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Code of silence corrodes morality, puts blacks at risk
Leningrad Times ^ | 07/25/2010 | Bill Maxwell

Posted on 07/25/2010 2:49:14 PM PDT by scottfactor

For committing an act of pure decency, three black women are being ostracized by many other black people. • On the night of June 29, Delores Keen, Renee Roundtree and Rose Dodson rushed outside Keen's apartment after they heard gunshots. They discovered two Tampa police officers, David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, lying together on the ground. The officers had been shot. Dontae Morris, a 24-year-old black ex-convict, would be charged in the shootings.

Roundtree checked the officers' pulses, and Keen dialed 911. The three women stayed with the dying officers until others arrived. The Hillsborough County Commission honored the women for trying to help the officers.

Since their identities were made public, the woman have been criticized by fellow blacks almost everywhere they go, walking down the street, at local social clubs and in stores.

Their sin, considered by many to be perhaps the worst in American black culture, was helping "the enemy" — the police. You are guilty of helping the enemy in two main ways: You give the police, or another authority, information about a black person who has committed or is suspected of having committed a crime, which is "snitching." Or, as is the case with the three women, you physically aid and comfort police in distress, which is treated the same as snitching.

By trying to help the officers, Keen, Roundtree and Dodson showed, in the eyes of many, that they are not "authentically black." They are traitors to their race.

"I even had an ex-friend call and say, 'That was f----- up. You turned my boy in,' " Roundtree told the St. Petersburg Times of a response to her attempt to help the officers.

The snitching ethos, or code of silence, runs so deep that many blacks who snitch or assist morally struggle with their decisions. Many apologize, while others, having acted, offer history and background as to why blacks see the police as the enemy.

"I expected it," Dodson told the Times, rationalizing the criticism against her. "I don't want to say black folks, but I've got to say black folks — some have faith in the cops and some of them have been harassed for so long, been profiled, that they don't want nothing to do (with the police).

"When they hear someone was helping them, they wonder why. But they don't understand. They weren't in the situation. I don't believe anyone would have been so coldhearted that they would have walked away."

Dodson is being charitable in my estimation. The code of silence has coarsened black culture, especially in low-income communities, both rural and urban. It has created an acceptance of deception, divided loyalties, made pseudo-enemies, pitted neighbors against neighbors and turned criminals such as Dontae Morris into folk heroes.

One of the ugliest public displays of the snitching ethos occurred last year when Anderson Cooper interviewed rapper Cam'ron for 60 Minutes. Cooper asked Cam'ron what he would do if he knew he was living next door to a serial killer. Cam'ron said he would move away rather than snitch on the killer.

Law enforcement officials agree that the code of silence is the main reason they have not solved the murders of, among others, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G. and Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay.

In an article for New York magazine, writer Stanley Crouch, who has been condemned for advocating snitching, nicely summed up the lunacy of the code of silence: "The greatest threat to black life and limb is not the police; it's criminals in our community."

He is right. Black criminals victimize their own people. And we help them. If we do not call the police, we deserve the mayhem and dysfunction we suffer. When we conceal the identity of a murderer, we endanger everyone. When we turn our backs on drug deals near our homes, we cheapen the rule of law and destroy social values. In addition to its self-destructiveness, the snitching ethos alienates us from others, putting us at odds with normal behavior.

Would a decent person walk away and refuse to assist a mortally wounded fellow human being — a police officer? Would a decent person condemn someone for helping a police officer?

Blacks have only themselves to blame for giving other people good reasons to hold them in contempt. The code of silence is corrosive in every way.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0bamasfault; blackculture; keepinitreal; obamasfault; snitch; thugbehavior
This story was written by an opinion columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, a liberal Poynter Institute writer who is African-American. In a newspaper full of liberal tripe, I sometimes find his honest views refreshing. Although many times I do not agree with Mr. Maxwell, sometimes he hits the nail right ont he head. If the black community wishes for better days, it had better start cleaning it's own backyard before it continues to criticize me for stepping on the grass.
1 posted on 07/25/2010 2:49:16 PM PDT by scottfactor
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To: scottfactor

The black community that does this is nuts!! Idiots all!!


