Comments: Black Men United

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
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