Crime Fears Rattle Fed-Up Residents of M.L. King Apartments

George Hunter, Detroit News, May 7, 2012

In an apartment complex named for a man who stood for peace and freedom, residents say rampant violence has made them prisoners in their own homes.

The Martin Luther King Apartments on Lafayette near Chene, less than a mile from downtown, is a sprawling 481-unit compound that’s been taken over by drug dealers and other criminals, residents say.

“We’re the forgotten people of Detroit,” said Sharonda Hawkins, 48, whose husband, Brandon Johnson, was gunned down in August, a few doors down from her apartment. Faded bloodstains, which Hawkins said won’t wash away, still mar the doorway where the murder took place.

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Hawkins straps her .40-caliber pistol to her belt whenever she leaves her apartment, even to walk a few yards to the community mailboxes. She said the problems in the complex where she’s lived since 1988 are a microcosm of what’s wrong with the city.

“You hear people who come in from the suburbs to go to Comerica Park or the casinos talking about how much they love Detroit,” she said. “But they don’t see the real Detroit: Open drug dealing; rapes; murders. People shouldn’t have to live like this. It’s like we’re hostages in our own homes.”


Hawkins, who has attended recent meetings of the Board of Police Commissioners to complain, said residents are skeptical of promises from police.

“They know about this problem, and they keep saying they’re going to do something about it, (but) nothing ever gets done,” she said.

Board Chairman Donnell White said police need more residents like Hawkins to speak out against crime in their neighborhoods.


[Police Deputy Chief Benjamin] Lee said police recently arrested suspects they believed were responsible for several break-ins in the complex, only to find residents reluctant to cooperate.

“The problem is, nobody wanted to press charges,” he said. “It’s frustrating.”


Other residents acknowledged the crime problem in the apartments, but declined to comment because they said they feared retribution.

The Martin Luther King complex, subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a series of two- and three-story units that abut parking lots accessible by single driveways. That forces residents to wade through crowds of drug dealers and “thugs,” Hawkins said.

“There’s only one entrance, and you can’t get in without having to go through a bunch of bad people,” she said. “The thugs have taken over. I’m afraid to let my daughter outside; there’s no safe time to let her out.”

Hawkins and Solomon recently pleaded for aid at a meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners. “Please—someone help us,” Hawkins said. “People are scared to death.”


Johnson, Hawkins’ husband and father of their 8-year-old daughter, Stormy, was on his way home the night of Aug. 29, 2011, to celebrate the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, when Hawkins said she heard the familiar sound of gunshots just outside her apartment.



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  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    its about time that blacks and every other race just accept that this is how they are and stop trying to help or change them they obviously enjoy this lifestyle  because every place they live in the world is like this. why does everybody have some illusion that they will suddenly man up and stop blaming the world for their degeneracy and adopt morals and values? because its never going to happen.

    • Church_of_Jed

      Their housing, etc., is free. What would they have in Africa, where they belong?

      “Anything the blacks have that is better than a bone through the nose, a dirty loin cloth, a filthy village full of starving, malaria infested pickaninnies, is due solely to White charity.  We’ve done too much for them and got nothing in return but crime, violence, destroyed property values, a dystopian future, and a fast growing esteem for the ‘vile segregationists’ of the 1960’s. Under the circumstances, racism really is the best option.”

      -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “Why are they scared of Africa?,” 2000

      • joewest666

        Spot on.. spot on..

      • Anan7

        Every time I voice that concern, someone yells at me, “why don’t you go back to Europe?”  My ancestors built this nation.  The blacks have caused wars and race riots.  They have contributed nothing to what makes America great.  They will tell us that they “diversify” America, but we all know how well that is working out!

    • tickyul

      Nope, nice thought……..Trillions more down a rathole, that is a  gaurantee!

  • sarah stein

    Slavery ended long ago, you’re not chained to that area.  Do as others that are fed up with crime, move to a white area.  We don’t have any blacks in Palm Beach, have the government set up section 8 apartments here.  We would welcome the diversity. Come on down, bring your family, friends and neighbors. If you have problems, call Eric Holder.

  • ageofknowledge

    At least she didn’t blame “whitey” for the American negro’s inability to create safe neighborhoods. I applaud her for that and empathize with her for her loss.

    • Shawn_thefemale

       People like ‘her’ are the ones that created her problem. Dropping ‘chilluns’ like rabbits, with no parental responsibility, no discipline, no values or morals, and a ‘somebody owes me because I’m black’ mentality  have created those monsters that are terrorizing her – and us.

