WAITING….. I’m waiting for the


I’m waiting for the respectable leadership of the African-American community to denounce Amiri Baraka’s blood libel — is there another word for it? — about the “4000 Israelis” (modified from the canonical “4000 Jews”) who allegedly failed to show up for work at the World Trade Center on September 11.

Of course, I’m still waiting for that same leadership to denounce the anti-Semitic remarks made, not only by Cynthia McKinney and her father, but by the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, after McKinney’s primary defeat in Georgia.

[Sings, badly off key: “I’m so tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for yoooo – oooooo – ooooo.”]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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