Friday, November 20, 2015

Howard has had it.

Howard Ballou spoke out against the recent crime wave in Jackson on Facebook yesterday.  It is posted here with his permission.


If I offend you so be it, but I’m pissed off! You see this man? He was only 36-years-old. He was a father. He was working, trying to make an honest wage to take care of his family. He was a tax paying citizen. He was gunned down at his workplace on Livingston Road in Jackson last night. Police are looking for two suspects who were wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces. COWARDS. My question? Where is the outrage? Where are the social activists with rallies and marches? Didn’t his life matter, also? Don’t blame Jackson police. They’re doing the best they can. It’s not a racial issue, so don’t go there. We have to STOP killing each other. There is no excuse. Pray for this man’s family; pray for our city AND while you’re praying, roll up your sleeves and take ACTION to bring this senseless violence to an end. Be a snitch if that’s what you want to call it. I don’t pretend to have answers, but I know WE have to do something. In the interest of full disclosure, Broderick Smith was the cousin of a good friend and former WLBT associate. May he rest in peace.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

A white person is not allowed to complain. They will be called racist. Doesn't matter what they say. For some reason the black lives matter crowd does not think a black life matters if there isn't a white person to blame. Sure hard to take them serious when killings like this happens and no one will step forward to help put the killers in jail but if a white cop attempts to stop a black criminal the street will fill with black people.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate Howard's concern and will always support wise words that promote good relations among good men.

We have in our country a vocal and well received plethora of voices extolling the hatred of white people. What they say is not true, however, the audience loves to hear it and feel it justifies their lot in life. It allows the audience to shift blame to others and the situation can never be rectified as it does not exist to change.

Anonymous said...

"We" have to stop killing each other? Who's We?

Anonymous said...

Howard where is your outrage with the DA who keeps letting repeat offenders out on the streets. Also what about your outrage with Green and Kid. You are in a position to expose these do nothing's but you don't say anything.

Anonymous said...

Since this was written, another young man killed, for unknown reasons, two innocent people. I agree with Howard and assume the "we" was not meant as an insult to law-abiding folks. These murders are awful and cannot be tolerated. Bail for any offense needs to be higher in Jackson. I feel so sorry for the victims and their families. I feel so sorry for the mother who had to turn her son in. This is tearing our City up.

Agreed 9:49 AM. The fault is not JPD; the fault is in the Judicial from the District Attorney to the Judges who do not set bail in keeping with the potential for additional crime. This is both City and County Judges. Jail should not be a revolving door; it should be punishment, consistant with safety for citizens, and not a badge of honor but a true mark of shame for the perpetrator, his friends and the whole community.

If you do the crime, do the time, regardless of race. A person is only as good as what feeds their mind. If you know those who are feeding their minds on violence, on violent music, on violent movies, on violent TV, then you know those who will participate in violence.

Anonymous said...

Some commenters just throw race into everything around these parts.

PittPanther said...

What does Black Live Matter have to do with random street crime? BLM was started to address a very specific target - the killing of unarmed, non violent, black people by police. BLM was not and is not focused on street crime.

I encourage readers of this blog to start a new movement targeted to reduce and eliminate street crime, since this a subject that is very close to their hearts. You don't need to be black to start it, just committed.

Burke said...

11:09, a movement aimed at street crime and domestic crime, which is almost entirely a matter of crimes committed by black men, has to start among blacks. Whites will support it, Lord knows, but blacks have to support it first. Our common history requires that. I am grateful to Mr. Ballou for stepping up, but others like him, and of his color, have stepped up before and nothing came of it. Black men have to own this issue. White America may have owned it after the Civil War, but we've seen how THAT worked.

Anonymous said...

