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Opinion | The Racism of High Crime Rates

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High crime rates are racist. The prevalence of violent crime and the failure of our institutions and elected leaders to combat it is, simply put, racist. I do not believe there can be any other conclusion when the victims of crime are disproportionately blacks and Hispanics, and when recent data shows that trend is only increasing.

The more crime there is, the greater the discrimination there is against blacks and Hispanics. More crime means more misery in black and brown communities – the more difficult it is for people to live, work, better themselves, and get ahead. So why is increasing crime, which disproportionately impacts our black and brown communities, tolerated?

Of the largest 25 cities in this country, why can’t Dallas have the lowest per capita crime rate? By definition, one city has to have the lowest per capita rate …why can’t it be Dallas? Are we not smart enough? Are we not committed enough? Do we not care enough? Are we too racist? Where is the will to change this and why isn’t it defining every aspect of our local government’s pursuits?

In my opinion, whites that tolerate high crime rates are also racist. Black and brown communities suffer day after day, week after week, and there is no real action. How can this failure be seen otherwise? Blacks don’t like high crime rates. Hispanics don’t like high crime rates. But somehow, it’s not racist when whites are o.k. with high crime rates? How’s that?

We need to stop preaching to our friends in the black and brown communities and start listening to them. We should stop imposing white views onto them about crime and its roots. What they want is what they say they want. And what they say they want is low crime, great schools, and the opportunity to experience the American dream that so many others have been able to experience.

So why do we make this so hard? Why can’t we achieve lower crime rates in these communities? Why can’t we provide and sustain great schools in their communities? Why can’t we give them great economic opportunities? The first two are the responsibility of government. The last one is mostly the responsibility of private companies but also partly the responsibility of government.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about what private companies should be doing to help our communities. That’s good. But what about our government? It doesn’t matter what opportunities our city’s private companies provide our citizens of color when the government doesn’t do their basic job because minorities won’t be prepared to take advantage of those opportunities if they’re dead or if they’ve never received an education. And the government is not doing its job. Not at all.

We Dallas residents pay the city and DISD billions every year in taxes. Billions. And yet crime is awful and the DISD schools are absolutely terrible despite the heroic efforts of our hardworking policemen and fantastic teachers. Are our government leaders even trying? Where is the disconnect? Where is the lack of burning passion to fix these issues?

Have you seen the new Murder Graphic here at The Dallas Express? Have you seen how horrible it is that so many blacks are murdered every year? Why don’t we seem to care? Why do we tolerate such? It’s unconscionable and I am sick of it.

If we are going to be a growing city — because right now we are not, we are actually losing citizens, then we need to have the city be livable and safe for all members of our community, including blacks and Hispanics. Our elected leaders won’t do it unless we hold them accountable. I for one will not accept such poor performance anymore. Time’s up.

Let’s stop the racist acceptance of crime. Let’s transform this city for everyone. Let’s stop the racism.

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13/64
13/64
14 days ago

And there goes the Dallas Express. The racist acceptance of crime? Wow. How about we address the real cause of crime? The people you claim are victims are actually the majority of perpetrators. What a sad way to announce you’re part of the problem.

ThisGuyisTom
ThisGuyisTom
Reply to  13/64
12 days ago

13/64, I don’t think that you actually read the article and the points which were made.

Doug
Doug
14 days ago

Don’t know how you can say that whites are ok with high crime rates or that the rates are racist. Victims within a community are generally victimized by others in their community. Reducing crime would require an increased police presence, which you might also say was disproportionate and therefore racist. It is a viscous circle. Education starts and ends at home; teach your children well. Don’t blame the school district.

heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
Reply to  Doug
10 days ago

Agreed. It’s about guidance and reinforcement. Finish high school, work full time, and wait until you’re 21 to get married and have kids and you’ll have a 75% chance of being middle class or higher and less than a 3% chance of being permanently poor. The crime overwhelmingly comes from children raised in a single parent environment. 85% of the males in prison grew up without a father. 90% of the homeless were raised by a single parent.
The number one indicator on whether your child will be successful in school is parental participation. The quality of teachers or money didn’t matter much.

