The other day I finished reading Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us.” Riley, a black conservative member of the editorial board of “The Wall Street Journal,” makes a compelling case for how liberal policies intended to improve the condition of inner city black Americans have actually resulted in the further deterioration of their condition.
And then along comes Ferguson, MO. An eighteen year old black man is shot to death by a member of that city’s police department. We don’t have the details of this death and the incident that led to it, but if Al Sharpton is on the scene, we have a pretty good idea how this will be portrayed – even before all the facts are known.
On Yahoo News today I read a story about the most dangerous cities in America in which to live.
If you read the article, the basis for determining the level of “danger” was based on the number of incidents that involved either personal harm or property damage based on one thousand of population. There is one thing that jumped out at me as several names appeared in the list. But there were other communities with which I was less familiar and I wanted to see what percentage of black Americans comprised their population. Here’s the percentage per community:
10. Newburgh, NY 35%
9. Oakland, CA 36%
8. Chester, PA 75%
7. Bessemer, AL 71%
6. Detroit, MI 82%
5. Saginaw, MI 43%
4. West Memphis, AR 61%
3. Camden, NJ 53%
2. Flint, MI 53%
1. East St. Louis, IL 98%
Overall, black Americans comprise about 13.2% of the population.
While the liberal media seized on the situation in Ferguson as yet another example of white racism resulting in the death of yet another innocent young black man, which it may turn out to be or not, there is virtually never a story about the almost daily, routine violence which exists in our black inner city neighborhoods – violence that almost always involve a black perpetrator and a black victim.
When we hear the stories about the violence and numbers of shootings and gun deaths in Chicago, there is never a mention of the fact that virtually all of these involve blacks doing the shooting and blacks being those who are shot. The only way you would know what and where these things happen is if you’re familiar with the city and its neighborhoods or infer who is involved from those who are being interviewed. Charity would call this poor journalism. Honesty would call this a deliberate attempt to withhold the truth.
Poverty and violence are twin evil sisters, the latter stemming as a direct result from the former. Should you disagree with that statement, please advise me of one affluent person who has ever been involved in looting a store, whatever the purported pretext. What is happening in Ferguson, MO under the guise of “racial justification and retribution,” is little more than an excuse to grab and steal by people who are either unable or unwilling to work and earn. They are responding in much the same way as the Eloi in H. G. Wells’, “The Time Machine” when the food is put out for them, not realizing that they are merely being fattened for the slaughter.
If the inner city black community read Riley’s book it might be an eye opener for them. They might then think of those in the liberal white community who have manufactured these socially engineered welfare programs in their nearly one hundred variations and say to themselves, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”