Out of the nation’s 10 largest cities, Philadelphia’s homicide rate is the worst. Last year ended with 324 homicides, up from 306 in 2010, and as of January of this year, 34 murders and counting.
Philadelphia’s mayor has made it clear the city is waging an all-out war against violent criminals.
“If you want to act like an idiot, if you want to be an a-hole, if you want to be a low-life in this town, we will track you down like the dog that you are. At the news conference announcing the measures, Mayor Nutter put it this way: “To every criminal out there: I just put a $20,000 bounty on your head.” He raised some eyebrows last summer when he took to the pulpit to call out the predominantly black youths involved in the attacks:
“You damage yourself, you damage another person, you damage your peers, and quite honestly, you damage your own race,” said Nutter, who is black and has two children, and is the only way he could get away with making such an inflammatory statement. Blacks make up nearly 84% of the homicide victims, according to police data.
We’re blue in the face from calling on people of all stripes to take responsibility for their children, stop letting them run in packs; calling on education and more programs focused on gang mentality, calling for more positive social outlets, and locating absentee fathers. Obviously none of that is working because none of that is a reality. What is real is Northeast Philadelphia where, unless you are armed, you can’t even cross the street, much less stop at a traffic light without being killed for your pizza or your car. It doesn’t matter which, as the ultra violent street crime is there simply to show who’s in control of the streets.
Instead of spending lives and money in Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan, we need clean up our own messes, because otherwise this is only going to turn even more Mad Max and start spreading to , gasp, the suburbs! Mayor Nutter, I suggest you phone up that urban peacekeeper, Marshall Law, and call the national guard into our own war zone here in Philadelphia.