Even in a world where a lethal contagion is spreading rapidly, a white family daring to find salvation in a city long ago lost to a force more terrifying and lethal than a zombie plague lacks credulity.
|World War Z -- a daring rescue of a white family in Newark, in a city overrun with zombies. Will reality reflect fiction, with Newark overwhelmed with black violence?|
It’s Newark, after all, where the dominant black population holds rallies decrying the ‘new normal’ of violence that originates directly from their sons and daughters. [Newark groups rally against the expectation that gun violence is 'normal', 8-4-2009]:
The street sermon of speakers prompted James Jones to walk to the corner from his house on North Munn Avenue. As they pumped up the crowd, Jones said he was thinking about his eight grandchildren and how they could be victims like other children shot in crossfire.
"We're killing our own," Jones said. "You get tired of seeing black on black crime."Even in a fictional setting, why would a white family seek shelter in a city where the zombies would even be fearful of the black inhabitants?
And tired of the vigils, the candles, the teddy bear shrines marking someone's death. Everyone knows whose wrecking havoc, making the innocent afraid to sit on their stoop. Crime is going to happen, and sadly enough, people are going to get shot. The streets are going to be the streets, but they are not supposed to take mothers and children. Activist are incredulous, wondering when that became part of the game.
Which brings us to the news of a high school scrapping plans to enter the nightmarish, post-white world of Newark. [James Caldwell High scraps Newark venue for prom, district cites violence as one reason, NJ.com, 9-22-13]:
The high cost of the venue cost and safety concerns are the main reasons why students at James Caldwell High School won’t have their prom in Newark next year, school officials say.
The prom committee of the regional school in West Caldwell looked at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club as one of nine venues. The Newark Club was eliminated from the list because the facility was too pricey and the city may be unsafe because of a recent rash of violent crimes, according to Superintendent James Heinegg.
Heinegg said the major factor in nixing the Newark Club was the quoted $85-per-student cost. The selected venue, the Skylands in Randolph, has a $60-per-student rate, said Heinegg, adding that it was the main reason the committee elected to go there. However, he did not acknowledge security was a factor.
"We do think that it is reasonable, however, for a prom committee to take into account area crime statistics when choosing the location for the year. As reported in The Star-Ledger as recently as today, September 5, 2013, that is not insignificant,’ Heinegg said in written statement on behalf of the school board.
"We do not have a negative opinion of the Newark Club," Heinegg added.
The decision was strongly criticized by Barbara Yeninas, a marketing consultant from the Newark Club. She said a student from the school’s prom committee — a group of five seniors and a class adviser — wrote to her, saying they were told, "You can’t go to Newark, it’s not safe."
In response, Yeninas sent an e-mail to the Caldwell-West Caldwell school board and superintendent.
"Your quoted excuse that Newark is ‘a bad place’ and your so-called fear that your students would be unsafe is exactly the attitude that promotes discrimination, hate and divisiveness among our young people and continues that pattern without end," Yeninas wrote.
She said she is fighting against negative stereotypes of Newark.Why might negative stereotypes of Newark exist?
Could it be because one of the largest owned city parks is named for Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in 1831 that killed 55 white people? [Newark opens Nat Turner Park in Central Ward after 30 year, NJ.com, 7-28-2009]:
The opening of Nat Turner Park in the city's Central Ward today was 30 years in the making.
The city purchased a multi-acre plot across from the Felix Fuld Housing Complex in the mid 1970s. It sat unused for decades. Bernard Chase III, 40, said he played pick-up football games in the vacant lot as a kid.
"On behalf of President Obama, let me say thank you. This is what it's all about," White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew told a crowd arrayed on a bluff overlooking the turf field. People sat on the concrete ledges of a new 200-seat amphitheater carved into the small hillside adjacent to the field.
