KANSAS CITY STAR COLUMNIST QUIZZICALLY CELEBRATES THE SAFETY OF THE GREAT WHITE NORTHLAND!!!
Number crunching by Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah turns up some interesting stats along with wildly unsupported conclusions.
"North of the Missouri River — the fast-growing section that had 157,091 people in 2010 — the city has had a total of 15 homicides over the last five years, or an average of only three annually. That’s an annual rate of only 1.9 per 100,000 residents.
This big section of Kansas City compares positively with the region’s largest suburbs when it comes to homicides."
So, what did we learn?
The conclusion seems to be that nice, new housing stock and higher median incomes will produce fewer homicides. Genius . . . But not really.
The number crunching doesn't take into account East Coast urban core areas teeming with minority denizens who have dropped their murder counts over the past few years.
And generally the argument that poverty and poor housing conditions lead to violence is specious at best.
Think about this: A recent study revealed that perceptions regarding racial discrimination were more influential in determining violent behavior than economic or even neighborhood factors . . .
“African-American youth who were at greatest risk for engaging in violent behaviors while transitioning into adulthood were those who experienced higher levels of racial discrimination in addition to general daily stressors.
“Contrary to expectations, stress that stemmed from financial shortage and neighborhood stress were not associated with the risk of violent behaviors during emerging adulthood,”
Meanwhile . . . Most of us are sure that Meth addiction set to a hard rock soundtrack is responsible for most copper theft, killing and bad tattoos among white people in Independence, MO.
Nevertheless . . .
It's good news that the Northland is safe for now . . . But searching for statistical anomalies when Kansas City is confronting an ongoing homicide count conundrum is typical of Dead Tree Media arrogance that values their own corporate viewpoint over community interest.
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