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Mayor Changes Tune on Black Violence Discussion

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

If blacks can criticize whites, then whites should be able to say the inner city “needs to get its act together.”

That was the bottom line of “Being White in Philly,” a controversial article written by Robert Huber and published in Philadelphia Magazine.

What followed was predictable. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the article was a “sin” and an “incitement to extreme reaction.” The mayor called upon the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission to “rebuke” the magazine and Huber.

But not long ago, Nutter was calling for a “national conversation” about racial issues: “Black on black crime is not an isolated problem. It affects every member of every community. This is a national problem with national implications, and there needs to be a national conversation.”

Huber told WND that he assumed that when the mayor said “conversation” he meant the ordinary meaning.

“We need to learn to talk to each other honestly, without fear,” Huber said. “That would be a big step toward solving some problems.

Huber and some of the people he interviewed were critical of the crime and social disorganization in the city. Several spoke honestly about the racial aspect of crime and other social problems (See a condensed summary of their statements). On the basis of personal experience, some interviewees spoke about break-ins, assaults, robbery and other antisocial acts.

But what are the actual circumstances of crime in Philadelphia?

Over the last two decades, the city has lost 32 percent of its white population, or 263,254 people.

In the late 1990s, blacks were 43 percent of Philadelphia’s population and 76 percent of the alleged murderers (see chart below). Whites were 52 percent of the population but just 5 percent of alleged murderers.


Today, blacks are 42 percent of Philadelphia’s population and 83 percent of known murder offenders. Whites are now 37 percent of the population and 4 percent of known murder offenders.

The chart comes from a report titled “Murder Is No Mystery: An Analysis of Philadelphia Homicide, 1996-1999,” which was released in 2001 and provocatively asked:

If this went on in your own neighborhood, would you stay? Would you go out at night? Would you consider leaving the neighborhood, or even the city, if you could? Of course you would.

A WND review of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Murder Analysis for 2007-2010 and Murder/Shooting Analysis 2012 reveals startling demographic data that affirm the crime trends found a decade earlier in the “Murder Is No Mystery” report.

Between 2007 and 2012, there were 1,987 murders (an average of 331 murders per year) in Philadelphia. Of those victims, 80 percent were black; 11.2 percent were Hispanic; 6.9 percent were white; and 1.7 percent were Asian.

Only 64 percent of these crimes had known offenders (1,290 of 1,987), with 81 percent of known offenders being black; 7.2 percent white; 10.2 percent Hispanic; and 1.2 percent  Asian.

Because of the “no snitchin’” culture, “defendants charged with murder, rape, robbery and serious assaults were walking free on all charges in nearly two-thirds of all cases” in the city, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. In 2009, Philadelphia had the lowest felony conviction rate of all large cities in America. Soon after taking office, Nutter put in 250 video cameras across the city, in part to compensate for witnesses’ refusal to cooperate with investigations.

According to a WND review of the 2012 Philadelphia Police Murder/Shooting Analysis, of known offenders in 1,083 shootings in the city between 2011 and 2012, 88 percent were by blacks (956). Hispanics represented 102 of the shooting offenders (9 percent), while whites made up 2 percent of offenders in shootings (22) in Philadelphia during that same period.

Historically, racial disparities in crime are not simply products of the 1960s. In 1950, Philadelphia was predominantly white, with blacks comprising roughly 20 percent of the population. Even then, disproportionate levels of criminal offending existed. “Patterns in Criminal Homicide,” written by renowned criminologist Marvin Wolfgang, was hailed as the most thorough study of homicide at the time. Wolfgang studied every homicide in Philadelphia between 1948 and 1952, and concluded that many were caused by trivial insults and petty arguments (162).

Wolfgang showed that the white murder rate in Philadelphia between 1948 and 1952 was 1.8 per 100,000 people, while the black rate was 25.6, or 14 times the white rate. By the mid-1970s, the white murder rate increased to 2.8 per 100,000. The black murder rate, meanwhile, increased to 64.2, 23 times the white rate.

Many of the voices in Huber’s piece can be seen as expressing long-standing concerns, rooted in the statistical reality of crime.

Nutter himself has had to address a subset of the black population involved in violent flash mobs. In an emotional speech, he said of those involved, “You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged your own race.”

But in response to Huber’s article, the mayor “expressly suggested that the speech in the article was unprotected, and therefore punishable outright,” observed leading First Amendment scholar Eugene Volokh.

The mayor’s official condemnation letter claimed that the article presents “negative stereotypes” of blacks.

Nutter simply said the article arose from Huber’s “misguided perception of African-Americans … as an ethnic group that, in its entirety, is lazy, shiftless, irresponsible, and largely criminal.”

In fact, critics contend the mayor stereotyped the article. Philadelphia Magazine’s editor, who describes himself as “center-left,” told WND that the mayor’s description is a “gross distortion of the piece.”

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

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Ryan Pins Blame for Republican Ticket’s Loss on ‘Urban’ Voters as It’s Revealed That Romney Did Not Win a Single Vote in 59 Philadelphia Voting Districts

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

In his first post-election interview, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan blamed the loss by the Republican presidential ticket last week on high turnout among ‘urban’ voters.

