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Walter E. Williams is a columnist for The Daily Signal and a professor of economics at George Mason University.
Let’s think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high-crime and poor-schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, or St. Louis.
Something - Safety - Quality - Education - Politicians
Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most black politicians do, focusing energies upon President Donald Trump and who among the 20 presidential contenders will lead the Democratic Party?
The average American has no inkling about the horrible conditions in which many blacks live. Moreover, they wouldn’t begin to tolerate living under those conditions themselves.
Chicago - Person - Hours - Hours - Crime
In Chicago, one person is shot every four hours and murdered every 18 hours. Similar crime statistics can be found in many predominantly black neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, and many other large cities. It’s not just an issue of public safety, for high crime has other devastating consequences.
Crime lowers the value of property. We can see some of this when housing prices skyrocket in formerly high-crime areas when large numbers of middle- and upper-income people purchase formerly run-down properties and fix them up.
Gentrification—wealthier - People - Slum - Housing - Cities
This is called gentrification—wealthier, predominantly white, people move in to renovate and restore slum housing in inner cities, causing higher rental prices and forcing low-income residents out. Also, as a result of gentrification, crime falls and neighborhood amenities increase.
The high crime rates in many black neighborhoods have the full effect of outlawing economic growth and opportunities.
Example - Impact - Crime - Businesses - Communities
Here’s a tiny example of the impact of crime on businesses. In low-crime communities, supermarket managers may leave plants, fertilizer, and other home and garden items outdoors, unattended and often overnight.
If one even finds a supermarket in a high-crime neighborhood, then that store must hire guards, and the manager cannot place items outside...
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