Saturday, August 1, 2020
It's interesting as well that journalists sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement seem either puzzled by or blithely ignorant of the sharp rise in post-May 25 homicides in cities ranging from New York to Chicago to Minneapolis to Milwaukee to Denver to Los Angeles.
It's the fastest rise in murder rates since the late 1960s, another era of urban riots and complaints (more justified then than now) about police conduct.
Democrats and journalists have struggled to explain the spike. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fresh from "Les Miz," suspects fathers are stealing to feed their children. The New York Times indicts summer heat waves.
They resist the obvious explanation: Less policing plus lighter punishment and delegitimizing law enforcement yields more violent crime. Almost all the extra victims, including children, are minorities in underprivileged neighborhoods. Some black lives evidently don't matter so much.
It is a bit surprising that murder rates went up so quickly, as if the police rang a bell or something. Query whether they will go back down as quickly as soon as the cops are put back on the beat, presumably after the Dems get back in power.