Minority Democrat Makes Racist Remark

Grind for August 21st, 2018
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich


The Headline

Liberals want to completely abolish prisons

The Grind

Last month, journalist Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna noted the increasing support for the “abolition” movement, in Politico.

“Proponents envision a future society in which, rather than having better carceral conditions than we have today, there exist literally no prisons at all.”

So-called “abolitionists,” who view the current criminal justice system as a continuation of slavery, insist that abolishing prisons is “the only truly humane direction we can head in as a society – that is, if we really aspire to live in a world rid of interpersonal harm and racial inequality.”

The movement to abolish prisons is one of the platform tenets of the Democratic Socialists of America – the progressive organization that backed rookie candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her successful campaign against Joe Crowley last month.

The Details

Abolitionists insist the current prison system upholds capitalism, white supremacy, and oppression – but does not keep us safe or protect society.

Key complains include:

– Incarceration rates disproportionately affect minorities

– Inmates are treated like animals, not humans

– Incarceration does not prevent recidivism

Abolitionists insist that criminals should be treated with love and support rather than locked in cages. And while polls suggest that up to 60% of Americans see rehab as more appropriate than prisons for nonviolent offenses, most people still want to see violent offenders behind bars.

“It’s really, really hard for people to imagine a world without prisons, but we had that world before,” argues podcaster Kim Wilson. “The system that we currently have is supposed to be more humane than if we just tortured someone, but we’re just torturing people in a different way.”

To prevent crime, she continues, we should figure out “what conditions exist in people’s interpersonal relationships, in their homes, in their communities, that lead someone to commit harm.”

Say What??

The Headline

Minority candidate uses racial slur against another minority candidate

The Grind

Detroit legislator Bettie Cook Scott (D-MI) apologized Thursday after referring to her Asian opponent Stephanie Chang as a “ching-chong.”

Scott also told Chang’s campaign volunteers they didn’t belong in the country and called Chang’s African American husband a “fool” for marrying her.

Scott’s disrespectful comments came in advance of the Democratic Party primary for Michigan’s 1st Senate District – a contest Chang won with nearly 50% of the vote.

The Details

“[Scott’s] comments are offensive to all Asian-Americans,” Chang told reporters after winning the race. “It isn’t about me. It’s about an elected official disrespecting entire populations, whether they be Asian-American, immigrant, or residents of Sen District 1.”

In her defense, Scott said her comments to Chang are “not the kinds of comments that should be made nor are they the kind of comments I would normally make.”

The comments earned backlash from more than a dozen community groups, who demanded she apologize to Chang.

Kalaya Long, a volunteer with Voices of Women to Win, described Scott’s comments as “appalling and disgusting,” especially considering Scott is a minority herself.

“When you hear someone that’s a minority and a woman using slurs against another minority that’s a woman, it’s just mind boggling.”

In a weak apology issued after the criticism, Scott admitted that she – as a state representative – should not contribute to an “atmosphere of divisiveness.”

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