Three hundred homicides and counting!
What a year 2015 has been and it's not even over yet.
|These signs are all over the 65 percent black city of Baltimore… because black people can't stop killing one another.|
And with the shadow of the impending 300th homicide approaching (it was reached on Saturday, November 14), 300 Men March, the organization only possible/necessary because black people kill one another regularly in Baltimore, marched yet again. [300 Men March rally with city on brink of 300 homicides, Baltimore Sun, 11-14-15]:
Members of the anti-violence group 300 Men March rallied on a cracked concrete lot at Old Town Mall on Saturday afternoon, just hours before Baltimore hit a mark for homicides not passed since the late 90s.
Munir Bahar, the group's leader, said the level of violence that has swept through the city this year was obvious to anyone living in its neighborhoods.
"We saw this coming, 300 homicides," he said. "We're at 299, and the way it's going by the time we finish marching today it's going to be a 300 or 301."
On Saturday afternoon, a group of about 60 men planned to march northwest from the abandoned mall to the Park Circle block where 24-year-old Kendal Fenwick was killed last week. The father of three had been building a fence around his home to protect his children from drug dealers and Bahar said it was unacceptable that he had been left isolated in his own neighborhood.
"They killed him. Why? Because they probably saw him as someone being on their own," Bahar said. "I'm pretty sure somebody knew what he was going through or dealing with."
Fenwick, who worked as a truck driver, was the city's 295th homicide victim of 2015, and by the time Bahar spoke, four more people had been killed. Bahar said the group wanted to honor Fenwick's memory and his selflessness by marking a minute of silence outside his home.
The group has a simple slogan — "We must stop killing each other" — and speaking from the bed of a black F-150 pickup with the sun behind him, Bahar drove the message home, calling people who kill innocents in Baltimore terrorists.
"I'm from the streets, but we weren't no terrorists, we ain't terrorize our own people," he said. "We do what we do to survive, but surviving doesn't mean terrorizing your own people, especially when it comes to children and women."
While the 300 Men March started as a grassroots effort to denounce violence by parading through city streets, in recent months it has become increasingly well-organized. The group acquired property from the city to build a headquarters in the Broadway East neighborhood last month. Bahar said when the deal went through that he needed to raise $200,000 to meet his goal of opening the space by April."We must stop killing each other."
This message is plastered on yard signs throughout Baltimore, a reminder of the type of community individual black people collective create. Where but two or three generations ago, white families lived and thrived in Baltimore, today those same streets are nothing more than vacant houses, and boarded up businesses.
As of November 15, there have been 301 homicides in Baltimore:
- 274 of the victims are black
- 15 of the victims are white
- 2 are Hispanic
- 3 are Asian
- and in 7 of the homicides the victims race is still unknown