Okay, a couple of things before you get to the meat and potatoes of this article. First, I would humbly ask that if there are discords that take place
in this discussion that they are done so while still maintaining the ATS standard of civility and decorum, please. Additionally, I searched a number
of different variances of this article to no avail as being posted already (begging your pardon with that cliché). Thank you.
African American dresses in KKK hood on Philadelphia street corner
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - In 2013, no one expects to see a man dressed in a Ku Klux Clan robe mid-morning in Center City, Philadelphia.
"I think that's nonsense," said one woman on the street. "He needs to be committed to the jail system," said another onlooker.
The man, who stood on the corner of 13th and Filbert on Tuesday, is not out to lynch or kill black people. In fact, he is black. Thirty-five-year-old
Sixx King says he's using the offensive symbol to highlight a serious problem: black on black crime.
"We're bringing awareness to the black hypocrisy, complacency and apathy in the African-American community," said King. According to the FBI, in 2011
more than 7,000 black people were killed. King's sign reads that the KKK killed 3,446 blacks in 86 years, while black on black murders surpass that
number every six months.
So what say you ATS? Smart way at getting his message across or poor choice in judgment at getting his message across?
I am pulled on this actually. On the one hand, I can see how this statistic brings light to the facts with how many black on black deaths there are
vs. how many blacks have been killed by the KKK in 86 years. He mentions the hypocrisy therein and I have to presume this is where his motivation
A Philadelphia Councilman wasn't at all pleased with the display however:
"All my anger for my ancestors who went through that terror of a Ku Klux Klan hood and what that symbolizes to me, evoked anger," said
Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. "I was angry!" Councilman Jones took a picture of what he witnessed and posted it on Facebook. Hundreds have
shared the image, and the comments were mixed."
Although the Councilman understood it appears:
"I don't agree with that symbolization," said Jones. "But you can't ignore the message, so I support what he did."
So I think I stand about where this Councilman does, the message is indeed there using this tact, but I think it should have been more thought out and
if Mr. King wants to bring awareness to this problem then I think he should try and find a different evasiveness if that is the method he is going to
choose. But as was stated in the article, the overall message shouldn't be ignored.
It seems Mr. King recently produced a documentary about black on black crime. Here is the Youtube preview posted 2 weeks ago. The above display was
imo and presumptively due in part to promote this documentary.
Mothers Of No Tomorrow Official A Sixx King Film
Here is his Vimeo profile, according to the profile he is a promising "writer/producer/director/actor/activist".
Perhaps I am too far out of the loop but I have not heard of this guy before reading this article so forgive any ignorance on my part in that
Sixx King is one of today’s most promising writers/producers/directors/actors/activists. A natural organizer, mobilizer and pop culture maven,
King is always on the cutting-edge of what’s new and hot in entertainment. Through his company, Sixx Degrees Films, King has produced music videos
for some of the industry's brightest artists.
A once in a life time interview by Howard Stern in 2005 paved the way for King's radio career with New York’s Hot 97 morning show. During that same
year he appeared in his fourth feature film, Black Cloud starring Tim McGraw and Rick Schroder.
I give him a lot of credit for attempting to take this problem on and try to bring awareness to a seemingly ever growing problem in America. This
quote from him in the article above leads me to believe that he has a long journey a head of him in regards to this issue though...
King told me he didn't intend to offend anyone. When asked if he thinks standing on the corner in a KKK outfit will really make a difference, King
said, "I don't think it will stop someone from killing. But hopefully, it would make that person think."
This should be his goal imho, find a campaign/display that not only makes people think but in turn stops them from killing one another.
2/12/2013 by UberL33t because: typo corrections
Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
Blacks are three times more likely to use a hand gun, and twice more likely to use a knife. Hispanics commit three times more violent crimes than
whites, but the statistics are nebulous because sometimes they are classified as white, so it could be far higher.
The best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percent of the population that is black and Hispanic. Blacks are 39 times more likely to
commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.
Forty-five percent of black crime is against whites, 43 against other blacks, and 10 percent against Hispanic.
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