Heather Mac Donald has been making the rounds of radio talk shows and cable opinion shows to talk about her book, “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe”. Mac Donald is a Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, and other publications.
Heather had recently spoken at the David Horowitz Four Season’s luncheon. A board member of American Freedom Alliance arranged for a few of us to have dinner with Heather before she left Los Angeles. The group included myself, four other American Freedom Alliance board members, three UCLA students, a woman who had come all the way from Sacramento to meet Heather and a three others. We had two tables of six. I sat across from Heather and when I was introduced as the President of AFA, she said she had a question for me. She said David Horowitz’s group seemed well funded and well organized and she wondered what AFA did that separated us from the Horowitz organization.
I told her I discovered Horowitz and American Freedom alliance about the same time and have supported both ever since. With the untimely death of AFA founder Avi Davis a group of us decided to pick up the baton and continue his work. I believe we compliment each other. Horowitz has monthly events and AFA has two or three yearly conferences.
Heather agreed there is room for more not fewer groups that bring truth and clarity to the very real threats to our traditions and culture. “The War on Cops” is certainly one of them. We spoke about the damage being done with the false narrative that the police are “out to get” Blacks. The police are there to enforce the law. If people of any race or color obey the law there is little reason to fear the police. Most police officers retire without ever using their gun in the line of duty. Police Officers are human beings, they have families and friends and they want to go home at night just like the rest of us.
We have a President who supports the Black Lives Matter movement and encourages this distrust of the police. The entire narrative is not based on facts. Young Black men aren’t prosecuted more because of racism, they are prosecuted more because they commit more crimes. Young Black men commit homicides at ten times the rate of Whites and Latino’s combined. In New York, Blacks are 23% of the population but commit 75% of the shootings. A whopping 95% of “Failure to Comply” charges are against Blacks. All of the recent highly publicized police shootings have involved men not complying with police orders.
Recently, one of the most vocal anti-police activists was given “Use-of-Force” training by the police to show him what police encounter everyday. Every Black Lives Matter member should be required to watch this video:
Heather was a fascinating woman to have dinner with. I’m so impressed by women willing to speak truth to power, especially when the truth they speak isn’t popular. Heather has so thoroughly researched the subjects she speaks about, her critics can’t argue with the facts, so they typically attack the messenger.
Heather was gracious, engaging and endlessly curious about what motivated her dinner companions. After our main course, she switched tables and spoke with those at the other table. When we could no longer justify taking up space in the restaurant, we went outside and still couldn’t tear ourselves away.
Great food, great conversations, great companions, a great dinner with Heather.