As Bad As It Sounds: Murder In Charleston
Prepare yourselves. This happened.
A young white male, using black crime against whites as his justification, massacred 9 innocent people at a black church during a Bible study. Salon is already demanding, apparently without snark, that whites be held accountable for the murders in the same manner that whites allegedly hold blacks responsible for all black crime. Are the bodies even cold yet?
It’s a tragedy within a tragedy that we must immediately discuss politics. But we must.
1. More Salon-style agitation. The murders will be cited forever more as proof positive that even citing crime statistics is itself a racist act that will inspire racist violence and should be proscribed in the name of fighting racism. The federal government has already started this process, and now it will be intensified.
2. Conspiracy theorizing. Some on the fringes of the right will refuse to accept the official version of events, citing it as a “false flag” designed to further an agenda. I certainly don’t disagree that this shooting will be exploited and used to further an agenda – but of course that alone cannot prove a conspiracy.
3. Conservatives cowering. Some will be able to push back against what will be an overpowering narrative over the next week or so. Most, I think, will hem and haw and have nothing to say.
4. Renewed demands for gun control. This could be 1a instead of a separate point on my list, since Salon includes it on its list of things that the mainstream media supposedly never talks about (right – we’ve never heard a peep about gun control on CNN or in the New York Times). I think mainstream Democrats will choose to focus exclusively on the 2nd amendment without necessarily getting caught up with Salon’s race narrative.
The truth is still the truth. There is a reason why black crimes raise questions about black communities while crimes committed by white psychopaths generally don’t. It is not a secret racist conspiracy or a function of “privilege”, but reflects the fact that blacks commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, and far more crime against whites than vice-versa. One summary of the most recently available data:
While most violent crime is indeed intrarracial, 26.7 percent of homicides where the victim is a stranger are interracial. And in 2008, the offending rate for blacks (24.7 offenders per 100,000) was seven times higher than the rate for whites (3.4 offenders per 100,000), according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
Unfortunately we don’t have straightforward data on interracial homicides, because the federal government doesn’t publish data on them anymore.
White crime rates in the US are comparable to white crime rates in other predominately white countries – maybe a little higher on average, but not excessively so. Ann Coulter pointed this out a while back, and even an outraged leftist who decided to research her numbers had to admit that what she said was actually true (while lying about what she believes). The leftist decided to focus on a 1% – 1.5% difference in violent crime rates between American and most Western European countries as if it were a big deal. As a half-WASP American, I can admit that our history and our culture is more violent, certainly more so than what social democratic Europe has become. But if one looks at American and Western European white crime rates from the dizzying heights of say, rates of violence in Africa, the differences wouldn’t seem so great. Meanwhile within the United States, violent crime is an urban problem.
I don’t insist that blacks “apologize” for other blacks and I’m not going to apologize for mentally-ill whites. And unlike some black and white leftists who make excuses for black criminals (which I believe is patronizing and racist), I am not going to make excuses for white murderers. Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, should be apprehended and punished to the fullest extent of the law. If he resists the police with arms, the police should shoot him.
Other than that, both black and white leftist Democratic Party political leadership has utterly failed our major urban centers, and it is time for black conservatives, with the support of white conservatives and libertarians, to take charge of the situation.