For white people and the civilization their ancestors built in the city, 2016 Wilmington is a dystopia.
For the majority black and growing Hispanic population there, the conditions of the city are nothing more than a reflection of what individual black and Hispanic people collectively create (58 percent black, 27 percent white, and 12 percent Hispanic).
Synonymous with so-called "gun violence," non-white city leaders invited the C.D.C. to come to the city to examine gun violence and see if they could find a cure.
No, this is not a joke. [When Gun Violence Felt Like a Disease, a City in Delaware Turned to the C.D.C., New York Times, 12-24-15]:
When epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to this city, they were not here to track an outbreak of meningitis or study the effectiveness of a particular vaccine.
They were here to examine gun violence.
This city of about 70,000 had a 45 percent jump in shootings from 2011 to 2013, and the violence has remained stubbornly high; 25 shooting deaths have been reported this year, slightly more than last year, according to the mayor’s office.
A city councilor, Hanifa G. N. Shabazz, said the violence felt like an illness, so city and state leaders turned to the nation’s best-known disease specialists for help investigating it. “Just like any other epidemic,” Ms. Shabazz said, “we need to be quarantined, categorized by severity, infused with nutrients, healthy substance, programs, and healed.”
The study has been received here with a measure of enthusiasm and questions about what to do next. And it has caught the attention of researchers around the country, who call it a fairly rare look at gun violence by an agency that they say has been effectively limited for nearly two decades in pursuing that line of inquiry by its congressional appropriation.
“To me, it’s a reminder of what C.D.C. can do,” said Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. But he added: “This is one study in one city. It falls far, far short of what they can do, what they are trained to do.”
The final report, which has been submitted to the state, reached a conclusion that many here said they already knew: that there are certain patterns in the lives of many who commit gun violence.
“The majority of individuals involved in urban firearm violence are young men with substantial violence involvement preceding the more serious offense of a firearm crime,” the report said. “Our findings suggest that integrating data systems could help these individuals better receive the early, comprehensive help that they need to prevent violence involvement.”
Researchers analyzed data on 569 people charged with firearm crimes from 2009 to May 21, 2014, and looked for certain risk factors in their lives, such as whether they had been unemployed, had received help from assistance programs, had been possible victims of child abuse, or had been shot or stabbed. The idea was to show that linking such data could create a better understanding of who might need help before becoming involved in violence.One of the more striking aspects of the C.D.C. study on gun violence in Wilmington is the complete refusal to actually identify just who is pulling the trigger.
And it ain't white people.
The Delaware Criminal Justice Council put together two papers on gun violence in the city of Wilmington for 2009 and 2010, which identified the primary variable for those responsible in ensuring the C.D.C. would one day be called to the city.
For 2009, there were 102 shooting suspects in Wilmington. 94.1 percent were black males, while 5.9 percent were Hispanic males.
Yes, 100 percent of the gun violence in 2009 Wilmington was non-white in origin.
It should be noted there were 128 shooting victims that year, with 83.6 percent being black males, 6.2 percent being black females, 3.1 percent being white males, .8 percent white females, 5.5 percent Hispanic males, and .8 percent Hispanic females.
For 2010, there were 99 shooting suspects in Wilmington. 91.9 percent were black males, 1.0 percent were black females, while 7.1 percent were Hispanic males.
Yes, 100 percent of the gun violence in 2010 Wilmington was non-white in origin.
It should be noted there were 142 shooting victims that year, with 78.2 percent being black males, 4.2 percent being black females, 7.0 percent being white males, .7 percent white females, 9.2 percent Hispanic males, and .7 percent Hispanic females.
Most stunning, in 2010 all of the white male victims (10 people) were each shot by a black male.
There exists no white gun crime in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention couldn't figure out the origin of the zombie virus in The Walking Dead, and in the real world the C.D.C. can't be bothered to note the racial group behind almost all the gun crime in Wilmington.
There is a pattern of who commits gun violence in Wilmington. It's the same as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, Camden, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Richmond, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Rochester, and Los Angeles.