"The land of 10,000 Lakes."
|The white world of the past Garrison Keillor talks about isn't found in majority black North Minneapolis|
A Scandinavian civilization, settled by the sons and daughters of Vikings; and almost exclusively the home of black crime [What Will It Take to Stop Black-on-Black Crime?, MPR News, 7-5-2007]:
St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington views black-on-black crime as a scourge ripping apart his community. Since racial breakdowns of crime statistics are hard to come by in Minnesota, Harrington has been forced to do a lot of digging.
He determined that in 2006, 70 percent of all aggravated assaults in St. Paul, the most violent crimes on the books, were committed against African-Americans. Given the proportion of blacks in the local population, Harrington was shocked.
"In the city where ten percent of the [population] is black, how can you have 70 percent of your victims of this particular crime, which is one of the most horrendous crimes you can do, how can that be so out of whack?" he asks.
As a first step toward controlling the problem, Harrington says you have to figure out who is in the suspect pool. When he divided the suspects by race, it gave him a snapshot of the degree to which black-on-black violence afflicts St. Paul.Why not deluge you with a lot more data, to illustrate the point even further? And remember: in 2010, Minneapolis is 18 percent black and 60 percent white. From the Council on Crime and Justice, we learn this in a PDF titled African American Males in the Criminal Justice System:
In 1997, the most recent year for which state-by-state data are available, the ratio of African Americans to whites in state prison was 25.09 to 1. This is the highest ratio of all states. In 2000, 37.2% of the state’s prisoners were African American. By comparison only 3.5% of the population of Minnesota was African American. The disparities are not limited to the “back end” of the criminal justice system. For violent offenses, the arrest rate of African Americans in 1999 was 1,621 per 100,000. The comparable arrest rate for whites was 76 per 100,000 resulting in African Americans being 21 times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes than whites.
In Hennepin County in 1999, African Americans represented over half (51.5%) of the arrests for violent crimes1 and whites represented 29.5% of violent crime arrests.This data doesn't necessarily make the Minneapolis or Minnesota sound like the bucolic land Garrison Keillor beautifully describes and articulates in his "Prairie Home Companion" radio/play series, a veritable form of halcyon pornography for Stuff White People Like white people dreaming of a better world, while drudging through one built on equality.
In Minneapolis a higher percentage of African American males were arrested for violent, property and drug crimes than in Hennepin County overall. In 1999, African American males accounted for more than two-thirds (67.4%) of the arrests for violent crimes in Minneapolis and more than half (57.4%) of the arrests for property crimes.
Luckily, the Minneapolis Foundation has put together more data for us that helps paint a clear picture of just who is committing the crimes in the city that those sons and daughters of Vikings shy away from committing[Minneapolis youth arrested for serious crimes]:
- In 2011, 798 youth were arrested for serious crimes. Expressed as a rate, 27 out of each 1,000 Minneapolis youth ages 10 through 17 were arrested for serious crimes. Youth arrests have increased every year since 2008 (571 arrests).
- For Black youth, the arrest rate jumps to 67 per 1,000 youth, the highest of any race group.1 That is more than twice that of youth overall and means that a Black youth is more than ten times as likely to be arrested for a serious crime as a Minneapolis youth resident who is white or Asian.
- Arrests of Black youth males account for more than half of the youth arrested for serious crimes; Black females account for another 20 percent of all youth arrested for serious crimes.
North Minneapolis, located in the city’s 4th police precinct, contributes disproportionately to the violent crime rate. In 2006, the 15 communities in North Minneapolis comprised 18% of the city’s population but accounted for 31 % of violent crime, including 47% of the city’s homicides (Minneapolis Planning Department, 2001; Minneapolis Police Department, 2006). As shown in Figure 1, there was a 36% increase in violent crime – murder, robbery, rape, and assault – in North Minneapolis between 2004 and 2006, and a 12% increase in 2006.That doesn't like the kind of world Garrison Keillor croons about on NRP!! So what's the population of North Minneapolis? [Ethnic Makeup Changed in North Minneapolis, Twin Cities Daily Planet, June 7, 2011]:
In a 30-year (1980-2010) population analysis of North Minneapolis, the most striking statistics point to a decline in the overall population, with most of the decline coming in the past 10 years. Over the entire 30-year period, North’s population decline was about 5 percent. However, North experienced significant population growth (5 percent) from 1990 to 2000, and that growth was lost, and then some, because of a 10 percent decline from 2000 to 2010.
