The City of Montgomery is on track to set a new record in 2013.
For the first time in over a century, perhaps ever, Montgomery is set to soar past Birmingham as the most violent city in Alabama. There have been 16 murders in Montgomery so far in 2013, which is 4 more than in Birmingham, 10 more than Huntsville, and 12 more than Mobile.
The latest victim – Larry Wells, Montgomery’s No.16 homicide – was shot dead on E.D. Nixon Avenue last Friday night. Edgar Nixon was the president of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP whose secretary, Rosa Parks, famously challenged segregation on public buses in Montgomery in 1955.
Nixon organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott which kicked off the Civil Rights Movement. He invited local black ministers to support the boycott – one such minister, Martin Luther King, Jr, of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, had only recently arrived in Montgomery from Atlanta in 1954. Due to his brief stay in the area, King was selected as the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which became his launching pad into becoming a national civil rights celebrity.
The Montgomery Advertiser has an interactive map of the 16 homicides in Montgomery in 2013 and the stories behind their murders:
- Terrance Murphy, 26
- Cherokee Johnson, 39
- Jesse Stevens, 70
- Darium Hill, 21
- Terrance Hall, 27
- Louis Robinson, 41
- Robert Gatz, 39
- Jarvas Terrell Baldwin, 19
- Danny Stroud, 21
- Larry Wells, 23
- Melissa Ann Slater, 18
- Erskine Chambliss, 32
- Douglass Gray, 29
- Dave Ivey, 77
- Deandre Robinson, 22
- Cordarrius Woodall, 21
With the exception of Cordarrius Woodall, every homicide in Montgomery in 2013 has occurred in or around the border of the Black Hole in west Montgomery. Deandre Robinson was shot and killed by a homeowner in east Montgomery in the course of a “home invasion robbery.” Dave Ivey was killed on Atlanta Highway by his wife. Douglas Gray was shot and killed in the course of a robbery near the border of west Montgomery by Kenayaree Fuller and Ayrquan Jarrett.
“It ought to be a wake-up call. It ought to be an indictment of a culture that turns a blind eye to kids with illegal guns, that embraces both violence and silence, that enables fear, excuses apathy and rationalizes the spinelessness of a don’t-snitch psychosis.”
What culture in west Montgomery has “faith ministers and city officials” gathering in City Hall auditorium to pray for divine intervention from a higher power to “Change the Culture of Crime” in Montgomery?
Black dysfunction can never be indicted and labeled as such because doing so would require the admission that the social and economic conditions that prevail in west Montgomery and Birmingham – low property value, abandoned shopping centers, blighted homes, violent crime, failing schools, food deserts, a small tax base, a callous disregard for the value of black lives, etc. – are a physical and statistical reflection of the content of character of black people and their capacity for self government and creating the conditions that foster social capital and economic growth.
Instead of “a wake-up call” that indicts the culture of the real “violent extremists” who are probably responsible for 100% of homicide in Montgomery, the SPLC (which is based in Montgomery) will continue to issue hysterical warnings about conservative groups like the Tea Party and the Family Research Council.
The City of Montgomery will continue to name its streets and schools after civil rights leaders and black scientists … and the black teenagers who populate those schools, who live in the shadow of those civil rights monuments, will continue their killing spree and succeed in driving more middle class White taxpayers (and the businesses that cater them) north into the safer suburbs in Autauga and Elmore County.
Note: In the previous post, I forgot to mention E.D. Nixon Avenue. My apologies.