On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by author Heather Mac Donald titled “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.” You probably already guessed she’s a white conservative, you probably already guessed where she stands on several other issues, and you’re probably not surprised to hear that your assumptions were correct. 

The following are some of the highlights:

  • A Black Lives Matter critic who suggested the movement hurts, not helps, the country
  • Pro-racial profiling, pro-Rudy Giuliani and Bill Bratton, pro-stop and frisk, and pro-Patriot Act
  • Anti-welfare, anti-food stamps and anti-criminal justice reform
  • A regular on Tucker Carlson Tonight and other Fox News shows
  • Thinks the real racists are the ones who call Trump racist 
  • Testified against the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
  • Argued in favor of enhanced interrogation techniques
  • Coined the term “The Ferguson Effect” that claims police criticism caused an increase in crime
  • Book titles include The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture and The War on Cops
  • Article titles include “The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave,” “The Decriminalization Delusion,” “Trump Isn’t the One Dividing Us by Race” and “Would You Care if a White Man Cured Covid-19?
  • Claims the NYPD never used prohibition laws to “to jack up their arrests of young black and Hispanic males for public marijuana possession”
  • Criticized the stay-at-home orders and said Trump should have been more skeptical about the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Dismisses “the myth of the redeeming power of Hispanic family values, the Hispanic work ethic, and Hispanic virtue” by saying Hispanics accounted for 92 percent of the increase in poor people between 1990 to 2004, only 53 percent earn high school diplomas and half of all Hispanic American births in 2005 occurred out of wedlock. 

Likewise, here are some real direct quotes from her editorials, books and tweets:

  • I rebut the founding myths of the Black Lives Matter movement — including the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Fantasies about white violence against “black bodies” are a distraction from what is actually happening on American streets.
  • Facts don’t matter to the academic victimology narrative. Far from destroying the black body, whites are the overwhelming target of interracial violence.
  • Black and Hispanic shootings together account for 98 percent of all illegal gunfire.
  • [Eric] Holder had already commissioned a second report on the allegedly racist Ferguson police force to counter his own agency’s expected demolition of the martyr narrative.
  • “Diversity” in the academy purported to be about bridge-building and broadening people’s experiences. It has had the opposite effect: dividing society, reducing learning and creating an oppositional mind-set.
  • What if they held a race riot and the news media stayed away? At the very least, we would be spared the nauseating spectacle of sycophantic reporters fawning on opportunistic thieves.
  • If white mobs were rampaging through black business districts, assaulting passersby and looting stores, we would have heard about it on the national news every night. But the black flash mob phenomenon is grudgingly covered, if at all, and only locally.
  • The [New York] Times serves up a good example of anti-cop propaganda when it confidently states that “many police officers see black men as expendable figures on the urban landscape, not quite human beings”…. Until editors and reporters from the Times start patrolling dark stairwells in housing projects and running toward gang gunfire, their superior concern for black men will lack credibility.
  • Marijuana arrests are not racist. (The use of italics for emphasis is hers.) 
  • To cancel most of the country’s economy for a problem, however tragic, that is highly localized was a devastating policy blunder that must be immediately corrected. 
  • Andrew Cuomo (and other New York politicians) are trying to dodge political accountability for prolonging the lockdown by invoking science. That’s not leadership, it’s cowardice.
  • Savagery is spreading with lightning speed across the United States, with murderous assaults on police officers and civilians. Welcome to a real civilization-destroying pandemic.

We could go on and on and on and on… but you get the point. Once again, we are reminded of the need to consider a person’s collective ideology when evaluating a single editorial as it provides a larger context for the views set forth. Feel free to evaluate Mac Donald’s work and decide for yourself, but we disagree with every claim and position she made in the list above. 

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