This week, he wrote about the cold-blooded murder of Charnice Milton, a 27-year-old reporter for the managing editor of Capital Community News, who was shot and killed while waiting for a bus. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Milton was at “unfortunately . . . wrong place, wrong time.”
King took great exception to the idea that an American citizen cannot be in certain public places at certain times.
You wouldn’t know that slaughter on the streets is taking place if you listen to our “leaders” pontificating weekly from the podium or in the pulpit.
It is a path that I have seen followed — and that I have written about — for more than 20 years. In that time span, thousands of homicides have occurred in our nation’s capital. Most of the deaths were unjustified and caused by men of color who were not cops. As of midweek, the homicide count for this year had reached 50, which puts us ahead of last year’s pace.
After the crime scene, all that is left is the victim’s “homegoing” service. Prepare to attend — as I have — and hear heartfelt words of praise for the deceased, along with spirited, emotional reflections and weeping. Funerals are the right time and the right place for tears, plenty of tears. But the wrong time to tell it like it is.
That time never seems to come. And when it does, we use the wrong lines.
Pillars of our community can’t seem to find words to talk about the social conditions in neighborhoods where violence is one of the leading causes of death. It is as if it is an act of betrayal to point out that the principal cause of black bodies broken by violence can be found within our own ranks.
Owning up to the sickness may be hard to do; so too the treatment. But an honest assessment of what’s happening in our own community — and dealing with the causes — might have spared Charnice Milton and the Charnice Miltons yet to come.
Now’s the right time, and the right place is here.Sadly, King has written similar columns for years. Only the name of the victim changes.
The “leaders” are incompetents who would rather rail about cop shootings than deal with black murderers. Indeed, their irrational protests and political railroading of six cops in Baltimore led to a leap in homicides as police officers do the minimum.
If Al Sharpton is your leader, you are headed down the road to perdition.