July 26, 2013 |
ADDRESSING black-on-black violence must be a priority for the city and the nation, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff said at a news conference at City Hall yesterday. "Race - it's the unanswered question for us as a society," Everett Gillison said, referencing the recent Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Gillison was among top Nutter-administration officials who gathered to highlight the city's "holistic approach" to fighting crime, which has decreased dramatically in the first half of the year in several key areas.
April 17, 2012 |
After 44 agonizing days, Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey finally charged town watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief, not just from Martin's anguished parents, but from all of us who believe justice doesn't mean reducing a young man's life to nothing more than roadkill. The Martin case has also opened the door for us to have an honest conversation about the domestic terrorism that stalks us nationally and in our own backyard.
April 11, 2012
Wrong conclusions on shooting Annette John-Hall has deduced the wrong conclusion in "Of hoodies and mistreatment" (Friday). She states that 92 homicides have occurred in Philadelphia in 96 days - mostly black-on-black crime - and that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in Florida 39 days ago. However, the "anger turned on itself" in Philadelphia during the 57 days before Martin bought his last bag of Skittles had absolutely nothing to...
March 26, 2012
AS A Vietnam veteran, I used to feel that we did not accomplish anything in Vietnam. To all veterans, I feel that we did accomplish something, from what I can see now. At least in Vietnam today it is a peaceful nation and people are not killing each other, unlike Iraq and Afghanistan. We accomplished nothing in Iraq, and we are going to accomplish nothing in Afghanistan. We lost a lot of lives for nothing. We are not wanted in Afghanistan. President Obama, please bring our troops home.
August 12, 2010
TALK ABOUT a room with a view. The "Cheating Death" front cover of the Daily News certainly seems to be showing a hot bachelor-pad that is to die for. Great place to check into, really reasonable rates and the beds are super comfortable! We are beyond spineless when it comes to punishing the truly guilty for murder. Sadly, a person can plan and commit a murder yet receive nothing more serious than an all-expenses-paid trip to the state's finest all-inclusive hotel resort.
March 23, 2009
RE THE recent op-ed by Christine Flowers responding to Attorney General Eric Holder's comments about America being a nation of cowards when it comes to race: I have nothing to say about the ways the piece criticized his comments, but why did it bring up black-on-black crime and that a majority of the people in prison are black? We will never overcome racism unless everyone admits the roles they have in it. As to accountability, if you're not racist, then you're not. If you are, then good.
May 29, 2008
I WISH every mayor in this country would bar Al Sharpton from their city when there's controversy involving African-Americans and police. As an African-American, let it be known he doesn't represent me or my views. Nor does Jesse Jackson. Both need a job. Al Sharpton: Where are you when black-on-black crime is committed every day all over the country? Why aren't you flying all over hollering about that? And why aren't you making a big deal out of the victim's deaths or beating when it's at the hands of our own?
April 23, 2008
WHAT A SAD, sad story was Kierra Johnson's death. But even sadder was her life. Her mother is quoted as saying that her daughter was "a normal teen that drove me crazy," as if she were guilty of nothing more than teenage hijinks. What then is the new normal in Philadelphia? A fatherless girl who got pregnant at 14, who repeatedly cut classes and disrespected her teachers, who had sex on school grounds even after having a baby? (And the baby's father abandoned Kierra and his baby, repeating the endless cycle.
December 13, 2007 |
Actor Will Smith, a native of Philadelphia, has his Party 4 Peace celebrity weekend here to raise money and awareness about violent crime. In Memphis, volunteers from the Temple of Christ Baptist Church repainted the graffiti-defaced garage of an 86-year-old grandmother. V.J. Smith has started a Minneapolis chapter of MAD DADS (Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder), which parades the streets, urging black males to sign a pledge abjuring violence. Across the nation, black males are stepping up to address what is loosely called black-on-black crime.
April 17, 2007
RE THE DUKE athletes: False accusations aren't rare - they're common. The police and district attorney routinely arrest, falsely charge and prosecute innocent citizens for crimes they never committed for the sole purpose of career advancement, job security and money-making opportunities. What happened to these innocent young men happens in Philadelphia daily. Dudley Brown, Philadelphia The missing protests It's amazing how upset media-mongers Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and some predominantly black organizations get when a white person makes these insensitive remarks.