At point, if you can't laugh about the insanity of an entire civilization incapable of understanding the consequences of refusing to admit race is real, then you just can't get the joke of modernity. [Mayor: Black On Black Crime Is A ‘Black’ Problem, LawOfficer.com, 1-2-17]:
Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton is 76 years old and some might think age has mellowed the former Mayor and Memphis City Schools Superintendent.
Willie Herenton wasn’t trying to win friends and influence people at the New Years Prayer Breakfast.
He was talking about crime, black on black crime as he called it. “We talk about black on black crime,” he said, “… and I’m going to be very critical of the Crime Commission, of the Juvenile Court Judge. I’m going to be very critical of the Sheriff. You know why? Because they’re floundering.”
“Mass incarceration has never worked,” he said. “When are we going to try education, rehabilitation, and for those of us who believe in a God, we believe in redemption.”
Herenton wants 10,000 African American men to volunteer to help young folks who are heading in the wrong direction. Current Mayor Jim Strickland liked what he heard. “We cannot afford to lose a generation of young people.”
Mayor Strickland is also urging people to volunteer to make Memphis a better place.
He wants volunteers to teach children to read, to be mentors, even to volunteer to help clean up the city block by block. “If we really get a lot of people to help out on this city,” he says, “…I often say some of our challenges are too big for city government to handle themselves.”
“No one can help us,” Herenton says, “… if we don’t help ourselves. It’s up to us to protect us, from us.”You haven't lost a generation; you've lost a civilization, with the Memphis white people long ago built and maintained replaced with a blighted, crime-ridden nightmare Jim Crow was erected to try and keep from becoming a reality.
But it gets better. [Former mayor faces backlash after linking crime rate to race, WBRC.com, 1-3-17]:
Comments on race and crime in Memphis by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton are continuing to spark dialogue in the black community.
Herenton first stated his position in an interview with WMC Action News 5 two weeks ago.
“I’m going to irritate some people when I make this statement. This is a black problem,” Herenton said. “This is a black problem that uniquely impacts the fabric of the black community.”
Herenton said it again Saturday at Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s New Year’s prayer breakfast,where he was the featured speaker. Herenton said the black community in Memphis has not stepped up to adequately address ongoing societal ills.
“This wave of crime is a black problem. I’m going to reiterate that. It is a black problem,” he said.
Pastor Earle Fisher with the Memphis Grassroots Coalition doesn’t agree with Herenton’s statements.
“We have a profound amount of respect and adoration for Mayor Herenton, but we do believe he is categorically wrong on this,” Fisher said.
Fisher and others take issue with painting crime as the problem of a particular race, highlighting that doing so doesn’t find solutions and perpetuates stereotypes.
“You cannot continue to demonize a particular group and say that all of the social ills lie on the backs of one particular demographic,” Fisher said.
Fisher maintains poverty and crime are the two factors clearly linked, apart from race. He said education and jobs are the key to changing Memphis.
“There is no study that shows you can police your way into prosperity or peace. It is just not going to happen, so if we want a more peaceful, a more safe, a less violent community, we need to make sure people have access to adequate education and equitable employment more than they have access to guns,” Fisher said.
Former Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas responded to Herenton’s comments with a Facebook post. In one portion, she calls Herenton’s comments racist.Paster Earle Fisher must not be able to read crime reports out of Memphis, where virtually every fatal/nonfatal shooting has a black suspect.
More to the point: Paster Earle Fisher must understand the simple truth it is quite easy to blame all of the social ills on the back of black people in Memphis, for wherever blacks aren't found in the metropolitan Memphis-area, civilization flourishes; poverty and crime, negligible in areas of Memphis with no blacks, overwhelm communities with a surplus of blacks.
Without blacks, Memphis would have no need for an army of 10,000 people to volunteer to stop crime, because the city would have virtually no crime; with blacks, we must constantly make up excuses to protect black people from being stereotyped (having stereotypes perpetuated) for the shocking amount of crime they commit and poverty found in their communities because legitimate businesses cannot stay in the black... when they are surrounded by blacks.
Remember: Memphis is a city whose city council pushed to cancel a contract with A&E's First 48 show because of all the black crime it showcased and the "negative publicity" associated with an image cultivated of extreme violence...