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Hopefully anyone reading this can see through the dullest form of wit and realise this is an absolutely disastrous idea.

Knife crime hit a record high in 2018. But it’s been on the rise for a decade. So why exactly does everyone suddenly care? The media.
It is the media’s job, to bring light to stories that the public wants the government to address. And if the story gains enough traction the government (or relevant body) will address it.
This is also why you’ll see stories in the paper about people being wronged by everything from a hospital to a package holiday company. No one wants to make a sad face in the national paper and relive their humiliation but sometimes it’s the only way to truly get your voice heard.

However, knife crime has been an issue in the black community for years. With various organisations and charities being set up to tackle it. But reading the papers you'd think some evil black London teens made drill music and brainwashed everyone into stabbing eachother.
So what changed?

Well quite simply, if you want something done right, use racism.

The biggest story surrounding the European referendum used to be that no one really knew what the European referendum was. That is until: The magic of racism! Suddenly it became a call to arms about protecting our boarders from terrorists and an entire group of people who couldn’t tell you what our immigration process is; could now give you a (false) number of ‘terrorists’ descending on our great nation.

So, how do you solve a problem like knife crime? Racism baby!
In 2005 Scotland was the murder capital of Western Europe. Black people make up 0.7% of the population of Scotland. This either means that either there were 35,000 very hard working black people stabbing everyone in Scotland; or white people (‘GASP’) are just as (more?) susceptible to committing knife crime as black people.
But that doesn’t make headlines; what does is putting a black face on a problem. There’s little to no media outrage when Scottish kids as young as 6 are carrying knives to school; but young black men making music causes a level of outrage only comparable to old white men who deny the holocaust and call for a race wars; and they are deplatformed the same.

The entire coverage of knife crime is always based around black men. You have to ask yourself why race is never brought up when Scotland was the stabbing capital of Europe? When Elliot Roger went on a stabbing (and shooting) spree and most of all why is race never brought up in reference to the near infinite number of gun massacres happening in America? They're almost exclusively white, but still it's not worth talking about? Again without the racism; the country may have to acknowledge things such as class, race, opportunity and that things aren't quite as equal as they are made to seem. It's easier to suggest knife crime is a 'black issue' than acknowledge that it's a class one. One, as Scotland has demonstrated can be resolved by funding social programs and community work. And with May making some historical cuts to those very programs, acknowledging that would show that it's about more than just 'angry black music'.

Richard Garside (Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies) talked about how social work combats knife crime:

'Reducing violent deaths among young people requires social policies that tackle the root causes, not criminal justice policies that, at best, can only keep a lid on the problem.'

But the same racist attitudes that built this country are now destroying it and they won’t be learnt from. The truth is the idea of armed police roaming the poor parts of London and ‘keeping those black thugs in check’ is more appealing than the reality of what happens when those men have to deal with the kids who aren’t black.

The facts are:

  • Nearly 3/4 of all stop-and-searches result in nothing being found.
  • Only 14% of stops lead to an arrest.
  • 15% of searches did not have reasonable grounds.

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In 2008, Operation BLUNT 2 dramatically increased the number of weapon searches in London. However, the Home Office’s found:

‘ 'no statistically significant crime-reducing effect from the large increase in weapons searches during the course of Operation BLUNT 2.’

Richard Garside also discussed the idea that crime has less to do with race and more to do with gender:

'…they tell us that the police in London were more likely to treat men as suspects compared with women. On robbery, for instance, 6,340 men faced criminal proceedings compared with 562 women. For street crime it was 5,742 men compared with 576 women. Those keen to highlight the apparent ethnicity of suspects far less regularly refer to their gender, but it is a far more striking fact.'

But all government’s care about are appearances.
The last story that had papers flying off the shelves was the 2008 financial crisis. Every day both papers from either side had another take on exactly how the world was ending. And whether or not print is dead; seeing ‘THE SKY IS FALLING’ on your way to work every morning is enough to make you drop 20p on your shopkeeper.

So we have a new story: ‘KNIFEGANGSKNIFEGANGSKNIFECRIMESTABBINGKNIFESTABSTABSTABCRIMEDEATHLONONHELLONEARTH’; every day until we all just start using spoons for everything.

When the papers call you out you need to be seen to be doing something. Being caught with a knife comes with a five-year sentence. Yet, this hasn’t deterred kids carrying knives. The knowledge that you’re more likely to be stabbed with a knife when carrying one also hasn't deterred kids from carrying knives. So what exactly will marching armed police on the streets achieve? All armed police will result in is trigger happy police shooting black children using the American defence of 'fearing for their lives' to stand behind. And the public will be on their side too. The same people who pretend to care about knife crime, boarders, refugees and the evils of the European union will be appeased by these deaths because their racism aided with the media's prejudices will make them feel justice has been done, regardless of the circumstances. So as is typical of our society; only once all the black children have been shot to death and the police and stop shooting the white ones, will we realise that this might not have been the best way to tackle knife crime.




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