Saturday, March 03, 2007

Fools shooting uptown

Some fools were shooting uptown early Saturday morning. A woman suffered an eye injury from broken glass as result of the incident, which occurred about 3:05 a.m. near Dixie's Tavern.

She was riding in a party bus that was struck by at least one bullet. A close friend of mine was on that bus and said a bullet hit his seat. He's shaken and not sure if he wants to come uptown tonight.

What makes it worse is that neither of us are surprised by the shooting. It seems like no matter how hard black people work to provide upscale events, i.e. no wanna-be gangsters, the little punks won’t stay away.

Now, I have a friend who’s worried about his safety uptown and there’s a woman nursing a wounded eye instead of having a good time.

Don't these idiots know they're the reason why so many white club and restaurant owners are reluctant to open their doors to black promoters? Incidents like this and the shooting at Crush a few weeks ago are the reason why we don't have a black-owned nightclub uptown. White people are scared of ignorant black people.

Guess what. Black people are scared of them too.

When I was working on the tournament party list, I went back and forth with a promoter about the language of his listing. He wanted me to write that it was open to all CIAA alumni. I told him non-CIAA alumni might think they couldn't attend. I suggested saying the party was for people ages 25 and up. He agreed, but then called me back later. He said only wanted people who were college graduates because he didn't want to deal with anyone who hadn't graduated from college coming in and acting like a fool in his party.

I know he's making a broad generalization, but I understand where he's coming from and it makes me sad. There is already a disconnect between the hip-hop generation and the Civil Rights generation. His comment, and the fact part of me agrees, makes me realize that we're facing a class disconnect within the hip-hop generation.

The CIAA tournament is a time to party and watch good basketball, but it also celebrates the legacy of historically black colleges. These schools give motivated black boys and girls hope for a better life. We have got to find a way to reach the black boys who have no hope because they are killing all of us, not just themselves

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am oftentimes a critic of your writing, but there's no question that this is one of the most heartfelt and germane (never mind coherent) postings of yours I've read. This is the first news of this incident that I've heard and I'd like to know more. If you could provide a link I would appreciate it. I've been scouring the Observer all day since late Friday night (really about 3:30 on Saturday morning) I got onto 277 after fighting through College Street traffic uptown. I had just started to get to speed when I came upon a roadblock of multiple police officers at 277 and Independence West Bound. They were stopping traffic and forcing everyone headed North on 277 to go East bound on Independence. There were also many police cars up North Bound 277. It also appeared that South Bound 277 was closed (there were cop cars stationed on that side as well and no through traffic.) As I made my way out East Independence I noticed that there was another roadblock at 277 and Independence and there were also police cars with lights stationed every 500 yards or so all the way out to Indpendence Arena (where there were a number of cars stopped with cop cars surrounding vehicles there as well.)

All in all a pretty wild night, and it delayed my trip to Winston Salem by many hours. Thank you for posting this news, it's not been available anywhere else, at least as far as I could tell.

Perhaps the newsdesk could make some copy of what you've posted in this forum.

Anonymous said...

FINIALLY SOMEONE NOT AFRAID TO SAY WHATS BEEN ON THE MIND OF MOST DECENT PEOPLE MINDS. ESPICALLY BLACK PEOPLE MINDS. WE ARE JUST AS TIRED OF THE IGNORANCE IN THE STREETS. LEAVE IT TO A FEW STUPID @#$% TO SPOIL IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A FRONT PAGE EDITORIAL!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are so right. I had my fingers crossed, that with the success of CIAA last year, that not only would having it this year in Charlotte bring a lot of money into the local economy, but that it would show people that black people can get together, have a good time and not get shot. Then somebody comes along and messes that up. I don't want to make a racial thing out of it, since obviously crime occurs at white events too, but blacks are more vulnerable to crime at our own events.

Anonymous said...

what a mess, I was so hoping that none of this stupidity was going to happen during the CIAA. Just for the record i am a middle aged southern white woman that was thrilled by the sucess last year and looking forward to seeing all the photos and reading about the famous and infamous that came to our Queen City for this wonderful event. To quote Ron White "you can't fix stupid"

Anonymous said...

The shooting was meaningless, but who's to say the shooter was black. Whoever the shooter was--was an ignorant person that wanted to rain on the fun that the CIAA brought to Whitebread Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

Not all college graduates have good sense. And not all non-degreed Black people are ignorant. MANY educated, degreed people are in jail for doing something stupid.

I understand what your friend was trying to do. But that's too general of an assessment of any group of people; black, white, hispanic, etc.