A day at a time, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been writing the names of those who have been murdered in a notebook he keeps with him since he became mayor in January 2016.
When five people, two of them 15 years old, died violently the weekend that much of the world’s attention was on protest marches and the new administration in Washington, Strickland was getting updates on the latest surge in violence.
And when the work week began Jan. 23, he reacted.
“The weekend’s violence came from cowards who are using weapons instead of words to resolve conflict – and it has to stop,” his written statement began. “My message to any of you who illegally carry or use guns: You are the problem in Memphis. You are hurting our efforts to bring jobs and opportunity to our community. But you will not succeed in tearing us down. I repeat: You will not succeed in tearing us down.”
The statement was borne out of a familiar and time-honored frustration.
“Just the personal outrage I felt over the weekend,” Strickland said when asked what prompted his reaction. “The tragic loss of life.”Opportunity is long gone for nearly 3/4th's black Memphis, with white people (the progenitors of Memphis' glory days and - with white flight - inadvertent architects of its demise) rebuilding the city in the far away suburbs of the city. What's left is the type of community Africans in America are uniquely capable of creating, where the civilization and infrastructure white people long ago built (and abandoned) crumbles in the hands of its new demographic masters. [Panelists Say "Black on Black Crime" Is A Multifaceted Problem, Local Memphis, 4-6-17]:
Of the 55 homicides so far this year, about 65% involved African American victims, according to the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission.
This evening LeMoyne-Owen College sponsored a forum to examine the causes of black on black crime and ways to decrease it. The discussion was officially titled “Black-on-Black Crime Forum Program.”
Seven people ranging from pastors to crime commission members to the director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections were on the panel. Several said violence resulted from a number of complex factors.
"Crime has no demographic. This particular university or college used to be a safe place, but now crime has drifted into this campus," said Harold Collins, vice president of the Shelby County Crime Commission.
"We know children who have been traumatized are easily irritated and agitated. They are hard to calm down once they get upset. They see the world as a bad and punishing, a not to be trusted place," said Dr. Altha Stewart, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and president of the American Psychiatric Association.
Stewart said the presence of a consistent, caring adult is important in helping children heal after they suffer trauma.Problem here, Harold Collins.
In places across America, crime victims might not have a particular demographic, but through a simple look at arrest records for municipalities across the nation we learn in places like Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles, criminal suspects have a particular demographic in common.
The problem isn't black-on-black crime, but black crime.
Rarely, to the detriment of the mainstream media and organizations relying on tax-exempt donations to provide operating capital for their anti-white missions, does white-on-black crime occur.
But the preponderance of black-on-white crime, with the astronomical high rates of black-on-black crime in play, make it hard for people to truly understand just how bad America's black crime problem is in 2017.
It's the fundamental problem at the heart of every issue in America we debate. Until we address this, no issue - healthcare, education, so-called income inequality, home ownership, the economy, urban renewal, urban sprawl, clean energy, green issues, public transportation, and our culture - can ever be fixed in any meaningful manner.