A homicide that took place yesterday represented a tie for the greatest number of murders in a single year in Greensboro, ever. We will easily set the record before the end of the year.
There are several parties we can thank for this distinction.
First, we can thank Mayor Nancy Vaughan and the Greensboro City Council, nearly all of whom have undermined the city's police and interfered with the functions they should be performing on a daily basis. They did this for their own political benefit by bowing obsequiously before the grievance-mongers purporting to represent the local black community.
Second, we can thank the folks at Triad City Beat, at least one of whom apparently used connections with the New York Times to plant an inflammatory story regarding traffic stops in the city of Greensboro. The reaction to that article has had enduring consequences that include the large number of homicides we are witnessing. And a massively disproportionate number of those homicides represent African-American lives that ought to matter.
Third, we can also thank other local media who have demagogued and inappropriately highlighted the grievances of individuals who have claimed mistreatment at the hands of the police.
All of these parties deserve enormous credit for this spike in homicides to the extent that we are now setting a record.
The dirty little secret in Greensboro's political culture is that they don't care in the least that young black men are being killed, impaired and disabled because of violent incidents that are often preventable. Good, aggressive, proactive law enforcement can prevent these events. But the local political leadership simply doesn't care, regardless of whatever they might say. They have chosen a course that increases homicides. That is their story, and they are sticking to it.
But this whole situation goes beyond police work. What we are seeing is ultimately a sad reflection of the decimation of the nuclear family unit. We could try to do things to reverse that situation, but there are no politicians-- Democrat or Republican-- who are willing to tackle that issue. It is a political untouchable among the major parties.
And thus, here we are.