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The Insanity of the Left’s ‘Let the Kids Have Their Knife Fghts’ Argument

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

One of the more insane developments from the tragic shooting death of knife wielding Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, has been the emergence of a desperate fantasy from the political left:

The “Let the kids have their knife fights” coalition that must think “West Side Story” is real life.

Valerie Jarrett, the former Obama administration adviser, offered her idiotic notion, echoed by many others.

“A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Byrant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight,” Jarrett tweeted. “Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.”

I liked Jarrett. She was once the most powerful woman in America, Barack Obama’s “consigliere,” and before that she advised Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. When Daley was going off the rails, plunging Chicago into its current fiscal death spiral, I met her for coffee and asked her to run for mayor to save the city.

I must have been living in a fantasy world. But all I wasted was a cup of coffee.


“Teenagers have been having fights involving knives for eons,” tweeted Bree Newsome, a prominent defund-the-police activist. “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.”

I don’t need help, but you need help, and so do all others who showed up on MSNBC and other pro-left platforms to spew your idiotic ravings.

What happened in Columbus wasn’t a knife fight. Only Bryant had the knife, from what we see on police-released videos and according to at least one fact-checker. She is swinging at an unarmed person who is defenseless, leaning back on the hood of a car, a leg up to protect herself.

The officer, in that split second, had no choice. If he’d not taken swift immediate action, the headlines would have been: “White cop allows Black girl to be killed.”


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