The population of Camden includes a large black community.
Nearly half of Camden's residents, 48.7% are black. Only 17.59% are white.
What prompted my inquiry was the fact that the Philadelphia suburb plans to eliminate it's police department due to financial restraints [source].
A profile of Camden can be summarized like this: A mid-sized city of 74,000 that is financially strapped and deteriorating into an abyss of violent anarchy; reputed to be the most dangerous municipality in America.
Those facts combined suggested the city had a substantial black population.
The fact that black communities are riddled with crime is no secret. In fact, one of the most accurate predictors of a community's level of violent crime is its ethnic composition. Conversely, a city's ethnic composition is a predictor of its crime level.
Knowing that Camden is half black predicts the city has a high violent crime rate. Knowing the city has a high violent crime rate predicts that it is home to a dominant black community.
Camden is a scaled down version of Detroit. It's typical of the hundreds of black communities throughout America. One of those communities necessarily must be the deadliest of all. That honor goes to Camden.
It is at this point that we are obliged to insert our heads in the sand and pretend the cause of violent crime in Camden is driven by economics that, in turn, is the outcome of white racism. Our conclusion is supposed to be: If it weren't for white people disenfranchising the black minority, Camden would be a thriving center of commerce and virtually crime free; just like most white neighborhoods.
The advantage of immersing our minds in abject denial of reality is that it frees us of responsibility.
The inherent problem with immersing ourselves in denial is that the problems will persist, they will never be resolved and, most likely, will continue to grow.
Our nation is increasingly becoming like Camden. As Western culture is subdued and subjected to the submission of multicultural social engineers it, too, will become an anarchistic abyss.
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