The Cutting Edge of Wokeness

Chris Menahan
Aug. 19, 2020

"Crime" is just a social construct, so says New York Times contributor Char Adams.

"I cringe whenever I see the word 'crime.' It's no longer part of my vocab," Adams said Monday on Twitter. "'Crime' is a historical &political construction. The sooner we acknowledge 'crime' as a madeup thing used to justify targeted criminalization/policing, the sooner we can talk meaningfully about actual harm."

"Remember when some Black folks were on here talking about 'high crime rates' to justify the Crime Bill the other day?" Adams said in a follow-up tweet. "I was like, 'crime?' You mean the socially constructed set of racialized, gendered arbitrary rules created solely to limit your freedom and movement? That thing?"

Incidentally, Adams said last year that "what happened to Jussie Smollett" was not just a "hate crime" but a "crime of power."

"His attackers' actions and words were all purposeful and deliberate," Adams said. "And they carry the weight of centuries of anti-Black/homophobic violence."


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