The pseudo historian responsible for the pseudohistorical 1619 Project is back in the spotlight, this time for sneeringly mocking an Asian mother worried about the conditions on New York City’s crime-ridden subways.
The mother, education activist Yiatin Chu, piqued New York Times “journalist” Nikole Hannah-Jones’s attention Thursday when she posted a tweet that afternoon bemoaning what she’d just seen and experienced on the subway.
“Paid $2.75 to be in a subway car with a loud and aggressive man threatening to hit his female partner. Switched cars at next stop to be in a public toilet / urine-odor, crowded car for the rest of my ride. This is @KathyHochul and @NYCMayor’s NYC,” she wrote.
Paid $2.75 to be in a subway car with a loud and aggressive man threatening to hit his female partner. Switched cars at next stop to be in a public toilet / urine-odor, crowded car for the rest of my ride. This is @KathyHochul and @NYCMayor’s NYC.
— Yiatin Chu (@ycinnewyork) November 17, 2022
Hochul and Adams own it. They said so themselves. https://t.co/pSJ5v6JN9y
— Yiatin Chu (@ycinnewyork) November 18, 2022
Note how she ended the tweet — by blaming left-wing New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and left-wing New York City Mayor Eric Adams for these conditions.
Hannah-Jones responded to the tweet shortly thereafter by mocking Chu, writing, “Yes, yes. This was absolutely unheard [of] on subways until two years ago.”
The premise was that NYC’s subways have always been a dumpster fire.
Yes, yes. This was absolutely unheard on subways until two years ago. https://t.co/9j82epEbl4
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) November 17, 2022
The tweet by Hannah-Jones, who boasts over half a million followers, also triggered a mob attack on Chu, with hundreds of her followers rushing to slam her. Chu doesn’t believe this is a coincidence.
“She wanted to send her followers after me. … She makes these snarky comments and she’s inviting them all to pile on,” Chu told the New York Post, drawing attention to Hannah-Jones huge collection of followers.
“They were purposely being unkind,” she added.
Some of their obnoxious responses may be seen below:
Yeah because the subway smelled like lavender and fresh linen prior to 2021
— Paul Hanky (@historicmusings) November 17, 2022
It’s a city. If you don’t like grit, don’t live here. And how about helping the woman.
— Erica ✡️ (@EROHealthComms) November 18, 2022
What a ridiculous thing to say. These conditions have existed on the subway on and off for decades…
— Natalia Antrobus (@WorkTaliaWork) November 18, 2022
Obviously something that never happened before them. As everyone knows, anecdotal evidence is always a societal indicator!
— Kev 0’Content Jr. (@KevOContent) November 17, 2022
you’re hilarious pic.twitter.com/38KjFqXqEx
— Darren Rigger (@DarrenRigger) November 18, 2022
In Hannah-Jones’ defense, it’s not like she explicitly told her followers to bother Chu. She simply posted a mocking tweet expressing the opinion that she doesn’t believe Hochul and Adams deserve blame for the subway’s longstanding problems.
That said, her claim appears to be bogus. The proof? The raw data showing that subway crime has skyrocketed in the past couple of years under Democrat leadership.
“[T]hrough August this year, subway passengers and workers became the victims of 783 violent crimes, up 39% since 2019, when the number was 568,” the Post notes.
“Violent crimes now make up more than half of subway felonies, from about one-third in 2019. Accounting for much lower ridership, that makes for a per-ride violent-felony rate of 1.21 per million rides, nearly two and a half times the 2019 rate,” according to the Post.
The timing coincides with the decision by disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact a law ending cash bail for allegedly “minor” crimes.
Gov. Cuomo blames President #Trump for the crime epidemic in NY.
A BIG LIE!
His No Bail Laws that release thousands of criminals and his fear of removing a pro-criminal, anti-police Mayor are the reasons for the crime epidemic.@NYGovCuomo take responsibility.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 18, 2020
“The bail reform law, first passed in 2019 under then-Governor Andrew Cuomo without a legislative hearing on its development, removed cash bail as a possibility for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges. … In 2020, just three months after the law went into effect, it was revised to make more crimes bail eligible,” according to the Gotham Gazette.
Following passage of the bill, crime increased all across New York, but especially so in NYC, and particularly so on the city’s subways.
In fairness to Adams, he’s lobbied for Cuomo’s successor, current Gov. Kathy Hochul, to repeal her predecessor’s bail reform laws. However, she’s stubbornly refused.
And in fairness to both Adams and Hochul, they recently announced a plan to increase the presence of police officers on the city’s subways.
“NYPD and MTA will surge officer presence on platforms by approximately 1,200 additional overtime officer shifts each day on the subway — equating to approximately 10,000 additional overtime patrol hours every day — as well as two new dedicated units at psychiatric centers to help provide those experiencing serious mental health illness with the assistance they need,” according to a press release from Hochul’s office.
But obviously, this plan clearly isn’t working, and much more work is still needed to make NYC’s subways a safe place for Americans like Yiatin Chu and her family.
“I just want a peaceful ride when I get on the train. I pay my fare, I just want to get home. Is that too much to ask? As New Yorkers, why should we accept what our subways have become?” Chu said to the Post.
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