  • WmarkW

    Chris Rock:  What do you do if you find yourself stuck on Martin Luther King Boulevard?
    Answer: Run

    Smart blacks know they want to move to where whites live and Section 8 beneficiaries don’t.

  • Shsshh! Get the ladies address and I’ll send her a quart of paint and a brush to cover the blood stains.  What’s wrong with the maintenance people there?  “Faded bloodstains, still mar the doorway…where the murder took place.”

    • ncpride

      If you read the comments on the orginal article, there is another black woman claiming to have known this woman’s murdered husband. Her assessment of him? He was the biggest thug of the lowest order that needed killin’… priceless. Seems your husband was part of the problem that you complain about Sharonda. What a surprise.

  • “We’re the forgotten people of Detroit,”

    Forgotten?  Seems like our society does nothing but talk about blacks and think about blacks, and give them almost everything they want.  If they’re not doing anything about “crime” (no mention of who’s doing the crime) at the aptly-named Martin Luther King drug/flop houses, then it’s blacks themselves who want it that way.

    • I wish we could separate ourselves from them.

      • crazy_j

        We can, and we have.

        The trick is to keep them from following.

        Since anything built with government money has to be open and accessible to the general public (think roads and post offices and such), anywhere you go in America will eventually fall to the same fate.

  • Church_of_Jed

    The Legacy of MLK: Crime, Violence, and Nothing Ever Gets Better Until Whitey Pays, then it all turns back to garbage, anyway, so we should NEVER pay anything more, ever…

    We owe him a debt of gratitude for helping the Yankees up North have some empathy for the crisis we were trying to manage down here without interference from outsiders.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    In other words…”White people come save us from ourselves!”

    and when they do…

    “White people be mean, racist and profile us!”

    • Church_of_Jed

      “All we owe them is contempt, in abundance.”

      -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, ” Eve Carson and the quick cure for White guilt,” 2008

    • ed91

       can’t live wit’ ’em, can’t live wit’out ’em.

      • ed91

         ohhhhh, I could definitely live wit’out ’em.

        • No

          I do live without them.  I will MAYBE see one or two when I go into town, otherwise, the only savages I see are on my TV. 

          We just moved from an area that was 60% black and mestizo.  This is NICE.  It makes a huge difference in the quality of life and in my family’s attitude towards things. 

          Any whites who can move, should move.  Fast.

  • No

    And they claim slavery was bad? 

     Under slavery, the black worked sun up to sun down . . . true. But he was guaranteed food, had a hut and some furniture.  But most of all, the white man protected the negro from his greatest predator – his fellow negros. 

    The history of Africa (what little we know since the savages don’t actually have a written “history”) is just like the Detroit projects.  And the projects are almost like Africa today. 

    So the negro can whine all he wants about slavery, but it looks to me like slavery was a pleasant and positive interruption into what is otherwise a savage existence.

    We should do away with the US Department of Negro Housing and Urban Destruction and other useless programs and just bring back the tobacco plantation. 

  • bluffcreek1967

    This is why Whites always move away when large amounts of Blacks move into their neighborhood! These people destroy everything given to them, and they are unable to live peaceably with others. This explains why there is not one safe or low-crime city dominated by Blacks in the entire world!

    I find it a form of sweet irony that the apartments are named after MLK! Nothing that’s connected to this phony ‘reverend’  ever turns out good.

  • And the government wants to take these section 8’ters out of these neighborhoods and put them in your neighborhood. This is the things that irritates me, you have all these blacks whining and bellyaching about all the crime that they have to face in these ghettos. Yet, when they get their section 8 voucher and move into a majority white neighborhood and the whites complain about the violence that has now come to their homes, these same whining blacks start yelping about “racism”.

    • The__Bobster

      The solution to pollution is not always dilution.

  • “You hear people who come in from the suburbs to go to Comerica Park or the casinos talking about how much they love Detroit”

    I’ve never heard anyone ever say that they loved Detroit.  No, I’m pretty sure that every American knows exactly why Detroit is the way it is, even if they refuse to admit it to themselves.

  • Church_of_Jed

    FoxNews allows Bill O’Reilly to keep the Norfolk Hate Whitey Beating front and center:


    We’ll continue our investigation of a bias crime conducted in Virginia.

    The bias crime cover up in Va. grows.

    He was set upon by approx. 5 African American young men, crowd of 30 surrounded the vehicle.

    Bias crime on police report, now police saying not a bias crime, refusing to release 911 report.

