The Garden of Good and Evil: Savannah’s Black Crime Problem and the Truth about Amber DeLoach

Her death will not be investigated; we will investigate Savannah’s black crime problem

Something about the story of 18-year-old Savannah native Amber DeLoach and the details surrounding her murder don’t sit right with me.

At all.

She was found more than a month ago in a burning car. Her alleged murderer, 36-year-old Shan Demetrius Cheley, is a world-class poster child of recidivism — he illustrates why America needs much harsher penalties: namely, castration and the immediate expulsion from the rolls of welfare, food stamps, or Section 8 Housing Vouchers of any of their progeny.  The police had him locked away in a Savannah jail for a month, before they charged him with murder. 

Amber was white; Cheley is black. Here’s what Chief Willie Lovett – the first black police chief of Savannah – had to say about how these two “met” [Police chief speaks out about Amber Deloach murder, WBTV, 10-23-2012]

 “He actually met her the night before the murder at a downtown location in passing. He befriended her and it went from there,” Lovett said. Lovett wouldn’t say whether drugs were involved, but he did say Cheley was arrested with cocaine on him. WTOC spoke with a member of Cheley’s family who didn’t want to be identified. “Everytime something happens, they go after a black man. 

Just because he has a history doesn’t mean anything. I don’t know him to be mean, violent, or a bad person,” the family member said.

Again, something doesn’t seem right here. Especially when you consider the history of Savannah and the reality of crime in the city. Luckily, the nonfiction work Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt provides a look at the racial dynamics of Savannah in ways no establishment media Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL) could be expected to write:

The story of blacks in Savannah was, of course, a very different one from that of whites. Slavery was forbidden in Georgia in 1733 (Oglethorpe called it “a horrid crime”), but in 1749 the colony’s Trustees gave into pressure form the settlers and legalized it. Despite a long history of oppression, the 1960s civil rights movement in Savannah was almost entirely nonviolent. Civil rights leaders staged sit-ins at lunch counters, swim-ins at the beach, kneel-ins in churches, and a fifteen-month boycott of segregated stores. Tensions rose, but peace prevailed, largely because of the tireless efforts of a forward-thinking mayor, Malcolm Maclean, and a nonviolent strategy adopted by black leaders, notably W.W Law, the head of the local branch of the NAACP. In 1964, Martin Luther King declared Savannah “the most desegregated city in the South.” In 1980, the population of Savannah was half white and half black. (p.41)

 Interesting history, but what was the reason such so-called “oppression” existed in Savannah and elsewhere when the two racial groups encountered one another and white men (using history and the behavior patterns of blacks as their guide) created laws to protect their life, liberty, property, and posterity? Berendt provides the reason for this on p.332-333:

While Savannah had grown accustomed to receiving compliments for its good looks, the city was thoroughly unprepared for a shockingly negative piece of news about itself that came howling out of the FBI in Washington and resounded around the world. 

 Savannah had achieved the highest per-capita murder rate in the United States the previous year – 54 murders, or 22.6 murders per 100,000 people. Savannah had become the murder capital of America! A stunned Mayor John Rousakis looked at the figures and complained that Savannah had been the victim of a statistical fluke. The numbers reflected murder rates in the metropolitan areas. Unlike most cities, Savannah did not have vast outlying suburbs with thousands of untroubled suburbanites to dilute its murder rate. When the murder rate was confined to actual city limits, Savannah ranked fifteenth in the nation, which was still a troubling distinction for a city that was not even among the country’s hundred largest cities. 

 Intending the clarify the matter, the city manager, Don Mendosa, announced that a breakdown of police showed crime in Savannah “is a black problem.” Nearly half of Savannah’s population was black, he said, but 91 percent of the murderers were black, and 85 percent of the victims were also black. The same was true for rape (89 percent of the offenders and 87 percent of the victims were black). Ninety-four percent of assaults and 95 percent of the robberies involved black offenders. The city manager was not a racist. He expressed compassionate concern for dealing with the root causes – 12. 1 percent unemployment among blacks, compared with 4.7 for whites, and similar disparities in school-dropout rates, teenage pregnancies, unwed mothers, and family income. 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:The book let’s us know almost all crime (rape, murder, assaults, robbery) in Savannah is black

What the ….?  Crime is completely a black problem in Savannah; it could be argued that without a black population, crime would be virtually non-existent in the city. Now do you begin to understand why white flight exists?; why restrictive covenants once worked to keep black people from buying property in white neighborhoods?

The now-majority black city council holds meetings to discuss the problem of black-on-black crime and it works a racial-bloc to ensure that things go “their way” in a city under complete black-rule for the first ever [A diverse and divided city

 It signaled a shift into another age of Savannah’s history, one marked by a city governed by its new black majority. 

