Smith: Finding the Balance Between Safety, Comfort at Summer Celebration

Erika D. Smith, IndyStar, July 19, 2011

It was only a year ago that Tanya Bell, president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo, stood grimly in front of a bank of TV cameras, trying to somehow explain the bursts of gunfire that left 10 teens injured during the nonprofit group’s annual Summer Celebration.

On Monday, she faced the cameras again, but this time with an air of pride.

“This is a victory,” Bell declared.

No one got shot.

No one got beat up in a brawl.

There weren’t gangs of teenagers running around unsupervised.

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Indeed, Summer Celebration was safe. Black Expo passed the public’s test to put on a violence-free event.

But at what cost?

It looked like the government had declared martial law after the sun went down Friday.

Police were dozens deep on Pennsylvania Street across from the American Legion Mall. They were on foot, on bikes and in cars. On Meridian Street, there were even more cops, plus civilians who had vowed to help keep the peace.

Even people in the audience were peering through the dark, watching for trouble–while, of course, singing along to old-school R&B.

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I kept thinking: All of this so people can have fun? Long term, how is this going to affect the mood of an event that’s supposed to be a “celebration”?

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Some thought the police presence was too much. Some said they liked it because they felt safe. Others stayed away altogether.

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I understand why a heavy police presence was necessary at this year’s Summer Celebration.

But the fact that it was necessary still strikes me as extremely sad and slightly ridiculous–like watching a Transportation Security Administration agent pat down an old woman with a walker or look suspiciously at a baby in a stroller.

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  • Tim in Indiana

    Was this a rare moment of honesty and frankness by someone in the MSM? Reporting on something that they might normally want to cover up, and failing to blame whites in some way for the violence at past expos (of course, I didn’t read the full article).

    In any event, the Indy cops may be patting themselves on the back for doing a good job of keeping the black expo goers from embarrassing themselves once again, but, considering the lengths they had to go to to pull it off, I’m not sure the general public is fooled.

  • Question Diversity

    But the fact that it was necessary still strikes me as extremely sad and slightly ridiculous—like watching a Transportation Security Administration agent pat down an old woman with a walker or look suspiciously at a baby in a stroller.

    Except the difference is that old white women wearing Depends and wheel chair bound won’t commit acts of terrorism on or related to a jumbo jet. The “martial law” in Indianapolis this past weekend was justified because young blacks are that violent.

  • Deirdre

    “This time, she faces the camera with an air of pride” because no one was shot, stabbed or beaten, and only because of a heavy military presence? Because the bar is set so low regarding Black Crowd Control that any “normal” behavior must be applauded like it’s an astounding miracle? It’s amazing that someone actually has to write an article praising these people for NOT descending to barbarism.

  • alex

    “But the fact that it was necessary still strikes me as extremely sad and slightly ridiculous—like watching a Transportation Security Administration agent pat down an old woman with a walker or look suspiciously at a baby in a stroller.”

    Is this a flawed analogy or what?

    Comparing a required police presence at a black event that was necessary due to a history of out-of-control black violence is like making unnecessary searches at an airport?

    How utterly dumb.

    This reporter looks black, although I couldn’t find a larger photo that would tell me for sure. But the lack of ability to draw logical parallels is a very typical black trait as is displaying an inability to reason in logical terms.

    If she’s not black, she thinks like one. How in hell are they getting jobs at newspapers when they’re laying people off?

  • Anonymous

    Here’s something for thought: we’ve seen large numbers of police called out to maintain public order in the face of such events as anti-globalization demonstrations (remember Seattle?). One might understand such mobilizations when dealing with groups that have an element of political militants out to create some revolutionary street theater, or perhaps some Black Block “anarchists.” And we have seen the phalanxes of riot cops, backed up with SWAT teams and the rest of the paramilitary array, confronting such militants.

