Racist Mayor: Dallas’ Eric Johnson
Equity plan orders Dallas cops to arrest as many black people as Asians.
By Daniel Greenfield
Earlier this year, the Dallas Morning News fired one of its reporters for calling the city’s mayor “bruh”. The reporter was white and the city’s mayor is a thin-skinned racist.
“Gotta love when folks let their inherent biases show. I get to be addressed as ‘bruh’ by someone who writes for my daily local paper whom I’ve never met,” Johnson ranted.
The reporter was fired after she was asked if she would have called Mayor Eric Johnson “bruh” if he wasn’t black. Johnson’s strategy of accusing his critics of being racists was working.
After Johnson took office in 2019, the numbers of murders shot up from 210 to 252. By April 2023, there were already over 90 murders in the city making for the 7th highest urban homicide rate in America. During his first year in office, Chief Renee Hall, the first black woman to run the department, was forced out for trying to limit the damage from the violent BLM race riots.
During a City Council meeting, Johnson attacked Chief Hall for using tear gas against BLM rioters throwing bricks at police officers and urged pro-crime activists to “share their concerns regarding the city’s response to the protests.” The pro-race riot policy led to black supremacists chanting, “burn it down” and taking over restaurants and threatening people next year.
“I love seeing all the protests, and I hope they translate into people voting for policy shifts,” Johnson had said.
In 2021, after the worst death toll in a generation, Johnson and the Dallas City Council cheered the passage of an “equity” resolution mandating that everything would revolve around race.
The equity resolution blamed the city’s problems on “systemic racism” and pledged Dallas’ “commitment to racial equity” by using “equity principles” to tackle the budget
While Dallas politicians warned about reduced federal aid and the need for ‘belt tightening’, the 2022-2023 budget proposed $22.5 million in equity spending for things like “documenting the achievements of underserved communities.”
At a time when the top concerns of Dallas residents were public safety and broken streets, the Dallas Equity Plan began with a fashionably woke “land acknowledgement” declaring that the land really belonged to the Comanche (the Comanches had actually invaded the area in the 18th century and attacked the Apaches.) before announcing that Dallas would become the “nation’s most equitable city”. In reality, poverty rates make Dallas one of the least equitable.
Dallas County’s population dropped in the last two years. Mayor Johnson has accomplished the seemingly impossible by getting people to leave Dallas. A poll gave two reasons for the shrinkage that are familiar to leftist mayors all across the country: crime and homelessness.
The Dallas Equity Plan embraces crime and urban blight by making it the city’s goal to “decrease the percent of historically disadvantaged communities arrested for low-level offenses” by reducing the number of arrests of the “disadvantaged” from 7,585 to 6,068.
Equity requires measuring the “ratio between the number of black and Asian individuals per 1,000 arrested by the Dallas Police Department.“
Dallas cops had better arrest the same ratio of black and Asian criminals. And that may be a problem as black people are being arrested 11 times more often than Asians. Either the Dallas PD needs to find reasons to arrest a lot more Asians or arrest fewer black criminals. And what equity really translates into is much less law enforcement because fighting crime is racist.
While the Dallas Equity Plan proposed going easy on criminals if they were the right race, Johnson was conducting a victory tour claiming that he had defeated crime. That would come as news to the city’s crime victims. By the end of July, 150 people had been murdered.
Even though homicides were up 10%, Mayor Eric Johnson basked in adulation from the Washington Post and FOX News which bizarrely headlined his appearance as “Dallas Democrat mayor bucks crime trend” and “Americans rank Dallas safest city”.
Nothing says safety city like being ranked as having the 7th highest murder rate.
If over 150 corpses makes for a safe city that’s bucking the time trend, what does an unsafe city look like? Crime is so bad in Dallas that a plainclothes officer in an unmarked car recently got into a shootout with carjackers. If only he had practiced equity by letting them take the car.
Much like Buttigieg, Johnson is using the media to build up a myth of turning Dallas around before a likely run for higher office. Much has been made of him running unopposed in 2023.
“Nearly 99 percent of Dallas voters voted for me for mayor. I won the election with 98.7 percent of the vote,” Johnson bragged about winning an unopposed election.
Rather than universal popularity, it meant that potential opponents weren’t able to get on the ballot. And Johnson was so beloved that he won 42,000 votes in a city of 1.8 million.
Over 3,000 people who bothered to vote in a pointless race protested by writing in other candidates including Ron Swanson, J.R. Ewing, Kermit the Frog, George W. Bush, Allen West, “anyone else,” “not him,” “anyone but him,” and “not that guy.”
“Bruh” got 2 votes.
In contrast to the media hype about Mayor Johnson’s popularity or the city’s turnaround, the number of people who believed that Dallas is headed in the right direction fell from 40% when he was first elected to 28%.
As Dallas implodes, Mayor Johnson’s defense is racism. That’s why he hurled a false racism accusation at a reporter who pushed back on his claims that everything was great.
Crying racism covers a multitude of sins.
Before his previous election, Johnson claimed that “redistricting is used to keep the power structure in the South the same-white folks on top, people of color underneath.”
“Is there anyone out there who still doesn’t understand how deeply racism is engrained in our society?” he demanded another time.
Dallas has a black mayor, a black city manager, and an all-black city council leadership even though there are more whites and Latinos than black residents in Dallas. So where is the racism still coming from? Apparently it’s coming from anyone who calls Mayor Eric Johnson “bruh”.