By John Ruberry
One of the slogans of the anti-police protesters is “Black lives matter.” By the way, I don’t know anyone who thinks otherwise. As I wrote in this space last week, I have doubts about the real motivation of the anti-cop movement, which I view as a proxy for the real fight of leftists–socialist revolution.
Out of the mainstream media eye is sad Buffalo, New York. As with Detroit, the one-time 15th largest city in the United States has been plagued by deindustrialization and depopulation–Buffalo, which has 260,000 residents, is now America’s 45th largest city.
Last year was another rough one for the Queen City. Murders soared in 2014–there were 62–whereas there were only 47 the year prior.
Of last year’s killings in Buffalo–a minuscule 14 of them were solved–that’s fewer than one-quarter. As for black lives–over eighty percent of those murder victims were African-American.
Early last month there was a large protest in Buffalo decrying the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. That’s quite ironic, because there were 12 murders there in December, the most of 2014. There were about a dozen shootings in Buffalo in the last two weeks of the year. Sure there are anti-crime groups in New York’s state’s second largest city, but they lack, which is a good thing, the stridency of the anti-police movement. But I have to wonder, where are the anti-crime protests in Buffalo?
You’ve heard of Brown and Garner. But the name Denell A. Baker is probably one you don’t know. On December 28, he became the 62nd homicide victim in Buffalo–shot to death in the Fruit Belt neighborhood. I don’t know Baker’s race. But let me end this post in this manner: Black lives matter. All lives matter.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.