Yes, the numbers look terrifying because THEY ARE. And they are tragically real. This is terror that’s striking within our nation every single day — and yet few are even aware. It’s not “spectacular,” and it doesn’t fit the progressive agenda — and so it is ignored.
But it mustn’t be, as it is a trend that is taking hold of cities across our nation, from sea to shining sea; from Baltimore to Chicago and, yes, San Bernardino.
Given President Obama’s impassioned words following the tragedy in San Bernardino last December, one has to wonder where he is now, as San Bernardino is reeling from 150 shootings and 47 slayings — surpassing its homicide total for all of last year in just the first eight months of this year alone.
Just hours after 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in San Bernardino last December, President Obama spoke out about gun violence in this nation, before we learned the inconvenient truth that it was a terrorist attack behind the mass shooting. He chided us that, “we should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events…” The president declared that “there are steps we can take to make Americans safer, and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal.”
Well, now in what appears to be a convergence of ill-advised Democrat policies, the same city that inspired the president’s words last December is suffering from an unprecedented surge of violence — that, yes, now happens in the ordinary course of events. And, as the Los Angeles Times reports, the violence is disproportionately affecting the city’s black residents — by a longshot — and yet not a peep from Black Lives Matter.
San Bernardino, still healing from the Dec. 2 terror attack, has seen a surge in violence this year unlike any it has faced in decades. With four months left in 2016, there have been 150 shootings and 47 slayings in the city of 216,000 residents. It had 44 homicides all of last year, including the 14 people killed by terrorists at the Inland Regional Center.
The city is now on track to have more murders than in any year since 1995, when 67 people were killed, and there is no clear explanation why.
Residents and officials point to a police force hobbled by budget cuts and attrition. But the budget situation was bad last year too, and the homicide rate was far lower.
San Bernardino has had about as many homicides as Oakland, which has nearly twice the population. San Jose, almost five times more populous than San Bernardino, has had 35 killings.
If the current pace continues, San Bernardino will end the year with a homicide rate of about 31 per 100,000 residents. Chicago’s rate last year was about 18; Los Angeles had seven.
In addition to the 47 homicides, three people have been killed by police.
“Our city right now is bad,” said resident Aguadia Brown, 27, whose cousin, a friend and his son all were killed this year. “It’s like everyone is on edge, and nobody really knows how we’re going to fix this.”
The killings have disproportionately victimized the city’s black residents, who account for 14% of the population but nearly half of those killed. Certain neighborhoods have been affected, but the mayhem has occurred throughout the city.
One of the black victims was 9-year-old Travon Williams, who asked his father to buy him a bag of candy at a local liquor store. The soon-to-be-fifth-grader was killed, along with his father, 26-year-old and 25-year-old Samathy Mahan.
Though the president might as easily have said if he had a son, it would look like this Travon as much as the Trayvon Martin who became a cause célèbre for police brutality against blacks, we have not heard one word from the president about the 9-year-old murdered as he awaited his bag of candy.
Police Chief Jarrod Burguan says the city has been especially hard hit by state initiatives that reduced some drug and property-related felonies to misdemeanors, leading to shorter sentences for criminals.
Others say the city’s dearth of economic opportunities, its years of cuts to diversion programs and a lack of other basic services — such as working street lights in many neighborhoods — have contributed to this year’s violence.
Because of San Bernardino’s financial turmoil, which began even before it declared bankruptcy in 2012, the size of the Police Department has been reduced repeatedly over the years.
The ranks have gotten so thin that officers who specialize in drugs, gangs and traffic enforcement have been reassigned to patrol just to keep up with calls for service.
“We’re not getting to calls fast enough,” Burguan said. “We don’t have the capacity to investigate everything that’s reported in the city.”
The Dec. 2 attack turned the world’s eyes toward San Bernardino. And the presidential election has made it an ongoing political talking point.
But even as its name has come to symbolize the dangers Americans face at the hands of terrorists, the city is suffering a mounting nightly toll with little attention from the outside.
Depleted police force, reduced penalties for some felonies that have put criminals back on the streets, grim economic conditions — contrary to what the president declared last December 2nd about trying to make America safer, these factors driving the unprecedented violence in San Bernardino can all be tied to President Obama’s formal policies and his less formal, but unmistakeable agenda.
San Bernardino shares with Chicago the dubious distinction of surpassing last year’s murder rate in just the first eight months of this year. And, like Chicago, San Bernardino’s violence — which is disproportionately affecting blacks, and relatively few involving police officers — is not garnering the attention of President Obama or the likes of Black Lives Matter. (However, followers of this page know we continue to beat the drum of the tragedy in Chicago, as well as the president’s astonishing lack-of response to it.)
Nope, the first black president and the organization whose name suggest it actually cares about black lives are silent about the violence in San Bernardino and Chicago because it doesn’t fit their agenda. Moreover, the president can actually be blamed, at least in part, for the conditions that have fomented this violence — while he and his Democrat brethren have done little to nothing to improve these conditions that disproportionately affect blacks, which Col. West has written about frequently.
Black Lies Matter #BlackLivesMatter would more honestly (though one has to use that word loosely with regard to this Soros-funded group) be called #BlackLivesOnlyMatterIfTheyFitOurAgenda.
Could it be any more obvious?
The Democrats only care about blacks when it comes to getting them to vote in an election year. In between, they continue to promote polices that are destroying the black family and black communities. We can only pray that more and more blacks are waking up to this harsh reality and won’t get fooled again.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]