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PostWhy London's Increase in Violent Crime? (Timothy Ashby, Spain, 05/09/18 9:38 am)
JE asked on May 6th: "Why would London's level of violent crime be rising? The general trend in the US has been a decline over the last twenty or so years."
Over the past couple of days (during which there have been more killings and wounding with firearms and knives) I asked two of my acquaintances (one a police officer, the other a lawyer who is ex-Special Branch) why the violence is growing. They both, independently, said that Afro-Caribbean youth (and to a lesser extent, other ethnicities) are immersed in a "Rap" culture, based on gang warfare, guns, knives, drugs and antagonism towards authority (not to mention violent and sexist lyrics in their music). They blame the US Rap culture and permissive society generally for the violence.
Both also said that police officers (including black officers) are afraid to "do their job" for fear of being accused of racism. The police are extremely frustrated, especially when they are accused of being responsible for the violence (as the mother of a young man shot to death in London over the weekend) claimed.
JE comments: Aren't UK police also massively outgunned? Or is my image of the quaint, unarmed Bobby out of date?
The age-old question: does violent art (music, film, video games) reflect, or inspire, violence in society? One's answer usually reveals one's politics.