Her killers? The suspects are black males. [Arabian Gayles, New Orleans' latest child shooting victim, is buried, NOLA.com, 9-14-13]
A one-year-old black girl, laid to rest in New Orleans.
Her killers? The suspects are blacks males.
|NOLA.com's Chris Granger captures "black culture" in the Chocolate City|
A photo by New Orleans Times Picayune cameraman Chris Granger, showing the mourning sister of the dead one-year old year old, tragically captures 'black culture' in all its horror. [Londyn Samuels' death should stay in our hearts: Chris Granger, NOLA.com, 9-13-13]:
This photo, one of many I shot that day, is a profoundly unnatural moment in time. A 3-year-old trying to make sense of her baby sister's death. That should never, ever happen.
I worry that New Orleans is becoming a city desensitized to violence. When it's not on our block, when the victim is not our family or friend, it's easy to shiver at the thought of such a loss, and go right back to our regular lives.'Black culture' is just an extension of the collective expression of black individuals.
Since the violence the citizens of New Orleans are becoming desensitized to is a byproduct of 'black culture', what might happen if Michael Eric Dyson's worse fear came true?
You don't know that fear is?
He wrote about it in Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster:
The reconstruction process must include the voices and visions of the black folk who are, at 67.9 percent of the population, the majority in New Orleans. To be sure, business elites have already galvanized their resources to make New Orleans a whiter and wealthier place. This would mean that New Orleans would be devoid of the rich cultural gumbo of black and ethnic identities that lent the city its irresistible charm. Whitewashing New Orleans, however, is not just bad for its aesthetic and cultural values; it is horrible as well for its democratic and political sensibilities. By encouraging the poor folk in the region to help plan the city’s reconstruction, the government could help prevent the vast demographic shift – hoped for by some to shore up conservative white interests, and feared by others for just that reason – that would amount to “ethnic cleansing.” (p. 205)If New Orleans becomes a 'whiter and wealthier place', the fear of black culture (and the crime and murder -- of even children -- it births) would be replaced with robust streets, rising property value, and an influx of investment capital.
The 'rich cultural gumbo of black and ethnic identities that lent the city its irresistible charm' is the same culture that supplies heartburn to people like Chris Granger, who lament the tragedy of black culture when it strikes people like the late Londyn Samuels.
What Mr. Dyson refuses to acknowledge is that "ethnic cleansing" in New Orleans already took place, thanks to a bountiful helping of black culture driving away white people (wanton black criminality has a price, and it's measured in lower property value and food deserts).
Former Mayor Ray Nagin's "Chocolate City" comment was a reference to the type of unmentionable "ethnic cleansing" that isn't lamented in America.
But it was "black culture" (and the type of individuals such a 'culture' produces, who would murder young black females) that droves whites - and "white culture" - out of New Orleans:
Finally, we often hear New Orleans described as a city that was historically black, but then became a city with a much more proportionately white population after the hurricane. In fact, neither of these characterizations is true. New Orleans moved from a majority white population to a majority black population only in recent years and it continued to have a black majority following the storm.
Figure 3 shows the New Orleans population by race from 1810 to 2008. The shift from a white majority to a black majority occurred during the 1970s. New Orleans In 1960, when the overall population was at its peak, the city was close to two-thirds white.People like Greg Palast can lament the loss of black people (in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) as "horrific," but the reality is simply this: without black people in New Orleans, there would be virtually no crime or murder in the city.
Courtesy of "black culture," the city is the exact opposite of say, Key West, when it comes to crime and mayhem. [Many murders rooted in revenge, drugs, NOLA.com, 6-3-2007]:
Save for the number of victims, the shooting fit the established patterns of murder in New Orleans, patterns that resurfaced as the city repopulated in 2006. The five victims were young black men, allegedly killed by another young black man in what police immediately speculated was a murder rooted in the drug trade in Central City, the first neighborhood hit with a resurgence of violent crime as New Orleans repopulated.
Most critically, like the vast majority of the city's murders, the suspect may never be tried in court for the crime.
So far, prosecutors have successfully prosecuted just one of the 162 homicides committed last year, convicting a man of killing his lover. A second trial, also a more easily prosecuted domestic killing, ended in an acquittal.
Those domestic cases represent the exception rather than the norm, in which most murders stem from drug trafficking and other criminal endeavors in poor, predominantly African-American communities, along with what one expert called "respect beefs" over wounded pride of the kind once settled with fists.
More than 80 percent of the 162 murder victims last year were black men. More than half of all victims were black men younger than 30, and 29 percent were teenagers. In comparison, 10 white men were killed last year, along with four Hispanic men and three Asian men.
Women, nine black victims and three white victims, comprised just 7 percent of last year's murder victims.
All but five of the 58 suspects police arrested were black men, typically young black men. Overall, police have "cleared" 43 percent of last year's murders, a rate in keeping with the department's historic record. Police consider a case solved when they make an arrest, issue a warrant for a suspect still at large or close a case "by exception," meaning the suspect died, often killed in apparent retaliation for another murder.
Rev. John Raphael, a former police officer and now pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Central City, has tried to provoke outrage in his community about violent crime. When he visits crime scenes, the reality strikes him. Shootings with multitudes of witnesses rarely result in citizens coming forward.
Raphael has tried to penetrate the wall of silence, encouraging people to speak up, but he acknowledges that he faces resistance from neighbors who don't trust the police, often because of errant officers' past behavior or the routine arrests made in certain neighborhoods for seemingly minor crimes. And he acknowledges that in some cases, a potential witness could be in danger if he or she cooperates. In past years witnesses slated to testify have been killed. Still, he urges them to see beyond the potential danger.
"Every person who has ever testified in a homicide has had to deal with that fear," he said.Fear.
What a perfect word to use to describe how one must live life in a city where ample amounts of "black culture" are served with gumbo and oysters.
Can your camera lens capture that, Chris Granger? Though it might have been invisible at the funeral of
Londyn Samuels you covered, the fear of "black culture" on display was what helped turn New Orleans into the 'Chocolate City' to begin with.
Just after Hurricane Katrina helped showcase "black culture" to the world (hello Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center), one white member of the New Orleans elite let slip a simple truth of what could be in the Big Easy [Descending to New Depths, New York Times, 1-15-2007]:
Just a few days after the storm, a wealthy member of the city’s power elite, James Reiss, told The Wall Street Journal: “Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to see it done in a completely different way: demographically, geographically and politically.”Mr. Reiss knows the truth: the color of disaster is black.