Pittsburgh has a motto: A Most Livable City.
And though the city has been lamented as having "one the nation's least diverse" metro areas and "lagging" behind the rest of nation when it comes to having a non-white population, Pittsburgh is thriving.
The Steel City is 64.8 percent white and 26 percent black, but even these numbers were enough to make one Pittsburgh government bureaucrat (a white female) uncomfortable. ['Too many white people' in Pittsburgh?, TribLive.com, 7-25-15]:
Did you know that there are too many white people in Pittsburgh?
That's what the deputy director of the Allegheny County Department of Health's Bureau of Public Policy and Community Relations told NEXTPittsburgh.com.
“My two main gripes (about Pittsburgh) are: too many white people and not enough public transportation,” Abby Wilson is quoted as saying in a July 20 profile written by Gina Mazza. Ms. Wilson also cited Pittsburgh's “homogeneity and provincialism that accompany working here.”
Wilson's comments were part of Ms. Mazza's profile of “four movers and shakers who have recently returned to Pittsburgh” on a site that touts itself as “the must-read online magazine about the people driving change in our city and the cool and innovative things happening here.”
"Too many white people..." was the criticism by a white female of the city of Pittsburgh, who was profiled as being one of the 'movers and shakers who have recently returned to Pittsburgh'.
Strangely, Abby Wilson must not be aware it's because of the individual contributions of white people collectively making Pittsburgh as The Best City in America to live in, according to The Economist.
But the city is just too white, right?
Quick question: what might be the color of crime in this too white city of Pittsburgh (of 305,412 residents, 65 percent are white and 26 percent are black)?
Well, the city of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police produces an annual report helping to delineate just who is responsible for the violence in the city.
Let's just stick with the 2013 report, which Abby Wilson must not be familiar with, for it shows some disturbing news about just who is responsible for the violent crime in the city...
- 78.5 percent of those arrested for rape were black
- 75 percent of those arrested for robbery were black
- 69 percent of those arrested for aggravated assault were black
- 55 percent of those arrested for burglary were black
- 81 percent of those arrested for weapons offenses were black
- of known homicide offenders (16 of the 46 homicides had no suspect... a reminder of the black communities propensity to participate in the practice of no snitching), 76 percent of those arrested were black
The nightmare will end.
It will end though, when we remember we don't have to wake up everyone.