Friday, January 30, 2015

I think of a [white] man, and I take away reason and accountability.

With apologies to Melvin Udall, this is actually as good as it gets. 

Courtesy of the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial board, asking a question whose answer is found in the necessity for the black-only NOLA For Life campaign... [How could a young man be killed over something so small?: Editorial, 1-30-15]
Tokoyo Palmer, a 17-year-old student active in junior varsity basketball, band and ROTC at Landry-Walker High School, was shot to death Monday morning while walking to his bus stop. He was wearing his school uniform and carrying a backpack. 
He was killed, New Orleans police say, over a borrowed Xbox video controller worth $40. That a child could die over something so slight is horrifying. 
"It's almost unfathomable," Detective Sgt. Nicholas Gernon, commander of the Police Department's Homicide Division, said Wednesday. 
But the dispute over the video controller is the motive that surfaced as police investigated the killing. The suspect, who had not been arrested Thursday afternoon, is 19-year-old Kareem Richards. 
"Apparently, Tokoyo had borrowed one of Kareem's video game controllers. 
Kareem had repeatedly asked for it back and Tokoyo hadn't returned it," Detective Gernon said. "So, at that point, Kareem basically waited him out, hunted him down and looked for him that morning. He finally found him when the kid was walking to the bus stop, and shot and killed him." 
A disagreement that should have been settled easily and peacefully instead ended with a young man shot multiple times on his way to school. 
Tokoyo Palmer's senseless death is a testament to the importance of a conflict resolution initiative launched in December by the city's Health Department and the Center for Restorative Approaches. The program is part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's NOLA for Life anti-violence initiative and is focused on public schools. 
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools in 2013 called for schools to use restorative justice techniques and help students work out their problems with each other. 
Tokoyo had been concerned about the issue as well. As a 10th grader, he talked on a video interview about the need for more social workers on school campuses to help resolve disputes. He was referring to fights among students. He and Kareem Richards were neighbors, not classmates. 
But if more young people had the skills needed to resolve conflicts without violence the city might be safer. Perhaps Tokoyo would have been able to get to his bus stop in Algiers unharmed. 
That is basically the idea behind the conflict resolution program. 
"Violence is preventable, not inevitable," Mayor Landrieu said in announcing the new program. He is encouraging schools citywide to take advantage of the program.  
Schools ought to leap at the chance to be part of the anti-violence program. 
New Orleans is a dangerous place for children. Murders overall have been declining in the city, but there were a dozen victims age 17 or younger in 2014. That was the same number as in 2013. 
Now here we are in a new year, and more young people are dying. 
"Tokoyo Palmer was, by all accounts, a good kid," Detective Gernon said. "He didn't have run-ins with the police. He seemed to be doing what he was supposed to be doing." 
He and Kareem Richards might have been friends at one point, but they had a falling-out over the video controller, the detective said. 
The methods promoted by the Center for Restorative Approaches are considered best practices for teaching children how to keep a falling-out from escalating to something far worse. The program includes alternative types of discipline and emphasizes making amends for harm done to someone else rather than punishment. 
New Orleans conflict resolution program, which is funded by the White House, will include training for volunteer facilitators and groups where children can be referred to learn how to handle disagreements. 
"You see a lot of violence in this city. You see a lot of people make poor choices, and for really meaningless things," Detective Gernon said. But the killing of Tokoyo Palmer is "very tough to wrap your head around." 
It is impossible, really. The challenge now is to try to make sure it doesn't happen to another child.
Why is the NOLA for Life campaign necessary?

This simple formula: Low Impulse Control + Poor Future Time-Orientation + Low IQ (x) jury nullification (black political control)² = New Orleans 2015

The black population lacks both the accountability and reasoning capabilities as their white counterparts. 

There's your answer, New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial board...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"... beneath a ceiling painted with allegorical images of Western democracy": Africans in America and the Chaos at the Civilian Review Board Hearing in St. Louis...

Before we begin, read this one important quote. 

[Churches continue discussions on race, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-26-15]:

Since the death of African-American teenager Michael Brown, civil rights activists have called for change in police departments and municipal courts — but also in the way society thinks about black lives. 
Only moments before the melee (courtesy of Africans in America) breaks out... "beneath a ceiling painted with allegorical images of Western democracy"
Not content to sit back, a wide array of churches are leading the charge, intentionally prolonging the conversation on race that has left some in the region uncomfortable. 
“God is engineering liberation,” said Dietra Wise Baker, pastor at Liberation Christian Church and co-chair of Metropolitan Congregations United, a group of interdenominational, multiracial congregations from around the region. 
It “can’t be a people that rise up, but the people. We have to rise up together. This can’t be one community’s fight.” 
In a separate Sunday gathering across town at Faith Church St. Louis in Earth City, for example, about 1,000 people met with faith leaders such as William Franklin Graham IV, grandson of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, and Aeneas Williams, a former St. Louis Ram turned pastor. 
Their pastors signed the “Ferguson Declaration,” a commitment “to support our leaders, our neighbors, and each other as we rise from the ashes of Ferguson and become an even better St. Louis.” 
Back at St. Louis University, Deb Krause, a New Testament professor at Eden Theological Seminary, called the current state of affairs in Missouri and the wider United States “a life-and-death matter.” 
The country, Krause said, is built on “this kind of mythic banner of equality” that denies the lived experiences of African-Americans. 
“In our society, all lives do not matter equally. Black lives have been deemed to matter much, much less,” Krause said.
Were you able to pull out the quote? Recall, many of those churches mentioned above offered sanctuary to rampaging, insurrectionary blacks back in late November, a safe haven to hide from police scrutiny after burning and looting Ferguson. 

