Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mayor calls on black men to do more to stop violence

Rawlings-Blake to focus State of the City speech on small businesses
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging black men to do more to help stop the killing in Baltimore — a call to action some applauded as a blunt truth, while others said the city government needs to step up as well.

In her State of the City address Monday, the mayor said more black men must become involved as mentors, tutors and community activists if the city is to reduce homicides — which, she noted, often involve black men killing black men.

"Too many of us in the black community have become complacent about black-on-black crime," she said afterward. "While many of us are willing to march and protest and become active in the face of police misconduct, many of us turn a blind eye when it's us killing us."

All but 22 of Baltimore's 211 homicide victims last year were black males.


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Isaiah 51:20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God.

Deuteronomy 28:54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

Wisdom of Solomon 1:12
Seek not death in the error of your life and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands

Ecclesiaticus 6:36 And if thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy foot wear the steps of his door.