    But why do American cities need to mobilize what appears to be similar armies of police to maintain order at what ought to be pleasant street festivals? Why is the potential for civil unrest so great at events such as the one described in the article such that law enforcement must put the city in a lockdown? One can understand the cops being out in force when dealing with organized demonstrators who are out to take on the system (and let us note, that often the violent element in those demonstrations were only a small number of agitators). Why then is an equivalent police army needed at events such as the Black Expo? Have they morphed into the equivalent of urban guerrilla warfare?

    And what does that say about America in the 21st century that such a state of affairs is accepted as normal?

  • Anonymous

    TIM, you are right, to the extent that Question Diversity noted: the writer had to insert a perfunctory statement, by writing :

    [But the fact that it was necessary still strikes me as extremely sad and slightly ridiculous—like watching a Transportation Security Administration agent pat down an old woman with a walker or look suspiciously at a baby in a stroller].

    This statement, an attempt to smooth over the obvious truths previously revealed is so flawed, it’s like it wasn’t edited for content!

    He says it’s sad that it was necessary; well, THIS would be a sensible statement.

    But then he equivocates to the point of absurdity, likening police protection to ensure ten people don’t get shot, like last year, to the perverts at the TSA patting down old women or ( wanting to lay their dirty hands on a little girl).

    Those two points don’t go together at all.

    As Question Diversity pointed out (and I know you know this), blacks ARE that dangerous. In fact, they kill many more people than an army of Jihadists ever could!

    PS: look around for the picture of the black TSA female agent with her hand RIGHT on the crotch of an innocent little white girl…frank molestation, as far as I’m concerned. Just sickening. You can find it on the net, I’m sure.

  • Ben

    I guess that is one way.

    Of course crime is going to be nonexistent when it is a police state.

  • the Guru

    MSM and politicians need to be bombarded with this information so the madness can be stopped. The only downtowns that are safe in this country are in small predominantly white towns. Gheto blacks have disseminated city centers. Change?

  • Soprano Fan

    From now on, a heavy ‘police presence” during black expo in Indianapolis, is what is needed, in order for it to be safe. The police department can then send the expo sponsors a bill for the extra security cost.

    Would this writer have wanted it like it was last year, instead? Many at Amren have said it before – in dealing with blacks, you can’t win, no matter what you do.

    If, on the other hand, blacks WERE shot and killed and wounded, this woman would be decrying the lack of a “police presence”.

  • ex-Indianapolis

    Erika Smith is a writer for our local fishwrap aka “The Indianapolis Star”. I suspect that she is intelligent enough to realize the differences between blacks and whites, but has to go out of her way to gloss over everything. I made it a point not to go downtown during the expo.

  • white is right, black is whack

    My only concern is this martial law they’re imposing on them will be used on us. Those “youths” ruin it for everyone else. Whereever blacks are the majority, there are less rights for everyone, including more restrictive laws on firearms.

  • OBSERVER

    Did they need the same number of officers at the Indiana White Expo?

    I smell typical nasty white police racism against the Black community. Here’s why.

    This reporter needs to get the number of people and the number of police at the White Expo and compare them. Then, she could have a great article showing the police were RACIST in that they showed up in greater number at the Black Expo than the White Expo.

    Can somebody in Chicago give me a link the White Expo web site?

  • Periapsis

    I agree, because blacks and other non-whites cannot behave towards each other in a civilized respectful manner, they have to be controlled by a militarized police force. They’ve ruined everything for the rest of us, because they are a good part of the reason for the emergence of a police state in the U.S. in the first place. The same is true of illegal aliens who come here acting like invading barbarians. Because of both, whites are losing their freedoms and civil rights, and sooner or later those very same police forces will be turned on us too.

  • Cliff yablonski

    Classic black leftist doublethink.

    The author (a very light skinned black) openly admits that the shootings and violence of the crowd without a heavy police presence is a problem, but then she goes on to complain about the very presence that protected them and made things safe later on, hoping that the police would eventually go away so the process could start all over?

    God help us all.

  • jewamongyou

    In response to what comment #5 said, that we should expect a threat of violence at political rallies, but not at a “black expo”, there is no difference.

