|A redlining map? Or a heat map depicting violent crime rates by neighborhood?|
DAILYKENN.com --Paul Kersey recently published an op/ed reviewing black-on-black violence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His review was a response to an article in a Milwaukee newspaper that effectively blamed white people for black-on-black violence.
You may read Kearsy's review here ►
Apparently the writer of the newspaper article presumed that redlining — a practice in which credit worthy neighborhoods were distinguished from poor credit neighborhoods by literally drawing red lines on a city map — are still in practice in principle today. And that, somehow, causes black people to shoot each other. (Incidentally, I've never seen an image of a red-lined map; though such items may have existed.)
Actually, the redlining practice is reversed. Redlining doesn't create violent neighborhoods. Rather, violent neighborhoods create red-lined maps. Apps have been devised that steer drivers around violent areas. Those areas may be colored dark blue on the virtual device. The people who live in those neighborhoods are colored dark brown. One is virtual and blue while the other is literal and brown. Both colors indicate the same: A neighborhood that is wrought with violence and credit unworthiness.
You can accurately predict the color of the people in major metropolitan neighborhoods by viewing the color of the map, and vice versa.
Neighborhoodscout.com provides virtual maps for most municipalities in the USA. Coincidentally, black neighborhoods tend to be more violent than non-black neighborhoods. These maps could be considered 'redlining,' even though they are objective and unbiased. The software program that produces the maps has doesn't know the race of residents who comprise low, moderate, or high crime rate areas.
Is racial segregation the cause of elevated violence in black neighborhoods? Yes. If black neighborhoods were erased by evenly distributed blacks in white neighborhoods, there would be no more black-neighborhood violence — because there would be no more black neighborhoods. However, black violence would continue undiminished. It would merely be redistributed throughout white neighborhoods.
The fact that black neighborhoods seem universally more violent than non-black neighborhoods is undeniable. Even the far left admits this reality. However, the far left parts from reality when it attempts to misplace the blame for black violence on white people.
Blacks commit violent crimes at a disproportionately high rate for the same reason males commit commit violent crimes at a disproportionately high rate. The cause is physiological. It is not sociological. As sexism does not cause men to be more violent than women, racism does not cause blacks to be more violent than whites.
Why does the far left insist on attributing a sociological cause to black crime when the obvious cause is natural; not social?
Marxism rests on a premise that wealth disparities are the result of sociological causes. To admit the reality that races are biologically different in any manner whatsoever is to contradict Marxism's premise. It appears to be what Robert J. Lifton called, "sacred science." It is a belief typical of dangerous cults and ideological groups that is held to be true as if it were settled science when, in reality, it is a conjectured myth.
Unequal cities, unequal violence
Violent crime in Milwaukee is unequal, victimizing African American residents more often than their white counterparts.
Criminologists and other academics have long focused on individual choices and risk factors, such as illegally carrying a gun or selling drugs, when it came to explaining who gets shot and why — but a growing body of research is showing systemic factors may matter more.
When public health experts wanted to figure out how violent crime is linked with structural racism, they looked at decades-old housing maps. Their results were published last year in the journal Social Science and Medicine.
The maps, created by the federal government in the 1930s, explicitly used race to determine creditworthiness and investment risk within neighborhoods. Areas deemed “unworthy of economic investment by virtue of the races, ethnicities, and religions of their residents” were shaded red, the study said.
The researchers examined Philadelphia and found those redlined areas today are more likely to be the places where violence is most common.
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