Monday, January 26, 2015

"40 Days of Non-Violence" Kicks Off in 98% Black East St. Louis!

The neighborhood of Lafayette Square, one of the oldest (and currently, one of the toniest) neighborhoods in St. Louis, is 80 percent white. The community is 13.5 percent black, in a city that is 49 percent black and 43 percent white. 
C'mon guys! You can do it!


The racial breakdown of the city is important for the following reason. [South St. Louis neighborhood may soon pay for own private security, KMOV.com, 1-23-15]:
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill Friday that would allow for taxpayer money to be used to pay for private security in Lafayette Square. 
The bill was introduced and passed due to rising crime in the south St. Louis neighborhood. Car break-ins have recently occurred outside popular restaurants in the neighborhood. 
“Neighborhoods here are very conscious now, driving around a little bit more, doing some patrolling,” said Andrea Hughes, who both lives and owns a business in Lafayette Square. 
The bill approved by the Board of Aldermen would designate the neighborhood a special business district, which would give residents the power to tax themselves to pay for improvements and private security. 
“I think it’s one of the topics in respect to this tax that gets discussed the most. There is an uptick in crime this year and it is concerning for residents,” said 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia.
Who is responsible for creating the conditions of increased criminality (rising crime and threat of crime driving the cost of doing business in Lafayette Square up) in this disproportionately white - as related to overall city demographics - neighborhood in St. Louis? 

The same racial group responsible for individually creating the collective conditions of depravity, vice, and misery in 98% black East St. Louis. 

Black people. 

And it's this racial demographic driving the need for private security in Lafayette Park, while simultaneously being the reason East St. Louis just kicked off the 2nd annual "40 Days of Non-Violence." [East St. Louis kicks off 40 days of non-violence, BND.com, 1-24-15]:
An exuberant crowd gathered inside the East St. Louis City Hall rotunda Friday night to show their support for the city’s campaign for 40 days of non-violence in East St. Louis and surrounding communities. 
The theme for this second annual event is “If a day can make a difference, what a difference 40 days can make.” 
In describing the mission of the campaign, Joe Lewis Jr., the coordinator, said, “We are a faith-based and community-driven initiative whose purpose is to deter and ultimately eliminate violence in our communities through education, awareness and job creation.” 
Various businesses, churches and sororities have thrown financial and other support behind the initiative. Lewis said the participants will learn the art of communication, conflict resolution, how to dress to impress, role playing and life skills. 
The keynote speaker on Friday, St. Louis attorney Anthony Gray, who is representing Michael Brown’s family, told the crowd that “it’s going to take adults – your eyes and ears” to make this successful. He said when he was approached about the event, his first thought was “East St. Louis and 40 days of non-violence. Don’t you think that’s a tall order?” Then he thought, why not. Gray told the crowd that “people have to go back to the days when people kind of looked out for one another.” 
“I am locked in. I am dead serious about non violence. I have been involved in officer involved shootings. I have been robbed. It’s refreshing to see a group of people who are serious about this,” Gray said. “Remember the nosy neighbor? 
Some people thought that neighbor was a nerd, or a thorn in our side. We need that nosy neighbor today,” he said amid laughter and claps from the crowd. 
“Nothing does my heart more good than to see brothers and sisters getting involved in causes we consider predominately African-American. You would be surprised at the number of Caucasian brothers and sisters who have come out. I see the same thing in this crowd,” Gray said. 
Ruby Allen-Ellis, president of the National Coalition of Negro Women, said one of the workshops that is offered will teach the young people what to do if they are stopped by police. Does she think the community can win the fight against violence? “Yes, we can with all of the support from civic organizations, police officials, churches,” she said. 
“We have to be accountable and responsible for our youth,” said Michael Floore, the police chief of East St. Louis, where 24 homicides were recorded last year. 
“And the divide between the young people and police has to be bridged. We have to communicate better with each other. Our job is to protect and serve. We have to make sure they know we are on their side as long as they are on the side of the law.”
East St. Louis has just over 27,000 residents, 98 percent of whom are black

In 2014, the city had 24 homicides. 

The state of Maine has 1.3 million people, of whom 95.2 percent are white (1.2 percent of the population is black, largely of the Somalian/refugee variety): the entire state of Maine had only 24 homicides in 2013....

