|Zuckerman Unbound: "Newark is a nigger with a knife!... Newark is finished, idiot! Newark is barbarian hordes and the Fall of Rome!"|
Philip Roth, the famous author who set many of his novels in his hometown of Newark, offered an extremely brutal assessment of the post-riot city in his 1981 Zuckerman Unbound. In once scene, the renowned novelist Nathan Zuckerman (Roth's alter ego) is accosted by a man who feels it is his duty to set Zuckerman straight about the city he writes of so often with a semblance of nostalgia. 'What do you know about Newark, Mama's Boy! I read that fucking book! To you it's Sunday chop suey downtown at the Chink's! To you it's being Leni-Lenape Indians at school in the play! To you it's Uncle Max in his undershirt, watering the radishes at night! And Nick Etten at first for the Bears! Nick Etten! Moron! Moron! Newark is a nigger with a knife! Newark is a whore with the syph! Newark is junkies shitting in your hallway and everything burned to the ground! Newark is dago vigilantes hunting jigs with tire irons! Newark is bankruptcy! Newark is ashes! Newark is rubble and filth! Own a car in Newark and then you'll find out what Newark's all about! Then you can write ten books about Newark! They slit your throat for your radial tires! They cut off both balls for a Bulova watch! And your dick for the fun of it, if it's white!' "The light went green. Zuckerman made for the mounted policeman. 'You! Whining about Mama back in Newark and how she wouldn't wipe your ass for you three times a day! Newark is finished, idiot! Newark is barbarian hordes and the Fall of Rome! (p. 9-10)The fall of Rome? Barbarian hordes? There can be no doubt the Newark of today is nothing like the Newark of 1913, a city that was 96 percent white. White flight, black crime, and black political solidarity (say what you will about black dysfunction, but black voters understand the importance of voting as a bloc to protect and promote their interests) gave birth to the Newark of 2013.
An article from the New York Times helps us understand just what type of world is created in the ruins of city that was once white [Legislators Form Panel On Car Theft In Newark, 11-13-1992]:
A day after four more Newark residents were killed as a result of the rising tide of car thefts in the city, New Jersey lawmakers announced a six-member task force to produce legislation intended to curb the problem.
"The crime is spreading at an epidemic proportion, and we will not stand for it," said Assemblyman Paul Digaetano, Republican of Rutherford, a member of the Assembly Task Force on Auto Theft. It is a bipartisan group appointed to sift through pending bills on car theft and carjacking and draft other bills within 90 days.
The wave of violence and death related to car theft rose sharply early Wednesday morning as four more people were killed. Those deaths brought to 11 the number of people killed in the Newark area in the past year in car-theft related accidents.
"Driving a car has become akin to taking a stagecoach across the Wild West," said Assemblyman Robert L. Brown, Democrat of Orange, another member of the task force.White people ultimately brought civilization to the 'Wild West'; the influx of black people from the south only served to bring about a de-civilizing effect upon a city that was once one of America's great metropolitan areas.
Once, and never to be again.
Only five days ago, four people were killed and two people injured in a 12-hour orgy of black violence in Newark, a reminder that social capital and civic virtues also migrated from the city with white flight.
So what does a city, where the barbarian hordes have already sacked it as a modern-day reinterpretation of the fall of Rome, do to try coagulate the violence? Hold a symbolic funeral to bury the violence. (not to be confused with a 2007 march in Newark for a 'day of outrage' against violence) [Funeral organized to ‘Bury Violence in Newark', Essex News Daily, 10-27-13]:
The Irvington NAACP recently hosted a forum on violence in urban communities as a public health emergency, and now plans to participate in a “mock funeral” ceremony Sunday, Oct. 27, to symbolically “Bury Violence in Newark.”
According to Terrance Bankston, a former Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders candidate who also works as a hip-hop entrepreneur, “The Funeral to Bury Violence in Newark” is the brainchild of Newark native Dupre Kelly, who is also known internationally as “DoItAll” from the hip-hop group Lords of the Underground.
Kelly is also the chief executive officer of 211 MG and cofounder and chairman of 211 Community Impact, which linked up with other local grassroots activists and antiviolence organizations to form the coalition behind Sunday’s “funeral.”
Bankston and Bashir Akinyele, a member of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, which helped to organize and moderate the “Violence as a Public Health Emergency” forum on Oct. 3, identified the members of the coalition sponsoring “The Funeral” as: 211 Community Impact; Newark Anti-Violence Coalition; FP Youth Outcry; 24 Hours of Peace; Anti-Industry Entertainment; Stop Shootin Music; and Newark’s West Ward Economic Development Corporation.
Participating funeral homes include: Perry Funeral Home; Woody Home for Services; Chapels of Edan Funeral Home; J. E. Churman Funeral Home; Cotton Funeral Services; Cushnie-Houston Funeral Home; and Morticians Who Care. The list of celebrities and other notable invited guests scheduled to attend and participate in the event includes: NBA star and Newark native Shaquille O’Neal; rappers Lords of The Underground; Redman; Naughty by Nature; Mike Bivins of BBD; Mr. Cheeks of the Lost Boyz; Rah Digga of Busta Rhymes Flipmode Squad; JD Williams; Hakim Green of Channel Live; and radio and TV host Ed Lover.
Kelly first announced the upcoming “funeral” at Bankston’s Hip-Hop Conference Part II event, which took place in downtown Newark on Oct. 12.
“I’m assuming he birthed it, but I don’t want to slight anybody on his team when I say that,” Bankston said recently. “I was very upset about the recent spree of killings in Newark and one of my background dancer’s girlfriend got killed by accident on Hawthorne Avenue.”
“I’m not about laying in the street or marching without a purpose or results, but I can do what I can do and I can contribute what I can contribute and the best thing for me to do is to be an example and partner with other examples. My cofounder of the Hip-Hop Conference, Super Ears, actually does a lot of work with DoItAll … and he just built on it."
Akinyele said Sunday’s event would include five funeral processions — one leaving from each ward of Newark at the same time — that come together at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium for “The Funeral” service itself.Oh, Newark in 2013 is a perfect reminder of the type of 'culture' black people create. A perfect reminder.
The funeral service, which begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., features youth speakers; leaders of community organizations; victims’ families; readings from the Bible and the Koran; a prayer in Spanish; and tributes from local choirs and singers.
“We decided we were gonna stick together … and make it about the culture of hip-hop,” Bankston said, adding, “People have to understand that hip-hop is a culture."
As Philip Roth wrote, "Newark is a nigger with a knife!... Newark is finished, idiot! Newark is barbarian hordes and the Fall of Rome!"
No mock funeral is needed for the civilization whites created in Newark, with near century-old skyscrapers acting as painful headstones to a society long-ago buried under the weight of silly notions of progress, equality, and freedom.