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Rowan Towers -"I am at a loss about what I can do to stop this war on black girls."

*Trigger Warning* This is a post about an incident involving a 7 year-old girl in an apartment building called Rowan Towers in Trenton, NJ. * End Trigger Warning*

Yes I received your emails and tweets about this story. I, like many of your have read about the case in Trenton, New Jersey where a 7 year-old little girl was gang raped by up to 26 men after she was "sold" to them by her 15 year-old step sister who was performing various sex acts at a "party."

I didn't post on it here when I heard about this latest case at Rowan Towers because I really do need a break after almost three years of constant reporting on EVIL inflicted on Black women and girls in this country. My response to the latest wave of "shock" at the treatment of very young Black girls in certain Black communities is READ MY ARCHIVES!

Type in Ramona Moore, Dorothy Dixon, Dunbar Village, Milwaukee, Ebony Dorsey, Daniyah Jackson.. . the list goes on and on. Go back and read Why Aren’t the Lives of Black Women Treasured?: I wrote that in November of 2007. Nothing has changed. I'm not writing it again. READ THE ARCHIVES!

Sorry folks, this is no longer "bizarre" or "shocking." Stop acting as if these types of crimes committed against very young Black girls are some type of aberration. This would only be "unheard of" if you weren't paying attention to this blog for the last three years.
TRENTON, N.J. - Two men and three teenage boys were charged Saturday with gang-raping a 7-year-old girl who was sold by her 15-year-old stepsister during a party at a crime-ridden apartment building in the state's capital, police said. MSNBC

Oh it gets worse and the Mayor of Trenton, Douglas Palmer shows himself to be a jelly-spined ineffectual, morally bancrupt, feckless leader:
The 7-year-old girl told the police she knew the party was trouble, but she went because she wanted to protect her sister, Mr. Palmer said. Both girls had been on the blotters of various child welfare services, he said.

The girls had been reported missing to the Trenton police at the time of the episode, Mr. Bocchini said.

Mr. Palmer said the 7-year-old met him at his office on Thursday, and he gave her a stuffed Easter bunny. But the family will soon be moved out of the area, he said, because “she will be stigmatized.” NY Times.

Well Golly Gee, Mayor , exactly whose job is it to destroy the "stigma" of being the victim of sexual assault? This family isn't moving to avoid "stigma" Clearly the 15 year old already had a certain "stigma" to be headed to a party to perform tricks and taking her 7 year old sister along  for protection. This does not appear to be a "Family" that cares about "stigma". And why is this child at the Mayor's Office and not at home? And why are adults reinforcing that this little girl has anything to be ashamed of? And why have her idiot parents placed her in a positions to be "stared at" - according to the little girl?

Oh and this isn't the first time that an innocent child has been left to fend for themselves from the actions of an older child or adult with a DOCUMENTED HISTORY of "issues":
Palpably anguished by the death threats the family has been receiving since the Sunday assault on the child, the grandmother said the teen has a history of mental and behavioral problems.

The woman, whose name is being withheld by The Times, said the older girl tried to dissuade the younger child from following her to the troubled Rowan Towers apartment building.

"She said she told (the 7-year-old) to go back a couple of times," the woman said.

Well Golly Gee! That makes it all better. She told the 7 year-old to go back a "couple of times."
"She's been medicated for all of her life, mostly," the grandmother said. "Kindergarten, grade school, and things get worse and worse every year." NJ.com

Well the 15 year old wasn't too MEDICATED to count the money she got in exchange for her services. She wasn't too MEDICATED to walk to that apartment building. She wasn't too MEDICATED to push the number 13. She wasn't too MEDICATED to negotiate the sale of her 7 year old sister. Medicated miblakarse!

And don't get me started on the ABSENT BIOLOGICAL father of the 7 year old girl who we haven't heard hide nor hair from. He appears to have failed to do a thing to protect his 7 year old daughter from this MEDICATED person.

Oh and granny want's y'all to know she's a ride or die chick for "blood relatives."
"My granddaughter's a victim, too," she said, determined to support her flesh and blood. "I'm telling you, I'm a captain, I'm going down with my ship." NJ.Com

Here Granny, let me hand you a couple of 50 pound bags of cement to speed up the sinkage of your ship.

You can read the entire article with Granny's viewpoints and you will notice NUMEROUS patterns we've already covered on this blog. READ THE ARCHIVES.

It will warm your heart that folks are clamoring to turn this little 7 year old girl in to another Megan Williams. You remember Megan? She served as a broken beaten human prop so a group of narcissistic men could bask in the glow of the media spotlight around her. When the cameras went away, they threw her away.
Jay-Z was so outraged after hearing about the gang-rape of a 7-year-old city girl that the rap king reportedly agreed to join this weekend's “Stop the Violence” rally in Trenton.
Joining Jay-Z for Saturday's 7 p.m. rally at the Lighthouse Outreach Ministry will be hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Peace Keepers founder Dennis Muhmmad and several others. Video messages by rappers Chuck D., Ludacris and Trenton’s Wise Intelligent will be shown during the rally.
North Jersey community activist Fitrah Muhammad said the rally is to “stop violence against our babies and community at large.”

Really? because what the people of Rowan Towers need MOST is to be ENTERTAINED.

Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton, and Jay-Z sink to new lows, who knew you could fall lower than HELL.  This is the same Al Sharpton that trotted down to West Palm Beach to hold a rally at the behest of the supporters of the Dunbar Village gang rapists. Then LIED about it when Black bloggers called him on it. This is the same Al Sharpton that threw Megan Williams under the bus and tried to sic prosecutors on a mentally disabled woman.

Am I the only one who sees the irony in men who marginalize and objectify women as a MATTER OF COURSE, holding a "rally" tangentially related to the sexual violence they promote? Who uses child rape to promote a concert/ rally? Notice that they couldn't even dedicate this RALLy to this child, but had to throw her in as an afterthought to  ... "the community at large." Let's be clear. This rally has nothing to do with Black women and girls. This is all about them. them. them.

Notice these $#*&^%s aren't holding a fundraiser for this child.  Notice they aren't organizing resources and counseling for this child. Notice they don't appear to be all that concerned that his little girl is already indicating that she thinks people are "staring at her." Uh uh, nothing gets in the way of Rev. Al and the Hip Hop Industrial Complex needing to hold a concert.

This is a MEDIA STUNT and a low down dirty STUNT at that. Next week Krispy Kreme will be holding a rally for weight loss and nutrition.

