You may have heard of the national crime wave being overblown. This is the truth. Not all crime is on the rise. It’s mostly violent crime, and murder in particular, the most violent, is on the rise. And not everywhere. NS murder rate for example, in New York City over the past few years it’s been a bit higher than it used to be, but it’s nowhere near altitude of the stratosphere it was achieved in the early 1990s.
That is not the case in a long list of medium-sized cities across the country. Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Baltimore, Trenton, Indianapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, Memphis, Tucson, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Portland, Jacksonville, Rochester, Tulsa, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Fort Worth – in all and other cities, homicide rates have reached or neared highs unprecedented in the past few years.
We can argue about cause forever. What shouldn’t be the least controversial is to admit that it’s happening and it’s awfully bad – especially for the Black residents of these cities. In Philadelphia, for example, 83 percent of those 506 murder victims were Black. (Ten percent were Hispanic, 7 percent white and 1 percent Asian.) The victims were also 88 percent male.
Critics of mass incarceration are right to point out how bad it is for the Black community when large numbers of black people are incarcerated. But it’s just as bad for the Black men who were shot down – not only for the victims themselves, obviously, but also for their grieving families and many others who continue to live in the dark. The residential area is marked by its constant risk of death and its dire psychological and economic consequences.
A political system that cannot protect its citizens from murder is a political system that fails to perform the most rudimentary function of government. It should be seen as a national scandal that this is allowed in our country – and Democrats should speak out about it. Otherwise, Republicans will do so instead, reaping political rewards while almost certainly not balancing the need for order with the need for justice and mercy.
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