2 posted on 07/25/2010 2:53:29 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: scottfactor

I truely believe race relations had turned the corner.
After this marxist pos “magic negro”, I’ll never again look at a black in a position of power and NOt wonder if they are a quota boy.
A set aside.
Did they get this position only because they are black and not on their merit.
Way to go obammy.


3 posted on 07/25/2010 2:54:15 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Jim Robinson

I agree!


4 posted on 07/25/2010 2:55:41 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: scottfactor

Some people are their own worst enemies


5 posted on 07/25/2010 2:59:24 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Jim Robinson

Any wonder why most whites and a large number of blacks themselves won’t live in a black neighborhood? I want neighbors I can count on to look after my family and property, not aid criminals.


6 posted on 07/25/2010 3:02:11 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: scottfactor

The Leningrad Times?


7 posted on 07/25/2010 3:03:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: scottfactor
These are the people who, when they are feeling especially poor and looked down upon, decide to burn down their own neighborhood.

They screwed up Africa. They screwed up our cities. They somehow hold me accountable for all of their problems. I'm so done with it -- go fix yourself.

8 posted on 07/25/2010 3:04:19 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Jim Robinson

Why do you think all the nations of Africa have been such shining examples of progress?


9 posted on 07/25/2010 3:04:48 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: scottfactor
Russia has it's own criminal underground, with its own code of silence and its own system of ostracism. It's called vor v zakone.
10 posted on 07/25/2010 3:11:14 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: scottfactor

This is really nothing new, Gary Heidnik lived unmolested in a predominantly African American community in Philly. Similarly, Jeff Dahmer did his crimes in a crowded apartment building in the ‘hood.


11 posted on 07/25/2010 3:11:51 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: scottfactor
This is the same ostracization directed at blacks who speak standard English instead of ungrammatical Ebonics.
12 posted on 07/25/2010 3:12:57 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: BenLurkin
The Leningrad Times?

I think it's a play on St. Petersburg, which was what Leningrad was called before the commies took over, and it's called that today. The article was from the St. Pete Times in Fla.

13 posted on 07/25/2010 3:15:16 PM PDT by Gurn (Remember Mountain Meadows.)
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To: scottfactor

I wonder if Jesse Jackson would shake their hands for the media. It would help him a lot, and send a message where it needs to go.


14 posted on 07/25/2010 3:15:52 PM PDT by Tax Government (We ask nothing except that our elected representatives uphold the Constitution.)
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To: scottfactor

In a culture where life is cheap, having the decency to care for a fellow human being is looked down on. There can be little hope for people like this. and they will eventually get the end that they deserve.


15 posted on 07/25/2010 3:15:52 PM PDT by Bernard (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Government)
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To: I_Like_Spam

“Jeff Dahmer did his crimes in a crowded apartment building in the ‘hood.”

About a block away from where I used to live. I lived on the edges of the “hood” for years in Milwaukee, back in the Seventies. Never had any trouble with my neighbors. Lived for a while on 13th and State. During the riots! That was an interesting thing for a white boy from Suburbia to go through!


16 posted on 07/25/2010 3:22:42 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Joe Boucher

