Skip to comments.Springfield (MA) violence: 'Don't blame the police when Pookie gets shot…,' says Rev. Swan
Posted on 06/06/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT by matt04
Blame for the recent violence that's swept through Springfield lies in the hands of the young men committing the crimes and those who tacitly abet them not the law enforcement officials and religious leaders trying to keep the peace, according to the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP and pastor of Spring of Hope Church.
"Don't blame the police, you know, when Pookie gets shot and you knew the kind of life Pookie was living, and you knew the path that Pookie was on and you never addressed it with Pookie," Swan said during Monday's broadcast of his weekly radio program, "The Spoken Word" (video below).
Swan said that while he "consistently calls communities of faith and law enforcement to accountability," people who come in contact with perpetrators of street violence the perpetrators' parents, grandparents, godparents and other relatives need to reject such behavior.
"The police cannot prevent your child from keeping that gun ... and leaving with it, but you can," Swan said, calling on communities most affected by gun violence to step up and do their part to help stop it.
"At some point, black community/Latino community, we've got to take responsibility for what's happening with our own children," the pastor said.
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I thought this was going to be a dog shooting story. I guess Pookie is a ‘banger, not a bowser.
I thought it was dog shootings too. I thought it was in defense of cops shooting dogs whenever they feel like it.
“My baby ain’t done never hurt nobody.”
Urban violence is the result of a Democrat-constructed, Pavlovian experiment called the Great Society. Judged by Democrat standards, it has been a smashing success nationwide.
I remember when Springfield was a nice city.
Don’t tell me that neither of you have ever seen “New Jack City”
Pookie belongs in the pokey.
But the Democrats run (or ruin) Springfield, Boston, and much of urbanized Massachusetts. They gave us Kennedy(s), Kerry, Warren, Markey, Barney Frank, and many other communists, marxists, crooks and crazies.
I would have thought that Mass. would be a peaceful place to live in. Where did I go wrong?
Our Pookie certainly doesn’t belong in any pokey. I’d have withdrawal symptoms without our daily toons.
the American problem with violence is not in the gun store, it is around the dinner table. It is a family issue - the raising of children to become responsible citizens.
I have/had relatives that grew up in Springfield years ago. They told stores and show me pictures of how nice that city once was. Today, their are still nice areas, but overall it sill not a place where most people would have their dream house, etc.
Oops,sorry folks. :-)
Pookie & Boo are the new Porgie & Bess?
I don't think Pokey want to play that game.
The good rev has it right.
Ditto to what you said. LBJ and his Great Society Scam has done more harm to Black Americans than the old Democrat racists in the KKK ever dreamed possible.
Good lord,I forgot all about Gumby and Pokey——my kids liked them——a lot.
> according to the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP and pastor of Spring of Hope Church.
Rev. Swan has it right. The only way it’s going to change in those communities is when the all of the pastors (less race hustlers Sharpton, Jackson, and Wright) and parents become really concerned and take action. It will not happen with some Progressive government program or anything else ... the hard part must be done by the pastors and parents.
I recently visited the Springfield Armory museum and it was pretty cool. Arrived and left while the sun was up.
Don’t know or care about the rest of that city.
Won’t be back.
More often than not, it's hard to tell the difference.
Fact; check it out.
The Springfield Armory Museum is great. You should check out the other museums - Dr. Seuss museum and a couple of other museums and also the Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s the home of Indian Motorcycles too. Probably good to go there in the daytime.
I went to STCC, which is the community college located on the grounds of the former Armory. Met a librarian who was scared to work there because of the sites past history. Apparently liberals are also afraid of imaginary guns.
You must be older than dirt
“You must be older than dirt”
Well the little lady might make a puddle when she saw this-The Springfield Armory Muzzle-loading Organ.
The Great Society created urban plantations that merely substituted the iron chains of slavery for the unbreakable shackles of dependence, social pathologies, drugs, gangs, and violence. Hopelessness, rage and envy are nurtured by RAT politicians and poverty pimps. Poverty is a RAT industry and they always seek to increase market share: the more poverty, the more power they have to implement their socialist agenda. Blacks killing each other serves their purposes. Blaming it all on racism deflects the true causes and intentions.