No one cares to remember the actual facts of the story surrounding Michael Brown's death, an incident completely dependent on his actions in: stealing cigars, walking in the middle of the road, refusing to cooperate with Darren Wilson's request he walk on the sidewalk, attacking Wilson and trying to grab his gun, and then charging at him again which required Officer Wilson to put him down. 
The melee breaks out (courtesy of Africans in America)... "beneath a ceiling painted with allegorical images of Western democracy"

All those who are pushing (and signing) the "Ferguson Declaration" care about is promoting the narrative of an angelic Michael Brown viciously being executed by "Jim Crow-in-the-flesh" Officer Wilson. 

The monologuing on race must continue, with only one side allowed access the distribution of acceptable dialogue on all matters Michael Brown. 

Those pushing this narrative never met Jeff Roorda, the business manager of the St. Louis' police union, who was in attendance at the open meeting at City Hall on January 28th where the topic of conversation was the creation of a civilian oversight board of the police department (civilian oversight board meaning = unaccountable black people demanding police stop arresting black suspects). 

Dressed in a suit and sporting one of those "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets the Department of Justice (DOJ) hate so much, Roorda dared remind those at the meeting another side of Michael Brown story exists. [DOJ asks Ferguson chief to stop police from wearing 'I am Darren Wilson' bracelets on duty, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9-27-14]

And in so doing, a hilarious reminder of why any city with a large black population can no longer be called "civilized" broke out. [Public hearing on civilian review board for St. Louis police erupts in chaos, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-28-15]:
An open meeting at City Hall on the creation of a civilian oversight board of the police department devolved into a melee on Wednesday night, further exposing the city’s deep divisions over race and law enforcement.
The meeting held by the aldermanic public safety committee, designed to seek public comment, lasted more than an hour with little event as residents ticked off the pros and cons of having a civilian board to review police conduct and procedures. 
But the crowd became unsettled when police officers began testifying in opposition to the bill. At times, Alderman Terry Kennedy, who chairs the committee, struggled to keep order. The noise in the room spiked as police officers attempted to testify. 
At that point, Jeff Roorda, the business manager of the city’s police union, stood and called for order. Roorda was wearing a wristband in support of Darren Wilson, a former Ferguson police officer whose fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last summer sparked months of civic unrest. 
After Roorda stood up, the crowd grew louder. 
“Excuse me, first of all, you do not tell me my function,” responded Kennedy, who has championed the issue of civilian review for more than a decade. 
Standing in the aldermanic hearing room packed with people shoulder-to-shoulder beneath a ceiling painted with allegorical images of Western democracy, Roorda shouted back at Kennedy. 
Others began yelling, then pushing and shoving as officers struggled to maintain control. Some in the crowd scrambled to leave the packed room, which has only two exits. 
The commotion lasted for about 15 minutes until order was restored.
No, the allegorical images of Western democracy are represented in the looting and burning of Ferguson by black youth. The video of one of these incidents was recently released, with blacks complaining about "law enforcement attempting to subvert the emerging narrative of Black youth energized and engaged, flooding the streets of this country in demonstrative displays of their anger."[Police release insane Ferguson looting video, are criticized for transparency,, 1-22-15]

 That's the reality of what Western democracy has degenerated into; and merely by showing up at a meeting of these jackals, an "I am Darren Wilson" bracelet wearing Jeff Roorda showed us what a farce this whole affair represents. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Irishman in New Orleans: Irish Cop Shot by Black Male in the Big Easy

It was earlier this month the white mayor of 60 percent black New Orleans called upon the fine (primarily white) taxpayers of Louisiana to pony up for more state troopers to patrol the streets of the Big Easy. [New Orleans mayor calls on state taxpayers to fix city’s violent crime, Louisiana Watchdog, 1-7-15]
Irish cop (off-duty) visiting New Orleans shot by black male... why will no one speak of the no-go areas in America for whites, courtesy of the black population?

You remember New Orleans, right? One of America's most violent cities, whose "elite" have dedicated tremendous time and resources into trying to convince the black population (solely responsible for the violence) to behave and stop committing so much violence. 

This campaign has a name: The NOLA for Life Campaign, a comprehensive murder-reduction strategy geared completely at the black community.

Were it not for the overzealous nature of black individuals in the New Orleans community to collectively engage in activities ending in fatal or nonfatal shootings, New Orleans would not require the NOLA for Life campaign (for those wondering, 92 percent of the 150 New Orleans homicide victims in 2014 were black).

Hypothetically speaking, without black people, New Orleans would be just like Key West, Florida. 

