|An image from the MLK Lock-in held in Indianapolis in honor of Martin Luther King Day... an event designated as a place to keep black people from engaging in stereotypically black behavior (which damages private property and requires massive police intervention)|
It was in late 2014 the Your Life Matters: Report to the Mayor from the YLM Taskforce was released. The report would offer recommendations to stop black violence from happening, but it contained this incredible observation:
In 2013, the city of Indianapolis was confronted with an outbreak of murders. The surge in murders reached 125 – the largest number since 2006. Though Black males make up less than 2% of the population in Marion County, 66% of the victims and 64% of the murder suspects in Indianapolis were Black males.Two percent of Marion County's population account for (let me fix it for the Your Life Matters report) 64 percent of known murder suspects in Indianapolis.
This is the contribution of black people to life in Indianapolis.
Resident all-things-black columnist at the Indy Star, Erika Smith, wrote, Indy needs rescue mission for young black males, though it should have read: Indy needs rescue from young black males.
Because Indianapolis needs a reprieve from black violence, a hilarious homage to Martin Luther King went down this past weekend: an "Open Space, Safe Place" initiative... [MLK lock-in gives Indy teens a place to turn, WISH-TV, 1-15-15]:
This month a brawl involving more than 200 teenagers erupted at Castleton Square Mall. It’s just one result of teens not having enough places to go.
Light of the World Christian Church is trying to tackle this issue head-on. On Sunday, they’re hosting the MLK Holiday Lock-In, to give young people a safe place to go for the three-day weekend. They’ve been hosting lock-ins for years, but this one is different. For the first time, the Indiana Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana Black Expo are joining the effort.
It’s taken months of preparation, and countless hours of planning.
“The space is so multi-faceted,” said Matt Steward, an IMPD officer. “We have the board games, we’ve got soccer going on, we have the dance floor, so there’s a little bit for everybody.”
“One of the main issues we know young people have expressed is there’s nothing for them to do,” says Jennifer Darby director of youth and family programs for the Indiana Black Expo.
For one night, hundreds of teens will be in one space, with one goal in mind. More than 200 volunteers and 23 police officers are making the evening a reality.
“The city of Indianapolis, along with the rest of the country, needs it.” said Anderson White, Youth Director of the church. “I feel that’s the least we can do for our community, to turn around and help those young people that were in the same boat as you. That you can say, ‘I was like you and I can help you.'”
“Young people have questions, issues. How do we interface with law enforcement?” said Steward. “We’re trying to avoid situations like what recently happened in Castleton, and has happened across the country. This is just our one response to try and make a difference in kids lives.”About 500 black kids took part in the MLK lock-in... with the name "MLK lock-in" perhaps the most appropriate title ever for keeping black kids from participating in the type of criminal activities possibly turning Castleton Mall into just another dead mall...
What better way to celebrate MLK Day then by locking black kids up to keep them from disrupting life for the white residents of Indianapolis?
13 WTHR Indianapolis