Last month, a Chattanooga newspaper published an article about the "worst of the worst" accompanied by photographs of 32 named individuals
Let's look at just one of these worst of the worst. In May 2009, it was reported
that Valentino Harris had been charged with 12 counts of aggravated assault and 12 of felony reckless endangerment in addition to possessing crack cocaine for resale.
A year and a half later he was given a sentence
of 6 years 5 months. In handing down that sentence, the judge warned Harris that if he blotted his copybook again after his release "your life as you know it is about over." He would then be considered a career criminal and face an extremely harsh sentence.
Having served considerably less than his 77 months, Harris ended up on that list of 32 bad men.
You would have thought the good people of Chattanooga would have been glad to see men like Valentino Harris taken off the streets. However bad his upbringing, there is no excuse or mitigation for taking part in drive-by shootings. There is just no pleasing some people though. In case you didn't notice, all 32 of the faces on that list are black. And that can mean only what?
According to one source
: “Of the 122 shooting victims in Chattanooga from Jan. 1 through Nov. 21 of this year, 114 were black, six were white and two were Hispanic, according to figures provided by police. Of the 63 known suspects, only one was white.”
That being the case, the photographs issued by the authorities together with that pronouncement that they are targeting the worst of the worst does not sound unreasonable. Except to an organisation called Concerned Citizens for Justice. Judging from its website
, it has a both a high black membership and a high female membership. And judging by its Facebook page
wherein it is currently celebrating the ludicrous Kwanzaa, "race is a part of this conversation because we know that regardless of what has been told to us, the 'worst of the worst' in this city are NOT 32 black men.'"
Oh yes they are, dude. Or perhaps that should be dude-ess.
Part of the crime problem in Chattanooga appears to be the "no snitch culture", which in Italian is known as omertà
. On the off-chance you are not familiar with that word, it may be translated loosely as "fear and silence". And it is derived not from the modern day gangsta in da hood but from old time gangsters of the Prohibition era. According to the these self-styled community activists, the police crackdown on the "worst of the worst" was akin to
a "slave roundup". The linked page contains a 30+ minute video report from the Huffington Post
relating to the invasion of a clothing store by a violent flash mob
. There can no excusing this kind of lawlessness.
One is tempted too to ask if the womenfolk of Chattanooga are not being a little too UNdiscriminating in their advocacy. One man who was not on the list of 32 of the worst of the worst is sexual predator Tyrone McCurdy
. That's because in 2009 he was sentenced to 13 years
behind bars. Like McCurdy, Rodney Arnez Lomnick is a denizen of Chattanooga; he is currently facing trial
for the rape of a former girlfriend.
Think again, ladies. Next time it could be you filing that rape report.