CRIME, RACE AND REASON
BEHIND THE NEWS MAY 1981
When TIME magazine gets to grips with some issue of major importance, giving it coverage treatment, cleverly executed diagrams and pictures, and interviews with all the experts, the chances are that readers will end up – as Shakespeare would have said – “more puzzled than the Egyptians in their fog” (Twelfth Night).
The sheer quantity of information supplied and the skill and precision with which it is communicated only serve to wall off more thoroughly from the reader what he needs to know if he is to fulfil his responsibilities as a citizen of a democratic society.
TIMES’S March 23 presentation, Violent Crime in the U.S., is a good example of this kind of reporting – and we only mention it now, nearly two months later, because the latest eruptions of violent crime in Europe, and in the United Kingdom in particular, have been getting the same “expert” treatment from the whole establishment Press.
The formula is simple: Tell ‘em plenty but be sure to leave ‘em in the dark!
Local statistics, says TIME, support the belief that violent crime is soaring: “Figures for the first six months of 1980 showed New York City probably had its worst year in history. Serious crimes ran some 60 percent above the national average, pushing it from fourth to second behind St. Louis in crimes per 100,000 people. New York topped the nation in its robbery rate, and in 1980 had a record number of murders: 1, 814…. Houston and Dallas are also outdoing their brutal past, setting new crime records. Washing, D.C. suffered an 11 percent increase in homicides…..New Orleans has replaced Houston as the nation’s most violent city….”
TIME sums up in the opening paragraphs of its report with quotes like these:
“Are we not hostages within the borders of our own self-styled enlightened, civilized society?” (Chief Justice Warren Burger).
“The fear of crime is slowly paralyzing American society” (The Figgie Report).
“We have allowed ourselves to degenerate to the point where we’re living like animals. We live behind burglar bars and throw a collection of door locks at night and set an alarm and lay down with loaded shotguns beside the bed and then try to get some rest” (Houston Police Chief B.K. Johnson).
“People believe police can’t protect them” (Jack wright, Criminologist at Loyala University, New Orleans).
A New Dark Age
Living in constant dread of burglary and mugging has likewise become a way of life in many parts of Europe, especially the United Kingdom – not to mention political assassination, kidnapping and destructive rioting of the kind that last year devastated parts of Florida,
Sir Robert Mark, former Chief of the London Metropolitan Police summed up for Britain: “I am suggesting quite bluntly that, for the first time this century, the belief that the State can – or even wishes to – protect people effectively from burglary, break-n offences and theft should be abandoned, at least in the great cities, where inadequate numbers of police have other and much more demanding priorities”.
Those “other and much more priorities”, of course, have to do with attempts to prevent or cope with mass outbreaks of public violence like that which last month laid waste entire city blocks in Brixton, London and which even a force of 1000 policemen was powerless to contain.**
No one need doubt, therefore, that violent crime and civil disturbance are only two aspects of the progressive social disintegration in most of the countries in the Western world.
South Africa is by no means exempt from this descent into lawlessness and civil disorder. The Johannesburg STAR reported on April 21 that in the month of December 1980 in the huge negro* township of Soweto alone there were 108 murders, 678 serious assaults, 8 armed robberies and 125 rapes, the murder rate being 18 per day per 100,000 people.
Figures for other areas were also bad, but not as nearly as bad as in Soweto.
These South Africa statistics, it will be found, help to throw some light on what has been happening in the United States and United Kingdom, but on subjects of this kind we must not expect the establishment media to put together and render mutually explanatory facts which, for proper understanding, belong together.
Even some of the facts, if not suppressed, obviously cause the establishment media some embarrassment and either have to be played right down or given some explanation which obscures their real significance.
Thus, it is only near the end of TIME magazine’s lengthy main article that we read this: “There can be no blinking way the fact that blacks are disproportionately involved in violent crime – both as offender and victims. Although blacks constitute only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 48 percent of the prison population”.
TIME adds by the way of extenuation that “blacks suffer unduly from rising crime rates, especially in the big city ghettos. Murder is now the leading cause of death among black males 24 to 34”.
Even that 48 percent for the American Black prison population is a gross under-statement, because if even half the Blacks guilty of crimes of violence were apprehended and sentenced, all American prisons could not contain them. Even today the courts and prisons are only saved from complete breakdown by a process of plea bargaining, whereby the accused is persuaded to avoid a lengthy trial by pleading guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for the promise of a much reduced sentence.
These are evidently some of the hard facts which the establishment media would like to be able to “blink away”, being so hard to reconcile with America’s self-appointed role as the world’s most sanctimonious moralizer on the subject of race relations and the main source of proffered solutions for every other country’s race problems.
Significantly missing from TIME’s cover-page presentation is a simple statement of the fact that the appalling situation described by Chief Justice Warren Burger, the Figgie Report and Police Chief Johnson’s is attributable entirely to the presence of 24-million blacks in the United States population of 200-million.
Without those Blacks, America would have its crime like any other industrialized nation, but Americans would not be “hostages” inside their own country, violent crime would not be “paralyzing” American society, nor would Americans be “living like animals” in homes like cages.
