Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most thought-provoking things we’ve read.
Mac Donald: Why ‘policing is racist’ is such a poisonous lie
“A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings. It turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer. The more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians, the study found. […] The “policing is racist” discourse is poisonous. It exacerbates anti-cop tensions in minority communities and makes cops less willing to engage in the proactive policing that can save lives.”
Ellis: NARAL Freaks Out Over Tennessee’s Proposed Bill Banning Abortion
“NARAL is in a tizzy. To be fair, if I believed that people should have the right to murder preborn humans, I’d be in a tizzy, too. Even among the mess that leftists and their sexual revolution have made of our society, the tide appears to be turning against abortion. The latest body-blow that fans of murdering the unborn are about to have to absorb comes from the great state of Tennessee. […] NARAL’s hissy fit is evidence that the pro-abortion crowd is worried.”
Kotkin: Europe’s Fading Cosmopolitan Dream
“In headier days, Europe’s leaders dreamed of a multicultural continent, its aging cities saved by millions of new migrants eager to join a stable, prosperous urbanity. This was the promise behind former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair’s Cool Britannia, the multicultural fervor of Herman Lebovics’s Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age, and the early enthusiasm that greeted Germany’s refugee influx in 2015—estimated now at 1.6 million. That dream has faded, with Europeans now opposing new migration by wide margins. Once-peaceful German and Swedish cities have seen a spike in crime, a resurgence of anti-Semitism, and growing political unrest—all associated with the migrant influx. In 2016, Pew Research found that 59 percent of Europeans thought that immigrants imposed a burden on their countries. In addition, less than a third believe immigration has improved their countries, with 63 percent of Greeks and 53 percent of Italians, respectively, stating that immigrants have made things worse in their economically challenged countries. As the British political thinker Kenan Malik acknowledged in a 2015 Foreign Affairs essay, ‘multiculturalism’ has devolved from ‘an answer to Europe’s social problems’ to a fraught reality of ‘fragmented societies, alienated minorities, and resentful citizenries.'”