    Both victims filed complaint against police, saying police didn’t want to arrest anyone.

    Denis Finley, newspaper Editor, to Jesse Waters:

    Story blown out of proportion, was street altercation, not mob attack or racial attack. Was it a black mob or street altercation? A handful involved in the fight. Again, simple assault, not a mob attack, no way for me to know it was racially motivated.



    The victims received death threats, had to leave Norfolk, get protection.

    State DA said won’t intervene or supply oversight or demand 911 tapes released. Gov. said would look at case. Has power to investigate.


    Male victim was from South Dakota, not street smart, feels emasculated, couldn’t protect her. She’s livid at local press about bias portrayal, and for taking everything from police report. Pleased that the gang unit taken over investigation. Death threats- alot of racial animosity in Norfolk, story so explosive, two weeks before it came out, now black community using it as leverage. I don’t think they hate White people, but told me they attack White people because easy target and gives them street cred. He put his own reporters in danger.


    We will continue to cover the story, and expect to get Gov. involved. This is a serious story.

    Bernie Goldberg:

    If this were a gang of White people who attacked two blacks, it would be news. Everybody knows that. What it’s really about is White liberal paternalism- we can’t really hold black people up to same standards as Whites, because they are different. The media not want to air dirty laundry and embarrass blacks, and don’t want give ammunition to bigots who say, “See, that’s the way we all act.”


    Jessie found out more in one day that the entire news paper found. Editor not find out if racially motivated, bc he didn’t want to. That’s trouble, bc if he found out it was racially motivate, they don’t want any part of that.


    It’s a form of racism. Imagine if we said won’t hold blacks to same standards as White people. That’s racist.

    If reversed, it would be a big story. This is paternalism, don’t expect same standards for blacks, and don’t want to embarrass them or give ammo to bigots. Two major points.


    They didn’t want bigots saying “look at all those people”. This has been going on for on for 30 years.


    WE DETEST BIGOTS. Let somebody else deal with the bigots, the newspaper has to deal with the news.


    This was the first 18 minutes of the show, and the 4th on the story so far. Now BO has pressure on the Gov. McDonald to do something. Va. went for Obama in 2008, so the GOP can’t risk offending the blacks, but they also don’t need BO reporting on violent blacks in Va. through November.

    This is the kind of race news that can put pressure in all the right places and make folks really squirm under the Diversity Curse.

    The AmRen community predicts that the Gov. will appoint some kind of task force to “study the problem” and play out the clock until other news makes this story go away.

    But BO has raised the bar. He now has a theme of black on White violence not being covered fairly by MSM. Let’s watch him pull this story out next time a Treyvon story comes up and the Diversity starts mau mauing, ooking, and eeking for mo’ dat free stuff

    This was a very interesting and helpful segment. How many millions of White conservative viewers hear Bernie Goldberg explain that the reason MSM treats blacks with favoritism is to not embarrass them, and not foster bigotry against them?

    The message was that MSM manipulates its news FOR blacks, and AGAINST Whites.

    We should find the 30 Diversities who did the crime and give them an AmRen Award of White Thanks just for doing something that led to that “narrative” getting broadcast into millions of White noggins.

    • ed91

       unfortunately, what oreilly calls a ‘bigot’ is in reality as ‘race realist”

      bigot= a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions
      and prejudices, especially one who exhibits intolerance or animosity toward members of a group——–
      heck – with that definition, main stream media are bigoted towards whites……

      gee whilikers………  sounds like blacks are mostly bigots……..   I’ve gone and done some thinking and I have determined I’m not prejudiced, I’m judiced…………  in other words I know what I see and hear and bigots seem to be on the left– 
      it doesn’t seem to be a problem coming from the right…..

  • Detroit_WASP

    I have been in many apartment buildings in Detroit. 
    These are nothing more than breeding farms for low IQ people that will be a burden of society.

    If our government would wise up and pay these women to get their tubes tied, our society would benefit greatly in the following ways:

    1.  Just 9 months later hundreds of thousands of sick, premature low IQ babies with no insurnace would stop being born in the hospitals.   These babies require hundreds of thousands and even millions in resources just to get them healthy enough to go home….to section 8 housing. 

    2.  Just 6 years later hundreds of thousands of low IQ students requiring Special Education resources K-12 will NOT be showing up for school anymore.  This will save BILLIONS.

    4.  About 15 years later the crime rate will begin to drop because these low IQ, often violent boys and girls will not be out flashing-mobbing, raping and killing.