Oh, there might not be much jazz in Key West, but there's little crime and homicide taking place in the southernmost tip of the United States, while an overabundance of crime and homicide is taking place in New Orleans. 

In Key West, a much more licentious atmosphere can be found (Duval Street is more fun than Bourbon Street), but the shooting and chaos is absent; because the black population is negligible. 

But a surplus black population in New Orleans requires the potential diverting of Louisiana taxpayer funds to pay for more police to patrol the Big Easy... redistribution of (largely white taxpayer) wealth to try and police a black population incapable of following the law. 

A black population who have created far more "no-go" areas for white people in New Orleans than Muslims have for Europeans throughout the Europe. France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs even warned French tourists visiting New Orleans that most crimes “are located in clearly identifiable neighborhoods," meaning: areas overwhelmed with blight, boarded up houses and black people. 

Much like the area an Irish cop visiting New Orleans was just robbed and shot in...[Irish police officer shot while vacationing in New Orleans, BBC reports, Fox8, 1-28-15]:
An Irish police officer was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans, according BBC News. 
The incident was reported just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. Officers arriving on the scene in the Seventh Ward found a man shot multiple times. 
Brian Hanrahan, 32, has been identified as the victim in the shooting, according to BBC. Hanrahan is from Killenaule, a small town in Ireland. He was on vacation in New Orleans with his father when the incident occurred. 
Hanrahan tells police that he met an unknown individual who brought him to the area, telling him that he knew of a place where the two could get a drink. The victim tells police that he went to a nearby ATM and withdrew $200. 
When he reached the location on New Orleans Street, the victim tells police he was approached by another man who asked for money. When Hanrahan refused, the suspect allegedly shot his and took his money. He fled on foot. 
The suspect has been described as a black male, approximately 40 years old, and wearing a gray shirt and dark-colored baseball cap. Detectives say they were unable to locate the victim's wallet.
"The suspect has been described as a black male..."

Easily the most commonly uttered phrase in a New Orleans cop vocabulary.

How much of New Orleans is a no-go area to white people? How much could these no-go areas, were they no longer burdened with the population making them no-go areas, provide in real estate where life could flourish again?

Real estate bringing families back to New Orleans, jobs (not connected with the NOLA for Life non-profit...), and businesses providing much needed tax revenue to improve the city's infrastructure... an infrastructure being neglected because of the necessary allocation of funds to pay for more police to patrol a black population incapable of assimilating to the norms established by white people.

The solution to the potential creation of no-go areas in America courtesy of Muslims is simple: don't allow Muslims to immigrate to America.

The solution to ending no-go areas for whites in America because of black crime and general black dysfunction is simple: talk about its origin.

Not white racism. Not white supremacy. Not white privilege.

Black people.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Racial Outcomes Can't be Normed... Prince George's County Case Study

No matter the money from government jobs.

No matter the money from consulting jobs (due to the increase in government contracts, with private companies continued flow of taxpayer funds dependent on meeting EEOC/DOJ-mandated standards).

The artificial black middle class will always regress to the black mean.[A shattered foundation: African Americans who bought homes in Prince George’s have watched their wealth vanish, Washington Post, 1-24-15]:
African Americans for decades flocked to Prince George’s County to be part of a phenomenon that has been rare in American history: a community that grew more upscale as it became more black.

The county became a national symbol of the American Dream with a black twist. Families moved into expansive new homes, with rolling lawns, nearby golf courses and, most of all, neighbors who looked like them. In the early 2000s, home prices soared — some well beyond $1 million — allowing many African Americans to build the kind of wealth their elders could only imagine.
But today, the nation’s highest-income majority-black county stands out for a different reason — its residents have lost far more wealth than families in neighboring, majority-white suburbs. And while every one of these surrounding counties is enjoying a strong rebound in housing prices and their economies, Prince George’s is lagging far behind, and local economists say a full recovery appears unlikely anytime soon.

The same reversal of fortune is playing out across the country as black families who worked painstakingly to climb into the middle class are seeing their financial foundation for future generations collapse. Although African Americans have made once-unthinkable political and social gains since the civil rights era, the severe and continuing damage wrought by the downturn — an entire generation of wealth was wiped out — has raised a vexing question: Why don’t black middle-class families enjoy the same level of economic security as their white counterparts?

Monday, January 26, 2015

"40 Days of Non-Violence" Kicks Off in 98% Black East St. Louis!

The neighborhood of Lafayette Square, one of the oldest (and currently, one of the toniest) neighborhoods in St. Louis, is 80 percent white. The community is 13.5 percent black, in a city that is 49 percent black and 43 percent white. 
C'mon guys! You can do it!

