Back in 1982 a faction of Lebanese Arabs massacred Palestinian Arabs at two refugee camps in Beirut. The Israeli army, in the neighborhood at the time, was accused of turning a blind eye to the killings. Hearing of this, Menachem Begin famously muttered: “Goyim kill goyim, and they blame the Jews.”
Hence my title. NAM is an abbreviation for “Non-Asian Minority” commonly used among us wicked people who notice What Should Not Be Noticed.
A couple of weeks ago during a live radio forum to discuss the recent surge in violent crime in Chicago—homicides are up 38 percent on last year—a community activist asked this of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy:
What does the community need to do with the Police Department to close the gap that I see…between the Police Department and the community…?
Closing the gap, that’s a big issue. It’s a long time coming. Um, you know, we’ve done a lot of things wrong in policing in this country. I’m willing to admit that. But this goes back two, three hundred years to the time when Pilgrims came here and things started developing from that, the African American experience in this country.
Chicagoans kill Chicagoans, and he blames the Pilgrim fathers!
And we’re not talking about Chicagoans in general. I couldn’t find demographic stats on all 237 of this year’s Chicago homicides, but for a rough approximation I plotted the locations of last weekend’s shootings as reported here. I have marked them with big black dots on a map of the city. Eyeball that alongside a demographic map, and with one exception up there in the 46th Ward, they all occurred in heavily black or Hispanic neighborhoods.
The head of an ex-cons’ group working against the violence confirms my thumbnail analysis:
Eighty percent of the homicides in Chicago are black on black homicides.
Superintendent McCarthy wasn’t the only member of that radio forum intent on digging back into history. Radio host Warren Ballentine chimed in with some background material from a century ago:
A lot of people don’t understand the history of America. When we had Reconstruction, when blacks were allowed to first become politicians in this country, they created something that was called the vagrancy laws. The vagrancy laws were simply laws that, if you could not prove you were working, you were incarcerated and given a fine of up to $5,000 in 1910, which kept you in jail for five to six years, sometimes to the rest of your life.
I’ll take that on faith, though I think “created” is misleading. Every civilized society has had some form of laws against vagrancy. In England during Elizabeth I’s reign there were laws against “sturdy beggars.” But how is this relevant to homicides in 2012 Chicago? Let Mr.—I’m sorry, Brother—Ballentine teach us:
When you fast-forward to today, what they did during the vagrancy time, they locked them up and they rented them out to corporations as cheap labor. That’s exactly what’s going on today.
“Exactly”! Nothing’s changed! Nothing ever changes! In the permanent-victim mentality, there is no passage of time. To the Palestinian refugee brooding in his camp, it’s always 1948. To the black American “community organizer,” it’s always Jim Crow. The decades flit by unnoticed.
Speaking of community organizers, wasn’t Chicago’s black community thoroughly organized years ago by that guy…what’s his name?…oh, never mind.
To the main issue, though: What’s to be done about all these killings? Brother Ballentine again:
If you want to stop all this violence, it’s easy: You get economic empowerment into these poverty-strucken [sic] communities. Give these young people a chance to work. Give them jobs.
Wow! How come nobody ever thought of that? Somebody (Who? The government? Big corporations? Korean storekeepers? Warren Buffett? Me?) has this stash of jobs that for some reason—racism, most likely—they are withholding from Chicago’s poor. We (they, you, him) should give them those jobs.
Perhaps we should, at the same time, stop giving jobs to illegal aliens and to the 100,000 or so immigrants who settle lawfully in the USA every month. That, however, would upset the Congressional Black Caucus, who, judging from their votes on immigration issues, might as well be Mexicans.
It’s not only a Chicago problem, either. New York City has, according to the New York Post, been enduring a Summer of Blood.
The Big Apple just kept getting bloodier yesterday, with at least eight more people struck by gunfire—three fatally—as NYPD statistics revealed a jaw-dropping jump in shootings over last year.…Year to date, 880 people have been shot in the city, compared with 803 for the same span in 2011….
New York City’s Police Commissioner tells us that “Ninety-six percent of our shooting victims are people of color.” The occasional name to appear in newspaper arrest reports suggests that the same is true of the shooters. As in Chicago, it’s NAMs killing NAMs.
So what’s going on here? Is it the heat? Not likely.
Sociologist Eric Klinenberg, in his book about the great Chicago heat wave of 1995, notes that while crime goes up in summer because the heat drives people outdoors, “when the heat becomes too extreme, crime rates actually decrease because would-be criminals become too lethargic to engage in crime.”
Dull, unimaginative stuff—about what you’d expect from the nation’s commercial capital, a city of storekeepers. Out there under the broad skies of the Midwest where the imagination can soar, people know the truth: It’s the fault of those darn Pilgrims!
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