PennLive.com has posed a simple question, “Is ‘Black Lives Matter Inspiring a New Crime Wave“?
To answer the question, I don’t think they have. What “Black Lives Matter” to me is a response to 30 years of a “War on Drugs” that has in reality been a war mainly on two illegal drugs; marijuana and crack cocaine. Police have militarized and poverty has been criminalized. Combine that with years of “white flight”, urban blight and the loss of manufacturing jobs, and you have a situation that was ready to erupt.
What will be more telling is the way folks respond. This may be yet another case by PennLive.com to get a few clicks out of the “Trailer Park Caucus” by giving them a chance to criticize a group that makes many of them confront the racism that may be merely hidden behind terms like “Taker” or “%47”.