It’s The Murders Stupid

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It’s the murders. For those who have not been paying attention Kansas City in 2017 had the second highest murder total in its history. The year ended with a higher per capita rate of murder than Chicago with 150 homicides. What is strange is the deafening quiet coming from City Hall. I guess they think ignoring it will make it go away. I remember a few years ago when the number was 88 murders, everyone couldn’t get on TV fast enough to take credit for the drop. I wonder who will take credit for these numbers. You would think such a momentous milestone would light a fire under the mayor, considering his legacy is being tarnished by this level of violence. It is hard to consider your time in office a success with so many of your citizens being ravaged by violence. So what is the focus for Mayor Sly James in 2018?

James has long hoped to jump-start a productive conversation on race relations in the city. He is working on his own yet-to-be-unveiled race project, and wants to determine whether the workshops will be a part of his effort. James’ chief of staff, Joni Wickham, said in an e-mail that the mayor “hopes participants develop some shared understanding of how we can move forward as a city in terms of racial equity and having difficult conversations about race.”

The invitation says in part: “This workshop helps participants become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in the US and how ideas about racism live in our unconscious minds and social structures even 50 years after the successes of the Civil Rights movement.KC Star

It appears the Mayor’s focus will be on race, not on murders. I think it is fair to say the socialist democrats are out of ideas on how to combat violence, education, and economic disparity in the urban centers of our nation. Instead they go to their old standby race to switch the conversation away from the real problems facing most blacks in their communities. As I stated here one of the primary jobs of an elected official is to protect those they serve. So my question is how is this conversation on race going to reduce the violence in these communities? The short answer is it won’t. There is a reason people segregate. It’s not just whites, but East Indians, Asians, Hispanics, and blacks (when they are able) don’t want to live around blacks. Why? Should we force anyone to accept a culture they don’t agree with for the sake of diversity? Exposing my family to crime, lower educational achievements, and a loose moral fabric doesn’t make me a saint, it makes me an idiot.

What the social democrats don’t understand or don’t care is these conversations are more divisive than unifying. They are divisive because they are never honest conversations. How can a conversation take place when before its beginning you have already characterized one group, and its institutions as morally bankrupt? The group and its institutions are racist by their very nature.  Instead of a free flow of ideas, you have an opportunity for blacks to lash out at whites and their white privileges. How can this conversation be unifying? It leads to more tribalism, because no one wants to be attacked for something they may have no role. When the premise of the conversation is you are responsible for the world’s wrongs, I see no productivity coming from the encounter.

The conversations which should happen are the ones within the communities suffering. If we look at the data, the majority of people being murdered are black and the majority of people murdering them are black. Most students struggling are black. Per capita the largest concentration of people in poverty are black. The majority of single female households are black. No amount of conversations on race will change these facts. White guilt cannot solve the struggles taking place in the black community. This work must be done by blacks. White folks can’t make blacks do what they need to do for themselves. Black folks will bend over backwards to get behind white folks, but try to get them behind another black man. It will never happen. No sir, the issue keeping Kansas City from moving forward is not the race conversation, it’s the murders.

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