Ferguson, Missouri, an inner suburb of St. Louis, had the misfortune of being the birthplace of the Black Lives Matter movement in August 2014, and thus St. Louis was also the birthplace of the Ferguson Effect. St. Louis was catapulted into the national lead for highest murder rate from 2014 through 2019.
Unlike its main rival for the title of Murder Capital of America, Baltimore, where killings were stable this year, St. Louis was hit with a second Ferguson Effect in 2020 due to the revival of Black Lives Matter by the media. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ST. LOUIS — On the last day of 2020, St. Louis leaders read 262 names aloud from a church podium — each name representing a person killed in the city over the previous 12 months. Their deaths brought the city’s homicide rate to a level 30% higher than any of the past 50 years, records show. …
Three years ago I wrote in Taki’s Magazine:
The impact of the Ferguson Effect is statistically vivid in Ferguson’s neighbor St. Louis, where the number of homicides ranged from 113 to 120 from 2011 to 2013. Then in 2014, when the Obama administration and the prestige press took the side of anti-police rioters in promoting the Michael Brown fake news, homicides jumped to 159. Killings numbered 188 the next two years, and in 2017 had reached 205 by Dec. 29.
So now, 2020 murders are up 262 in St. Louis (with New Year’s Eve gunplay yet to be tallied) compared to 113-120 before Black Lives Matter. Back to the Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis’ homicide rate hit 87 murders per 100,000 residents in 2020,
So, at this rate, if you set out to live 75 years of your life in St. Louis, you’d have a 6.5% chance of being murdered? I’m not sure that’s exactly how the statistics work (does anybody have a better way of calculating?), but it’s still an eye-opening figure.
the highest on record since 1970. The figure exceeds the previous top rate of 69 set in 1993, when the growing number of killings made headlines in local and national news.
That year registered the most total homicides in the city — at 267 — but St. Louis has about 87,000 fewer residents now. …
City leaders and criminologists said the economic, civic and interpersonal stress the coronavirus pandemic has created likely have driven a nationwide spike in crime in the nation’s large cities.
The Establishment Media declaring that George Floyd’s death justifies a Racial Reckoning had nothing to do with it!
But in St. Louis, by 2019 the homicide rate has already topped large U.S. cities for six years straight, making a spike particularly deadly here.
In other words, St. Louis started its current run as America’s Murder Capital in 2014, the Year of Ferguson.
Black Lives Matter has a lot of blood on its hands by now.
Why do I care? I guess I’m just some kind of weird extremist who is Anti-Murder.
On New Year’s Eve, I will wrap up my third 2020 fundraiser.
Large or small, I find each donation to be a personal message of encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing. I more or less figured out the basic logic of the 21st Century, which hasn’t made me popular, but with your support I can keep on keeping on pointing out how the world works.
Here are eight ways for you to contribute:
First: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual. (Monthly is nice.)
Second: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617
Third: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here.
Please don’t forget to click my name at the VDARE site so the money goes to me:
VDARE has been kiboshed from use of Paypal for being, I dunno, EVIL. But you can give via credit cards, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, check, money order, or stock.
Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.
Fourth: if you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay/Zelle. Just tell WF SurePay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) Please note, there is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Fifth: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay/Zelle (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is also good for large contributions.
Zelle is really a good system: easy to use and the fees are nonexistent, unlike, say, Paypal.
Sixth: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address (that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)
Seventh: You can use Bitcoin using Coinbase. Coinbase payments are not tax deductible. Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
▲▼ Eighth: At one reader’s request, I recently added Square as an 8th fundraising medium, although I’m vague on how it works. If you want to use Square, send me an email telling me how much to send you an invoice for. Or, if you know an easier way for us to use Square, please let me know.