Here’s a Suggestion

16 01 2018

Downtown

P-D:

Blacks killing blacks is problem African-Americans have to address, St. Louis public safety director says

Jimmie Edwards, the city’s new public safety director, did not waste time getting to his point.

“This message is for black folk,” Edwards said during remarks Monday at the annual downtown ceremony honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Of the city’s 205 murders last year, 204 of the victims were African-Americans, Edwards said. “One hundred percent of the people that were caught and accused of those crimes were African-Americans. We have to address that. We cannot go forward and continue King’s dream unless we look in the mirror and address that problem. That’s a problem that’s on us.”

Here’s a suggestion: The next time some gentle giant tries to kill a cop and the cop has to shoot the gentle giant in order to save his own life, and one of the gentle giant’s friends comes through with some cock-and-bull story about the gentle giant being knelt on the ground with his hands up, a story totally unsupported by physical or forensic evidence, don’t make a big deal of it. That way, there won’t be any riots, and then there won’t be any post-rioting Ferguson Effect.

McMillan, who deviated from the script a bit, said to Krewson after her remarks: “The two best things you have done in this past year of your service as mayor are sitting right here,” McMillan said, pointing to Edwards and Hayden.

Lyda’s two big personnel calls during her first year as mayor have both been black men. Who could have predicted that? Other than anyone and everyone.

And Kim Gardner, the city’s first African-American circuit attorney, said the biggest problem the city has “is fighting against the status quo.”

Irony alert: Soros funded her campaign.

And what’s with this bit about “fighting against the status quo?” What’s the “status quo” in this city? The true news answer is that the status quo is the gentry neoliberal power elite for which Lyda fronts as mayor.

Claire was also in attendance:

McCaskill said that “every time I start feeling sorry for myself about how hard it is, every time I think this is just too hard,” she turns to Freeman’s book, which highlights her pioneering career, including as lead attorney in the landmark court case Davis v. St. Louis Housing Authority. The case, filed in federal court in 1952, led to the end of racial segregation in public housing in St. Louis.

Go to the corner of Jefferson and Cass to see how that worked out. Yes, one may infer from the hyphenated name of the old Pruitt-Igoe projects that it was supposed to be segregated. Pruitt was for Wendell Pruitt, a WWII Tuskegee Airman ace, obviously the Pruitt half was supposed to be black, and Igoe for a long time white Congressman in the area, it was the white half. But the Davis case ended that, and in practicality, the “integrated” P-I was almost all black, and went downhill two years after it opened.

In related news:

American children are 60% more likely to die before their 20s than kids in other wealthy countries

Children born in the United States are more likely to die before 20 years old than kids in other wealthy nations, according to new research.

A study revealed that the US has the worst childhood mortality rate compared to 19 other developed countries with children of all ages dying more often since the 1980s.

Researchers found that the main cause of death in American teens was gun violence followed by car accidents, while infants are 76 percent more likely to die than those in other countries.

Despite the US spending more in health care than other nations, experts suggest that keeping kids alive would require the input of multiple sectors.

Who is in more hurry to keep 19-year old gang banging N’Deshawntavious alive? Who really equates his murder, which he mostly bought on himself, probably because he did his fair share of murdering in his short life, with some infant dying of SIDS?

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16 01 2018
PJ

Pruitt-Igoe would probably still be there if it were still segregated. Instead it was the biggest disaster in all the urban planning textbooks.

Kind of a metaphor for Jim Crow itself. Except the disaster is not limited to Jefferson & Cass in our sleepy burb.

16 01 2018
countenance

The Igoe half might still be there, the Pruitt, though….

16 01 2018
countenance

Third picture in the photo collage. Buffalo Soldiers sweater. So we’re bragging about killing Indians? What about intersectionality?

23 01 2018
Dr Duke

Have you heard?
Pruitt Igoe has been retconned.
Yup it failed due to punitive public welfare policies & a paternalistic and cash-strapped Housing Authority;

You can get the inspirational story here for $26
I suspect you could save your money and just say “It is whitey’s fault”
http://www.pruitt-igoe.com/the-pruitt-igoe-myth/

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