In the past few years, the nation has heard strong anti-police rhetoric and violence-inducing slogans in the streets and even on the football field after the “Black Lives Matter” movement was born out of false testimony following a series of fatal interactions between African-American men and law enforcement officers.

It’s one thing for a sports figure facing a career downturn to make statements designed to garner attention, or for a rapper to try to appeal to his audience by mouthing trite and disproven patter like, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” but when a tenured professor from one of the nation’s oldest and most respected universities joins in the attacks, the issue becomes more serious and concerning.

College students are susceptible to the views of their professors and often accept their opinions unquestioningly and without analysis, especially in today’s campus atmosphere that so severely restricts and discourages free speech.

So, when Columbia University Professor Carl Hart writes in the Washington Post, “I would much rather my own children interact with drugs than with the police,” it’s possible his students take that statement – which can be considered as nothing less than insanity – as truth.

Dr. Hart, the first African-American tenured professor in the natural sciences at the prestigious New York university founded in 1754, two decades before the Declaration of Independence, is actually arguing that he would prefer that his children shoot heroin, take methamphetamines and hallucinogens than walk past a public servant who wears a badge.

The professor, who is open about his own past history with drugs, teaches, “Drugs and Behavior,” a psychology class, claims that drugs are safer than police because encounters with law enforcement “often end with dead black people” making them “predictable.

And, in fact, he’s right – the side effects of drug use can be predicted with near-certainly.

Babies born to mothers who have used crack cocaine during pregnancy have significantly smaller head circumference and birth weight measurements than other newborns.

Heroin is also predictable – it leads to addiction. Always.

The side effects are also predictable and well-documented – hepatitis and AIDS from shared needles, chronic infections of the lining of the heart, pulmonary disease and chronic pneumonia, blood clots, collapsed veins, seizures, liver disease and death.

Or… his children could simply say, “Yes, officer, my registration and proof of insurance are in the glove box.”

What choice would most fathers want his child to make?

 

 

 

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