Of course, the 1st annual "40 Days of Non-Violence" didn't exactly magically create a momentary reprieve from crime, with homicidal tendencies only hibernating for a week...[Four killed since beginning of the year in East St. Louis, KMOV.com, 3-5-14]:
The 40 days of no violence campaign in East St. Louis ended on Wednesday but the mayor admits much more work needs to be done. 
Mayor Alvin Park said the program had an impact with overall crime down and the community is more engaged and involved. 
But authorities reported a total of four homicides have occurred since the beginning of 2014. 
"The ultimate thing here it’s all about a safer more vibrant community," Parks said, "And this initiative has reignited a new energy to move toward that end” 
"Safer" community is one devoid of a black population. [2 murders, 3 other shootings on the heels of 'Stop the Violence' rally in East St. Louis, KMOV.com, 5-27-2012]:
The Memorial Day Weekend has been filled with violence in East St. Louis. 
A man was shot and killed at a barbecue on Saturday. Another man was shot and killed early Sunday morning walking between bars. And about an hour later, 3 people were shot at a market. 
All the violence follows the “Stop the Violence” rally in East St. Louis on Friday featuring the parents of Trayvon Martin. 
News 4 asked Mayor Alvin Parks if the recent violence has been disheartening. 
“It's not disheartening, but what you have is frustration,” said Parks. “Because obviously the right people are not getting the message.”
Oh, but people are getting the message.

Those who live in the neighborhood of Lafayette Square in St. Louis (80 percent white) are prepared to be taxed even higher to raise a private army to keep protect their lives, liberty, property, property values, businesses and employees, as well as investments in their business safe from the same people who have turned East St. Louis into one of America's greatest examples of what Africans in America do to formerly American citizens.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fate, Up against your will

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A statement by the black defendant, filled with despondency over failing to kill more whites (even asking the family of Michael Brown for forgiveness in not exacting enough justice in the Gentle Giant's name...)
Detroit, 2015: A Black male (guilty of executing two whites) tells the family of Michael Brown he is sorry more justice - the killing of more whites - didn't occur


A reply from the mother of one the black defendant's white victims, affirming her belief in the power of forgiveness in the face of unrepentant race war. 

It could only happen in Detroit. 

It could only happen in America. 

[Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing, Washington Times, 1-23-15]:
A black man who was found guilty of murdering two white teenagers execution-style in a vacant Detroit field defiantly declared “black lives matter” Wednesday before being sentenced to life in prison. 
Fredrick Young and Felando Hunter were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for robbing, torturing and murdering Jourdan Bobbish and Jacob Kudla, who had met up with them in July 2012 to buy drugs, a local Fox affiliate reported. 
Young shocked the courtroom when he was given the chance to address the victims’ families, but instead apologized to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 
“I’d like to say sorry to the families of Aiyanna Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner,” he said. “And I want to apologize to them for not being able to get justice for their loved ones who was murdered in cold blood. 
“And in respect for the peaceful protest, I want to say ‘hands up don’t shoot,’” he said, raising his hands in the air. “Black lives matter — that’s it your honor.” 
Despite Young’s message, Jourdon Bobbish’s mother, Carrie Bobbish, spoke of forgiveness during her impact statement, the Fox affiliate reported. 
“In the end — knowing who Jourdan was, I believe he would want me to offer forgiveness,” she told the court. “Although I know I may struggle with that endeavor for the rest of my life, it would be what Jourdan would want. 
“On behalf of Jourdan and myself, I will pray for forgiveness for both of you,” she said to her son’s killers.
Just to clarify how those two white teens were murdered (execution-style). 

Witnesses said Kudla and Bobbish went to a house on Algonac near Hoover on the city's east side on July 22, 2012, looking to buy drugs. Instead, the two were robbed and forced into the trunk of a car.
Their bodies were found July 27, in a field at Lyford and French Road not far from the home in which they were last seen. The teens were forced to kneel before they were shot in the head.
Carrie Bobbish said her son would want her to forgive his killers.
Michael Bobbish questioned how his son's killers could have marched him and his friend into a field and to their deaths by shooting them in the heads.
He said his son was not afraid to venture into the city even though he warned him to "stay out of Detroit because it wasn't a good place."
And why isn't 83 percent black Detroit not a "good place?"

The same reason America in 2015 is becoming an increasingly bad place to be... like McDonald's, it's 365 Black. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

If I could find a souvenir Just to prove the world was here...

So the President of the United States agreed to be interviewed by a bovine black woman who once jumped into a tub full of milk and cereal, attempting to masticate the entire contents of said in the process.
Someone, please release the 99 Red Balloons...

She cut right to the heart of the matter of what keeps black people (incorrectly) up at night: the great fear of "po-po" killing their 'oh-so-innocent' black children. [WOW! GloZell Tells Obama She’s Worried “Po-Po” Is Going to Shoot Husband (Video), The Gateway Pundit, 1-23-15]:
Green-lipsticked GloZell interviewed Barack Obama on Thursday in the latest White House sideshow.

