Articles come along once every so often, that – were they widely distributed and allowed a fair hearing on national television – would change the narrative.
The ‘White in Philly’ controversy has inadvertently exposed, for those willing to take a peek through the looking glass, a people held hostage.
A civilization held hostage.
In most situations of this nature, the side taking hostages normally has demands. The other side will send in negotiators in hopes of ending the conflict.
Well — in our situation, we must realize there is no negotiation.
We are supposed to look upon the decline of our cities – our civilization – without protest and smile.
Luckily, not everyone believes in smiling through the decline [Mayor changes tune on black violence discussion: Rebukes author for citing crime problems after calling for conversation, WND, 4-20-13]:
If blacks can criticize whites, then whites should be able to say the inner city “needs to get its act together.”
That was the bottom line of “Being White in Philly,” a controversial article written by Robert Huber and published in Philadelphia Magazine.
What followed was predictable. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the article was a “sin” and an “incitement to extreme reaction.” The mayor called upon the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission to “rebuke” the magazine and Huber.
But not long ago, Nutter was calling for a “national conversation” about racial issues: “Black on black crime is not an isolated problem. It affects every member of every community. This is a national problem with national implications, and there needs to be a national conversation.”
But what are the actual circumstances of crime in Philadelphia?
Over the last two decades, the city has lost 32 percent of its white population, or 263,254 people. During that time, crime was a major concern.
In the late 1990s, blacks were 43 percent of Philadelphia’s population and 76 percent of the alleged murderers (see chart below). Whites were 52 percent of the population but just 5 percent of alleged murderers.
The chart comes from a report titled “Murder Is No Mystery: An Analysis of Philadelphia Homicide, 1996-1999,” which was released in 2001 and provocatively asked:
If this went on in your own neighborhood, would you stay? Would you go out at night? Would you consider leaving the neighborhood, or even the city, if you could? Of course you would.
A quarter of a million whites did indeed leave.
As for race and crime in Philadelphia, most murders in the city were intraracial, black-on-black crimes. Of black murder victims, 95 percent were killed by other blacks.
However, the report pointed to a major, noteworthy exception: “Caucasians and Asian Americans, on the other hand, were both more likely to be murdered by an individual of another race.”
Such disparities are rarely mentioned in the national conversation about race but would tend to validate the concerns expressed in Huber’s piece.
A WND review of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Murder Analysis for 2007-2010 and Murder/Shooting Analysis 2012 reveals startling demographic data that affirm the crime trends found a decade earlier in the “Murder Is No Mystery” report.
Between 2007 and 2012, there were 1,987 murders (an average of 331 murders per year) in Philadelphia. Of those victims, 80 percent were black; 11.2 percent were Hispanic; 6.9 percent were white; and 1.7 percent were Asian.
Only 64 percent of these crimes had known offenders (1,290 of 1,987), with 81 percent of known offenders being black; 7.2 percent white; 10.2 percent Hispanic; and 1.2 percent Asian.
Because of the “no snitchin’” culture, “defendants charged with murder, rape, robbery and serious assaults were walking free on all charges in nearly two-thirds of all cases” in the city, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. In 2009, Philadelphia had the lowest felony conviction rate of all large cities in America. Soon after taking office, Nutter put in 250 video cameras across the city, in part to compensate for witnesses’ refusal to cooperate with investigations.
According to a WND review of the 2012 Philadelphia Police Murder/Shooting Analysis, of known offenders in 1,083 shootings in the city between 2011 and 2012, 88 percent were by blacks (956). Hispanics represented 102 of the shooting offenders (9 percent), while whites made up 2 percent of offenders in shootings (22) in Philadelphia during that same period.
Current trends nothing new
Historically, racial disparities in crime are not simply products of the 1960s. In 1950, Philadelphia was predominantly white, with blacks comprising roughly 20 percent of the population. Even then, disproportionate levels of criminal offending existed.
“Patterns in Criminal Homicide,” written by renowned criminologist Marvin Wolfgang, was hailed as the most thorough study of homicide at the time. Wolfgang studied every homicide in Philadelphia between 1948 and 1952, and concluded that many were caused by trivial insults and petty arguments (162).
Wolfgang showed that the white murder rate in Philadelphia between 1948 and 1952 was 1.8 per 100,000 people, while the black rate was 25.6, or 14 times the white rate. By the mid-1970s, the white murder rate increased to 2.8 per 100,000. The black murder rate, meanwhile, increased to 64.2, 23 times the white rate.
Wait a second. Black murder rates in Philadelphia were much, much higher before the introduction of the “Great Society” of the 1960s (you know, the ‘liberal plantation”)?
Actually, W.E.B. DuBois documented how the black population in Philadelphia back in the 1880-1899 (only three percent of the population) were engaging in criminal acts that far exceeded the white rate — even those southern European immigrant rates…
Black crime, and the fear of black crime, is turning Philadelphia (America’s first national capital city) into… Detroit.
And white people are only supposed to smile as civilization surrenders to anarchy and chaos.
Murder is no mystery in Philadelphia.
It’s no mystery in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Dallas, Orlando, Nashville, Chicago, or Indianapolis either.
Civilization is held hostage, and the situation in Philadelphia shows no negotiations will be tolerated.
But as history shows in Philadelphia, black crime has nothing to do with policy.