You don't need a Stop the Violence Rally, you need a START SNITCHING Rally.

We've Traveled This Road Before- We Know How This Ends

This case is basically identical to the case in Milwaukee where an 11 year old girl was raped by up to 20 men and boys after being lured by a 15 or 16 year old girl. In that case, there were adults in the other rooms of the house who did nothing while this went on. At the end of the case, one of the neighbor women who was 21 years old was angry because one of the assailants was sentenced to five years.
“Five years? Ten years? That’s ridiculous,” said LaToya Bell, 22, sitting on a porch with four others who nodded in agreement. “They (are) getting time for nothing. That girl, she knew what she was doing.“
LaToya Bell, 22 speaking about the gang rape of an 11-year old by up to 20 men and boys.

No, the 11 year old girl didn't get a concert or rally.

This case is EXACTLY like the Dunbar Village case in which community leaders ALLOWED a crime infested hellhole to survive and thrive and then were "embarrassed" when the whole world noticed. If the conditions at Rowan Towers were so bizzare and a clear and apparent threat to its inhabitants, then logic tells us that this building was a public nuisance and should have been razed to the ground. But it wasn't. The Mayor knew about Rowan Towers long before this incident why is he holding press conferences and handing out teddy bears now?

Here is a newsflash about what I've discovered in my three years of blogging here. ..In certain parts of the Black community, Black women and girls are chattel - objects - strike that. You can't even say that they are property because no one really takes "ownership" of them. They are treated more liked debris. Over two years ago we pointed out that Pitt Bulls are considered more precious than Black women and girls. (Maybe Black Women Should Be Pit Bulls in Our Next Life —The Hypocrisy of Russell Simmons and Rev. Al)

Pitt bulls get treated better than Black women and girls in CERTAIN communities.  They wouldn't have gang raped a dog after all if it happened to show up at that "party."  No doubt if the 15 year old "step sister" would have caught HELL for so much as kicking the family dog... her little sister... not so much.

This is also the point where I'm supposed to rail againsT the  7 year old's mother for exposing this child to the 15 year-old step sister, but I'm too tired of going on and on about Mothers and Fathers who sell their children down river in the name of "romantic love." READ THE ARCHIVES!

So despite the fact that there is little that shocks me when it comes to the abuse and misuse of very young Black girls in our community, why am I breaking self imposed silence to address this case in this space. Because the case is already getting national attention which is not often the case with some of the cases we've covered in the past. So you didn't need me to make you aware that this happened. Why post about it?

Can I find anything constructive about "discovering" yet another "community" of Black people who think that little Black girls are less than chattel / the family pet? Is there anything revelatory about another "blended" household where defenseless children are sacrificed for the relationships of their "parents"?  Do we really need to rehash parents who do nothing in the face of a clear danger to their children? READ THE ARCHIVES!

After three years, I realize that just continuing to talk about the atrocities committed against Black women and girls is not enough for me. Therefore, my current focus is maintaining my sanity and taking proactive steps to create a world I want to live in as oppose to providing color commentary as Black women and girls are marched to their LIVING DEATHS. However, BlackSeaGoat raised an important point I wish to address here.
Short of making a road trip to Trenton and throwing several sticks of dynamite into the jail complex where the suspects are being held, I am at a loss about what I can do to stop this war on black girls. BlackSeaGoat

First, you need to chill out with the whole sticks of dynamite stuff.  On to the part about you being lost about what to do. How to fix this.

This isn't the first time I've gotten this question and since only a small number of you have ever attended one of the events where I speak at length about the War on Black Women, you haven't heard this before.

Typically once I get through speaking, the room is shell shocked. Literally, people are in a daze. eyes wide open and filled with terror, revulsion, I watch their little human spirits shrink before my very eyes as they become aware of the horrific treatment some Black women and girls receive in our "communities".

While I might have been living and breathing Dunbar Village, Milwaukee, Ramona Moore, and Daniyah Jackson for three years, the audience is completely oblivious. Someone always wants to know...NOW WHAT?

Take a Deep Breath and Get Some Perspective

We all know that there are institutional forces that want us to believe that Black dysfunction is our community's destiny. That dysfunction is "Black culture." Not only do these institutions promote this, but there is a 5 mile long line full of Black people willing to come to blows with you for saying otherwise. There is a great deal INVESTED in making sure Black = dysfunction.

Many of these people lead organizations with lots of letters in their names. We call them the Alphabet Soup Organizations or the Civil Rights Industrial Complex. They raise money and wield the veneer of political power based on the premise that Black people are infantile and in constant crisis. Their number one priority is purportedly the crisis of young Black males. Notice the organizers of the "rally" could be bothered to dedicate the ENTIRE event to violence against Black women.

Their partners are the Entertainment Industrial Complex. The EIC, is ultimately headed by non-Black entertainment executives who dictate what Black culture is to "high ranking" Black people who have such titles as VP of A&R and CEO. Joining these destroyers in their pursuits are Black folks, like Bob Johnson and Debra Lee, who view other Black people as flies (to their spiders) or hosts. Their goal is to take as much from Black people as possible, indifferent to the massive collateral damage inflicted on other Black people in order for them to get ahead. Notice I haven't mentioned poverty, the prison industrial complex or Africa. That is intentional.

Having provided you with an example of powerful forces in the Black community whose LIFEBLOOD is protecting the myth that Black equals dysfunction, I want to encourage you to resist the impulse to believe that what these institutional actors purport and what happened in Rowan Towers might lead you to conclude.

While we face a systematic cultural assault,  when this little girl was being taken to her LIVING DEATH, there was another little Black girl whose Mama and Daddy who were watching her like a hawk and prepared to fight Satan, Dante, and the Kracken to protect her.

While this 15 year old was prostituting herself, another 15 year old was learning how to drive, or plotting strategy for next year's PSAT, excited about going off to college one day.

There were Black people who resigned themselves to a life of slavery. And then there was Harriet Tubman.

There were Black people who resigned themselves to ride at the back of the bus. And then there was Rosa Parks.

When we start to believe that what happened in Rowan Towers defines all of Black humanity, then we are doomed. They win. We lose. And in a world where we lose, EVERY little Black girl's risk of ending up this this child increases exponentially.

Like Harriet Tubman, you need to remind yourself that there is a North Star. That even in the shadow of systematic slavery, there are still some free territories. There is still hope. There are still good people in the world and they didn't go away because an apartment full of monsters unleashed their evil upon the most defenseless and innocent among us.

