We know this.
We also know why the nation is irredeemable, and few dispatches from life at the end of the American Experiment offer the exact reason as this story from 65 percent black Memphis. [Demonic weaves believed to be root of hair crimes, WECT.com, 3-3-16]:
Thieves have killed four people while trying to steal hair weaves and products, and now many Memphians say demonic spirits could be to blame.
It is a theory that's taking on a life of its own online.
Search the words "cursed hair" on the web and the prophesies are plenty.
"Whose-ever hair I was wearing on my head, that heifer had a bad omen and that bad omen followed her from India and came on top of my head, and I took on her spirit," one woman said on YouTube.
After a WMC Action News 5 investigation revealed how deadly the business of selling hair in Memphis can be, Mid-South women let loose on Facebook.
Weave wearers went back and forth about what some believe to be the root cause of the crimes.
One woman wrote: "Do you know the history of the hair's original owner? What type of spirit did that person have? You may be buying a person's hair and their demonic spirit."
Another woman wrote: "Maybe the reason so many people are doing ungodly things has a lot to do with the fact that many of the purchases are made in other countries that worship false gods."
It may sound bizarre, but some people believe virgin hair from India may be possessed during a ritual called tonsuring, the cutting of hair for religious reasons, or sacrifices to idol Gods.
"The bible has no reference to demonic possession of things or objects," said Dr. Bill Adkins, pastor at Greater Imani Cathedral of Faith.
Dr. Adkins is doubtful demons would possess weaves and wigs.
"That's not from Christian doctrine. That's from animistic beliefs, animism from Africa, from the Caribbean, voodoo, religions and cults that practice this concept of evil spirits taking possession of evil things," Adkins said.
Robin Ransom wears and professionally installs human hair.
She admits a new hair-do can bring out a new attitude in women.
"They'll come in and get a long hair installed and when I turn them in the mirror it's more like a "OK girl," but never have I sensed or seen an evil spirit in hair," she said.
Facebook users offered their remedy for devil weave.
One women wrote: "I personally pray over everything I purchase."
Ransom said if a client preferred to pray over bundles they bought, she'd allow it."It would be a little weird to me, but if they wanted to pray on their hair then pray on," she said. "If that's what you believe, do that and then let me do my job."
Whatever the root cause of a beauty trend turned crime trend, we can all agree the war spawned by weave must stop.
"A generation back or so it was tennis shoes, gym shoes people were being robbed and killed over tennis shoes," said Adkins. "Now people are being killed over hair and for weaves."
Four people killed while hair weave thievery was being attempted should be cause for concern and a potential demonic angle might not be out of the question if the majority black city of Memphis wasn't overwhelmed with black crime in every facet of life. [Analysis: Homicide victims in Memphis far more likely to be black men, Memphis Commercial Appeal, 1-31-16]:
Editor's note: Chronologically, Lakeyel Hurd, killed on Dec. 29, was Memphis’s last homicide victim of 2015. However, Memphis police determined the final killing last year to be Destine King since the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide on Dec. 31.
The first homicide of 2015 happened on Jan. 7, when Todd Jones was shot and killed in Southeast Memphis. His killing remains unsolved.
The final homicide of the year came on Dec. 23, when 14-year-old Antonio Evans allegedly beat 6-year-old Destine King to death in a Cordova foster home. The teen remains locked up at Juvenile Court.
In between, 159 other people were the victims of homicide in Memphis, a 4.2 percent decrease from the 168 killed in 2014. The killings included Memphis police officers Sean Bolton and Terence Olridge. Olridge's fiancee, Shaleda Rozier, had a baby shower Sunday.
After an open-records request by The Commercial Appeal, city officials released a more detailed look at the 2015 homicide statistics, including race, gender, age, location and other information.
Those statistics show that, in Memphis, young black men are far more likely to be the victims of homicide than any other race or gender. Of those 161 victims, 120 — 74.5 percent — were black men. That's a slight change from 2014's percentage of 78.6. And of those 120 black men killed in 2015, 82 — 68.3 percent — were under the age of 35.
"The statistics are alarming. It's going to take a lot of people every day, committed to changing that course," Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said. "There's not going to be one program or one concept that can change that trajectory. It's going to have to be many people waking up every day committed to doing that."
Mayor Jim Strickland called the statistics "depressing," adding, "I get angry about it."
Strickland outlined two ways he hopes to try to decrease those numbers; one that's more of a short-term plan, and another that may not show dividends for years.
Of those 161 victims, 137 were male, 24 female.
Also, 139 were black, 16 white, five were classified as Latino and one was listed as unknown. A further breakdown shows that 120 were black males, 19 were black females, 12 were white males, four were white females, four were Latino males, one was a Latino female and one was unknown.Notice the most important word missing from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal article on black homicides in the city: suspect.
Who is killing all those black people in Memphis?
Demonic hair weaves, obviously...
America is irredeemable.
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