As we recently discussed, incoming New York City Mayor Eric Adams has promised that he will be “conservative on crime” and restore the NYPD’s ability to maintain law and order. That announcement came as welcome news to the many residents and business owners of Gotham who have been hunkering down during one of the worst spikes in violent crime that the city has seen since the early 90s. But as it turns out, not everyone was happy about the announcement. The local chapter of Black Lives Matter is apparently outraged at the thought of the return of the major crimes unit of the NYPD that was disbanded under Bill de Blasio as part of his efforts to defund or abolish the police. The co-founder of the local BLM chapter wasn’t mincing words yesterday when he promised that if Adams brought back the special anti-crime units, there would be “riots, fire, and bloodshed.” (NY Daily News)
Leaders of the city’s Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday threatened “riots” and “bloodshed” in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reverses the abolition of the NYPD’s controversial anti-crime units.
“If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,” said Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, after a heated meeting with Adams in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
“So there is no way that he is going to let some Gestapo come in here and harm our people,” Newsome told the Daily News. “We pray for peace but … prepare for the worst.”
Another BLM co-founder, Chivona Newsome, promised to “shut the city down” and “shut down City Hall.” She went on to vow that BLM would “give him hell and make it a nightmare.”
And all of this is being done because the incoming Mayor is “threatening” to restore order to the city streets and reduce the crime rate. Let’s take a look at a couple of the appropriate responses to these announcements that quickly showed up on social media.
No more letting riots dictate our way of life. Enough of this nonsense. The line between “activism” and terrorism continues to thin. https://t.co/mf6FYNGHsG
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) November 11, 2021
Threatening mass violence if a newly elected (black) mayor doesn't obey your policy demands … totally normal behaviour from a totally mainstream activist group. https://t.co/Q2cDpvgAuW
— Jonathan Kay (@jonkay) November 11, 2021
The strange part of all of this is that it’s not as if Adams is ignoring BLM. He invited the group’s co-founders in for a meeting that was live-streamed on social media. But it quickly turned into a shouting match when they began yelling at him and making demands. Adams interrupted them with some voice-raising of his own, telling them that they are “on the ground” and that they need to “stop the violence in my community.”
Anyone who has been paying attention probably isn’t very surprised at this response from Black Lives Matter. But this does give us an opportunity to ask some questions of all of the mainstream media outlets that will be covering current events in New York City next year. If BLM makes good on their promises, will you continue to tell the nation that all of the action is simply “mostly peaceful protests?” Or will you finally admit that the Black Lives Matter movement has been instigating riots and criminal violence for years?
All of you MSM cheerleaders need to be putting a bookmark on this incident because we certainly will. You just witnessed the top echelons of BLM’s leadership in the nation’s largest city stating unambiguously that they will cause “riots” (not “protests”) and “fire” and “bloodshed” if the NYPD is sent out to tamp down on a crimewave. How much more evidence do you need? They are literally standing out in the streets with bullhorns threatening to turn New York City “into a nightmare.”
Meanwhile, most of the actual, law-abiding people in New York are already living through a nightmare and looking for someone to put an end to it. That’s why Adams, a retired police Captain himself, was elected. Perhaps it’s time for more of our media mavens to finally pick a side and call a riot a riot when they see one. And arson is not “peaceful protesting.” How is all of this so hard to grasp?