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It's the Culture, Another Angle

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Kent posted a piece recounting Juan Williams' honest assessment of the black hip-hop, violence-prone subculture that lurks, mostly unmentioned, behind the problem of what is called "gun violence."  The reason it's mostly unmentioned is that the ever-present charge of racism lies at the ready.  Few want to be on the receiving end.

But the truth needs to be faced, or the problem of violent crime cannot effectively be addressed.  The truth is not, principally, that racism drives blacks to higher violent crime rates.  Racism still exists, and it's still poisonous, but it's the internal culture of differing minorities, not their victimization by bigoted whites, that tells the tale.

Asians were (and to some extent still are) also victimized by white racism, but have a very different representation among the criminal population, to wit, little to none. When you try to research the racial breakdown of inmates, as I just did, it's hard even to find a category for Asians (it's all whites, blacks and Hispanics).

Why is that?


There's a long answer to that question, but one breathtaking clue shows up in this post from Scott Johnson on Powerline:

Stuyvesant Class of '17, By the Numbers

On Twitter via John Podhoretz, I see that Kay Hymovitz points to the demographic breakdown of the entering freshman class at Stuyvesant High School. Stuyvesant is one of New York's specialized public high schools where entrance is determined solely by Specialized High School Admission Test scores:

Stuyvesant offered admission to 9 black students; 24 Latino students; 177 white students; and 620 students who identify as Asian.


I'm not a sociologist, but from what I know, Asian-Americans tend, to a greater degree than whites or blacks, to live in stable, two-parent families, value education, and honor elders and traditional values.  I will leave it for others to decide whether there's a lesson there.

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Jewish Americans are a good lesson in success.

Two of my great-grandparents came as youngsters from near Odessa, moved into the poorest part of Philly--NO CRIME, modest destitution during Depression.
Greenbergs, Rosenfelds, Spielvogels, dealing with crowded slums in NY/Brooklyn,
& Philly. Definite & vocal descrimination: my Grandfather changed his name--
got an English one out of the phonebook--and finally got a job.

2nd lesson: Italian American immigrants (some), shared with me by some friends, instructors & associates including the son of a 1st generation newcomer, Pannafino, purposely did not allow their children to speak Italian.
They wanted so much to become thoroughly American--but also to distance themselves from any connection with organised "Mafioso" & Mussolini during WWII, that they took this step.

A costly trade, but they made it willingly, and sons of Italy have met with fabulous success in America.

~Adamakis

Adamakis identifies the difference in current immigrants and those of the earlier generations.
Past immigrants sole focus was to become part of this great American melting pot. They took steps to learn English and Anglicize their names if necessary to blend in.

Progressives have turned a winning formula on its head-the operative concept is no longer a melting pot but a salad bowl-celebrating at the altar of diversity. Accordingly, as Buchanan has identified, we are being transformed into a multiethnic,multilingual,multireligious,multicultural stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in history.

Regrettably, many of the second generation of the Southeast Asian immigrant families assimilated into what Williams calls the "dysfunctional gangster-rap culture." We even have Asian gangs calling themselves Crips and Bloods.

The causes of this deplorable turn of events are debatable. I have my theories, but I will save them for another day.

I think the second generation problem is more prevalent in cities along the West Coast than in the East. Here in Fairfax County, Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science -- a charter magnet school that was rated 2007-2011 as the best public high school in the country -- also has a disproportionately high number of Asian-American kids.

Asian-American high school gangs around here are not unheard of, but almost all the gangs that show up on the police blotter are Hispanic.

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