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Turns out, violent crime has declined big time since 1992
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So why all the angst in Trump's acceptance speech? Some possible elements:
  • Republican's don't care too much for facts in other areas (climate change, guns, monetary policy, etc.).
  • Proximity bias, spectacular coverage of terrorist attacks create a sense of fear and imminent threat, even if the number of victims are orders of magnitude smaller than ordinary gun violence or more mundane causes of death like pollution or traffic.
  • Politics is highly tribal, which is with us since we emerged from living in small tribes on the African savanna. The threat is coming from 'the other' like immigrants and radical Islam.
  • Deliberate strategy to exploit white angst about unfavorable demographics and trends (decline in masculinity, etc.). 
On the third point, one might read this article:

Quote:Susan T. Fiske, a professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton,put it clearly:

Quote:People are often biased against others outside of their own social group, showing prejudice (emotional bias), stereotypes (cognitive bias), and discrimination (behavioral bias). In the past, people used to be more explicit with their biases, but during the 20th century, when it became less socially acceptable to exhibit bias, such things like prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination became more subtle (automatic, ambiguous, and ambivalent).

While politically speaking college men are keeping a relatively low profile this year and not broadcasting their views, there are hard-right conservative activists more than willing to grab center stage.

In March, Kimberly Ross, a regular contributor to the conservative web site RedState.com, wrote:

Quote:With Hillary, a kinder, gentler, let’s-bring-everyone-to-the-fold schtick is dead on arrival, because it’s so disingenuous, at least to us who don’t subscribe to the gooey social justice warrior mentality.

To Kimberly Ross and those who support her views, “gooey social justice” refers to the conjoined issues of race and gender. On these issues, Hillary Clinton and her progressive and liberal supporters have starkly different views from those of Donald Trump and his loyalists — to put it mildly.

The rage that this progressive perspective incites on the far right appears to animate, in varying degrees, the white men who support Trump. This anti-liberal rage was put on display in the extreme reaction to Hillary Clinton’s public comments in the aftermath of the slaughter of five policemen in Dallas last week.

Clinton told CNN on July 8, “I will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families who fear every time their children go somewhere,” adding,

I’m going to be talking to white people — I think we’re the ones who have to have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens.

The same day, on NBC, Clinton told Lester Holt that Americans “have to be honest, all of us, in facing implicit bias that all of us, unfortunately, may still have.”

Clinton continued along these lines Wednesday in a speech on race in Springfield, Ill.:

Quote:We do need to listen to those who say “Black Lives Matter.” Too many black Americans, especially young men, feel like their lives are disposable. And they worry every single day about what might happen. They have reason to feel that way. And it’s absolutely unacceptable.

To a Democrat, Clinton’s words sound reassuring and healing. Conservatives hear her words very differently: “Hillary Clinton Blames Whites, Cops for Deaths of Young Black Men” declared the July 8 headline on Breitbart.com.

Jim Hoft, writing on July 10 at thegatewaypundit.com,was even more explicit: “Hillary Clinton Calls for White People to Change after 5 White Cops Gunned Down in Dallas.”
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