Following the murder of a good Samaritan in Algiers, who was killed in front of his own children while trying to prevent a carjacking, Garland Robinette had one of his most moving and emotional shows since Katrina. This is a transcript of what Garland had to say.
I don’t know about you...40 years later I’m exhausted...different places and different names...just continues...feels like all the time.
We canceled the show we were scheduled to do after a carjacker took over a car from a woman in Algiers; when a man ran to help, he got shot right in front of his own kids. But, the very thought of having to watch your father shot and then sit with him and watch him die...I don’t know where we go from here.
I already know why we will be told this happens, and I already know what we will be told will happen. I’ve heard most of it before. I was the one who asked Chief Compass about “Cease Fire” in Chicago. If something works in another city, why not try it here? But, I hear...”Garland, we can’t afford it; that can’t work here.” Well, we have “Cease Fire” now. We get criminologists up here on our show, people involved trying to do something about this crime problem...I say I’m excited about it. But I’m told, “Well, Garland we have to take a look at the funding.” So I know what I’m gonna hear and I’ve heard it before.
Later in the show, a listener texted Garland at 870870 and implied that Garland (and others in the community) only cared about this particular murder because a white person had been killed. This is Garland’s response.
This is one of the reasons I don’t read the texts to my show. “Garland, where have you been? This has been going on in the black community since the 80s…children die there too, and now that it’s white children, you feel it.” No, I haven’t seen a TV today...I have no idea if they’re black or white or brown or yellow. But YOU’re the problem. This always has a racial tint to it, doesn’t it? ALWAYS.
I’ll put my record for trying to help the minority community...those that can’t fight for themselves... against anybody, any time, any day…Times Picayune, TV, you name it. I’ve done as much as all of you have, if not more. And I’ve shed tears for black kids, too. But people like you...like YOU, are intent to turn this into a racial battle. And you’re part of what’s KILLING US! Because the white people and the black people and the brown people and the yellow people that want to talk, that want to communicate, that want to put our skin tones aside, that want to put our differences aside…to find out what’s killing our children, and stop it?? No. It’s poor little Garland, crying on the radio, “because those white folks got killed.” You make me sick. You absolutely make me sick, and everybody that thinks like you do.
And I’m tired of it.
You know what people like you say? And don’t you DARE say I mean black people by “people like you.” I MEAN the RACISTS in this community…you say, “If you don’t like the place, why don’t you move?” And then when we move, you go, “Well, all those people are deserting New Orleans, but they come back and work here.”
It’s people like you that are killing us as much as the killers.
I don’t know about anybody else, the media that broadcasts racism. And this show is NOT ONE OF THEM, and never has been, and never will be. To the contrary – you should read my mail from the non-minorities that disagree with what I say here when I defend those who can’t defend themselves, SIX years of it. You want to go watch the Spike Lee documentary and see the kind of heat I took from that? And, I didn’t care if I took the heat or not, because I said what I felt.
And the texts, and your comments in the printed media, and on television, and on radio...wherever you can write it without identifying yourselves, you are us too. Because you are afraid to talk about the problem. It always has the patina of, “we can’t get together on THIS.” There are those out there that FIGHT to divide us, and then scream bloody murder because we get divided. This is about CHILDREN. It’s about CHILDREN! It’s that simple. And, if we are so incredibly ignorant here, that we have to hold on to the hatred...whether it be the past, the present, or the future...that’s when I say, Why can’t we find the answer?
Look, I just pulled out my file on crime. CDC says murder has dropped off the list of top 15 killers for the first time in 45 years, nationwide. Christian Science Monitor: “US Crime at lowest point in decades… Why is America Safer now?” Incarceration being increased, keeping criminals off the street longer, ut now, when I say that, the powers that be say, “That’s not true…incarceration doesn’t work.” OR, “It costs too much to incarcerate them.” Or, how about we incarcerate more and more people over marijuana, and MAKE SURE that we can’t afford it? EVERY DAMN ANSWER is, “nah, that won’t work” …Nah, you know it’s the Blacks’ fault...it’s those damn Latinos, they’re just coming into the city and they’re taking over…and those Vietnamese sit over there by themselves.”
God… The stupidity is sometimes just STAGGERYING in this city. Am I upset? Did I weep? Absolutely, with no apologies to any of you. I weep for my child and yours, regardless of color, or how much money you make. Because we’re all going down with this…and what I think we should hear soon, is something very strange. It’s called AN ANSWER TO MAKE IT STOP.
Tags : Locations : Algiers, Chicago, New OrleansPeople : Compass