The racial breakdown of the city is important for the following reason. [South St. Louis neighborhood may soon pay for own private security,, 1-23-15]:
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill Friday that would allow for taxpayer money to be used to pay for private security in Lafayette Square. 
The bill was introduced and passed due to rising crime in the south St. Louis neighborhood. Car break-ins have recently occurred outside popular restaurants in the neighborhood. 
“Neighborhoods here are very conscious now, driving around a little bit more, doing some patrolling,” said Andrea Hughes, who both lives and owns a business in Lafayette Square. 
The bill approved by the Board of Aldermen would designate the neighborhood a special business district, which would give residents the power to tax themselves to pay for improvements and private security. 
“I think it’s one of the topics in respect to this tax that gets discussed the most. There is an uptick in crime this year and it is concerning for residents,” said 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia.
Who is responsible for creating the conditions of increased criminality (rising crime and threat of crime driving the cost of doing business in Lafayette Square up) in this disproportionately white - as related to overall city demographics - neighborhood in St. Louis? 

The same racial group responsible for individually creating the collective conditions of depravity, vice, and misery in 98% black East St. Louis. 

Black people. 

And it's this racial demographic driving the need for private security in Lafayette Park, while simultaneously being the reason East St. Louis just kicked off the 2nd annual "40 Days of Non-Violence." [East St. Louis kicks off 40 days of non-violence,, 1-24-15]:
An exuberant crowd gathered inside the East St. Louis City Hall rotunda Friday night to show their support for the city’s campaign for 40 days of non-violence in East St. Louis and surrounding communities. 
The theme for this second annual event is “If a day can make a difference, what a difference 40 days can make.” 
In describing the mission of the campaign, Joe Lewis Jr., the coordinator, said, “We are a faith-based and community-driven initiative whose purpose is to deter and ultimately eliminate violence in our communities through education, awareness and job creation.” 
Various businesses, churches and sororities have thrown financial and other support behind the initiative. Lewis said the participants will learn the art of communication, conflict resolution, how to dress to impress, role playing and life skills. 
The keynote speaker on Friday, St. Louis attorney Anthony Gray, who is representing Michael Brown’s family, told the crowd that “it’s going to take adults – your eyes and ears” to make this successful. He said when he was approached about the event, his first thought was “East St. Louis and 40 days of non-violence. Don’t you think that’s a tall order?” Then he thought, why not. Gray told the crowd that “people have to go back to the days when people kind of looked out for one another.” 
“I am locked in. I am dead serious about non violence. I have been involved in officer involved shootings. I have been robbed. It’s refreshing to see a group of people who are serious about this,” Gray said. “Remember the nosy neighbor? 
Some people thought that neighbor was a nerd, or a thorn in our side. We need that nosy neighbor today,” he said amid laughter and claps from the crowd. 
“Nothing does my heart more good than to see brothers and sisters getting involved in causes we consider predominately African-American. You would be surprised at the number of Caucasian brothers and sisters who have come out. I see the same thing in this crowd,” Gray said. 
Ruby Allen-Ellis, president of the National Coalition of Negro Women, said one of the workshops that is offered will teach the young people what to do if they are stopped by police. Does she think the community can win the fight against violence? “Yes, we can with all of the support from civic organizations, police officials, churches,” she said. 
“We have to be accountable and responsible for our youth,” said Michael Floore, the police chief of East St. Louis, where 24 homicides were recorded last year. 
“And the divide between the young people and police has to be bridged. We have to communicate better with each other. Our job is to protect and serve. We have to make sure they know we are on their side as long as they are on the side of the law.”
East St. Louis has just over 27,000 residents, 98 percent of whom are black

In 2014, the city had 24 homicides. 

The state of Maine has 1.3 million people, of whom 95.2 percent are white (1.2 percent of the population is black, largely of the Somalian/refugee variety): the entire state of Maine had only 24 homicides in 2013....

Of course, the 1st annual "40 Days of Non-Violence" didn't exactly magically create a momentary reprieve from crime, with homicidal tendencies only hibernating for a week...[Four killed since beginning of the year in East St. Louis,, 3-5-14]:
The 40 days of no violence campaign in East St. Louis ended on Wednesday but the mayor admits much more work needs to be done. 
Mayor Alvin Park said the program had an impact with overall crime down and the community is more engaged and involved. 
But authorities reported a total of four homicides have occurred since the beginning of 2014. 
"The ultimate thing here it’s all about a safer more vibrant community," Parks said, "And this initiative has reignited a new energy to move toward that end” 
"Safer" community is one devoid of a black population. [2 murders, 3 other shootings on the heels of 'Stop the Violence' rally in East St. Louis,, 5-27-2012]:
The Memorial Day Weekend has been filled with violence in East St. Louis. 
A man was shot and killed at a barbecue on Saturday. Another man was shot and killed early Sunday morning walking between bars. And about an hour later, 3 people were shot at a market. 
All the violence follows the “Stop the Violence” rally in East St. Louis on Friday featuring the parents of Trayvon Martin. 
News 4 asked Mayor Alvin Parks if the recent violence has been disheartening. 
“It's not disheartening, but what you have is frustration,” said Parks. “Because obviously the right people are not getting the message.”
Oh, but people are getting the message.

