Category Archives: Race

The ‘Ferguson Effect’

Crime, Law, Race

Like it or not, it is undeniable that “urban safety” is hampered when law enforcement is criminalized. In practice, that means that “law-abiding residents of poor communities” suffer. How much? Heather Mac Donald has the grim statistics:

… Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.

In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year. Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, robberies 43%, and homicides 25%. “Crime is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said St. Louis Alderman Joe Vacarro at a May 7 City Hall hearing.

Murders in Atlanta were up 32% as of mid-May. Shootings in Chicago had increased 24% and homicides 17%. Shootings and other violent felonies in Los Angeles had spiked by 25%; in New York, murder was up nearly 13%, and gun violence 7%.

Those citywide statistics from law-enforcement officials mask even more startling neighborhood-level increases. Shooting incidents are up 500% in an East Harlem precinct compared with last year; in a South Central Los Angeles police division, shooting victims are up 100%.

By contrast, the first six months of 2014 continued a 20-year pattern of growing public safety. Violent crime in the first half of last year dropped 4.6% nationally and property crime was down 7.5%. Though comparable national figures for the first half of 2015 won’t be available for another year, the January through June 2014 crime decline is unlikely to be repeated. …

MORE.

This is what Ms. Mc Donald told Paul Gigot of the Journal Editorial Report (I love text; it’s becoming rare):

GIGOT: Heather MacDonald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at “City Journal.” And I’m happy to say, contributing writer for the “Wall Street Journal,” in a column last week … which had a big impact. Hundreds of thousands of readers called it the new American crime wave.

Is it really that bad? What are we really seeing here in terms of a change from the big decline in crime over the last 20, 30 years?

MACDONALD: Some cities, it is very, very bad. It’s not every city. Some are holding stable with a little bit of an increase. But in enough significant cities, the percentage increase is so large as to really demand attention.

GIGOT: And what’s behind it?

MACDONALD: I think what’s behind it is the last nine months of obsessive anti-cop hysteria that this country has lived through based on a few isolated and questionable shootings of black men that should be, if they are criminal, prosecuted and paid attention to. But by no means represent the norm of policing in America or the way most black men die today, which is at the hands of criminals, not the police.

GIGOT: But is this criticism leading to changes in police practices? For example, are the police saying we’re criticized so let’s not do the kinds of things that we were doing before. Don’t go into high-crime neighborhoods, for example? Let’s not pursue Stop and Frisk, which you can stop somebody, then see if they have a gun. And sometimes that gets guns off the street, or so that’s what the people who support it claim. Is it a change of police practices that’s going on?

MACDONALD: Police are still responding to 911 calls. If they get a violent felony calling in, they are responding. But it’s an informal change of officers that — if they have an option to respond or not, to undertake a discretionary stop, to ask a few questions, the very policing that is responsible for the two decades-long crime decline. Officers are hesitant to engage. They’re worried that they’ll be indicted for a good- faith mistake. They’re worried about the ubiquitous cell phone videos that rarely capture the resistance that led an officer to use force. And so officers having been told now, for the last nine months, that proactive policing, going out enforcing broken windows offenses, quality of life offenses against public drinking, that that is somehow a racist assault on minority communities, are understandably saying, well, then maybe we won’t be as aggressive and active.

GIGOT: Now, are you hearing that from — when you go — you talk to police across the country

MACDONALD: Yes.

GIGOT: When you do that, is that what you’re hearing them say privately?

MACDONALD: Absolutely.

GIGOT: They are telling you this?

MACDONALD: Oh, yes. They are very worried. They’re worried about losing their jobs. The arrest situation in places like Baltimore is unbelievably hostile. When the police are responding to a 911 call, crowds gather, jeer at them, sometimes throwing things at them for no reason. There was an incident in Baltimore recently where a man with a gun started running, the police had been called to the scene because of a 911 call saying a man with a gun. His own gun went off, he fell to the ground, started writhing and saying the police shot him. The police, who had never discharged their guns, were pelted with Clorox bottles, bricks, water bottles. This is happening not just in Baltimore but the tensions are rising elsewhere

GIGOT: What about Bill de Blasio’s argument that, look, there are — shootings are up, OK, but it’s gang-on-gang violence, and therefore it’s not something that the broader community in New York needs to worry about.

MACDONALD: Most shootings are always gang-on-gang violence. But if they get to a level, and even at any level, there are innocents inevitably taken as well.

GIGOT: Shootings, crossfire, that sort of thing?

MACDONALD: Of course. You know what kills me? We all know the names of Michael Brown, who was falsely turned into a martyr. The Justice Department itself discredited the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” shot —

(CROSSTALK)

GIGOT: In Ferguson.

MACDONALD: Marcus Johnson is a 6-year-old boy in St. Louis, who, on March 11th, when the protesters were converging on the Ferguson Police Department, again, demanding the resignation of the entire department, Marcus Johnson was killed by a stray bullet in a St. Louis park just a few miles away. America does not know his name. Why is that? Because the “Black Lives Matter” movement only applies to blacks who are killed by the police trying to do their jobs. The difference between most police shootings and gang shootings is the police do not have criminal intent. Training must work incessantly to make sure that they use force only as last resort. But they’re not the criminals we should be worrying about.

GIGOT: Heather MacDonald, thanks for being here.

MACDONALD: Thank you, Paul.

(Journal Editorial Report.)


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The Lawless Logic Of Crime In Baltimore

Crime, Political Correctness, Race, Reason

“An uptick in crime in his city,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts blames on “looted drugs that have made their way to the streets of Baltimore.” In the April race riots, “at least 27 pharmacies and drug clinics” were ransacked.” While broadcasting this Batts fatuity, CNN showed in the background video of a swarm of sub-humans descending on a pharmacy and plundering the place.

The pharmacy employee is right: This is a joke.

Let’s trace the causal chain:

1. Criminals committed crimes called robberies.
2. Criminals came into the possession of goods called drugs through crimes called robberies.
3. Criminals bickered over loot appropriated during the commission of crimes.
3. The bickering of criminals over goods appropriated through crime escalated, resulting in injuries and deaths.

See what I’m getting at?

Drugs are not causing crimes on the streets of Baltimore; criminals are.
Drugs got onto Baltimore streets during the commission of crimes.
Criminals were first on the scene. They committed crimes. And then more crimes.


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UPDATED: Our #Afrikaner Brethren Must Not Despair (Or Discount #IntoTheCannibalsPot)

Ilana Mercer, IMMIGRATION, Race, Racism, South-Africa

This is a note to an Afrikaner brother, “a farm attack victim, whose wife, friends and many acquaintances” have been murdered. Understandably, he does not think the work done by ex-pats like this writer in his cause is significant. I would venture that this is a perception fed by the fact that this work—book, extensive Articles Archive, ongoing, current Blog coverage, other media, when given the opportunity—is not easily accessible in “free” South Africa, a fact that accounts for why he cannot see the good it does beyond his country. (Example: “Mandela Mum About Systematic Murder Of Whites”)

So, to Ignatius Beyers I say this: Your world is in South Africa (SA). You judge the good of other work by the measure of how many members of your community know about it. But South Africa is a tiny speck on the world stage—and it has become even tinier and more insignificant on that indifferent stage since “freedom.” However, whether you know it or not, activism within SA matters very little to the world. I know it, for I’ve tried to spread the word in an indifferent world. That’s why I wrote “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa.”

Whether you and your community know it or not, the book is being used in litigating the cases of South African refugees across the globe (I hear from their lawyers) and is serving and will serve as a lasting, enduring testament to the history, heritage and patrimony of the Afrikaners.

Afrikaners need SYSTEMATIC THINKERS outside SA to make a cogent case for their rights of self-determinism. This “The Cannibal” does in spades. So while you do not think I do much good because it’s hard to get my work in SA—Amazon doesn’t even sell books in that country; and Amazon, sadly, is more powerful than local Boer activists—we are at the forefront of the struggle on the global stage.

