wonderful example of woodpile mentality. if black were beautiful, she would be absolutely a princess...unfortunately, she has the attitude of a terrorist.
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Over the years there's been the block of outstate legislators who back the police no matter what and the block of outstate legislators who don't want to risk political capital by getting involved. The status quo has persisted.
This is the Fourth Ward. It's pretty bad around here," says Nasheed, as she navigates her off-white Ford SUV through empty streets in the middle of the day.
"Oh, look at that," she says matter-of-factly, glaring out her driver's side window at a crumbling three-story house with an entire side wall missing, exposing its interior like a dollhouse.
The whole block is decaying: graffitied boards on shattered windows. Weeds rising over and blanketing stoops. Vacant corner stores. Piles of brick and shards of wood decorating empty lots.
She crosses into the 21st Ward and turns onto Vandeventer Avenue. She slows down as she passes a row of abandoned buildings that look like they used to be apartments.
"This is an important block of mine," she says softly. "That door right there, that's the door my mom came out of after she committed suicide. That door right there..."
That door right there is where Jamilah Nasheed lived back when her name was Jenise Williams and everybody called her Niecy.
She didn't learn about her mom until she was seven and noticed that all her friends said "mom" while she said "grandma." So her grandmother explained the difference between "mom" and "grandma" and then explained that her mom killed herself when Nasheed was two. That's also when she learned about her dad. Less than a week after coming home from the Vietnam War, and a few months before Nasheed was born, her dad was killed in a drive-by shooting while he played craps outside the Pruitt-Igoe housing project.
So Nasheed and her three brothers were raised by their grandmother in the Darst-Webbe project. The four of them lived off $500 of government assistance every month. The budget shrunk as the days passed. By midmonth, the family often subsisted on cheese bread and sugar bread.
To get a little cash in their pockets, Lil' Niecy and her brothers shined shoes. She used the money to buy candy wholesale. Then she'd set up shop at the bottom floor of her apartment and sell whatever she didn't eat, making a solid profit each day before the neighborhood boys would run up and steal as many sweets as they could fit in their pockets.
She spent most of her free time with her twin brother, Jahid. They were inseparable. A couple of low-level hoodlums, they threw rocks at windows and picked fights, which they always won.
"They were the baddest kids in the projects," says Nasheed's older brother, Jason Williams.
After a few years she graduated from Now and Laters and penny cookies to weed and crack and heroin. It was the mid-'80s, and north St. Louis was a drug boomtown.
"That was part of the project life," she says. "Materialism was very high, and it influenced a lot of us. And we wanted it, and we couldn't get it. And our parents couldn't get it."
So Lil' Niecy — rockin' gold teeth, gold rings, bright silk shirt and Jheri curl — slanged her product. She carried a gun before reaching her teens.
Nobody messed with Lil' Niecy.
"She was a fighter," says Williams. "She was a good fighter. All the boys were scared to fight her 'cause she would beat them up."
When she was thirteen, she started a gang with a dozen or so friends. They were called "El Control," and they wore matching white-and-blue T-shirts whenever they went out together, roaming the neighborhood and sneaking into nightclubs. If a rival gang from another building — and it always seemed to be the girls from the Peabody houses — stepped onto their turf, they rumbled. Usually Lil' Niecy busted girls' faces with brass knuckles. But one time she stabbed a girl in the chest and spent a week in juvenile detention.
She got in so many fights that Darst-Webbe's manager kicked her out of the complex and banned her from the grounds. (The family moved to another apartment a few blocks away.) She dropped out of school in tenth grade, after her guidance counselor told her that she was so far behind that she had no chance to graduate. A year later, Jahid was convicted on conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Nasheed was devastated.
"The environment sucked him up, and he wasn't able to get out of it," she says. "A lot of guys that I grew up with, they didn't make it through. A lot of them became drug addicts or ended up jailed. Many of them were murdered."
She found herself reflecting on her life, searching for meaning.
"I didn't believe in God," she says. "I felt that, if there was a God, then why am I living in these conditions? Or why did he take my mother? Why did he take my father?"
So she channeled her anguish toward books and spent her days at Progressive Emporium, a local bookstore. She met activists, discussed current events and read Na'im Akbar and Malcolm X. Raised Baptist, she started going to the mosque. When she was nineteen, she converted to Islam, and Jenise became Jamilah — Jheri curl and gold rings replaced by a headscarf and flowing African dresses.
wonderful example of woodpile mentality. if black were beautiful, she would be absolutely a princess...unfortunately, she has the attitude of a terrorist.
