The inconvenient truth that dare not speak its name
The Capital Times discovers another racial disparity and it is worse than Cops in Schools.
“African-Americans increasingly targeted as gun homicides spike.”
Given the headline’s passive voice, it is fair to ask who is doing this targeting? Who is killing all the young black men of Madison? Writer Steven Elbow, a particularly egregious progressive, won’t say. He starts off his sad story of yet more black victimhood by recounting a particular whacking at a Madison convenience store last year:
It would be easy to write off David Edwards’ death to random violence, to say it could have happened to anyone. But there was a big factor that increased Edward’s chances of falling victim to gunfire: He was a black man.
The reporter marshals some statistics:
Of the 15 people killed by gunfire in a two-year spike starting in 2016, 9 were black men. That’s 60% of the gun deaths in a city where blacks comprise just 7% of the population. In those two years, not a single white man in Madison was killed by gunfire. … In a state where blacks comprise only 6% of the population, 69% of the shooting victims in 2016 were African-American; 88% of those were men.
Like the Madison school district, the good progressives at the CT are trying to make the numbers work. (Would more white victims do it?)
Reporter Elbow succumbs to the requisite Second Amendment scapegoating: too many guns, the all-powerful NRA, Republicans and their damnable concealed carry law. Even Elbow is forced to acknowledge, having interviewed an actual police officer, that “Many of those guns are obtained without government purview.” Maybe, like, most of them? (Must we repeat, CCW permits require a criminal background check!)
Only once does Elbow encounter the awful truth: that the slaughter is the result of black-on-black crime. It is a single quote attributed to Ald. Sheri Carter, African-American herself. (Although, to be fair, the quote is highlighted.)
“A disproportionate amount of young African-American men are engaging in violence as a way to resolve a disagreement. And that’s concerning.”
You won’t see any more “concerning” elsewhere in Elbow’s article because he is too busy mining the Left’s standard victim narrative. Therefore, he cannot quote Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, an acknowledged expert. But we will. She writes:
Who is killing them? Not the police and not white civilians, but other blacks. The astronomical black death-by-homicide rate is a function of the black crime rate. Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at 10 times the rate of white and Hispanic male teens combined. Blacks of all ages commit homicide at 8 times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, and at 11 times the rate of whites alone. …
Moreover, 40% of all cop killers have been black over the last decade. And a larger proportion of white and Hispanic homicide deaths are a result of police killings than black homicide deaths — but don’t expect to hear that from the media or from the political enablers of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Political enablers? Anyone we know in Madison journalism?
Let’s return to the late Mr. Edwards, shot dead at that Mobil gas station on March 1, 2017. Case of mistaken identity. Killer got the wrong guy. He was looking to wax someone else, guy named Ricardo Simms. Also wore dreadlocks. (Simms did get popped six months later.) Who was the killer? This guy, but you have to go to another link to get the picture.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Police, we repeat, are NOT the problem. Not cops in the schools, not cops in the streets, not Mike Koval, not Sheriff Mahoney’s new jail, not Donald Trump. No, not Act 10, implicit bias, white privilege, Betsy DeVos, or Roseanne Barr. Who is killing all the black men of Madison? How about several generations of Democrat(ic) identity politics, more free stuff, and victim mongering?!