Bret
Bret
14 days ago

As long as idiots like you blame race for crime and everything else, the situation will not change. You want the police to stand down when a POC commits a crime even allowing criminals to steal up to $750. You want to defund police which always leads to more crime in areas already ridden with crime. Crime is always worse in lower income areas. You have a population who 70% of children are fatherless and they have no one to show them how to make it in society. You have an education system that passes people who cannot put a sentence together and believe that teaching kids who are not white that they are in a hopeless situation and cannot improve their predicament. Teaching them about sex and genders is more important. Very few people rise above the situation that they were raised. You have a population that kills its own way more frequently than the police. LBJ , when he signed in the civil rights act he said he would have “n-word “voting democrat for 200 years and this is exactly what happened, and this is the problem. The government was not set up to pick winners and losers. The government should only get out of the way and allow people to succeed or fail. If you succeed great , if you fail then you learn. You make good choices in life you will have a better life, if you make bad choices then more often than not you will suffer or someone close to you will suffer. Government has spent BILLIONS of dollars fighting poverty with very very little success. In fact compared to the amount of spending their success rate is zero. Government assistance is a helping hand not a way of life.

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  Bret
14 days ago

Trillions not billions fighting the war on poverty. Better to have given them 10k a year instead of making government bigger.

John Gault
John Gault
14 days ago

Most if not all minority communities have their leadership that is of their same race. Blacks vote for blacks, hispanics vote for hispanics. They put them office because of their racist beliefs that only a black person can solve black problems and the same with hispanic communities. What happened to judging people by the content or their character? Wasn’t that the core belief of Dr King, who’s birthday we just celebrated? This opinion piece must be click bait for the newspaper because no one in their right mind believes this garbage.

Brad
Brad
14 days ago

OMG! I’ve heard it all. Seems white people should be blamed for EVERYTHING! In my opinion THAT IS RACIST!

Mel
Mel
14 days ago

I use to like this publication but, after reading this piece and what the author really thinks.
I’m gone.
And by the way , neither black or brown people want whites messing with their community they only want their money.
Millions have been spent on community redevelopment programs to intice businesses to open the stores the black communities to see it fall victim to crime….

Brandon
Brandon
14 days ago

Haha removed my comment. Guess you didn’t like the truth. Writer of the article is looking to blame race when blacks seem to be causing the crime.

Bill
Bill
14 days ago

I know this is a stretch but I believe this was by design. Democrats saw what Trump had done for employment and especially black employment. They also saw huge numbers of blacks and latino voters lean republican. If dems cant win the black vote they lose. So, do something, anything to create a “Divide”. The old adage of divide and conquer works. I know that this huge spike in crime and antifa and blm has set back the black community by 20 years. Racism is a word used by many when there isnt an intelligent answer to a problem or issue. Its been diluted so much over the last 10 years that its lost its impact.
Maybe we should hold our politicians accountable. If they dont do their job then they dont get paid. Term Limits and they cant raise their salaries unless the people vote it in. Stop letting politicians divide us.

Bill Fox
Bill Fox
Reply to  Bill
14 days ago

You want term limits, but are praising a guy that tried to stage a coup in order to stay in power. Logic fail. Plus, Drumpf did what he does with most of his business endeavors and drop our economy into the toilet.

JW Ney
JW Ney
Reply to  Bill Fox
14 days ago

The economy was great as was oil production and prices. We were oil independant. You did not notice that but mean tweets got your attention. You and like minded voters are the problem as are the demorats running Dallas.

Vicky
Vicky
Reply to  JW Ney
14 days ago

Agreed!! Where the heck are people coming up with the economy was bad under Trump?? Love him or hate him, WE THE PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS were better off under Trump!!

Martin Frank
Martin Frank
14 days ago

Who wrote this? A 13 year old girl? Calling white people racist and assuming they are ok with crime is racist! Most crime is black on black crime, what do you want white people to do? Ban black neighborhoods? There’s zero facts and statistics in this article. Sounds like a page out of some middle schooler’s diary. Please be better than this Dallas Express. Go back to unbiased and high quality articles.

S. Withrop
S. Withrop
14 days ago

Unsubscribing now.

