July 7, 2009, - 10:37 am
By Debbie Schlussel
So sad. The dying City of Detroit is taking a failed page from the City of Miami’s playbook. Last year, Miami hired racist, bigoted Nation of Islam minions for its street patrol, to the tune of $150,000.
Now, Detroit is trying a similar approach.
Apparently, the irony is lost on the Detroit Police Department, which will be working with Nation of Islam members to “combat student violence” in Detroit, through something called “Cease Fire Initiative” (CFI).
But it’s kind of ironic that a group of thugs who live by a gospel of racism, anti-Semitic hatred, and bigotry, are now called in to “stop the violence.”
Yeah, That’s the Ticket: Enlist Farrakhan’s Thugs to “Stop the Violence”
While it’s not clear whether any tax money is going directly to CFI, the organization’s anti-violence hotline is linked to the Detroit Police Department, which will be working with the group. And that’s far more than enough sanction by a tax-funded public law enforcement body. It’s way too close for comfort.
Even worse, major Detroit radio personalities and Christian leaders are involved with the Nation of Islam in this venture, as is Detroit Lion player Larry Foote. That’s ironic, too, since, as I noted back in 2006, Foote fathered a kid out of wedlock when he was just fourteen with a woman who has five other children with five other men. At the time, Foote said he didn’t know how many other illegitimate kids he may have spawned. A man who fathers kids out of wedlock is part of the violence problem, NOT the solution.
The same goes for the Nation of Islam’s hate. It breeds hate that fuels violence. And it, too, is not part of the solution. It’s the problem.
One other thing: I just called the “24-hour” anti-violence hotline phone number, listed in the story, and it’s like in a bad comedy. I got voicemail, saying the mailbox is full. Hilarious.
The antiviolence Cease Fire Initiative group on Monday announced a new hotline for students to call to report violence or other problems.
The announcement was made near the bus stop where seven teens were shot last week. . . .
The hotline number, 313-784-6674, will be available starting this morning and will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Representatives of the initiative monitoring the line will call police and dispatch members of the Fruits of Islam, a group of young men affiliated with the Nation of Islam who are trained to intervene without guns, backers said.
“You can call without feeling the pressure of being called a snitch. You can call anonymously,” said Mouchettee Muhammad, vice president of the Cease Fire Initiative.
Detroit radio personality Reggie Reg Davis of WJLB-FM, a member of the coalition, lost his brother in a shooting a few years ago.
“We’re offering them an alternative way to call someone and feel secure about it, feel comfortable,” Davis said.
Really? I don’t think any Jews will feel comfortable calling the Fruit of Islam. Not that they are the source of the violence in Detroit.
Also appearing at the announcement were rappers Stretch Money & Al Nuke; Pastor Kenneth Flowers of Greater New Mt. Moriah Church; Yusef Shukur, a former gang member who met his father for the first time when he went to jail, and Detroit Lion Larry Foote.
Ah, rappers. When I think of the solution to violence, I think of hip-hop. Don’t you?
It was bad enough when then-HUD Secretary Jack Kemp hired Lucky Louie’s Loonies to patrol the projects in Chicago. Sadly, it’s become a trend.