WOW, I've been reading all of the comments regarding this article and it floors me that today, we can honestly state that there's still racism in this world. Nigger? Illiterate? Excuses for black communities being the way that they are? It's really quite SAD! First off for those of you that know nothing about Jamilah Nasheed, left me give you some facts regarding my friend: Never were we in a gang, that some of you may think of when you hear such word. "gang (noun) 3.) a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons: I'm throwing a party for the gang I bowl with." We hung out all the time and did things that all teenagers did or may have wanted to do: skating, went to parties, went to carnivals, concerts, church, and just had plain old fun. To state that she's illiterate because you may not like her choice of words are just ignorance on all of your part. Not everyone are the same, not everyone communicates the same but to think that your choice of verbiage is the right way, is offensive in itself. We, as people, make excuses for our behaviors because we feel that were justified to do so. Why would one believe that their way is the Right Way? Because, we trust our own judgments before others, so you're warranted that belief. I think all of you that are posting on this site and voicing your opinion, I would hope are smart enough to know the history of "African Americans"? We may not speak your specific choice of words because earlier in time, we were never given the opportunity to learn or better yet, even be treated the same. We learned on our own, we overcame all of the obstacles that we were faced with and I'm sorry to be the one to inform you: but, I honestly don't believe that many of you would be here today had you been faced with those same challenges. So, I'm sure you're pondering: "No, I'm not Racist at all"! But, will I take a stand for someone I truly know, that you only know from articles, Yes! To summarize blacks as illiterate, violent, and don't want much out of life.... You only have yourselves to Thank for this outcome. When I speak of you, I'm not addressing the ones specifically making comments because you feel your the only voice that needs to be heard, I'm addressing the "white man" that have oppressed our communities for years and still feel as though they were right for this rhetoric. Concluding: I beg to differ with all of your opinions about "black" and its' communities. We've never had a fair opportunity....this is fact and not an excuse. Of course, this goes well beyond all of you making your sarcasm remarks but when this type of behavior is constantly practiced, then we as a nation gets NOWHERE. You may take a look at:
Sociological Comparisons between African-Americans and Whites and review the statistics for yourself.
I can only pray for all of you at this time because as I hate to be the one to inform you, and as smart as all of you are; you would think you would know this already, but only God can judge one's character. When you leave earth, where will you go?
Peace and Love to all of you,
African American Student
Webster University's Dean List
Team Jamilah Nasheed: You have to truly know her, to understand her!
A caption to one of the photos reads, "I'm black before I'm a Democrat." -- What the hell? What if someone said, "I'm White before I'm a Republican." Well, that person would be all over the news for being a racist.
This paragraph says what is wrong here.
"So she's effective in the sense that she gets stuff done with the Republicans," she says, pulling the phone to her ear. "She'll say, 'Because I'm getting stuff for my people.' Her district is one of the poorest. I'm not too sure how much she's gotten...
I guess without campaign finance limits someone can happily buy her district now.
Nasheed's comments sound more like a "campaign" comment ! Cage those votes early, as educated and informed voters don't buy the race card play. Clearly has signed her ticket toback to the hood and unemployment line come the General elections. You just can't fix stupid !
Her entire persona is so negro she is actually holding her community back. She would serve her community better being elected to the shampoo girl at alderman Flower's beauty salon.
Last time I checked this is the USA ! Hoods, territories, etc as subscribed to by the majority of "minorities" simply promotes "compartmentalization of our society. Until those elements progress out of the jungle culture there will be racism - period ! Playing the "race card" while subscribing to the behaviors that simply promote racism as evident in the majority of black communities and obviously subscribed to by Nasheed is clearly hypocritical, disingenuous and has diminished validity to race issue claims in the general populous ! One is either part of the problem or part of the solution > At the end of the day, Nasheed is clearly a promoter of the problem and ultimately defines her relevance - which is clearly Zero !
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I'm white and I have been treated badly by blacks many times in my life. I've been assaulted on the street for walking down the sidewalk. I've been yelled at, called a "cracker", "white bread", and so much more. I do have black friends, I am not a racist, but any idiot can see that black people by and large are the criminals, drug addicts, murderers, and rapists of America.
So the black muslim was hanging out at a Lil Wayne concert and she ran into the black baptist and they got catty? This should/could be an SNL skit. I guess when "Nasheed" did the stabbing she didn't get a felony charge/conviction...or can you run for office as a felon in Missouri?
James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Jamilah Nasheed. All great political intellectuals. Yeah.
