Having grown up in a major metropolitan area where you had to be very aware of what areas to avoid to ensure your continued survival, I reeled with disbelief when I read the article I never worry I’ll be shot in Chicago. After all, I’m white, in the Washington Post.
Somehow, this article turns the ugly reality of black violent crime you and the failure of the Democrat mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, and his administration to get it under control in Chicago, into a story about (what else?) white privilege. Yes, “white privilege” that in author Edward McClelland’s warped mind translates into some fanciful protection from crime in minority dominated neighborhoods.
What escapes this fool, in his flawed interpretation of crime statistics, is that it is safer for whites to be in urban areas dominated by whites, not that it is safe for whites to be in transitional or majority minority areas beset with criminal activity. In effect, he is confirming other indications that Americans given free choice are choosing to live among their own kind, and given the propensity for crime for different demographic groups the outcome is entirely predictable.
But going back to the article, here are some quotes that leave me aghast:
See earlier letters from the same reader.
James Fulford writes: To the extent that McClelland has a point (only 29 of Chicago's 500+murder victims this year are white, and only four of the known killers) it's due to de facto segregation. Whites don't kill many people, and they don't live near, or with, the people who do.