Diane
Diane
Reply to  S. Withrop
14 days ago

Snowflake.

heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
14 days ago

First off, many missed the point. It’s about policing the areas of high crime and why isn’t it being done? Is it done because Dallas doesn’t care about minority neighborhoods?
It’s a symptom. Treat the cause. 85% of the males in prison grew up without a father. So when the black community has a 70% single parenthood rate, of course bad things will happen. If we are honest with ourselves  we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.
You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.

The welfare state has caused the rate of single parenthood to sky rocket. Why stay together and raise your kids when govt will pay you not too?

Rick
Rick
Reply to  heavyjumbo
14 days ago

If you were a cop-white or black or brown-would you want to police areas where people despise you and every day you encounter hate & risk to yourself?

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
Reply to  Rick
14 days ago

Rick my grandson is a Dallas Policeman.
My husband started a dad’s club 43 years ago. Implemented a tutorial program for parents grade K-6. Some parents worked late so this helped them out and their children we able to do their homework.

Parents don’t come to PTA but they run to a football game. Some coaches don’t allow kids too play unless they get their homework. To many districts focus on winning game, not kids winning. Parents don’t implement curfews. My mom had 3 jobs but when we were old enough we helped her clean buildings. Kids now a days want help cut grass or work around their homes. It’s not a black, brown or white issue, it’s a parent issue.

Teacher’s are in school to teach, they ask for volunteers to help in classes. If more parents would visit their kids classroom’s
sometimes, school’s would have a different environment.

Doug
Doug
Reply to  Rick
14 days ago

That’s their job, to enforce laws, so they’ve gotta go where laws are being broken.

jack Curtis
jack Curtis
Reply to  Doug
14 days ago

trying to help people who when asked for help nver see anything an dont want the criminals arrested cause they are all good boys

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
Reply to  Doug
11 days ago

They don’t make laws and have to very careful about where they can enforce laws. It has changed much?

heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
Reply to  Rick
10 days ago

People of color want more police in their neighborhood. 81% of black people want the same or more police https://news.gallup.com/poll/316571/black-americans-police-retain-local-presence.aspx

Vicky
Vicky
Reply to  heavyjumbo
14 days ago

I agree with your comments, with the exception of ” many missed the point”. I don’t think he made that point in the article. His article is highly offensive to me if he is inferring that White people are racist against black and brown and that’s why the crime is higher in their communities. I want crime addressed EVERYWHERE! Unfortunately, Dallas keeps electing the Democrat Do-Nothing officials that clearly don’t care about the people of any color! I live in what would be considered a really nice area. It’s expensive and my taxes are outrageous!! I get notifications of theft and gunshots daily. Vehicle theft is every damn day! My own vehicle was stolen. Made a police report and never heard a word back!! You can bet on this though….I am fully armed in my home and if anyone tries to come inside my home or property, they will be facing the serious end of a double barrel shotgun!!

heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
Reply to  Vicky
10 days ago

The author missed the point by not addressing the cause. The article is a reacting to a symptom. Something after the fact.
The cause of the problem is the high rate of single parenthood which has sky rocketed sine the mid 1960’s. It’s not a coincidence that the unneeded war on poverty paved the way for government dependence and enticed the birth parents to live apart instead of staying together and raising their kid. Live apart get a lot of welfare. But the children don’t get the needed guidance.

Rock the House
Rock the House
14 days ago

I just don’t understand, and I probably never will, and other people of color like me. It’s amazing how much we have contributed to this country for hundreds of years in many major aspects: Inventions, political, socially, educational, and economically just to name a few. And please let me mention that this country was solely built and prospered on FREE Labor from “BLACKS,” so why do we continue to struggle, be hated, mistreated, and judged unfairly in the judicial system and the total ecosystem? WE LOVE THIS COUNTRY, BUT THE COUNTRY CONSISTENTLY DOESN’T LOVE US BACK”

Vicky
Vicky
Reply to  Rock the House
14 days ago

I hate you feel that way. I nor anyone I know have hatred for black people. You and I are the same. I would treat you with the same respect as I would anyone else as long as that is what is shown to me. We are more alike than different. ❤️

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Rock the House
12 days ago

I feel your pain. When it comes to crime, many are quick to blame a group and their lack of moral upbringing, violent culture, the atmosphere they live in, or “liberal politicians”. But when it comes to road rage, mass shootings, suicides, or guns in the hands of children or other crimes predominantly committed by whites, then it is the fault of the individual and their “mental health issues”. We need to work together and try to find SOLUTIONS, and stop re-stating the problem.

heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
Reply to  Janet
10 days ago

Mass shootings, which are infrequent crime wise, are not mainly committed by whites.
Between 1982 and January 2023, 73 out of the 139 mass shootings in the United States 73 were carried out by white shooters. By comparison, the perpetrator was African American in 24 mass shootings, and Latino in 11. When calculated as percentages, this amounts to 53 percent, 17 percent, and eight percent respectively. https://www.statista.com/statistics/476456/mass-shootings-in-the-us-by-shooter-s-race/

And people are not blaming the other crimes as a mental health problem when it involves whites. You made that up.

Last edited 10 days ago by heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
heavyjumbo
Reply to  Rock the House
10 days ago

Quit playing the victim.
Slavery didn’t build America. It’s inefficiency hurt it’s growth. The cotton industry, which didn’t take off until ~1820 was 5% of GDP. That doesn’t build an economy. Plus a high percentage was exported so that good wasn’t used by Americans.

Sr. Maravilloso
Sr. Maravilloso
14 days ago

What a bunch of crap. Thirteen percent of the population in the United States is responsible for 50% of the crime.

The one thing most young black men have to fear is another young black man.

Most crime is in a black neighborhood.

There is a reason that increasing crime is disproportionately impacts our black and brown communities, and it isn’t because of white people.

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
Reply to  Sr. Maravilloso
14 days ago

Don’t forget White Color Crimes. Will still the sweetness out of sugar and LIE about it.
Rock the House, didn’t you know, you would get Rock the negative’s.

My teacher would always tell us that a wound dog will always holler and you have a lot of them hollering. The truth hurts, with their WOKENESS.

John Gault
John Gault
Reply to  Anna Williams
13 days ago

Don’t you mean White Collar Crimes?
Don’t you mean “We STEAL the sweetness”.
Don’t you mean “wounded dog”?
Proof reading your own statements goes a long way to better understanding your point.

Pap
Pap
Reply to  John Gault
6 days ago

Perfect example of someone who didn’t pay attention in school.

Bill Fox
Bill Fox
14 days ago

And it is the lack of basic reading comprehension that shows how little intelligence the average readers of the DE have. Hahahaha!

Also, to the author, ever think that there is higher crime in the poorest areas and unfortunately that is where many people of color live. Wait. Of course you know that, but you can’t resist getting your dumb readers all wound up with false outrage. Hahaha!

You guys sure know how to pull the strings of the dummies that read and believe you.

JW Ney
JW Ney
Reply to  Bill Fox
14 days ago

Typical liberal insulter troll you are. You have no real augument only vitroil.

Pap
Pap
Reply to  Bill Fox
14 days ago

My parents were raised by dirt poor sharecroppers. Living in someone else’s run down house, picking cotton in the blistering Texas sun. Even the children, if they wanted food on the table. We’re talking no electricity, no running water, wood burning stove in the main room, no screens on the windows (had to deal with flies in the house in summer), outhouses, etc. Absolutely no government assistance…it was do or die. But these people were God fearing and took pride in themselves. They never stole or harmed/killed anyone, and knew because they were poor, would not be welcome in better establishments. The parents taught their children well and the children obeyed and listened. Want to learn something about that era and that all whites were NOT rich and privileged, read John Steinbeck’s, “The Grapes of Wrath” and/or watch the movie. Educate yourself and see the difference of people who struggle to deal with adversity and move forward rather than sit back and complain with their hand out.

A lot of it is parents being too ignorant or uncaring and not getting involved in their children’s lives. Making sure they pay attention in school so that they can make something of their lives. Primary education is provided to all. But as the adage aptly says, “You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink”. If blacks and Hispanics don’t utilize what is offered to them, no amount of money in the world will make a difference. The mentality will be the same. Money and respect need to be earned or there is no appreciation or feeling of accomplishment. There have been many blacks and Hispanics who have moved forward and succeeded and I praise them for their well deserved achievements. Their most difficult hurdle was the others in their neighborhoods, gangs, etc., of their own race causing them problems, not wanting to allow them to succeed.

