With murder up nearly 37% in 57 medium to large U.S. cities in 2020, last year may go down as the most violent in U.S. history. In an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald presents some startling numbers: murders increased 95% in Milwaukee, 75% in Louisville, 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta. An estimated 2,000 more Americans was murdered last year, most of them black, including dozens of children. Fifty-five children were murdered in Chicago. In Los Angeles 40 children had been shot as of last September. “Mainstream media and many politicians claim that the pandemic caused this bloodbath, but the chronology doesn’t support that assertion.” The underlying theme regarding crime and law enforcement over 2020 has been the “police are racist” dog-whistle blown by virtually every big city mayor and blue state governor in the country, with 24/7 reinforcement by the media. It was the endlessly-repeated mantra by President Biden during his campaign, shared by almost all the Democrat candidates for the House and Senate. While MacDonald presents hard data debunking the claim that police are selectively gunning down unarmed black suspects, the media has made sure that this information is not being reported to the general public.
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