The lie that “poverty” is the “cause” of crime has been definitively smashed with the news that Beattyville, Kentucky—officially dubbed America’s “poorest white town”—has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, with zero murders reported for more than a decade.
The controlled media, supported by far leftist “sociologists” have always blamed “poverty,” “discrimination,” “lack of opportunity,” and ultimately, “white racism” for sky-high nonwhite crime rates in America and Europe.
However, a recent article in CNN, titled “Trump gives America’s ‘poorest white town’ hope” (February 6, 2017), revealed that Donald Trump had won 81 percent of the vote in Beattyville, a town which, the article said, “earned the unfortunate distinction of being the ‘poorest white town in America’ from 2008 to 2012.”
“Depending on which metric you look at, it still ranks among the most impoverished in the country,” the CNN report added.
According to the U.S. Census bureau, Beattyville is 99.7 percent white.
CNN reported that the majority of Beattyville residents get some form of government aid, with 57 percent of households receiving food stamps and 58 percent getting disability payments from Social Security.
Beattyville was not always impoverished—just a few decades ago it was a boomtown, but the closure of the local coal mining industry brought large-scale unemployment, a situation which was aggravated during the Obama presidency when the only large local factory closed its doors.
“All that’s left are a few grocery stores, gas stations and small businesses. And drugs,” the CNN report goes on to state, inadvertently revealing that the problems facing Beattyville are therefore identical to that facing Detroit or any other nonwhite city in America.
That, however, is where the parallel ends.
Whereas violent crime is rampant in the nonwhite centers, in Beattyville it is all but nonexistent.
According to data provided by City-Data, which uses official U.S. Government statistics, since 2004 there have been zero murders in Beattyville. During that time, there has been one rape, and three robberies.
Statistically speaking, City-Data reported, the official 2015 violent crime rate in Beattyville was 0 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the official U.S. average of 207.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The comparison cannot be clearer: a majority white town, facing the identical economic and social problems as any of the nonwhite cities and towns in America, has a crime rate which is statistically insignificant.
On the other hand, the crime rates in the nonwhite majority cities such as St. Louis (Missouri), Baltimore (Maryland), Detroit (Michigan), New Orleans (Louisiana), and Newark (New Jersey)—which together make up the top five most dangerous cities in America—are sky high.
The leftist claim that poverty or lack of opportunity “causes” crime is therefore completely undermined by a comparison between poor white areas, and poor nonwhite areas.
Race is the only statistically significant correlating factor with crime—and the far left, the controlled media, and the anti-white establishment are simply lying when they claim otherwise.
- Since this story was published, several readers have drawn our attention to a double murder committed in Beattyville in August 2016. This incident was obviously too recent to have been included in the official government statistics quoted above. However, given that this was the first murder case recorded in Beattyville in more than a decade, it hardly affects the statistics or the essential meaning of the article, and certainly cannot be compared to the 762 murders recorded in Chicago during the 12 months of 2016.