Don’t Get Detroit-ed: The Norfolk Edition

Norfolk: Home to not just a 100-on-2 Black/white Mahogany Mob attack, but
some of the worst rates of Black criminality in America

Norfolk. Home to what can only be described as a “massive” coverup by the Virginian-Pilot; 100 Black people attacking two whites (Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami, both employees of that paper) and yet, this failed to make the news for two weeks.

It’s a safe bet that (considering that 90 percent of Black kids will be on EBT/Food Stamps in their lifetime) that many of those 100 Black people who participated in this Mahogany Mob attack are on EBT: in Norfolk, 32 percent of Black people were on EBT/Food Stamps in 2009.

Do you want to wager that some of the 100 Black people who participated in this Mahogany Mob attack on two whites – that the Virginian-Pilot covered-up – had parents who were at Virginia Beach in 1989 during the Labor Day weekend Greekfest (a Black sorority and fraternity party)? It was that festival – on a beach where Black people were once barred (apparently for good reason) – that required the National Guard to put an end to the Blackness that threatened the towns stability and peace:

Soldiers holding machine guns stood on street corners. Plywood covered more than 100 shattered storefronts, shards of glass sparkling on the sidewalk. 

It looked like a hurricane had struck a 10 -block stretch of Atlantic Avenue.
In a way, it had. 

Hours earlier, a Labor Day weekend college party known as Greekfest, which attracted thousands of students from historically black colleges and universities, had gone horribly awry. 

While many in image-conscious Virginia Beach prefer to relegate Sept. 3, 1989, to the annals of history, its legacy endures. 

Two decades later, black tourists still shy away from Virginia Beach. Only recently has the city seen success attracting black-oriented conventions.

Norfolk is 47 percent white (four percent of whites are on EBT/Food Stamps as of 2009) and 43 percent Black. 17.92 % of all personal income for those dwelling in Norfolk comes from government benefits; one needn’t be an economist to ascertain just who is receiving the bulk of these handouts.

Crime in Norfolk – one of the most dangerous cities in America – is entirely monopolized by those Black citizens whose Mahogany Mob attack on two Virginian-Pilot reporters was unworthy of reporting on when it happened:

In fact, of the 30 homicide victims in Norfolk last year, 28 were African American. Charged in those cases were 24 black suspects and one white, according to a police spokesman. 

The percentage of African-American killings and suspects are disproportionately high in a city where whites are 47 percent of the population and blacks 43 percent.
In Virginia Beach last year, blacks were victims in 11 of 15 homicides. Black suspects were charged in seven cases involving black victims.

And (yet another Virginian-Pilot story provided by resident Token Black editorial writer Roger Chesley) this, a story which shows a criminal disparity exists in Norfolk between white and Blacks because Blacks commit more crime and are, subsequently, punished for it:

Of the entire population of youths ages 10 to 17 in Norfolk that year, blacks represented 53 percent and whites 39 percent. At intake into the criminal system, 78 percent of the youths cited were black, 18 percent were white. By the time cases were transferred to criminal prosecution, Bilchik said, 93 percent were black and only 5 percent white. 

The city of Norfolk has already taken strides to keep low-risk juvenile suspects from being held by authorities, said Norfolk Circuit Judge Jerrauld C. Jones. He’s the former state delegate who helped write legislation in the 1990s that reformed the state’s juvenile justice system.

The most dangerous area of Norfolk is in Ward 3, home to Alexander Street. As you might expect, it’s almost 100 percent Black:

City Councilman Paul R. Riddick, whose funeral home is just around the corner on Norview Avenue, said Alexander Street went bad around 1980 when a Virginia Beach couple named Donald and Maria Burrus, both drug dealers, were strangled in a house in the 6200 block. Another drug dealer, Henry L. Joyce, pleaded guilty after he led police to their bodies in a wooded area of Virginia Beach in 1984. 

“The whole street needs to be redeveloped,” Riddick said . “The housing authority and the city need to recognize that this is one of the worst spots in Norfolk, and we need to go in, acquire properties and change the whole landscape.”

Although some officials, including Vice Mayor Anthony L. Burfoot, have brought up Alexander Street, “it has not been at the forefront,” Riddick said. Ulysses Turner said he’s questioned why the city doesn’t do more to penalize landlords who don’t properly maintain rental properties. 

“Alexander Street has not had a direct impact on our condo complex because we have a fenced-in community and it’s gated and it’s well-lit, but for those who go to the Internet and look at crime in the community, that impacts our ability to get quality clients,” Turner said. “No street in our city should have the kind of problems that we have on Alexander Street.”

And if you were wondering, the Hampton Roads metro area (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News) has some of the highest STDs rates in the nation. And yes, those numbers are courtesy of Black people:

Hampton Roads has some of the highest sexually transmitted disease rates in the nation. 

It had the second-highest rate of chlamydia cases among U.S. metropolitan areas and third-highest rate of gonorrhea cases, according to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Eastern Virginia has the highest percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS in the state.

“We have a significant local epidemic,” said Dr. Edward Oldfield, director of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s infectious disease division. 

That means people here are at a higher risk of infection — that engaging in unprotected sex is riskier here than it is in other parts of the country, Oldfield said. Once an infectious disease gets into a community, it spreads more easily here than it would elsewhere. 

Oldfield, who’s director of nine HIV clinics in Hampton Roads, says they see one newly diagnosed person a day on average. They’re treating about 2,000 people at clinics in Williamsburg, Gloucester County, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Chesapeake. 

Who’s at risk? 

More black Virginians than whites were diagnosed with HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, the four sexually transmitted diseases tracked by the Virginia Department of Health. Black residents made up about 62 percent of the HIV diagnoses in 2009. 

Between 2005 and 2009, black residents made up 63 percent of syphilis diagnoses, 76 percent of gonorrhea diagnoses and 55 percent of chlamydia diagnoses, according to the state health department. 

Newport News tied with Virginia Beach for the third-highest percentage of diagnosed cases of chlamydia in the state between 2005 and 2009, at 7 percent. Norfolk had the highest at 9 percent. 

Norfolk had the second-highest percentage of gonorrhea diagnoses in the state in 2009 at 11 percent, followed by Newport News at 8 percent. 

The number of people diagnosed with syphilis in Virginia has increased every year since 2005, hitting 547 in 2009. Norfolk, at 12 percent, is tied with Richmond for the highest percentage of people diagnosed with syphilis in the state between 2005 and 2009. About 5 percent of the state’s cases were in Newport News. 

About 10 percent of the people infected with HIV or AIDS in the state live in Norfolk, making it the city or county with the second-highest percentage of people living with HIV or AIDS in the state, according to 2010 health department figures, which were released last month.

Norfolk. The Hampton Roads area. Home to one of the more hilarious examples of Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (the Greekfest Black fraternity and sorority riot of 1989): Norfolk’s Black population.

But don’t worry, the Virginian-Pilot has no problem covering up for any of the problems that the 43 percent Black population of Norfolk brings to the city.

Norfolk is on the verge of being Detroit-ed. No. Not just Norfolk. All of America.



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