Could it be because restaurants and fast food eateries shelter their employees behind bulletproof glass (complete with state-of-the-art security systems) not found in cities and communities devoid of citizens like those found in Newark? [Newark City Council approves ordinance requiring eateries that stay open late hire armed security, NJ.com, 7-11-11]:
The Newark City Council today approved legislation that calls for late-night eateries to post armed guards after 9 p.m. until they close.
The new ordinance, sponsored by South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, comes roughly a month after South Ward resident and police officer William Johnson was shot and killed while waiting to buy a slice of pizza at Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza.
According to Baraka, the chicken shacks and pizza joints that stay open late do little to serve the community and encourage crime.
"Most of these stores provide security for themselves but not for the customers they bring in," Baraka said Wednesday, referring to the bulletproof glass and cameras common in the eateries.Bulletproof glass/windows to protect employees from customers? Has a zombie apocalypse already happened in real-life Newark?
|A force more terrifying and devastating plague than a zombie apocalypse occupies 2013 Newark|
Just an as-of-yet unnamed rebellion, which convinced whites to flee faster than the zombies in World War Z could move.
And most haven’t desired a return since. [Two suburban schools refuse trips to Newark for football, NJ.com, 10-27-2008]:
Two suburban high schools refused to play football games tonight in Newark, citing worries about safety after a spate of drive-by shootings in the city Friday left two people dead and another injured.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Cranford High School balked at playing games rescheduled from last Friday and Saturday. Newark school Superintendent Clifford Janey had suspended all athletic events districtwide while police were hunting for suspects in the Friday afternoon shootings.
Two alleged gang members have since been charged in the attacks.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood athletic director Robert Harmer said the decision not to come to the city tonight for a makeup game against Malcolm X Shabazz High School reflected concerns by parents and administrators. The game had been rescheduled for 7 p.m. at Untermann Field.
"The bottom line is the welfare of our kids," Harmer said. "They pulled the plug on this on Friday, and right now, 72 hours after all this has taken place, we just felt we should let the smoke settle."
Officials at Newark's Central High School, which was to play Cranford last Friday, agreed to give up its home-field advantage and play on a neutral field tonight. Playing in Roselle Park, Cranford won the game, 33-12.
The decisions by the suburban schools underscored Newark's struggle to shake its reputation as an unsafe city, even as it has seen far fewer homicides this year than last year. The city has recorded 52 slayings so far this year, compared with 83 over the same period a year ago.
A Newark city spokeswoman, Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, called the schools' choice "unfortunate."
Idresa Lightsey would have turned 20 yesterday, but instead of a birthday party, her mother attended an anti-violence march to remember her murdered daughter.
Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with her daughter's image, Lena Lightsey was one of 30 people who gathered at Washington Park to take part in a protest rally against the violence in Newark.
LedgerSeeasia (who goes by one name) has her hand on and next to Lena Lightsey as Lightsey is hugged by another marcher. Peace activists met at Washington Park in Newark for a peace march and rally in Newark on Saturday.
"I am shaken today," Lightsey said of her daughter, who was stabbed to death Jan. 13 in a parking area of the Otto Kretchmer Homes in Newark's South Ward. A teen girl was charged with the killing. "But overall, God is good. She's always going to stay in my memories."
Bashir Akinyele, a member of the Newark chapter of the New Black Panthers, said he believed the recent violence was a symptom of black self-hatred because of the legacy of slavery and racism in the country.
"This a cultural issue, because we haven't found a way to love ourselves," he said.A cultural issue?
No, it’s a racial issue, powerfully defined in a gun buy-back program, which sees the city purchase guns (no questions asked) and then melt them down to make jewelry. [Fighting Crime With Jewelry: Jessica Mindich's company, Jewelry for a Cause, helps take guns off the street by transforming deadly weapons into beautiful jewelry, and nonprofit donations, Inc.com, 5-7-2012]
This is a look into a city where Brad Pitt's character, Gerry Lane (and family), sought refuge during a zombie apocalypse in World War Z.
Newark, New Jersey.
Will the last white person out please turn out the light?