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The Color of Crime in Missouri

The Color of Crime in Missouri

Missouri represents the American past, largely untouched by Hispanic mass immigration. It is 83 percent white, less than 12 percent black, and less than 5 percent Hispanic. Republicans dominate the state legislature. The governor and both senators are Republicans, and the state has strong Second Amendment protections.

The state is an interesting laboratory for black/white differences in crime rates. Interestingly, Missouri is the most dangerous place to be black. The homicide victimization rate for blacks is 46.24 per 100,000, which is twice the national rate for blacks and 17 times the national rate for whites. Who’s doing the killing?

According to the Missouri Uniform Crime Report (MUCR), 408 suspects were arrested for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in 2018. Two hundred eighty, or almost 69 percent, were black. One hundred twenty-six, or just under 31 percent, were white, despite the 83 percent white population.

This means blacks were 15.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for murder—and in this case, Hispanics are lumped in with “whites,” so the black/white difference is probably even greater.

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It would be hard to argue that arrests of blacks reflect some kind of “police bias.” Murder is the crime all police departments take most seriously. The idea that the authorities are rounding up innocent blacks or deliberately letting off white killers is ridiculous.

There are many homicides in St. Louis, which had an estimated 135,150 non-Hispanic whites (about 42.9 percent) and 149,895 blacks (about 47.6 percent), with much smaller numbers of Hispanics, Asians, and mixed-race people. Who’s doing the killing? The city’s police department reports that in 2013, 2014, and 2015, over 95 percent of homicide suspects were black. The 2018 report listed 187 homicides, and over 83 percent—or 156—of the victims, were black. Twenty-six were white with one Hispanic and one “other.”

The latest report lists just 79 suspects, of whom 70 are black. Many killings have no suspect, which reflects the city’s low homicide clearance rate. Not even 40 percent of killings result in an arrest.

A protester looks back at oncoming police after kicking in the front window of a nail salon. Police arrested around 80 people after they moved in on the protests on September 17, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Dozens of business windows were smashed and at least two police cars were damaged during a second day of protests following the acquittal of Stockley, who was charged with murder following the 2011 on-duty shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. (Credit Image: © Davis Winborne/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

Time noted that 13 black children in St. Louis were killed during the summer this year. Police are offering $100,000 rewards for help solving these cases, but the rewards remain unclaimed, probably because of the “no snitching” rule.

Kansas City is another dangerous city. The Census Bureau estimates it is 55.5 percent white, 28.7 percent black, 10.2 percent Hispanic, and under three percent Asian. The police department’s 2018 Homicide Report listed 135 murders. Of the 109 known suspects, 85 percent were black and another 4 percent were Hispanic.

Blacks realize they have a murder problem. Community activist James Clark says that “the African American community can no longer ignore the fact that we shoot and kill each other everyday [sic] of the week.” He adds: “I guarantee you if white boys were being killed at the rate that African-Americans were being killed, the broader community would intervene.”

Zaki Baruti, president of the Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) in St. Louis, blames “a lack of economic opportunity, a struggling education system, and all too-easy access to weapons.”

The Black Caucus in the Missouri legislature thinks gun control will solve the problem.

Missouri is still majority-white and relatively untouched by the mass Hispanic immigration that turned California blue and is transforming Texas, Arizona, Georgia and other states. Missouri shows what America might have looked like without the 1965 Immigration Act.

The historic American nation remains the majority and so Second Amendment liberties are safe. However, there is a lot of black crime, and blacks implicitly blame whites for these problems; they want more “opportunity” and gun control. Even if Hispanic mass immigration never occurred, America would still face problems that are inevitable in a multiracial society.

Courtesy of American Renaissance

Paul Kersey lives in Denver, Colorado and is the author of Escape from Detroit.

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