Progressive Privilege

Does anybody doubt that the two young New York lawyers who allegedly distributed Molotov cocktails among rioters and then launched one into a (thankfully) empty police car will have more pleasant lives than the cops on whom they presumably intended to inflict grievous harm or death? Like the famous upper-crust radicals of the 60s generation who committed crimes against the police, they’ll probably end up as tenured professors, celebrated by soft headed leftists everywhere. They might even mentor a future president of the United States. 

These radicals, you see, went to schools including Princeton, Fordham Law and NYU Law. They have a friend – an associate at Ropes and Gray – who guaranteed bail that would have been well beyond the reach of a mere street cop. The accused lawyers have (or had, at any rate) Important Jobs, including, in the case of the driver of the car from which the Molotov cocktails were distributed and thrown, being a member of the local Community Board. They are, by any definition, members of the elite.

It will be said of them by other members of their social class that their hearts are in the right places – with the downtrodden – and that they are Wonderful People who just made one mistake; unspoken is the thought that that one mistake wasn’t inciting and participating in an attempted insurrection, but getting caught. (People like this guy – – would presumably beg to differ with such an assessment).  If they serve any time at all, it will undoubtedly be brief and cushy, and they can count on being lionized by the left and in the media during and after any such confinement.   

Meanwhile, who – beyond their families and intimate circles of friends – will ever learn or remember the names of the New York cops who were murdered or wounded during the riots? Who will celebrate their efforts to maintain order and protect innocent bystanders? New York’s police were not trying to tamp out legitimate protests over George Floyd’s death; they were trying to stop the looters and would-be revolutionaries who used the protests as cover for their criminal behavior.

The dead and wounded cops had not attended elite schools; they didn’t have a best friend and bail guarantor who had been on Obama’s National Security staff. They were, in social hierarchy terms, nobodies – apparently, to be treated as mere symbols of a system our privileged young radicals hate. Ordinary people, doing a difficult and dangerous job while, probably, also raising young families. They weren’t trying to be heroes or in the vanguard of some imagined – and lunatic – revolution; they will not be the subjects of adoring coverage by the agenda-driven legacy media.

Who is the oppressor here, and who the oppressed?  

M.H. Johnston 

6 comments to Progressive Privilege

  • Carolyn Mack  says:

    Spot on as usual. Great column!

  • Anonymous  says:

    Elite yes. Perhaps they will plead guilty to their crimes in court three times.Then the attorney general can drop the case.

    • Jeff C  says:

      Maybe — but only if they had been framed on bogus charges by lying FBI agents instead of being caught red-handed.

  • Anonymous  says:

    Deep State!!

  • Bill  says:

    Also, DA Vance announced that he will not prosecute anyone for unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct or breaking the curfew. What was Mayor de Blasio’s rationale for having a curfew order that would not be prosecuted? The NY police assumed that the Mayor was serious and enforced the curfew, putting themselves and demonstrators at unnecessary risk. Anyone out there want to be a law enforcement officer?

  • Lewis  says:

    Your observations are spot on, thanks for writing this.

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