The problem in the American inner city is not racism
but drive-by shootings of Blacks by other Blacks.
An excerpt of Heather Mac Donald writing in the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal:
The latest anti-cop riots to convulse an American city hit Philadelphia last week (10/2020), part of a stream of such violence since the early summer. This bout of looting and assault broke out after the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr., on October 26. The shooting of the 27-year-old Wallace appears justified, if tragic.
Wallace had been threatening his mother with a knife, resulting in two previous 911 calls that day. When the police arrived, he ignored repeated requests to drop the knife as he approached the officers. … (In March, Wallace stabbed the mother of his children and threatened to “shoot you and that house up.” His record included 18 previous arrests for robbery, assaults on cops, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and domestic abuse.) …
Anti-cop activists and many academics claim that racial crime disparities are simply a product of racist police deployment. Cops are oversaturated in African-American neighborhoods, the activists argue (ignoring the pleas for help from community residents). …
But the bodies don’t lie. Blacks between the ages of 10 and 43 die of homicide at 13 times the rate of whites, according to the CDC, thanks to comparably high rates of violence. If whites were being mowed down in drive-by shootings, we would have heard about it.
Yet in a bizarre non sequitur, as the corpses pile up and the cultural breakdown fueling the shootings bleeds out into riots, looting, and an open season on police officers, the national conversation in the mainstream media and among Democratic politicians for the last five months has focused exclusively on white supremacy. … College-educated whites have been packing themselves off to white-privilege trainings and confessing their racism in public-apology sessions, even as the evidentiary basis for that ubiquitous white racism charge has become increasingly fantastical.
The elite consensus has been unbroken: the only problem worth paying attention to in the black community is the lethal effects of white bigotry. …
Heather Mac Donald’s Bottom Line: The problem in the American inner city is not white supremacy but the failure to socialize young males — a problem that is a direct result of family breakdown.