Most of us race realists who were aware of the Baltimore cease-fire knew that it wouldn’t be successful in stopping shootings in the big Maryland metropolis.
And we were right. Two are dead so far.
But for the black race, an organized call for a cease-fire is a step in the right direction. It represents a tacit admission that it’s blacks killing blacks, and not racist white cops that are the problem.
A hopeful weekend cease-fire in Baltimore was marred by two fatal shootings on Saturday.
Police said a 24-year-old man was shot at around 5 p.m. and was taken by friends to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, and a 37-year-old man was fatally shot shortly before 10 p.m.
Activists had called for a 72-hour cease-fire in the city, a movement that was embraced by the city’s police department and mayor. Community groups handed out fliers reading “Baltimore Cease Fire” and “nobody kill anybody for 72 hours” from Friday through Sunday.
Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said that the killings should not take away from the goals of organizers. The killings appear to be the first homicides of the weekend.
“Yes, there was a homicide. But,the work doesn’t stop,” Smith said in a tweet Saturday evening. “Organizers called and are in the area to continue to spread love.” Smith’s 24-year-old brother, Dionay Smith, was fatally shot in July.
Before the weekend, the city recorded 208 homicides in 2017, NBC affiliate WBAL-TV reported. Far larger New York City has recorded 160 murders through July 30, according to police data.
Before the cease-fire began, one of the movement’s organizers, Erricka Bridgeford, said the effort might not stop all violence — but it could be a step in the right direction.
“We don’t think this is a cure,” she said. “We don’t think this will even necessarily stop violence that weekend, but we know that some people have made promises that they won’t, and that just might save somebody’s life.”
A real, effective ceasefire would require that blacks be totally disarmed. Unless every single gun (and butcher knife for that matter) is turned into police, dead blacks will keep making news, along with some white victims too.
That’s not racist to say it. It’s race realism.