|Biological Weapons in New Orleans, capable of destroying the city's economic viability one murder at a time|
The National Rifle Association (NRA) will never point out out that gun crime in Baltimore, New Orleans, Atlanta, Kansas City, Oakland, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia is almost entirely black (if you search this site, you'll see we've provided the pertinent statistics for all these cities).
Indeed, the NRA would never issue the statement we will do now:
It's time to disarm blacks in New Orleans, making it a crime for blacks to own a gun in the Crescent City.
Gun crime in the city is exclusively a black problem in New Orleans.
On the same day a New Orleans jury convicted two blacks for the shooting death of a black toddler [Jury convicts 2 cousins in fatal shooting of toddler at Central City second-line parade, NOLA. 8-30-13], police in the city are trying to find two black males who killed another toddler [Friends, relatives of murdered toddler Londyn Samuel denounce violence, demand justice, NOLA.com, 8-30-13]:
In a tearful press conference Friday, New Orleans officials and relatives of murdered toddler Londyn Samuels asked the community to end the violence that took her life and to help bring her killers to justice.
"If ya'll know anything, please call Crimestoppers," implored Keion Reed, who has helped raise Londyn.
New Orleans white Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who once called black-on-black crime 'unnatural'
The baby girl was killed Thursday night, when two men opened fire in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street in Central City. Londyn's 18-year-old babysitter was struck by two bullets, police said, one of which exited the woman's chest and struck the toddler, killing her.
[At vigil for murdered toddler, Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes 'a drumbeat of death', NOLA.com, 8-31-13]:
In 1994, a 9-year-old boy living in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, saying that he did not feel safe: "I want you to stop the killing in the city. People is dead and I think that somebody might kill me." Two days later, on Mother's Day, that boy, James Darby, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Darby's words rang out as loudly as ever on Friday evening in the neighborhood where he lived and died, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu told Darby's story to a large crowd in front of the home where another child, 1-year-old Londyn Samuels, was shot and killed Thursday night.
"This ... baby was taken from us. You can't ever replace that," Landrieu told the hushed crowd. "It's a drumbeat of death that is taking the precious from us."
Landrieu echoed statements he has made to President Barack Obama and on national news during the past two weeks, describing a culture of crime in New Orleans that he says constitutes a public health crisis. He listed the names of four children in the past four years who have died at the hands of gun violence in Central City.
"The reason we know it can stop is that it has not always been this way. This is not who we are as people," Landrieu said. "This is where we live, this is not where we are supposed to die."
The evening brought together a community unified by tragedy. Neighbors, friends and strangers lingered for nearly an hour after speakers finished. Some lighted candles, some hugged. By the end of the night, a pile of flowers and stuffed animals lined the sidewalk where Londyn was shot to death in her babysitter's arms.
But even after the hugging stopped, dozens of people haunted the street, many silent, many asking questions about the civilization that led Londyn to be shot to death on a walk with her babysitter.
"I don't know why this has to happen, why a 1-year-old," one woman said. "And I know, I know, that after today things will just go back. Nobody will talk to anybody."
New Orleans' bounce musician DJ Jubilee, a.k.a. Jerome Temple, asked the crowd why more people did not take their children to A.L. Davis Playground that he supervises just a few blocks from where the shooting happened.
An unidentified girl, no older than 6 or 7, recited a poem by Countee Cullen into the microphone the mayor held for her: "Hey black child, do you know where you're going, where you're really going? Do you know you can learn what you want to learn?"
At the end of his speech, Landrieu pointed to the man in the mirror. Everyone, even the mayor, he said, needs to get better to make Central City a safe place to live.
"We can't be free unless we feel safe, and we can't feel safe unless we have each other," he said. "We have created a culture where people can take a life over nothing.
