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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Colbert I. King breaks black silence on black violence

Colbert Isaiah King, 75, is deputy editor of the Washington Post's editorial page, and a weekly columnist. He won a Pulitzer and he thinks for himself.  He has pushed for years to get African-American leaders to address the black-on-black violence which accounts for nearly half the nation's homicides.

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.

King wrote:
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.


  1. In related news: blind pig finds acorn.

  2. Nice words. Good start. Now what does HE plan to do about it? And if not him, then WHO? Isn't it time to start naming names? If he has yet another government handout in mind, he'll only get lip service and will find himself writing about other Charnice Miltons in the future. The white community will survive Obama. Will the black community?

  3. Blacks are doing far worse under Obungler than under Reagan and both Bushes. Obumbler is the worse thing that has happened to blacks since Jimmah Carter. Ironic ain't it?

  4. Don, it seems to me that black American social leaders are in the same situation as alcoholics: both have issues they refuse to face. Alcoholics need to first admit there is a problem, and so does the black American community as a whole. There's too many Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons, compared to Colbert King.

    Perhaps a 12-step program?

  5. What's the solution?
    None, really. As if we are going to encourage couples to stay together and raise their children, too judgmental about divorce! Encourage morality based on traditional Christian teaching, like, thou shalt not kill, honoring your mother and father, keeping the Sabbath ? Right, that'll fly in a country where some want to remove crosses from military cemeteries.
    So we proceed with an inner city America with no future for it's residents and not much future for the country.

  6. "If Al Sharpton is your leader, you are headed down the road to perdition." That and his bank are the only places he knows the way to.