    The Left has succeeded, over the years, in politicizing the black race to such an extent that every gathering of blacks is, de-facto, a political rally. I’m not saying their behavior is rational, just that political rallies + low I.Q. = trouble. At political rallies, people are out to prove something, and low-I.Q. people only know how to prove something through shouting and violence.

    http://www.jewamongyou.wordpress.com

  • olewhitelady

    By likening the Expo police presence to the TSA overkill, the writer is insinuating that the heavy policing was unnecessary. Liberal commentators sometimes have to state the facts, but they always have to attribute cause and effect to something other than the obvious if the obvious is black criminality.

    Heavy police presence is always instrumental in keeping a certain number of blacks away because so many have outstanding warrants. Many also seem to be unable to leave their crack pipes and weed-filled blunts at home, and, whenever cops are around, there’s always the possibility that one will find a reason to frisk a brother.

  • Anonymous

    But then he equivocates to the point of absurdity, likening police protection to ensure ten people don’t get shot, like last year, to the perverts at the TSA patting down old women or ( wanting to lay their dirty hands on a little girl).

    Perhaps we ought to send TSA screeners to events such as the Back Expo to pat down gang-bangers? Or maybe to the inner cities to porn scan Bloods and Crips and MS-13 hoods? Far more Americans are victimized by gangs than terrorists.

  • Mike B.

    4 – alex wrote at 10:04 PM on July 22

    This reporter looks black, although I couldn’t find a larger photo that would tell me for sure.

    Yes she is, and apparently some Caucasians are not too happy with her either:

    Hoosier Nation – Wrong Answer

    (Good article)

    And some more:

    Facebook

    Twitter

    Women of Color in Oakland

    Or – take your pick of pix:

    Google Pix

  • Mike B.

    Let’s try this again, so the links actually work:

    4 – alex wrote at 10:04 PM on July 22

    This reporter looks black, although I couldn’t find a larger photo that would tell me for sure.

    Yes she is, and apparently some Caucasians are not too happy with her either:

    Hoosier Nation – Wrong Answer

    http://goo.gl/e7t4f

    (Good article)

    And some more:

    Facebook

    http://goo.gl/yy6ex

    Twitter

    http://goo.gl/3mwS0

    Women of Color in Oakland

    http://goo.gl/H4Frf

    Or – take your pick of pix:

    Google Pix

    http://goo.gl/3xCs1

  • Frank

    Black Expo should pay for the police protection. Or is that racist?

  • olewhitelady

    Periapsis #13 wrote that “sooner or later those…police forces will be turned on us too.”

    I believe, to a significant degree, this has already happened. Decent white people are now subject to the same type and level of law enforcement as is the ghetto. I once worked, in a large city, with a law-abiding, middle-class white man whose ex-wife accused him of rape. A fugitive apprehension team, composed of paramilitarily equipped police, came to his home and led him away in chains. He hadn’t previously refused a summons, tried to avoid custody, or any other unlawful act. It was simply a function of mindless bureaucracy, the way things are done in affecting a felony arrest, and not the fault of the cop on the beat.

    When I was young, if someone had accused a law-abiding, middle-class man (of any race) of rape, the police probably would have doubted the complainant’s contention. They would have gone to the man’s home or workplace to respectfully ask him about it. If an arrest was warranted, they would have asked him to unobtrusively accompany them to the station. Now, because law enforcement is overwhelmed with black and Hispanic crime, there’s little or no time for value judgments, and everyone must be treated like a criminal.

  • AvgDude

    This so reminds me of a Chris Rock routine where he comments on the low expectations that permeate the black community. He talks of someone bragging about…

    “I takes care o’ my kids!”

    …to which his response is…

    “You’re supposed to take care of your kids!”

    “I ain’t never been to jail.”

    “Whadda you want?… A cookie?… You’re not supposed to go to jail ya ign’ant low expectation havin’ m—–f—ah!”

