April 29, 2015

Black Men United

Fascinating.

Backup link: https://youtu.be/0HaaRZ8nxd4

This is the right way to get #JusticeForFreddieGray

"Stop hurtin' us so we can just live our life and keep goin."

(Booker T. Washington would be proud as hell of that one.)

"Just because we're black and we have flags on people assume we're gonna hurt somebody."

"We can come together as a unit. And be unified. And be peaceful."

"They won't tell you the good side of what we're doing in these communities."

And I missed the one about how the way they're portrayed in the media is "bad for our image."

Well, there is this small matter of past behavior predicting future behavior. But can this be a lasting change? We can only Hope.


H/T: 9 Signs of Human Decency in War-Torn Baltimore

"War-torn."

UPDATED 18:20 EDT, 5/01: From NYT's Ron Nixon, April 27, 2015:

One of the Crips members, who called himself Charles, wearing a red Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose T-shirt, said the gang members had taken to the street because "there is only so far that you can push people into a corner."

"We're frustrated," he continued, "and that's why we're out there in the streets."

Then he described how he and some Bloods had stood in front of black-owned stores to protect them from looting or vandalism. He said they had made sure no black children, or reporters, were hit by rioters. They pointed them toward Chinese- and Arab-owned stores. Charles said Mr. Gray had brought gangs together.

"I rolled over here on a truck, and I was the only Crip and everybody else was Bloods. And they didn't do anything to me. We're together in this." [emphasis mine]

Together - and peaceful - but only with other black men. Color me unsurprised that my first impression was excessively rosy.

From the other side Posted by JohnGalt at April 29, 2015 2:29 PM

We need to recruit a better crop of anarchists around here. (A less-than-flowery Review Corner of Hans Hermann Hoppe's newest is slated for Sunday).

A good anarchist could make the case for the Bloods' agency, their filling a market need, and their providing a social structure in Baltimore. I can almost see it but my heart is not in it.

I cannot see into these young men's hearts but suspect their civic pride might be a fraction opportunistic; telling a reporter what she wants to hear is never really bad PR.

We've had a spate of gang violence in the Denver community of Park Hill where I was born and raised. I find it difficult to accept them as contributing to the protection of rights in their community.

I'd sure like to be wrong and lose this argument.

Posted by: jk at April 29, 2015 6:58 PM

The interesting part is how this episode is so disruptive to the usual order of things that it can provoke this sort of shift in attitude. It's comparable to the effect on political divides after 9/11.

And the gang bangers aren't denouncing the police, or white people, or even the media. They are denouncing the idea that they are associated with the violent element that seeks to tear down the city.

They may engage in crime as a matter of course, but they are by and large social crimes, i.e. drug trade, maybe prostitution. Decriminalize these things and you're looking at entrepreneurial capitalists. Reform government aid to unwed mothers and they'll also become heads of households or, better yet, fathers.

But no, we wouldn't want any of that would we. But THEY would. They're practically demanding it. They just don't know the words to use. They're mad as hell, and they're not gonna take it anymore.

"Stop hurtin' us so we can just live our life and keep goin."

Amen.

Posted by: johngalt at April 30, 2015 11:47 AM | What do you think? [2]