Black Lives Matters
David Horowitz, I Can’t Breathe: How a Racial Hoax is Killing America, Regnery, 2021, Notes, Index, 256 pp, ISBN 9781684512188, reviewed by David Ashton
During enslavement and then segregation, Afro-Americans suffered ill-treatment and occasionally horrific murders, while in recent years individual atrocities have been committed not only by “blacks” against one another but also by “blacks” against “whites”. The US and UK differ in relevant respects, though in both countries “victims of colour” have been publicised more than others.
An especially instructive example of the killing of an allegedly helpless black man was that of George Floyd, which not only condemned a white Minneapolis policeman to 22 years in prison, but sparked the “Black Lives Matter” movement into further incendiary and far greater long-lasting damage around the world. Across America itself, during the first 103 days of the ensuing unrest alone, 633 violent “protests” in 2,400 locations were recorded. The numbers killed during the disturbances are disputed, but there is no doubt about the subsequent escalation of crime.
This latest book from former leftist David Horowitz meticulously details the attendant riots, murders, arson and pillage, with multiple costs to civilized life, from law enforcement to media honesty. It exposes widely accepted myths about Floyd, along with several other supposedly innocent victims of “white racism”. The polyethnic partners of the convicted officer currently face a landmark “trial” in an ominously changed political “landscape”. Horowitz notes the damage done to law-abiding and successful Afro-Americans by the current racial unrest.
This topical study should interest native-born English readers, given escalating BLM impacts on monument demolition, advertising, street renaming, literature and film bowdlerization, school curriculum ‘adjustment’, employment, free speech, police priorities, theatrical casting, academic research, and much else besides.
The actual arguments, facts and figures, packed inside this hard-hitting book, matter. Are their opponents capable of refuting them? And, more importantly, what is to be done about their implications?