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by German Lopez
Conservatives are embracing a new book by a veteran criminologist that tries to blame “black culture” for violent crime. But there are big holes in the idea.
Walking through a major US city without serious fear of harm is one of those simple acts that many Americans now take for granted. On a Saturday night in Washington, DC, I can walk a few blocks from my old Columbia Heights apartment to an active shopping center filled with restaurants, pet stores, a Target, and more — with people drinking outside, others eating food from countries all across the world, and kids running around and playing in the plaza. I have done this walk multiple times, not once thinking about whether I would get shot or robbed.
Just a few decades ago, this would have been an unimaginable sight in this…
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