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Criminal Terror In Kenya As Police Go Wild

Reports from Kenya tell of a wave of killings by the police who are attempting to wipe out a criminal gang by the name of Mungiki. Scores of bodies are turning up on the outskirts of Nairobi as well as in the countryside with evidence they were executed by a single shot to the head. The Kenya police are blamed for this outburst of violence. The Mungiki gang began in the 1990s as a semi-religious sect, but apparently saw more productive outlets for their talents in the world of crime. They became major players in protection rackets and other criminal activities. It is believed politicians draw upon their talents to have those opposing them in elections taken care of in a way that would please the old Murder Incorporated gang of New York. The Kenya police have gained a reputation for brutality. Last year they demolished scores of huts in the slums around Nairobi and drove thousands of people back to the countryside. Last June during one of their slum raids, they killed 39 people. As in many developing nations, a brutal police force is a major impediment to peace and security.

After reading of the rising crime in Nairobi, this writer wonders if America might send their boastful former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, to Kenya where he can demonstrate his supposed skills in ending crime in a large city. One doubts if he would walk the streets of Nairobi challenging criminals.

Black Police Chief Urges Restrictions On Blacks

Keith Jarrettt, President of the National Black Police Association of Britain, called today for an increases in halting and searching urban blacks in order to reduce crime. “From the return I am getting from a lot of black people,” he said, “they want to stop these killings, these knife criminals, and if it means their sons and daughters are going to be inconvenienced by being stopped by the police, so be it. I hope we are going down that road.” He believes there must be a more aggressive policy toward black young people if crime is to be reduced.

There are several assumptions in Mr. Jarrett’s statement about reducing crime through means of the process of halting, searching, seizure and arrest. One, is that only potential “criminals” are the ones who are halted and searched. Two, that halting and searching people on the streets leads to lower crime rates. Three, that non-crminals who are halted on the streets and searched will be supportive of these police actions. The MacPherson Report in 1999 concluded the British police system was institutionally racist. There is no question some potential criminals might be halted if we follow the Jarrett approach, but the cost in lowering willingness of civilians to cooperate with police will be drastically impaired. Mr. Keith Jarrett is unquestionably a man who is concerned with the lives of black skinned people in England. But, he refuses to explore more complex reasons for crime such as making criminal possession of drugs. Legalization of drugs might go more to reducing crime than many other solutions.

Watson Backs Off Comments On African Mental Inferiority

Nobel Prize winner James Watson told The Independent in an exclusive interview that he had been misunderstood concerning his remarks about Africans lacking the intelligence of people in other parts of the world. “To those who have d rawn the inference from m y words that Africa as a continent is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant.” he intended to express the view that genes play a role in shaping human intelligence and help explain variance in behaviors such as why some people are more violent or engage in criminal activities. His comments have caused several organizations in England to consider canceling his scheduled appearances.

Mr. Watson is still confused about issues of criminality and violence. The definition of crime stems from social and economic views, not from inherent intelligence. If a society decides driving 70 miles an hour is to be defined as criminal or that using marijuana is a criminal act, it reflects a social interpretation that has nothing to do with genetic makeup. For example, in the Netherlands I can smoke marijuana and be considered as engaging in a legal action, but the same behavior in the United States results in me being placed in prison. A society gives a young man a weapon and tells him to shoot “the enemy” but there is no thought the shooting constitutes an act of violence. Watson appears to believe there is such a thing as “crime” and “violence” acting apart from societal norms. He forgets that Europeans have killed more people than humans from any other area of the world — does that suggest Europeans have genetic factors that compel the use of violence?