Violence and crime continues to prevail over the cities of America and elsewhere. In order for us to address this problem, we need to identify its’ causes and until we find a solution, to its’ causes, we all should know, violence, murder and crime will continue to rise.
Violence, murder and crime have a special relation to urban areas. These issues have come to be associated in the media, with young African American males (some have gone as far as to call them ‘super predators’) in the inner city.
Admittedly, the FBI’s uniform crime report, and the U.S. Justice Department’s national crime survey, have shown for some time, that “poor” minority males (bound in poverty stricken areas) in the inner city, have the highest arrest rates for serious felony offences and are most likely to be victims of this sort of crime in the United States. Why is this?
In a capitalist system, a system in which profits and economic growth takes precedent over people, the primary goal of government and big business is of course, to make profits, “big” profits. Now this is accomplished in a variety of ways, for example, a ‘Permanent shortage of jobs’ and a ‘Massive’ pool of ‘Unemployed’, which creates the condition that allows the rich to drive down wages and/or keep wages very low. Low wages creates the condition for the owners and retainers of big business to drive up profits.
On top of this ever existing job shortage, the rich have made changes in industry and business, these changes have added to this pool of unemployed. These changes in capitalist industry once again have brought with it, the cutting of wages and thousands of layoffs in order to maximize profits. This is very important for us to consider in our fight against crime.
We must be ready to consider that the system, in which the criminal justice apparatus and law enforcement officers uphold, is in fact, ‘criminal’. Violence and crime in poverty stricken areas are encouraged by the exploitation and robbery of the poor masses, being held and bound in the capitalist system and it’s mode of production.
All of us, who want a change for the better must see clearly that the ‘Big Business’, and the capitalist system which causes and thrives off of, ever present job shortages, on top of that, a continual cycle of layoffs, part time workers, low wages and bad education, etc. is directly connected to crime, violence and murder.
Criminologist have documented on how the investment patterns of American capitalist business and industry are related to street crime. When business and industry don’t invest in the central city, and deindustrialization occurs, industry leaves and plants close, jobs are lost and street crime rise (f. Hagan, 1994). Cities that have increasing poverty, rising unemployment and low wage employment, a dwindling supply of decent affordable housing, underfunded urban school systems that are ill prepared to ready students for the current labor market leads to crime, drug use and violence in the city.
The United States, by far has the highest rates of violent crime in any industrialized nation. The facts are that one of the primary causes is the “extraordinarily” “high rate” of “poverty” in the United States and the very high degree of “inequality” in the United States, that is, the gap between rich and poor. The poor are disproportionally in prison. The basic source of crime statistics is the “Uniform Crime Reports” published yearly by the FBI, and the primary problem with these statistics is that they focus on “traditional” crimes, and omit “white collar” crimes, “corporate” crime, “organized crime” and “political” crime etc. We will find that these white collar criminals, political criminals, organized criminals, are one of the main causes of the many ills in our communities, however, it appears that the law enforcement officials and officers protects them, or look the other way, and the criminal justice system gives refuge to the ‘high profile’ criminals!
The FBI statistics called “Index Crimes”, emphasizes burglary, larceny auto theft, robbery assault, murder etc. This focus, has the effect, of directing public attention almost exclusively to crimes involving violence and property, in which the poor and minorities are thought to be the perpetrators and away from the crimes of the rich and powerful.
We must now address the criminal activity of the rich and governing elite classes, in order for us to find a viable solution to the problem of crime and violence. An indictment must be made against the “high profile” criminals, who rob us, by wage theft, taxes, fees and levys, which are the rich, who exploit us and binds s in unemployment and poverty. We must organize and fight NOW for a change, for us and our children.
The bible also supports our claim, in the prophetic language of Amos, the peasant prophet, he declared:
Amos 3:9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
v10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.
Amos called to the rich rulers in their big homes, whom did not run their governments on the platform of justice and equity. Amos told them to look on the great violence and uproar in the territory of Samaria. Why? Because it was the inequality of the ruling and rich class which caused this violence and uproar.
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