Saturday, March 7, 2009
50 Years of Denial
"They are afraid to say so in public, but many of the North's big-city mayors groan in private that their biggest and most worrisome problem is the crime rate among Negroes. In 1,551 U.S. cities, according to the FBI tally for 1956, Negroes, making up 10% of the U.S. population, accounted for about 30% of all arrests, and 60% of the arrests for crimes involving violence or threat of bodily harm--murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. ... Negro leaders sometimes argue passionately that arrest statistics wildly distort the comparative incidence of crime among Negroes and whites because cops are more likely to arrest Negroes for petty crime or on mere suspicion. ... But inequality of treatment by the police may actually tend to shrink rather than inflate the statistics of Negro crime. Says Newsman [Charles] Wartman in the next breath: 'When Negroes violate social morals--six, drinking, gambling--white cops bypass this as "typically Negro'." ... Whether the statistics of Negro crime overstate or understate the reality, they are shrouded from public attention by what a Chicago judge last week cllled a 'conspiracy of concealment.' In many cities, Negro leaders and organizations such as the [NAACP] put pressure on politicians, city officials and newpapers to play down the subject. Fearing loss of Negro votes, few elected officials dare to resist the pressures. ... But in fact, some studies have shown that, contrary to popular conviction, crime rates among foreign-born whites were lower than among U.S.-born whites. ... But the moderate crime rates among European immigrants, subject to similar stresses of poverty and bad housing, suggets that other factors may be more important. ... Crime rates run high in the Negro slums of Harlem and South Side Chicago, but they also run high in the Negro districts of [LA] and San Francisco, where the houses are comparatively decent. ... Slum dwellers who move into brand-new public-housing projects often turn them into new slums as verminous and crime-ridden as the tenements they left behind. ... But even heroic efforts by Negro leadership could only dent the Negro crime problem, because essentially it is a white problem. And it will remain a severe problem until Northern whites, private citizens as well as civic officials, recognize that Negro crime is basically a symptom of a failure in integration. ... Negroes are more prone than whites to break the laws, rules and customs of society, because they are excluded from full membership in it", my emphasis, Time, 21 April 1958, link: http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,810262,00.html.
See, Time solved the Negro crime problem 50 years ago, whites cause it. After $6 trillion in anti-poverty money spent in 2009 dollars and various affirmative action programs, what does Time think we should do next? Integrating schools did not improve Negroes scholastic attainments either.