BG Clark
BG Clark
14 days ago

I have been very impressed with Dallas Express until today. You could not have missed the mark more and quite honestly it appears to have been written just to get a rise out of readers. The problem is that as the Publisher of the Dallas Express and as a successful businessman, you represent the foundation of the company.

Mr. Bennett, as you are very aware, the Government and Private Business do not commit the crime. At the end of the day, it’s the local community that must rise up and take back their communities, neighborhood by neighborhood, house by house. No amount of government intervention can address the root of crime, a fundamental breakdown of civilized society.

Parents must be involved with their children in the school. It cannot be schools sole responsibility to raise kids to be civil and productive members of society. The community must work to reduce single parent families. Kids need a stable home where they learn basic human principles.

Police are defensive, not offensive. They ultimately cannot do anything until the crime is committed. When police say stop, that means stop, not disrespecting law enforcement resulting in a situation that ultimately gets blamed on law enforcement versus the person committing the purported crime. I do admit that the drug infestation is a result of poor political policies.

Mr. Bennet, you know better than most, businesses do not want to invest in areas that have high risks of crime.

I just can’t believe that you, Mr. Bennett, authored this piece. If you did, and you truly believe it, I guess I will have to stop donating to support the continued misdirection of this journalistic business. Just like the cancellation policy f the Dixie Chicks, the best way to send a message is to quit supporting your news outlet.

Pap
Pap
Reply to  BG Clark
13 days ago

I was thinking the same thing, that they were trying to get a rise out of the readers. People should read about 1800’s England. The slums in England were abominable, and they were white people. While the hierarchy and royalty were living extravagantly. The upper class didn’t even want to know about the plight of the poor and looked at themselves as perfect and faultless, and that somehow the lower classes brought it upon themselves. If a crime was committed, it certainly couldn’t have been one of their own. They considered themselves above crime because, after all, they had money and education. Talk about pompous attitudes. House servants back in those days were nothing more than lowly paid slaves, considered them as being fortunate to be in their excellent employ. They were not afforded an education, most couldn’t even read, so they would stay right where the masters wanted them…an endless loop of poverty and hopelessness.

But primary education is afforded to all in this country. Once reading is mastered, many avenues for intelligent advancement opens up. But if a person is not even going to try to grab the brass ring, they lose. Too much tomfoolery in schools nowadays. The teachers need to be put back in charge of the classrooms and the students made to be quiet and orderly, that all may learn.

LuLu
LuLu
14 days ago

There is a really nice housing area just east of Denton called Providence Village. A very high percentage of these homes have become Section 8 housing. Numerous blacks and browns as you refer to them have moved to this neighborhood. Guess what! They are committing crimes in this neighborhood that include stabbing a young white girl and setting the playground on fire at their GREAT school within the neighborhood, just to mention two incidents. Your article is HOGWASH!

Pa Mo
Pa Mo
14 days ago

Racists are the bottom feeding politicians that make careers off the back of these communities and they need them to stay intact to have more issues to scream about so they can create and maintain their own advancement and increased financial status. They create dependencies (learned helplessness) and not true independence, which is what the American dream is built from. It’s not about giving opportunities, it’s about being creative and taking opportunities. The current political system stands in the way of achieving this for many groups.

Steve
Steve
14 days ago

It is racist for the Dallas District Attorney not to prosecute crimes that are mostly committed by minorities. That lack of common sense encourages even more crimes–and the victims are usually other minorities.

Brandon
Brandon
14 days ago

Haha. Guess the Dallas express doesn’t like the truth.

Joe
Joe
14 days ago

I did not take offense at all to this editorial and I’m a retired cop. The publisher is correct. Those that live in predominately black and brown neighborhoods don’t want more criminals/crime. They usually want more cops not less and to live their lives in peace and safety. Those that release these criminals back into the those neighborhoods are truly the real racist. But a do agree the term “racist” has become almost meaningless because of applying to almost everything for political purpose.

The Democrats play into victim mentality that draws on slavery that ended 160 years ago and makes victims of those living now because of it. Give me a break. Folks from all ethnic backgrounds often came from dirt poor homes that worked hard and overcame their circumstance. Making everyone a victim only hamstrings them forever dependent on a government that really does not love them.

