Peter Coclanis, Albert Ray Newsome Distinguished Professor and Director, Global Research Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, serves The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), as an academic adviser. In the July 2, 2021 issue of The Spectator, a British weekly devoted to politics and culture, Dr. Coclanis asks, “Is It Fair to Compare Inner-City Crime to the Global South?

He focuses his comparative thinking on violent crime. “[R]ight now,” he observes, “the levels and psychic costs of violent crime in many US cities are, well, criminal, so much so as to give the ‘third world’ a bad name.” In fact, the rising rates of violent crime are so high in many of these Democratic-controlled cities, he concludes, they deserve classification as “failed states.”

“In 2018 — even before the spike in violent crime in this country — blacks, who comprise about 13 percent of the US population, accounted for 48 percent of murder victims. With these statistics in mind — and compelling data provided by economists . . . it is not surprising that more sober elements in the Democratic party, seeking voters, have recently been easing away from the ‘Defund the Police’ blather. Unfortunately flocks of professors, often roosting on tenured perches in gilded academic cages, continue to follow the BLM line and chirp, or more to the point, tweet ‘defund the police, defund the police.’”