Wednesday, September 15, 2010
All are Equal, but Some More Equal than Others
The progressive mantra that poverty causes crime comes from misunderstanding--it could be actual or feigned--the difference
between causation and correlation. With causation, the initiating force is directly linked to creating an effect, or result. Correlation, on the other hand, exists when two events occur simultaneously, especially in the presence of one another. We know that the children of parents who drink alcohol are more likely to be abused than children whose parents abstain. However, drinking does not cause child abuse; the two events simply occur together temporally and locationally to some measurable extent.
As regards causation and correlation, the US government has given away trillions of tax dollars in feckless attempts and through the misinformed belief that doing so can eliminate poverty and, by extension, crime among the recipients of this largesse. Empirical evidence since implementation of Lyndon Johnson's 1960's Great Society shows that both crime and poverty have increased during the 40 years' existence of programs of this sort. Rather than achieving their goals, there is a clear correlation between increased social spending and increased poverty and crime.
However, other correlations reveal that there is reason to believe that decreasing crime and increasing legitimate income possibilities might be enhanced through education. "Empirically, there is a strong negative correlation between educational attainment and various measures of crime." This paper cites evidence showing "across the broad categories of violent (murder, rape, robbery, and assault) and property (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson) crime...a one year increase in average years of schooling reduces both property and violent crime by about 11-12%."
Whether or to what extent these results can be attributed simply to keeping adolescents off the streets and in structured environments may be worthy of discussion; however, quantifying such claims could prove problematic. Nonetheless, the economic savings of reducing property and violent crime by nearly 12% is a powerful economic and social incentive.
High school drop out rates are exponentially greater among blacks and Hispanics. Less education corresponds to higher crime rates, especially violent crime. Most homicides committed against blacks and Hispanics are committed by blacks and Hispanics. According to the US Statistical Abstract, in 2006, numbers of black homicide victims were 17% higher than for white victims, despite the fact that blacks represented only 12% of the total US population.
Still when we analyze crime, it is necessary to recognize what authorities identify as crime and the ways in which they deal with it. Recognizing which activities law enforcement officials allege are criminal, under what circumstances they are willing or able to make those allegations, and the manner in which crimes are enforced are the most significant aspects of crime in America.
Former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode's article "More Hate Crime Hypocrisy" addresses both how statutory crime is identified and how it is enforced. Enforcement begins at the White House. The president is the nation's chief law enforcement official. He sets the tone for and directs all of the police activities in the US. Credibility should be of paramount importance for one whose job requires leadership by example.
His example is somewhat lacking. Obama claimed in 2008 that there is "a reason that hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year." The article exposes his deception by revealing that "Obama's numbers, by the way, are fabricated. In fact, the rate of hate crimes against Hispanics went down between 2007 and 2008."
The author wonders what "about Hispanic on white and Hispanic on black hate crimes? The federal government does not report them! While the FBI's hate crime reporting sheet includes Hispanics a victim group, they do not include Hispanics as offenders, and categorize virtually all of them as white. In Los Angeles, where local police count Latinos as perpetrators, they make up 69% of all anti black hate crimes. These are counted as white on black hate crimes by the FBI."
"In Los Angeles County, 78% of Hispanic on black and 69% of black on Hispanic crimes are considered hate crimes." "In August at the Iowa State Fair groups of blacks were beating white fairgoers. According to the police report... there was a group of 30-40 individuals roaming the fairgrounds openly calling it 'beat whitey night.'" "Black on white mob attacks like this are becoming more common. Flash mobs where groups of teenagers text each other's cell phones to coordinate attacks are occurring across the country."
These attacks are not being prosecuted as hate crimes. Apparently, it would be a racist violation of the doctrine of Pandering Cowardice to postulate that these mob attacks perpetrated while the black attackers were shouting "beat whitey" might have racial overtones. This philosophy comes directly from the BumHolder camp. The Attorney General told the Senate Judiciary Committee that hate crimes were only meant for "protected groups." There will be no such protection for whites from mobs of howling predators who rob and beat helpless passers-by.
The principle of equal protection under the law has been abandoned for the purpose of "silencing and demonizing white conservatives in the name of tolerance and diversity." Yes, change is coming, and it will be swift and sure. In November, go to the ballot box with a clear idea of who is the enemy.
Remember in November. May your gods be with you.