By Hunter Wallace
Before we get to the 2016 presidential election, the Black Undertow will have roared to the top of the Republican agenda. We saw a preview of it last night when Chris Christie seized on the issue:
“Part of being clear-eyed about reality requires all of us to stare—and stare hard—at what is happening in this country this year. And to ask ourselves what’s going on.
Because something deeply disturbing is happening all across America. I have spoken of 2014 in this speech because something has changed in 2015. Far more people are being killed in America’s cities this year than in many years. And let’s be clear: far more people of color are being killed in America’s cities this year. And it’s not the cops doing the killing.
We are right to focus on violent encounters between law enforcement and civilians. Those incidents can teach all of us to be better. But something much bigger is happening. Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year, and many of them have seen a huge increase. These are cities with little in common except being American cities—places like Chicago, Tampa, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Orlando, Cleveland, and Dallas. …”
There will be another Ferguson or Baltimore when it warms up again. Maybe even during the fall or the winter. It will be interesting to see how it plays out in an election year.