New Trend? Detroit Residents Arm Themselves

New Trend? Detroit Residents Arm Themselves, Say Police Wont Protect Them, But Is It Wise?
Via Clutch Magazine by Britni Danielle on 2/9/12

020512-news-detroit-vigilantes-3-ss-662w-640x465.jpgRetired cop James Jackson, left, and Keith Hines are citizen-patrol partners in Jefferson-Chalmers, Detroit. Photo via The Daily

The days of the wild, wild west when citizens would take up arms and protect their families from bandits seems like a theme of the past, but a growing trend among Detroit residents finds that many are turning to Second Amendment solutions to counteract a lack of police assistance.
According to a new article by the online newspaper, The Daily, justifiable homicide rates in Detroit increased by 79 percent in 2011 (from 19 people killed in 2010 to 34 people in 2011) as many residents have armed themselves to make up for a lack of police protection. Unable to rely on a police force stricken by budget cuts and layoffs (there are just 3000 officers to protect a city of 700,000), self-defense killings in the city are at an all-time high and are 2,200 percent higher than the national average.
One resident, Julia Brown, likened the uptick in armed residents to the Old West.
We got to have a little Old West up here in Detroit. Thats what its gonna take, Brown informed The Daily. The 73-year-old woman told the paper the last time she called the police, they didnt show up until the next day. After that, she applied for a permit to carry a gun, vowing not to be a victim of the troublemakers who are terrorizing her neighborhood.
I dont intend to be one of their victims, she said. Im planning on taking one out.
Brown isnt the only one thinking of taking the law into her own hands.
The Daily reports:
One high-ranking official in the county legal system, speaking to The Daily, said the rise in justifiable homicides mirrors a local court system thats increasingly lenient of the practice.
Its a lot more acceptable now to get your own retribution, the official said. And the justice system in the city is a lot more understanding if people do that. Its becoming a part of the culture.
Detroiters are arming themselves with shotguns and handguns and buying guard dogs. Anything to take care of their own. And privately, residents say neighborhood watch groups in Detroit are widely armed.
Its like the militiamen who stepped up way back when. Thats where the neighborhood folks are, said James Jackrabbit Jackson, a 63-year-old retired Detroit cop who has patrolled the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood for years.
Theyre ready to fight, Jackson said. We dont hardly see police anymore.
The citys wealthier enclaves have hired private security firms. Intimidating men in armored trucks patrol streets lined with gracious old homes in a scene more likely seen in Mexico City than the United States.
While some residents have armed themselves and set up citizen patrols, others have decided its safer to move. After being robbed a gunpoint in his upper-middle class neighborhood, Kevin Earlythe director of the criminal justice studies program at the University of Michigans Dearborn campusdecided to move.
Detroit has had it rough over the years: unemployment, mismanaged city funds, and layoffs have continued to plague the city. Despite this, however, the residents of the D have been resilient, working hard to not only protect what theyve built over the years, but working to rebuild the city they love.
What do you think about people taking the law into their own hands?



Harlem – News

Harlem – News February 14, 2012

Testimonios: Works by largely self-taught artists color the galleries at El Museo (Art Daily)
Ejlat Feuer, Catano, East 110th Street, East Harlem, Manhattan, 1966, C-print, 29 x 20, inches, Collection El Museo del Barrio, NY, Anonymous gift, 2007.

Houston Remembered by Stars in NYC
Houston Remembered by Stars in NYC (NBC New York)
Harlem’s 125th Street became an impromptu memorial site for Whitney Houston Monday, a destination not just for New Yorkers to mourn the death of a pop superstar but to celebrate the music that touched so many.
Touro College Honors C. Virginia Fields on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Harlem World)
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine honored former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, president & CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

One Shot: Ice Skating Models at Moncler Grenoble Fashion Show (NBC New York)
For Moncler Grenoble’s Fall 2012 fashion show, the brand recruited dozens of ice skaters from the Ice Theatre of New York to perform a series of synchronized routines at Central Park’s Wollman Rink.


