The fantasy vs reality gap in America as it pertains to violent crime might be the most significant gap in our culture. To hear politicians, celebrities and the mass media tell it, blacks are often the victims of violent crime at the hands of cops and White people. Recall when career criminal Ahmaud Arbery was shot while attacking an armed man, LeBron James tweeted that blacks are "literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME" they leave the house.
Keep in mind that LeBron James bought a $23 million mansion in Brentwood, a Los Angeles neighborhood that is 84% White, 6.5% Asian and only 1.2% black. It seems that if White people are hunting down black people EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME blacks go outside, black people with the means to live anywhere would want to live where there aren't many White people. Anyway.
What brings this topic back up is an editorial from a guy named Solomon Jones. Jones is a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and had this particular piece published in the Miami Herald and picked up by Yahoo! "News". The title alone is pretty amusing:
I’ve bought my first gun. As a Black man, I no longer feel safe in America
It isn't amusing that he doesn't feel safe, I absolutely understand why a black guy would feel unsafe in America. What is amusing is that based on it being published at Yahoo!, you already know why he feels "unsafe". According to Jones, he never thought he needed a gun even through the crack epidemic in North Philly but now he does and he bought one.
Like I said, I get why he would want a gun. I just read an article from Philly this morning...
Boy, 11, Grazed By Bullets as More Gunfire Erupts in Philadelphia
I have noted the massive increase in gun violence in Philadelphia but I guess I didn't quite get the actual scope of it. This line brought it into stark relief.
There have been more than 1,800 shootings and nearly 1,100 shooting victims in the city this year alone, according to Philadelphia Police Department crime statistics.
Over 1,800 shootings through August 2. August 2nd is the 214th day of the year. If I am doing the math right, that works out to 8.4 shootings on average every day so far this year.
Guess who is doing the shooting? If you guessed "Trump voters", "White supermacists/nationalists", "rednecks" or "White people in general", you would be wrong. Philadelphia is around 42% black, 14% mestizo and less than 35% White. Whites aren't doing the shooting, blacks and mestizos are.
This is to be expected. Blacks are over-represented by an enormous margin when it comes to gun violence. This also means that blacks are also over-represented as gun violence victims. That isn't why Solomon Jones bought his first gun. Nope, he bought it to defend himself against...White people.
I still believe I’m fairly safe among Black people. I think my family is, too. However, in a time of economic and medical strife, with a president who regularly engages in racial rhetoric that paints Black and brown people as the other, I’m concerned about what the future may hold. To be blunt, President Trump has emboldened America’s racists, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be irresponsible to leave my family defenseless.
He believes he is "fairly safe" among black people. The statistics would indicate otherwise. At the same time he is a-skeer'd of "racists" emboldened by Trump. Continuing...
While I continue to feel safe in my home and community, America as a whole has grown increasingly dangerous for Black people under Trump’s leadership.
Again, I grant that America is growing more and more dangerous for blacks but it has nothing to do with racist Trump supporters.
All of this has emboldened those who hate Black people. We’ve seen their racist actions as they’ve called the police on Blacks for perceived infractions like barbecuing, or sleeping, or bird-watching while black. We’ve seen them challenge government in places like Michigan with heavily armed protests that looked more like Klan rallies than demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions.
For all of that emboldening, it doesn't seem to translate into action. Where are the shootings of innocent blacks by racist Whites, "emboldened by Trump" Mr. Jones?
Still, this reality remains. In Trump’s America, there is an emboldened and heavily armed faction that believes in racist ideology, and while I believe they’re vastly outnumbered by fair-minded people, they are here. But so am I, and I’m not going anywhere.
Third time with the "emboldened" rhetoric.
Still, as long as racists have the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, I will be practicing that right, too.
I absolutely support that and every 2A advocate I know does as well. Solomon Jones should absolutely legally own a firearm and take the time to learn to use it safely and responsibly. What is missing from this screed, long on emotional rhetoric and short on any facts, is that statistically speaking Solomon Jones faces no credible threat from White people but he is in a great deal of danger from his fellow blacks that he feels "fairly safe" around.
Blacks mostly commit violent crime against other blacks. When you hear about the seemingly endless shootings in urban areas, it is almost always black on black. White people mostly stay out of those areas and mestizos tend to self-segregate and commit crime against other mestizos. Statistically, a black person is far more likely to be the victim of another black than he is someone of another race, especially Whites.
On the other side, Whites mostly commit violent crime against other Whites. White on black crime is very rare, and I suspect most of the incidents called White-on-black are mestizos categorized as White. Some types of violent crime, specifically rape and sexual assault, are so rarely White on black that there are essentially no cases. The reverse is unfortunately not true.
While intraracial crime is the rule, there is enough interracial crime to warrant mentioning and it is heavily skewed in one direction. Going back to a post from last year, The Most Important Government Report You Will Never Hear About, I refer you to the quote from Heather MacDonald:
It is now a standard trope, implanted in freshmen summer reading lists through the works of Ta-Nehesi Coates and others, that whites pose a severe, if not mortal, threat to blacks. That may have once been true, but it is no longer so today. Just this month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its 2018 survey of criminal victimization. According to the study, there were 593,598 interracial violent victimizations (excluding homicide) between blacks and whites last year, including white-on-black and black-on-white attacks. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent. That ratio is becoming more skewed, despite the Democratic claim of Trump-inspired white violence. In 2012-13, blacks committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites; whites committed 15 percent. From 2015 to 2018, the total number of white victims and the incidence of white victimization have grown as well.
- Blacks commit 90% of interracial violent crime.
- That percentage and the total number of actual incidents is rising.
Statistics like these are getting hard to come by as the powers that be try desperately to shield the American public from the truth about black violent crime.
For a matter of perspective. 537,204 black on White violent crimes in 2018, 90% of the total, averages out to......
- 1,471 incidents of black on White violent crime every single day of the year.
- 61 incidents of black on White violent crime every hour.
- A little over one incident of black on White violent crime every minute of every day in America.
Yet Solomon Jones has the audacity to say he is arming himself to protect his family from "racists" emboldened by Trump touting black unemployment numbers.
If I say that I am arming myself in part to protect my family from black violent criminals, which is statistically speaking a reasonable position, then I am the racist.
Apparently that doesn't matter. As we learned from The American "Conservative", what matters is not objective facts but rather how something makes you feel. If blacks are endlessly told they are victims of White racism and violence, then we have to just accept that as true. It doesn't matter that those statements are both untrue and slanderous, the only consideration is how it makes non-Whites feel.
On average, every minute of every day throughout America, a White person is the victim of a violent crime committed by blacks.
There really isn't a more significant fact to know in America today when it comes to crime and race relations but this fact is known by very few people and many who do know it, simply lie about it.