I have been all over the country. I have met many people who read this blog. I hear from others constantly. While far too many young Black girls are being turned into the LIVING DEAD- Many are still truly alive. When they win and we lose, we mortgage our own sanity and the futures of these children.

If we were all THE LIVING DEAD, this would not shock us. You should feel good about being angry and shocked.  It means you're alive. It means you still give a day-um which is more than we can say about the people who did this to this little girl or those who fail to cooperate with law enforcement's investigation. COWARDS! IDIOTS!  USELESS CONSUMERS OF OXYGEN!

I'm done for the week. This wore me out-BYE.

Upcoming Posts:
There is an US. There is a THEM
Sovereign territory for SANE Black People
The Lunacy of An Army of One.

Reader Comments (84)

The first step is black women and girls loving each other enough to stop the insanity. Being a single mother is not excuse for being inattentive and just doing an overall crappy job. Heal yourself or at least allow yourself to grow before you have children. I mean when you reach out to children you end up trying to combat attitudes and beliefs they have learned in their own family and not even pop culture as much. Troubled black children need to be re-programmed, they need to replace public schools with boarding schools to get them away from the negative influences of their own families and communities or we need to have more mixed income communities. We cannot survive having a bunch of low income, low educated, young female headed households in one building/area.

How do we get folks to put the drugs down, I bet at least 90% of these families involved are the offspring of crackheads.

I think the rally is step in the right direction, it sends the signal to people violence is not acceptable behavior for those who have no parental guidance. I don't know who else they could ask, I mean its not like the neighborhood would come out in force to hear Bell Hooks or the director of the local community center. Al Sharpton and Jay Z are the ones who have these people eyes and ears at the moment. Maybe they can ask MC Lyte or somebody to speak also. And I think black women are just as guilty with being obsessed by looking out for men too and not the girls. They think loyalty will protect them

There were 5 or 6 arrest in these case a couple of days ago. They arrested 2 adults and I think 3 minors, so some people are talking.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Maybe we can have another Million Women March?

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Have you ever noticed the trend in which Black legislators on the state, local, and national levels often represent districts where there are high rates of Black on Black victimization? And those on the national level are oddly silent about this. Then there are the members of an unelected body called "Black Leadership" who say next to nothing about this. Lately this oligarchy of Leaders and politicians have been beating a drum about how we, Black people, ought fear a bunch of white survivalists in the backwoods of Michigan and Tea Partiers while saying nothing about the Black on Black terrorism that has gripped our communities. Its as if, these Black officials derive their livelihood off our blight and misery.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

I was driving this morning when I heard about this on the news. I was nearly in tears and almost had to pull my car over. I'm old enough to remember a time where that when something like this was reported in the news, you could be certain that it had taken place in some other community, not OURS. Not US. It's a crying shame that some of us have become so morally bankrupt that we gladly sell our souls the devil and frollic around with him in the bowels of hell. If I can take anything positive from this situation, it's that there were residents in that community who were not afraid to speak up, and cooperated with police to catch some of the perpetrators. I hope they all get caught. Sex offenders, particulary pedophiles, are a special breed of evil. They should all be dropped on an island, in the middle of the ocean, with no means of escape and forced to fend for themselves for the remainder of their days. Why waste tax dollars housing and feeding them in jail? To my knowledge, none have been successfully rehabilitated. They are a blight on society, so I say just discard them like they discard their victims.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest


you know whats weird, that these activist come on the radio daily talking about rights and they almost always are talking about the rights of defendants. Its like speaking on behalf of the black community has become synonomous with prison rights or something to these people. Worrying about voting rights for people who didn't even vote when they had the right

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik


You hit it on the head. Black activists equate Black with criminal and poor. This is an aggregate of Civil Rights ideology. Here is why: The strategy of Civil Rights ideology was to integrate, in other words, Black empowerment was directly proportional to proximity to white people - the closer to white people we were the better off we were. Civil Rights ideology had a predisposition to hold in low regard the ability of Black people to create and operate successful institutions. Should we be surprised when the ideological descendants of Civil Rights ideology continue to view Black people as something less that responsible and honest citizens while simultaneously marginalizing the victims of Black on Black victimization?

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

How ironic that Jay-Z after being apart of an industry that promotes violence and misogyny would think that it's appropriate for him to get involved in this tragedy.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

A 15 year old cannot consent, much less sell anyone. The men are at fault here. They are rapists.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth Hill

I think it is up to black women and girls to help eachother.In order for this to be done I believe that many black women would simply have to break most if not all ties with black men they have been involved with or surrounded by.I recognize the huge role that black women play in their own self destruction and in the self destruction of girls but I think many of those destructive behaviors are very much so connected to bw unhealthy relationships with bm,unhealthy indoctrinations of support for community/bm, and their unwillingness to detach from many of these bm.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

@Al from bayshore. All excellent points@Have you ever noticed the trend in which Black legislators on the state, local, and national levels often represent districts where there are high rates of Black on Black victimization? And those on the national level are oddly silent about this. Then there are the members of an unelected body called “Black Leadership” who say next to nothing about this. Lately this oligarchy of Leaders and politicians have been beating a drum about how we, Black people, ought fear a bunch of white survivalists in the backwoods of Michigan and Tea Partiers while saying nothing about the Black on Black terrorism that has gripped our communities. Its as if, these Black officials derive their livelihood off our blight and misery.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.


You are 100% right about the civil rights ideology. Most proponents of "Civil Rights" believe that blacks are inherently inferior to whites. So they automatically think that the black populate (excluding them and their people) should not be held to the same standard as others (protecting children, having clean neighborhoods, safety, financial responsibility, etc.) which is why "we" need all types of extra attention and help to just be decent human beings.

It is really sick and disgusting.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReese

I didn't meant to sound so defeated and hopeless. However, you mentioned something that has given me an idea regarding the number of "Stop the Violence" rallies that typically accompany the heinous acts that have become commonplace in the "black community".

I think that a START SNITCHING RALLY could be highly successful and easily organized; it just needs to be marketed in such a way that community stakeholders will buy into it.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

I hear you on the Civil Rights ideaology of integration and I'm sure that plays a role but how about this take:

As the integration so-called civil rights leaders sought (regardless of their motivations) began to be achieved they realized they would be out of power and out of the money-collecting business if we as a community actually did build our own institutions or even succeeded in the formerly all-white ones. So I think they perpetuate the conditions of constant crisis or at least don't do anything to solve them just to keep themselves in business.

