Racist AF Right Wing Writer: Crime Down in New York Because Whites Moved In
Heather Mac Donald Argues Blacks Are More Dangerous And Only Whites Moving In Fixes Crime
Since the rise and election of a presidential candidate that began his campaign with overt racism, some people have had no problem displaying their bigoted beliefs about those that don’t look like themselves. Another startling display of this was published in the conservative National Review by author Heather Mac Donald, under the headline “Don’t Take the Wrong Lessons from NYC’s Murder Drop“.
In an article addressing the historic drop in crime in New York City, Mac Donald decided to give her take on the reason why we have seen this decrease. And her explanation: white people moved in to predominantly black neighborhoods — because black people are, as she infers, inherently dangerous.
One might surmise this is an argument taken out of context or that the racist belief is hard to decipher from the writing. It’s not. Mac Donald is very clear in her wording.
New York City’s formerly high-crime neighborhoods have experienced a stunning degree of gentrification over the last 15 years, thanks to the proactive-policing-induced conquest of crime. It is that gentrification which is now helping fuel the ongoing crime drop. Urban hipsters are flocking to areas that once were the purview of drug dealers and pimps…In Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, for example, the number of white residents rose 1,235 percent from 2000 to 2015, while the black population decreased by 17 percent, reports City Lab. In Bushwick, Brooklyn, the number of whites rose 610 percent over that same decade and a half; the black population was down 22 percent. Central Harlem’s white population rose 846 percent; the black share dropped 10 percent. In 2000, whites were about three-quarters of the black population in Brownsville-Ocean Hill; by 2015, there were twice as many whites as blacks. In 2000, whites were one-third of the black population in Crown Heights North and Prospect Heights; now they exceed the black population by 20,000.
Mac Donald curiously uses the year 2000 as a starting point, which completely ignores the reality the far larger plummet in violent crime in New York happened in the 1990s. By 2001 for instance, the murder rate fell to less than one-third of its peak in 1990.
She goes on to point out that the way to cleaning up a neighborhood is to “radically” shrink the number of dangerous black people and a decrease in violent crime will follow.
This demographic transformation has enormous implications for crime. A black New Yorker is 50 times more likely to commit a shooting than a white New Yorker, according to perpetrator identifications provided to the police by witnesses to, and victims of, those shootings. Those victims are overwhelmingly minority themselves. When the racial balance of a neighborhood changes radically, given those crime disparities, its violent-crime rate will as well.
Mac Donald argues that systematic racism in policing is a “false narrative” and suggests the Obama administration conducted a “war on the cops”. She goes on to suggest the supposed change in rhetoric from Obama to Donald Trump has “saved some officers’ lives this year”.
Recent high-profile investigations by the Justice Department would prove her argument about no systemic racism in police departments to be completely untrue. Damning reports have shown racial bias in places like Ferguson, Chicago, and Baltimore, where one man was stopped by police 30 times in less than four years without an arrest.
Mac Donald also touts the merits of “stop and frisk” in reducing crime. She doesn’t bother to point out it’s a violation of the Constitution or that it was found to be used predominantly against innocent people of color.
The arguments are not necessarily a surprise coming from Heather Mac Donald. She has railed against diversity hiring on college campuses because of test scores and called the idea the war on drugs disproportionately imprisoned people of color a “spurious claim”. This is despite the fact a top adviser to Richard Nixon bluntly admitted the war on drugs was started to target the administration’s “enemies: the antiwar left and black people”.
There’s no doubt racism played a significant role in leading to the election of Republican Donald Trump. But the continued emergence of overt racism on the right seems to be finding fewer and fewer roadblocks. And it’s articles such as Mac Donald’s that show just how acceptable these beliefs continue to be with some conservative circles in America.
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