Here are a few statistics we found interesting:
- In 2004, a 20-year-old man from Hallandale Beach, FL (a suburb of Miami) was shot through a car window after his flirting with a group of girls in another car turned into an argument with someone in a third car. He died.
- In 2007, the police confiscated 60 firearms on the beach. And two men died outside of a South Beach cafe.
...and this would not be the first time that a weekend event that brings many Black people from all over to a city has gotten shut down.
So it brings us to the question/topic of discussion...can "we" (meaning Black people) behave when in large groups? Y SUGARCOAT? Some of you may be rolling your eyes right now going "oh no they didn't!" but the facts remain...predominately Black events gets shut down because of shootings often. The big R word "racism" is thrown around when these things get shut down but honestly, how many predominately other race spring break events or festivals do you know of that get riddled with bullets? We need to see statistics proving that shootings occur at ALL events that attract a lot of people equally before we can say it's not at all race related.
It would be one thing to scream racism if the only crimes that occurred at all of these predominately Black events were a couple of drunken fights or other isolated incidents of crime, but major heavily populated areas getting riddled with bullets and then not understanding why these events are getting shut down??? Is Essence Festival in New Orleans the next thing to get shut down?
At first, upon reading articles involving the South Beach shootings we questioned, is this just the media unfairly portraying the crimes at a predominately Black populated events or is there honestly a difference in the level of crime, danger, and debauchery at predominately Black events?
What do you all think? Do Black people not know how to behave in large groups? Is the media not properly, accurately, or fairly reporting crime at ALL events that draw large groups of people? What are the reasons it appears that Black people "act up"?