|Celebrating the murder-free Black Expo in Indianapolis!|
Maybe I should never have mentioned the name Brittney Watts. Her story will never be told in a text book or classrooms to make young Black children feel guilty for the way fellow Black people once acted; her death will be quickly forgotten by all but her husband, family, and close friends while the entire Atlanta establishment (including police) does everything possible to quickly forget it and act like it never happened. In court, the killer will probably have his lawyer plea the charges down, serve some time and get out in 10-15 years.
The shooter, Nkosi Thandiwe, also shot two other white girls as he escaped (Lauren Garcia and Tiffany Ferenczy), but who cares, right? Just a coincidence that they were both all white. Described as “respectful” by a neighbor, one is left numb knowing that the three shot by Thandiwe (and one dead) could have been your daughter or sister; wife or friend.
In reading the online stories about Watts, I thought about my friends who live and work in major cities throughout America and refuse to acknowledge the reality of Black criminality. Perhaps the best story I can find that explains the reality of Black criminality and their propensity to violence comes courtesy of Indianapolis where Black leaders, police, and city officials are CONGRATULATING themselves that the 2011 Black Expo was violence free:
The final weekend of Indiana Black Expo’s 41st annual Summer Celebration drew thousands of people Downtown to participate in activities ranging from concerts to a health fair, from a celebrity basketball game to a community worship service.
But many may ultimately remember this year’s event most for what didn’t happen: There was no repeat of the Saturday night violence and gunfire that have marred the closing weekend of recent Summer Celebrations, including an eruption last year that left 10 black youths wounded in three separate shootings.
Although none of the shootings or fights was directly connected to Summer Celebration events or venues, the annual celebration of black culture that attracts more than 200,000 people Downtown during its 11-day run has been inescapably tied to the violence. The escalation of problems — particularly on the final Saturday night — has been enough to scare some people away. But a massive police presence, coupled with citizen patrols and the reconfiguring of some event times and locations, appears to have been an effective deterrent this year.
Indianapolis police reported 26 arrests, 13 traffic citations and five curfew violations from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday. “There were no reported incidents of gun violence or gun-related activity,” said Sgt. Linda Jackson, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman.
Vernon Williams, IBE spokesman, said officials hope it is a turnaround that will carry over to future Summer Celebrations and help erase the taint of past violence.
“We’re just extremely gratified,” Williams said, “that there were no serious incidents last night.”
He said several factors contributed to the turnaround. He cited a concerted, cooperative effort between police and Black Expo officials and the help of faith leaders, who mustered several hundred volunteers to monitor activity on the streets on Friday and Saturday nights.
Relocating the popular celebrity basketball game to the Indiana Convention Center from Conseco Fieldhouse was another positive change, Williams said. That kept attendees under one roof, so fewer young people roamed the streets getting from one venue to another, he said, and it “encouraged more parents to come into the convention center for other events instead of just dropping their kids off.”
“There is no doubt about it that Mayor Ballard and the Police Department did a great job,” Williams said. “We are very, very grateful for the way they stepped up and assured our citizens and visitors safe travel in and around the Downtown.”
In a statement issued Sunday, Ballard said that “thousands of visitors to Downtown Indianapolis this weekend enjoyed events filled with activities for families and children, and they did so in an atmosphere of peace achieved with the tremendous support of our partners.
“I commend the Indiana Black Expo organizers, Summer Celebration participants, Ten Point Coalition and the many officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police for their efforts working together to make the security surrounding this year’s Summer Celebration a success.”
While the police presence was very strong — IMPD spokeswoman Jackson said she could not say Sunday how many officers were Downtown — Williams said it was not too much.
“When you need to get things done on a serious level, you need to take serious steps,” he said. “We wanted to make this a time when families and children and adults can come Downtown without fear, and they did that. I don’t think any well-meaning person was bothered by the strong police presence. In fact, I would say it was comforting.”
Tracy Williams, 44, Cincinnati, was among those happy to see the added police. Williams, who was attending his 14th Summer Celebration with his wife, their three children and his mother-in-law, said he had been concerned about safety at times in the past.
“This time I wasn’t,” he said. “It was a lot different this year — I think they succeeded very well in keeping things under control.”
Terry Jones, 33, Indianapolis, spent Saturday night at the Westin with two friends who came to town from Fort Wayne for the celebration. The added police presence Saturday night, he said, “made me feel protected.”
As she waited for others to sign up for the health fair screenings Sunday, Tiffany Parker, 30, Indianapolis, said she was happy to hear there were no serious problems Saturday. But Parker said she still prefers to come with her kids on Sunday.
“It’s not crowded like Saturday,” she said. “There are just too many kids running around unsupervised.”
Debra Majors, 56, Avon, attended Summer Celebration events Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Majors said she is attracted by the special events, such as Friday night’s free concert, the health fair and Sunday’s praise service. She also enjoys reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances.
“I like seeing old friends I haven’t seen in a long time,” she said. “It is almost like a family reunion.”