Marie Chavez
Marie Chavez
14 days ago

Policing and private company opportunities are band-aids to the gaping wound of poverty. Literacy is arguably the deciding factor between first world and third world countries. In our communities, literacy provides opportunities for careers in highly skilled, high paying jobs, and is the most important factor in determining a person’s future socioeconomic status.

DISD has many wonderful, dedicated teachers, working in challenging conditions. Let face it, with some exceptions, DISD is not known for their stellar educational system, thus failing most of their students, many of whom are children of color…and sadly, this mindset has become an acceptable thought.

DISD’s Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy is a perfect example of a school where the children (mostly of color) thrive and will have a vastly different future than that of their current poverty level. Invest in this caliber of school throughout DISD, as the rule, not the exception. ,DISD administrators, it begin with you.

To the author, your thought-provoking article was on point. As a woman of color who was raised in poverty, I thank you. Your points cause defensive stances only for those who are uncomfortable with racism.

Brandon
Brandon
Reply to  Marie Chavez
14 days ago

Lot of the problem is 1 parent households. Sadly.

Courtney
Courtney
Reply to  Brandon
14 days ago

It is really a shame that in order to feed your family you really need two incomes now. It wasn’t always like that, conservatives need to focus more on the struggles of working families instead of allowing big tech and the banks to keep growing the wealth gap.

Pap
Pap
Reply to  Courtney
14 days ago

I hardly think that’s true. Back in the 50’s, 60’s, etc., BOTH of my parents had to work. They struggled to move beyond their poor upbringing, and even though their house was small, they both had to work to make ends meet. Back in the 70’s, I saw a cartoon in the newspaper that said, “Two can live as cheaply as one…as long as they’re both working”. And that was true.

John Gault
John Gault
Reply to  Courtney
13 days ago

Can you name me one conservative that heads a big tech company? Is Mark Zukerberg a conservative? Any conservatives at Google or Apple? How about eBay or CNN or Bank of America?
The answer to all of these questions is ZERO.

Courtney
Courtney
Reply to  Marie Chavez
14 days ago

Maria, thank you for this thoughtful comment, I couldn’t agree more. My daughter was classified as gt but I always thought it was fundamentally unfair that only certain kids that could do well on a test received so many more resources. While other kids with just as much potential fall through the cracks, never knowing how smart they are and never learning how to navigate their way to success. We need to start seeing all kids as valuable and building them up, that ultimately means investing a lot more money in public education.

DonM
DonM
14 days ago

The government is the answer??? The government is the problem. You only have to look at the disintegration of the black two parent family over the last 50 plus years, which is due to government handouts dependent upon the mother being single.

jack Curtis
jack Curtis
14 days ago

to prevent racism logically if black people commit crimes white people should be arrested and charged with the crimes because to do otherwise amounts to racial profiling as blacks are disproportionally arrested for crime. arrests should be managed on a bell curve like grades in high school so that poorer students dont get discouraged and fall behind

JW Ney
JW Ney
14 days ago

As long as most everything is about race nothing will improve. Stop labeling and placing words before American. Woke is a fools bet and helps no one. I judge a person on them not their race. There is good and bad in all races period. Remove the bad and improve the good. Articles like this help no one it is finger pointing and no one likes the finger.

Don
Don
14 days ago

We need more cops in high crime neighborhood. Lots of them.
We need a DA interested in putting criminals in prison

Taylor Sharpe
Taylor Sharpe
14 days ago

This article is great on naming and blaming, but short on solutions. It doesn’t mention family values or declining religious values. The summary is “Let’s stop racist acceptance of crime”. This assumes people are accepting crime and that they are racist without establishing the basis. What poll out there shows any large group of people accepting crime in Texas, let alone a correlation with race? This is also along the lines of blaming police for crime when what they mostly do is mop up after crime, they rarely prevent it and certainly don’t create it. If you want to reduce crime, you have to instill moral, religious and family values in people that among other things teach respect and appreciation of other people.

What I dislike about this article is it seems to assume the solution is that if you are white, to just not accept these crime rates. But what does that mean? More police? More enforcement? More imprisonment? There is an awful lot of crime on minorities by minorities. Is that a problem seeking a white solution? Do black and brown communities really want white people making decisions for them on how to handle crime or other social justice problems in their communities? Crime is more about lacking moral and family values and we need to be looking at all communities to tackle crime issues. I’m all for white people not accepting crime, but if all is is a call for white solutions, I’m in doubt of its success.