In fairness I think a lot of people involved in the push for rights in the civil rights era just wanted access to the white institutions they had been denied despite helping to build and sustian them. But I think it didn't take long for some of the so-called leaders to realize that if the people really did achieve they wouldn't need them to to slay the dragon for them anymore. So they support siutations that give rise to new dragons and still blame them on the white power structure. And of course they are the only ones that know how to stand up to that.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee

PS: I have copied everything you wrote after take a deep breath to hold in my archives forever. You have said what I have been trying to voice for years.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee

Where is the mother or father of the 7 year old? I'm wondering if the family knew the 15 year old was troubled why in the world was she allowed to be in charge of the 7 year old or have the 7 year old protect her? This sick family situation is why Newt Gingrich was trying to push reopening of Orphanages back in the 1990s, many families especially in inner city neighborhoods are not equipped to properly care for and raise children. Some have children just to get public assistance in some black communities the situation is almost as bleak as it was during slavery almost as if we as black americans have went backwards. The solution is complex and varied but a few remedies are to stop public assistance if you have children you can't care for or don't want allow the state care for them, stop rewarding bad behavior, also

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Also we as black people need to stop confusing support for being an enabler tolerating sick behavior is not having someones back its as if your around a mentally ill person who is doing crazy stuff and your sane but you go along with the insanity to please the sick person, black people in inner city areas support protect and rally for known people who don't deserve it. I'm from Oakland,Ca last year a career criminal shot and killed 4 police officers there was a rally held a few days later to support the criminal! The worst among us are making us all look bad and hurting our chances at true equality

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

These low income housing complexes, projects, etc. needs to be leveled. All they do is breed destruction, from the Jordan Downs in Watts to the Marcy housing complex in NY. It's just a generational cycle of the lowest socioeconomic status.

So the grandmother says that the fifteen year old has had mental issues while being medicated most of her life. There is no way that child should have been left alone with that teenager, nor welcomed into that house.

Side note, is this the same Al Sharpten, who's daughter was beat up by her boyfriend a few weeks ago and he has done nothing regarding that????

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLD

What can I say. I have known for years that black women where not seen as human for many black boys and black men. They could not make the choices they do if they did see black women in any different way. I pray for the little girl. I pray for all little black girls because black boys and men really do not love or care for them. I pray for them because there are so many black women who can not seem to raise black boys to love little black girls.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkim

Frankly, women cannot fix this problem. Men/boys raped and are raping these women and girls.

The only way to fix this is for the MEN in the Black community that purport themselves to be GOOD MEN, to take action the old fashion way. Start Neighborhood watches, escort children and old women, start policing the behaviors of their neighbors even armed militia against these creatures.

At this time, there is no serious repercussions for these sick behaviors other than what the judicial system executes. This problem is home-grown and will not be fixed by the majority white population. They will only take action when it becomes a problem in their neighborhoods.

The fact that no action is being taken, other than lip service, means that it is only a matter of time before the "good" Black communities will succumb to the same blight...

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Karen said "The only way to fix this is for the MEN in the Black community that purport themselves to be GOOD MEN, to take action the old fashion way. Start Neighborhood watches, escort children and old women, start policing the behaviors of their neighbors even armed militia against these creatures."

Yes. I find it LAUGHABLE that the "solutions" to every problem rest with women. How's that working for us? In what civilization in human history have women born the burden of providing physical protection. You didn't see cavewomen running behind the woolly mammoth and the saber tooth tiger.

The reason other Black women pop off about this being Black women's fault is to make the woman spouting such beliefs feel more secure and more in control. Because afterall if something is out of Black women's control, then we're all vulnerable. ANd Black women aren't allowed to be vulnerable.... except that we all are.

Black men ought to be insulted that people don't look to them to protect their own communities.
They can start by protecting their offspring.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

But African-American men have already repeatedly demonstrated that they're NOT going to do anything productive about this. [With the exception of roughly 2% of BM like Blk SeaGoat. There aren't enough Blk SeaGoats to put a dent into this mess.]

We're at a point of triage with this sort of thing. Since these African-American residential hellpits are not going to be cleansed from the inside (not enough AA men willing to do so)---

---nor will they be razed to the ground (I can already hear the hysterical outcry from those AAs who have knee-jerk responses in support of free cheese and low-income housing for nonproductive, permanently no-working AAs)---

---then those AAs with any sense left should:

(1) Run for our lives and evacuate these Black residential hellpits and neighborhing areas that are within striking distance of the hellpit inhabitants (for the "We be too po' to move" argument---if AAs can save their nickels and dimes to relocate to states that offer larger welfare benefits, then we can save our money to relocate somewhere safer. We tend to buy whatever we want and then beg for whatever we need);

(2) Take the salvagable Black girls in our immediate orbit (nieces, granddaughters, and so on) out of those Black residential hellpits.

(3) Leave toxic and deranged persons (such as the 15-year old step-sister) behind to their own fates and their own devices (in the hellpits). Folks like that deranged girl are already too far gone to be salvaged. And, when "rescued," such toxic persons only bring their poison behaviors to previously safe(er) environments. They recreate hellpit conditions wherever they go.

Any woman who thinks she's going to shame or nag AA men into taking action to save Black women and children's lives is mistaken. Don't bet your life or your children's lives on the hope that AA men will take action. They've conclusively demonstrated that they won't do so. We've reached a point that most AA males are looking to BW to protect, provide for, and rescue them.

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

Black men ought to be insulted that people don’t look to them to protect their own communities

Well these days it must be obvious to them, and they many don't seem to care. I saw a grown man and a teen arguing on the train, did the man sitting next to them say anything to calm them down? Nope it was a young woman. Stand up guys are in the minority these days.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Stand up guys are in the minority these days.

This is why these atrocities will continue/escalate and the BC as we knew will cease to exist.

IMHO, it is already dead.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

@ Sabrina: "Where is the mother or father of the 7 year old? I’m wondering if the family knew the 15 year old was troubled why in the world was she allowed to be in charge of the 7 year old or have the 7 year old protect her? This sick family situation is why Newt Gingrich was trying to push reopening of Orphanages back in the 1990s, many families especially in inner city neighborhoods are not equipped to properly care for and raise children. Some have children just to get public assistance in some black communities the situation is almost as bleak as it was during slavery almost as if we as black americans have went backwards."

We have gone backwards. I was once a 7-year-old pigtailed little girl, who jumped rope, played jacks and patty-cake in front of our building, and NEVER had to confront the idea that I would be gangraped by a group of men. But I was 7 years old a long time ago. And I had a MARRIED mother and father, with my daddy having been in the Army. Boys had to go through him to get to me and my sister. And he was a brick wall of a man...

