Baltimore isn't the only city where police are stressed to find new sources of chalk for the outlines around homicide victims; St. Louis continues to provide plenty of stories of black individuals who, lacking impulse control, use a gun on their adversary, damn the consequences! [Organizers ask everyone to wear orange Tuesday for gun violence awareness, KMOV.com, 6-1-15]:
Area residents told News 4 they are tired of "everybody dying" and "people using guns."For those failing to wear orange tomorrow, they can at least know black pastors in St. Louis are pledging to donate their most valuable asset to try and keep police from having to order more chalk.[Pastors unite to bring St. Louis communities together and stop violence, KMOV.com, 5-30-15]:
As the homicide in local communities continue to rise, a new effort to fight crime is moving forward.
It calls for pastors from St. Louis and nearby counties to work together to help stop the violence.
"I believe crime is has a lot to do with people having hopelessness in their lives,” said Pastor Robert Griffin of Christian Embassy Church.
"There's a great need within our communities of crime and even poverty situations. We just need help,” said Rev. Vincent Andujo of Jamison Memorial CME Church.
They are just two of approximately 100 pastors from the City of St. Louis and surrounding counties coming together in a community wide effort.
"If the community see the churches are serious about outreach and engaging the communities then I believe that change will come over time,” Andujo said.
The plan is to have pastors commit to one year of outreach work in the areas they serve.
That means for 52 consecutive weeks, each will reach out to a minimum of 30 households.Outreach.
Stop. The. Violence.
When adults need to be convinced to abide by the law and participate in civilization, you know the present conditions of black areas of St. Louis are only going to get worse.
Much, much worse. [Alderman and officers going door-to-door to stop murders, Fox2Now.com, 5-28-15]:
A St. Louis Alderman Takes action to address crime after another murder in his ward. Chris Carter is going door to door on one block with police officers.
Thursday the sound of candid conversations echoed throughout Genevieve Avenue instead of the sound of gunfire. Alderman Chris Carter says he`s increasingly frustrated both with the crime and the plan to fight it. He decided to seek the help of two police liaison officers and they walked the streets of this troubled neighborhood.
The move comes after one man was shot to death on Genevieve early Thursday bringing St. Louis` murder total this year to 69. 61 of the victims are black.
39 of the murders happened in north St. Louis.
Alderman Carter says he went directly to the officers to get their help on Genevieve.
The officers were welcomed by some on Genevieve. But others had a different reaction, quickly leaving the area.
Either way they plan on continuing their effort throughout Ward 27 in the coming days.
A spokesman for the North Patrol says the department addresses crime in every area the same, no matter the color of the residents. He also says hot spot policing is helping but there are just too many guns on the streets, and not enough officers on the department.Outreach.
Knocking on doors.
Stop. The. Violence.
What exactly does even the most optimistic individual believe is going to happen in the black areas of St. Louis and Baltimore, blighted and overrun with violence not by some omnipresent white racism, but by the very inhabitants themselves?
No one man ever dreamed of a tomorrow where people would be constantly engaged in community outreach or knocking on doors to ask fellow citizens to stop the violence; not one nation was ever conceived to one day encourage its citizens to wear orange as a form of solidarity in raising awareness about "gun violence"; never was there an empire in human history built upon the productive citizens constantly abandoning cities as they became uninhabitable because of the violence perpetrated by a segment of society free of criticism or blame.
St. Louis and Baltimore once were some of the brightest places in America, full of hope for a better tomorrow; those days are gone, with each of these cities "dark places of the earth" again.