More significantly, “The Cannibal” dismantles the intellectually impoverished accusations of racism-as-raison d’être levied at the Boers; accusations that are deployed to dehumanize Afrikaners to the world. As you know, dehumanization is a means to delegitimize a people’s cause and plight. So do not discount the enduring, intellectual work done in “The Cannibal” to counter such garbage.

If anything, oddball statements made by local South African activists often further alienate that community from the world. I love the activists Mr. Beyers mentioned, but to outsiders who do not apprecaite the culture; their words often come out wrong, if you know what I mean. Thus, it often falls to quieter thinkers like myself to finesses inartful, inadvertently harmful expression. This I did in decrying “The Onslaught Against Steve Hofmeyr.”

While on the topic of delegitimzation (a stage in ethnoocide), Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, may not be a rowdy activist in South Africa, but his work is immensely important in garnering international attention for the Boer community. He and I both spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about farm murders.

Raising hell in SA may seem important to people living in the country—and it is mighty important. Unfortunately, what counts in the pinko world is dismantling the libel against the Boers, which is what I’ve done.

Therefore, the people to whom “The Cannibal” is dedicated (to quote: “To my Afrikaner brothers betrayed”) should not discount the enduring testimony “The Cannibal” serves, and the systematic analytical framework it presents of the South African quagmire, down to a history of the Boers and the morality of secession. It is making your case for you where it matters: to an indifferent world community.

You and the under siege-Afrikaner community should flood your local bookstores across South Africa with requests and orders for the new book by Dutch MP Martin Bosma, if indeed it is as promising as Adriana Stuijt’s Censorbugbear claims, for “Into The Cannibal’s Pot” (bookstores can contact its courageous publisher), for the great Dan Roodt’s books, and the output of the aforementioned documentarian Adriana Stuijt, cited in “The Cannibal.” (It is my hope that Ms. Stuijt will produce a periodic publication, for sale on Amazon. A series of these things on Amazon, the largest bookstore in the world, would do wonders.) It’s all about the miraculous division of labor.

On a personal note: Ignatius Beyers, however painful, please email me your story in private (ilana@ilanamercer.com), and I will incorporate it into a WND column. While the libertarian community has been almost as indifferent (and certainly ignorant, as highlighted in “Apartheid South Africa: Reality Vs. Libertarian Fantasy”) as the rest; our good friends in Germany (see: Klein-Amerika an der Spitze Afrikas) may translate it.

Remember: Some work is seen by you and the Afrikaner community because it occurs in your neck of the woods; other work is unseen by you, but is as important.

UPDATE: To Americans who think South Africans are able to simply up and leave: Most people in the US have never lived outside this country. They take for granted EVERYTHING. They don’t get how hard it is to get permission to immigrate legally into the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia. And they don’t get that anything is better than Africa, South America and East Europe, included. These are lower-crime options, where a family doesn’t have to fear daily death. I am kinda tired of addressing these typically insular and cloistered attitudes.


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The Carnage Continues, In #SouthAfrica & At Home (#ColinFlaherty)

America, Crime, Race, Racism, South-Africa

She devoted her life to helping the poor blacks of southwest Durban,* but Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher’s goodness was no amulet against criminals from the communities she served. The “elderly nun [86] was savagely gang-raped and then murdered in her own bedroom at a South African convent, police say.

Sister … Tiefenbacher was bound and gagged with an electric typewriter cord after bandits broke into the Sacred Heart Missionary in Ixopo. Her body was found Sunday.

It’s business as usual in South Africa.

And here at home, as Jack Kerwick reminds:

Colin Flaherty, the author of the best-seller “White Girl Bleed A lot,” has once again revealed his heroism in his latest, “Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry.”

Not since Ilana Mercer’s “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa” have we witnessed such steely resolve in reckoning with the great unmentionable evil of black criminality and violence.

“Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry” consists of 511 pages, 944 endnotes, and a super abundance of references to videos meticulously documenting over 1,000 instances of black mob violence spanning just the last few years.

From sea to shining sea, in hundreds of cities both large and small, and in every region of the country, mobs of (mostly young) black people—males and females—have been busy unleashing reigns of terror upon virtually every other conceivable demographic: whites, Hispanics, and Asians; homosexuals; Jews; the elderly; women, small children, even babies; the mentally and physically disabled; bicyclists and hikers; veterans; Sikhs; and students.

The terror knows no boundaries. It takes holidays, but it takes them hostage, for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and even Christmas Day have repeatedly been occasions for mass property destruction, brutal beatings, stabbings, and shootings. And beaches, parades, malls, shopping centers, sports stadia, high schools, college campuses, festivals (including Asian festivals), gas stations, parks, and biking trails have been among the locations for these displays of inhumanity.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t list the police among the victims of black mob violence. It’s always the same: Hundreds of black people set their sights upon the properties and persons of their victims, the thin blue line asserts itself, and the rioters attack the forces of law and order with a range of weaponry: rocks, bricks, bottles, and—get this—even fireworks, i.e. makeshift bombs.

While the terror of Islamic militants is accompanied by cries to Allah, that of the black mobs is accompanied by…laughing.

Lots of laughing. …

READ Jack Kerwick’s column on my WND colleague’s new book.

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* “Into the Cannibal’s Pot” speaks about the very old, dwindling missionary community in that region.


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UPDATE II: Venomous #MichelleObama ‘Letting Out Her #RevWright’

Affirmative Action, Education, Race, Racism

Venomous #MichelleObama Poisons The Racial Well: Michelle Obama is disgraceful. She’s still spitting venom like a cobra, poisoning the minds of Tuskegee university graduates, “a historically black school in Alabama,” about how hard it is to be black in America. What lies. Venomous Michelle Obama is a product of privilege, not deprivation. If anything, the woman has led a charmed life, a fact that has made Michelle Obama more racially militant. “My experiences at Princeton [who among us can say THAT?!] have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before,” she whined in a university thesis so banal and sub-par intellectually; that it would have been failed were American schools and corporation not wild about black and female recruits; blacks in STEM, women in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), etc.

UPDATE I: Michelle Obama is ‘Letting Out Her Rev. Wright,’ says Ann Coulter. Mrs. Obama is certainly modulating her voice in the way Wright made his voice rise and fall. It’s so fake.

UPDATE II: FACEBOOK Thread:

This Timeline is mainly for those familiar with the work of this writer and are of the libertarian-paleolibertarian bent. That precludes name-calling, using the constructs of cultural Marxism:(“racist”).

Racism is immaterial in libertarianism. Libertarianism is a political philosophy resting on the axiom of non-aggression. That’s it. Your mitts stop at my face. The rest can serve as a point of discussion, but not as a stick with which to beat others into submission.


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Cyril Wecht On Freddie Gray’s Likely Cause of Death

Criminal Injustice, Ethics, Race, Reason, Science

Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht has been around the block a few times. Two minutes and 31 seconds into this typically tedious, CNN broadcast, Dr. Wecht ventures the following with conviction, about the Freddie Gray murder. I paraphrase:

Legs shackled and hands cuffed, placed in a prone position, face down—a position that has been banned for decades, claims Wecht—how, pray tell, did Freddie Gray run around, banging himself against the van’s interior?

The victim is yelling and screaming for help. His body is inert and the van is moving. Right there is the velocity needed to create the force for the injuries! Those injuries are not spontaneous pathological fractures; the injuries came as the body flapped back and forth, breaking the vertebrae in the neck and eventually severing the spinal cord.

Indubitably, the injuries were sustained by the police by their stopping Gray. Gray did not sustain those spontaneously. Also quite possible, says Wecht, and as I’ve hypothesized, the initial injuries were produced when police compressed and leaned into Gray’s back, to be aggravated by the flopping around in the van.


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