I go back to my old building now and all I see is chaos. And I disagree with those that minimize our role as women. I saw the transition from us valuing the importance of MARRIAGE based families for children, to having random men, random sex, random kids and random, violent lives.

We encouraged a whole generation of our young women and men to believe that husbands and fathers were not necessary to the lives of us and our children, and now look what we have.

We're now waiting for men to stand up who we didn't believe should be there in the first place.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwanda

I read a report that said the 7 year old did live with the father, was that not true?

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I am SO outraged and hurt by the stories of these poor girls. I was raised in the NY/NJ area, so I guess the pain of this horror hits closer to home for me.

This has got to stop.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwanda

Amen! to the last two comments!!!!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShermayne

It will take both the women and the men in the community to solve this problem. First, and I know you hate this, but women have to set standards for the men (well the people in general) they let into their lives. If they don't live up, step. Then you keep striving on, by yourself, with a man of another race or a black man that might not fit your original list, to a safer neighborhood (even if non-black), to the police to report these predators. Take the men who don't live up out of your world.

Then the men would have to fall in line and become those types of men if they wanted to be in your world, your neighborhood or your home.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee

Things do not happen in a vacuum. It takes both parts men and women to make a society work. For the women to have had their way, means the men had to willingly give up their responsibilities as men. To my knowledge, women have never been able to force men en masse to do anything they did not want to do.

We live in a patriarchal world. Men control, so there had to be a willingness on part of these men to give up that control and responsibility. Because of this, these zones will grow. Societies are judged by how they take care of their most vulnerable, women and children. These "men" are not judged favorably at all.

An "old-school" black man would never give up his right or responsibility for his children. The fact that men have no problem with abandoning and/or not protecting their children goes far beyond what women may or may not have wanted.

Fact is that women cannot raise boys to be men, fathers and husbands. The exception does not prove the rule.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Its like speaking on behalf of the black community has become synonomous with prison rights or something to these people. Worrying about voting rights for people who didn’t even vote when they had the right

Troubled black children need to be re-programmed, they need to replace public schools with boarding schools to get them away from the negative influences of their own families and communities or we need to have more mixed income communities.

Well these days it must be obvious to them, and they many don’t seem to care. I saw a grown man and a teen arguing on the train, did the man sitting next to them say anything to calm them down? Nope it was a young woman.

-yes, yes and yes. I agree that many black children would be better served wholly removed from their environments. Being in W. Baltimore on Easter pressed that home to me this weekend.

-I think it isn't so much that they don't care. They are AFRAID. Why? Because no matter how we like to cite the much lower crime stats about others to deflect from the problem, black men are generally more dangerous than other men. Who knows this better than a black man? Their letting this s-t slide for so many years has rendered them impotent in the face of unchecked aggression and violence.

I'll take it one step further. I wouldn't want to give people like these the franchise. Most assume that such voters would vote for liberal/progressive measures that purport to take care of the least of these. ummmm....THESE EX-CONS ARE THE ONES WHO PREY ON THE LEAST OF THESE. Do you REALLY think someone who has made a career out of preying on folks is going to turn around and help?? Further, look at any jackbooted fascist, destructive movement in the history of the earth and you will find it infested with ex-cons and the dregs of society. As an example, DC gets approximately 2000 ex-cons a year. You see what kind of foolishness that has come out of that city (and now in Ward 8). Most of those ex-cons are going to certain parts of the city (Ward 8 for example). Can you imagine who they could propose and elect for office? Do you think they would be above intimidation and extortion to get a vote??

@sabrina~Lovell "rapist" Mixon = freedom fighter? GTFOH. That turned me off from living in Oakland.

Black men ought to be insulted that people don’t look to them to protect their own communities.

They ought to realize that a major reason why other communities look down upon them and don't see them as men is because of their dogged refusal to do their basic job as men. The temporary high they get off of beating down women has long-lasting, far-reaching consequences vis-a-vis the world.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

They are AFRAID. Why? Because no matter how we like to cite the much lower crime stats about others to deflect from the problem, black men are generally more dangerous than other men. Who knows this better than a black man?

I have to agree here. Part of the problem is that a lot of black men are just as afraid of other black men as non-black men are. Whites place strict boundaries on their communities to ensure the safety of their women and children and one of the MAIN restrictions they make is based on race and class. Black men would literally have to physically battle these parasites to take back some of these neighborhoods. Many black men just up and left - taking their wives (black or non-black) and children with them to safer neighborhoods where they are in the minority. Or they have a few remaining upper middle class black neighborhoods (like Baldwin Hills in LA) where they can escape some of the more violent, parasitic black men. However, many of these neighborhoods are still in close proximity to the hood.

Basically, short of moving to an integrated neighborhood and "spreading out", the only option black men have is to go toe to toe with criminals. Some black men feel like it's not worth risking their lives to protect black women and children they don't know. Or even ones they do know but they are not married to or serious about.

It would take the small percentage of good black men feeling a collective duty to ALL black women and children left behind in these ghettos for any sort of change to occur. They would have to cooperate with law enforcement, carry firearms, have a presence in these neighborhoods morning, noon and night to make sure that the women and children can move with ease to work, school, ,activities, etc. There would have to be zero tolerance for homophobia, sexism, colorism, and violence with STRICT physical penalties enforced. Buildings would have to be torn down, vacant lots developed, etc.

Basically, black men would have to abandon their self-interests and put black women and children first. Now I don't know about y'all but I venture to say theta are fewer than 100,000 black men in America who would be willing AND ABLE to do this with no self-serving desires (getting a booty call, praise, etc). And I am probably being generous with this number. This is just based on my experiences with black men, even ones who on the surface would fit the bill.