You seem to have some interesting assumptions of the duties of DISD. They are a government institution charged with educating children. Their duties are not to be parents or instill moral and religious values on children and they are not social workers or supposed to be a primary provider of things like food for children. And yet you keep placing these duties and expectations on DISD. Their job is to teach children basic educational information and that is all they should be doing.

You conclude with “Let’s stop racism”. Yes, there is always some racism out there in all societies. But is racism the problem here in Dallas or is crime the problem? Personally I don’t know anyone who claims racism is acceptable and I think our city should be proud that it is generally not an acceptable view. I think focusing on race is misguided and just a politically correct title to draw eyeballs. The real problem is crime and how to reduce it and this article has not convinced me that “white” solutions are going to fix things, especially without significant minority community buy in.

alan
alan
14 days ago

but but good education and getting is a job is too white. Math is racist! Blacks won’t report other blacks to the cops- it’s a cultural thang. These ethnic groups including whites have the responsibility to clean up their own house. Nothing stops them from doing the moral and right thing. But statistics don’t lie. There is a reason BLM stands for Burn, Loot, Murder. The whites in control won’t do anything because it costs money and it’s Dallas so that means corrupt woke democrats following party policy. Sorry but the blacks and Hispanics and whatever groups are on their own to stop crime. It’s Texas get a gun and remove the filth.

R Reason
R Reason
Reply to  alan
14 days ago

I mean, we’re not talking about simply racism, we’re taking about white supremacy. – Henry Giroux

Paul W.
Paul W.
14 days ago

No mention of personal responsibility in this article.

BILLY CARTER
BILLY CARTER
14 days ago

please take me of you your email list

Wolfman
Wolfman
14 days ago

I can see but the question Monty J Bennett DIDN’T ask that he as a liberal democrat, and therefore one of the biggest racists in the world. who is committing the crimes? Is it white on black or black on black? In truth, interracial crime is fairly rare. No, I’m afraid he doesn’t want to face he truth. Black people tend ot commit crimes against black people, white people tend to commit crimes against white people and “brown people” as the leftist toads like to call them, commit crimes against brown people. The problem here isn’t te crimes themselves, it’s the education system that the left took over in 1979 under that oaf Jimmy Carter. Now non-whites are taught (if they’re actually taught anything) that they aren’t good enough, aren’t smart enough, tomake it in the world. When someone loses hope, this is what you get. The most dangerous person in the world is the one without hope. He has nothing to live for, so he has nothing to lose.

I hope that someday, black and brown people will wake up and realize that the party they support, the Democrat party, is so incredibly racist that they STILL want to keep non-whites at their slaves. Even after losing a war they fought to keep them

Thomas
Thomas
14 days ago

Yes, “whites that tolerate high crime rates are also racist.” Anyone who tolerates crime against another race is racist. But the statement, “But somehow, it’s not racist when whites are o.k. with high crime rates”, is also racist. Why? Because it isn’t race that makes a person tolerate or oppose crime. In the case of tolerating crime, politics is the more likely answer. Liberals have a tendency to tolerate crime because they don’t have an answer for it, except to suggest, a la Joe Biden, that minorities need a white savior to represent them in government.

Why do some people expect local businesses to solve every problem? Thieves in packs steal from stores with impunity. Governments may even decriminalize theft under $950. Some stores may close because they cannot absorb the losses. And if these stores are in black or brown communities, what are the members of those communities doing about the problems in their communities? Where are the Neighborhood Watch signs and programs that might help drive away crime? If the residents aren’t willing to help their community, why should anyone else be willing?

As far as schools go, once again looking to government is exactly the wrong answer. Yes, there are plenty of good, hard working teachers, but the burden of government and teacher’s unions is crippling public schools. In some schools, administrators and support staff outnumber the teachers, without contributing anything to student learning. Further, here is a list of schools, mostly charter, that are top schools even with largely minority and disadvantaged students. https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2013/06/13/top-high-schools-with-the-most-minority-disadvantaged-students It may not be the school, or racism, or even government that is at fault. It might be the student, or the parent who doesn’t make education a priority in their household. And if the student and/or his parents don’t care, why should I?

