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That'll be cash on the barrel-head, son.

Jesus fuck.


Posted by Matthew | October 26, 2008 2:05 AM

what are you new to seattle or something? shootings happen within a couple blocks of there probably twice a week.

Posted by Tiffany | October 26, 2008 2:38 AM


... Sadly shootings seem to happen that much these days. I recall being *impressed* with the crime-statistics about 2-3 years back.

Have people forgotten to turn to drug-use before going that far or what?! Come on people, use your heads... realize shooting someone is only highly probable to help distance yourself from any goal but prison.

Posted by John | October 26, 2008 4:02 AM

There have been two incidents of violence tonight on the block were I live. One involved a young African American man and a young African American woman which soon esculated into a fight involing 5-6 young African American men and women.
The second was a young African American man fighting with bar security. He was pushing and shoving them claiming he had been "dissed"- I saw the whole thing and apparently his idea of being "dissed" was not being allowed to threaten other patrons.
Can I say this almost (**note the "almost") always the racial breakdown almost every weekend with this kind of stuff? I'm supposed to believe that I am less likely to end up in jail than a young black man because I am white? White women make up a pretty big chunk of the population in this neighborhood and what pecent of the crime? African American men under 30 make up around what percent of the population on the hill? And what percent of the crime?

Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2008 4:41 AM

Hey anonymous
You almost (**note the "almost") sound like a self serving racist dipshit. I guess white people don't fight, or get into altercations over drugs. I live in belltown and every weekend i see trampy white girls scream and hoot and provoke their meathead boyfriends into fights. Now what is the percentage of bellevue manicurists that live here? Eatshit Ho.

Posted by black menace | October 26, 2008 6:29 AM

C'mon down to the South End, "black menace," and check out who's doing a better chunk of the robberies, burglaries and assaults. It's predominantly black people. I'm SO over being called a racist by whiners like you that the word simply has no sting and carries no power whatsoever. This truth doesn't hurt.

But apparently the truth really, really hurts you, doesn't it?

Posted by Graham-and-MLK | October 26, 2008 7:37 AM

The Wire.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 26, 2008 8:26 AM


Posted by Matthew | October 26, 2008 8:29 AM

Us white folks, when fighting, use our hands. How many Whites, Asians, even Mexicans feel the need to use a gun? Besides cops, of course.

Posted by Racist Voting For A Black Man | October 26, 2008 9:21 AM

I blame Society.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 26, 2008 9:23 AM

I blame lack of user registration and comment moderation for this thread o' stupid.

Posted by elenchos | October 26, 2008 9:33 AM

where I live it's all these old western pennsylvanians always starting fights

Posted by murtha | October 26, 2008 10:14 AM

Do you realize that it is lame to use your vote for obama as cover for you not so hidden bigotry. Last I heard all races have used guns in crime. Hey Graham and MLK, How many of your black neighbors have been victimized by crime? Do you think they blame it on race too? How many have been let go at their jobs or denied raises because of their race? How many had to go to underserviced schools because they live in a "Black" neighborhood, thus not having the resources to go to college and make more money to move out of the ghetto you moved into?
Get a grip folks.

Posted by dh | October 26, 2008 10:35 AM

The funny thing about white people freaking out about black crime is that by and large black people victimize other black people and white people are far more likely to be the victim of other whites. That doesn't make any of this ok of course, I'm not trying to dismiss black-on-black crime as something no one needs to worry about, but it is typical that white people are irrationally scared of being the victim of a black criminal.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 26, 2008 10:49 AM

Guns are for cowards. Period.

Posted by seattlescott | October 26, 2008 10:52 AM

@5- WOW! A black man calling someone racist while making mysogynist slurs. Reminds me of a few years back when I saw a black man screaming fagot and threatening a gay couple than screamed he was a victim of "RACCCCCCISM!!"when the cops arrived.
As far as those annoying Belltown girls... how what percentage of the recent muggings and shootings in Belltown have they caused? The worst you could do was say they "egged on their boyfriends". No dumbass, how many people in Seattle have ended up in the coroners office cause a white woman felt she'd been dissed or entitled to mug someone? How many muggings have had white woman as the the perpetrator?
And before you repeat the self serving lie about poverty and social-economic injustice as being the cause of crime:
Women are more likely to be poor than men.
Old people more than young people.
Gays are the group that it is most acceptable to be bigoted against.
So if poverty and social injustice were the cause most crime would be caused by 60-something year old lesbians or transgenders.
But it's not. A huge disproportinate amount of violent crime is comitted by a group that makes up a tiny percentage of the population.
Faux "civil rights" leaders are so anger about the number of black men in prison? They sure as hell don't seem to be angry at them for victimizing anoyone. Pathetic. You know what? If young white women made up 3% of the population but a huge amoung of violent crime, the African American community would be more than happy to point this out, more so when the they were affected by this, and would label these people are "entitled" and "priveledged".... instead when someone is angry at about crime and refuse to believe that the black man wearing $600 shoes and $2000 worth of gold chains who comitted it is a acting out of poverty and injustice they label it, as you do, "racism"
And ps- Perhaps you would experience less, uh, "racism" if you didn't referring to women as "ho". It sort of, you know, plays in to sterotypes people have of black men.

Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2008 10:53 AM

#5- You seem really judgemental of those "trampy white girls". They are just victims of society, just like all the thuggy lack men. Funny how black men who cry about stereotypes have some pretty negative sterotypes of white women. And don't hold them or poor racist whites accountable for their actions, they are as much victims of sexism and classism as the black man is of racism.

Posted by jane doe | October 26, 2008 11:05 AM

@16: No, fat people are the group that it is most acceptable to be bigoted against.

Posted by Aislinn | October 26, 2008 12:25 PM

@18- so, fat people must be responisble for more crime then thin people, since we are told that people who are victims of bigotry are more likely to turn to crime.
And just to clarify what several people here have said. If you think young black men committ more muggings, carjackings, or gun related homicide than white women you are racist, right???? I mean, this fact can be verified, but if it is verified to be the case you must disown reality in order to avoid being a "racist", right??

Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2008 1:24 PM

Meanwhile the police are busy keeping our streets safe from nerf golfers.

Posted by kinaidos | October 26, 2008 1:31 PM

@ 20 -- Oh, and I'll bet when you hear "nerf golfers", you just automatically assume they're white - don't you?


Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 26, 2008 2:14 PM

I could point you to several lily-white communities in the Midwest that have much higher rates of violent crime than Seattle, and with neighborhoods that would make "MLK and Graham" look like Broadmoor. I guarantee you no one is bemoaning the "white population" in those towns.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | October 26, 2008 2:28 PM

@22: "I guarantee you no one is bemoaning the "white population" in those towns."

No one is bemoaning the "black population" in this town. Someone pointed out that a vast disproportiate amount of gun crime is committed by young black men. This is a fact. No one is stating that the "black population" in general is "the problem".
African-American "civil rights" leaders openly note when a crime takes place and the victim is black and the perpetrator is not. The Duke rape hoax/case is one example. The murders of several African American teenagers by Hispanic immigrants in Newark NJ last year is another. In the later case African American civil rights leaders,(along with Seattle's newspaper The Medium) openly pointed out the victims were all AA and that the perpetrators were illegal Mexican immigrants. The last 3 words were especially emphasized openly and unaopoligetically again and again and it seemed to be very relevent to the community the victims came from.

Secondly, the difference with these "lily white" high crime neighborhoods you mentioned is that you can blame the perpetrators without having to walk on eggshells to avoid offending the "community" they come from. I do not believe in holding black criminals more responsible than white, but I am so sick of being ordered to see thugs as the victims when they are AA, when what I have seen with my own eyes tells me a different story again and again.

Posted by jane doe | October 26, 2008 3:07 PM

@ 22 -- You're on.

First, please point us to any lily-white community in the Midwest comparable in size to Seattle's 600k, in order that meaningful statistical comparisons are possible.

Later, you can explain how aggregate violent crime rates in communities you classify as "lily white" enable us to infer anything at all about violent crime rates in Seattle's African-American demographic segment.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Let's get Jennifer Hudson on the line - I'd like her take on this.

Posted by Lupe | October 26, 2008 4:04 PM

I agree w/ 25, why no headline about it in The Morning News?

Posted by hey hey | October 26, 2008 5:00 PM

Ron, don't be such a drip. My point was that white communities are not immune to violent crime, and that being black does not automatically make one more likely to commit crime.

Drugs and poverty - that's what causes crime.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | October 26, 2008 5:21 PM

Catalina, don't be such a fraud. You pulled a bluff in the data game -- pretending you had data to back up your prejudices -- and you got called on it.

With apologies to the late Ralph Wiley, the salient question is "Why Black Men Tend to Shoot" (and commit other forms of aggravated assault) - not whether they do, even adjusting for drugs and poverty.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 26, 2008 7:04 PM

@23. The guy in the Newark Murder was an undocumented Peruvian immigrant.

Posted by arturo | October 26, 2008 7:40 PM

Catalina, drugs and poverty? Again you are ignoring reality.
Women are more likely to be poor than men.
Old people are more likely to be poor than young people.
Yet...... (drum roll please) the vast majority of violent crime is men under 30.
I refuse to call someone poor when their shoes cost more than everything I have in my wardrobe. You really believe muggers and car jackers are simply trying to put food on the table? B.S.

Posted by jane doe | October 26, 2008 10:18 PM

(testosterone + drugs + childhood poverty) -male role models = violent crime.

Posted by max solomon | October 27, 2008 9:30 AM

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