So perhaps we would need a different strategy, one that didn't rely on a very small group of men to change the lives of millions of vulnerable black people.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReese

Change starts by the household first, that's why we get nothing done in the black community. Everyone is waiting for the next great leader and organization. No good teacher, no good grocery store, and no halfway decent landlord is gonna want to invest in a community where folks are acting a damn fool. Parents must step their game up

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Cosign with Khadija and Gem.All excellent points.sometimes it's just best to "bunk out">leave)
Even if black men never step up to "fix" this situation.Even if black men continue on the road many of them are going SALVAGEABLE aagirls and aawomen still need to be protected and provided for.I believe these things are attainable outside of majority black constructs.I feel many black women have been hesitant to make some very necessary changes in order for their self preservation because they are being told by black men that they are not worthy of being protected,respected,valued or provided for because of x,y,z.Many of these men keep talking to and about black women as if we'd change a billion and one things about ourselves they'd consider "doing right by us".I don't believe this is true.We can change our attitudes and behaviors.We could lower ourselves to doing whatever they,bm,want us to do(some bw already have done this) but guess what...WE WILL STILL BE AND LOOK BLACK.That reason alone is why many of them will never do right by any black woman or their offspring so as I said many of our needs and desires can be met outside of majority black constructs.If any black woman is serious about her self preservation she'd move out,move on,and move forward.We have hope.We have very real options for a good healthy happy and productive life on the outside of hell.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

Here is the problem with the "bug out" option- which is a legitimate option. First, the INSTITUTIONS of the Black community reflect and promote the values of the *hellpits (*trademark Kahijah). So even if YOU escape the hellpits and their mentalities, they still influence your existence. We ALL know a bunch of middle class/upper middle class idiots who emulate hellpit behavior. We got Hellpit TV, Hellpit Radio, Hellpit Literature on every shelf of the African American interest section at Wal-mart.

So this idea that we are some how inoculating ourselves from the influence of the values of hellpits is just wishful thinking. You can get out of the hellpit, but the hellpit is following you through Blakc institutions. Ask Black women who have traveled places where the dominant narrative about Black women is provided by hip hop. And its not the people in the hellpits making that possible.

I think we're focussed on the wrong thing. The individual actions are vile, but the indoctrination of these individuals hellpit value systems is what is going to kill us all.

This isn't like some island you can get on a boat and flee and be protected by borders and water.

And lets not even get into what happens to you is you unfortunately find yourself, due to no fault of your own having to move into or on the boundaries of a hellpit. Black fols over the age of 45 are being wiped OUT by this recession. If the mortage crisis didn't snag them, the Wall Street crashes or unemployment finished many of them off.

Nor am I willing to ignore people who through no fault of their own find themselves in HELL. Either because they are to old or too young to get out. And until someone comes up with some type of Hellpit Refugee Program for the old and the very young... merely forgetting they are living in Hell isn't and option...for me. That doesn't mean offering myself as a human sacrifice, but that also doesn't mean I hit the eject button and throw up the deuce. Your relationship with you and your higher power is between you and your higher power, but I believe that I will be judged by how I treated the least of those among us.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Has any of the divestment proponents actually divested yet?
I know folks who never have had to divest b/c they didn't grow up in black neighborhoods, and guess what- their intelligence, femininity, masculinity, their beauty and safety (a friend of mine was a hate crime victim) etc was still challenged in some way. Running someone else and being the "special black" will not protect you (ie Tiger Woods,Michael Steele)

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

@blkchik its not all or nothing. All White people believe is or not are not focussed on how to oppress Black people. Many just want to live their lives and be left alone just like me. Stop using the exception to define the rule.
I'll let divestment proponents speak for themselves, but there are many types of "divestment." I have "divested" from the concept of Black UNITY at all costs...because Black women and girls typically end up bearing the brunt of that cost. Which is why i don't have a problem fighting with other Black people in public.

And Michele Steele and Tiger Woods did idiotic stuff they should have been rebuked by whatever world they decided to inhabit.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

I agree with you, my point was actually don't assume you will be treated better by other people. As for all these things like black unity, black nationalism, I don't even know what they mean these days. I mean they can't even be practiced. I support those who show support to me or doing something I believe in.
I guess some women don't know that.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Yes, I evacuated the formerly middle-class Black neighborhood that I grew up in and loved. That neighborhood (South Shore, which is on the South side of Chicago) was destroyed by the Section 8 invaders that came like locusts and brought their violent crime with them. I miss the neighborhood atmosphere that the Section 8 invaders destroyed forever.

However, I DON'T miss having to go to and sleep in the basement each New Year's Eve because Black males are shooting volleys of bullets in all directions for hours. Including the "stray" bullets that seem to have the uncanny ability to gravitate toward entering the homes of residents who work for a living.

I DON'T miss having to specifically, and regularly, factor in the latest neighborhood rapist (including BM rape tag-teams) into my everyday commute. Such as "The (Latest) Bus Stop Rapist(s)," the "This Rapist," the "That Rapist." There are so many rapists running loose so frequently in that neighborhood (and other local AA residential areas) that they are often given code names of sorts.

Oh, and the several instances of bus stop rapist(s) who targeted BW who used public transportation as they went to/came from work brought home how isolated and unprotected AA women are. That's when I started noticing that poor working women from other ethnic groups---oh, let's say the Mexican women that work in factories and as cleaning staff---either have men who drive them to/pick them up from work. Or the men meet them at the bus stops. Or they seem to get jobs in groups and travel to/from work as a group.

For a minute, some AA preachers encouraged AA men in their congregations to temporarily provide rides and escorts for the BW in their orbit who had to take public transportation. This was a temporary, short-lived thing. It was never made into a standard operating procedure like it often seems to be among other ethnic groups.

I DON'T miss hearing elderly, retired neighbors complaining about being afraid to leave their homes in the mid-morning because they see no-working BM fighting in the alley and sometimes in their fenced backyards.

Recently, thieves used something like a sledgehammer to knock a former neighbor's metal security door off its hinges and break into their home.

I could list some other mutated everyday happenings that the Section 8 invaders brought to that neighborhood. But I think everybody gets the idea.

So, yes, everyday life has been much more relaxed after I evacuated that neighborhood. I haven't had the "being the special Black" experience in my current neighborhood. But even if I did have that experience, I would NOT miss the current conditions that exist in my childhood, formerly Black middle-class neighborhood of bullets flying around, the home invasions, or the frequent rapists running loose.

Folks need to stop dishonestly pretending that there's some numerical equivalence between hate crimes directed at AAs and the everyday, life-threatening danger that one faces from AA criminals in AA residential areas. There is no such numerical equivalence. Nor is the level of physical danger equal.

To hang around AA residential areas---personally UN-armed and WITHOUT the presence of ARMED security---IS to eventually end up as a human sacrifice. It's just a matter of the odds and time before one's luck runs out.

If and when AAs ever begin taking action to support serious solutions such as:

1- hiring ARMED, off-duty police as security guards (which is what many local institutions do); and/or

2-hiring Nation of Islam security guards (I recall them cleaning up a previously dangerous housing project in Washington, DC years ago)

then I'll know that we've moved beyond our traditional performance art of dramatic handwringing and empty slogans (we like rhyming slogans such as "each one, teach one"). At which point I would reconsider the call to evacuate AA residential areas. In the absence of a CONCRETE security plan involving the consistent presence of armed security agents under contract, it's all just some more empty slogans.

