Mpls, Indianapolis and Chicago at the crossroad
“Murderapolis continues to flourish” was our column headline, September 26, 2011. We, as Chicago, Indianapolis, and other cities, are at a crossroads: Choose between the protection and prosperity for the “helping” bureaucracies or protection and prosperity for those they were established to help?
More trillions for bureaus or for those the bureaus were created to help? “Murderapolis?” Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis and other cities, or not Murderapolis?
As the nation’s attention turns to violence involving guns in Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis, among other cities, proportionality is seen: Each city is on par with the level of gun violence per capita. Why won’t the violence go away?
(1) illegal drugs, especially heroin, an evil driving terrorism in cities like Minneapolis;
(2) a disturbing number of African American males confined to wheelchairs due to shootings and assaults;
(3) attacks on police officers (Indianapolis police officers have been shot at 18 times this year by gunmen firing from ambush);
(4) a reduction in the number of police officers and sheriffs needed;
(5) continue spending of trillions to support the bureaucracies established to help people rather than spending it on helping people excel in education, jobs, and housing; and
(6) all contributing to what seem like policies reflecting a calculated and intentional genocide.
Murders are taking place by any means necessary, especially with guns and knives. Who gets protected? How about baseball? Minneapolis created “clean zones” (clean of Blacks) to protect the city’s $145 million windfall from hosting Major League Baseball’s All Star Game July 15, demonstrating that communities considered valuable receive protection.
One hundred police officers were borrowed from other jurisdictions to keep these zones “clean.” Communities not considered “valuable” do not receive such protection. This emerging debate in Chicago and Indianapolis has made their mayors extremely unpopular with the affected Black and Brown communities.
We hear discussions about getting guns off the street but few about how guns got on the street. It was little discussed at the recent so-called law enforcement summit at the school district HQ in North Minneapolis.
For over 30 years we’ve asked: Are gun manufacturing plants located within affected communities? We know there are no Black people manufacturing weapons. There are no Black people with access to the materials needed to manufacture and market high-powered assault weapons and handguns.
The African American community doesn’t even have a business that manufactures knives. The economic surge in the area of weapons is for Whites. The surge in violence caused by weapons is for Blacks.
This cycle of violence has a “weapons highway” between big Chicago and the little Chicagos like Minneapolis and Indianapolis. These modern trails of broken tears are from communities seeing their future destroyed.
Minneapolis and Indianapolis have not yet reached the point of needing to deploy the National Guard. The African American community needs to be convinced that the system cares and that it has a solution for the preservation of African American lives, now and in the future. We do not enjoy being a doomsday predictor, but one homicide a week and numerous assaults is why we are.
Dreams are dying and fears are rising in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Indianapolis because of these patterns of violence, at the center of which are guns and drugs brought into our communities. We recall the 1985 speech by now-U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters. As a member of the California Assembly, she warned that this problem was rapidly approaching.
People didn’t listen. People didn’t believe. And now we see the consequences of a very calculated plan that threatens the very future of Blacks in America.