Great to see you are MAD AS HELL! Howard. WLBT has been silent on this issue and now its past time to use your enormous bully pulpit to drag the scum into the light and never let up. If this were a horse in rural Rankin county that was starved Marsha would have had a week long expose on the matter. Getting up in redneck's grill and chasing pickups. It time to make these Judges and Thugs feel the same heat! GO HOWARD!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for speaking up, Howard. Please keep your foot on the gas.

PitifulPantywearer said...

Holy hell, PittPanther, your statement is pure crazy!

Whatever its "very specific target" provenance was, BLM has pushed its way into any and every arena like a know-it-all drunk at a cocktail party. For them to be absolved of any responsibility to react to close-to-home issues such as street violence and black-on-black crime, they have to keep their nose out of EVERYTHING that does not directly tie to cops killing unarmed, non-violent blacks (and the non-violence is certainly debatable in some of their signature causes).

Examples are myriad. Why was BLM on the campus of Ole Miss demanding the removal of the state flag. That is certainly outside of their "very specific target".

Why did they invade the Dartmouth library, screaming obscenities and calling students (many of whom are likely allies) racists? No minority-killing cops were hiding there.

Why did BLM members and supporters, upset over their loss of the spotlight last weekend, start a hashtag of #F*ckParis? Why would an organization that is narrowly focused on black lives inject themselves so obtusely into an international terrorist incident?

Why was BLM at Mizzou where no cops were involved other than to take reports on poop swastikas and claims of slurs by phantom truck driving racists, and no one was shot, let alone killed, by police?

Every day brings us a new area where BLM is weighing in, trying to maintain their momentum by crashing parties to which they neither were invited nor have any relevance. The ONLY area they seem to be silent on is street violence - a place where black lives, those lives they so loudly and conspicuously claim matter, are being taken in great numbers. If any group needs BLM's advocacy, it's the unarmed, non-violent, LAW ABIDING black folks who are being murdered in their own neighborhood by their own people.

So maybe you want to call out BLM for all their blather in areas outside their "very specific target", or maybe you want to do some rethinking of your rather silly assertion. Or maybe you should do what Black Lives Matter refuses to do - shut the hell up.

Anonymous said...

You'd think everyone would just agree with Howard that all of us must unite against crime, particularly violent crime.

But, oh no, some of you want to introduce politics and argue rather than find ways to work together to make our communities safer.

Anonymous said...

The courts may have play in it, but the lack of family values and upbringing is where it starts.

Anonymous said...

The only things these animals understand is a bullet between the eyes. As long as they're carrying a weapon and they approach you, The Castle Doctrine rules.

Kingfish said...

Howard's mom was Dr. King's secretary.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 1:30 nailed it. Where is the outrage, WLBT? WAPT? WJTV? even that kooky rag JFP? Why aren't these outlets ambushing judges who let bad guys out on the streets? Repeatedly shove a microphone and camera in their faces when they are walking to their cars. It's highly effective. I see it done on cable news all the time. Sick of the tiptoeing around this issue. Don't these newscasters and reporters live in this cesspool too? They are in the best position to turn it all around and they do next to nothing. Thank you, Howard, for your post, but let's see FAR more--from all of you. Hold these people accountable and fix the problem.

YES! It IS about race! said...

Who care that Howard's '...mom was Dr. King's secretary'? I don't. How is that relevant to blacks killing blacks, and on occasion, random whites? The posters here did not introduce race into this 'discussion'. Mr. Ballou did!

While he claims this is not about race he fails to explain his claim. Of course it's about race. 98% of the killers are of one race just like 90% of the targets are of one race. How can we pretend it's not about race.

I missed Howard's outrage when the bass fisherman was murdered at Motel a year ago. He was just goin' about his business trying to make life better. So was the woman murdered in Belhaven a year ago and the one murdered at Logan's the other night. So was the doctor who was kidnapped and later able to turn the tables on the thugs that grabbed him.

While I'm sorry that the relative of Howard's friend was murdered, Howard has his cap on sideways if he really thinks this is not about race. Show me statistics that support your contention, Howard.

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