Those who live in the neighborhood of Lafayette Square in St. Louis (80 percent white) are prepared to be taxed even higher to raise a private army to keep protect their lives, liberty, property, property values, businesses and employees, as well as investments in their business safe from the same people who have turned East St. Louis into one of America's greatest examples of what Africans in America do to formerly American citizens.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fate, Up against your will

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A statement by the black defendant, filled with despondency over failing to kill more whites (even asking the family of Michael Brown for forgiveness in not exacting enough justice in the Gentle Giant's name...)
Detroit, 2015: A Black male (guilty of executing two whites) tells the family of Michael Brown he is sorry more justice - the killing of more whites - didn't occur

A reply from the mother of one the black defendant's white victims, affirming her belief in the power of forgiveness in the face of unrepentant race war. 

It could only happen in Detroit. 

It could only happen in America. 

[Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing, Washington Times, 1-23-15]:
A black man who was found guilty of murdering two white teenagers execution-style in a vacant Detroit field defiantly declared “black lives matter” Wednesday before being sentenced to life in prison. 
Fredrick Young and Felando Hunter were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for robbing, torturing and murdering Jourdan Bobbish and Jacob Kudla, who had met up with them in July 2012 to buy drugs, a local Fox affiliate reported. 
Young shocked the courtroom when he was given the chance to address the victims’ families, but instead apologized to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 
“I’d like to say sorry to the families of Aiyanna Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner,” he said. “And I want to apologize to them for not being able to get justice for their loved ones who was murdered in cold blood. 
“And in respect for the peaceful protest, I want to say ‘hands up don’t shoot,’” he said, raising his hands in the air. “Black lives matter — that’s it your honor.” 
Despite Young’s message, Jourdon Bobbish’s mother, Carrie Bobbish, spoke of forgiveness during her impact statement, the Fox affiliate reported. 
“In the end — knowing who Jourdan was, I believe he would want me to offer forgiveness,” she told the court. “Although I know I may struggle with that endeavor for the rest of my life, it would be what Jourdan would want. 
“On behalf of Jourdan and myself, I will pray for forgiveness for both of you,” she said to her son’s killers.
Just to clarify how those two white teens were murdered (execution-style). 

Witnesses said Kudla and Bobbish went to a house on Algonac near Hoover on the city's east side on July 22, 2012, looking to buy drugs. Instead, the two were robbed and forced into the trunk of a car.
Their bodies were found July 27, in a field at Lyford and French Road not far from the home in which they were last seen. The teens were forced to kneel before they were shot in the head.
Carrie Bobbish said her son would want her to forgive his killers.
Michael Bobbish questioned how his son's killers could have marched him and his friend into a field and to their deaths by shooting them in the heads.
He said his son was not afraid to venture into the city even though he warned him to "stay out of Detroit because it wasn't a good place."
And why isn't 83 percent black Detroit not a "good place?"

The same reason America in 2015 is becoming an increasingly bad place to be... like McDonald's, it's 365 Black. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

If I could find a souvenir Just to prove the world was here...

So the President of the United States agreed to be interviewed by a bovine black woman who once jumped into a tub full of milk and cereal, attempting to masticate the entire contents of said in the process.
Someone, please release the 99 Red Balloons...

She cut right to the heart of the matter of what keeps black people (incorrectly) up at night: the great fear of "po-po" killing their 'oh-so-innocent' black children. [WOW! GloZell Tells Obama She’s Worried “Po-Po” Is Going to Shoot Husband (Video), The Gateway Pundit, 1-23-15]:
Green-lipsticked GloZell interviewed Barack Obama on Thursday in the latest White House sideshow.

During the interview GloZell told Obama she’s worried about the “po-po” killing her husband and so she cut all the hoods off his hoodies.
Obama says, “I understand.”
GloZell: My husband is mad at me right now cuz I cut all the hoods off his hoodies.
Obama: Ha, ha, ha… I understand.
GloZell: I did that. I did that for real because I’m afraid when he goes outside that somebody might shoot and kill him. And it’s not like regular folks. It’s the po-po. I hope that this changes. How can we bridge the gap between black African-American males and white cop?
Obama: Well first of all, we always have to just remind ourselves that the overwhelming majority of police officers are doing a job well and are doing it professionally. What we also know is there are still biases in our society. And in split second situations where people have to make a quick decisions, studies have shown that African-American males are seen as more threatening which puts them in vulnerable situations.
It's quite easy to bridge the gap between black people and white cops, because no such "gap" exists. [The real racial bias: Cops more willing to shoot whites than blacks, research finds: ‘Counter-bias’ rooted in concerns over social and legal consequence, Washington Times, 1-5-15]