  • Anonymous

    The very fact that a police army was required to keep the peace at ONE SINGLE BLACK EXPO is very revealing. Businesses thrive only in an atmosphere of trust and communication and cooperation. Blacks represent a ‘low-trust culture’. With so much violence endemic to black areas, commerce, trade and business activity cannot really function.

  • Mike H.

    “No one got shot. No one got beat up in a brawl. There weren’t gangs of teenagers running around unsupervised.”

    The standards they set for themselves(and consistently fail to uphold), say more about them than any evil white “racists” ever could.

  • Southern Hoosier

    How long will it be before Jesse Jackson or the NAACP cry racism and sue the Indianapolis for racism?

  • Reformed

    This black woman reporter (what a nemesis to logic if there ever was one!) started her report with a frank admission that at the last Black Expo that didn’t have hundreds of police officers keeping the peace there were 3 separate shootings that injured 10 people. That was, at minimum, the violence that one could expect at an unsupervised Black Expo in Indiana. In 2007 there were multiple incidents of violence, gunfire and arrests. Those were just the more infamous ones and more widely reported violence.

    Blacks are so violent they will rob, beat, stab and shoot one another without supervision so not providing that supervision is racist. But to make the accurate assumption that a police state is needed to ensure that blacks behave is racist as well.

    You can’t win with these people! Everything is racist, somehow.

  • Jack

    ““This is a victory,” Bell declared.”

    Really? You had to waste unbelievable amounts of tax money and effort to get blacks to behave in a semi civil manner.

    News flash for you. Large groups of White people don’t act this way so it’s no victory.

    All you did was add more proof to the obvious: blacks are violent and dangerous and are difficult to restrain.

  • Californian

    The Left has succeeded, over the years, in politicizing the black race to such an extent that every gathering of blacks is, de-facto, a political rally.

    And we can also ask how much of flash mob type violence is also being motivated by leftist agitprop. I get the sneaky suspicion that the left is playing off blacks against whites. The multicult agitprop machine generates all sorts of resentments among blacks for real and imagined wrongs (and much of this is over conditions long since gone). Then it tells blacks that they are “oppressed,” with the inevitable result of all this leading to violence.

    This is why it is necessary to make the political struggle against the multicult establishment, not just the cannon fodder.

  • Dream Deferred

    commentsTo 6- PS: look around for the picture of the black TSA female agent with her hand RIGHT on the crotch of an innocent little white girl…frank molestation, as far as I’m concerned. Just sickening. You can find it on the net, I’m sure.

    That’s all part of a plan. Teach Whites that they are “protected” by blacks who paw us. I’m sure that the little White girl was horrified and scandalized by the touch of an afrovoodoo, as she should be, but the education system will now go to work on her. She’ll be trained into anti-racist Deep Therapy by NAACP public school teachers who will force her to admit her racism. She’s already bombarded with advertisements and entertainment that shows Whites as the minority and subservient to blacks. Training Whiteys that blacks can do anything to us that they want, and we have no recourse, is the plan. That’s how they will wipe White privilege off the face of the Earth. Just destroy our privileges of Humanity.

    Some people think we are heading toward a big cataclysm where we through off the tyranny. Wrong. A people who would allow things to get this bad will never do what’s necessary for White Freedom. Next, watch our Internet privileges to be restricted, because we misuse free speech by spreading hate and intolerance.

  • Harumphty Dumpty

    3 — Deirdre wrote at 9:49 PM on July 22:

    “’This time, she faces the camera with an air of pride’…It’s amazing that someone actually has to write an article praising these people for NOT descending to barbarism.”

    No no no, Deirdre! That’s how all the trouble started, when we imagined we could hold them to white standards!

    Let them take pride in their real achievements. This is one that can be added to Black History month.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to the presence of an army of police, blacks behave reasonably and without violence. Something people from races like whites or Japanese would do without even giving it a thought. Nor would it even be commented upon. And this is held up as some kind of great “accomplishment” or “achievement” for the black community!? Chris Rock didn’t even half say it in his monolouge about low expectations among blacks.