LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An example of cherry-picking public policy facts

The executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice and the daughter of (former) Vice President Joe Biden, at a recent fundraising event, was asked — “What do we need to do as it relates to justice?”

Ms. Biden believes it starts with recognizing the root of violence: poverty, and she added that her agency, Delaware Center for Justice, seeks to utilize a holistic approach to confronting the issue of violence.

Although some professionals would debate her belief, they, referencing such theories as Conflict Theory, Structural Function Theory, etc., as the root causes of violence, but will, nevertheless, [acknowledge] poverty playing a definite role in the cause of violence.

I have found, many times, as it pertains to the elusive search for “justice,” it is not so much what we say or what we do, but it is what we ignore and/or do nothing about a particular issue.

Such as Ms. Biden: As she cites a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, she concluded that the “majority of crime are committed young males between the ages of 15 and 30.”

Statistically, this may be true, but something that I find ironic, if not downright disingenuous, is for Ashley Biden to reference the CDC study as a her source, but when it comes to addressing domestic violence, both she (DCJ), her father (sponsor of Violence Against Women Act), Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, ignore the same reputable agency’s (CDC) findings that –

“According to a 2010 national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Justice, in the last 12 months more men than women were victims of intimate partner physical violence and over 40% of severe physical violence was directed at men. Men were also more often the victim of psychological aggression and control over sexual or reproductive health. Despite this, few services are available to male victims of intimate partner violence.”

CDC Study: More Men than Women Victims of Partner Abuse

In fact, in the seven years, since this study came out, no one from these agencies has dared even to mention these “inconvenient findings.”


Because all of their domestic violence federal grants, funding, etc., are directly linked to female victims and earmarked for such.

The acknowledgement of female perpetrators, male victims and a system skewed to reward false allegations would greatly complicate their narrative, and consequentially, their unabridged carte blanche utilization of taxpayer money.

Whether it is street violence or domestic violence, it is infinitely counterproductive to the good of society to choose certain facts and ignore others based upon how well the findings fit your particular narrative. Stop cherry-picking with public policy.

Gordon Smith
Port Orange, Fla. (formerly of Felton, Del.)

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