When you invite the Third World to take up residence in your First World country, don’t be surprised when it turns into a Third World country:
Forty-three of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world are in Latin America, according to a survey released Tuesday, including 19 in Brazil, which will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Mexico City didn’t make the list, and Ciudad Juárez, the border city with Texas that was once the world’s murder capital, fell this year to No. 27. But the fallen Mexican resort of Acapulco was No. 3, behind San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Caracas, Venezuela.
This is the seventh year that the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, a Mexico City advocacy, has compiled the list, based on official murder rates per 100,000 residents of cities with more than 300,000 people.
What’s happened to Latin America and Mexico, especially– entirely due to drugs and the drug trade — is an ongoing disgrace. When I was a kid, growing up near the Mexican border, Mexicans were widely regarded as hard-working, religious, peaceful people: culturally, but not “racially” different from Protestant America. (This was before the words “Hispanic” and “Latino” had entered the vocabulary of the racist Left.) Now, egged on by largely imaginary “racial” grievances, the country is a hot mess.
Also worrying: Brazil, the host of the 2016 Olympics, scores high on the violence scale as well:
Neither Rio de Janeiro, the host city for the 2016 Games, nor São Paulo, the industrial megalopolis, is ranked among the top 50 cities. Backed by a massive police presence, those two cities and 10 others that hosted matches for last year’s World Cup in Brazil managed to keep crime down during the month-long event.
But outside of the World Cup, many Brazilian cities grapple with high murder rates. The most murderous Brazilian cities are João Pessoa (4), Maceió (6), Fortaleza (8), São Luís (10), Natal (11), Vitoria (15), Cuiabá (16), Salvador (17), Belém (18) and Teresina (20), according to the survey. Brazilian cities ranking lower are Goiânia (23), Recife (29), Campina Grande (30), Manaus (33), Porto Alegre (37), Aracaju (39), Belo Horizonte (42), Curitiba (44) and Macapá (46).
Mexico has 10 cities on the list, while Colombia has five, Venezuela and the United States four each, three in South Africa, two in Honduras and one each in El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica.
And how are we doing, you ask? About what you’d expect:
The U.S. cities in the ranking are St. Louis (19), Detroit (22), New Orleans (28) and Baltimore (40).