Come on now.
Don't be silly.
|Blacks in Baltimore marched against violence, whose origins are found in the crowd themselves|
This experiment is nearly over.
It's living on borrowed time. [Baltimore Men March to Stem Violence, Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2013]:
On a day when at least four people were shot in Baltimore before dinner time — two of them fatally —hundreds of city men took to the streets in a planned 10-mile march along North Avenue, shutting down portions of the thoroughfare, to protest the recent spike in gun violence.
"There's a war going on in our streets" that "starts and ends with our young black men," City Councilman Brandon Scott told the crowd, which included the mayor and police commissioner. "We're going to take our city back. … We can no longer stand on the backs of the women."
Scott and family friend Munir Bahar, who was in trouble as a kid but turned his life around to mentor other city kids, organized the 300 Man March. It was modeled after the 1995 Million Man March in Washington D.C., a massive show of solidarity among African-American men.
Borrowed time indeed; two more people were killed on the same day of the march.
At least no one dared to pull a Ray Nagin, who in 2007 seemed to endorse the idea of crime in the Crescent City [Mayor: Crime Part of New Orleans `brand', Washington Post, August 10, 2007]:
Mayor Ray Nagin said he worries that slayings in the city make it seem dangerous, but news of such crimes "keeps the New Orleans brand out there."
In a city where the tourism industry is the lifeblood of a fragile economy, the wave of violence threatens to derail efforts to bring visitors _ and former residents _ back. Yet Nagin, at a bricklaying ceremony Thursday, told reporters it's a "two-edged sword."
"It's not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there, and it keeps people thinking about our needs and what we need to bring this community back," he said. "Sure it hurts, but we have to keep working every day to make the city better."Some one cue up the James Brown: We're all just living in America...