News that the black violence in St. Louis is requiring a request from the city police for help from the Missouri Highway Police to patrol the city's downtown streets shouldn't come as a surprise. [St. Louis cops seek highway patrol's help to police downtown streets, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-28-15]
Recall, St. Louis was home to the "Call to Oneness" in 2008, where black people marched in unity to the message of black people stopping the violence and working to make the city a better place.
[Black Men answer ‘Call to Oneness', St. Louis American, 6-2-2008]:
Depending on who was asked, the crowd estimates for the “Call To Oneness” march yesterday afternoon along the old Annie Malone May Day Parade route in North City ranged from 20,000-50,000. Regardless of the final count, the message was clear that African American men are ready to move forward to make a better St. Louis.
Of course, this black "Call to Oneness" was largely ignored by black people, with a two black people killed by other black within 24 hours of the march ending. [Cops Should Get On Beat to Help Clergy With Slowing City Violence, St. Louis Magazine, 6-27-14]:
Marchers gathered at Kings Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King, and then proceeded down Page, Newstead, and Kennerly.
There have been many prayers and marches and “come-to-Jesus” meetings concerning violence on the streets of St. Louis over the past few years.
In June 2008, during the “Call to Oneness,” thousands of African-American men marched through the streets of St. Louis to “reclaim their community” and begin efforts anew to end violence and murder. Hours later, just two miles from the march’s starting point, a young woman was shot and killed on a gas station/convenience market parking lot, and another woman was critically injured; a day later, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed, the St. Louis American reported.
Maybe we should all pray for more police on the streets of St. Louis. It's also time to consider police who walk daily beats.Actually, black clergy did call for prayer and divine intervention to stop the black violence in the city, roughly 45 days before anyone had heard the names Michael Brown or Darren Wilson. [Clergy call for citywide prayer to end violence in St. Louis, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6-26-14]
"Come-to-Jesus" meetings, prayer, black people marching in "Call to Oneness" marches, hotspot policing, and more police resources dedicated to patrolling downtown St. Louis won't stop the black crime. [Prayer vigil held to stop the violence in St. Louis, KPLR.com, 7-1-14]:
Area religious leaders are hoping a week of prayer will help curb violence in St. Louis summer. The week of prayers culminated with a service Sunday night inside Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.
Host pastor Rodney Francis said prayer alone will not stop violence. He said, “Prayer changes people, and people change things.”
Candles were lit for each homicide victim this year in St. Louis City. The candles were then extinguished. Faith leaders say in addition to destroying lives, violent crime can kill economic development.
“If people are afraid of St. Louis, they’re not going to invest in St. Louis,” said Rev. Rodrick Buton, New Northside Missionary Baptist Church.
He talked about how painful it is to conduct a funeral service for a murder victim.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Burton. “It’s just reprehensible.”
Faith leaders hope anyone caught in a culture of violence can break free and find peace in a house of worship.
“We just need a unified approach with police, along with churches, along with businesses,” said Burton.White people don't want to be caught up in the black "culture of violence": this is why you get white flight and divestment of businesses from areas that go from white to black.
Race will always be the ultimate variable in understanding why a city rises or fails; why a community is violence-free or one requiring "come-to-Jesus" meetings, lighting candles, prayer for divine intervention, black people marching in "Call to Oneness" marches, and hotspot policing to combat rampant criminality.
To ever address why St. Louis is overwhelmed in crime, one must use a knife to cut to the heart of the problem.
Put the spoon away, and just admit the problem individually black people collectively represent to the future stability of St. Louis.