The most politically-incorrect observation I’ll make this year

January 1st, 2009

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, viagra viagra killings in the city fell to a 23-year low in 2008.

Also, discount cialis according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, last year was the first year the Milwaukee Police Department was run by a white male in about 20-years.

I’m not making any conclusions, just stating an interesting (and completely politically-incorrect) observation.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. James Pawlak  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Many more guns in private (Usually White) hands, less murders, other violent crimes and crimes generally. See, I also can be -PC.

  • 2. Bruce  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I look at the weather. No joke. Look how cold and snowy it was the first two and a half months of the year and the last month and a half. That’s four total months (1/3 of the year) where EVERYBODY stayed inside.

  • 3. elliot  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 10:44 am

    That’s a great point, Bruce!

    Of course, some cops will tell you that enforced proximity for long periods indoors can cause murders, too!

  • 4. Vinny  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I’m not making any conclusions, just stating an interesting (and completely politically-incorrect) observation.

    That’s being pretty weaselly, isn’t it? You hope that everyone else will draw the conclusion that you aren’t willing to admit that you drew.

  • 5. Zach W.  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    While Bruce might have a point about the weather, I’m inclined to believe the reduced murder rate is a product of more cops on the streets and a more proactive approach to policing, as opposed to the reactive type of policing folks in Milwaukee had to endure under the previous regimes.

  • 6. elliot  |  January 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I don’t think it is even possible to draw a real conclusion, Vinny. There isn’t enough data. And there are so many factors than can influence something complex like crime statistics. (Possibly even the availability of legalized abortion?)

    But I also think it’s fair to ask if a drive for diversity at the top of the police department might not have ended up outweighing a requirement for results.

  • 7. Vinny  |  January 3rd, 2009 at 6:40 am

    That seems like a reasonable question to me as well. What do you think the evidence shows? Do you know anything about the search process that led to the appointment of the Hispanic, the Black, and the woman? Were white male candidates with more impressive qualifications passed over?

    Looking at the statistics, I notice that there was a big spike under the Hispanic police chief from well under 100 murders per year to more than 150. It looks like the rate was reduced to 120 per year under the Black chief and down to 105 under the woman. That might suggest that the white male was successfully maintaining the trend established by the Black and the woman.

  • 8. Tonetare  |  August 9th, 2009 at 6:07 am

    What a dumbass comment to make and lame-ass blog you have here. White folks have also acted like a bunch of ravage animals for centuries; lynching people based on their skin color and watching on like it’s a movie, hosing them down, setting dogs on them, selling them, auctioning them off? Oh I forgot! They legalized all that so it wouldn’t be considered crime. Don’t for a second give credit to less crime to any white person, dumbfuck. What a dumb comment to make? Get the hell out of here with some white officer is the reason for less crime bullshit you racist bastard. I’ll make sure to do whatever I can to reduce whatever little traffic this site gets. Also, I don’t care if you don’t approve my comment. I’m writing it off-site as well.

  • 9. Elliot  |  August 9th, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Welcome to From Where I Sit, Tonetare .

    The history of racism in this country, as in most countries, is shameful.

    There’s no excuse for what happened to African-Americans under slavery and during Jim Crow.

    And I didn’t consider how this post might seem to someone who viewed it through the lens of historic police repression. I was not saying something like “we need a strong white cop to keep the black people in their place.” That’s not what I meant at all.

    On the other hand, I refuse to accept your accusation that daring to question the effectiveness of the affirmative action hiring in the Milwaukee Police department is indisputable evidence of my racism.

    Personally, I think the real racists are people who believe we should hire someone because of the color of their skin not regardless of it.

  • 10. Tonetare  |  August 9th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Oh dear! I must say I feel guilty now for my statements as you don’t come across as racist or even remotely offensive. Your calm reply hath turneth away my wrath. Ha! I do apologize for the strong reaction. I’ve been hanging out on youtube videos far too long where you’re bound to see anti-black slurs and comments anytime you see a video on the black race, a black person acting badly, or sometimes even with a black person in it. I need to get a grip though because obviously not all people are that way and after rereading your reply, I also realize that you aren’t either. I also realize it was unfair to call you a racist based on those remarks; white supremacist perhaps, but not a racist. After reading your reply though, you sound like neither so again, my apologies. Btw, I came past your comment here at this website http://bloggingblue.com/2009/01/03/thoughts-on-milwaukees-murder-rate/ where that’s kind of all they say about you and absolutely nothing else. It said nothing else about your personality or your opinions so yea, I really appreciate your remarks on all of the anti-black racism business and I hope you forgive me. I was out of line. Btw, I went to that website actually trying to find out what city has the highest murder rate because I remember my mom talking about how it’s Milwaukee according to some website and that sounded bogus to me. I mean, Milwaukee over New York City or California?! Surprisingly, a lot of places on the Internet have pointed to New Orleans as the highest murder rate. Have you written a blog on this subject. I’d be very interested in reading it.

  • 11. Elliot  |  August 10th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for your apology, but your reaction was completely understandable. I, myself, consider this particular post to be borderline.

    I try hard not to be racist. Growing up in a lower-class, ethnically-mix-neighborhood in Buffalo, many of my friends were African-American. Two of my friends now are African-American and one of my best friends was born in China. None of that makes me immune to racism, but it does make me sensitive to it.

    Your Mom might have been referring to this Time Magazine story that featured Milwaukee’s violent crime a few years ago: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1565527,00.html.

    But I agree with you, I’m pretty sure Milwaukee has never been America’s murder capital, that honor usually belongs to Washington, D.C., New Orleans, etc…

    Good luck with you search. And thank you for being open minded about whether or not I’m a giant bigot! ;)

    Have a great day.

  • 12. Tonetare  |  August 10th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Forget it even happened. Also, you’re more than welcome and thank you for being so understanding. If I had known all that about you in terms of your friends, where you grew up, how rough you have had it, or anything for that matter, I wouldn’t have reacted like that at all. You’re a sweetheart and a smart sweetheart at that; you were able to find the exact article my mom was reading. I know because I distinctly remember that guy being on the side of the screen. Haha! Anyways, thank you Elliot and you have a good one too! :)

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