Majors said the violence that has marred past events has troubled her because it distracts from all the good things that Summer Celebration has to offer.
“It did bother me that a few people cause problems when so many people are here to enjoy themselves,” she said. “I’m really glad there weren’t problems this year.”
Laura Walker, 86, Indianapolis, attended the morning worship service Sunday before heading to tour the exhibition hall displays — as she has done every year since Summer Celebration began. Although she was pleased by the lack of problems in the streets outside the convention center, Walker said some of it has been overhyped.
“A lot of things have been blown out of proportion — and it really is not due to Expo,” she said. “To me, this is one of the most educational opportunities people can have.”
Even a pair of Indianapolis teens, who saw their last-Saturday-of-Expo-night routine changed, admitted it was — ultimately — a good thing.
“It was totally different this year,” Amani Walton, 17, said of the scene Downtown. “There were so many police that you couldn’t hardly breathe. And they split us up from our friends because they weren’t letting big groups go into the mall and other places.”
Jordanna Andrews, 17, who was volunteering with Walton at the health fair Sunday, gave the added security mixed reviews.
“The last couple of years, there were a lot more people out on the streets,” she said. “When you’re young, you want to be around a lot of people, checking them out and having fun. But as long as nobody got shot, it’s a good thing.”
Yes! Efforts to turn Indianapolis into a police state during the 41st Black Expo paid off! Allocating unbelievable amounts of resources to keep Black people from killing each other (as they did in 2010) by dedicating more than 500 police officers to maintaining the peace worked! And these weren’t Black criminals mind you, just Black people coming to Indianapolis to celebrate whatever it is you celebrate at a Black Expo.
An army of “Faith Walkers” kept the city streets in Indy, because without adult supervision, Black people can’t be trusted!:
The faith walkers are part of the latest and most intensive effort to thwart the violence that has marred the Summer Celebration in recent years. They will coordinate with police and are prepared to intervene before violence erupts.
“We won’t jump in the middle of any trouble. We’re not there to act as police, we’re there to act as a deterrent,” Alonzo Graham, a faith walker who will be on the streets tonight, said earlier this week. “If we see something, we’ll catch it. If we are too late, we’ll call 911.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers are out in force, too. As in past years, the department canceled vacations to have additional officers walking beats Downtown. They’ll be looking for gang activity, concealed weapons and other potential problems.
Deputy Chief William Benjamin last week said officers visited the homes of 70 known gang members to tell them in person that police are watching them and violence would not be tolerated this weekend.
Oh happy day! Now we know how to keep major cities from descending into violence; have 24-hour surveillance in the form of low-altitude, hovering blimps and dedicate hundreds of officers (damn the cost!) to making sure Black people don’t kill each other.
That the Indianapolis Star actually published this article shows how far America has fallen and how completely subservient we have become to Black people that we have to celebrate a violence free weekend.
I started Stuff Black People Don’t Like as a joke; I decided to take on the name “Paul Kersey” because it represents something, elemental; when I heard the news of Watts’ death (while on a trip to Atlanta) from one of her friends, I can only hope that the emotions I felt were replicated by those who knew her closely.
Reading the Indy Star and seeing that people are happy that the allocation of immense resources (police, volunteers, etc.) into keeping Black people from engaging in violence at the Black Expo puts a smile on my face for all the wrong reasons.
This is the last I’ll write about Brittney Watts. Like so many other parents, family members and friends throughout America who believe their loved one was killed, raped, or brutalized in an isolated incident, I can only share this:
These horrible mob attacks must be viewed in the larger context of interracial violence in America. Department of Justice statistics show that 33% of white murder victims are killed by a non-white while only 8% of black murder victims are killed by a non-black. Even greater disparities exist in violent crime and robbery. The disparity in interracial crime is certainly indicative of some form of extremism, racial hostility, or selective targeting. The mobs reflect something worse: organized and widespread anti-white ethnic violence.
In the United States in 2005, 37,460 white females were sexually assaulted or raped by a black man, while between zero and ten black females were sexually assaulted or raped by a white man.
What this means is that every day in the United States, over one hundred white women are raped or sexually assaulted by a black man.
Brittney Watts is just another name in a long – invisible to most people – list of individuals who have been the victim of a Black-on-white attack. She could have been the biggest liberal in the world; voted for Barack Obama and had “Black friends,” but in the end, she died at the hands of an individual that will help make those rates of interracial crime go up further.
A belated congratulations again to Indianapolis and to the patron of the 41st Black Expo who refrained from shooting one another! What little economic impact you brought to the city was completely offset by the need for the Indy police to erect a police state on your behalf to keep you from killing one another.
So rest in peace Mrs. Watts. In a week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution will have forgotten about your story, while CNN and asinine shows will continue telling us about Casey Anthony and how she is hiding to ‘protect herself’ from ravenous individuals that these same shows like Nancy Grace have created.
No television show created SBPDL or the people who come here; the reality of 21st century American life did.