The city died decades ago: why go on pretending?

East St. Louis (“Not necessarily to be built”)

East St. Louis imposes house arrest on all minors.

Minors are to be off the streets at ten o’clock on both weeknights and weekend nights.

Minors on the street during school hours will be arrested on sight.

Police will also perform I.D. checks on street corners and conduct gun searches, and Parks says he won’t hesitate to call in the National Guard if the spike in violence continues.

Surrounded by police, Parks announced they also plan to arrest adult males and young men wearing gang colors, amounting to a city-wide dress code.

“No royal blue, no bright red to be worn by our men or our boys in this community,” Parks said. “Why is that? Those colors have long been affiliated with gang kinds of affiliations”

Asked about Constitutional concerns, and the need for probable cause, Parks says the recent wave of crime is the probable cause and justifies the extreme new measures.

“Vehicles that are moving will be stopped and searched for guns, weapons, drugs, and open alcohol and any other violations that are taking place,” Parks later told KMOX’s Mark Reardon. “People who are walking, people who are bicycling, can be stopped and searched for the same and, when it comes to state IDs, we’re going to be confirming that state IDs are in place for everyone involved.”

Call in the B-24s and call it a day.

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9 responses to “The city died decades ago: why go on pretending?

  1. Anonymous

    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    - John Adams

    That explains much of Democratic constituencies and their policies.

  2. J. Stalin

    I dont get whats wrong with this? Makes sense to me, they need to increase jail and re-education police though.

  3. armonk

    Great topless clubs in East St. Louis, IL. Just across the river. PT’s has topless volleyball. Check out Miss Kitty’s too. Every cloud has a silver lining!

  4. AJ

    They must have one of those guaranteed to be filled to at least 90% capacity deals with a private prison.

  5. ajnock

    The young black male in our society is a catastrophe. I say that with no animosity in my heart but a profound sadness. They are going to have to save themselves…no one else is going to do it…certainly not what passes for black “leaders” in this country. Certainly not government.

  6. Riverside Dog Walker

    B24′s. Never really heard of them before I listened to the book Unbroken. This is a terrific and heart breaking history of the WWII pacific theater from the story point of a B24 bombadier who was captured by the Japanese and suffered thru their POW camps. Highly recommended! Greenwich Library has both hard copy and audiobook.

    The B29′s were the planes that won the war.

  7. Anonymous

    @RDW, I’ll second your recommendation for Unbroken.

    Chris, serious question: If ESL or Detroit was your problem to solve, in their current states, how would you solve them?

    I can certaintly see the case for abridged constitutional rights, but…what would you do if you were given the task (refusal is not an option, nor is rewriting history so that things didn’t get to this point).

    • Well carpet bombing is the first solution that comes to mind. But what are we going to do with the entire population of young black slum dwellers who have no education can’t be educated, and are addicted to crime, welfare and drugs? We can’t let them starve, we can’t lift them out of poverty, we can’t keep them from breeding, so what do we do?
      It’s clear that federal welfare programs have failed, so I’d suggest capitalism – repeal all those regulations that make the poor’s lives so hard – get rid of forced labor union memberships, taxi medallions, licensing requirements for cosmeticians, barbers, pole dancers, etc., minimum wage and whatever else is hindering commerce and see what the ambitious (and there are many, I’m sure) can accomplish on heir own.
      Can’t be worse than another generation of Head Start, Food Stamps and Jobs for America.

  8. Anonymous

    Here’s the lazy overview via wikipedia:
    Demographics
    As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 31,542 people, 11,178 households, and 7,668 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,242.9 people per square mile (866.2/km²). There are 12,899 housing units at an average density of 917.2 per square mile (354.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 1.23% White, 97.74% Black or African-American, 0.19% Native American, 0.08% Asian-American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

    There were 11,178 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.9% were married couples living together, 40.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.80 and the average family size was 4.02.

    In the city the population was spread out with 32.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.5 males.

    The median income for a household in the city was $21,324, and the median income for a family was $24,567. Males had a median income of $27,864 versus $21,850 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,169. About 31.8% of families and 35.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.6% of those under the age of 18 and 25.2% of those 65 ages and older.

    Crime
    East St. Louis has the highest crime rate in the United States (according to the FBI’s 100 most dangerous cities list). According to FBI’s data of 2007, its murder rate hit 101.9 per population of 100,000, surpassing that of cities such as Gary, Indiana (48.3 per pop. 100,000); New Orleans, Louisiana (37.6); Baltimore, Maryland (43.3); and Detroit, Michigan (47.3); as well as that of its neighbor St. Louis (37.2). FBI data shows East St. Louis’ rate of rape exceeded 250 per population of 100,000.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_St._Louis,_Illinois#Demographics

    I’m not a big fan of the shows “First 48″ (solving murders) or “Cops” but it seems that whenever I have watched or been exposed to clips from the shows online that the majority of the episodes seem to happen in either ESL or Florida. I don’t know if that means their cops are friendlier to TV producers or if things are just that bad.