The NAACP letter goes on to say that Oakland has an “intolerable public safety crisis” and “elected leaders must declare a state of emergency and bring resources together from the city, the county, and the state to end the crisis. We are 500 police officers short of the number that experts say Oakland needs. Our 911 system does not work. Residents now know that help will not come when danger confronts them. Worse, criminals know that too…Murders, shootings, violent armed robberies, home invasions, car break-ins, sideshows, and highway shootouts have become a pervasive fixture of life in Oakland...”
“Women are targeted by young mobs and viciously beaten and robbed in downtown and uptown neighborhoods. Asians are assaulted in Chinatown. Street vendors are robbed in Fruitvale. News crews have their cameras stolen while they report on crime. PG&E workers are robbed and now require private security when they are out working. Everyone is in danger.” Residents “are afraid to venture out of their homes,” and “people are moving out in droves.”
The NAACP calls on residents of all races “to speak out against crime and stop allowing themselves to be shamed into silence. It is not racist or unkind to want to be safe from crime.”
I could not possibly agree more! Now, if the NAACP would only stop endorsing politicians who claim that it IS racist and unkind to want to be safe from crime.