But it's even easier to realize no "gap" exists when police are no prepared to use a 'tactical retreat' as standard operating procedure when dealing with black people. [Ferguson aftermath causing police to consider retreat instead of force in certain situations, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-24-15]:
Like many officers involved in deadly force encounters, Darren Wilson said his training took over when he shot Michael Brown in Ferguson.
But what if Wilson had been trained differently?
The national upheaval from Brown’s death, and some others since, has put enormous pressure on law enforcement to find ways to control people’s behavior while using less violence. One possibility — simple but repugnant to some officers — is to teach police to back away from certain difficult situations until help can arrive.
The concept is known as “tactical retreat” or sometimes “tactical withdrawal” or “tactical restraint.”
“We add the word, ‘tactical’ and not just ‘retreating’ or ‘giving up’ because that’s what makes it palatable for police officers,” explained Seth Stoughton, a criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina. The former Florida officer is a nationally prominent advocate for applying the softer approach.
“It’s basically the choice to work smarter rather than harder.”
Wilson has said he was in his police SUV on Aug. 9 when Brown, standing outside, struggled with him through the vehicle window and Wilson’s gun fired twice. Brown was struck at least once in the hand, and ran. Wilson gave chase, and Brown turned back. Wilson then shot him multiple times, explaining later that he feared for his life.
Had Wilson been coached in tactical retreat, Stoughton said, he instead might have stepped on the gas to drive away from the encounter, and kept Brown in sight while waiting for backup.
Wilson “could have been trained to do something different to allow him to apprehend Michael Brown without putting himself in a situation that made him feel deadly force was the only safe response,” Stoughton explained. “Train police officers to avoid putting themselves in danger, and you will see them use less force to get themselves out of danger.
“That’s good for everybody.”
Chiefs of the St. Louis and St. Louis County police have said in recent interviews they are reviewing training with the principles of tactical retreat in mind.
But it’s a delicate dance, warned Sam Dotson, the city chief.
“Society has to realize that we pay police officers to keep us safe. And if every criminal knows, ‘If I confront an officer, they will take four steps back, that’s my escape route,’ then that becomes the new norm.”
Tactical retreat can be a hard sell to police traditionally trained to subdue an adversary — and to keep pouring on force until that is accomplished. Most departments have policies that provide discipline for cowardice.
Gabe Crocker, president of the St. Louis County Police Association, called the tactical retreat concept “cowardice retreat,” and complained that it is “shameful” to consider.
 It's "shameful" to consider so few people dare look at the ruins of Camden, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, North St. Louis, Birmingham, Memphis, Clayton County (Georgia), Gary (Indiana), Milwaukee, Baltimore, New Orleans,Wilmington (Delaware) and Rochester, noticing the exact same people are responsible for unleashing a destructive fury usually reserved for the nuclear missiles that flew because of 99 red balloons...

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Ineluctable Reality Few Dare Face: Without a Black Population, St. Louis would be Homicide Free...

About nine months before Darren Wilson and Michael Brown became household names, the New York Times published a feature story on type of life individual black people had collectively created  in North St. Louis. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch decided to supplant the Times 2013 expose of black North St. Louis, with a story detailing the complete collapse of the one-time purported center of the city's black middle class. 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights "onetime center of St. Louis' black middle class" now fighting high murder count, without noting Greater Ville neighborhood was 100 percent white in 1950 (and home to the infamous "Shelley House")

It was equally unflattering.

Both stories showcase the haunting validity of Robert E. Lee's timeless observation: “I have always observed that wherever you find the negro, everything is going down around him, and wherever you find the white man, you see everything around him improving.” [Onetime center of St. Louis' black middle class now fights high murder count, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-23-15]:
It didn’t take long for Virginia Savage to realize she needed to leave. 
The single mother moved her two children and nephew to an apartment on Greer Avenue in the Greater Ville neighborhood in late 2013. The block was half-empty, and her apartment stood among decaying, boarded-up buildings. It was what Savage, 48, could afford as a home health care aide, and it was close to where her kids went to school. 
“That was not good for us,” Savage explained later. “We moved two doors down from where the prostitutes stayed. Drug dealers. Drug users.” There was nightly gunfire, and her children often didn’t want to come home after school. 
The day before they moved late last year, a man was shot and killed a block away. 
Now she lives just a mile east, still on Greer Avenue and still in the Fourth Ward. 
But she said it feels like a different city: Fewer vacant buildings. Less gunfire. More long-term residents. Block parties. A block captain. Neighborhood patrols at night. 
A little distance can mean a big difference when it comes to St. Louis crime. 
Although murders were up 33 percent in 2014 over the year before, a Post-Dispatch analysis of police data shows that 102 of the 159 were slain in just eight of the city’s 28 wards. 
The Fourth Ward, in the heart of north St. Louis, is a good place to get a feel for that violence. It had 15 murders last year, second-highest of all the wards. 
It consists primarily of the Ville and Greater Ville neighborhoods — residents just call it the Ville — which once were the center of the city’s black middle class. Now, the typical household income is in the low- to mid-$20,000s, and unemployment is high. Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the population dropped 26 percent. 
Neighborhoods are pockmarked by vacant lots and crumbling homes, with conditions varying widely from block to block. The alderman, Sam Moore, said there are 1,242 vacant buildings in the area, a number he repeats for emphasis. Five schools sit empty. There are 1,700 vacant lots. Some entire blocks are just overgrown grass. 
“I’ve torn down over 600 buildings,” Moore said. “I can’t tear down all of them.”While murders were up, reports of other violent crimes — assault, rape and robberies — were down 24 percent last year, and showed a 56 percent drop since peaking in 2009. It was the biggest drop of any ward. The city had a 5.4 percent increase in such crimes last year. 
The contradiction is difficult to explain. Falling population and clearance of abandoned buildings obviously play a role. But Moore doesn’t believe that violent crime is dropping at all, and said that if the numbers are down it’s only because police don’t patrol there enough. 
The Greater Ville Preservation Commission director, Harold Crumpton, said that clearing vacant buildings has a significant effect. “When you tear down the places where (criminals) hang out,” he said, “they’re gone.” 
In recent years, Crumpton led a community effort to drive out crime, with regular meetings with residents. He and Moore worked to identify nuisance properties and contact landlords. 
He and volunteers have tacked up and passed out hundreds of signs encouraging people to report problems to the police and the Citizens’ Service Bureau. “We’re encouraging people to snitch,” he said. 
Around the Ville, Crumpton, of the preservation commission, points to dozens of churches and historic brick homes that have been rehabbed, and blocks that remain fully populated. 
“What we’re looking at,” Crumpton said, “is a neighborhood that at one point had real strong middle class families living in it, and some of them are still living here. 
“These people are really fighting back,” he said. 
But his enthusiasm level varies block by block. He contrasts buildings too far gone to fix against new community gardens. He sees a corner store where gang members hang out, a block of new homes filled with families and an alley where someone was murdered. 
The Ville is filled with what Moore calls “dollhouses” — empty shells where much of the brick has been stripped away by thieves, exposing open rooms or entire floors of rotting furniture. Even one of the brightest spots — two blocks of newer houses on Lincoln Avenue — has a crumbling bungalow just waiting for a bulldozer.