I must agree with you, sir, that “race relations” had turned the corner for the positive result to all people until POTUS Barack Hussein Obama was elected. There still is a long way to go, but things were headed in the right direction. Why? Black assimilation into the American way of life!!! And....other races willingly and openly accepting Black Americans into that way of life in every manner and mode. Shucks, there are thousands upon thousands of interracial marriages of all sorts, the overwhelming majority of them working out just fine and dandy and widely accepted. Jobs, education, opportunities were plentiful and available to all that pursued them. The nasty facts are, that in neighborhoods where Blacks are centered and controlled by “their” people and power hungry politicians (the Democrat Party) things are not and never have been “swell” so to speak. They are worse now in all facets because Black racism is now alive and well with POTUS Barack Hussein Obama, his Democrat party and Black racist leaders such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. Throw in Van Jones, Henry Gates, Shirley Sherrod, etc. and the destruction of not only race relations, but the existance of our country is at stake. that’s the bad news!!! The good news is that most Joe & Jane Americans are not buying the Obama racist jive, no matter how he and his ilk package it. And.....I believe that many Black Americans see it the same way. Why because, they love America, they value their freedom and opportunity and they are smart enough to see that the current POTUS Obama is not good medicine for them or all Americans.


17 posted on 07/25/2010 3:24:55 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: luvbach1
This is the same ostracization directed at blacks who speak standard English instead of ungrammatical Ebonics.

Absolutely. I have a friend at work who is black. He's also a chemical engineer. He grew up in the '70s in the worst ghetto in Columbus. No father, scum of the earth surrounding him, the whole bit. But he was smart, and luckily for him, big, in an athletic way. He could fight and he excelled at football. He also excelled at science. He got a few scholarships, went to Ohio State and now has been with our company for 17 years. He's top-notch at what he does for us; not an affirmative action type.

Anyway, he told me that he has been estranged from the majority of his extended family, and even one of his siblings because of his success. They can't stand the fact that he lives in an affluent suburb, lives in a $400,000 house and is married to a tax attorney.

18 posted on 07/25/2010 3:25:18 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yes they are.


19 posted on 07/25/2010 3:29:19 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Gurn
You mean after the Commies took over.
20 posted on 07/25/2010 3:31:47 PM PDT by Misterioso (The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: scottfactor
The code of silence has coarsened black culture, especially in low-income communities, both rural and urban.

Very, very true. I can't believe Bill Maxwell, a first class black victimologist, wrote this. Maybe common sense is breaking out among blacks, since the biggest killer of blacks is...other blacks. It's an entire ethnic group living in servitude to their thug population.

Whites have an abundant number of thugs, but we hate them. Blacks have got to start hating their own thugs too.

21 posted on 07/25/2010 3:38:41 PM PDT by livius
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To: scottfactor

So tragicly true.


22 posted on 07/25/2010 3:46:13 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: buccaneer81

White tax attorney?


23 posted on 07/25/2010 3:47:03 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“By trying to help the officers, Keen, Roundtree and Dodson showed, in the eyes of many, that they are not ‘authentically black.’”
Attacking an act of kindness certainly does nothing for the public image of such people.


24 posted on 07/25/2010 4:31:16 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Employing freedom of speech/expression in order to condemn freedom of speech/expression¬ógo figure..)
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To: himno hero

“Why do you think all the nations of Africa have been such shining examples of progress?”
Don’t forget Haiti.


25 posted on 07/25/2010 4:34:46 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Employing freedom of speech/expression in order to condemn freedom of speech/expression¬ógo figure..)
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To: livius

Bill makes sense about once every five years...


26 posted on 07/25/2010 4:43:15 PM PDT by rwilson99
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To: Chickensoup
White tax attorney?

Nope. She's black, too. And an outspoken critic of the Kenyan (that's what she calls him.)

27 posted on 07/25/2010 4:49:39 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: BenLurkin

“The Leningrad Times?”

Saint Petersburg, Russia was formerly known as Leningrad while under communist rule, from 1924–1991. As a lifelong resident of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, I have always referred to the St. Petersburg Times as the “Leningrad Times” or “Pravda West”. It properly reflects the fact that this newspaper/bird cage liner has never met a tax it didn’t like, and promotes the socialist policies of the Poynter Institute that owns it.

In short, they suck...but that’s just my humble opinion.


