John Hammer has a good article in the Rhino Times. He reveals that Greensboro’s previous record for murders in one year occurred three years ago. We had 62 homicides during 2020.
He reports we have already had 58 homicides this year through October 8. We are therefore likely to break the 2020 record this year.
In spite of these horrific numbers, Greensboro’s political culture does not care. Certainly, our city council and our mayor do not give a flip. Our mayor is a political opportunist who enjoys holding political office but aggressively avoids doing the right thing.
Our system of corrupt machine politics intertwined with race-based identity politics assures that the police are regarded as the enemy. We are short numerous police officers, and those who remain employed with the city cannot feel free to do their jobs properly. The police chief cannot aggressively pursue and prevent crime.
The new civil services board forced by the state legislature might help the situation at least somewhat. We shall see.
But in the meantime, all those young black lives lost– mostly male– do not matter even one lick in the collective eyes of our political class in the city of Greensboro. These lost young lives are mere collateral damage associated with the brand of politics perpetually espoused here.