Saturday 10 May 2008

Mogadishu on our Streets

Friday's news included two separate, but almost identical, stories regarding the sentencing of the gang member killers of teen aged murder victims. The cases, which were depressingly similar. featured two more of the rapidly growing number of of teenagers murdered on British streets in recent years. The victims, 14 year old Paul Erhahon and 16 year old Kodjo Yenga had a lot in common, they were both much loved young men, who's families claim that they had rejected gang culture and had bright futures, also, in each case five young men were convicted in relation to their deaths. Pictures of the victims and their killers are at the top of this page.

Today's papers are full of quotes from the judge, Christopher Moss QC who sentenced Kodjo Yenga's killers and called the crime “part of the gang culture that casts a dreadful influence over the youth of our cities”meanwhile, whilst sentencing Paul Erhahon's killers, Mr Justice Keith commented that "There is self-evidently a culture among boys of your age to do with the carrying of knives which needs to be changed."

Across the media, commentators continue to bewail this escalating slaughter of youth “society is to blame” they cry, “Our children are killing our children”. To a man, (and woman) the talking heads claim that they want to find the cause of this ongoing teenage massacre, and yet, to a man they persist in pretending that it is a problem which besets wider society rather than one which is restricted to one small section of the community.

The one aspect of these crimes which the newspapers and TV report about them studiously fail to acknowledge is that the one thing, apart from their age and sex, which both victims and all their killers share in common is that they are all non-white.

This fact is no aberration, we need only to look at the list of the victims of gang related murder in London last year, which included Kodjo and Paul, to see that the vast majority were black or Asian. This year we are only into May and already the death toll looks set to exceed 2007, and so far every single London victim is non white.

Furthermore, as each successive trial shows us, all the perpetrators are non-white as well. Even with the cases that have not yet come to trial, following the media volcanic reaction to alleged racial murder of the blessed Stephen of Eltham, given neither the Guardian or Channel four newsrooms have yet been declared slip hazard zones, we can be certain that there are no white boys suspected of killing black boys.

To my knowledge the only white suspects in any gang related killing carried out in Great Britain in either 2007 or 2008 are those charged with the death of Rhys Jones in Liverpool (If anyone knows of any others and writes to the comments section with details, I will correct this statement).

However, the facts clearly demonstrate that, although non-whites make up just over 10% of the population, they account for the vast majority of all victims of gang related murder and almost all the perpetrators, certainly over 90%.

This phenomenon is not unique to Britain, a study of the most violent cities in America show that the highest rates of violent crime occur in those cities which have large black and ethnic populations.

The figures speak for themselves:

Detroit – 81% black
Baltimore - 64% black
New Orleans - 70% black
Washington DC - 60% black
St Louis - 51% black
Atlanta - 59% black
Newark NJ - 53% black
Philadelphia - 43% black
Buffalo NY - 37% black
Oakland Calif - 30% black

(I believe that blacks account for 43% of the population of Cincinnati, - No:8 on the list - but could not find a reliable source for that figure)

African Americans make up around 13% of the overall US population, however, in those areas where they make up a larger percentage the level of violent crime inevitably also increases.

Some may argue that one can not compare the situation in America to that here as the two societies are so different, and maybe they have a point, the black community in America has existed for around 300 years and have lived as free men for almost 143 years, or some five generations depending upon one's definition, more than enough time, one would have thought to adopt the culture of their new homeland, however as events following Katrina showed us, culture is more ingrained than that.

Those coming to our shores on the other hand have not had generations to adopt our culture, they have had 40 or 50 years at the very most, and they are coming to us from some of the most dangerous, and crime ridden and unstable places on Earth, Somalia , Jamaica, Pakistan, Kenya, Algeria, and Nigeria to name just a few of the crime and murder hot spots from whence our new next door neighbours hail.

Our government welcomes them and says that they have left their dangerous and violent lands behind them, and that is true, however, it is not a location which causes people to act with violence, it is not soil which creates a propensity for crime, it is culture and mindset and those two travel with the migrant.

If I travel to France I do not instantly become French, I do not lose my Englishness as I alight from the train at Gare De Nord, or leave my culture behind at Charles De Gaul. As we see in British ex-patriots across the world most retain their essential culture and mindset to the bitter end.

The same applies to incoming cultures, they do not undergo colonic irrigation at Heathrow, they arrive as they left Karachi, and they stay that way. The Guardianistas acknowledge that when they claim that new and different cultures enrich ours and that we should embrace them. However, immigrant culture is not just beads and Bollywood, it has an underbelly, and it is naive to express surprise when the culture of Kingston, Johannesburg or Mogadishu appears on our streets.

The spate of Gang related teen aged murders on our streets are not “White boys stabbing white boys” as the dishonest, and thankfully now unemployed, Ken Livingstone tried to claim it is black boys stabbing black boys, Asians stabbing Asians and sometimes either group stabbing white boys if they get in the way.

What we are seeing on our streets is imported, it is a direct result of the uncontrolled immigration which successive governments have encouraged with criminal indifference to the well being of the native population they were elected to protect and serve.We are faced with a situation which was imposed upon us without democratic vote or accountability, it is a situation which is getting worse by the day and with which, we, our children and grandchildren will be dealing with for many years to come, however, we will not be able to deal with it until we call it by its real name.


Also posted to The Home of the Green Arrow


bernard said...

It's funny how words change meaning over time.
You use the word Ghetto. (it is an Italian word for an artillery foundry!)
Now, in post war Europe and Britain, ghetto has a general association in peoples' minds with ethnic minorities, esp. black, but this is quite a new development.
In Victorian London there were dozens of ghettos, the most notorious being the St Giles Rookery, a huge hang-out for criminal gangs. Of course there were the age old Jewish ghettos too.
But I think we are in for another change in use: white ghettos; and with entirely different connotations. They will be geographical, defensive and law-abiding. Outside this area it will be black, lawless and predatory.
Words change use, but history has a tendency to repeat itself.
Good post of yours.

Jeff ( Va. Rebel ) said...

I agree with Bernard , enclaves of whatever descriptive term will become a by product of survival .
And they will be villified by this term or white supremecist hold outs of some fashion in all the media .

Good posting as our people need to wake up to reality and make better use of the time we've been allotted . More concern is given the latest fashion or sports score . They have no contemplation of what's at the gate .

Anonymous said...

In tribal Africa as it was before the Europeans went there and for some time after,I believe it was the norm at Puberty for young men to have to prove themselves.This often involved acts of Bravery against the young men of other tribes.These acts were extremely violent and sadistic.The facts are well authenticated.
Is it not possible that this culture is genetically embedded in the worlds Black population.If so so it would explain how young black youths feel and are encouraged in the same way but this time on urban streets.For Tribes one should now read gangs.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the "poor unfortunate" stabbed over the pair of trainers on December 26th a gang member from Africa?