Defending the Worst People Harms

If criminals, rioters, and vandals from within the group are to be automatically defended or excused for the sake of group solidarity, then the costs of that solidarity include not only a lower standard of living, since such people raise the costs of doing business in their neighborhoods and thereby raise the prices of goods and services above what they are in other neighborhoods, such people also cause fewer businesses to locate in their neighborhoods and fewer taxis to be willing to take people to such neighborhoods. Worst of all, the damage committed by those representing the lowest common denominator — encompassing crimes up to and including murder — is overwhelmingly against other members of their own group.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Race, Pos. 2144