  • Natassia

    Ok, so if I am reading this right, black people want government to fix the problem of crime but they don’t really want to have anything to do with the enforcement of the law. What the heck do they want?!

    • Church_of_Jed

      “It’s a voodoo thing- we can’t understand it, but we should prepare for it, nonetheless.”

      -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “The questions your teacher never wants you to ask about MLK,” 1999

      • Rick

        I have a question not related to the article. Who is Rev. Jed DeValleyism? Is this a pen name or a real person?

  • Knockout Martin Luther King strikes St. Louis yet again:

    The neighborhood is full of white liberals, with a hundred thousand Trayvons on the other side of Delmar.  Prime territory for a KMLK outbreak.

  • splitsing

    I, personally, blame the legacy of slavery, institutional white racism and a lack of affirmative action for all of the problems in this section 8 housing complex.

  • They voted for zimbabwe, and now they have it.

  • Get off the Gubmint tit, y’all! Start looking in the mirror to assign blame. Your churches, your leaders are all failures.  Try something traditional, like marriage between a man and a woman. Or having children within the bonds of marriage. Then quit naming your children stupid names and most of all: Quit with the marches. NO ONE IS AIMING WATER HOSES AT YOU ANY MORE! NO ONE IS KEEPING YOU OUT OF THE WHITE SCHOOLS!  and everyone of your damn kids sits in the back of the bus on purpose, and God help the white woman who just wants to go to the back to sit her white ass down…

  • ageofknowledge
  • crazy_j

     The city of Warren – right next door to Detroit – has been seeing an influx of former Detroit residents over the last several years.

    My neighborhood, as an example, was lily-white when I move in two years ago. After the first year, things were normal. But this year, after the snow melted and the sun came out, I find myself being one of only four white households left on the block.

    Every single day, literal herds of negro children (say, eight and under) run up and down the street, screaming and wailing. They set up in people’s driveways and stand around and shout and jump and throw things at the houses. I have to run them off my property every day. I’ve called the cops more times than I can count.

    Nobody does anything. So, while the “authorities” sit on their hands, another once-peaceful neighborhood gets flushed down the toilet, sacrificed on the altar of Diversity.

    • I feel so bad for you. A perfectly good neighborhood ruined by these people. Several times, when I lived in Chicago, I wound up on a bus full of screaming black “chirrun”. My ears haven’t stopped ringing since! It was truly deafening.

  • JackKrak

    I sympathize with Ms. Hawkins, I really do. She’s right that no one should have to live like that.

    HOWEVER, I’m quite confident that she would be at the front of the pack of residents who would howl with indignation if anyone stepped in to do what would be necessary to put the place in order. We all know that any such attempt would have to be quite heavy-handed and the usual suspects would show up to condemn it as ……wait for it …….RACIST!


  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    if OVOMIT had a child it would look like tar von  mau-in

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    In an apartment complex named for a man who stood for peace and freedom.

    OK, We can stop right there.

    MLK was not for peace and freedom and this apartment complex is a shining example of MLK’s legacy, it is exactly the dependency MLK fought for, for “his people.”

    According to King’s biographer and sympathizer David J. Garrow, “King privately described himself as a Marxist.”  In his 1981 book, “The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.”, Garrow quotes King as saying in SCLC staff meetings, “..we have moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution..The whole structure of American life must be changed…We are engaged in class struggle.”

    Americans are finally coming to the understanding that Martin Luther King Jr. was not for equal rights, peace, freedom or justice. He was simply a pro-Black Marxist.

  •  haha

    “She said the problems in the complex where she’s lived since 1988 are a microcosm of what’s wrong with the city.

    — 25 frickin’ YEARS???

  • ageofknowledge

    I’m not asking your permission to empthaize with her loss. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and know a great deal about living in mixed working class neighborhoods and how people behave in them. The world may be one giant race war to the death for you but for me it’s a far richer place than that and not every non-white is a bad person no matter how deeply you hate them. Yes, I empathize with her for her loss and if you don’t like it you know where you can go.

    • The__Bobster

      Scat. We’re over our troll limit today.

      • ageofknowledge

        The troll limit is zero Bob and you’ve just gone over it by attempting to deny me my freedom of speech. Look in the mirror and you’ll find the troll problem. It will be staring directly back at you.

        • Lou

           “Not all non-whites are terrible people”.. Yes they are… All  it takes is to push the right buttons not even on purpose and they act as all the others do , and yes, even the first lady..

