Messenger ends it subjunctively:
If only the city can make sure crimes such as the one that took Hill’s life aren’t commonplace.
That’s what AFFH is for. Making these crimes commonplace in the suburbs instead of the city.
If only the publicity from such crimes doesn’t scare people away.
That’s what Jim Clyburn’s daughter is up to, to make sure there is no publicity. And in case any news about black crime slips through the cracks, Tony Messenger will make sure that he screams even louder about white racism so that we can’t remember the news about black crime.
Sixteen years ago, one of Sharon’s colleagues and good friends, Joyce Belrose, was brutally killed in a carjacking at the West County Center mall in Des Peres. It was a killing every bit as horrific and unexpected as Brandi Hill’s last month. But people didn’t stop going to the mall.
I remember that. At that time, a bus line that ran from Downtown then along Chouteau and Manchester ended at West County Center, and I suspect that had something to do with this carjacking. True, people didn’t stop going to the mall, but go to many malls these days and you’re going to see a lot of shuttered fronts, and the mall that still has all of its major anchor tenant space filled is lucky. Though the mahogany mobs and black crime aren’t wholly responsible for that.