Maybe it’s racist to pretend all your problems can be solved by the government without you lifting a finger to help yourself.

Bret Dandridge
Bret Dandridge
14 days ago

Does this stuff get reviewed by anyone before it is published? I realize this is an opinion piece, but this has to be the worst article i have ever read. I award you 0 points.

Mary Bluntzer, M.D.
Mary Bluntzer, M.D.
14 days ago

I loathe the tendency for government to be seen as a lacadaisical parent. Government is an institution that is repeatedly corrupted. It is always wasteful and weighed down with favoritism, be it racial or otherwise. I need a community of human beings who can disagree without being vindictive or petty. There are numerous methods available to educate people in that skill but it requires personal integrity first and foremost. I have taken time to learn some of these techniques from specialists in person and from reading and the internet. A civil society requires those skills to eventually arrive at truth which allows viable solutions to be created. Acquire these skills and our city will be a better, safer place, one person at a time.

john
john
14 days ago

what a joke…..

RLG
RLG
14 days ago

Mr. Bennett-You lost me as a reader. I am so tired of this type of rhetoric. Wake up. You should push the fact that so many crimes are being committed by individuals of all ethnic groups. They need to go to school and become educated to do something with their lives. Go to school and learn the basic fundamentals, go to trade schools, do something to lift themselves up, and stop drug use. I am an ethnic minority who is so tired of hearing words such as Brown or Latin X. Stop this. You in the media keep saying this and writing about it. I am a woman who is a college graduate (BA.MA)who happens to be an American first, and a Texan, and my ethnic mix is Mexican/German. Wake up as to who really commits the crimes.

Roby
Roby
14 days ago

What race had to do with buying guns and shout each other.

After the assassination of the criminal George Floyd this country had riots and many lootings. European press noticed on the videos that the rioters and looters were black. Were those racist videos?

I hear about discrimination and about minorities.. Who are these minorities?

Asians and Latinos NO. They all work, save money, buy a house, buy
a business and send the children to college,, The Euroepans NO.
they do the same as the Asians and Latinos, Illegals NO The learn English and do the same the others. Blacks NO they have Presindents, Vice Presidents, Congressmen, lawyers, Corporations’s CEOs, doctors, business owners, etc.
So of what minorities or racism are we talking about?

Roby
Roby
14 days ago

My recommendation would be people that d not like the Police, when are in trouble call an activist or Al Sharpton. Just leave the police to keep the city safe fo all the others.

Roby
Roby
14 days ago

My recommendation would be that the people who do not like the Police, when are in trouble call an activist or Al Sharpton. Just leave the police to keep the city safe for all the others.

Ssn
Ssn
14 days ago

Was this published to see if folks actually read this newsletter? Such a ridiculous opinion. A joke? Right?

Roy
Roy
13 days ago

This has got to be the most biased article against white people I have ever read. First, he is saying that white people like high crime rates and blacks and browns don’t like high crime rates. If anyone hates crimes rates it IS white people. No one likes high rates. Geeez this person is an idiot. First, people that Woke up says, defund the police. Now when they do, they don’t like it when crime rates go up everywhere. This person just makes criminals look good.

Roy
Roy
Reply to  Roy
13 days ago

This is most definitely a Troll post

Alexandra Fincher
Alexandra Fincher
12 days ago

Dumb,Dumber,Dumbest….please do not insult the community blaming whites,browns,blacks or humans for crimes. Blame the enforcement of the laws ie District Attorneys, Judges, paroled boards that have put aside the rule of law and do not care about the citizens in the community. Laws have consequences, but no one seems to care. It is time the citizens start standing up and get involved in their communities. Look around you.

Steve S
Steve S
12 days ago



mel
mel
3 days ago

white people cant police the black and brown communities as anything that happens is always racists and blamed on the white people. the black and brown communities must learn to police themselves rather than depend on the white community to do it as they are clearly not wanted. so i guess what your saying is they are supposed to pump more dollars into the community and see it do nothing but make that community more dependent. this article, as a opinion piece, is racists as it is basically saying the black and brown communities are simply not capable of following the law and being socially upright. social programs have made these communities dependent of government hand outs that do not encourage personal growth