In defense of teenage knife fighting

In defense of teenage knife fighting
The knife that 16-year-old Makiyah Bryant was poised to slash another woman with was no pocket knife. (Image: Freeze frame from officer's body cam via LU Staff)

[Ed. – Don’t worry. Biden will fix this whole mess by signing an executive order mandating that law enforcement ‘aim for the leg.’ He’ll get to that right after his next speech decrying America as a country founded on systemic racism.]

Is there any tradition that the radicals won’t ruin? As the brilliant Bree Newsome pointed out on Twitter, “Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons.” And now people are calling the cops on them? I ask: Is this a self-governing country or not? When Newsome says, “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon,” she may be expressing a view that is unfashionable these days. But she’s right.

Disappointingly, my colleague Phil Klein has felt compelled to join the critics. In a post published yesterday, Phil asked in a sarcastic tone whether the police should “somehow treat teenage knife fights as they would harmless roughhousing and simply ignore it.” My answer to this is: Yes, that’s exactly what they should do — yes, even if they are explicitly called to the scene.

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