Martial Law declared in Chester PA after 2 year old gets shot

This is totally insane.  Crime and mayhem has gotten so out of control in Chester PA that the mayor has implemented martial law and a curfew. A similar call was made in Harrisburg PA by the NAACP about a year ago, but not acted upon.  Both of these are small cities with populations of under … Continue reading

A Case Study: Measuring the results-The Jena 6 Case

  My objective here is not to be an iconoclast, but sometimes advances in knowledge can only come when one discards those things that aren’t effective at addressing those things of direct relevance to real issues.  In the African-American community, there are a host of issues that are so pernicious that we really don’t have … Continue reading

Asian students accuse black students of racism at South Philadelphia High School

A story out of Philadelphia.  Asian students at South Philadelphia High have got the school board under pressure to do something about violence after being set upon by African-American students.  They’re currently boycotting by not attending classes until the board can assure their safety.  Apparently they’ve had to contend with racial epithets and attacks on … Continue reading

Spending 90% of the effort on 10% of the problem

Suppose you have a choice between resolving two health problems; one is a bee sting  that requires some ointment while the other is a heart problem that requires a bypass operation.  Which would you spend the majority of your time resolving and putting your attention on–the bee sting that’s uncomfortable or the heart bypass operation … Continue reading

Followup: Newark NJ Citizen Patrols

This is a worthy of a repeat blog entry.  Mayor Cory Booker of Newark has organized citizen night patrols to help fight crime.  I just think this is great and a real example of the type of leadership we need in our urban areas.   I don’t know how effective this has been in actually reducing crime as … Continue reading

Removing A Cultural Chasm by Legalizing Drugs?

Here’s an op-ed from a local columnist (Paul Carpenter) about the chasm that exists between inner city and suburban youth.   Mr. Carpenter draws our attention to the fact that choices available to either group are disparate; joining gangs is a choice for inner city youth while joining the boy scouts is a choice for suburban youth.  He … Continue reading

Civilians Acting to Keep Criminals in Check in Newark NJ

Engaging citizens in the fight against crime is the only effective means to combat it and it looks like Newark  New Jersey’s greatest cheerleader, Mayor Cory Booker, is doing just that in organizing civilian patrols of rough neighborhoods.    I read about this being attempted  in Philadelphia a couple a years ago,  but never heard of what the exact … Continue reading

The Death of Derrion Albert

This is a tragic story that plays out daily in every major urban area in America.  It played in Chicago last week,  but will move to Philadelphia next week, then Indianapolis, then Memphis and so on.  The region of the country does not matter as the culture of violence and gangsta mentality is the same.  … Continue reading

Easton PA Gang Murders

There have been a number of things occurring however, that are worthy of comment. The recent killings that occurred in Easton PA are on my mind. There are times when it is necessary to break silence and speak the truth. I subscribed to XM satellite radio during the past year and I often listen to … Continue reading