Friday, October 19, 2012

America's Most Dangerous Cities

Forbes ranks the troubled:

Roman said urban homicides tend to come in four forms: Women killing their children, family members killing each other, people killing other people they know, and “stranger crimes,” such as killings committed during a robbery or a drug deal gone bad. This last category is dwarfed by the other three, he said, and getting smaller all the time. Better policing has a lot to do with it, plus inventions like the cellphone, which has reduced the number of affluent customers wandering into dangerous parts of town to buy drugs. When it comes to the Most Dangerous Cities, Roman said, “your readership is not in danger.”

“Overwhelmingly when there’s a homicide, the two parties knew each other,” he said. “Violence begets violence.”

Steve Clowney

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So something nags me about this excerpt--why is Forbes summarizing Roman's statement this way. Specifically, what's the point of distinguishing between "women killing their children" and "family members killing each other"? They are the same category, and besides which, children are in far more danger from their fathers/step-fathers/mother's boyfriends than their mothers.

Posted by: Kate | Oct 19, 2012 8:03:04 AM

Kate, thanks. That's a great point. The "women killing their children" really does seem out of place.

Posted by: Steve Clowney | Oct 19, 2012 9:20:00 AM

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