A New Level of Outrage Brings Hope After a Violent Stretch

Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun, July 8, 2013

An unusual thing happened as a series of shootings rocked Baltimore: People took notice, got organized and hit the streets to show their outrage.

In a city where the toll of violence is seldom met with palpable anger, a recent stretch that saw more than 40 shot and 16 killed touched off a series of anti-violence demonstrations that continued into Monday. Those behind the events included ministers and politicians, but also young professionals, fraternity members, a party promoter and longtime residents who are simply fed up.

“This tremendous stretch of crime has captured everyone’s minds and has been an igniter to wake people up,” said Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, a 34-year veteran who oversees the Police Department’s community partnership division. “You get a huge swelling of people coming to the table. It will fall off, but you will have a stronger nucleus than it was before.”

There are scores of community groups and activists who are regularly working to improve Baltimore, and many of those involved in the recent efforts say it is not their first time speaking out. But the recent violence has propelled activism to a level that has surprised even the most active advocates, who now wonder how the community can channel and maintain the energy.

On Monday, a group of ministers promised to take on a bigger role in violence prevention and activists held a peace rally and barbecue in East Baltimore. Recent days have seen a citywide prayer tour and calls for a 24-hour Baltimore “cease fire.”

The most visible example of the increased passion came Friday night, when organizers said 600 men walked the length of North Avenue and back—about 10 miles—to protest violence. {snip}

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The Rev. Willie Ray has been trying to galvanize residents for decades, including an annual event that sought to get people to link hands along the length of North Avenue—but which sometimes drew only a handful of participants.

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At the corner of Broadway and North Avenue, where Marques Dent sold snow cones for three summers as a child, the former Air Force captain threw a peace rally on Monday afternoon complete with a DJ, grilled hot dogs and drinks.

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Dent said the violence has shaken Baltimore because it seems to be on the uptick, with few answers as to why.

“People are upset—they’re upset with our law enforcement, they’re upset with our legislature, they’re upset with our community leaders,” he said. “People can’t be dropping like flies just because it’s hot outside.”

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Munir Bahar, a 32-year-old who owns a fitness facility on Washington Boulevard, has been inundated with phone calls and messages since Friday’s North Avenue march drew a larger-than-expected turnout, including a guest appearance by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The event came together in about a week and exceeded the goal set in its title: the 300 Men March.

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  • Manaphy

    I think there’s a resurgence of protests against Black violence because at this point in time Maryland has not yet learned how to be multicultural, and I think these gangs in Baltimore are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Maryland has not yet learned how to be multicultural. States like Maryland are not going to be the monolithic societies that they once were in the last century. African-American gangs are going to be at the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for Maryland to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode, and black criminals will be resented because of their leading role. But without that leading role, and without that transformation, Maryland will not
    survive.

    • The__Bobster

      Oh, these groidles will change Maryland, but not in a good way.

      A multi-culti Maryland led by spoonie thugs is one that I hope dies a slow painful death.

    • IstvanIN

      You sound suspiciously like an “American” woman who now lives in Sweden.

      • Manaphy

        It was sarcastic 🙂

        • IstvanIN

          I know, quoting the evil and unattractive Barbara Spector.

    • Manaphy

      BTW everyone, I was sarcastic.

  • An unusual thing happened as a series of shootings rocked Baltimore: People took notice, got organized and hit the streets to show their outrage. In a city where the toll of violence is seldom met with palpable anger, a recent stretch that saw more than 40 shot and 16 killed touched off a series of anti-violence demonstrations that continued into Monday. Those behind the events included ministers and politicians, but also young professionals, fraternity members, a party promoter and longtime residents who are simply fed up.

    If being outraged and marching solved anything, then everywhere blacks live would be practically paradises on Earth. In reality, this particular outrage and this particular marching will solve nothing, because the same people causing the problem (even if they’re not literally the same individuals) are pretending to be outraged at the problems they caused.

    • The__Bobster

      Usually, their marches end in more shootings, just like their funerals and christenings or any event where there is a critical mass of Bantus.

      • IstvanIN

        Weddings, baby showers and kindergarten graguamations, too.

      • Romulus

        Let’s help them out. Encourage abortion. Ignore their intratribal violence.

        • anarchyst

          Q: What do you call a black woman who has had three abortions??
          A: A crimefighter
          🙂

    • KenelmDigby

      If the police and other civic authorities promise to do something to tackle the violence by ordering a draconian crack-down and a series of targetted mass arrests to root out the known thugs, then you can bet your boots that the self-same blacks screaming for the ‘authorities’ to do something will be screaming the loudest about ‘police harrassment’.
      You can also bet your boots that the crack-down will provoke riots by the thugs, which the activists will defend tooth-and-nail.

  • Hope in the hands of those blinded by their denial of racial differences is pretty much D.O.A. as a concept. Countless times we’ve seen black people talk about curbing the criminal element and galvanizing their neighborhoods against the violence; and pretty much every black neighborhood has either fully regressed into decay or it is only gauged as safe and prosperous when juxtaposed with other black neighborhoods.

    • The__Bobster

      The women who are marching and griping are the very ones who birfed the thugs.

  • haroldcrews

    “People are upset—they’re upset with our law enforcement, they’re upset with our legislature, they’re upset with our community leaders,”…

    They are upset with the wrong people.

    • vladdy1

      Good point. Until they call out by name the thugs are who are causing this all over the country (personal names, gang names, street names, descriptions — any and all the above) — it just goes on. I wanna see somebody point into the crowd and say “You, Sir! Why aren’t you living with your child’s mother and taking care of the baby you spawned?” And “You, Ma’am, why are you allowing your 11-year-old to be out on the corner at 1 A.N. and to sass his teachers?”

