Anecdotal?

Posted: August 7, 2008 in Commentary, Question

This morning I came across two articles that for me brought up the age old argument over what happens when certain folks move into the neighborhood.

While this article touts the increasing multicultural presence in Gwinnett county (GA), what it leaves out is the fact that there has been a noticeable correlation between the increase of non-Whites moving there and crime. When I lived in the Atlanta area back in the mid-90’s to about 2003, counties like Cobb and Gwinnett were mostly White and crime was considerably low. When you compare the crime statistics today against the Cobb/Gwinnett counties of just a few years ago, crime has become a major issue.

This next article serves as yet another example of what I’m talking about. As the Black population increases in Memphis, so has the crime.

To be honest with you, this is one of my least favorite subjects I like talking about online. Why? Because it can be hard to get a straight answer from folks ONLINE who feel that you are beating up on Black folks for bringing up this issue. However, I have talked to MANY Black and Hispanic folks face to face on this very issue over the years and they will tell you that they have noticed the same thing. In fact, it has become something of a joke.

There is another side to this issue. There are numbers of places throughout this country were Black/Hispanic neighbor doesn’t equal an increase in crime. But if you notice, economic class and family structure oftentimes plays a major role.

I think this issue is certainly worth bringing up now because as more foreclosures continue to pop up in various communities, we are going to see an increase of blending of these two groups (those that tend to import bad behavior vs. those that know how to act–hate to put it that way, but oh well) in communities all across this country. If the foreclosures in your community convert into rental property, get ready.

Just in my neighborhood, there are two families on two opposite sides of the spectrum. The one neighbor is White and told a Hispanic friend/neighbor of ours he thought was White that he has a problem with non-Whites moving into the neighborhood. The other neighbor is Black and has often joked about how we need to get more Whites in our neighborhood so that our values don’t go down any further. I said that he’s joking, but there is some wishful thinking behind it.

*sigh*

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Comments
  1. Give it a rest says:

    “There is another side to this issue. There are numbers of places throughout this country were Black/Hispanic neighbor doesn’t equal an increase in crime. But if you notice, economic class and family structure oftentimes plays a major role.”

    Duane,

    Is it race or economics? It appears that the premise here is that members of particular racial groups are prone to commit crimes, yet you appear to go right on and admit that members of those particular racial that have MONEY do not commit that many crimes.

    Duane, one of my pet peevs with African Americans is that far too many simply refuse to acknowledge the outside world. There are over 6 billion people on this planet and ONLY about 300 million of they actually live in the USA.
    Now whenever I here a black-American start getting all critical about the behavior of blacks in regard to other groups I simply ask them if they have ever spent an extended amount of time in a “black” country, say Africa or the Carib.

    Guess what? The poorer blacks are more prone to commit crime than the more afluent blacks that own the land and run the country. The same goes for Chinese in China, and Whites in Europe.

    Lets put all racism aside and accept the fact that crime (or what we call crime) is simply a part of human nature. If you “have” you generally do not “want or need” enough to take risk to acquire what you “want or need”. You can attach a moral component to this it is suits you but in the end it will only be water under the bridge.

    In other words if you belly is full, you are far less likely to take notice of the fruit hanging from the trees on someone elses property. On the otherhand if if you or your children are hungry you just might hop the fence and take your chances!

    P.S. your neighbors sound like some really “nice” folks!

  2. Duane says:

    Is it race or economics? It appears that the premise here is that members of particular racial groups are prone to commit crimes, yet you appear to go right on and admit that members of those particular racial that have MONEY do not commit that many crimes.

    That is the point of the whole post. Is it anecdotal or something else? Is it both?

    Make your case.

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