Gang Violence: Why it’s Time To Stop Blaming the Player and Blame the Game

 

It was the wise Martin Luther King Jr. that stated, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Though explicitly referring to the active disenfranchisement of Black people in the 60’s, this powerful quote provides much truth in the context of urban violence. As a nation, our discourse on urban violence has been exceptionally skewed and lackluster. Urban violence, typically characterized by much gang violence, is more than often discussed in exclusively punitive terms against the gang members. Break the Law and you will be reprimanded. Break the Law as a black gang member, and you will be severely reprimanded. Punitive methods of justice are inherent in our history and legal structures. But to what extent has this traditional reactionary approach negatively and unproductively limited our national discourse? In this post, I would like to offer two suggestions in order to expand our national discourse on urban violence and ultimately see more effective results.

I killed my Black Mother and Now I am a Real Black Man: 14 year-old Black Boy Kills Mother?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNI58Qc8pRY

14 year old black boy says: “I want to be one of the big black boys.” 

14 year old black boy says: “So, I killed my black mother with a twelve gauge shot gun.”

Since when does killing your black mother make you a big boy? I know this is the Black Youth Project and we are advocates for black youth, but sometimes you have to pause and say, “Who told you son that killing your black mother would make you a man?” Have we cheapened . . . completely extinguished the experiences and voices of black boyhood that now to enter into black manhood, our sons must kill their mothers. Yes, kill their black mothers. Since when did killing black mothers become a Rites of Passage program? As a bone-a-fide black feminist who often writes about black women and black girlhood, we need to develop a national Rites of Passage program for young black men. And, yes, I know the issue is not simply behavioral that systems of oppression—racism, sexism, heterosexism, class, and many others—shape access to resources and definitions of manhood. But, when a black boy says, “I want to be one of the big black boys, So, I killed my black mother with a twelve gauge shot gun because she told me I could not play with them,” we need to develop quickly ways and outlets for young black men to know they have become men.

Brandon White, ATL Gay-Bashing Victim, Speaks Out!

20 year-old gay man Brandon White has finally spoken out after a viral video of him being brutally gay-bashed by three men spread like wildfire across the internet this week.

As we told you yesterday, an FBI investigation is underway to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

But that won’t do anything to erase the physical and emotional scars from enduring such a vile beating. BYP.com commends Brandon for his courage and resilience in speaking out about this terrible ordeal.

“I was going to be silent about it…but by them going ahead and wanting to release it and put it on the internet, i feel that they wanted the attention themselves. They wanted to make themselves look like they were brave and strong. But in my opinion, I’m the brave one.”

Check out his press conference below.

Take Back Boystown: White vs Right?

 

Boystown was built and created by gay whites with hard earned money years back…Its sad that Boystown has been taken advantage by these f***ing savage monkeys.
“They also happen to be very noticeably out of place!! So why are they not questioned and asked to leave by the police is amazing! Check their ID and if they don’t live there ask them to enter an establishment or leave!!! …They travel from all over the city to infest ‘Boystown’ with their ghetto mentality and violet [sic] attitude! Watching that video really has sickened me!!! It is what it is, and they were all Black!”
Quotes found on the TAKE BACK BOYSTOWN Facebook page, courtesy of Huffington Post.

 

 

From:1910 Osborne Place, To: the media bogeymen

On October 3-4, 2010, 10 members of the Latin King Goonies found one of their recruits, a 17 year-

Little Shop of Terror

old wannabe, leaving the home of “La Reina [the queen].” They decided to torture him to find out if he was a “fag.”  After finding out that their potential recruit had in fact had sexual relations with “La Reina,” who is 30 years old and known to be gay in this Bronx’s neighborhood, the gang decided to attack the “La Reina” and another 17 year old that had sex with “La Reina.”  According to several news sources, some community members knew what went down at 1910 Osborne Place the next day, but no one (not even the victims) went to police. What caused this silence on both the victims’ and the community’s part and what’s up with the investigative reporting by the media?

According to the New York Post article, the community knew about the torture and was reluctant to come forward.  Jaymaire Mendez explains the reason for the lag time “We don’t talk to cops. We don’t like them.” The victims’ (and the community’s) distrust is informed by things witnessed, experienced or shared regarding the police actions in the Bronx(and the city at large). In the Bronx, we need only think of Amadou Diallo and how he was gunned down by plain clothed police officers, who were later acquitted of their crime.  In terms of a hate crime committed by those who protect and serve we need only think of Abner Louima, a Haitian man, who was violently beaten, and sodomized by police officers in a police precinct.   Even when dealing with people of color, not as wrongfully murdered or beaten would-be perpetrators of crime, but as victims in need of assistance, there is still a cause for concern, because their plights are often rendered invisible by inadequate media coverage. 

Donnie McClurkin vs Tonéx: Round ONE

 

Homophobic  Rapture

Homophobic Rapture

The homosexuality controversy in black faith communities has reached a feverish pitch, especially with Tonéx’s and Donnie McClurkin’s recent admissions. Probably most renowned for the rumors regarding their sexuality, these two black gospel singers have become the centerpiece to the debate of the role homosexuals should play in black faith communities.  Unfortunately both men’s livelihood as pastors of their respective church has led them to depend financially on a community that by and large forces/prefers silence on same-sex desires and human rights. Yet, both these men have carved a space in gospel music to openly acknowledge their desires. Tonéx by stating that his preference is for the same sex; Donnie by (abstaining and) persecuting other homosexuals as not being willing to be delivered from “the perversion of homosexuality.”

Derrion Albert, Fenger High and Neighborhood Melee Part 2: Establishing Blame

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55FpBt6jJc0

“Where were the cops?” asks Letzbeforreal in his mini-video.  His question is not new. He, like everyone else, is looking to hold some bigger entity accountable for the murder of Derrion Albert.  He wants to lay blame where it does “the most good.”  Others assign blame to the administration of Fenger High School.   Despite this, Letzbeforreal’s female guest and those who agree with him suggest that neither the Police Department nor the City Administration care about murders involving black youth.  Ultimately, I think we all want to be able to hold someone, who has the ability to alter situations, accountable. I think, however, that to blame the school or CPD falls short of examining the root causes of youth violence in America, particularly in the case of Derrion Albert. 

Derrion Albert, Fenger High and the Neighborhood Melee Part 1

http://www.iviewtube.com/videos/89320/16-year-old-derrion-albert-beaten-to-death-in-chicago

Derrion Albert’s murder was something like a blood sport event. As you watch in this clip, you can hear the man and woman, the camera crew, filming with their phone.  Starting at 36 seconds, the man says “Let me see that shawty,” to which the female responds presumably as

First Strike

First Strike

she hands over the phone, “Zoom-in… Zoom-in, Zoom-in.” As Derrion strikes out at another teen, we see one young man pick up the wooden railroad tie and strike Derrion across the back of his head.  As Derrion Albert tries to get up, he is clipped again by another guy, whose punch puts Derrion down for a while as folks kick, stomp and hit him while he is on the ground.  We then hear the male from the  camera crew yell, “Damn, they kickin’ that NIGGA’S ASS.”