Little Rock is 49 percent white and 42 black (down from 72 percent white in 1970) and home to a black population requiring not only a 5K to stop the black on black violence, but also a yard-sign campaign to try and convince blacks to stop killing each other.
|Little Rock, Arkansas (42 percent black) needs yard signs to convince black people to stop killing each other... oh, they also have a 5K in honor of MLK to try and convince blacks to stop killing each other|
But first. [Barbershop Talks Ending Violence Among Young, Black Men, Fox 16, 5-29-17]:
A Little Rock barbershop asked the community it served to help get the discussion going on how to stop senseless violence.
On Sunday, the shop's owner hosted a community barbeque as a way to reach out to his target audience, which was young, Black men.
GoodFellas Barbershop, like many barbershops, was a place men went to get haircuts, hang out and talk about almost anything, including reckless and deadly crimes. At Sunday's barbeque, its owner decided to expand the talks pass his shop's walls to reach more people, like Darryl White.
It was all laughs for White at the event, but the 30-year-old's life wasn't always so bright.
"I was taught to hate another person because of where they're from," he told reporter, Leah Uko.
He said, like thousands of Black men, he hung with the wrong crowd, but he started coming to community events like GoodFellas' barbeque at Murray Park in Little Rock.
"Better people, sweeter people, lovable people that I wish I could have been met a long time ago."
This was GoodFellas' third year throwing the event that was open to kids and families. It was especially targeted toward young, Black men.
"What we see is what we do," said Matthew Goodfella.
Goodfella, the shop's owner, said he was happy to see almost 60 men attend the event because he felt they all had similar dreams like going to college, having strong careers and family ties, but too often people dragged them down wrong paths because of lack of guidance or positive role models.
"Sometimes you just have to go out and step up and say, 'hey, I'm trying to get this part, I'm trying to go there, I need the right direction to go."
In the last month, from Sherwood to North Little Rock and the capitol city, Blacks had died from violent crimes that remained unsolved.
"And we're losing people that, I think, that doesn't deserve to be lost," said White.
White hopes more men like him would come to the barbeque for the food that was offered as a way to the heart that was open to love more and hate less.
"It's a lot of more things to do out here instead of going to kill somebody."What does any of the above even mean except white people were correct to segregate themselves from a people requiring barbers to arbiters of peace within the black community?
Like so many American cities, black crime is literally all the police deal with on a daily basis.
Little Rock is home to the hysterical MLK 5K, which is dedicated to stopping black on black violence... [5K Race to Stop the Violence in LR Feb. 18, ArkansasMatters.com, 2-6-2017]:
The 2017 Martin Luther King 5K Race to Stop the Violence will be held Saturday, Feb. 18. Proceeds from sponsorships and entry fees will be used to help fund an innovative new approach to help reduce black on black violence implemented by the Derek Olivier Research Institute at Arkansas Baptist College. Derek was a student murdered in the College’s neighborhood in Sept.
2012 and this event will launch the “Derek O. Movement to Stop the Violence.”“As we celebrate Black History during the month of February, the 5K event will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his approach to equality through non-violence,” said Dr. Fitz Hill, Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation.
“It is disheartening that streets across our nation that are named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King are among the most dangerous streets in urban communities and the man himself stood for just the opposite.”
“Central Arkansas recorded 54 homicides in 2016 and the fact that the vast majority of these murders were black on black violence pains me deeply,” said Dr. Hill. “Our lives must matter to us and it is important that we work in unity within our communities to combine our efforts to reduce homicides and violent crimes that disproportionately took place in our neighborhoods last year.”The Martin Luther King 5K Race to Stop the Violence [black on black] in Little Rock, Arkansas, where nearly all violent crime is committed by a population representing 42 percent of the population.
But it gets better. [Free Anti-Violence Signs Available Next Thursday: Signs available during drive-thru event at Clinton Center, ArkansasMatters.com, June 2, 2017]:
Want to show your neighbors you're ready for the violence in Little Rock to end? We're giving away yard signs to help you do just that!
Victory Over Violence community partner Let Our Violence End (L.O.V.E.) will give away 200 yard signs on Thursday, June 8 in front of the Clinton Center in downtown Little Rock from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
You'll be able to drive up to the center and pick up a L.O.V.E. sign without ever leaving your vehicle. There is no cost.
These signs were popular during a crime spike in the 90s. After a recent surge in shootings, L.O.V.E. founder Robert Holt decided to bring them back as part of the Victory Over Violence campaign.
About Victory Over Violence
The mission of Victory Over Violence is to cover crime in a responsible manner focusing on impact, response and solutions. Victory Over Violence aims to unite community groups and leaders and be a resource for reducing violent crime and changing lives through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring and hunger.
It was started in February 2017 by KARK and Fox16.We owe these people nothing, save our indifference and apathy, as we institute plans to protect our peoples present and the world our posterity will inherit.