Stop The Killing
Saturday I attended a “Stop the Killing” Black History Rally hosted by the Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives (F.F.U.N.), Mr. Stevie Moore founder and president.
The well attended rally was an effort to motivate the community into taking action against crime in Memphis. It was appropriate that this was held at the Mitchell Community Center because only last week there was a shooting at Mitchell High School. Mr. Moore, whose son was murdered, spoke of the need for more community involvement. In an earlier interview with the Commercial Appeal Mr. Moore spoke of the need for people, especially in the black community, to become more involved in stopping this senseless violence.
“Some may describe the attitude in the black community as apathetic. Some will say there is a feeling of hopelessness and despair among black people. But have we forgotten our history? Have we forgotten what it took to make other changes in our communities -- the blood, sweat, tears and loss of lives it took to get where we are today? Shame on us for merely asking "Why?" and not doing more ourselves to seek solutions to the problem of violent crime. We too, as black people, can create our own initiatives. As a unified body, we can stop the escalating crime that is eating away at the very essence of our communities. We must unite as neighbors, families, friends and co-workers. We must use our voting power and spending power to demand a change from our government.
I exhort churches to adopt neighborhoods where you have established your ministries. I encourage organizations involved with youths to unite so that the services provided are long-term and consistent. It is imperative that we create "out of the box" alternatives to improve the quality of life in our city. Let us not wait for one individual to save us, but instead gather together as a collective force to save our own future.
Let's not ask: What should happen? Let's demand change. It took one horrendous crime in Chickasaw Gardens to prompt residents there to respond without question or pause.”
In the coming weeks I will discuss how we came to find ourselves in this situation.