Stop talking about Krasner and start doing something to make change

This week, when Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner put his foot in his mouth by saying the city is not in a crime crisis, the knives came out, and every pundit with a keypad took shots at him.

Yes, Krasner was wrong to say we’re not in a crime crisis. In fact, with more than 520 murders this year, crisis might not be a strong enough word. Krasner has to know that, because no one cares if we have a decrease in other crimes. More than 500 people are dead, and you can’t explain that away. Krasner learned that this week, so yesterday, he released a statement saying he had been inarticulate, and acknowledged that he had to do better.

But then he started talking about all the stuff other people aren’t doing, and we learned that while Krasner is great at exonerating the innocent, he’s horrible at apologies. Just say you’re wrong and keep it moving. Nobody’s listening to the other stuff anyway.

But Krasner’s not the only one we learned something about. We learned that former Mayor Michael Nutter wants to be back in the mix. And he used the same old strategy he did when he was slamming John Street every other day. He waited for someone controversial to say something, and then he called Krasner’s remarks “ignorant” and “insulting.”

That’s the kind of thing that got Nutter into the mayor’s office, and when he got there, his cops stopped and frisked every Black person in sight. Almost none of those stops yielded guns or drugs, but they did make innocent people feel like prisoners.

We can’t go back to that. So instead of focusing on what people say, I’m looking at what people do. With more than 520 homicides this year, our leaders have to stop making speeches, and start making change.
Photo: Special Committee on Criminal Justice By. Philadelphia City Council

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