Minneapolis is 64 percent white.
The city is 18 percent black.
Did you know the rate of those wounded by gun violence in the city is actually higher for black women than it is for white males?
It’s true. [Black women caught in the crossfire of Minneapolis gun violence, MPRNews.org, 1-3-19]
An MPR News analysis of Minneapolis shootings from January 2016 through mid-December 2018 found 89 African-American females — including three girls aged 17 and younger — were wounded by people with guns. Seven African-American women died as a result of being shot.
In 2016, 338 people were wounded by gunfire in Minneapolis; 41 were black women. It’s a rate of gun violence higher than that for women of all other racial or ethnic groups. That rate is also higher than for white men.
Proximity to violent behavior and firearms are key factors in the rate of gun violence victimization of black women, said Sasha Cotton, who heads the city of Minneapolis’ Group Violence Intervention program.
Because African-American men, she said, are often the targets or perpetrators of gun violence, “their partners, their families, their community members are going to also have increased risk for being victims and perpetrators of that same violence, just by sheer proximity.”
While women are sometimes active participants in gang or group violence, they are more likely to be victims of abuse, said Cotton.
Why is this important to note?
Because the Minneapolis Police Department is under fire for daring to make the city safer by pulling over drivers of vehicles with serious equipment problems… all because too many of those pulled over for broken blinkers, brake lights, or headlights are black. [Citing racial disparity, Mpls drivers seek moratorium on certain traffic stops, Fox9.com, 2-7-19]:
Some drivers pulled over by Minneapolis police say what was frustration has now turned into fear.
In a meeting Wednesday, a group voiced concerns about traffic stops for equipment violations – a blinker, a brake light, a headlight. MPD data shows African Americans are more likely to be pulled over for equipment violations, and some black drivers say that has led to harassment by police.
“They stopped me for no apparent reason, and then when I go to the precinct to complain, I get charged with trespassing by the same cop I am complaining about,”
“And the interactions are gruff. They’re not respectful, they’re a rough type of interaction, and I can sense that at any moment I could lose my life. I can sense an impending potential for death.
So, the group is asking for a moratorium that would keep police from pulling them over for equipment violations.
“They’re not gonna protect me and you’re not gonna protect me. I have no other recourse but to protect myself.
Chief Arradondo said he needs a lot more information before considering any moratorium.
“To me, to simply pull off a tool I think I need to engage more of our community. I think I need to listen more, learn more, be educated and make sure in the ultimate I’m doing what’s right,” Chief Arradondo said.
The chief also said there is a big benefit to traffic stops – they actually end up decreasing some violent crime.
“In the past two years in Minneapolis, particularly the fourth precinct, we have seen through our efforts of our group, our gang enforcement activity that has been conducting a lot of the traffic enforcement in north Minneapolis, we have seen a two-year decrease in the victims of gunshot violence in Minneapolis, and particularly north Minneapolis,” he said.
At least one woman said she feels a moratorium is not the answer.
“They are recovering guns, and I thank God that they are. I don’t know where we’re going with this, but for me this is a safety issue,” she said.
More black women are the victim of gun violence in the city than even white males, though white males represent a far greater percentage of the city’s population. This is because black males shoot them, or they are with black males who are being shot at by other black males.
Blacks are pulled over while driving their vehicles in Minneapolis because they fail to maintain their cars and are in violation of the law for this inattention to the integrity of their car. As the police note, routine enforcement of this law helps crack down on other, more serious crimes, because broken windows policing works.
All of the standards in our society must be lowered, loosened to the point of non-enforcement because of the failures of blacks to abide by them.
Be it fare evasion being decriminalized across the nation to protect blacks, to police in Austin, Texas stopping the arrest of those committing ‘petty theft‘, all laws will have to be abandoned in pursuit of social/racial justice.