Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer for the New York Times, said during a CBS News interview that “destroying property which can be replaced is not violence.”
And she said it with a straight face.
Hannah-Jones’ argument seems to stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of different degrees of a crime as defined by law. Because George Floyd’s death was a violent one, in her mind, nothing else can be described as such.
“Destroying property which can be replaced is not violence,” she falsely claimed. “And to put those things – to use the exact same language to describe those two things, I think really is not moral to do that.”
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Hannah-Jones did admit that destruction of property is not a good thing, but proceeded to justify the rioting.
“So, yes, I think any reasonable person would say we shouldn’t be destroying other people’s property,” she said. “But these are not reasonable times.”
“When we have people who say that people should respect the law, they’re not respecting the law because the law is not respecting them,” added the investigative journalist. “You can’t say that – that regular citizens should play by the rules when agents of the state are clearly are not.”
Two wrongs, in her view, apparently make a right.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed the media for assisting the riots – not in small part to thinking like that of Hannah-Jones.
“‘Violence is not violence if I approve of it,'” Carlson mocked.
“The person you were just listening to won the Pulitzer Prize,” he continued. “There’s something wrong with our system if that’s the person who gets the biggest merit badge.”
Carlson, in previous commentary, has had an infinitely more accurate description of these riots.
“The indiscriminate use of violence by mobs is a threat to every American of all colors and backgrounds and political beliefs,” he explained.
Carlson added, “Rioting is a form of tyranny, where the strong and the violent oppress the weak and the unarmed. It is oppression.”
And that is the very definition of violence.
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