Richmond, Virginia is a city where virtually all gun crime is committed by blacks. It’s a 48 percent black/41 percent white city, where statues dedicated to Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue are somehow compelling blacks to kill one another. Even the statue of black tennis legend Arthur Ashe can’t compel blacks to put down the guns and stop shooting one another.
In the Beyond Containment: Reevaluating What’s Important to Improve Public Safety in Richmond report published by the Richmond Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in January of 2019, we learn the role blacks play in violent crime in the capital city.
The answer? Basically all of it:
Indeed, the numbers are alarming. Richmond’s population is approximately 48% African American20, yet according to Richmond’s Police Department, in the last three years, 88% of violent offenders and 77% of violent crime victims in our city have been Black. Even in gentrifying neighborhoods like Churchill North and Fulton, about 90% of victims of violent crime are still Black. Why are we seeing so much crime involving Black residents? Perhaps this phenomenon can be attributed to neighborhood demographics or correlations with poverty on trauma. Or perhaps we need to dig deeper. Does the history of slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation constitute a sort of cultural trauma internalized by our Black residents? If so, do we see this internalized trauma in some of the violence in the Black community? (p. 6)
Perhaps segregation existed to protect white people from black criminality? Perhaps this is why segregation persists in 2020 Richmond, VA? What if propensity to violent crime has nothing to do with poverty, neighborhood demographics or trauma, but genetics?
What if white people long ago understood this and enacted laws to protect their civilization and posterity from the same criminality plaguing Richmond today?
Again, these are just hypotheticals, but they deserve answers.
Instead, we’ll just see white people blamed for black criminality in Richmond, Virginia, the only tolerated response to blacks committing 88% of the violent crime in the state capital between 2016 and 2018.
Our civilization’s progress is held hostage by our inability to be honest about black criminality. In Richmond, Virginia, the truth of this statement is crystal clear.