Imagine if Memphis were 100 percent white; how on earth would white individuals collectively contributed to replicating this "awful milestone?" Or, imagine if Jim Crow still existed in Memphis as a check against black dysfunction: would the city be pushing to break the all-time homicide record?
The number of people being killed in Memphis has reached a new marker which the Mayor himself calls an awful milestone.
Founded in 2013, the publicly-funded Memphis Gun Down program has been a colossal failure
Wednesday night, Memphis police responded to the 161st homicide of this year.
It is the same number of homicides the city recorded for all of last year.
FOX13's chief investigative reporter Jim Spiewak spoke with Mayor Jim Strickland Friday.
With 108 days left in the year, many fear there will be even more killings.
Memphian Johnny Masson said, "I've lived in this city all my life. Nothing surprises me anymore." He added, "In the daytime, I can feel safe. At night time, I don't dare leave the house."
Memphis police confirmed the city has already matched the previous total number of killings for all of 2015.
Strickland showed a journal he keeps of each victim. "I want to be motivated everyday, because of the human beings that are behind the statistics," he told FOX13.
Strickland said police recruitment efforts are improving, but the focus must continue working to turn young people away from a life of crime.
Spiewak asked the Mayor if he plans on doing things differently the rest of the year. "We're doing everything we can, but I'm trying to be realistic to say that a significant drop might take time to realize," Strickland answered.
But do Memphians, the tax-payers and voters, think his administration and the police department are doing enough?
"I don't give anybody the benefit of the doubt," Masson said. "I know how it is. Like I said, I've lived here my whole life, this is how it is."
Another Memphian, Marilyn Turner, told FOX13, "I think they're doing what the can. It also takes the community we all have to kinda pitch in together to do our part in order to keep crime down."
The homicide record was set back in 1993 with 213.
The Mayor re-stated plans to copy a successful crime reduction plan used in New Orleans. He said officials, from New Orleans came to town to visit, but he has no time table for when a Memphis based plan will be up and running.
Of course not.
Jim Crow existed to keep black dysfunction in check so white civilization could still exist in a multiracial society; without this safeguard, white civilization is forced to regress to the black mean.
There have been 141 black homicide victims and 11 white homicide victims in 2016 Memphis: one wonders how many of those white victims had a black suspect.
But one does not need to wonder how much public investment has gone into trying to persuade black people to "put the gun down" and stop killing each other (and, by extension, ensuring increasingly black Memphis loses jobs, outside capital investment, and it's tax base via further white flight)... [Memphis 2016 Homicides By the Numbers: The city's homicide rate has nearly doubled since this time last year., Memphis Flyer, May 12, 2016]:
Memphis Gun Down, a program that launched in 2012 under former Mayor A C Wharton's Innovate Memphis (formerly the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team), has made it a goal to reduce gun violence in the city. The program's 901 Bloc Squad sends reformed gang members into high-crime areas in Frayser, Orange Mound, South Memphis, and the Mt. Moriah corridor to connect with those who are caught up in the gang lifestyle.
"They're trying to show diplomacy and influence these young people who are gang-involved to put their guns down and resolve conflict in other ways," said Memphis Gun Down Director Bishop Mays.
Memphis Gun Down also has a hospital intervention program at Regional One Health, through which they make contact with shooting victims to try and prevent any retaliatory crimes. Additionally, the program offers youth an outlet during the summer through its "twilight basketball" games in the above-mentioned target communities.
"We need to align our resources throughout the city. We can't put everything on the backs of the police officers," Mays said. "We're in a state now where we must pay attention or we will lose a lot of youthful assets in our community. We need to not judge and be willing to reach out to those who will accept help."
Rallings echoed Mays' statement, saying that the police can't curb violence without help from the community. At a press conference last week, Rallings urged citizens to alert police any time they see an altercation occurring or someone suspicious in their neighborhoods.
"It takes everybody working together to make this a safe community," Rallings said. "People are waiting on the police to solve all these problems, but the police are just one aspect. The clergy, everyone in the educational system, and individuals in the community all play a part."
All of this would be incredibly hilarious if it wasn't western civilization being destroyed via the continued experiment into seeing if black people can maintain a civilization white people abandon (or, as it should be called: state-enforced egalitarianism).