Cheers to Mayor Eric Adams for standing up for what’s right.
After Tuesday evening hideous shootingswhich killed three and injured at least 13, Adams called the protesting class to account.
“Where are all those who said ‘Black Lives Matter’ is?” he asked, noting that the victims of these tragic crimes were black. “We must not be hypocrites.”
The number of serious crimes in the city increased by 37% year-on-year. So far this year we’ve seen an average rate of almost four casualties from shootings per day. And the victims of urban crime are mostly black: In 2020, black New Yorkers, just 24% of the total population, were 65% of murder victims – a difference that repeats itself year after year.
Crime is skyrocketing here, fueled by Albany’s maniacs criminal justice reforms is a crisis for black New Yorkers.
Activists and protesters rallied in droves for months after the killing by George Floyd. Where is your outrage today? Your demands for justice? The silence is deafening.
When it comes to education, the mayor shows similar courage. On the way out, his predecessor ushered in the end of New York City’s Gifted and Talented programs. But instead Adams and Chancellor David Banks just announced her extension citywide.
The goal, Adams says, is to “give every child in every zip code a fair chance and make sure no child is left behind.”
Excellent. Bill de Blasios absurd justification for Killing G&T was the low number of Black and Hispanic students on the programs. But the right answer to that was always to extend Access – don’t take it away from everyone. With more spots and rules for inviting the best kids from each school to apply for 3rd grade, Adams and Banks are doing just that.
But are the stock-loving New York officials cheering him on? Of course not. Comptroller Brad Lander reiterated the tired argument that entry requirements for G&T programs “lead to racial segregation.” (Funny: Such worries didn’t stop him from sending his own child to a public high school through a rigorous academic selection process.)
Fighting crime and increasing access to quality schools will help the vulnerable in New York. The progressive agenda – liberation even dangerous offenders and cutting off educational opportunities – harms them.
The mayor gets that; too many other Democrats don’t. Bravo to Adams for standing up to the activists and fighting the good fight.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/14/mayor-eric-adams-fights-the-good-fight-on-nyc-crime-and-schools/ Mayor Eric Adams is fighting the good fight against crime and NYC schools