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American Culture

January 27, 2021

Holding Students Hostage 🎒

Holding Students Hostage 🎒

Will students ever go back to school? Not if teachers unions can help it. They continue to block reopening plans — and now it seems they have Joe Biden on their side.

Consider Chicago. The local teachers union recently voted to stop in-person learning indefinitely, even though the city has called them back to class. Joe Biden then took the side of the teachers after a briefing by union officials. Others will now take note and take action. They’re already suing to stop West Virginia’s reopening plan, and they recently killed a back-to-school plan in New Jersey. Biden has proposed a $130 billion bailout for public schools, but even that isn’t enough to overcome union opposition.

The consequences can’t be repeated enough: Remote learning is disastrous for students, especially in low-income and minority communities. And just yesterday, the CDC said schools can safely reopen and urged them to do so as soon as possible. By taking the side of unions, the President of the United States is hurting the millions of students who are America’s future.

→ Read more: Now is the time for Democrats to stand up to teachers unions (Washington Post)

→ Read more: Union head says opening schools is ‘white supremacy,’ suicide concern ‘white privilege’ (My Northwest)

A Year Of Crime 🗡️

The verdict is in: Violent crime soared in 2020, especially murder. The shocking wave of homicides is the direct result of a hostile environment toward law enforcement.

Here are the facts: “Murder was up nearly 37% in a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities. Based on preliminary estimates, at least 2,000 more Americans, most of them black, were killed in 2020 than in 2019.” In many major cities with riots and unrest, the situation was even worse: Murder rose “95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, [and] 72% in Minneapolis.” While crime fell in the spring, it spiked after the riots in May.

That’s what happens when politicians and rioters demonize police and call to defund them. Violent criminals seize the opportunity, while law enforcement fear punishment for doing their job. Joe Biden claims police spread “systemic injustice,” so the situation may not get better any time soon. Sure enough, the riots continue on the West Coast.

→ Read more: Taking stock of a most violent year (Wall Street Journal)

→ Read more: 2020 ends as one of America’s most violent years in decades (TIME)