Campus Crime Spares No One–Not Even Son of Fulton County Commission Chairman

Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 1, 2013

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Henry Eaves posted a sobering note on Facebook tonight that I wanted to share.

I began my day with joy as I dropped off my son on his first day as a freshman at Morehouse College. I have ended my day bewildered as I just learned my son was robbed at gunpoint on the periphery of the Morehouse campus this evening by two thugs who stole his cell phone. Thank God my son, though shaken, is alive and suffered no physical harm.

Right now I am experiencing a wide range of emotions . . . I am relieved and thankful that my first born is still with me, but I am also angry, pissed, and concerned. I am not very optimistic about the future of our community, especially when you look at the status of African-American males. Too many African-American boys have access to guns, too many of them drop out of high school, too many of them are in prison, and too many of them place little value on the lives of others.

I hope we will begin to change the dialogue of what OTHERS are doing to us and our communities, but we must focus on what WE can do to change the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities.

One thing that all urban campuses have to do is make their students and their parents feel safe. I am sure Morehouse is sickened that a freshman was held up on his first day. {snip}

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  • When I first saw the headline, I thought something wasn’t quite right. Morehouse is known for being selective in who it admits, and last I heard, had a dress code forbidding saggy pants.
    Now I see that the crime was really committed by Trayvons.
    Tsk tsk. What’s happening to the alma mater of Samuel L. Jackson?
    Straight from the Wikipedia entry itself: “During childhood, he had a stuttering problem, which he conquered by developing an affinity for the use of the curse word, motherf*&ker, in his vocabulary.”

    • GB101

      It is not Morehouse itself. It is the neighborhood around it. Ditto Ga Tech a few miles away.

      • jane johnson

        Aren’t some Ivy League schools surrounded by ghettos? How did THAT happen?

  • Tarczan

    “Too many African-Americans have access to guns”. He is admitting they have violent impulses which can.t be controlled.

  • Puggg

    Nice way to be logically consistent, John Henry Eaves. He frets about his black son being robbed at gunpoint by black thugs, then turns right around and complains about how too many black men are in prison.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      “Oh my God, MY ox was gored!” Welcome to the real world, Mr. Eaves.

  • YourMOMA

    “Too many African-American boys have access to guns, too many of them drop out of high school, too many of them are in prison, and too many of them place little value on the lives of others.

    I hope we will begin to change the dialogue of what OTHERS are doing to us and our communities, but we must focus on what WE can do to change the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities.”
    ________________________________________________________________________

    THEIR communities have 35 year old grandmothers on welfare and section 8 and no desire to change lifestyles. Keep blaming OTHERS for your problems and see if anything happens.

    • IstvanIN

      To be honest, we fund their life style.

  • Spartacus

    “…too many of them are in prison…”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Nowhere near enough .

    • evilsandmich

      My thinking exactly, at least two too few in this instance!

  • CJ Haze

    The students from Morehouse clamor to West End and Castleberry Hill on the weekends, transforming the 70%(ish) white ‘art and young professionals district’ into 95%+ black. You have art strolls during the week and all-black, heavily-policed clubs and bars on the weekends.

    And all the transplants/libs/hipsters just abide by but avoid it. Why? Because the non-black residents live in gated communities with constantan wire on the 10-foot fences. This neighborhood is two blocks from the Georgia Dome which is two blocks from Morehouse/Spelman. The area is called ‘English Town’.

    Anecdote; an old ex-girlfriend of mine from NJ came down to get her Master’s at Georgia Tech in architecture. She and a few classmates walked off campus and into Englishtown to sketch some old buildings one afternoon. An APD officer stopped them and told them to turn around because it wasn’t safe. She got home and told me about it; I laughed.

    That area is the home to the first black public housing project (segregated by FDR). It has been ghetto and crime-ridden for over ninety years. It was a life lesson (she was a northeastern, rich, liberal white girl) about when reality trumps ideology. She thought since it was the daytime she and her fellow classmates would be unharmed. The black cop had to talk some since into her… how racist.