28 posted on 07/25/2010 4:49:43 PM PDT by scottfactor
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To: Jim Robinson

I wish the black communities would all adopt the words of the black man in New York who helped stop the terrorist bombing. He said “If you see something, say something.” Too many are still following the “Stop Snitching” nonsense. And that group is certified idiots.


29 posted on 07/25/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: scottfactor
Their sin, considered by many to be perhaps the worst in American black culture, was helping "the enemy" — the police. You are guilty of helping the enemy in two main ways: You give the police, or another authority, information about a black person who has committed or is suspected of having committed a crime, which is "snitching." Or, as is the case with the three women, you physically aid and comfort police in distress, which is treated the same as snitching.

Therein lies the root of the decay of black culture. Sure, many years ago, there was the danger of black people being charged for crimes they didn't commit, but it didn't happen to ALL black people. Sadly, though, there developed an attitude toward the police that made it impossible for the officers to HELP black people when they're victimized by their own, or anyone else, for that matter.

The attitude gravitated to education, so now if young black people truly WANT a good education, they're made to feel as if they're traitors to their race. This keeps a large number of blacks in abject poverty, thus vulnerable to their own criminals who they're loathe to 'betray'.

30 posted on 07/25/2010 5:44:18 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: buccaneer81
Anyway, he told me that he has been estranged from the majority of his extended family, and even one of his siblings because of his success. They can't stand the fact that he lives in an affluent suburb, lives in a $400,000 house and is married to a tax attorney.

Sadly, some poor whites have the same attitudes in this regard.

31 posted on 07/25/2010 6:10:34 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: rwilson99

That’s true. I actually recall reading something else good by him...hey, maybe it was about five years ago!


32 posted on 07/25/2010 6:20:13 PM PDT by livius
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To: scottfactor

bttt


33 posted on 07/25/2010 6:27:40 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: scottfactor; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Jim Robinson

What irritates me worst about the code of omerta as practiced in the hood are the complaints of the African American community about open air drug markets, prostitution and other vice rampant in their neighborhoods.

Here in Pittsburgh, black leaders will complain that the city wouldn’t allow the kinds of shenanigans that go on in Homewood and Larimer to go on in Squirrel Hill (an affluent mostly white community here) for a minute.

But obviously if they insist on not snitching on their miscreant neighbors, the city can’t do anything about it. The folks in Squirrel Hill would confront it and call the police and snitch.


34 posted on 07/25/2010 7:11:51 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I do not understand why blacks overwhelmingly supported and continue that suopport when Obamma has pushed abortion to the top of his list.
He is pushing homosexuality too.
A couple issues many blacks do not agree with.
Still they side with him simply because he is black.
I have lost faith in the goodness of blacks.


35 posted on 07/26/2010 2:41:26 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Joe Boucher
I do not mean to be confrontational with you. The answer to your question is, I think, that africanhyphenamericans vote ahyphena period. Glenn Beck has suggested, correctly I think, that so called liberation theology (i.e. Jeremiah Wright, Jesse, Al Sharpton, et al) which promotes the idea of taking from those who have and returning their wealth to its "rightful owners", is the driver behind most ahyphena's political decisions above all else. Its a pragmatic approach on their part.

Mooslimes also take a pragmatic approach. Their overwhelming hatred for all people other than themselves drives them to support the party of homosexuality, special rights for certain minorities who are "Christian", etc. The 'rat party is a vehicle for them all to coalesce around in order to achieve their higher goals.

36 posted on 07/26/2010 3:02:04 AM PDT by RushLake (Liberalism/Progressivism--Domestic terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: RushLake

RushLake,
Please tell your son CPL RushLake, USMC. that we pray for him and all our military each and every day.
Tell him he is a hero and thanks.


37 posted on 07/26/2010 3:10:29 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Ya unAmerican p.o.s.)
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To: buccaneer81

Terrific. It is refreshing to meet people who are not caught in the expected way to be.


38 posted on 07/26/2010 5:36:48 AM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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