As we all know, the idea of a Ferguson Effect in which Black Lives Matter protests lead to blacks subsequently murdering each other in increased numbers is a racist hallucination.
The fact that Ferguson Effects keep happening exactly where Black Lives Matter has been most active — such as St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, and Milwaukee — just proves that, well, as the New York Times recently explained:
“Some places are overpoliced, and de-policing is actually a good thing.”
Another example of the nonexistent Ferguson Effect in action is Charlotte, North Carolina. You may recall last September’s Black Lives Matter riot in Charlotte:
Black Lives Matter Protest In Charlotte Turns Deadly
09/21/2016 10:55 EDT
The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a march that ended with the gunshot death of a protester.
The man was not shot by police who had massed in riot gear to keep the marchers outside an upscale downtown hotel, Charlotte officials announced on Twitter.
But the second night of violent protests, added Charlotte to the list of U.S. cities that have erupted in violence over the death of a black man at the hands of police.
Subsequently, homicides in Charlotte have gone way up:
By Andrew Dunn | June 5, 2017
2017 has been the most violent year in Charlotte in recent memory.
Through this weekend, 37 people have lost their lives to violence in the city — not counting officer-involved shootings. The latest came Sunday evening in a shooting in the Derita-Statesville neighborhood. 34-year-old Lucas Lorenzo Baldwin was found dead of a gunshot wound.
The pace is staggering: Not even halfway through the year, the number of homicides has already come close to the full-year total of 2014.
At this time last year, there were only 17 homicides — and 2016 marked a six-year high.
Should the pace continue, 2017 would mark the third year in a row of an increasing number of killings.
The death toll has left police and politicians searching for answers. The cause of the spike in homicides is difficult to put a finger on.