I love Sesame Street:
And I mean that title with the utmost of respect.
I’ve been a denizen of this fair[ly crappy] city my entire life, in one way or another. I spent some time in LA during college, but don’t worry, I got over it. The one thing, though, that I’ve consistently heard from around the US is that New York is a rude city.
This is, I feel, based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what this place is.
Defenders of stop-and-frisk often justified racial profiling in the same breath that they insisted it was not occurring.
"The sad reality is on the streets of our city, 90 percent of murder suspects and murder victims are black and Latino. And black and Hispanics are the overwhelming majority of suspects in other violent crimes," Bloomberg said in April. Later, Bloomberg implied that it was whites who were unfairly treated by stop-and-frisk, saying, “we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.” Kelly, for his part, wrote in the Journal that it was “disingenuous” and “incendiary” to accuse the NYPD of racial profiling, then insisted that “the race of those stopped highly correlates to descriptions provided by victims or witnesses to crimes.” Attempts to argue that stop-and-frisk was not racial profiling seemed to inevitably segue into a defense of racial profiling.
I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation; he was pushed to that podium. A week of protest outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House pushed him to that podium. So I’m glad he finally arrived.
But when he left the podium, he still had not answered the most important question, that Keynesian question, where do we go from here? That question this morning remains unanswered, at least from the perspective of the president. And the bottom line is this is not Libya, this is America. On this issue, you cannot lead from behind.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Then again, what would Nelson Mandela know about leadership when it comes to race?
Haven’t tumbled in a while, and judging by the views I’m super late, but this is pretty great: