Monday’s HausGuest: Heather MacDonald of The Manhattan Institute

Heather MacDonald has been on my “Guests I Dream of Having On the Show” list since before HausRules even started – so I am SO excited for this announcement.

Here’s Heather’s bio:

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and “racial” profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald’s newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

She has degrees from Yale (English), Cambridge (English), and Stanford (Law) and one of my best friends (who knows her personally) describes her as the smartest person he’s ever met. And he’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met.

He also said that she’s one of the most delightful and engaging, too.

On the other hand, MediaMatters HATES her, which is awesome:Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 8.14.15 AM

Her new book has been out for only a week:WarOnCopsCover

Here’s a quick summary:

Violent crime has been rising sharply in many American cities after two decades of decline. Homicides jumped nearly 17 percent in 2015 in the largest 50 cities, the biggest one-year increase since 1993. The reason is what Heather Mac Donald first identified nationally as the “Ferguson effect”: Since the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, officers have been backing off of proactive policing, and criminals are becoming emboldened.

This book expands on Mac Donald’s groundbreaking and controversial reporting on the Ferguson effect and the criminal-justice system. It deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. On the contrary, it is criminals and gangbangers who are responsible for the high black homicide death rate.

The War on Cops exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of “mass incarceration.” A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. The growth of proactive policing in the 1990s, along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, saved thousands of minority lives. In fact, Mac Donald argues, no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that “black lives matter” than today’s data-driven, accountable police department.

She just published this in National Review:Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 8.32.56 AM

And this in the New York Post:Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 8.32.25 AM

Do NOT miss it!


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