As the numbers go, America is getting safer. Over the past 50 years, violent crime rates have consistently adhered to a sinusoidal wave, peaking in the early '90s and steadily declining for 20 years.
A number of political and economic causes have been put forth to explain this trend, including renewed vigilance regarding non-violent offenses, readily available abortions for the underclass, and the dot.com and housing booms. Each one of these carries a kernel of truth. But the uninspiring reality is that most credit should go to the Prison Industrial Complex.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, easily outpacing bogeyman “totalitarian” governments like China and Russia. And the system’s effectiveness isn't simply a matter of punishment. The government has effectively locked violent criminals away from society in a parallel, government-run universe and kept them there.
Discussing crime in this way is, needless to say, taboo. Major critiques of the Prison Industrial Complex have been relegated to academic leftists and have played no role in major elections; White liberals might seem well disposed to a social crusade against incarceration...but at the end of the day, they, too, want to be safe.
Even more taboo is discussing the racial elements of this matter, what The New Century Foundation has called “The Color of Crime” and which it has documented for the past 15 years. As its report states,
Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
As a result of realities like these, federal and state governments have imprisoned some five percent of the Black population. It’s a rather brutal solution to what is ultimately a demographic problem, and it has involved massive and untold economic costs to maintain such an enormous penal system.
Of late, there’s reason to believe that as America enters a prolonged economic depression, this arrangement--what amounts to a social contract of sorts--is breaking down.
Spontaneously organized through Twitter and social networks and documented and promoted through YouTube, violent crimes for fun and profit have become more visibly brazen, sadistic, racially motivated, and sometimes quasi-ideological/political: “Beat Whitey Night” took place at an Iowa state fair last summer...a White transvestite was brutalized to the point of experiencing a seizure in a McDonalds, as patrons looked on without offering assistance...roaming bands of thugs have gone on rampages throughout Chicago...and more. (The blogger “Unamusement Park” has documented the phenomenon here and here.)
The most recent version of the “American Dream”--in which prosperity and democracy would help the nation transcend its older racial hierarchies and hostilities--is evaporating before our eyes.
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All of this is a preface to a recent incident involving radio-host Neil Boortz, which I believe is quite significant--a mainstream and quite popular conservative commentator laid down the truth about The Color of Crime.
First, Boortz said this on his daily program last Friday:
And you want to know why I moved out of Atlanta and only spend a couple of weeks a year in this town? That's one of the reasons. Carjackings, violence, people getting shot. It's ridiculous. This city harbors an urban culture of violence. [...]
This town is starting to look like a garbage heap. And we got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I'll tell you what it's gonna take. You people, you are - you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun and we need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta. We need to see the next guy that tries to carjack you shot dead right where he stands. We need more dead thugs in this city. And let their -- let their mommas -- let their mommas say, "He was a good boy. He just fell in with the good crowd." And then lock her ass up.
This, of course, inspired much Righteous Liberal Outrage.
What’s most interesting is that Boortz refused to back down. Though he recited the typical claptrap about “it’s about culture, not skin color,” he also cited statistic that he most certainly gleaned from a reading The Color of Crime. Wrote Boortz:
Contact your local U.S. Government printing office, buy the reports and start crunching the numbers. Or, if you wish, you can just read some of the data developed by people who have already done that work for you!
• Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to operate.
• When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly 3 times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife. Bear in mind that my comments last week were born of reports of two carjackings by young black males in the Atlanta area in which guns were used.
• If you start to delve even deeper into the statistics you will see that when you deal with the issue of interracial crime between blacks and whites you will find that blacks are the perpetrators 85% of the time while whites are responsible 15% of the time.
• The single best indicator of violent crime in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
Racist statistics? Come on … give me a break.
No, the statistics aren’t “racist,” in the sense of being bigoted and biased; they do, however, reveal America’s demographic reality. A reality the mainstream media is increasingly unable to deny.