One that will require the former white majority to learn how to operate as a minority. It is a shift that is happening not only in Savannah, but also across the country. 

It was a slow progression. Savannah’s black residents became the majority in the 1990 Census. In 1995, the city elected Floyd Adams Jr. as the city’s first black mayor. 

By the November 1999 elections, council had its first black majority when Edna Jackson, now mayor pro tem, was elected at large and became the fifth black member of council. Doug Bachtel, a University of Georgia professor specializing in demographics, points to two underlying changes that shift a city’s population to majority black. 

“White flight” came first after school desegregation. Middle- and upper-income white families left the city, moving onto the islands and west Chatham and later out into Effingham and Bryan counties for better schools. The next exodus is called “bright flight” and was triggered when upper- and middle-class African-American residents left for the same reasons: Fear of crime and the desire for better schools and newer homes.

Whites leave a city when it becomes untenable to live there, when the state no longer actively protects their interests but has been subverted to promote the interests of Black America. Black political solidarity is to be commended, expected even, and applauded in a progressive kind of manner; white political solidarity is immediately a harbinger of insidious actions, to be chastised, with all white people taught by the new state that they must wear garlic and carry wooden stakes in case it ever shows its face in daylight again.

What does all this have to do with Amber? Simple: any white person who lives in Savannah is aware of the inherent dangerous involved in visiting any area where they are visibly the minority. The reality of the black monopoly on crime in Savannah is well-known, and 36-year-old Shan Demetrius Cheley looks like a perfect candidate to be featured on A&E’s First 48 show. 

There was an article from the Christian Science Monitor, published back in 2003, that detailed the savagery in the black community that is as common as backyard picnics and trick-or-treating in white communities [Amid moss and murder, Savannah mobilizes, 6-3-2003]

A few blocks from Savannah’s historic squares and horse-drawn-carriage routes lies a world that Jason Johnson, the rap artist “Camoflauge,” knew all too well – a backwater of dingy housing projects haunted by drugs and the echo of gunshots. For “Down by the River” and other songs, the city was Mr. Johnson’s inspiration. It was also his downfall. 

On May 19, the “thug life” he rapped about caught up with him: A lone bullet killed the dreadlocked rapper as he walked outside his studio, Pure Pain, carrying his infant son. The boy was unhurt. 

Johnson’s death was the third of four murders in five days, all in a muggy Gothic city swathed in as much myth as moss. Then, after nine days of calm, a fifth man was killed outside a nightclub Friday. It’s a homicidal streak that police call “exceptionally unusual” for these sleepy streets. 

In one way, the spree illustrates how America’s hip-hop wars have jumped the borders of New York and Los Angeles – and leapt into the sleepiest corners of the South. But from vigils to funerals to late-night summits in church rectories, Savannah’s black community is reacting to violence with vigor. The aim: Not just to end the current shooting spree, but to make sure disillusioned African-American kids, here and elsewhere, have a chance for careers beyond despair. 

“This is a time of violence, but it’s also a time of opportunity,” says Rev. Thurmond Tillman of the First African Baptist Church. 

A Gothic city and an old opportunity gap 

For Savannah’s black community, behind the stately Georgian architecture and moss-laden squares, Camo-flauge’s death marks a deep cultural disparity between Savannah’s poor blacks and wealthier whites. Black youth, many here say, have few options for advancement, and some have begun to lose hope for the future.

An opportunity gap? That stately Georgian architecture, moss-laden squares, and the bustling commercial area of Savannah known as River Street (Riverfront) all exists because of white people, and it is their descendants who now abandon the city to black-rule. It has nothing to do with a cultural disparity; it’s simply a racial disparity.

In the absence of white political control and a white majority to keep taxes (both through business and private taxes) flowing and property value high, black-controlled Savannah reverts to… the same type of civilization found in black-controlled Birmingham or Detroit.

Black-run Savannah is a nightmare, resembling black-run Macon, and, tragically, black-run Atlanta. Amber is another death, but her death is a statistic in a nameless war that is being waged across the nation, just another white casualty in a nation that is quickly subverting to the type of culture the racial group in charge of that certain geographic area/city is capable of producing.

Blacks in Savannah are incapable of holding aloft or maintaining the civilizational standards set by whites, who now flee for the safety of a city controlled/populated by people who… aren’t black.

The name Amber DeLoach will be little remembered and long forgotten when the last white families are finally forced to leave the stately homes in the Historic District of Savannah, the crushing tax burden of propping up an 85 percent black city (and having armed guards patrol the property) making it impossible to live there.

But there’s something incredibly rotten in the story of her death; it’s too bad the stench of black political control of Savannah is an even more odiferous problem (one that can’t be publicly debated). WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC



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