That Sounds Racist: Frequent Fox News Guest Heather Mac Donald argues that black children are not “civilized,” and that the best way to prevent crime is to “reconstruct the Black family so that these kids are civilized.”
Appearing on the June 2, 2020, edition of The Charlie Kirk Show, Mac Donald said:
But the reason that they’re in those communities is to save Black lives. They’re not the best solution to Black on Black crime. The best solution is to reconstruct the Black family so that these kids are civilized, so that they learn to defer gratification and control their impulses rather than being completely unrestrained, uninhibited and quick to resort to violence when they feel disrespected.
So the best solution to this crime in the inner city, which is why the cops are there, is the family. Until the family is reconstructed, the cops are the second-best solution.
Reporting on the story, Media Matters notes:
Heather Mac Donald is a fellow at conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute and a frequent guest on Fox News, where she has made racist comments about Black people and other extreme statements. She has written for National Review.
Indeed, Mac Donald has a well documented history of making racist claims. Previously the conservative argued that Black people should act more like Asians, suggesting that “behavioral disparities” between Black and Asian people are the source of inequality.
Appearing on Fox and Friends, Mac Donald argued that affirmative action causes “racial division on campuses” because many Black and Latinx students “struggle academically.”
And, of course, it should go without saying that white supremacists have been arguing for hundreds of years that black children must be “civilized.” Indeed, the claim that blacks must be “civilized” is one of the oldest and most frequently used racist tropes.
Bottom line: Frequent Fox News Guest Heather Mac Donald argues that black children are not “civilized,” and that the best way to prevent crime is to “reconstruct the Black family so that these kids are civilized.”