Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Philadelphia Inquirer on the New York Times claim that Trump’s “law and order” campaign is just code for racism.
Is Donald Trump’s “law and order” campaign just code for racism? The media and Hillary Clinton sure believe so. After Trump’s recent talk in Chester, the front page of the New York Times criticized him for supporting the deportation of people who have been charged with crimes and the aggressive profiling of terrorism suspects as racist and counterproductive.
The theme is echoed with Clinton attacks that Donald Trump appeals to “xenophobic, racist, misogynistic” people.
But who actually cares more about African Americans, in particular poor blacks, who are the most likely victims of violent crime?
High crime rates in urban areas are a result of many failed policies that give African Americans little hope for advancement and cause young black men to turn to gangs. But on everything from education to jobs to directly lowering crime, Trump’s policies would offer a lifeline to people who have been losing ground for decades. Clinton’s policies will just exacerbate the problems. And no amount of debating points would change that.
On education, Trump strongly supports school choice. This would give inner-city blacks a way out of horribly performing public schools. Clinton attacks charters and clearly opposes other forms of school choice, instead protecting teachers’ unions at the expense of students.
And who is harmed the most by illegal immigration? Who is most likely to suffer unemployment or wage reductions due to the added competition? Young, unskilled blacks and Hispanics. The biggest beneficiaries? Wealthy people who get to pay less for lawn care and housecleaning.
But crime is the immediate, life-and-death issue for so many people trapped in high-crime urban areas. Too many come to physical harm, have their property stolen, or lose their jobs as businesses are driven from their neighborhoods.
Clinton appears more focused on helping criminals, not victims. She promises to cut the U.S. prison population by more than 50 percent and claims that won’t mean more crime. By contrast, Trump says the problem is a lack of police in high-crime urban neighborhoods. He believes in making things riskier for the criminals, not for the victims. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here. Other papers have picked up Dr. Lott’s article: Albuquerque Journal, Savannah Morning News, Abilene Reporter-News (Texas), Eagle-Tribune (Andover, Massachusetts).