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

@Gem sorry for my very delayed response had other things going on.I agree with you Gem.We can still ring the alarm as to what is going on but I do feel that leaving is the best option for most.Now there are things that can be done for the least among us IF they don't resist.I defitnetly feel bad for those who have no other choice but to live in those communities but I do feel if the people who want out of hell could organize themselves they could foster forms of protection and safe havens until that time comes.If you already live outside of those types of places then you could very well be a voice for those that are stuck.Which you are Gem.You could also give of some of your resources to those who want out and need to be out.I feel bad for old and young people and the small children stuck in those environments but they too will have to be involved in making the place they live safer by perhaps calling the cops.Maybe they could get prepaid phones and call the cops on folks anonymously.People can also be reported to cps anonymously. some people can volunteer to keep a watchful eye on small children who live in those communities.If a young girl with parents who have taught her better sees her young friend or is herself being hit on by adult males they could TELL a responsible adult.There are things that defitnetly can and should be done to help protect the people who have the misfortune of living in hellholds IF they don't resist the help.
You always make excellent points though Gem.I really love your site.For those who can I still say "bunk out"

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

I have to add that my first order of business is taking care of myself.I don't personaly believe in the lift as we climb stuff.All the energy that I have now is spent on saving my own self and my siblings.That's pretty much all the energy that I have.I live in a nice looking predominantly black community (our community is currently 97% crime free)with a bunch of retirees but my community is within walking distance of the hood.Also some of these retirees have unemployed male grandchildren who are living in their houses now bringing crime with them.So this community was safe enough to sleep with the door open,and we did, years ago now it's a mess and I now consider some of these retiress accomplices to their grandkids drug dealing,gun violence and mess.I cannot forget that we have multi family houses,you know two & 3 family houses all in one big house,that are now being rented out to section8ers now that some of these old people who used to own those houses have passed on.Needless to say some bw are letting their criminal baby daddies live their with them.I also have to mention that our next door neighbor died.She was a good woman, a nurse,but she raised her sons alone after their father died when they were young.She tried to raise those boys right but one of them turned out really bad,drug dealer.He went to jail more than once now he's a convicted multi felon and he owns both of the houses right on our street since his mother left them to him.He has his suspect friends over often and now the cops cruise our street.

So i'm saving up to ship out.
Oh yeah I don't know what the fascination is that these unemployed males have with big pitbulls they can't afford to feed. I live right next to a beautiful park with a tennis court and an ice cream stand.We also have a nice little public gazebo.You'd think i'd be able to take my mixed poodle for some really nice relaxing walks this spring but nope.They can't feed them so of course they let them loose.I fear for myself and my poodle.I have a whole lot of nice chill spots in my neighborhood but guess what I still have to leave miles out just to walk my dog and hey I need and want to exercise outside myself but nooope.How about just taking a walk cause I feel like it no! can't do it.I'm about to bizounce.Some of the least of us all are proving to be co conspirators these men are NOT going anywhere because it's their grandkids.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

Who the heck are y'all living next to? Hmm perhaps my viewpoint is different because I've never lived in a hellpit. So perhaps some of the differentiating views is that I ain't in Hell. I'm not recently escaped from Hell either. I've been choosing my own neighborhood for over 15 years now. There has never been a "decision" or handwringing about living in a place I felt "safe" (no place really is). One doesn't have anything to do with the other. So in a sense you are right. Some of you need to take care of yourselves and get to a place of safety and comfort. If you don't have what you need, you have nothing extra to extend to others, not even compassion.

@truthP i feel you on the loose dogs. I actually had to retrain myself and my gut reaction to seeing dogs. Where I grew up dogs "jumped the fence" or chased you on your bike so walking down the street or even bike riding was like something out of an Octavia Butler novel. And I am the dog leash PO-LICE. and don't let fluffy even LOOK like they are going to approach me. I can now walk down the sidewalk and not flinch or have the instinct to run when I see Fluffy coming.

If money is the issue, I highly suggest Dave Ramsey. . . live like nobody else so you can live like nobody else. If its that crucial to get out, then it's rice and beans/ beans and rice time.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

My old neighborhood was comfortably working class. Then the next generation started sending their kids back down south to keep them safe from the gangs "up norf." Things went to hell in a hurry. The older generation started dying and these kids inherited their property. A neighborhood where we didn't even have a door key and routinely slept on the screened-in back porch in the summertime suddenly had routine fire bombings and the police cruised constantly. I tried to get my mama to move, but of course, she wasn't having it. I left at 17 and never went back except to visit her.

Personally I've never been the victim of a hate crime, and I haven't lived in an all-black neighborhood since I was a child. I have no interest in being a "special black," but I have no interest in being "bagged and tagged" either. Bottom line is, the overwhelming majority of all-black neighborhoods are not safe for women and children. All you have to do is look at the percentage of black women who are brutalized at the hands of other blacks and those who are victims of hate crimes. There is no comparison. So let's leave that red herring where it is. Get out. Get out now while you're still clothed and in your right mind.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoslyn Holcomb

@Khadija, I live in Atlanta and recently the exact same thing was happening in the predominantly black south side of metro Atlanta(Clayton and South Dekalb). What struck me was how all the victims were single black females and all the suspects were black males.

As a divorced mother of two single daughters, I quickly moved them away from the all black neighborhoods. Number one for their self esteem. Growing up I can't count how many times black boys harassed and mistreated black girls.

