We call this pattern recognition.
This black man, who happens to be the Public Safety Director of St. Louis, called upon black people in this city to tackle the crime problem... since they are basically the only people responsible for violent crime there.[Blacks killing blacks is problem African-Americans have to address, St. Louis public safety director says,By Doug Moore St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 16, 2018]
In 2017, all but one of suspects in homicides was black.
All but one...
So yes, saying black people are responsible for all the violent crime in St. Louis is an entirely true statement.
It's all white people's fault black people can't stop killing/shooting each other...But now this black man is the villain for daring to publicly state what official police statistics clearly demonstrate.
Who is responsible for 'black-on-black' crime in St. Louis? MLK Day remarks prompt sharp response, St. Louis Public Radio, January 18, 2018
St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards made remarks about crime in St. Louis that prompted a sharp response from civil rights law firm ArchCity Defenders.
Edwards told a crowd at a Martin Luther King Day event that black-on-black crime was a problem African-American residents need to tackle.
The following day, as part of a thread of 11 tweets, ArchCity Defenders posted “newly appointed Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards chose to publicly demonize black St. Louisans by employing overly-simplistic racial rhetoric that has long been used to preserve the status quo.”
When St. Louis Public Radio asked Edwards about the response, he said he didn’t believe his statement garnered pushback, but rather “was celebrated.” He said his understanding of the issue comes from years of experience.
“For 25 years, I sat as a circuit judge and I’ve tried cases, and my heart has been broken with respect to victims and defendants alike,” he said.
Edwards, who became public safety director in November, said the issue of black-on-black crime concerns him and listed areas that might help improve crime in the city, including better educational systems, housing and employment.
But some saw his statement as an attempt to absolve the wider St. Louis community, which includes people of different races, from also having to solve problems around violent crime.
The latest FBI crime statistics show St. Louis had the most homicides per 100,000 people in 2016 and ranked second for number of violent crimes.
During his address at the Martin Luther King Day event Edwards said all but one of the city’s 205 murder victims in 2017 were black and all the people caught and accused of those crimes were also black.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department statistics for 2017 show:
- 192 murder victims were black
- One victim was Hispanic
- 12 were white
- All but one of the 138 listed suspects are black
It is unclear from the report if the race of all the suspects is known. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department closed fewer than half of its open homicide cases last year.
- 137 suspects are identified as male and three as female — totaling 140.
As part of its Twitter response, ArchCity Defenders listed 10 topics "Edwards could have addressed," including homelessness, poverty, incarceration and other socioeconomic issues would have been brought nuance to the issue of crime in the city.
Blake Strode, ArchCity's Executive director, cautioned against statements that make black-on-black crime appear to be a unique phenomenon.
“One of the things we know about crime is it tends to be intraracial,” he said.
“Black people tend to be victimized by black perpetrators. White people tend to be victimized by white perpetrators and so on.”
Strode said he believes every resident should be a part of addressing violent crime in the city. He said a combination of public policy choices and individual choices affect circumstances that give rise to crime.
“It’s misleading to suggest that black people are in some sense are the cause of their own dilemmas,” he said."It’s misleading to suggest that black people are in some sense are the cause of their own dilemmas..." No, it's really not.
Black people are the cause of their own dilemma, and it's this dysfunction largely responsible for making St. Louis one of America's worst sh*tholes. Strangely, black people are the common denominator behind American cities being sh*tholes or a city thriving and boasting social capital.