This article was posted on Monday, Nov 16, 2020

I was deeply saddened and disturbed while watching news reports about the protestors that stood outside of St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood chanting “we hope they die” while two of our brave Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies lay there badly wounded following an unprovoked ambush-style shooting in Compton. What is happening in our communities today where our first responders, our great protectors and “9-1-1” answerers, are not only subjected to unprovoked lethal attacks, but while badly wounded after being shot from behind in the head, face chants of “we hope you die” as if we are living in Somalia when a Black Hawk helicopter got shot down and a dead military pilot’s body was being desecrated and dragged through the streets. Somehow, all decency has been lost and today, seemingly “the good is bad” and the “bad is good.”


It is difficult to explain let alone comprehend the type of behavior and grave loss of human decency that could block an entrance to a hospital’s emergency room and engage in the chanting of “I hope they die” while two of our peace officers lying in critical condition following an ambush and each of them shot in the head for no apparent reason other than for putting on a uniform to protect each of us from the very crime perpetrated on them that one Saturday night. I just cannot wrap my head around how someone could be so callous to stand and block the entrance to a hospital emergency room chanting for the death of these innocent and brave first responders? What has our society come to?

I fear that we face the destruction of all our morals and society at the hands of moronic politicians and media that refuse to call “it” what “it” is. This is no “peaceful protest.” We are at the doorstep of anarchy and breakdown of social morals and caring for fellow mankind. Our politicians, like Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles and Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler and others have for too long placated and pandered to these anarchists that continue to take down and destroy civilized society as we know it. It is laughable that so many refer to boarded-up store fronts, broken windows, looting and burning businesses as “peaceful protest” and with that characterization, they condone these actions. It is as if we have lost all rational thought in this Country. It is “as if” we would refer to the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor as “mostly a peaceful flyover.”

On top of all this, our elected officials continue to fan the flames of this anarchy with calls to defund the police. For purely political gain, these elected officials continually call-out our police as racists further placing these brave men and women first responders in harm’s way. As a result, we have seen and will continue to see the rape of all common decency here in the U.S. facilitated by elected officials that pander to anarchist groups who have no social morals and that will stand and block emergency room entrances in hopes of dancing on the graves of those they have harmed. It is the political discourse facilitated by our elected officials that has caused this serious loss of morality and decency in our society today. It is a sickening political platform these elected officials use for vote getting from the fringe of society. They fan the flames and they get re-elected – the end! It could be the end of us.

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These protestors, on the other hand, claim that the police and all of society here in the U.S. is systematically racist. Their solution? They intend to fix the system by destroying it and by causing harm and loss of life. Our elected officials and these grimly immoral protestors, by labeling our society as “systematically racist,” imply that society is irredeemably wrong and have convinced themselves that the only solution lies in the complete destruction of all morals, decency, property, and our cultural institutions as we know them today. Their plan is completely untenable and the basis for their arguments are completely unsupported by any sort-of fact. Their discourse has forced a silent majority into hibernation scared to speak out against these radicals in fear of retribution.

Those that claim “Black Lives Matter” at the same time they freely destroy property, harm innocent people espousing differing viewpoints or freely rejoice in the harm done to innocent first responders are nothing more than immoral hypocrites that do not deserve a voice or our attention. Unfortunately, our politicians and our media outlets continue to shine the spotlight on these very hypocrites and anarchists who are no better than the hate groups and racists they claim are pervasive throughout our society in order to justify their preposterous woke of immorality and destruction of decency in our society. This is the expected outcome of the “defund the police movement” espoused by our elected officials and Black Lives Matter radicals. It has become clear that these radicals are the hate groups they claim to be at war with to justify their terrorism within our once quiet and safe neighborhoods.

Let’s begin by calling things as they are and stop bending over backwards to be so inclusive as if to condone actions that we know are terribly immoral or illegal, and severely lacking in social norms and decency. Let’s stop looking the other way just because someone cries racism. Calling out “white privilege” is racism too. Shooting a 31-year-old mom, who happens by the way to be Black, and her 24-year-old partner is absolutely disgusting. Let’s deal with racism as we should by not tolerating it and through education. But, at the same time, let’s not tolerate the continuing breakdown within our society and the discarding of our social norms by even an ounce of tolerance of the actions of these anarchists that seek to harm us and destroy our neighborhoods and property. These thugs that chant death to police officers and destroy property while at the same time perpetrate reverse racism under a front of “systematic racism” must not and cannot be tolerated. Common decency must always prevail.

Please join me in supporting our police officers and all other first responders. Blue Lives Matter too as do all other lives matter.


Daniel Yukelson is currently the Executive Director of The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA). As a Certified Public Accountant, Yukelson began his career at Ernst & Young, the global accounting firm, and has since served in senior financial roles principally as Chief Financial Officer for various public, private and start-up companies. Prior to joining AAGLA, Yukelson served for 15 years as Chief Financial Officer for Premiere Radio Networks, now a subsidiary of I-Heart Media, and for more than 3 years as Chief Financial Officer of Oasis West Realty, the owner of the Beverly Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills where he was involved with the development and construction of the Waldorf. Yukelson was formerly Chairperson of the City of Beverly Hills Planning Commission and served on both Beverly Hills’ Planning Commission for 6 years and Public Works Commission for three years.