"Not everyone thought the solution to blackout looting was simply locking up those who had taken food, diapers, and consumer goods."
"In 1977, New York was still reeling under the impact of the steep budget cuts of the previous few years, as the city government closed hospitals, fire stations, health clinics, and schools. The city university began to charge tuition for the first time. Public employment — long a path to greater economic stability, especially for African American and Latino New Yorkers [cite? source? made up?]— shriveled by tens of thousands of jobs — more than 20 percent — over the five years that followed the 1975 fiscal crisis. Even before the blackout, the mounting anger toward austerity was palpable [how does she know? cite? source? shitty journalism?]. Over 1975 and 1976, neighborhoods from Williamsburg to the South Bronx were rocked by community protests against the cuts."
"The experience of the blackout helped to legitimate a tough-on-crime conservatism in New York, one that leveraged fear to build support for policies such as stop-and-frisk and “broken windows” policing, while also insisting that poverty primarily reflected the bad choices of poor people [and this isn't true because?]. The road to Rudolph W. Giuliani’s New York [which of course is a bad thing, it goes without saying, right?], in other words, begins at the 1977 blackout."