    • CJ Haze

      Constantan wire = concertina wire.

    • APaige

      Thanks for the inside information about the area.

  • I am sure this was not the first Morehouse student robbed on the firat day, and I am sure it won’t be the last, but we won’t hear about them because they won’t the son or daughter of a Fulton County Commission Chairman.

    • Erasmus

      I would have thought being mugged by black thugs was just part of the black college/university experience.

  • Skip Wellington

    Thank our lucky stars that the assailants were not White.
    Otherwise, this incident would be called a hate-crime and it would receive media coverage ad nauseum.

    • GB101

      The chances of an assailant being white, where this crime occurred, is nil.

    • sbuffalonative

      It’s funny how they tried to find ways to hide black crime but hiding it makes it just as obvious.

    • The Final Solution

      When was the last time you ever heard about a couple of white guys assaulting/robbing a black person?

      • Skip Wellington

        Did not Ron Goldman & Nicole Brown Simpson attack OJ and then . . . nevermind.

    • Erasmus

      Of course the thugs were black.

      If you’re ever mugged, assaulted or raped by an unknown assailant, it’s very likely that the perp looks a lot like Obama.

  • IstvanIN

    Why did he refer to his son as a “freshman”? Is the commissioner sexist? Someone should call him on use of archaic language.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      Freshperson? Person of Fresh Persuasion?

      • IstvanIN

        First year student, get with the PC program!

    • Erasmus

      The commissioner is also a pretty white looking black man…er…black person.

  • Sounds to me that Eaves wishes he could kinda sorta in a way bring back segregation.

    Like I’ve been saying for awhile, blacks who get power over other blacks will salami slice their way almost to full Jim Crow.

    • jane johnson

      Sounds to me like he wishes his kid was smart enough to get into a real college.

    • Sick of it

      The history of Liberia speaks volumes.

  • Conrad

    “… the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities.”
    THAT’S RACIST. He must be in the KKK!
    “Too many African-American boys have access to guns,…’
    Like I said, WE DON’T HAVE A GUN PROBLEM.

  • Extropico

    His depiction of black boys as unable to control their impulses to shoot people, as unable to have the discipline and intellect to finish high school and as unable to avoid prison by being decent, law-abiding citizens is rayciss. I thought I was reading an opinion by a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    Is thug another name for an African-American street criminal? I live in Atlanta. The thugs refer to crimes against college students: Ga Tech, Ga State, Morehouse, et al, as “Apple Picking.” The students live in abject fear. Yet, the mayor and the PD refuse to profile the thugs and go after them.

    • Irishgirl

      A day late and a dollar short? More like 60 years late and trillions of dollars (and countless lives) short!

      • jane johnson

        Plus one sail foam.

  • Luca

    Mr Eaves must have been in a hurry, so I’ll do my share and help finish the article.

    “Too many African-American boys have access to guns, too many of them drop out of high school, too many of them are in prison, and too many of them place little value on the lives of others.” ….too many show no respect for authority , too many are racist, too many are violent, too many are fatherless, too many do drugs, too many are dysfunctional, too many are unsupervised, too many emulate thug/street life, and too many are vulgar low-lifes.

    Hopefully that fixes a few omissions.

  • sbuffalonative

    I have ended my day bewildered as I just learned my son was robbed at gunpoint on the periphery of the Morehouse campus this evening by two thugs who stole his cell phone.

    Do these people honestly believe that black don’t commit crimes? They always seem surprised. I guess that’s what makes a ‘racists’. He know reality.

    • Frans

      Good point! Why was he bewildered? This happens a lot in and around the metro Atlanta area. And that area around Morehouse and GA Tech are notorious.

