A 45 percent white, 40 percent black city in North Carolina.
In 2011, of 25 murders, 60 percent of the homicide victims were blacks compared to 89 percent of the suspects.
A city where the black communities penchant for criminality keeps shopping malls and chain grocery stores away.
|They protested the Woolworth's in Greensboro, so 400 blacks kids could riot in the city in 2013|
A city where black violence at nightclubs has forced the city council to enact new rules governing the licensing of these establishments.
Made famous by sit-ins of 1960 at Woolworth's, Greensboro in 2013 is a city liberated from white rule.
It's also a city where 400 black people rioted on Elm Street (a true nightmare) [Curfew considered after massive brawl in downtown Greensboro, MyFox8, July 1, 2013]:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A massive fight in downtown Greensboro Saturday night has some city leaders taking a hard look at bringing back the teen curfew.
Nearly 400 people were involved in the several fights that happened along Elm Street.
Greensboro police arrested 11 people ranging in age from 16 to 20-years-old. Officers had to use pepper spray and a stun gun to try to get the crowd under control. Greensboro Police Department had to call UNCG Police and Guilford County for extra help.
Some officers minor injuries following the fights. As soon as one fight stopped another started.
The security cameras outside of Syn and Sky nightclub caught many of the brawls. The footage shows two groups of teens walking toward each other on Elm Street and several people running away into the streets.
Mike Carter is the owner of Syn and Sky and thinks it’s about time to reenact the 11 p.m. curfew that was enforced in 2011.
“It makes no sense for teenagers to be out roaming around on a Friday or Saturday night, or any night for that matter,” Carter said.
Several teens said they understand the reasoning behind the curfew, but they’re still upset they have to deal with the consequences even when they’ve been following the rules.
“First of all just stop for all you juvenile delinquents. Just stop. Really, it’s not really worth it. You’re ruining it for us,” said Christopher Hicks, a high school junior.
Greensboro police and city leaders are discussing extra patrols for the holiday weekend.Not far from the International Civil Rights Museum, a number of high-profile shootings (the individual pulling the trigger is always black) have prompted business owners to clamor for a clampdown of... any kind.
Puts the whole reason such laws existed to keep blacks from the counter at Woolworth into perspective, right?
How about this [Startling Greensboro Murder Statistics, WFMY ABC, July 20, 2003]:
Some startling crime statistics from Greensboro today. Since 1993, 60 percent of the city's homicide victims and more than 70 percent of the offenders were black men.
Those numbers are higher than across the state and nationwide, where 40 percent of all homicide victims and about half their killers were black males during that same period.
The News and Record of Greensboro reports today that five of the city's 17 homicide victims this year and a majority of the 281 slayings since 1993 were shootings of black males ages 18 to 34.
Killings have become so common that, in some neighborhoods, they are something of the mundane. Residents seemed indifferent when Bozi Baare, a 31-year-old immigrant from Niger, was gunned down last month in his Lexus in northeast Greensboro.
A Greensboro homicide detective people just stood around talking about the murder, no one cried and no one screamed. He says there's no social shock about the murders anymore.Black violence in America and the destruction of our major cities by black violence (and the fear of being a random victim of black violence) has become so routine there's no shock anymore. The Visible Black Hand of Economics drives legitimate businesses away from black areas and the community standards black people create act as a deterrent to outside capital investors.
But this isn't the first time blacks have utilized downtown Greensboro as their own private amusement park [Downtown Greensboro "Flash Mob" Beating Investigated By Police, WFMY CBS, July 27, 2011]:
You've probably heard of the term "flash mob." It's when groups of people use social media to pick a place to meet up and often sing a song or do a dance. Usually, those gatherings are fun.
But, some are turning violent. It's happening all over the nation in places like Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Now, it's happening right here in the Triad.
Greensboro police say mobs of violent teens are meeting up on the weekends and wreaking havoc downtown. Police say it's getting worse each weekend.
This past weekend, a former mayor had his business vandalized and another community leader got beat up in Center City Park.
"One of the teenagers came up from behind and just punched me in the back and kicked me and knocked me to the floor. Then, he just continued to kick me, punch me, step on me. People were screaming," Mitchel Sommers, executive director of the Community Theatre of Greensboro said.
The swarm came from nowhere and the beating lasted seconds.
"Within a minute, I'd say, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds...I'm not being dramatic...hundreds of young people...just came descending upon this area," he said.
"There were so many young people. I would say all the way from across Elm Street all the way to the park. You couldn't even get out of the swarm of young people."
Tuesday afternoon was the first time Sommers returned to Center City Park since last weekend's attack.
"All these young people have nothing to do but to head downtown and beat up a 58 year old guy minding his own business in the park," Sommers said.
While Mitchel's story sounds unusual. It isn't.
"There are a lot of people coming to the park as a result of social media," Greensboro Police Lt. JT Cranford said.
Every weekend in July, Greensboro police have battled large, flash-mob beatings and vandalism
Greensboro's former mayor and current Carolina Theatre president found a planter in pieces the same night of Sommers' attack.
"It's going to cost us a lot of money to replace them. It happened right out here in front of everyone," Keith Holliday, Carolina Theatre President and CEO, said.
Lt. Cranford says police know these gatherings are a problem. "It's a significant issue for us because more often than not, we're vastly outnumbered by the kinds of crowds we're trying to deal with," he said.
Sommers wants to be part of the solution.
"It's not going to scare me from coming downtown. It's going to motivate me to find other ways to get people engaged and thinking differently than the way they were thinking that night," Sommers said.
Greensboro Police will be out early Friday and Saturday evening with four to six extra officers, trying to stop these violent flash mobs before they get started.
Downtown leaders say they don't want to discourage people from visiting downtown, but they want everyone to be careful.Worse, we are so numb to it.