Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Put Police in Neighborhoods Where Crime Is Concentrated

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Put Police in Neighborhoods Where Crime Is Concentrated

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John J. DiIulio Jr. doesn't look like your average Princeton professor. This is no pipe-smoking, tweed-clad philosopher. DiIulio, young and burly, looks more like a cop. And, in fact, he comes from a family of cops.

This is a strength. For, in addition to his brilliance, DiIulio is armed with a street-level picture of the problems he addresses. An expert on crime, particularly black crime, DiIulio is too close to the flame to be accused of ivory towerism.

He lives just outside Philadelphia within three minutes of one of the highest-crime neighborhoods in America. He has written that "America does not have a crime problem; inner-city America does." And he is impatient with those who believe that treating black criminals harshly is somehow inimical to the interests of blacks in general.

Criminals, especially the pathological variety our family-less culture has been producing in the last generation or so, cannot be rehabilitated, reformed or saved, DiIulio believes. They are the bitter fruit of loveless, abusive unions of unsocialized people. Having received nothing, they are without human compassion. They kill and rape without mercy or remorse. They can only be incapacitated by prison.

And "black America's silent majority" - the majority of black Americans who are taxpaying, law-abiding, working citizens - deserve to be protected from these predators.

A black male teen-ager is 6.2 times more likely to be the victim of violent assault than a white teen-ager. In 1990, DiIulio reports, 42 percent of Pennsylvania's crimes occurred in Philadelphia, which contains only 14 percent of the state's population. And the majority of those crimes were committed in just a few neighborhoods. Nationally, 54 percent of black children worry a lot or some of the time about being attacked, and 27 percent of black children (vs. 5 percent of white) think it is likely that they will be shot.

Since inner-city residents cannot take the steps that white suburbanites have taken to "hard-target" their homes, workplaces and neighborhoods (fences, locks, security systems, private guards), they must rely on what DiIulio calls "the incredibly thin blue line. …

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