    • So CAL Snowman

      How many of the people marching are either :
      A) Directly responsible for the violence
      B) An absentee parent of a young thug
      C) Related to a young criminal thug

      It’s funny, they think that marching will solve everything just because the Globalist Elite FORCED integration and Civil Rights down America’s Throat at gun point. Lawdy, lawdy they marched in the 60s and got their civil rights, so they should be able to march in 2013 to end violence right? It’s so funny its sad.

    • They’re upset at law enforcement, so the cops start SQFing, then they whine about the cops being too hard and too racist.

      They’re upset with the legislature, so they pass laws to crack down on what Bellcurvius does, and the legislature’s black caucus whines and the NAACP sues.

      They’re upset with the community activists, then they turn around and elect a community activist President of the United States, twice.

    • RisingReich

      Well I may also disagree with who they are “upset” at. Blacks are just blacks and will always be black….

      The people to take action against are those whom prevent society from properly discussing black deviance, and those whom also prevent the removal of this evil influence on our society.

      The usual members of the tribe are directly responsible. Direct your very righteous anger at the right people…I agree with that much.

  • Spartacus

    “People can’t be dropping like flies just because it’s hot outside.”

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    You know, it’s pretty hot for white people too, but it doesn’t seem to make them shoot each other. I wonder why…

    • Romulus

      We have good air conditioning.!!

      • JDInSanDiego

        And genes for logic and civility.

  • sbuffalonative

    It was reported today that Buffalo has had 21 murders so far this year. There have all ready been ‘Stop The Violence’ rallies. The same rallies they hold multiple times every year.

    Nothing changes because blacks won’t or can’t change their nature.

    • So CAL Snowman

      As always image is far more important to these people than substance. Just by showing up and marching around they are “fighting back” which of course is patently ridiculous. The “yoofs” are still enraptured by the thug lifestyle and the single moms are doing the exact opposite of parenting, but you know marching around the hood is going to fix that! God help us all.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Few answers as to why…”

    Never have so many known so little for so long.

    How do you spell ‘why’? – B-L-A-C-K

  • kjh64

    The way to curb the violence is to have police on every street and to stop and frisk every thug looking young man. Also, very stiff sentences for crime. Of course, then all the protesters and others would be screaming racism.

  • Luca

    His speech was actually pretty good until he hit upon that catch phrase of blaming it on a lack of programs and unemployment. The only programs they need in Baltimore or any other black ghetto are lessons on how to act in a civilized society, how to use condoms, the importance of education, the consequences associated with their actions and the importance of a two-parent household.

    As for being unemployed, exactly what type of work would these youth be suited for? Perhaps picking fruit, (which would kill two birds with one stone) but don’t count on that happening any time soon.

    As long as they are coddled and cared for, don’t expect them to give a rat’s azz about doing any work or taking responsibility for themselves. Simply expect more of the same.

  • APaige

    A peace rally? Anti-violence demonstration? Prayers? Cease fire? What is that term for doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? …Negro?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Don’t worry, those of you in BaltiMURDER: Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law some of the country’s strictest gun control laws in the name of Sandy Hook.

    O’Malley promised that the new laws will reduce crime and keep Maryland safe.

    You nay sayers and doubters out there wait and see: After the law takes effect on October 1, 2013, Baltimore will be the safest city in the entire US!!

    <<extreme sarcasm off

    There are ‘just too many black faces dying on the streets,’ the Police Commissioner said.

    He’s upset that the “faces” are black and not White.

    Bon

    • Baltimore is unique among cities in that it has a registry of people who commit “gun crimes.” I think the purpose of it is not literally to expect all the Bellcurvii who commit “gun crimes” to sign up for the registry, but using the failure to do so process crime as plea bargain fodder.

    • Pelagian

      And OMalley, the Catholic, was turncoat on gay marriage. Just what Maryland needs. Because as we know, nothing helps stem the tide of moral decline like encouraging more sodomy.

  • BlarneyMiller

    ““People are upset—they’re upset with our law enforcement, they’re upset with our legislature, they’re upset with our community leaders,” he said.”

    More of the usual blame game with no personal accountability form the black community. Last I checked, it’s not law enforcement, legislators, or community leaders that are murdering people in Baltimore’s streets. It’s black men.

    • Romulus

      So! If their doing it to each other, I don’t give a hoot! That’s about as real a statement as I can muster.

  • negrolocaust

    this spike in violence is because they just threw out the white top cop and put in a black to ethnically cleanse the force.

  • Funruffian

    That albino Negro speaker is about as convincing in his speech as the usual Black leaders are when they proclaim peace and unity.
    You would have to be pretty gullible to buy into this pap that they are sincere and willing to bring peace in their community. They are the problem and so are their race.
    As a 10 year old child I would have seen this as a feeble attempt to sound credible and trustworthy. You never hear Whites, Asians and even Hispanics, for the most par, come forth publicly and decry the impetuous violence and crime in their neighborhoods.

  • 1proactive2

    Stop all federal assistance programs completely. At the first arrest of a child, the mother would be held responsible to include doing jail time. With each new arrest and conviction, the mother would again do increasing jail time, and this should go on until Jamal reaches age 18. In short, stop funding the insanity and barbarism with tax money.

  • 1proactive2

    Bulls eye!

  • MBlanc46

    So the black reverends are finally taking action. They’re having a rally and a barbecue. Those are a couple of sure-fire crime-stoppers. Why didn’t anybody ever think of that before?