New York Times Speculates on Surge of Oakland Murders

You and I both know.

It get hot.

Somebody dying in Oakland this weekend.

Thats how it is. Thats how it’s allways gonna be.

The Times devoted 2 pages to assessing why so many cats
are getting murked in the ‘Town.

I almost was going to type the headline:
“Hip Hop Responsible for
Increase in Oakland Murders”.

Then I decided not to.

Ironically, while I am reading the article and simultanously preparing this post,
I get to this on the second page.

Respect for traditional social norms was on the decline, Mr. Patterson said, in the face of a growing hip-hop culture that puts an emphasis on street credibility for respect.

The COMEDY is that it took the author, 17 short paragraphs, and
the 2nd of two pages to get to THE quote that blames Hip
Hop
.

The shootings are part of a cresting wave of violence in Oakland, which recorded 148 homicides in 2006, a 57 percent increase over 2005 and the highest number in 11 years. As of last week, 43 people had been killed in 2007, fewer than the 60 killed over the same period last year, but still far short of a turnaround.

My first question is how many n*ggas gotta day for the government to realize that
this is a statewide emergency.

You know whats gonna have to happen. Will a series of white
Oaklander’s have to die
in order for the politicans, police
and the government to grasp the seriousness of the
situation?

Murders have an materially adverse affect on city life.


1. Investigating murders take diverts police from investigating other crimes.
2. Murders impact the quality of life of the neighborhoods, of the working folks,
of the victims families.
3. Young bucks coming up seeing so many people they love die young, get desensitized to murder at a young age.
3. It affects business owners perception of Oakland as a place to avoid investing in.

Here is a voice that I would like to hear from. Dr. Javid Sadjadi, of Highland Hospital:

Dr. Javid Sadjadi, an emergency room doctor at Highland Hospital, Oakland?s main public trauma center, said doctors there treated 425 shooting victims last year, some of them several times.

?We?re starting to see the same people getting shot several times in several different incidents,? Dr. Sadjadi said, recounting a 14-year-old shooting victim who died recently after being admitted to the hospital, his third admission for having been shot.

Dr. Sadjadi recalled one day last summer when the hospital treated more than 10 victims of shootings.

Peep.

The Good old prison explanation,

Possible explanations include large numbers of violent parolees returning from prison, increasing gang violence, the availability of guns, a growing methamphetamine trade and police recruitment shortfalls. But some of those factors also exist in San Francisco and San Jose, which has a comparable number of parolees and, arguably, a larger and longer-standing gang problem than Oakland.


The town has something both cultural and voilatile.

There is a wild wild west, F*ck the Police, I am going to handle it my way
attitude in ‘The Town.

And UNTIL the Police, Policy makers and Educators
UNDER STAND THAT GRISTLE
these murders ARE only gonna get worse.

The variable and somewhat mysterious homicide rates in the Bay Area mirror a national pattern in crime data for 2006 released earlier this month by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The data show killings increased significantly in some cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, and decreased in others, including Dallas, Los Angeles and Miami, with no definitive explanation for the difference


Reading articles like this give me survivors guilt like a mug.

Here I am tripping off working strategizing to work for
a Judge, the SEC or Target, NEXT SUMMER and being
angry at myself for not better planning THIS SUMMER
(cake is wobbely ‘yall) and in the mean time, my people are dying.

God really knows how to put sh*t in perspective for you.

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Why do you think so many cats are getting murked inna ‘Town?

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Comments

  1. neo says

    Too many of the reasons some of which you’ve stated. It really just annoys me to no end when white journalists try to depict minority communities from a high pedestal perspective w/out really kicking their heels into the ground, going to ground zero and experiencing it for themselves.

    Instead they postulate textbook theories that won’t work for a non-textbook problem.

    Too many things man, poverty, angst, desensitization, lack of jobs, engaging activities for the youth, mentalities and attitudes from generations past or generations present…I mean we could go on yo.

  2. T DOT says

    Will a series of white
    Oaklander’s have to die in order for the politicans, police
    and the government to grasp the seriousness of the
    situation?
    ——————————
    Sadly, yes. And it’s a damn shame too.

    It’s a problem up here too. To the point where they run up in your moms house.

    Mind you two years earlier it was the “summer of the gun.” something like 37 seporate shootings in 6 weeks.

    It’s definitely a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon.

    like neo said, after school programs, more jobs, each one teach one, it’s all generational when you think about it.

    Which is why it’s not going to change anytime soon.

  3. M.Dot. says

    @ T.Dot.
    Will a series of white
    Oaklander’s have to die in order for the politicans, police
    and the government to grasp the seriousness of the
    situation?
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    I was reluctant to write that line.

    But Its like.

    Zora been on my @ss this week, to say f*ck to world, get in the gristle.
    Naa mean.

  4. M.Dot. says

    It really just annoys me to no end when white journalists try to depict minority communities from a high pedestal perspective
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    Think Imma start a white journalist race effectiveness.

    Who knows the write coulda been black ?

    Thats comedy.

  5. Buddha says

    Practice nonviolence man. Make it hip. After all it takes courage and deserves the greatest respect to be nonviolent. Catch up with Martin Luther King man! Don’t self-destruct!!!

  6. M.Dot. says

    m, you should do it as a class..

    “Effective white journalism on minorities 111”
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    True in deed, word to my unborn seed.