 One of those "dollhouses" (remember... the so-called 'black middle-class' that inhabited the area known as Greater Ville weren't the people responsible with building the houses and neighborhood infrastructure; this was done by whites who left the area when Restrictive Covenants were deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court) in the Greater Ville neighborhood happens to be one of the most important addresses in the history of civil rights movement: The "Shelley House" at 4600 Labadie Avenue in North St. Louis.

The "Shelley House" being of the aforementioned 1948 Shelley v. Kraemer SCOTUS case... (for those wishing to quantify the costs of legalizing the spread of black dysfunction, consult here to learn the fiscal costs - burden - of the black undertow). 

Once, the sky seemed the limit for those living in the Greater Ville neighborhood. This was as late as 1950, when the entire neighborhood was 100 percent white. [Justice and the American MetropolisClarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom, p. 1-2]

Now, the condition of the nearly 100 percent black neighborhood is an ineluctable reminder that those who dared fight the black families integrating the Greater Ville neighborhood (because of the damning economic consequences they would bring, reflected back in the "dollhouses" of today) were absolutely, positively correct in their courageous stand. 

What's more, it can be stated with absolute certainty the city of St. Louis would be nearly homicide free without a black population; and the Greater Ville neighborhood would once again see the sky as the limit for those gentrifying the blighted, "dollhouse" infested community. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oh, Africa, Brave Africa. It was a laugh riot.

One day, we will learn the error of ignoring Thomas Malthus. 

Until then, we have this story from South Africa as a reminder of what this error will inevitably birth. [Frenzied crowd hacks cattle after truck overturns, News 24, 1-21-15]:
Johannesburg - A crowd of people tried to hack meat off cattle after a trailer they were being transported in overturned on the N1 in Gauteng, the NSPCA said on Wednesday. 

"With knives and buckets, the mob was chasing cattle that had managed to release themselves from the vehicle, some of which had injuries including broken legs. 
Their intention was to hack meat from the living animals," the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said in a statement. 
"Some animals were unable to escape and were stolen or slaughtered by the frenzied crowd." 
The driver allegedly lost control of the truck near the Grasmere toll plaza around 17:00 on Tuesday after rocks were thrown at his vehicle from a bridge. 
The NSPCA, police, fire and rescue units, and the traffic department worked to clear the road, control the crowd, and free trapped cattle using the Jaws of Life. 
Some of the cattle who were "beyond salvation" were slaughtered on the scene.
This would be a true "laugh riot" if animals weren't being slaughtered by true animals. [Fury over N1 cattle slaughter,, 1-22-15]
The brutality of the incident has left the public wondering if the people living close to the road are so impoverished that they have no food, or if they were opportunists. 
On Tuesday afternoon, the double-decker trailer carrying about 100 cattle overturned near the Grasmere toll plaza on the N1 freeway. A mob soon gathered around armed with knives and buckets. 
“They were chasing cattle that had managed to free themselves from the vehicle, some of which had injuries including broken legs. Their intention was to hack meat from the living animals. 
“Some animals were unable to escape and were stolen and slaughtered by the frenzied crowd,” said Andries Venter of the NSPCA. 
Some of the injured animals were euthanised on the scene, and the SAPS was forced to bring in crowd control units to maintain calm. 
Nineteen cattle were killed and 58 stolen, many before emergency services could arrive. 
Venter said the mob had allegedly thrown rocks and other objects from the bridge above at the windscreen of the truck causing it to overturn. 
The owner of Chalmer Beef, whose cattle were lost during the incident, Willem Wethmar, told The Star that this was what he had been told. 
“The truck driver could have been killed,” said Wethmar. Both the driver and co-driver were hospitalised with serious injuries. 
Wethmar said intentionally overturning a truck, stealing and inhumanely slaughtering animals were crimes. 
Venter told The Star that such incidents were not uncommon. His organisation registered two similar incidents in the Eastern Cape last year, where sheep transport and pig transport were brutally raided for meat. 
He said while poverty could motivate such crimes, the inhumane treatment of animals had to be condemned. 
President of AgriSA, Johannes Möller, said while these types of incidents were few and happened near poor villages, the treatment of the animals was tragic. 
Gerhard Schutte, chief executive of the Red Meat Producers Association, said there were specific codes of conduct in place to ensure cattle were transported humanely, and this incident was a violent breach. 
“This is totally unacceptable,” said Schutte. 
According to Wethmar, 32 of the cattle were recovered and reached their destination safely. 
The NSPCA confirmed this: “The truck and the remaining cattle were taken to the destination farm where SPCA personnel offloaded them. 
“The decision to move the truck and the remaining cattle from the scene was taken as night began to fall and the risks to both cattle and rescue personnel increased, even with the presence of the SAPS’s crowd control unit,” said Venter. 
He said investigators on the scene were disgusted by the crowd’s behaviour, describing them as “vultures stealing meat”. 
 Oh, Africa, Brave Africa. It was a laugh riot.

