I think you’re getting excessively worked up over my phrasing.
Look, there’s a reason that certain neighborhoods get bad reputations. The South Bronx WAS an extremely dangerous neighborhood in the Seventies and early Eighties (it’s somewhat less so now). It WAS a place with an extremely high crime rate.
But contrary to “Bonfire of the Vanities,” most of the crime victims weren’t white folks who just wandered into the area by mistake or made a wrong turn while heading to Yankee Stadium. Most of the victims of serious crimes in the South Bronx were black people who lived there year-round.
Black-on-black crime was the norm. Black-on-white crime was relatively rare, though it tended to get a lot of publicity when it happened.