Commentary: Woke policies are leading to senseless violence

Do not hire more "crisis communication consultants." Change your damn progressive policies because clearly there are deadly costs.

Left: 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith, the suspect in the stabbing death of UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer (LAPD/Twitter). Right: Montez Terriel Lee, a 26-year-old convicted of arson in a fire that killed a father of five. (U.S. Attorney's Office)

Do we really need a team of psychologists and criminal justice advocates to understand why people do terrible things?

No one moonlights in violent crime. It’s a small, odious group of mostly the same people committing the same types of crimes over and over.

Just check recidivism rates. Even before COVID-19, nearly two-thirds of violent offenders that served time were rearrested for an additional violent felony within a few years.

The last week has been rather tragic.

We naturally start in New York City, where Michelle Go, a 40-year-old dedicated to helping at-risk individuals, was shoved to her death beneath a moving subway train last weekend.

The rogue scumbag had four prior serious arrests. Was this latest violent attack not predictable?

Even though the murderer likely never saw her face, many deem Go’s death a “hate crime” against those of Asian descent — but we need to be careful on that claim, because lunatics don’t often think before harming innocent people.

Earlier this month a few miles away, another repugnant sociopath gunned down Kristal Bayron-Nieves at a fast-food restaurant. The 19-year-old had started the job only three weeks earlier. The murderer supposedly only made off with $100, though upon his arrest he did rant like a left-wing activist, cursing America and demanding racial reparations.

Recently on the west coast, graduate student Brianna Kupfer was killed inside a high-end Los Angeles furniture store when a homeless man reportedly attacked her with a knife. No motive has been established, and the suspect has been identified but remains at large.

Not far away on the same day, a beloved septuagenarian nurse was simply waiting for her bus when she was killed by a homeless man.

Closer to home, we know that in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter riots and defund the police protests, Minneapolis tied its all-time annual murder record last year. Studies show anti-police rallies lead to increases in violent crime.

Across the river in St. Paul, multiple homicides occurred during the first fortnight of the new year, following 2021 seeing a record-setting 38 homicides. Have woke prosecutors still not received the message?

Unhinged drug addicts and recalcitrant beggars in Democrat-run cesspools refuse to go to shelters for obvious reasons, while George Soros-funded district attorneys reject successful security approaches that kept citizens safe in the past.

“If police keep the vagrants moving, my experience is that almost all will come into the shelters, especially in cold weather climates,” a Seattle police officer told Alpha News. “And common sense shows they’re better off and safer there, as are we. The present situation is not acceptable.”

I agree. We must defeat a left-wing libertinism that’s bankrupted society and normalized degeneracy. Do not hire more “crisis communication consultants.” Change your damn progressive policies because clearly there are deadly costs.


A.J. Kaufman
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A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.