DAILYKENN.com -- Fifty years ago I was a sophomore at a majority black high school in Indianapolis.
Large fights (the fake news term for 'brawls') were common among blacks. The minority white student population avoided blacks whenever and however possible; not because they were dark but because they were innately violent.
Fast forward to 2018. Nothing has changed. What's more the proliferation of black violence transcends time. There is virtually nowhere in America — or on the planet — where violent crime does not permeate black communities.
That points to one conclusion: Black violence is inherent.
Granted there are massive numbers of blacks who are not violent. Nonetheless, violence is more frequent among blacks than other people groups. The violence seems to be most evident among a subset of blacks: Those who have IQs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-09s. There are exceptions.
The peacekeepers hired by the Indianapolis police are needed in the city's black community. None are required in the white community.
From cbs4indy.com ▼
During a public safety walk Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Joe Hogsett introduced the city's first two newly appointed peacemakers.
The job of the two peacemakers is to reach out to families in need and help community groups working to reduce violence.
Those peacemakers say they understand the importance of their work, because they've been touched by the city's violent crime first hand.
A large fight erupted into gunfire on Indy's east side almost two weeks ago. 13-year-old Harry Taliefer died after being shot in the back of the neck.
Witnesses claim Taliefer was playing the role of peacekeeper and encouraging people to walk away from the fight when he was killed. Now his cousin ,James Wilson, will work for the city as an official peacemaker.
“I’ve been doing outreach for years, but what really pushed me to do this was seeing friends and family dying. Unnecessary things,” said James Wilson.
The plan is to have James and a second peacemaker, Robert Fry, coordinate with community groups, getting them to work together by offering jobs or education to at risk youth and connecting one on one with those families.
“I want them to understand with the background I have, they can talk to me. It’s not about having the police or mayor involved. If we can reach each other, it changes a lot,” said Wilson.
Fry said he had an uncle and best friend murdered over the years.
James and Robert joined Mayor Hogsett on his latest public safety walk. The mayor hopes the peacemakers will help reduce violent crime across the city.
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