It would be funny, if the reality of what this incident represents doesn't have such frightening implications for white America's future.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fortune, Fame, Mirrors Broken, Still Insane, But the Narrative Remains...

Seventy percent black Ferguson. A fertile ground for black gangs recruiting new members ("not yet full-fledged members but have been asked to prove their worth to the gangs by committing brazen acts—firing gunshots at police, hurling objects at them and in some cases looting..."). [For St. Louis Gangs, Ferguson Has Become a Recruiting Tool, Newsweek, 8-20-14]
The Department of Justice will drop civil rights investigation of Officer Darren Wilson, but the narrative remains...

Scholarships for black students at the once lily-white - now completely black - Normandy High School (issued by the Michael Brown Chosen for Change nonprofit) are now being granted in honor of Michael Brown. [Churches offer scholarships at Michael Brown's School, Fox2Now, 1-13-15]

Because the notion of Officer Darren Wilson executing a defenseless, angelic, "hands up, don't shoot" Michael Brown is commonly accepted by blacks, white people (especially teachers) are fearful of Ferguson-related discussions taking place in schools. [Ferguson Commission hears from youth, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-10-15]:
Another common refrain was the frustration students feel when they can’t talk about Ferguson-related issues at school. While most area school districts don’t have policies prohibiting discussion, and superintendents say they encourage it, some teachers and principals won’t allow it, teenagers said.
Among those students was DeAnna Harper, a senior at McCluer North High School, who said some of her teachers have stymied the conversation out of concern they’d lead to tense hallway situations. As a result, some of her classmates don’t have a chance to talk about race and policing with others who may not share their views, she said.
"... tense hallway situations," meaning black kids lacking impulse control are prepared to avenge Michael Brown. [Students in north St. Louis County schools walk out in protest, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12-2-14]:
The situation outside Hazelwood East High School was more turbulent. A dozen St. Louis County police cars blocked more than 100 students on Dunn Road from both sides, and some students gathered around vehicles and taunted police officers who stood outside their cars. They were outside for about an hour before they went back into their school. Police made no arrests.
The walkouts were organized through social media Monday and Tuesday. Ferguson-Florissant, like many other nearby school districts, had canceled classes Monday due to the weather, making Tuesday the first day of classes since the grand jury announcement.
“We are standing up for the black men,” said Darris Hodge, a junior at McCluer. “We want justice.”
But what is "justice?"

A white cop protecting himself from a charging black man who had thoughts of using the formers gun to kill him with?

Isn't that justice?

Well... we now know what justice really is. [U.S. Not Expected to Fault Officer in Ferguson Case, New York Times, 1-21-15]:
Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.
A decision by the Justice Department would bring to an end to the politically charged investigation of Mr. Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Missouri authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and also recommended against charges.
The F.B.I. investigation, however, painted a murkier picture. Mr. Wilson told investigators that Mr. Brown tussled with him through the window of his police car and tried to grab his gun, an account supported by bruises and DNA evidence. Two shots were fired during that struggle.
What happened next as the confrontation moved into the street is in dispute. While some witnesses were adamant that Mr. Brown had his hands up, some recanted their stories. Mr. Wilson testified that Mr. Brown charged at him, and other witnesses backed up his account.
“I’m backpedaling pretty good because I know if he reaches me, he’ll kill me,” Mr. Wilson told a state grand jury, in testimony that investigators said was consistent with what he told the F.B.I. “And he had started to lean forward as he got that close, like he was going to just tackle me, just go right through me,” Mr. Wilson said.
 No, "justice" isn't the Department of Justice dropping its civil rights violation investigation of Darren Wilson... justice is simply the "narrative" being firmly cemented in the minds of already impulse control lacking, future-time orientation deprived black people: Wilson executed the "hands up, don't shoot" Brown, a clear-cut case of white racism. 

The narrative remains...