Hi Roger! I have to respectfully disagree with you. Abdul is being played by giving cover to a fair share of closted bigots/racists out there. Talk of martial law and "sucks-to-be-you-go-get-a-job-at-burger- king" rhetoric accomplishes what? A: nothing. I'll even go as far to say that most of the respondents don't live anywhere near center township, yet they have all of the answers, please! give me a break! More to the point there are institutional problems that need to be addressed ASAP i.e. increased police presence (neighborhoods, schools, social events), stricter curfews, community outreach and a real effort toward establishing safe/enterprise zones in these "hotspot" areas. If that approximates martial law then so be it...The mayor, the council and the public safety director appear clueless when they stand before the public... This is no time for partisanship and rancor...it's time to be tough but smart, you can do both right?
First off, Abdul is not being 'played'. He is not blaming race as the players would, but social conditions in the inner city. Whether they 'use' him or not, is not his problem. He tells
it 'like it is'. And Abdul did say there were indeed 'innocent' bystanders.
Abdul has to fend off 'feminists' (who say a mom can raise a kid on her own), penny pinchers (who don't adequately fund inner city schools), and a culture of violence (where kids use retribution and revenge as a way of solving problems). A complete lack of social events and structured activities for black youth can lead to aimlessness and gangs. Drugs are part of the mix and needs to be addressed. High school drop out rates do not foster job skills and knowledge. And unemployment is a factor of concern. No jobs equals no money.
Erika D. Smith of the Indy Star also writes about these issues and she and Adbul are news media people pointing out some of the problems for the general public.
Citizens should also read The Indianapolis Recorder for further concern about Indy's violent crime rate.
As a community we need to devote a lot of energy, ideas and money, to making Indy a safe place for everyone.
Honestly Abdul! You lay claim to such high moral ground but for the love of god man, you are a professional content provider! There are 13 year old kids in Mumbai doing this, I mean really!how hard can it be? You must know, there's nothing tangible from this endeavor other than words out in the ether. You continually lament the takers in our society, yet upon further examination you really don't make anything yourself. For all of your bluster and opinions the end result is nothing more than a lot of wind and Co2. Yep nothing really substantantive, no tangilble results, no solutions unless initiating marshall law qualifies..nothing! Let's hear some solutions for crying out loud...
Mr. Shabazz, You don't address the substance of my complaint - you just dismiss it by accusing me and others as being "worse than the criminals." I've never shot anyone or collected any social services either.
I don't mean to disrespect you and I don't think you're a bad guy. But it saddens me that you use your voice in the community to relentlessly attack and dehumanize the poor and powerless. That's a very cowardly thing to do in my opinion.
I think you went to far with your perverse moralizing this week by implying there are no "truly innocent" victims of violent crime. That is every bit as wrong and backwards as the victim shaming in the Steubenville Rape Case.
Your merciless brand of social justice sounds more in tune with the policies of Taliban-era Afghanistan than any modern thriving democracy.
And who thinks 16 y/o kids making kids is cool? Oh yea public schools and communities that won't shame children when they misbehave. Remember "We have to teach children about sex so they wont get pregnant too young" ? Exactly how is that liberal idea working out?
There are innocent victims here. Did anyone stop to notice that the 16-year-old kid's name is Monquize Edwards, Sr? He has a small child, that will now grow up without a father. A child that will grow up believing that violence is the societal norm, seeing as his father was murdered on a downtown street. A child that statistics say is very likely to repeat the mistakes of his father. What are we going to do as a community to break the cycle for Monquize Edwards, Jr?
Let's see, I never shot anyone or cost the taxpayers money and I'm the bad guy? Really?! Some of you are worse than the criminals.
Your columns are offensively and dangerously ignorant sir. You really think violent crime has more to do with "the use of the n-word like it's going out of style" than it does the criminalization of drug culture? It's irresponsible of Nuvo to publicize your incompetent tirades.
Because it would make more sense for a commentator not to say anything.
You do realize that you are giving cover to closet racists who in any other forum/setting would discount you as nothing more than an uppity n-word. Your Facebook page is littered with comments from people who are seizing the opportunity to spew thinly veiled vitriole when they want to full throated bigot/racist. You're getting played man!
Right on the money!
Here's the thing. We always think black shot equals innocent black. I'll bet there are a lot of good law abiding blacks who would love to have someone run the thugs, of any color, out of their neighborhoods. But any attempt at a real fix would just bring black preachers screaming race.
The "Cure" starts in the home as children. Teaching respect for others and taking responsibility for ones own actions. Don't expect the authorities or the community to attempt to fix a problem that starts with the parents.
There are a few steps From Anger to Apathy.LIke Covert Hostility-The Internalized anger person-then grief to Apathy.However there are steps in the other direction from Anger to antagonist to mild interest to Enthusiastic for their Future and their True worth.Lets go up scales not down to Apathy-cause Death is below that one.donnie harold harris-Ps It is our people not those people....
I believe we are already on the path of anger to apathy, especially as long as "those people" keep killing each other and keep it in their own neighborhoods. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case.
This is the attitude of the Cause. Not the attitude of a Cure.I am shocked at this belief.
Great piece.. The range from anger to apathy.. I think that is how most people feel.
So our poors need to be more like the third world poors? They should be their role models. And this will improve America? ok, got it.
Actually if you poked me with a fork I would ooze of a very well-done Cowboy Ribeye Steak, mushrooms and asparagus. At least that's what I had for dinner last night at Ruth's Chris. It's amazing what you can eat when you actually work for a living.
Abdul, please tell us more about obesity--seeing as how you're an expert. And by expert, I mean that if I poked you with a dinner fork, I'm pretty sure gravy would shoot out of your nose. What is the alternative to food assistance, Abdul? Should we just let people in this country starve to death? It's o.k. for the government to give rich white guys billions of dollars in bailouts but not so when it comes to helping people with basic food needs?
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