In a word, the inordinate violent crime, like the creation of the vast areas of desolation in many city centers is only one of the more horrifying aspects of America’s unsolved race problems.
The STAR in its reports on the latest Brixton disturbances, all of them picked up from London agencies and newspapers, blinks like mad but does not quite succeed in explaining away the obviously racial significance of the trouble,
Paul Fuller, a Press Association reporter, is quoted as saying that “about one-third of the fighting youths were white”, adding: “It’s my impression that the rioting is anti-police, not racial, not black against white” – he was referring to the White drags, some of them deliberately injected into any London trouble spot by the Jewish-led Socialist Workers’ Party.
But, how come this “non-racial” antagonism between the police and the Blacks in Brixton?
The blinking has to cease when Fuller explains: “The reason is that the police are very much in evidence in Brixton because there are four to five times as many street crimes there as in other parts of London”.
Why Brixton? Because parts of Brixton have been almost entirely taken over by immigrant Blacks and their offspring”.
As in all the other media, everything TIME writes about the Brixton riots can only have the effect of confirming the British in their bewilderment.
The Home Secretary, Mr. William Whitelaw, lost no time in calling on “a respected on non-partisan peer, Jurist Lord Scarman” to find out what happened and why. According to the establishment book that sort of thing should not have happened. So, why did it happen?
Only one British politician seems not to have been surprised – Mr. Enoch Powell. But what notice need to be taken of a “firebrand Tory turned Ulster Unionist” who warns, “you have seen nothing yet”?
White World of Lies
It is not just that the establishment media, of which TIME magazine is the supreme example, leave out facts or misinterpret those they supply: “what happens is that entire dimensions of meaning are excluded from all their reporting of certain key issues and events.
For example, the political dimensions: People are not permitted even to consider the possibility that much of the violent crime and civil disorder in which Blacks are involved is actually the product of political policies being promoted by those in power.
Why not? Answer: Because those in power, therefore also the media they own and control, themselves cannot even consider the possibility of abandoning or radically altering the policies which cause so much trouble,
Those political leaders, and the secret backers of those leaders, are not so stupid that they did not know years ago that Mr. Enoch Powell was right when he predicted that the British Government’s immigration policy would give rise to serious racial strife – and they are not so stupid that they do not know now that what has happened hitherto is as nothing compared with what was still to happen.
It is only a tiny minority of rootless intellectuals who are dumb enough to believe that by some magic of “soul-searching” the Blacks and Whites in the United States and in Britain are going to “find each other” and live happily ever after in a totally integrated paradise.
Another missing dimension: the anthropological! Perish the thought that the high incidence of violent crime and destructive rioting among the Blacks could have something to do with the Black man’s different racial constitution!
The truth about racial difference which cannot be seriously challenged is not denied in these Press reports, for to deny something is liable to make people think, and thinking can be dangerous. Even to state the race lie that has been substituted for the truth is dangerous, since any statement invites scrutiny – instead of being stated, therefore, the lie is insinuated as an unassailable pre-supposition, something to be taken for granted without thought, like the daily rising and setting of the Sun.
Thus the truth about the awesome progressive increase in crimes of violence and the terrifying eruptions of public disorder in places like Brixton, Bristol, Florida, Watts and elsewhere must be sought anywhere and everywhere except where it is most likely to be found. Meanwhile, a variety of incidental phenomena, mere symptoms and side effects, are laboriously scrutinized as the possible cause – the attitude of the White police in Black areas, housing problems, Black unemployment, White “racism”, etc., etc.
So what is the truth, in the fewest and simplest words?
Racial conflict is being used as a form of political dynamite for the purpose of promoting revolutionary change.
The people of the West in particular are being set by the ears, divided among themselves and politically paralyzed by means of alien and unassimilable population implantations in their ancestral homelands, in preparation for their incorporation in some “new world order”.
We may be sure that only a small minority of power-wielders fully understand what is being done and for what purpose – like those who finance and master-mind Britain’s revolutionary Socialist Workers’ Party which uses rent-a-crowd street mobs, made up largely of Black youths, against any manifestation of a resurgent British national spirit that might make things awkward for the one-worlders.
The Negro just happens to be the most obviously alien of all, most sharply and painfully out of phase with the White people among whom he was either introduced as a slave, as in the United States of America, or deliberately injected as a form of social and political blood-poisoning, as in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.
Nevertheless, the picture of the Negro as a person with a most unusual propensity for murder, assault, burglary, rape and riot, is false and grossly unjust.
Those of us who have lived or travelled extensively in Africa know the Negro in his ancestral homelands as a very different person, generally friendly towards peaceful strangers, and nearly always a model of propriety within his own community; this is the Negro free to create and maintain his own social political institutions, free to unfold his own inner potentiality as a human being, a person not enslaved and used.
- According to figures given in TIME magazine, most of the injured were Police – 149, with several hospitalized; 58 civilians were injured. Property damage is estimated at £2-million; 120 buildings damaged, 47 stores looted – all this in Brixton only.
** We use the word “Negro” as defined in our Concise Oxford Dictionary.
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. ISAIAH 1:7
….But yet let the truth be free
To make her sallies upon you and me,
Which way it pleases God – JOHN BUNYAN The Pilgrims’ Progress