Heather Mac Donald

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Heather Lynn Mac Donald (a space in "Mac Donald") (1956—) is an American conservative commentator and fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She is an unusual breed--a conservative who is also an atheist and who has criticized the Christian instinct to credit God when something good happens to you but not hold him responsible when one experiences misfortunes.[1] Her writing is distinctive in its reliance on misleading and distorted statistics and its very calm and straightforward presentation of outrageous and inflammatory statements. For instance:

  • "Today, the consequences of that cultural revolution [i.e. the revolution of the 1960s] are all around us: lagging education levels, the lowest male workforce participation rate since the Great Depression, opioid abuse, and high illegitimacy rates."[2]
  • "The most cutting-edge research designs, computer algorithms, and statistical tools, such as Fisher’s exact tests, Cronbach’s alpha, and Kernel density estimates, are now deployed in the increasingly desperate hunt for crippling white racism, while a more pressing problem—inner-city dysfunction—gets minimal academic attention."[3] This quote is additionally noteworthy because it contains an excellent example of the misleading use of jargon as bullshit, to make someone seem like they understand something far better than they really do.
  • "Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer."[4]

Ye olde battleaxe[edit]

Mac Donald is known for her hard-line right-wing stances on pretty much every issue in American politics: immigration,[5] police brutality and Black Lives Matter,[6] criminal justice reform,[7] racism in the criminal justice system,[8] and much, much more.

She is particularly well-known for being one of the first and most persistent pushers of the "Ferguson effect" narrative. She first argued for it in a May 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed[9] and re-iterated it in her 2016 book The War on Cops.

Dark money's effect on her[edit]

Heather Mac Donald is the US's premier promoter of racist justifications for police brutality. As with many think-tankers (including Christina Hoff Sommers), her affiliation with the Manhattan Institute and their donors might be the reason for this. Most police unions and private prison corporations donate to the right, and they need justifications for their heinous behavior.