      • vladdy1

        I agree (about not needing trolls). One person gave his opinion, that living around blacks can be a rotten way to live, and here comes somebod else ready to make it personal.Take your boxing gloves off and relax, AOK. We know who the enemy is, and it’s not other posters on Amren. Let’s all keep the disgust where it belongs, not on other posters.

        • ageofknowledge

          Maybe you need to take your own advice vladdy and while you’re at it reread the thread because I was the original poster.

          I was the person who gave his opinion, that not all non-whites are terrible people, and then replied to someone who commented on it.

          I’m not taking advice from anyone who tells me that I can’t reply to someone who comments on my post especially when they are butting their nose in where it doesn’t belong hypocritically doing exactly that. Pull the log out of your own eye so you can see the splinter in anothers.

          My enemy is those who set themselves up in opposition to me as my enemy.  If you don’t want to wear that hat, then take it off. Nobody asked you to get involved.

    • Your Nobel Peace Prize is on its way! Please be home between 10 and 2 tomorrow, OK?

  • Beloved Comrade

    I agree with you anon12.  

    Blacks think they can do whatever they want anywhere, anytime.  Play loud music. Scream and yell.  Walk across your yard.  Hang out on your lawn.  Throw trash in the gutter.  Steal things off of your porch.

    Confront them and you’ll end up fighting for your life in a hospital bed like Matthew Owens who saw black kids running from house to stealing things off of porches and told them to knock it off.  Next thing he knew he was being beaten to death by blacks screaming “justice for Trayvon”.  No newspapers will report your beating.  No media reporters will come to your door.  The police, DOJ and mayor won’t care.  To them you are a worthless white whose life is expendable.

    Hispanics aren’t much better and will overrun your kid’s schools where they’ll receive better treatment than yours. The only solution is separation of the races.

  • Church_of_Jed

    “Racism is the fastest growing trend in the White community right now, as is should be. We’d frightened if it weren’t.”

    -Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “Bigotry can rescue us from submerision under the black wave of Diversity,” 2001

  • xxxtonygunsxxx


    • Church_of_Jed

      Greece’s Golden Dawn Party a scary development for Europe

      Most Greeks are probably not very happy to have witnessed the far-right Golden Dawn party take as much of the Greek electorate as they did this weekend. But despite the party’s relatively low polling numbers, the rise of the anti-immigration, nationalistic party is troubling news

      America’s Diversity a scary development for White Humanity

      Most Whites are probably not very happy to have witnessed the far-left Diversity party take as much of formerly White cities and towns as they did this century.  But despite the party’s relatively lower percentage of the demographics, the rise the of anti-White, Treyvon Diversity Sons of Obama party is troubling news

  • splitsing

     Clearly tongue was firmly planted in cheek. 🙂

  • nation of islam much?  In your world do the illiterate also teach reading?

  • Yes, I live in a fuxated area, on the same order as detroit.  I have my parents here and they will not move – I will stay near them until they are gone.  Then we are moving to a lilly-White, no section eight for as far as the eye can see, state.  I was raised to be a liberal, color blind type, but after working and living among negroes I have come to see that White people can only prosper if we separate from oppositional groups and races, like blacks, and aggressively defend our community from intruders. White people have to stop embracing sucidal MSNBC and other MSM which has become a tool to brainwash people into thinking black is white and up is down.  White people are being discriminated against every day because of affirmative action and society impoosed white guilt.  White people should know one thing – blacks know that if they start doing things for themselves and stop being ‘angry’ the free ride will stop.  This is also why blacks are becoming more and more aggressive – It is purely Pavlovian.

  • Beloved Comrade

    Blacks are always bragging about “black pride.”  What they have to be proud of is anyone’s guess.

  • Yet, when people like John Derbyshire and Jared Taylor address the problem, they are denounced as “racists”.

    Same old, same old. Whenever anyone said Gary, IN had a high murder and crime rate, the beloved bwana of that city, Richard Hatcher, would foam at the mouth and call them “racists”.

    Remember when Daniel P. Moynihan warned that the disintegration of the Bantu family would lead to problems for them (circa. 1968)? He was denounced as a “racist” by Bantus. Turns out, he was a clairvoyant.

  • She does not appear to have any true emotion concerning her husband’s death.  She seems more  concerned about complaining that there isn’t more freebies given to aid the hell-hole her own people created. I also noticed the piece she is carrying. Hope she doesn’t use it on an unarmed black male with a hoodie up. Oh wait, she’s black, so her actions would be just fine.