Race, Crime, and Loathing in Minnesota

Paul Kersey¬†recently called to my attention some statistics on race and crime from the Minneapolis Police Department that cover the period 2009 to 2014. Every table explains that “Victim race is determined by reporting officer, suspect race in determined by the crime victim, arrestee race is determined by arresting officer.”

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Photos: Black Rioting, then and Now

With little notice anywhere on the political spectrum, this past work week marked the 50th anniversary of the what has been called the “1967 Detroit Riot.” It was one of the most destructive riots in American history, ending with 43 dead and thousands wounded. Unfortunately, it set the pace for the next fifty years of race relations and urban mayhem in this country. What started it is all too familiar. Police raided an illegal, unlicensed bar, the patrons fought with the police, and things escalated¬†quickly. Next thing the country knew, there were days and days of blacks rioting, looting, and setting fires, largely in their own neighborhoods. Things did not even end when Governor George Romney, the chief cuckservative of his day (and father to Mitt), called in the National Guard. It took scallywag Lyndon Johnson calling in the airborne for that.

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