During the interview GloZell told Obama she’s worried about the “po-po” killing her husband and so she cut all the hoods off his hoodies.
Obama says, “I understand.”
GloZell: My husband is mad at me right now cuz I cut all the hoods off his hoodies.
Obama: Ha, ha, ha… I understand.
GloZell: I did that. I did that for real because I’m afraid when he goes outside that somebody might shoot and kill him. And it’s not like regular folks. It’s the po-po. I hope that this changes. How can we bridge the gap between black African-American males and white cop?
Obama: Well first of all, we always have to just remind ourselves that the overwhelming majority of police officers are doing a job well and are doing it professionally. What we also know is there are still biases in our society. And in split second situations where people have to make a quick decisions, studies have shown that African-American males are seen as more threatening which puts them in vulnerable situations.
It's quite easy to bridge the gap between black people and white cops, because no such "gap" exists. [The real racial bias: Cops more willing to shoot whites than blacks, research finds: ‘Counter-bias’ rooted in concerns over social and legal consequence, Washington Times, 1-5-15]

But it's even easier to realize no "gap" exists when police are no prepared to use a 'tactical retreat' as standard operating procedure when dealing with black people. [Ferguson aftermath causing police to consider retreat instead of force in certain situations, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-24-15]:
Like many officers involved in deadly force encounters, Darren Wilson said his training took over when he shot Michael Brown in Ferguson.
But what if Wilson had been trained differently?
The national upheaval from Brown’s death, and some others since, has put enormous pressure on law enforcement to find ways to control people’s behavior while using less violence. One possibility — simple but repugnant to some officers — is to teach police to back away from certain difficult situations until help can arrive.
The concept is known as “tactical retreat” or sometimes “tactical withdrawal” or “tactical restraint.”
“We add the word, ‘tactical’ and not just ‘retreating’ or ‘giving up’ because that’s what makes it palatable for police officers,” explained Seth Stoughton, a criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina. The former Florida officer is a nationally prominent advocate for applying the softer approach.
“It’s basically the choice to work smarter rather than harder.”
Wilson has said he was in his police SUV on Aug. 9 when Brown, standing outside, struggled with him through the vehicle window and Wilson’s gun fired twice. Brown was struck at least once in the hand, and ran. Wilson gave chase, and Brown turned back. Wilson then shot him multiple times, explaining later that he feared for his life.
Had Wilson been coached in tactical retreat, Stoughton said, he instead might have stepped on the gas to drive away from the encounter, and kept Brown in sight while waiting for backup.
Wilson “could have been trained to do something different to allow him to apprehend Michael Brown without putting himself in a situation that made him feel deadly force was the only safe response,” Stoughton explained. “Train police officers to avoid putting themselves in danger, and you will see them use less force to get themselves out of danger.
“That’s good for everybody.”
Chiefs of the St. Louis and St. Louis County police have said in recent interviews they are reviewing training with the principles of tactical retreat in mind.
But it’s a delicate dance, warned Sam Dotson, the city chief.
“Society has to realize that we pay police officers to keep us safe. And if every criminal knows, ‘If I confront an officer, they will take four steps back, that’s my escape route,’ then that becomes the new norm.”
Tactical retreat can be a hard sell to police traditionally trained to subdue an adversary — and to keep pouring on force until that is accomplished. Most departments have policies that provide discipline for cowardice.
Gabe Crocker, president of the St. Louis County Police Association, called the tactical retreat concept “cowardice retreat,” and complained that it is “shameful” to consider.
 It's "shameful" to consider so few people dare look at the ruins of Camden, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, North St. Louis, Birmingham, Memphis, Clayton County (Georgia), Gary (Indiana), Milwaukee, Baltimore, New Orleans,Wilmington (Delaware) and Rochester, noticing the exact same people are responsible for unleashing a destructive fury usually reserved for the nuclear missiles that flew because of 99 red balloons...

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Ineluctable Reality Few Dare Face: Without a Black Population, St. Louis would be Homicide Free...

About nine months before Darren Wilson and Michael Brown became household names, the New York Times published a feature story on type of life individual black people had collectively created  in North St. Louis. 


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch decided to supplant the Times 2013 expose of black North St. Louis, with a story detailing the complete collapse of the one-time purported center of the city's black middle class. 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights "onetime center of St. Louis' black middle class" now fighting high murder count, without noting Greater Ville neighborhood was 100 percent white in 1950 (and home to the infamous "Shelley House")

It was equally unflattering.