We are above that as the people of the city of New Orleans, and we are above that as a nation."Making it illegal for blacks to own guns in New Orleans is the equivalent of the war on drugs, which has helped to make black community/neighborhood's safer. The 'drumbeat of death' would end, making all of New Orleans a safe place for tourists and outside capital investment (the specter of 'random' black crime haunts anyone visiting NOLA or considering investing in the city).
|Why did New Orleans go from majority white to majority black? Probably because whites feared being victims of 'random' black crime|
If it were possible, peacefully removing the black population from New Orleans to another city (perhaps Haiti?) would virtually eradicate murder and gun crime in the city, but a good first step to forever silencing the 'drumbeat of death' is simply making it a crime for blacks to own guns:
“Crime in New Orleans: Analyzing Crime Trends and New Orleans’ Responses to Crime,” an examination of 200 criminal homicides in New Orleans from April 18, 2009, to May 11, 2010 by Charles Wellford, Brenda Bond and Sean Goodison, showed that 90 percent of the homicides were committed with a firearm.
Of the 200 victims, 91.5 percent were black, 5 percent were white and 2 percent were Hispanic. Only 51 percent of the homicides – 102 – were solved by the police, with 97.1 percent of the known first offenders being black.The Essence Festival (held annually in New Orleans) can try and highlight black-on-black crime, but a simple solution can all but end the fear of being a random victim of black gun crime and jump-start investment in blighted black areas of the city in places like Central City, Gert Town, Hollygrove and the Lower Ninth Ward: make it illegal for blacks to own guns.
The 'random' spray shootings black people engage in, which routinely sees young black infants/toddlers shot, is a strange reminder that black culture is inherently different than all others; guns, a byproduct of western civilization, are - in the hands of black people - a sad reminder of the racial differences in impulse control and future-time orientation between blacks and whites.
J. Mark Souther's New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City inadvertently makes the point that the black population of the city (dropping, though it once hovered above 70 percent) had virtually nothing to do with attracting citizens to the Big Easy nor did black areas of the city enjoy a renaissance of tourism dollars and infrastructure upgrades, while white - safe - areas of the did:
The periodic shooting deaths of prominent conventioneers in and around the French Quarter produced a far worse public relations brouhaha than the occasional Mickey Finn poisonings of earlier years, leading some convention planners to reconsider holding meetings in New Orleans. By 1982, national newspapers reported that New Orleans ranked as the fourth deadliest metropolitan areas in the nation, a dubious distinction later surpassed when the city became the nation's murder capital in the next decade. In this respect, New Orleans mirrored growing rates of violent crime in many southern cities, notably Houston, Miami, and Atlanta. Dutch Morial appointed a French Quarter task force to develop strategies for safeguarding the city's leading tourist space, ultimately leading to the opening of a new police precinct, the appointment of a foot patrol, and the imposition of a juvenile curfew, as well as the publication of a tourist brochure entitled "For a Safer Visit." The task fore even urged the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans to close St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to tourists but ultimately settled for asking the tourist commission to strike the attraction from its brochures.It's time to echo Eddie Compass, but this time with a racial caveat: take away guns from blacks in New Orleans, making it a crime for blacks to even own a gun.
Year after the year the national news media latched onto the unfolding story of a city with an enchanting ambience juxtaposed with a crumbling economy and soaring crime. During Mardi Gras in 1989, the CSB Evening News depicted the city as a "Carnival of Crime," prompting the local CBS affiliate WWL to threaten to withhold assistance to the network the following year, and leading the city council to cobble together a resolution urging a local boycott of the news program. But the bad news kept coming.
... News reports told Americans in 1994 about the city's climbing murder count, which reached 389 in 1993 and 421 the following year. Mardi Gras publicity now vied with murder publicity, as 60 Minutes and the NBC Nightly News reported the grim story. Even though most of the murders occurred in the city's drug-infested housing projects and surrounding slums, the murder of two tourists in 1994 seized inordinate attention. (p. 226-227)
The "drumbeat of death" stops with this declaration.