  • bigone4u

    A black man turns race realist. To him, I say, “Sir, white persons are doing nothing to your race compared to what it is doing to itself. In fact, I tell you honestly that whites wish your son a safe voyage through life because the safer he is the safer we whites are too. The old saying that ‘Idle hands are the devil’s workshop’ applies. Your people need to instill the work ethic in each other and shame the ones who won’t work and commit crimes. That’s for starters. Get back to me when you’ve gotten that accomplished and we’ll talk some more.”

    • Irishgirl

      Nice speech, but I think “You be thugs!” might be more effective – speak to them in their own language if you want them to actually understand.

    • Spartacus

      Why would you want to say anything to him ?

      • bigone4u

        For now, we live in BRA-Black Run America. I would speak to any politician who might be sympathetic to reducing crime, because whatever makes life safer for others makes it safer for me. That said, I wouldn’t expect a little talk with any politician to do much good unless there was something in it for him. That goes double for a black politician.

        • DiversityIsDeath

          I disagree. Blacks don’t run squat. Blacks are promoted and propped up by you-know-who, lurking in the background. THEY run America.

    • Nick Gherz

      Your words would only enter through one ear and leave out the other.

  • APaige

    They needed money to buy skittles and ice tea. (well actually watermelon flavored fruit cocktail)

  • ViktorNN

    And yet if we whites say we are unsafe and would rather not live around blacks, we’re racist and the epitome of all evil.

  • Johnny Squire

    OTHERS, WE, OUR. It’s laughable that blacks can’t publicly denounce the degeneracy of their own people without playing the race card. It must be reflexive.

  • Johnny Squire

    I clicked on the link to Eaves website and got a good laugh. His website has an active bullet-point window that lists his attributes. When I noticed it, the list was showing INCLUSIVE, and continued with INSPIRED, MENTOR, NEGOTIATOR, STRATEGIC THINKER, TEAM PLAYER, VISIONARY, WORLD TRAVELER, ACCESSIBLE, and DIPLOMAT. And then ended with HUMBLE. They left out EGO.

  • [Guest]

    >>>I hope we will begin to change the dialogue of what OTHERS are doing to us and our communities, but we must focus on what WE can do to change the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities.

    A pathologically destructive race cannot change itself. In a nutshell, Chairman John Henry is proposing that blacks cease to be black.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Sorry but this is the same old song and dance by a bro. Yeah now he cares because it happened to HIS kid, but where was his righteousness when white babies are getting shot and little white boys are getting pummeled on school buses. Too little, too late dude. The problem is not ‘others’ or ‘our community’, it’s YOU.

    • saxonsun

      Can you imagine the outrage if the bus driver and the thugs were white and the victim black?!

  • MBlanc46

    “Too many of them in prison”?

    Sounds to me as if it’s not enough.

  • DailyKenn

    After multiple generations of being immersed in Western culture, they are still not pscyologically impressed with civilization. So it was in Africa for thousands of years when blacks had exposure to Greek and Roman culture and many others, yet failed to the sense to adopt the wheel or build a single bridge.

  • JohnEngelman

    I hope we will begin to change the dialogue of what OTHERS are doing to us and our communities, but we must focus on what WE can do to change the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities.

    – John Henry Eaves

    Blacks have had plenty of time to get their act together. They lost the alibi of “white racism” when the civil rights legislation was signed. Since that time they have substantiated the arguments of those who opposed the legislation before it was passed.

  • Ms. Leroy Goldberg

    After watching HGTV and seeing how one could buy a really nice condo for 40K, I figured it out.

  • Erasmus

    It isn’t for lack of sunshine that they call Africa the dark continent.

  • Neuday

    Never a mention of what OTHERS have done for them in a vain attempt to help civilize them. Can’t even teach ’em gratitude.

  • joesolargenius

    The South Africans stated the absolute truth about Blacks when they tried to tell the World that they had to be handled with a firm hand !

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    No, I know exactly what I am saying. Black street criminal call the robbing of whites “Apple Picking” as they are looking for any Apple product.