"The murder rate, which had dipped slightly in 1992, began to climb again. The city careened toward a new rise of more than 476 dead, easily earning its infamous title as the murder capital of the nation, perhaps of the world. More people were murdered during one two-week stretch in Washington than were slain in 1990 in all of England."(p. 325, Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington D.C. by Harry S. Jaffe & Tom Sherwood)"More people were murdered during one two-week stretch in Washington than were slain in 1990 in all of England."
Courtesy of the black population in D.C.
|Eric Holder: The Drug War is over. Let freedom finally ring again...|
The book Dream City, which documents the decline of Washington D.C., reads like fiction today. A drastic drop in the black population (and rise in the right-kind of white population) has helped D.C. bury any notion being in the running for 'murder capital of the nation.'
While much of the resurrection in Washington D.C. can be attributed to the outmigration of the black population from the city (and an influx of white people to replace them), it would be imprudent not to offer a golf clap in the direction of the war on drugs as a long-term strategy in removing criminal blacks and putting them in the prison-industrial complex [42% of Young Black Males Go Through Capital's Courts, New York Times, April 18, 1992]:
After a decade in which both the drug trade and police sweeps expanded with similar zeal, 42 percent of the black men in the District of Columbia, aged 18 through 35, were enmeshed in the criminal justice system on any given day last year, according to a study made public today.
The study found that 15 percent of Washington's black men in this age group were in prison, 21 percent were on probation or parole and 6 percent were out on bond or being sought by the police on any one day in 1991. Mr. Miller said a vast majority of these people had committed felonies.
"In effect, the social safety net has been replaced by a dragnet," said Jerome G. Miller, president of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, which conducted the study. The nonprofit group promotes alternatives to imprisonment.
As many as 70 percent of black men in Washington are arrested by the time they turn 35, the study estimated, and about 85 percent are arrested at some point in their lives. A large percentage of those arrests are for misdemeanor charges, Mr. Miller said.
The numbers -- higher than those reported in similar studies -- quickly set off a debate that goes to the heart of America's vexing inner city problems: Is society turning many of its young black men into criminals, or are these men doing it themselves?
|High rates of black crime in American cities have left metropolitan areas looking worse than Tokyo after a raid by Godzilla|
Here's the pertinent remarks from our incredibly race-conscious Attorney General [Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, Justice.gov, 8-12-13]:
"As a society, we pay much too high a price whenever our system fails to deliver outcomes that deter and punish crime, keep us safe, and ensure that those who have paid their debts have the chance to become productive citizens. Right now, unwarranted disparities are far too common.
"As President Obama said last month, it’s time to ask tough questions about how we can strengthen our communities, support young people, and address the fact that young black and Latino men are disproportionately likely to become involved in our criminal justice system – as victims as well as perpetrators. We also must confront the reality that – once they’re in that system – people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers.
"One deeply troubling report, released in February, indicates that – in recent years – black male offenders have received sentences nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. This isn’t just unacceptable – it is shameful. It’s unworthy of our great country, and our great legal tradition.
"And in response, I have today directed a group of U.S. Attorneys to examine sentencing disparities, and to develop recommendations on how we can address them. In this area and many others – in ways both large and small – we, as a country, must resolve to do better.
"The President and I agree that it’s time to take a pragmatic approach. And that’s why I am proud to announce today that the Justice Department will take a series of significant actions to recalibrate America’s federal criminal justice system.Release them all.
Open up the prisons and allow every black individual to just walk out.
Hand them over a VISA debit card, too; reparations for being unjustly imprisoned.
Isn't that the correct way to 'recalibrate America's federal criminal justice system'?
After all, Eric "My People" Holder probably would agree the firmly-held belief in the 1960s black community of Washington D.C., who collectively viewed the 4/5th's white police force as an "occupation army":
Washington's police force was more than 80 percent white in a town that was 65 percent black. To most blacks, the police were an occupation army, and a deadly one at that. In 1967 and part of 1968 city police killed 13 African-Americans, including one whose offense was as petty as stealing a bag of cookies. It was called 'justifiable homicide.' (p. 32, Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington D.C.)To those in control, the destruction of the historical American nation (and the dispossession of the founding/historic population) is nothing more than a 'justifiable homicide'.
No matter how much we try and silence nature, she'll always return.