    Part of me wishes that I went to columbia’s j school.
    LOL.

  7. M.Dot. says

    @ Buddah.

    I believe in Buddhist principals.

    They are dope.

    1. Being present.

    2. Being Mindful.

    3. Right Work.

    However. That non violence shit is like a band-aid on cancer in the hood.

    We have to have appropriate responses to our problems.

    NOT WISHFUL thinking.

  8. Anonymous says

    No m.dot., it’s not wishful thinking. Violence and pain is an age old problem. And the age old solution has always been nonviolence. In a life and death situation everyone needs to slowdown, think about what they are doing, and take the higher road. Violence is an addiction. Have to quit it cold turkey. Put down the weapons, forgive and don’t seek vengence. It is not the easy way out but it is the only lasting way. Nonviolence is really where the true power lies. It is the only way life will have any meaning. No outside help is needed. The solution is right there in the community.

  9. buddha says

    Swear off the gun. It is not macho, it is not heroic, it is not romantic. See it for what it is. It is a manifestation of fear and misguidance.

  10. T DOT says

    I mean with the way ya’ll yankees operate you gotta go there.

    Once the white folks are threatened, things start getting put into motion.

    So I ain’t mad at ya.

  11. M.Dot. says

    Violence is an addiction
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    I agree with that.

    But your rationale on how to apply it to the hood.

    Irrelevent.

    As long as AMERICA is Violent,
    the Hood Will be violent.

    Simple as that.

    Yes there is another way.

    The question is is that way a viable option in this country?

  12. Aunt Jackie says

    well it’s a wide known fact that allot of the dudes I grew up with who made Oakland the murder capitol of the world back in the 80’s have now served their time and are back on the streets. These dudes know no other way, they have prison vendettas and they are up against young dudes who don’t really know how it used to go down in the town…

    it’s socio economical and cyclical. Gas prices are up, jobs are down, it’s hot and dudes with institutionalized minds are back on the block, who never did nothing but run dopes and shoot to kill.
    it’s a saddening situation to say the least!

  13. buddha says

    Good points Aunt Jackie. I think a whole new attitude has to be introduced. Prisons should feed only vegetarian food. No weight lifting equipment. Teach these men spirituality. It’s still in them deep down inside. While they are in prison the goal should be for them to go through a transformation from violence to peace both mentally and physically. What you eat and what you do effect your mind in a very direct way.

  14. buddha says

    M. Dot, you say “When the white folks get theatened, things start getting put into motion.” What things are you thinking will help. I’m interested to know.

    My goal is to reduce violence in the Hood, in America, and in the world. It has to be done everywhere because violence causes so much suffering and pain. Violence is hell on earth.

  15. buddha says

    Aunt Jackie, regarding the socio economic problems, it is very true.

    People should realize that violence has very high economic costs. Nobody wants to move into a violent community so housing prices suffer. Businesses don’t want to setup in a violent neighborhood since the cause of doing business is too high. So stop the violence and the economics will improve.

    In the meantime, those in the hood should find ways to live with less. Look at the Amish communities for examples of how to do it. The Amish do without electricity, without cars and applicances. They depend on each other, live peacefully, and develope skills that even allows them to help Katrina victims. Having less material things but more spiritual things, enables us to enjoy heaven on earth.

  16. DA DOOKIE MONSTER. says

    cuz nobody cares. when life doesn’t mean anything to you, it’s easy to take it. i seen grimey ass shit n’ it desensitizes you. that’s why kids, little kids are murking people in broad fuckin’ daylight. Frisco is just as bad right now, shit was probably worse early. now they’re starting gang injunctions basically to give police the power to arrest/rob anyone as long as they claim they thought they were a gang member. and if i know SFPD muh fuckas will definitely take advantage of this. and realistically cops can’t do anything, if some one finna get shot they’re gonna get shot. i mean they’re shooting all day long even in broad day light and a block away from the Hall Of Justice, that’s fuckin’ 850! the jail! the last fuckin’ place you wanna start shit in front of. even my neighborhood, the TL, is hella hot this year. before I left it was mainly drug problems, homeless & the occaision beat down [… trust me on that, I got my shit cracked a youple of times], now folks is lighting people on fire n killing people in cafes. this picture is eerie as fuck, taken in the TL on a night of like two or three murders within hours. that’s someone’s last moments right there. this all goes back to not caring, basically it’s up to the people to stop it. the gang injunctions won’t do shit [which i’m writin a post on], the police can’t do shit, it’s up to people to wake up and realize we get one shot at this life and is it really worth losing it over drug spots or turfs. Unfortunately the answer from most of these people is ‘yes’ or ‘i give a fuck’.

    while i don’t want to take away from the violence at home n’ it’s a very serious issue, i think our narcissitic view as a nation makes us somewhat ignorant to the violence in other parts of the world. iraq triples oakland’s homicide rate every week maybe even matching it on an extremely bad day, and a lot of women and kids are losing their lives too. it’s every where, the world is going fuckin’ crazy. but shit is definitely a problem in the states and the bay.

  17. M.Dot. says

    before I left it was mainly drug problems, homeless & the occaision beat down [… trust me on that, I got my shit cracked a youple of times],
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    You crazy.

  18. M.Dot. says

    iraq triples oakland’s homicide rate every week
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    Blood.

    I rides for Darfur.

    Iraq.

    Congo.

    Death is death.