No Joke: Global Warming Causes Crime

Strange: The president says racism does.

gwNo, really: We can stop our search for the greatest editorial in the history of editorial writing. It has been revealed unto us in Minneapolis.

But before we open the envelope and reveal this Real Work of Genius, a bit of background: The Twin Cities are sites of regular and frequent and serious episodes of black mob violence and black-on-white crime. Often on video.

All ignored with an enthusiasm normally reserved for jeering the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

In downtown Minneapolis recently, large groups of black people were beating up dozens of people over a several month period. During the requisite round-up story, the local crime reporter was just unable to figure out “the pattern,” he said.

Black predators? White victims? Ring a bell? Nothing from that fearless pursuer of the truth. And it just kept happening while the paper just kept pretending it was not.

On and around the University of Minnesota, students have the same problem: Dozens and dozens of episodes of black on white crime, all unacknowledged in the local media. But the school is in a different position. Because of the mandates of the Clery Act, the school must post all the details of crime on campus, including race.

Of the dozens of cases of assault and robbery over the last two years, only one of the suspects was not identified as black.

Black students and staff at the university said all this material identifying black people as the culprits in almost all of these violent crimes was disturbing their collective consciousness. Not a word about how much they detested the predators or worried about the victims.

Campus police figured it out: White students drinking too much caused the violence against them.

Don’t worry, we’ll get to the editorial in a minute.

Last year in St. Paul, free spirited white guy Ray Widstrand decided to move into a black neighborhood. A few weeks later he was taking a late night stroll to check out his new neighbors. They beat him, almost to death, leaving him with brain damage.

A few days later, a car full of black people stopped and beat a white woman in the middle of the day on a busy street in St. Paul. They urinated on her, laughed, and left.

The most recent bit of argy bargy happened a few nights ago in downtown St. Paul: A large group of black people roaming through the downtown beat up a 21-year-old and a 56-year-old in separate attacks. One had his teeth broken, another broke his arm.

And oh yeah, the local TV reporter reminded us, that happens a lot there.

When the local media asked the young man if he thought he was the victim of a hate crime, he replied “he was just in the wrong place in the wrong time.” Which just goes to show that just because you get punched in the face does not guarantee you will also receive a compensatory amount of wisdom about patterns of racial violence.

Also on the news this week, a group of black people entered a restaurant, surrounded a table of diners, picked up a glass of beer and threw it — glass and all — at a white woman. This episode, like lots of others, is on video.

Many are covered in that scintillating best seller, White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it. As well as at a YouTube channel of the same name.

Whew: That was a long introduction. Let’s get to the winning editorial.

The local papers may not want anything to do with the whole idea of black on white violent crime and how it is astronomically out of proportion. But this week the editorial giants of the Star-Tribune, after giving it their full consideration for the several years this violence has plagued this town, came up with answer: A cause. As well as a solution.

Global warming.

Yes, I checked, this did not come from the Onion.

A much more troubling change in human behavior is an anticipated rise in violent crime rates due to heat. The biggest projected jump in the region is in the Twin Cities metro area, where violent crime could rise 6.4 percent by the end of the century.

Global warming causes violent crime.This all comes because a couple of big shots from the Risky Business Project stopped by the offices of the Star-Tribune to regale the editorial writers with their recent report: “HEAT IN THE HEARTLAND: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest.”

In the 53-page warning about how global warming is going to ruin everything over the next 85 years, crime is mentioned 43 times: “Rising heat is also one factor in higher violent crime rates, with as much as a 6.4% increase in crime likely (and a 1-in-20 chance of more than a 8.1% increase) in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area by the end of the century.”

The study made similar predictions for Indianapolis, Dayton, St. Louis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago, and lots of other places. And the editorial board ate it up like the townspeople in the movie Music Man.

They say they took much of their information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Maybe so. But that does conflict with another increasingly popular and powerful explanation for urban violent crime.

Black crime.

From the President and Attorney General all the way down to freshman editorial writers and community activists, they have their own, newer, explanation for crime. They are pretty much over blaming it on family, poverty, education, health care and the 996 other excuses for the black crime that is astronomically out of proportion.

Today, they are all about racism: That is the only cause of all the crime that results in so many black people being arrested, convicted and sentenced at much, much higher rates than those darn white criminals who somehow seem to get away with it all.

And if you throw Asians into that mix, the disparity grows by a factor of ten.

Damn Asians: The greater the disparity, the greater the racism, right?

The editorial board is pretty sure about the weather 85 years from now: But you don’t need a weatherman to know that violent crime in the Twin Cities today is a Black Thing. And you wouldn’t understand. At least that is what folks said up until a few days ago, before they learned about crime, and the Twin Cities and global warming.

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