backlash. I don’t know what percentage of NYC’s white population is backlashing; most white people I know are liberals and are appalled at the way the patrolmen’s union has been behaving. My sense of things is that the city has moved on from the Crown Heights riots of 1991 or the Amadou Diallo shooting of 1999, when opinions tended to divide along racial lines. I think most New Yorkers were ready to end stop-and-frisk, for example.
The insubordination against the Mayor and the Chief of Police is utterly unnecessary and has gotten out of control, and is dangerous to the city and people of New York. The only interests it serves that I can tell are that of right-wing politicians trying to tear down Mayor de Blasio.
Although white New Yorkers may still be inclined to give the police the benefit of the doubt â€“ as I saw on my Facebook page this year â€“ the video of Eric Garner being killed has had an effect on their certainty that cops are always the good guys. The murders of officers Ramos and Liu may have changed that, at least temporarily.
But we should also remember that the officers killed were named Ramos and Liu. The NYPD has diversified enormously since my childhood, though its leadership has not. The families of the two dead officers havenâ€™t joined in the denunciations of De Blasio, or the movement against police violence.
And Eric Garnerâ€™s family denounced the murders and expressed sympathy for the bereaved on the other side of the thin blue line. His daughter Emerald Garner laid a wreath at the site of the police murders two days later.
â€œI just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and Iâ€™m going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering through this tragedy,â€ she told ABC News. â€œI was never anti-police. Like I said before, I have family thatâ€™s in the NYPD that Iâ€™ve grown up around, family reunions and everything so my family you know, weâ€™re not anti-police.”
Any group of people is going to include some hotheads, but as far as I can see the only people in positions of leadership or national prominence who are spouting inflammatory hate speech and stirring up enmity are on the Right.