Memphis, of course, doesn't have a gun violence problem, it has a black violence problem.
We get an editorial from the Memphis Commercial Appeal, LOOKING AT MEMPHIS’ BROADENING EPIDEMIC OF GUN ASSAULTS, but this piece fails to note the racial group behind primarily every nonfatal and fatal shooting: blacks.
|The paper can't admit blacks are behind almost the violence in Memphis is the same paper that apologized for noting Black Lives Matter influenced black male targeted white cops in Dallas in July of 2016|
We learn in the first installment, Murder Mystery: When Does it Stop?, that commercial interests in the 65% black city keep the tourists areas - where white people flock to spend money and help create a semblance of an economy in the city - a veritable army of police and surveillance equipment is deployed to stop black criminality from destroying this cash cow:
According to 2015 FBI statistics, Memphis’ rate ranked 12th among 112 cities with at least a 200,000 population, well behind St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans, but at 21 deaths per 100,000 residents far exceeding national and state averages.
Even with its record, 228 homicides last year (the murder rate, still not officially calculated, is expected to exceed 29, the highest in 23 years), the city still won’t top the list, but the granular details lay bare any relief Memphis can feel for having shed its once perennial label as the nation’s deadliest city:
Eight of ten homicide victims over the past decade were killed with a firearm. More than 800 shooting victims have died at the Regional Medical Center since 2006.
Victims arrive at the hospital’s Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center with far more wounds than a decade ago, reflecting the availability of semiautomatic weapons.
The shooters are getting younger: on average 23 now versus 26 just eight years ago.
While Downtown, the epicenter of Memphis’ $3 billion-a-year tourism business, is routinely deemed safe because of the blanket of police protection and cameras, that description is relative amid such violence: there were 14 homicides recorded in five years.
Within a two-mile radius of Graceland, a magnet for international visitors, an additional 29 died, according to the newspaper’s analysis; none on Elvis Presley Boulevard or near the mansion but in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Combining MPD homicide records and census data over a five-year stretch between 2011 and 2015, the newspaper found 48 census tracts where the murder rate topped 30 per 100,000 — six times the national rate — largely the result of a toxic mix of economic decline and easy access to firearms.
Over those five years, no neighborhood recorded a higher murder rate than Klondike in North Memphis, where a devastating exodus of residents began in the 1970s as nearby industry shuttered.Oddly no mention of the race of the individuals behind the violence is mentioned in the article (collectively showcasing just which racial group might just - perhaps - have a predisposition for violence) or the series save one slip... one tiny slip of the truth.
We learn between 2006-2015 in 65% black Memphis, 25,042 assault victims had been reported to have been shot or shot at in the city. This isn't a war zone... it's just a 65% black city, where black people commit virtually all of the violent crime. In the second part of the series, "Terror in the Air: It's Bad Out There, Y'all," we learn the race of the victims of those assault victims:
In all, more than 25,000 assault victims were listed by MPD as shot or shot at between 2006 and 2015; more than enough to fill every seat at the city’s three major Downtown venues — FedExForum, The Orpheum and the Memphis Cook Convention Center’s Cannon Center. Another 3,400 robbery victims were shot or shot at - 28,400 victims in all.
Of them, 6,258 were transported to a medical facility — on average more than one a day for the 10 years examined. The victims were most often African-American (93 percent), young (median age 24), and male (88 percent). “It’s driving the violent crime (rate) up,” said retired University of Memphis criminologist Richard Janikowski, who consulted with the Memphis Police Department for years.
“We can try to explain it away in a couple of different ways, but the reality is Memphis has a lot of aggravated assault. “People just need to confront that. … If you aren’t willing to grapple with that you’re never going to be able to design effective intervention, prevention or policing strategies.’’Contrary to the media and Hollywood who perpetuate this popular trope, there are virtually no white on black homicides in America nor white on black nonfatal shootings. Especially in 65% black Memphis, almost all of the crime/homicides/nonfatal shootings are black on black, with provocative museum exhibits in the city trying to convince blacks to stop killing other blacks.
93 percent of those transported to a medical facility were black, but the Memphis Commercial Appeal makes no effort to tell us who was responsible for the shootings.
A gun isn't the problem, as it's just the tool used in an assault. The problem is the person pulling the trigger, and we know virtually every person arrested for a homicide or nonfatal shooting in Memphis is black.
So why is the Memphis Commercial Appeal afraid to document the truth about just who/whom is responsible for the violence in the city of Memphis (hint: blacks)?
Probably the same reason the editor of the same paper issued an apology for noting white police officers were targeted in Dallas for their belonging to a racial group without a voice or an advocacy group.
Guns aren't killing Memphis.
Guns aren't the reason police form an army around heavily trafficked tourist areas in the city.
Blacks are killing Memphis.
Blacks are the reason police form an army around heavily trafficked tourist areas in the city.