Early last month I wrote about a flash mob attack at a Memphis shopping mall that left three people in hospital. The perpetrators were Black youths. The victims weren't. It was racism at its worst, even though the mainstream media wouldn't comment or speculate on that. Political correctness forbids such honesty. Political correctness has also (to date) prevented any solution to the problem being implemented, because to be effective, it would inevitably focus on one race group in the city and send a large proportion of its young men to adult or juvenile jails. Local politicians won't allow that. It'd be bad for their image among the electorate, you know.
Now another incident in a nearby area has reinforced concerns.
Police said a large group of teens flooded the streets near Central High School Friday just before 10:00 p.m.
“Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night,” Sharon Mourning said.
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“All of a sudden just bout 20 kids are on top of my car with about 40 more kids around my car and they kicking, they stomping, they jumping, you know they hitting the windows,” Mourning said.
The victims said the kids were all over the place wreaking havoc.
“They was just laughing and hollering, and doing what they were doing and having fun with it,” Mourning said.
Police reported a 51-year-old man was attacked in his car after honking his horn at the teenagers to move out of the way.
“They had done bricked his car, stomped his car, did the same thing,” Mourning explained.
Mourning reported seeing the teenagers beat an elderly man and another teenager, “I actually looked at the child. His face was bleeding. You know they had done beat him.”
Police confirm a 55-year-old man and a 16-year-old were assaulted in the area at that time.
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Mourning told us a summons is not enough and claimed this is a problem on a bigger scale, “Memphis is going to burn if they don’t control these children.”
There's more at the link.
Uh-huh. Up to 60 kids described as being involved by victims . . . and the police issued just three 'juvenile summons' tickets and then let the perpetrators go home. That'll scare them straight . . . I don't think! Furthermore, if Ms. Mourning had been armed and used a gun that night, she'd have found herself in the sort of trouble I wrote about last month. No matter how justified your self-defense might have been, political correctness will still crucify you if you fire on a mob of teens, particularly Black teens. That's the way it is these days.
I've known of the crime problem, juvenile delinquency and racial tensions in Memphis for many years. Tennesseans talk about it much like people from Illinois talk about Chicago, or Michiganders talk about Detroit, or Louisianans talk about New Orleans. "There's [insert name of state] . . . and then there's [insert city name]." That's about the size of it. I've now reached a point, based on feedback from friends and acquaintances as well as news reports such as this, that I'm no longer prepared to leave the Interstate highway system in or near Memphis unless I absolutely have to - and that's happened only once in the last couple of years. I went armed and ready for trouble, and stayed that way until I was heading away from the city once more. (My reaction's fairly mild compared to one acquaintance, who now insists that if his family and friends in and around Memphis want to see him, they have to drive to meet him outside the city. He won't go to their homes at all.)
I guess the next (anti)-tourist slogan should be "Visit Memphis at your own risk". Perhaps they should change the name of Elvis Presley's home to 'Dis-Graceland' while they're at it . . .