Both stories showcase the haunting validity of Robert E. Lee's timeless observation: “I have always observed that wherever you find the negro, everything is going down around him, and wherever you find the white man, you see everything around him improving.” [Onetime center of St. Louis' black middle class now fights high murder count, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-23-15]:
It didn’t take long for Virginia Savage to realize she needed to leave. 
The single mother moved her two children and nephew to an apartment on Greer Avenue in the Greater Ville neighborhood in late 2013. The block was half-empty, and her apartment stood among decaying, boarded-up buildings. It was what Savage, 48, could afford as a home health care aide, and it was close to where her kids went to school. 
“That was not good for us,” Savage explained later. “We moved two doors down from where the prostitutes stayed. Drug dealers. Drug users.” There was nightly gunfire, and her children often didn’t want to come home after school. 
The day before they moved late last year, a man was shot and killed a block away. 
Now she lives just a mile east, still on Greer Avenue and still in the Fourth Ward. 
But she said it feels like a different city: Fewer vacant buildings. Less gunfire. More long-term residents. Block parties. A block captain. Neighborhood patrols at night. 
A little distance can mean a big difference when it comes to St. Louis crime. 
Although murders were up 33 percent in 2014 over the year before, a Post-Dispatch analysis of police data shows that 102 of the 159 were slain in just eight of the city’s 28 wards. 
The Fourth Ward, in the heart of north St. Louis, is a good place to get a feel for that violence. It had 15 murders last year, second-highest of all the wards. 
It consists primarily of the Ville and Greater Ville neighborhoods — residents just call it the Ville — which once were the center of the city’s black middle class. Now, the typical household income is in the low- to mid-$20,000s, and unemployment is high. Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the population dropped 26 percent. 
Neighborhoods are pockmarked by vacant lots and crumbling homes, with conditions varying widely from block to block. The alderman, Sam Moore, said there are 1,242 vacant buildings in the area, a number he repeats for emphasis. Five schools sit empty. There are 1,700 vacant lots. Some entire blocks are just overgrown grass. 
“I’ve torn down over 600 buildings,” Moore said. “I can’t tear down all of them.”While murders were up, reports of other violent crimes — assault, rape and robberies — were down 24 percent last year, and showed a 56 percent drop since peaking in 2009. It was the biggest drop of any ward. The city had a 5.4 percent increase in such crimes last year. 
The contradiction is difficult to explain. Falling population and clearance of abandoned buildings obviously play a role. But Moore doesn’t believe that violent crime is dropping at all, and said that if the numbers are down it’s only because police don’t patrol there enough. 
The Greater Ville Preservation Commission director, Harold Crumpton, said that clearing vacant buildings has a significant effect. “When you tear down the places where (criminals) hang out,” he said, “they’re gone.” 
In recent years, Crumpton led a community effort to drive out crime, with regular meetings with residents. He and Moore worked to identify nuisance properties and contact landlords. 
He and volunteers have tacked up and passed out hundreds of signs encouraging people to report problems to the police and the Citizens’ Service Bureau. “We’re encouraging people to snitch,” he said. 
FIGHTING BACK 
Around the Ville, Crumpton, of the preservation commission, points to dozens of churches and historic brick homes that have been rehabbed, and blocks that remain fully populated. 
“What we’re looking at,” Crumpton said, “is a neighborhood that at one point had real strong middle class families living in it, and some of them are still living here. 
“These people are really fighting back,” he said. 
But his enthusiasm level varies block by block. He contrasts buildings too far gone to fix against new community gardens. He sees a corner store where gang members hang out, a block of new homes filled with families and an alley where someone was murdered. 
The Ville is filled with what Moore calls “dollhouses” — empty shells where much of the brick has been stripped away by thieves, exposing open rooms or entire floors of rotting furniture. Even one of the brightest spots — two blocks of newer houses on Lincoln Avenue — has a crumbling bungalow just waiting for a bulldozer.
"Dollhouses..."

 One of those "dollhouses" (remember... the so-called 'black middle-class' that inhabited the area known as Greater Ville weren't the people responsible with building the houses and neighborhood infrastructure; this was done by whites who left the area when Restrictive Covenants were deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court) in the Greater Ville neighborhood happens to be one of the most important addresses in the history of civil rights movement: The "Shelley House" at 4600 Labadie Avenue in North St. Louis.

The "Shelley House" being of the aforementioned 1948 Shelley v. Kraemer SCOTUS case... (for those wishing to quantify the costs of legalizing the spread of black dysfunction, consult here to learn the fiscal costs - burden - of the black undertow). 

Once, the sky seemed the limit for those living in the Greater Ville neighborhood. This was as late as 1950, when the entire neighborhood was 100 percent white. [Justice and the American MetropolisClarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom, p. 1-2]

Now, the condition of the nearly 100 percent black neighborhood is an ineluctable reminder that those who dared fight the black families integrating the Greater Ville neighborhood (because of the damning economic consequences they would bring, reflected back in the "dollhouses" of today) were absolutely, positively correct in their courageous stand. 

What's more, it can be stated with absolute certainty the city of St. Louis would be nearly homicide free without a black population; and the Greater Ville neighborhood would once again see the sky as the limit for those gentrifying the blighted, "dollhouse" infested community.