This may represent The Great Stupid at its zenith. That’s good news, right? Maybe it can’t get any worse from here. Maybe this means the fever is about to break.
In my old home town (sort of) of Boston, Massachusetts, they were expecting about three feet of snow yesterday. Mayor Michelle Wu, a wildly left wing fanatic who became the celebrated first Asian-American female mayor of the city, thus embodying the Joe Biden Progressive Theory of Merit: race and gender is all you need to be qualified, has signaled that the eternal Boston snow problem might be solved because Tiffany Chu will be her new chief of staff.
Chu is an advocate of “equity snowplowing,” another terrible off-shoot of the court-driven concept of “disparate impact.” She explains her passion this way:
It’s about snow-clearing and if the concept of snow-clearing can be sexist and the answer is, yes, wholeheartedly! In 2012 a number of cities in Sweden adopted a gender-equal plowing strategy where, actually, first pedestrian cycle lanes were cleared, especially near schools and day-care centers and then later on major streets. What they discovered was that [the previous] societal practice actually disadvantaged women because they were the ones who were more likely to walk and travel with children while men who are predominantly working and commuting benefited from those major corridors being plowed first. There was actually a gender equity panel or committee in Sweden where they did some data analysis and discovered that 79% of the pedestrian injuries had occurred during winter. Of that 79%, 69% were women, two-thirds of which were individuals slipping on ice.”
Do I really have to comment on something this self-evidently idiotic and irresponsible? Sidney Wang (above) isn’t enough? Oh, all right…
1. Plowing the streets and highways as the first priority after a snow storm benefits everyone in a city, and pretty equally too. Citizens need to get to work safely. Accidents kill people, and devastate families, even, believe it or not, when those nasty ol’ men die. Emergency vehicles need a clear path to save other citizens, who include women and children.
2. Do they have fire fighter bicycles and police bicycles in Sweden? Maybe so: I don’t care. One of the many flourishing delusions of the Woke—Bernie Sanders is a notable sufferer—is that if the small Scandinavian nations do something, it must be smart.
3. Why would you plow schools first in a blizzard? That might make sense in Sweden, when walking to school through huge snowdrifts is a right of passage, but here in Virginia and D.C., they close schools at mere rumors of flurries. Even in Boston, three feet of snow means a snow day. Besides, Zoom works so well!
4. You don’t want to encourage people to ride bicycles on ice. Plowing bicycle paths and lanes first will lead to more accidents.
5. Wait…women don’t drive to work? They are less coordinated than men? What kind of feminist is Ms. Chu? Or maybe just Swedish women are non-working klutzes. If women are falling on snow and ice more than men, my guess is that it’s the heels they are wearing. That kind of “disparate impact” is exactly what makes the theory a Great Stupid classic. Better to stop a policy that is a net positive to society than to ask people to reduce their own risky behavior and habits, Good plan!
6. Chu graduated from MIT. When did MIT start graduating people who said “actually” that much? Or who can’t figure out that a Swedish study is useless when it obviously is?
7. Chu doesn’t mention it in her “explanation,” but I suspect part of her enthusiasm for “equity plowing” is that delaying the deployment of gas-powered vehicles on the roads is deemed another symbolic (but ineffective) anti-climate change measure. Or am I being too cynical? After all, the only arrows in the metaphorical quivers of the Woke are race, gender, and climate change. Tiffany seems to me to be an unlikely candidate for being satisfied with only two out of three.
Pointer and Source: The Boston Herald