Around the year 1990, New York City had over 2,000 homicides per year. Approximately 27 years later, the number of homicides had decreased to 290. That dramatic fall in homicides provides an illustration that cannot be ignored.
The calendar year 2017 was marked by an ignoble record set in the city of Greensboro. The 42 homicides we experienced represents a new horizon. My back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest the homicide rate in Greensboro is approximately four times that of New York City today.
The News and Record had a story a few days ago that makes it appear there is some mystery regarding why there is so much more violence resulting in death here in Greensboro than there had been in the past.
Jordan Green over a month ago had an article at Triad City Beat that referred to the increase in homicides as "disturbing and stubbornly intransigent". He took a couple of libelous shots at this writer in order to retaliate after I had blamed Triad City Beat, in part, for the increase in murders.
Green, to his credit, does at least entertain the hypothesis that interfering with the function of local police can result in increased crime. He ultimately dismisses it, of course.
We like to believe that having police somehow reduces crime and maintains order. If the police do not reduce crime and disorder, after all, then why bother even having them? But if we believe that having police truly reduces crime, then the converse is necessarily true. Interfering with their work increases crime.
And in fact, the New York Times, Triad City Beat and the News and Record thereby share responsibility for the record murder rate. The concerted media effort against Greensboro's police officers has been absolutely shameful. To the extent that the local TV news stations also sought to undermine the police with a concerted, identity politics-driven reporting effort, as the above newspapers did, they also share part of the responsibility.
Why did New York City experience such a dramatic, 80 percent reduction in homicides over two decades? A big part of the reason was the work of its police department. Broken windows policing and proactive policing were enormously effective. The police were supported by their civilian leadership within city government.
Many black lives were saved by virtue of the work of the police in New York City.
Here in Greensboro, by contrast, black lives don't matter even though racial identity politics is virtually fed to us through our water supply. The media plays its predictable progressive games; and the local political culture is exceedingly eager to respond to the profoundly foolish media narrative demanding action against the police. Nancy Vaughan is a classic example.
There is a stunning reluctance on the part of our city leaders and our local media to instruct the local population that unwanted interactions with the police will occur if the police are truly doing their jobs. Those unwanted interactions are an indication that the law is being enforced, and that crime is being prevented.
After spending many years assiduously undermining the police in a deliberate fashion, we are to believe they all wonder now why we have a record murder rate that is four times that of New York City. But in fact, they know precisely what they are doing. There is no mystery.