A couple of days ago I made a prediction here on SF that if the police in places such as Cleveland, attacked for policing mostly-Black ghettos too aggressively, withdraw (which is what I thought would be their likely move after being vilified in the US media) that such cities would become far more violent and crime-ridden. I wrote:
It is easy to predict that if the police, chastised by the Federal Government, withdraw from ghettos that these places will again be plagued with a high level of violence and crime – as was the case in the 1980s. The increasingly militarized Thin Blue Line is the only thing keeping a lid on the huge and ever-expanding underclass – the human ruins of Progressive social destruction.
Turns out that this easy forecast was spot on in Baltimore, which was recently devastated by rioting and burning after a Black man died in police custody. Today, AmRen posted an article noting that 36 people have been murdered this month in Baltimore and residents, fearful of leaving their homes now, wish the police were back to protect them.
Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore….
Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year.
The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.
Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said.
What is the lesson from this experience? It is possible to have relatively quiet mostly-Black ghettos with a low level of violent crime, which benefits most people in and near the ghettos. But that relative peace requires aggressive policing and a strong law enforcement presence in those communities. Politically, this is not sustainable in the US system with its state ideology of democracy, equality and Progress. Our Southern ancestors knew this. We can make cities like Baltimore safer and even bring economic and cultural life back to them, but we can’t do this under the limitations of the present system’s ideology.