'Ferguson Effect' Predicts What Criminals Will Do When Cops Back Down

The world doesn't make sense these days --- left is right, up is down. So, on some level, fearing those charged with protecting us makes sense. But some on the left would have people believe the police target individuals based solely on the color of their skin.

Friday on The Glenn Beck Program, guest host Sheriff David Clarke --- who happens to be both black and a police officer --- talked with author and researcher Heather MacDonald about her new book The War on Cops to investigate these claims.

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"Heather, why don't we start by defining this 'Ferguson Effect' and what you found in your research," Clarke asked.

"Well, the 'Ferguson Effect' refers to the combined phenomenon of officers backing off of proactive policing and the resulting emboldening of criminals. Crime is going up," MacDonald said. "The Black Lives Matter movement has held that the police are the biggest threat facing young black men today. That's a complete lie. It ignores the sad reality of black-on-black crime."

Another alarming development, from the president on down, is the message that cracking down on small petty crimes in urban areas is inherently racist. By backing off policing these small crimes, criminals feel emboldened and violent crime has begun to rise as well.

Discounting this evidence is not only stupid - it's dangerous.

"There are some who want to discount this correlation right now, this nexus between this war on cops, what has happened outside of Ferguson, Baltimore and other areas. There's some criminologists that say it's too early. ...What do you say to those people who want to discount this right now?" Clarke asked.

"It's just amazing --- the denial of reality," MacDonald said. "One of the early 'Ferguson Effect' deniers, Richard Rosenfeld, at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, has now changed his mind. I've got to give him credit because he's now going to come under the same sort of attacks I have, I'm sure. But he looked at the 2015 data and said the only explanation that makes sense, that fits the data, is the back off on policing."

With the backing off of policing, Black Lives Matter has been able to grow in power and influence, despite being founded on a myth.

"Black Lives Matter is based on a lie, which is that cops are out there in a racist fashion gunning down blacks," MacDonald said. "The fact is, is that a police officer is over 18 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a cop," MacDonald said. "And now, thanks to the lives of the Black Lives Matter movement, officers are being completely dissuaded from [assertive policing]."

Sheriff Clarke knows firsthand just how hard the job is.

"I'm a 38-year, as you know, 38-year law enforcement veteran, and I'm still out on the street," Clarke said. "But I just want to point out, I'm still out there. I know what these men and women are up against every day of the week. And it is hard."

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Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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