Monday, April 16, 2012

Philly mayor calls black crime 'terrorism'

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The mayor of Philadelphia stopped short of using the term 'black crime,' but we all get his point.

Nutter made his comments at a Justice Department conference on youth violence in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

According to Mayor Michael Nutter the violence in our inner cities constitutes domestic terrorism. As such, it calls for a federal initiative he says. Nutter notes that the government responded to the 9-11 attacks by forming the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security [source].

My contention has been all along that the greatest terror threat is not at the airport terminal but at the convenience store.

Nutter also notes the numbers are about the same. 2,977 Americans were killed by al-Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001. Last year there were 2,660 killed in America's most violent cities in one year.

I would add that the number of Americans killed by al-Qaeda has not increased in ten years. The number of Americans killed by black domestic terrorists in America's darkest cities is duplicated year after year. We can estimate that since al-Qaeda's attack in 2001, there have been 26,600 additional Americans killed by black domestic terrorists in the hot zones cited by Nutter. The Department of Justice places the number much higher. It says there are 8,000 to 9,000 black homicides each year. 93 percent of their victims are black.

Cyclical domestic terrorism

Unlike the al-Qaeda attack, black domestic terrorism is not only perennial but apparently unstoppable.

43 years ago Elvis Presley released a social-sensitive song titled In the Ghetto. The lyrics spoke of black baby who grew to be "an angry young man." He buys a gun, steals a car, tries to run, but he "don't get far . . . in the ghetto." As the car thief lies dying in the street the violent cycle continues as "another little baby child is born in the ghetto" representing another generation of violent black crime.

While the Elvis tune plucked on the heart strings of sappy White people, it relayed an essential truth: The cycle of crime in America's cities transcends generations. The terrorism that plagued our streets in 1969 hasn't changed in over forty years. And it existed forty years before that and forty years before that. It will persist forty years from today.

Nutter wondered aloud how to turn the violence trend around.

His vision of a federal war on black domestic terrorism will never materialize. And even if it would, the generational aspect of black crime points to genetic, not cultural, drivers. In other words, a federal endeavor to deal with black domestic terrorism could do nothing more than help contain the problem. It couldn't resolve it.

The solution

My answer to Mayor Nutter's question: There is no solution.

More specifically, there is no valid solution that would be accepted by our current national mores.

Dr. William Bradford Shockley Jr., the Nobel Prize winning physicist, offered a solution [source].

Shockley noted the correlation between low intelligence, crime and high reproductive rates. Because intelligence is a heritable trait, Shockley suggested that persons with IQs lower than 100 be paid to voluntarily undergo sterilization. Shockley's solution won't fly; not because it is unworkable but because it is unacceptable.

Shockley's worry was that the black population would become progressively less intelligent and more violent as blacks with low intellects out produce those with high intellects. Specifically, Shockley noted that, according to the 1970 Census, blacks with low IQs had an average of 5.9 children per couple while those with high IQs produced only 1.9 children per couple. Shockley's predictions didn't factor the effects of abortion, illegal at the time of his proposal.

Data confirms that Shockley's predictions were more than idle concerns.

According to a National Bureau of Economic Research report published in 2007, "more than one-third of all black male high school dropouts age 20-35 were in prison on an average day in the late 1990s." The correlation between poor academic performance and black crime is indisputable.

Ironically, if not prophetically, the graduation rate among America's high school students peaked the year Elvis released In the Ghetto. A report published by Education Week noted, "The graduation rate reached its historical high in 1969, peaking at 77 percent."

Based on the 2007-2008 school year, only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school [source]. When GED credentials are factored, black graduation rates have trended slightly higher. However, "For black males, 22 percent of all GED credentials are produced by the prison system each year" [source].

Shockley's prediction of a dumber, duller black community appears to be slowly materializing while the Elvis phenomenon of perpetual black criminality is indisputable.

Mayor Nutter's question still stands: How do we turn the violence trend around?


by Mac Davis

As the snow flies

On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'

A poor little baby child is born

In the ghetto

And his mama cries

Cause if there's one thing that she don't need

It's another hungry mouth to feed

In the ghetto

People, don't you understand

The child needs a helping hand

Or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day

Take a look at you and me,

Are we too blind to see,

Do we simply turn our heads

And look the other way

Well the world turns

And a hungry little boy with a runny nose

Plays in the street as the cold wind blows

In the ghetto

And his hunger burns

So he starts to roam the streets at night

And he learns how to steal

And he learns how to fight

In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation

A young man breaks away

He buys a gun, steals a car,

Tries to run, but he don't get far

And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man

Face down on the street with a gun in his hand

In the ghetto

As her young man dies,

On a cold and gray Chicago mornin',

Another little baby child is born

In the ghetto

And his mama cries

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