Like Gina says you have to learn to control your own financial destiny to make a better life for yourself and your children. I religiously listen to and watch Dave Ramsey, Clark Howard and Suzi Orman. I have no regrets about ever living in a predominantly black neighborhood. I rather save my money, keep my credit score high, and move into a racially diverse neighborhood. Too many black neighborhoods get invaded by well being mothers and lonely black girlfriends who don't mind letting their 'questionable' sons and mates move in with them.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShell

Correction** I have nor regrets about never ever living in a predominantly black neighborhood, again.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShell

Hi, I am reading and comparing this to my experience in India trying to help dowry-torture victims. So many want to return to their torturers.
I felt horrible to say this - like a conservative (!) - but decided some people really don't want to change their lives, and resources were better spent on those who did.
The trick was, finding those who really did want to change.
When a white woman says pro-Black woman things, she is usually accused of trying to divide the Black community. But after reading such things, I feel more than ever the women have to rely on themselves to help themselves. (This goes in the 'nobody asked me, but' department.) Thanks for your writing.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersirensongs

Who actually stays in black neighborhoods on some racial solidarity tip, people are basically staying where they can afford. Its not that complicated.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I suppose I can speak from a non-urban perspective. I grew up in a blue-collar, predominantly black, semi-commercial area. The nature of some of the businesses attracted some rather seedy characters. My father was known as "that crazy man" and he taught us to use guns at a very early age. When our parents left the house for any length of time, I was left with specific instructions to blow anyone who wasn't a police officer "to kingdom come" and we would "pray about it later." [As an aside, he really was crazy with that, but anyway, we never had unannounced visitors. LOL.] But that was a very stressful childhood, and I ain't trying to live like that now that I have choices. I wasn't trying to live like that even in my most black militant, misguided black loyalist phase.

I live in a demographically diverse neighborhood where people respect property values. I do still own guns, though. Because just like there's just safer sex (as opposed to safe sex), there are only safer neighborhoods.

And I have to co-sign on those making observations about those working mothers and grandparents whose very own children and grandchildren are the criminal culprits.

Just the other day in my development I had to tell some pre-teens (one asian looking and the black/white biracial looking) to stop throwing rocks at a piece of construction equipment. They both simply said, "ok," threw the rocks down, and immediately started walking in the opposite direction. In how many predominantly black populated areas could I have done that without fear of reprise?

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiki

#46 Or, it is where they for the majority of there lives and they feel most at home there.

The neighborhood I grew up in and that my mother still loves in is just such a place. Maybe it is slightly different in that it was "always a black middle class" neighborhood.

I have seen some cases of the grandchildren living there and smoking weed on the corner and such. But, I must say they neighborhood avoided sinking down in the a hell zone. It is still a pretty safe and secure place.

Funny, the same can't be said about some of the other "historic black" neighborhoods in the same city...

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertusk91

Um...the majority of POOR predominantly black neighborhoods aren't safe but the majority of poor neighborhoods aren't safe.

I come from a part of the country where their has always been old black money and a thriving black middle class.

Some of the many big names in the Black Elite have ties here...so we have plenty of middle and upper middle class predominantly black neighborhoods that are safe, thriving and no stray dogs.

The difference between the upper middle class black neighborhoods and the upper middle class white neighborhoods is 20/30 thousand dollars and most of the black folk ain't willing to pay the difference to live around white folk.

Hell my current neighborhood is very mixed leaning black. My end of the cul-d-sac has 7 homes where 4 are black 1 white, 1 arab and 1 hispanic.

So I don't get all this hand-wringing over black neighborhoods. Poor black neighborhoods are like any other poor neighborhood - dangerous and no one should live there if they don't have to.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Tusk 91 said, "Or, it is where they for the majority of there lives and they feel most at home there."

That's what's motivating many of the AAs I know (including relatives) who choose to remain behind in my childhood neighborhood that has been converted into a hellpit by Section 8 invaders. They can afford to move, but they don't want to leave familiar surroundings that they've grown attached to over the years. I understand that feeling, because I didn't want to leave.

But I also didn't want to end up as a statistic in an emergency room or body bag. If you keep pushing your luck, it will eventually run out. Like Blair Holt's luck ran out---his parents aren't poor. IIRC, one is a firefighter and the other is a police officer.

Too many AAs have a mental disconnect when it comes to acknowledging the level of violent crime that's going on all around them in AA residential neighborhoods. Most of us desperately want to remain complacent. So, we tell lies to ourselves and each other to justify our complacency.

The first bit of dishonesty is complacent talk of "there's crime everywhere." On one level, this statement is true. But AAs use this statement as a complacency-inducing narcotic to justify doing nothing and remaining in hellpits.

Yes, there's some level of crime everywhere, but NOT the level of violent crime that's going on in most AA residential areas. THAT level of violent chaos is NOT happening everywhere. In fact, it's not happening in most non-AA areas. This is because other ethnic groups generally don't give knee-jerk support to criminals, and they won't enable that level of violent crime. They don't chant crime-enabling slogans such as demanding "alternatives to incarceration" for criminals, and championing the interests of "first-time (CAUGHT) offenders."

I've also noticed that a fair number of AAs allow themselves to be browbeat into staying in AA residential area hellpits. They are browbeat into staying by (among other things) the dishonest talk from other Blacks about how if they leave, they'll (almost automatically) end up being victims of hate crimes.

Having grown up in a rigidly segregated Chicago, that (dishonest) hate crime talk is not a joke to me. It's offensive to use talk about hate crimes to bolster bad-faith arguments that other Blacks are honor-bound to risk their lives by remaining within Black residential areas.

I remember Lenard Clark and the other AAs who were beaten into hospital beds after wandering into neighborhoods with names like Bridgeport, Marquette Park, and Cicero. I also remember Yusef Hawkins who was murdered for entering a racist White neighborhood in Brooklyn. It should be a matter of common sense that AAs should avoid going to (or moving to) such places.

But what too many AAs choose to ignore is that for every one Lenard Clark who is beaten into a coma by racist Whites---and for every one Yusef Hawkins who is murdered---for stepping into racist White neighborhoods . . .

. . . there are literally DOZENS of dead Derrion Alberts, Blair Holts, Dantrell Davis, and so on who are casually and routinely murdered because they lived in AA residential neighborhoods.

I've heard AAs recite these same, tired slogans and deceptive arguments since the 1980s in response to the ongoing (and escalating) atrocities in Black residential areas.

Meanwhile, AAs never really actively support the few serious initiatives that have worked, such as when the Nation of Islam cleaned up Mayfair Mansions in DC. What I recall of that era and episode is that AAs didn't support NOI-affiliated security having any sort of contracts to provide security within public housing. This was after some Jewish-American politicians complained.

My memory is vague, but from what I recall, some uninvolved, unrelated individuals from outside the AA community objected to having NOI-affiliated security firms providing security for (AA) residents of (AA-inhabited) public housing. AAs did nothing to oppose these objections from non-Black outsiders. And so, something that worked FOR US was not repeated---because AAs refused to support the people (in that particular case the NOI members) who had supported them and their physical safety.

Like I said, if AAs ever get serious about actively supporting strategies that are reasonably calculated to actually work (as opposed to slogans), then I'll reconsider my call to evacuate Black residential areas.

Peace, blessings and solidarity.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

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