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New York Times Publishes Op-Ed Of Apparent Terrorist Supporter Who Calls For Abolishing ‘Prisons And Police’
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: New York Police Department tactical police officers stand guard near the New York Stock Exchange on September 9, 2011 in New York City. Officials are stepping up security in New York and Washington D.C. a day after U.S. officials received a credible but unconfirmed terror threat to utilize car bombs on bridges or tunnels in New York or Washington.
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The New York Times has published an op-ed from a far-left activist that was a fellow at George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and who is an apparent terrorist supporter, which comes just a week after the newspaper said that it should not have published an op-ed from Republican Senator Tom Cotton (AR) that espoused a political view that the majority of Americans support.

The op-ed was written by Mariame Kaba, who, according to a website that is in her name and a blog that she purportedly runs, is an apparent supporter of Assata Shakur – who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

Investigative reporter Jordan Schachtel tweeted: “Fun fact: the lady who wrote this op-ed in The New York Times is both a terrorist supporter and a radical leftist. Good thing her name isn’t Senator Tom Cotton!”

Highlights from the radical op-ed, which espouses views that the overwhelming majority of Americans reject, include:

We can’t reform the police. The only way to diminish police violence is to reduce contact between the public and the police.

…when you see a police officer pressing his knee into a black man’s neck until he dies, that’s the logical result of policing in America. When a police officer brutalizes a black person, he is doing what he sees as his job. …

I’ve been advocating the abolition of the police for years. Regardless of your view on police power — whether you want to get rid of the police or simply to make them less violent — here’s an immediate demand we can all make: Cut the number of police in half and cut their budget in half. Fewer police officers equals fewer opportunities for them to brutalize and kill people. …

But don’t get me wrong. We are not abandoning our communities to violence. We don’t want to just close police departments. We want to make them unnecessary. …

People like me who want to abolish prisons and police, however, have a vision of a different society, built on cooperation instead of individualism, on mutual aid instead of self-preservation. What would the country look like if it had billions of extra dollars to spend on housing, food and education for all? This change in society wouldn’t happen immediately, but the protests show that many people are ready to embrace a different vision of safety and justice.

The fringe op-ed comes after leftist reporters at The New York Times and at other left-wing publications claimed that an op-ed from Sen. Cotton last week put the lives of black people at risk because he advocated for the military to be called in to stop the violent riots from destroying inner cities, a view that is supported by 58% of Americans.

Cotton trolled The New York Times on Twitter, writing: “Running this column puts lives in danger.”


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