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Friday, January 13, 2017

Williams: The Black Community and Crime

Today’s level of lawlessness and insecurity in many black communities is a relatively new phenomenon. In the 1930s, ‘40s and '50s, people didn’t bar their windows. Doors were often left unlocked. People didn’t go to bed with the sounds of gunshots. What changed everything was the liberal vision that blamed crime on poverty and racial discrimination. Academic liberals and hustling politicians told us that to deal with crime, we had to deal with those “root causes.”

Politicians who call for law and order are often viewed negatively, but poor people are the most dependent on law and order. In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, hire guards and, if things get too bad, move to a gated community.

These options are not available to poor people. The only protection they have is an orderly society. Ultimately, the solution to high crime rests with black people.

Given the current political environment, it doesn't pay a black or white politician to take those steps necessary to crack down on lawlessness in black communities.

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Anonymous said...

From this article, it is implied that the black community is their own worst enemy...that is the root of the problem - their lack of civility! That lack of civility spiked during the last eight years - hopefully, it will return to a more moderate level soon!

Anonymous said...

Waayy back in 1988 Michael Jackson sang the song Man in the Mirror. That's almost 30 years and we still haven't learned that lesson!

Anonymous said...

@11;29 but Michael didn't follow his on advice 😒