Bacon Bits: Crime and Delusion Edition

Another drive-by, two more dead. Family, friends and community leaders gathered a week ago to remember 14-year-old Rah’quan Logan, who was murdered at a Richmond community store, in a drive-by shooting. Nine-year-old Abduel Bani-Ahmad, whose family owned the store, died in the same incident, in which occupants of an SUV drove past the store and let loose a hail of bullets. The boys’ deaths brought the number of slain in Richmond this year to 82, compared to 75 in 2020, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. JJ Minor, president of the Richmond branch of the NAACP urged fellow Richmonders and parents to take action. “I’m tired of marches, I’m tired of rallies, I’m tired of waiting on government,” he said. “We have to repair the village. We have to rebuild the village.”

Meanwhile, police morale continues to plummet. WTVR News tells of three-year Richmond police veteran Brenda Ruiz, who is calling it quits. She is one of 102 police officers who have either retired, quit or transferred this year, leaving the Richmond Police Department with a 600-person headcount, or 150 short. One issue can be solved easily, should City Council choose to make it a priority: raise police pay. The other problem is not so easy to fix — the lack of respect from local politicians. Amid last year’s social-justice protests and riots,” said Ruiz, “at least two of the City Council members made us look like the bad guys. … A lot of the time our command staff has their hands tied, and they can’t do much for us.”

UVa is now exporting wokeness. It’s not enough for the University of Virginia to become an incubator of wokeness and let its ideas seep into the broader community. Now it wants to proactively export its leftist ideology. The latest initiative is the Equity Cohort, a shared project of the Virginia Institute of Government and the School of Data Science.

“The core of local government is public service, of course, but there’s also the question of service for what?” said Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Siri Russell. “The fact of the matter is, I’ve never lived in an equitable community. I’ve never been able to see it. It’s almost like a thing that you’re aspiring to. This dream where your race, your ethnicity, your age, your gender, your income does not define your outcomes.”

And what does Russell propose? WVIR News says this: “She wants to see more governments creating and staffing equity offices, as well as implementing more equitable policies.”

Maybe she could start by participating in vigils like the one held for Rah’quan Logan, and then ask herself how staffing the city with more equity officers might have prevented the drive-by shooting that killed him.

In woke world, parents are the bad guys. The Virginia School Board Association (VASB) voted to leave the National School Board Association (NASB) last week, disassociating itself from the national organization that  collaborated with the Biden administration in portraying parents protesting at school board meetings as a menace and calling for FBI assistance in tracking threats to school board members. The state board said the NASB “continues to persist in ineffective behaviors that negatively impact state school boards associations, member public school divisions, and the children served by our K12 public schools as is evidenced by the recent letter.” So reports The Virginia Star.

Maybe the VASB needs more equity officers, too.

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10 responses to “Bacon Bits: Crime and Delusion Edition”

  1. If you want to have a fun discussion — just ask your local equity officer what metric of success is being used to determine success/failure.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    “Bacon (bits) and other smoked, cured and processed meats are usually treated with nitrates or nitrites—chemical added to preserve shelf life and enhance color. Diets high in processed meats have been linked to chronic health conditions including migraines, asthma, heart failure, kidney disease and several types of cancer.”

  3. energyNOW_Fan Avatar

    drive-buy shooting? (sp)
    Strikes me Wash DC having similar issues, would be interesting to compare Richmond vs. DC stats on a per capita basis

  4. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    Another drive-by? These damn white nationalists are way out of control. I mean Pres. Brandon warned us that they are the most deadly risk to Americans, but damn, even here in the RVA?

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      Riddenhouse and Associates to the rescue!

  5. My party needs less Rashida Tlaib and more Eric Adams on the crime front.

    If we don’t get that message, working class black voters will start to defect like they’ve started to do to a small but real and noticable extent in rural areas. Surry County just voted for a Republican governor for the first time since 1889. This is a county that voted for *Mondale*.

  6. “Woke world” is a red herring! Where is the link to the Woke Society of America? Since “woke” means aware, it could apply to the right as well as the left. On the right, there is a new found awareness of things like election integrity, religious freedom, personal choice, and a federal balanced budget.

    1. VaNavVet, as I understand your posts here and elsewhere, rampant wokeness is a figment of conservatives’ imagination. But if it were real, it is legitimate critique of systemic racism in America. Is that about right?

      1. I don’t subscribe to the whole “woke” thing. It is just another regular term that has been weaponized. It simply means an awareness generally concerning culture and social issues such as being informed. For some, it is more specific to racism and criminal justice. If you are saying that conservatives have weaponized it, then so be it. The term began as slang from so called “black English” actually indicating waking up from sleep. IMHO there is no one legitimate critique of racism in America. A reasonable person should listen to and evaluate input from many sources.

  7. walter smith Avatar
    walter smith

    “Woke” is shorthand for the Marxist ideologies everywhere, which, of course, to the Left don’t exist and are figments of the Right’s imagination.
    The root of all is the same – Woke =DEI=CRT=ESG=SEL=GND etc
    The AMA has gone woke. Morbidly obese is now hurtful. So, if someone is fat and the fatness severely hurts their health like 80% of COVID deaths, it is better to pussyfoot around, instead of telling them to lose weight.
    DEI and CRT are divisive and counterproductive to race relations.
    ESG is “stakeholder” governance where Leftists tell corporations what they have to approve to have access to capital markets.
    GND…remember when gas was under $2 a gallon?
    The Marxists want power. Controlling words and forcing people to accept lies is how they demoralize the normals.

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