After the Dinkins administration abetted the Crown Heights Pogrom against Orthodox Jews during which black nationalist mobs chanted, “Heil Hitler” and murdered two people, while wounding and terrorizing countless others, the media needed a counter-narrative.
It settled on its claims of a “police riot” to describe a PBA police union protest in 1992.
Since the protest was attended by Rudy Giuliani, among a number of other politicians, this smear gets trotted out now and then to attack Giuliani.
But New York Magazine, as part of a new generation of historical revisionism, headlined its smear as, “White Riot In 1992, thousands of furious, drunken cops descended on City Hall — and changed New York history.”
The racist headline is a blatant lie. While the NYPD at the time was much more white, it was hardly all white. Videos show black supporters and members in the crowd. The “furious cops” were off-duty union protesters with the Policeman’s Benevolent Association.
As the video shows, (despite the inflammatory claim of the uploader), the “riot” was fiery but mostly peaceful. It wouldn’t have even made the news had it been any one of New York City’s other many unions.
Nor was it all white. It had nothing to do with being white. It had to do with being a member of a union. A garbageman’s union rally would have been whiter.
Most of the distorted accounts of the union protest come from a New York Times article which is, by no coincidence, the same paper that covered up the Crown Heights Pogrom by the admission of its own people.
The New Yorker narrative and others falsely claim that the PBA was protesting against Mayor Dinkins because he was black. In fact, the PBA went on to protest Giuliani, Bloomberg, De Blasio, and will no doubt protest Adams. Because that’s what unions do.
On the scale of things, this isn’t the 1619 Project, but it’s typical of the same revisionist history in which the Left believes that if it repeats the same Big Lie, adds some race-baiting, it can turn that into history.