French Bistro Cedric Booted Black Women for White Patrons, Pol Says

French Bistro Cedric Booted Black Women for White Patrons, Pol Says

February 13, 2012 8:04pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Cedric French Bistro’s managing partner (from left) Dard Coaxum and co-owners Cedric Lecendre and Fabrizio Khanlari. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — Councilwoman Inez Dickens has called for a boycott of a new French restaurant in Harlem, accusing the upscale uptown eatery of moving a group of black women to accommodate a group of white patrons earlier this month.

At one point the group at Cedric Bistro included deputy Manhattan Borough President Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, but she left before the women were moved.  However, she was called back to the restaurant by her friends later in the evening as the dispute over the move raged in the trendy spot.

In a tersely worded letter to the restaurant, which opened on St. Nicholas Avenue near 119th Street five months ago to rave reviews, Dickens accuses the owners of racism for moving the party of five high-powered black women on Feb 4.

“Racism against anyone in my community, in my district on my watch due to race, color, creed, sexual preference or perceived economic status is unacceptable,” Dickens wrote in her Feb. 9 letter to the restaurant’s co-owner Cedric Lecendre, who is white.

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African-American – News

African-American – News February 14, 2012

Our History Makers: Fredrick Douglass
Our History Makers: Fredrick Douglass (WTLC-AM Indianapolis)
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Stokes: An American Dream (KISU-TV Pocatello)
STOKES: AN AMERICAN DREAM profiles two African-American brothers who changed the course of American politics – Louis and Carl Stokes.

Black ministers leading voter ID effort in Chattanooga (WATE-TV Knoxville)
Joe Rowe is vice president of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP. He told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that nearly two-dozen ministers from different denominations already are involved.

Afro-American Historical Society files complaint with Attorney General (Delaware Online)
Afro-American Historical Society files complaint w…: Members of the Afro-American Historical Society filed a complaint with the state Attorney General’s Office accusing Mayor James M. Baker of wrongly awarding $1 million to the Delaware Historical Society to establish a black heritage center.

I Will Always Love You (Patch)
If I close my eyes, I can hear the music. I can almost feel as if I’m driving up to college in my used 1981 white-and-turquoise Buick Regal, cassette tape blaring, and me singing along at the top of my lungsa¦ “Ooooh, I wanna dance with somebodya¦” Circa late ’80s, sugar-sweet pop songs and soulful, sweeping love ballads.

The Career and Impact of Whitney Houston: Still “The Greatest Love of All” (Blogcritics)
How does the world comprehend a loss of such magnitude as Whitney Houston? There’s no denying that we’ve lost a multitude of legendary musical talents over the last decade. Somehow, though, losing Whitney Houston feels like the first huge loss of an artist whose music I grew up with.

A photo album rescued from the trash turns out to be a historical treasure
A photo album rescued from the trash turns out to be a historical treasure (LoHud)
With some 770,000 New Yorkers out of work – at least 8 percent of our workforce – the last thing we… It is with both pride and sadness that I am about to deploy again to a combat zone, this time… Fatima Johnson, left, holds a book with her mother, Valoree Nelson, containing World War II-era snapshots of African-Americans that she found in the … (more)



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* Police say they do not believe any crime was committed during a weekend brawl at a Niagara Falls casino involving Sen. Mark Grisanti, but a new controversy arose over accusations that Grisanti yelled racial epithets at a black security officer, the Buffalo News says:

* New York City police officers stopped and questioned 684,330 people last year, a record number since the department started producing yearly tallies of the tactic and a 14 percent increase over 2010, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* Council Speaker Christine Quinn is working on a deal to expand the number of workers who would be paid prevailing wages on city-subsidized private development projects, the New York Post reports:

* Though new MTA chairman Joe Lhota was known as the rat czar for his work on rodent problems during the Guiliani years, he still opposes a bill in Albany to ban eating food on the subway, the Times says:

* A compromise bill to allow religious groups to hold worship services in city schools will have to wait until an ongoing federal lawsuit over the issue is resolved, the Daily News reports:

* Michael Bloomberg who at 70 years old, is the eldest New York City mayor in more than a decade has aged well during his decade at City Hall, the Journal writes: