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Los Angeles celebrates renaming street after Obama, but they might not have thought this through

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After the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to rename one of the city’s streets after former President Barack Obama, liberals like Mayor Eric Garcetti rushed to social media to celebrate.

“It’s official: our City Council has voted to rename Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard!” he tweeted that evening. “We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.”

There was just one problem: Rodeo Road lies smack dab on the border of Crenshaw, a high-crime Los Angeles neighborhood known for its constant burglaries, assaults, rapes, murders and gang activity.

There’s a reason the neighborhood assessment website AreaVibes has given Crenshaw an F rating in crime. It’s the same reason that SpotCrime’s 2-month crime map for the Crenshaw area looks like this:

According to AreaVibes, Crenshaw’s crime rate is 4,411 per 100,000 people, which is roughly 1.5x the national average. Of the crimes, 1,360 were labeled as violent crime. That’s 350 percent more than the national average of 386 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Crenshaw is in effect a veritable ghetto, and thanks to the Los Angeles City Council, one of this ghetto’s streets will forever be named after one of the most scandal-ridden presidents in American history. The irony could not be any richer.

And yet so many liberals are celebrating this announcement on Twitter:

But shouldn’t conservatives be celebrating? Think about it. By renaming a street in a crime-ridden neighborhood after Obama, the city council has inadvertently tied the former president to crime. And that’s absolutely perfect — and not only because Obama had himself repeatedly broken the law. It’s also perfect because Obama was a champion of drug dealers, illegal immigrants and even deserters.

One of the most disturbing aspects of Obama’s presidency was his affinity for criminality. And thanks to the efforts of this Los Angeles City Council, this affinity shall forever be remembers in the annals of LA history.  What could possibly be a more fitting legacy for Barack Hussein Obama than this?

Vivek Saxena

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