Armed yourself against black attackers

Mar 6, 2013 by

The Washington Post is usually squeamish about reporting on black mob violence. But at least one of its contributors is not.


That is how we learned the reason why a group of 12 black people robbed and murdered a man at a Washington Metro station in November.


Otherwise, it could have been like the T-shirt says: “It’s a black thing. You wouldn’t understand.”


Before we get to the The Root article to explain it all from “an African-American perspective,” let’s turn to the U.S. Attorney for a few details of this lethal episode of racial violence.


It was a Friday night. And 12 black people from Maryland decided they were going to rob someone. An iPhone if they could. But with 12 people to share the loot, no one pretended this was just about money.


So they set out for a night of mayhem from the Metro Station in Hyattsville, Md.: Squirrel, J.R. Vez, Man Man, Isaiah, A.W., D.T. and others whose names we do not know because they are charged as juveniles. Squirrel had the gun.


First they needed a soft target. The Adams Morgan entertainment district of the nation’s capital had the two necessary advantages: Public transportation and a plethora of affluent victims that would not fight back.


The pickings were slim at first. But a few minutes after midnight, they met Olijawon Griffin at a local McDonald’s.


Griffin wanted to buy some marijuana. Did they have any for sale?


Absolutely, they said. And off they went to close the deal: Griffin and a friend, followed by the mob of 12.


It was a setup. They pulled a gun and stole Griffin’s $400 Helly Hansen leather jacket, hat and iPhone.


Then, “A.W. tripped Olijawon Griffin as he attempted to run away after his Helly Hansen coat and hat were taken,” said the indictment, “causing Mr. Griffin to fall to the ground.”


One of the juveniles “hit Olijawon Griffin while Mr. Griffin was on the ground.” They stole his shoes but gave them back.


The mob returned to the nearby Metro station, where Griffin and his friend tracked them down. He demanded his coat back. They declined.


The mob punched, kicked and stomped Griffin’s friend while he was on the ground “defenseless.” One of them yelled “Get his shoes,” which they did. They also stole his wallet containing $150.


Meanwhile, several other members of the mob were busy with Griffin, preventing him from helping his friend. A few years older than most of the mob, and a former high school football player, Griffin was proving a handful for his attackers.


So Vez allegedly crept up behind him and stabbed him in the back. Right through the heart. In the final seconds of Griffin’s life, as he lie bleeding out, Man Man reminded him of what was what: “B—-, we don’t play … Say a word.”


Extensive video and eyewitness accounts made their apprehension a matter of time. Most were arrested at the scene soon after, still waiting for the train to take them home.


So far, it is just another example of the more than 450 cases of racial violence all over the country as documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.” With Washington, D.C., getting its own chapter.


But The Root took it to a new level.


Maybe because it happened in a neighborhood with 90 restaurants and bars, popular with reporters and younger staffers from the Hill: But this killing had Washington’s full attention, however briefly.


So Rahiel Tesfamariam had to tell us what it all meant.


Tesfamariam is not just a Post columnist and writer for The Root, she is also a “social activist, public theologian and cultural critic writing about progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness.”


Tesfamariam found two professors of African-American studies to help the readers of The Post figure out the “root causes” of the Woodley Park Metro killing.


First up: R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, from City College of New York.


“Given the high levels of segregation that many black males grow up in, the decreased employment opportunities, long-term unemployment and failing schools, the chances for young black males to develop a sense of healthy self-worth are limited,” he wrote.


“Black males, we cannot forget, are members of an American society which glorifies material wealth. But they are some of society’s members with the fewest routes available to gain that wealth without putting their own and others’ lives in danger.”


So far so good. Next, Eddie Glaude Jr. from Princeton University. He urged us to “broaden our understanding of victimization.”


“We must try to understand the context that produced it. It isn’t simply that these young black men are evil. In so many ways, we have failed them. I am not absolving them of their responsibility for the crime. I am simply holding us responsible for the world that produced them.”


A switch: The predator as victim. And victim as predator.


Tesfamariam summed it up.


“This is a vicious cycle that often results in young people making mistakes that change the course of their lives, deeply hurting their communities in the process. That cycle must end. It must end with us doing everything in our power to proactively tend to their wounds.”


Just for the record, she is referring to the wounds of the people doing the killing. Not their victims.


That is a bit much for Taleeb Starkes, a film maker and author of “The Un-Civil War: BLACKS vs N*****s: Confronting the Subculture Within the African American Community.”

Starkes and his partner recently made national news for their film, “The Mothers of No Tomorrow, An American Genocide,” when Sixx King donned a KKK costume and held up a sign in downtown Philadelphia: “The KKK killed 3446 Black People in 86 Years. Black on black murders surpass that number every six months.”


Their reception was mixed.


“I’m surprised that Nicholas ‘Sixx’ King didn’t get his butt whupped last week when he walked through Center City in a Ku Klux Klan costume,” said Lisa Jackson of the Philadelphia Daily News.


When Starkes read the Washington Post commentary, he said at first he felt physically ill:


“I really despise the urban terrorists and their subculture,” he said. “However, I’m equally angered with their apologists. Especially the so-called professors of ‘black studies’ who seemingly are nothing more defense attorneys moonlighting as professors.

“Black studies? Just what part of ‘black’ are they studying? Better yet, what part are they teaching? My guess is that they’re teaching the sheep how to protect the wolves … as long as the wolves are black.

“Whatever they’re teaching, clearly, it’s not reality. Unbelievably, these credentialed apologists continuously champion the urban terrorists’ plight as if the terrorists are the true victims.

“Moreover, their cycled ‘victimization’ rhetoric essentially licenses the terrorism and then uses ‘being black’ as a defense. Despite these professors’ slick presentation and polished grammar, which elaborately justifies urban violence, at the root of their rhetoric, whites are ultimately blamed.”


Nine have been arrested, most charged with murder. One is still at large.

Help ‘tending wounds’ sought for black attackers.

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