It's our hope you are currently enjoying multiple generations of your family, gathered together under one roof to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Never forget this time, for years from tonight you'll recall the simple joy of a relative laughing at that one joke you know or the look on the face of a child/grandchild as they open the perfect Christmas gift.
|The "No Crime Day" attempt in Detroit back in 1986 (four people were murdered that day, 11 people shot, and one stabbed) is a reminder why we must always strive for all our Christmases to be white...|
Sitting around the dinner table, with all presents shredded open and littering your den in righteous ecstasy, smile as you prepare to sip a glass of white wine and tear into a hearty portion of turkey; these are the memories you fight to ensure live on and serve as the images a Ghost of Christmas Past will one day revisit.
And never forget why you dare read SBPDL: to ensure what happened to Detroit doesn't happen to rest of the country; in fact, years from now the truth of Detroit's demise will be the foundation of children's education.
And it's a story from 1986 in Detroit that will be told - to children incapable of understanding how such circumstances could ever have arisen or been tolerated - as a reminder why we dared hold those cherished Christmas memories so dear and stand to defend our future.
When a society must call for a "No Crime Day," it should be axiomatic that this society is no longer civilized or has a long-term future.[Isiah Thomas Asks Day of Peace in Violent Detroit : NBA Star Challenges Crime One-on-One, Los Angeles Times, 9-27-1986]:
Detroit Pistons basketball star Isiah Thomas broke out of Chicago's West Side ghetto long ago. He's made his fortune in the NBA. He doesn't have to go back to the streets.
But for the last few weeks, Thomas has been walking through some of Detroit's most violent neighborhoods, searching out drug pushers, juvenile delinquents and inner-city high school youths on the verge of going bad. He's a driven man with a message for his adopted city: Stop the killing, stop the crime, for at least one day.
"It's gotta stop somewhere. It's gotta stop somewhere," he tells a group of troubled youths who have been expelled from Detroit's public schools. "It should stop with you."
The 25-year-old all-star guard is the driving force behind today's "No Crime Day" in crime-ridden Detroit, a novel attempt to persuade Detroit's criminals to take the day off.
With the backing of Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, Thomas has put out the word in the schools and on the streets, asking everyone to "keep cool" today and to leave porch lights on all night tonight to demonstrate solidarity.
High Murder Rate
But Thomas has his work cut out for him if he hopes to make a dent in today's police blotter; Detroit has the highest murder rate of any city in the nation; "crack houses" busily selling cocaine have sprouted throughout the inner city, and shootings among teen-agers have reached epidemic proportions.
At one recent meeting with a group of about 75 inner-city teen-agers, Thomas asked how many had personally witnessed a shooting, and a dozen hands quickly rose.
Thomas knows the streets and has no illusions. "All except two of my friends from grade school are either dead, in prison or strung out on drugs," he tells a crowd of students at Detroit's Cody High School. He likes to say he "hit the lotto," and otherwise could have easily ended up the same way. "For every one of me, there's a million at home. That's not very good odds."
Although Young supports the No Crime Day effort, he has also been trying to hold down expectations, perhaps so that Detroit's image will not be further sullied if a mini-crime wave breaks out today. With a big march planned through downtown Detroit to publicize No Crime Day, the news media are sure to be watching to measure the level of criminal activity in the city.
"No one expects a one-day appeal to have an impact on crime," Young says. "But at least this program has already brought people together. When you get kids talking about laying off drugs and talking about not shooting each other, that's an impact."Well, it wasn't much of an impact, or a short-term band-aid to a uniquely black problem of gun violence in the former Paris of the West.The undercooked steak at the $100-a-plate banquet to commemorate the event weren't as cold as the dead in the Detroit morgue that day.[Four Slain During Detroit's 'No Crime Day', AP, 9-29-1986]:
Four people, including a policeman, were slain during the city's ''No Crime Day,'' but organizers of the event rallied residents with calls to put fear in the hearts of criminals.
Three of those slain were shot and the fourth stabbed on Saturday, which also saw 11 non-fatal shootings and a stabbing that left the victim in critical condition.
Officer Everett Williams Jr., 33, was shot when he and his partner, both in uniform, were investigating a break-in. A man was in custody, but had not been charged by Sunday night, police said.
Williams, a Detroit policeman for 12 years, was the fourth officer to die on duty this year.
The shooting appeared to be an accident, Mayor Coleman Young told a news conference following a ''No Crime Day'' march and rally downtown.
One simple memory from Detroit's past, a reminder of the futility of our efforts to integrate a people incompatible with a first world civilization. Not 12 years into Mayor Coleman Young's reign of black power - the first black mayor of Detroit - it was already incredible to see a white person walking around downtown Detroit after 5 p.m.; attempts to 'stop the violence' for just one day were greeted with bullets, stabbings, and the type of wanton black criminality that occupies nightly newscasts throughout the nation.Last year there were 58.2 homicides per 100,000 people in Detroit - the highest rate in the nation, according to the FBI. During the first eight months of this year, there were 314 non-accidental fatal shootings, according to statistics compiled by the Detroit Free Press.
So you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I'm telling you why, America's future is nothing more than futile "No Crime Day" events held in a city near you, with cheers of momentary violence abstinence overshadowed by the sirens of police cars and ambulances.
Look around your den this Christmas, as family members open presents they'll forget in only a months time; it's these people you will seek to keep safe from the privations of collective blackness. From the fate of Detroit 1986's laughable "No Crime Day" failure, when four people were murdered, 11 shot, and one stabbed.