‘We were surprised at the outcome,’ he told WISC-TV, his home state’s CBS affiliate. ‘We knew this was gonna be a close race. We thought we had a very good chance of winning it.’

‘Losing never feels good,’ he added.

Ryan said he was expecting to get more support from voters in big cities, which generally tend to vote Democratic.

‘I think the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race,’ he said. ‘When we watched Virginia and Ohio coming in, and those ones coming in as tight as they were, and looking like we were going to lose them, that’s when it became clear we weren’t going to win.’

Ryan’s liberal critics accused him of suggesting that inner-city minorities were responsible for Obama’s win.

‘FYI, Paul Ryan, the rest of the country has moved on from using “urban” as a euphemism for “black,”‘ wrote Ronan Farrow, an adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Twitter.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that Mitt Romney did not receive a single vote across 59 voting districts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a state where the Romney campaign had made an expensive last-ditch effort to win just before the election.

The voting divisions, which counted 19,605 votes for Obama and zero votes for Romney, are ‘clustered in almost exclusively black sections of West and North Philadelphia,’ according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Man, 24, clinging to life after double shooting in North Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

A 24-year-old man was clinging to life at Temple University Hospital after police say he was shot several times on a corner in North Philadelphia.

He was one of five people shot in four separate incidents around the city Monday night.

A 44-year-old man was also hospitalized after being hit in the left foot during the same shooting, police said.

Cops responded to Howard and Dauphin streets for the report of two people shot shortly before midnight and found the victims. Chief Inspector Scott Small said the 24-year-old was shot up to nine times throughout his neck, back and upper torso. He was rushed to TUH in extremely critical condition and undergoing surgery around 1 a.m.

The young man’s mother sobbed at the scene, saying that her son was “a good boy” and usually in bed at the hour the shooting occurred.

“They wanted to get someone from the corner and they got him,” she cried.

The older man was also taken to TUH, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police said the shooter is described as a 6-foot-2 man weighing 200 pounds who was wearing a dark mask over his face and last seen running northbound on Howard Street from Dauphin.

Small said police found a surveillance camera on Howard Street and were working on obtaining the footage to see if it captured any of the shooting. One witness to the shooting was taken to speak with detectives in the East Division.

Earlier in the night, around 9:30 p.m., a 38-year-old woman was standing outside her house in the Johnson Homes, on Berks Street near 26th in North Philly, when gunfire erupted in the courtyard. She was hit once in the back of her upper thigh, cops said, and also taken to TUH in stable condition.

Cops said they found 21 shell casings that appeared to be from three different weapons at the scene, and investigators said nobody witnessed the shooting and the victim claimed that she did not see who shot her.

As police investigated the later shooting on Dauphin Street, cops were called for another man shot, this time in Nicetown at 18th and Bristol streets. Small said the 18-year-old victim in that shooting was hit in the ankle and taken to TUH in stable condition.

In Germantown, a 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound when he was shot during a robbery outside of his house on Abbotsford Avenue near Wayne around 11:30 p.m., police said. The victim’s wallet was stolen, but his injury was minor, cops said.

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Atlantic City’s safety questioned

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The double murder of two Canadians in Atlantic City is the third deadly attack on tourists there in two years.

And the four killings and one wounding in those three incidents have sparked questions about tourist safety in the resort town.

One newspaper in Philadelphia — the hometown of the latest alleged killer — ran a headline proclaiming “Tourist death trap” with a story about the two Toronto women who were stabbed to death Monday.

The latest slayings occurred two years to the day after a man from North Bergen, N.J. was killed in a carjacking.

Martin Caballero was abducted in his SUV from the Trump Taj Mahal parking garage on May 21, 2010. The 47-year-old was driven to a rural area and stabbed to death.

Craig Arno and his former girlfriend Jessica Kisby were recently convicted of murder and will be sentenced Thursday.

A couple was carjacked last fall in the parking garage. Sunil Rattu, 28, was shot dead and his girlfriend was wounded in that attack.

Atlantic City had 12 murders last year and the latest homicides are the city’s seventh and eighth of 2012, which doesn’t sound like much until you consider the city has less than 40,000 residents.

By comparison, Toronto has more than 2.5 million citizens and saw just 45 murders in 2011.

Atlantic City officials are quick to point out close to 30 million people visit the resort town annually.

But a recent study found Atlantic City had a higher rate of violent crimes per capita than any other casino city in the U.S.

In 2010 there close to 900 violent crimes — murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults — in Atlantic City.

That’s a violent crime rate of 20.7 crimes per 1,000 people.

Another study concluded Atlantic City’s violent crime rate in 2009 was 388.9% higher than the national average.

The violence-plagued city has been trying to clean up its act in recent years.

With a cash infusion from the state-run Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Atlantic City has increased the number of officers on foot patrol, improved lighting and installed surveillance cameras in its tourist area and along its famous boardwalk.

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