"Really knowing is good. Not knowing, or refusing to know is bad, or amoral, at least. You can’t act if you don’t know.” -- Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray BradburyWere it not for violence committed by individual blacks in Indianapolis, the city would be virtually free of fatal and nonfatal gun crime. But this is a world where the collective lawlessness of blacks in Indianapolis requires the 10 Point Coalition to try and stop it from spreading.
Through September 1, 2015, there had been 92 homicides in the city: 64 of the victims were black with 26 of the suspects also black, three white and 35 unknown (meaning they're black, protected by the code of 'no snitching' honored by the black community).
Oh, and in 2015 Indianapolis eight white people have been killed by blacks compared to three blacks being murdered by whites...
The Indianapolis Star's resident black columnist, Erika Smith, can be counted on to expend energy at least once a month on a column bemoaning black-on-black violence in the city.
But back to the 10 Point Coalition, that ragtag group of black do-gooders always extending out their hands for more donations/city funding to keep them afloat (because there's a surplus of black people lacking impulse control in the city of Indianapolis). Not long ago, this coalition of black clergy members were awarded bulletproof vests to keep them safe when they visit crime scenes and attempt to mediate the madness.
Now we know why... [Ten Point Coalition threatened at murder scene, WTHR.com, 9-27-15]:
Ten Point Coalition members hit the city's downtown streets Saturday, patrolling corners with a visible presence in their yellow vests.
"If there are kids having a hard time, we step in and we kind of play the roles of parents and family members," said Rev. Charles Harrison, the head of the grassroots organization.
That wasn't the case downtown Saturday. Ten Point members were hoping for a peaceful night, and that's what they got as they talked with adults and teens at the Circle City Classic.
"Part of my life's work is ministry, taking care of people," said Pastor Melvin Jackson, also a Ten Point member.
Friday, though, members found themselves in a position they'd never been in before: threatened with their lives at one of the city's murder scenes in the 3800 block of Bennett Drive.
"We were literally threatened by a group of young men who were angry. They made it very personal. They talked about spraying the area, told us we needed to leave the area and not be there, when the police left we would be the target," said Rev. Harrison.
"As we were walking to our cars last night, they went around the corner and fired gun shots in the air, and then as I was leaving the area, several of the young men followed me in the car," continued who Harrison, who said after a few blocks, the group following him turned off onto another street.
Despite what happened, Ten Point members were back at it downtown Saturday evening in a crowded, but peaceful environment. They were ready, though, to go to a less peaceful place in the city, should something happen.
"There's a risk. There's risk if you don't do anything," Pastor Jackson said when asked why the group was continuing despite Friday's threats. Sitting idle is a risk they said they weren't willing to take.
“That was pretty scary because that's the first point Ten Point has been attacked on the street like this. It is not going to stop us from going into these neighborhoods and saying what needs to be said to try to stop this madness,” Rev. Harrison said.
Members said they were looking into taking extra precautions on scenes, but didn't elaborate what those measures would be. Some already wear bullet proof vests and are already planning for next weekend.Were white people to pull all resources for the black community, and police to abandon their sworn duty of "community outreach," how long do you think it would take for the cracking of marrow to commence?
This is one of the few thoughts that allows me to fall asleep peacefully at night.
How many nights has the good Rev. Harrison spent restless, knowing full well his attempts to nurture hope through the 10 Point Coalition run counter to nature?
Civilization and barbarism, separated by a color line.
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