Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Mairead Elordi.
Heather Mac Donald ripped into how the media covers crime on The Ben Shapiro Show on Tuesday as she discussed her new book on equity.
Mac Donald's book, titled "When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Sacrifices Excellence, Destroys Beauty, and Threatens Lives,"
is published by DW Books and came out on Tuesday.
Mac Donald's book addresses the "elephant in the room,"
arguing that dysfunctional inner-city culture, not "systemic racism"
is what is hindering the progress of black Americans.
"That culture belittles academic achievement as 'acting white,'"
Mac Donald writes. "America turns its eyes away from this pathological culture and blames itself for phantom racism. We pretend that the reason for the lack of proportional representation in institution after institution is racist measures of achievement rather than vast academic and behavioral gaps. As a remedy for this alleged racism, we create double standards of accomplishment and behavior. But double standards help no one. They are condescending, and they are lethal."
Shapiro and Mac Donald discussed Thursday's shooting of Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old black teenager shot and injured by an 84-year-old white man after ringing the doorbell of the wrong house in Kansas City. Yarl was trying to pick up his twin younger brothers but went to the wrong home.
The shooter has been charged with the equivalent of attempted murder. The district attorney said there was a "racial component"
to the shooting. The shooter faces up to life in prison if convicted.
"This is a horrible shooting. The man should face some sort of criminal accountability, but it is not the way that black people die,"
Mac Donald told Shapiro.
"Black people almost never die at the hands of whites. They die at the hands of other blacks, and the media doesn't give a damn about that. It doesn't give a damn about most black victims because it's not willing to talk about black criminals,"
the attorney and author continued.
"Blacks, sadly, and this is a difficult thing to talk about, but they commit crime at vastly higher rates than any other group,"
Mac Donald said.
The result of the criminal justice system often not enforcing the law against black Americans is "more black lives being lost,"
Mac Donald also addressed the broader issue of the West "canceling itself"
because of its "demographic past,"
its traditions of music, art, science, and mathematics that came from white Europeans.
"Get over it. That's not racist,"
George Floyd's death and the riots that followed during the summer of 2020 brought racism once again to the forefront of the political debate. Protesters were upset about police brutality but also "systemic racism,"
the idea that America has widespread discrimination poisoning the ability of black Americans to be successful.
The "disparate impact"
theory has been used to invalidate school discipline policies, bank lending standards, and written tests for first responders.
Now, however, Mac Donald's book shows that "disparate-impact thinking is jeopardizing scientific progress, destroying public order, and poisoning the appreciation of art and culture. And the crusade against standards is based on a lie,"
according to a press release promoting the release.