‘Su­per preda­tors’ were not created by the Clin­tons

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE TIMES HERALD -

A re­peated po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­tise­ment for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump blasts Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton for past com­ments about the term “su­per preda­tors.”

“Shame on Hil­lary Clin­ton” for us­ing such a racially charged word and de­pict­ing black chil­dren with such deroga­tory lan­guage the ad chas­tises.

First, some clar­ity about the term coined by Prince­ton Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor John Dilulio, whose in­sights about a new wave of crim­i­nals pub­lished in the 1995 Weekly Stan­dard en­ti­tled “The Com­ing of the Su­per-Preda­tors.”

The New Jersey con­nec­tion con­tin­ued as Dilulio cred­ited a Gar­den State in­mate who de­scribed up­com­ing youth crim­i­nals as “stone-cold preda­tors.”

Dilulio re­searched crim­i­nal sta­tis­tics and in­ter­viewed at­tor­neys, prose­cu­tors, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, etc for an as­sess­ment that so­cial con­di­tions tied to moral poverty pro­duced a new breed of crim­i­nal: more vi­o­lent and show­ing al­most no re­morse for heinous crimes.

Dilulio pre­dicted con­cen­trated crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in black neigh­bor­hoods where nu­mer­ous fac­tors, in­clud­ing so­cial and fi­nan­cial de­te­ri­o­ra­tion im­pacted neigh­bor­hoods but his the­ory in­cluded all eth­nic groups.

Dilulio wrote “While the trou­ble will be great­est in black in­ner-city neigh­bor­hoods, other places are also cer­tain to have bur­geon­ing youth-crime prob­lems that will spill over into up­scale cen­tral-city districts, in­ner-ring sub­urbs, and even the ru­ral heart­land.”

While the word “gang” con­jures up black youth, these groups fes­ter in ur­ban, sub­ur­ban and ru­ral en­claves.

The Na­tional Gang Cen­ter made these de­ter­mi­na­tions.

- Law en­force­ment agen­cies re­port a greater per­cent­age of His­panic/ Latino and African-Amer­i­can/black gang mem­bers com­pared with other race/ eth­nic­i­ties.

- The most re­cent fig­ures pro­vided by law en­force­ment are 46 per­cent His­panic/Latino gang mem­bers, 35 per­cent African-Amer­i­can/black gang mem­bers, more than 11 per­cent white gang mem­bers, and 7 per­cent other race/eth­nic­ity of gang mem­bers.

Now, about that “su­per preda­tors” quote used by Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Hardly any­one can deny that our youth and young adults dis­play more vi­o­lence than any other hu­mans be­fore them.

Never has such fear re­ver­ber­ated through black com­mu­ni­ties as adults

In Novem­ber 2007, two city teen su­per preda­tors ruth­lessly killed 84-yearold World War II vet­eran Jerry Eure, Sr.

Eure, Sr. had lived an amaz­ing life but suc­cumbed to de­plorable vi­o­lence by two young thugs who got away with a watch, a few dol­lars and the vic­tim’s car.

Each su­per preda­tor re­ceived more than 40 years in prison.

Stupid, too. They could have robbed a bank, par­tied on wine, women and song for sev­eral days and re­ceived con­sid­er­ably less prison time and per­haps Eure, Sr. would still be around as a pil­lar in the black and white com­mu­nity. A su­per preda­tor broke into the Ewing Twp. home of 91-year-old Doris Geisel in March, bru­tally beat her, tossed or dragged the lov­ing woman down base­ment stairs, tied her up and left her to die there.

Ask Geisel’s fam­ily and friends whether they think the thug who per­pe­trated this at­tack reg­is­ters as a su­per preda­tor.

Stalk­ers, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence per­pe­tra­tors and stone-cold mur­ders have in­fil­trated our lives with such fe­roc­ity that el­derly black folk shud­der and think the worse when en­gaged on side­walks, in parks and on buses with youth­ful ver­sions of them­selves.

We can shuck and jive this con­ver­sa­tion seven ways from The Sab­bath but truths ex­ist through­out the uni­verse and coun­try.

Dy­lann Roof, 21, show­cased su­per preda­tor be­hav­ior when he seated for a Bi­ble Study at Emanuel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015.

Roof killed nine parish­ioners who had be­friended him in­side God’s home.

Thou­sands of other su­per preda­tor sto­ries ex­ist through­out our na­tion.

So, don’t hate on Hil­lary for us­ing the term.

And watch out for su­per preda­tors.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton speaks at a rally on the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh cam­pus in Pitts­burgh, Mon­day.

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