Also, in those 30 years, North’s ethnic makeup has changed. In 1980, North was 75 percent White, 16 percent Black, 2 percent Hispanic, 2 percent American Indian, 1 percent Asian, with the remainder of other races or two or more races. In 2010, North was 43 percent Black, 30 percent White, 13 percent Asian, 8 percent Hispanic, 1 percent American Indian, with the remainder of other races or two or more races. Population percentages in the accompanying tables might not appear to total 100, as the Census data notes that Hispanic people can be of any race.North Minneapolis is a black settlement smack dab in the middle of Garrison Keillor's world of "Prairie Home Companion" -- well, where the progeny of those Scandinavian settlers he basis his entire program/traveling show call home.
And this black settlement is failing to create the type of community those sons and daughters of Vikings created and sustained -- more to the point, its a simple reflection of the economic inequalities that find their way to the surface and develop wherever white and black people live side-by-side. Back in early 2011, the white governor of the state of Minnesota met with perpetually aggrieved members of the black Minneapolis community to discuss The Visible Black Hand of Economics:
A half-dozen presenters laid out the economic issues facing black Minnesotans as the governor and six of his commissioners listened.
The presentations were not pretty.
The meeting site, a room at a University of Minnesota research facility on Plymouth Avenue, was jammed with people, mostly black. There was seating for 200 but nearly twice as many people in attendance.
Nekima Levy-Pounds, a St. Thomas law professor, spoke of how she had moved to Minnesota in 2003 with high expectations.
"I heard it was a great place to live," she said. "A land of equal opportunity. But I've found there are two Minnesotas — one white, one black. Separate but unequal."
She laid out the dismal stats.
Average income for a black working person in Minnesota, $26,930. For a white worker, $57,000. Unemployment among blacks, 20. 4 percent. Among whites, 6.6 percent. High school graduation rates among blacks, 43 percent. Among whites, 82 percent.
Poverty rate, 36 percent among blacks. Among whites, 7.4 percent. Home ownership among blacks, 32 percent. Among whites, 74 percent.
These disparities place Minnesota at the top of virtually every negative list in the nation.
"We have a problem," she said in dramatic understatement.
We do have a problem -- and it's black.
Remember no taxpayer funded safety nets existed when the white people Garrison Keillor celebrates in his "Prairie Home Companion" were settling Minnesota; conversely, an incredible amount of taxpayer revenue by the state (face it: money confiscated from whites and redistributed to blacks) is provided to the black population of Minneapolis to... to... fund a criminal class that in turn creates the need for greater a larger police/security force to try and stop this state-funded criminality.
|From the New York Times Food Stamp Usage Map (2009)|
Here’s some fresh grist for SBPDL’s investigation into EBT card usage in the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area:
- 116,799 African-Americans, 47 percent on EBT cards =
- 888,860 Whites, 2 percent on EBT cards =
- 1,136,224 Total Population, 9 percent on EBT cards =
In Hennepin County, Minnesota,are African-American, are White, and are Asian, Hispanic, or “some other race.”
African-Americans areof Hennepin County.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and The New York Times
Ramsey County45,018 African-Americans, 49 percent on EBT cards =
380,709 Whites, 4 percent on EBT cards =
500,436 Total Population, 12 percent on EBT cards =
In Ramsey County, Minnesota,are African-American, are White, and are Asian, Hispanic, or some other race.
African-Americans areof the population of Ramsey County.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and The New York Times
In 2008, in Minnesota were African-American, 33.3 percent were White, 10.4 percent were Native American, 7.2 percent were Asian, and 10.3 percent were Hispanic.
African-Americans areof the population of Minnesota.
Source: Department of Health and Human Services
White people in Minnesota are funding the proliferation of a people who, in turn, contribute to making large portions of Minneapolis unsafe for capital investment (new businesses) and residential living.