Good luck constituents.
how the hell is chappelle-nadal going to complain about nasheed siding with the democrats?? chappelle-nadal didn't even vote for obama ffs!!!
People wonder why others are racist. I am white and after reading an article like this I now am one.
Yes, who does Jamilah Nasheed think she is? She is a racist. I think the answer to her question to Mayor Slay is to tone down the vitriol of people like her. Whether you are black or white (and I am not going to mention other races just to throw them in to be politically correct, because this is about being black and or white in St.Louis), it is not fair or appropriate to admit as a politician that you put race before all else in making your decisions. Would there not be an uproar if this article were about a white politician who was published in the press as vocally admitting putting being white before being a Democrat in a racially divided city that needs to work on race relations? When we can say as people, when our politicians can say as politicians, I am a St. Louisan before I am a Democrat or a Republican, before I am black or white, that is when our city will be able to become a better, healthier, more respectable and more complete and whole place to live. Shame on you Jamilah Nasheed, and shame on all of you who continue to further this ridiculousness in a city that in so many other ways has become progressive and something to be proud of.
Really????? The purpose of remembering slavery is so that mistake can never happen again??? in this century?? I gave your arguments some substance until you said that complete nonsense. Its in all of the history books so everyone knows about it and will always know about it. To claim that African Americans are scarred from it today is complete, total bullshit. Its an excuse. Should anyone forget it? Absolutely not. Should you (as a group) use it as an excuse not to achieve greatness? Absolutely not but you are.
Just so you know, I as a white person am reminded of slavery frequently by people such as yourself but carry no guilt or shame for something that happened over a hundred years ago nor do I try to forget it ever happened. I have no reason to apologize to you or any black person for slavery because its a part of history I wasn't involved in and neither were you. If that in your eyes makes me a racist then so be it. I will start celebrating white history month instead of black history month.. oh wait there is no white history month. I'll start watching the Miss White America beauty pageant instead of the Miss Black America pageant... oh wait, there is no miss white america pageant. Maybe I will start reading literature from the NAAWP instead of the NAACP, oh wait, there is no association for the advancement of white people. the next time I will vote for a white president so there is actually a truth that you could possibly call me a racist for.
Also, the last time I checked, the majority of police officers in the city of St. Louis were black so blame yourselves.
I believe that at this point, the hugest problem facing north St. Louis is the black on black crime. They are killing each other every day and it is very sad. There is a famous quote that says before you can love anyone, you have to learn to love yourself. It is very difficult to bridge any relations gap when one side is apparently its own worst enemy and killing each other. If Nasheed could get everyone in north St. Louis to stop the killing, and get along with each other, only then will she have something to bring to the better relations table.
Don't give me the slavery excuse either. My great grandfather had a number tattooed across his arm thanks to his stay at Hitler's concentration camp. Those people weren't taken from their homes and sold into slavery in a different country, they were taken from their homes, put into a concentration camp and brutally murdered, women and children first of course and then their skin was dried and used for lamp shades. Some of them survived. Not one time did my grandparents or my parents or myself say, I am too scarred because of what happened a couple of generations ago and the German people still keep me down because I'm a Jew so I have no motivation or desire to bust out of my current situation and fight like hell to make something of myself.
Every individual is in charge of their own destiny in this country. Some people have it made easy to succeed and others have to overcome difficult challenges whether it is due to race, health issues, or something else. Its time to stop blaming and start doing. Its hard to do if you are down but the reward is priceless. Any people of north St. Louis of any color who are struggling need an inspiring leader who promotes individual self worth, motivation and positivity, not someone with a "what are YOU going to do about that Mr. Mayor" attitude.
@James. It sounds like you're assuming that I'm Black. FAIL.
It also sounds like you are defining education based upon the status quo of indoctrinating children into being good citizens of the society we live in. EPIC, RACIST FAIL. Education is not how much a person can be trained to be like you, it is the teachings that help them grow to be a responsible member of their community and the world community. But that's a common racist mistake; forcing your culture on another group of people for your own gain. You seem to misunderstand "education," so I shall "educate" you.
The ancestors you speak of did good work on behalf of equal rights in this country. And they must be spinning in their graves to hear their descendant waste time and energy generalizing the very people they sought to help. Undoing you ancestors’ work- FAIL!
That police pull you over because you disobey the law. The police far too many Black people over because they "SUSPECT" they break the law. The suspicion is based on perspective, one that is not in Black people's best interest. But when a Black Man who is tired of being pulled over for the cops poor "suspicion," the cop is trained to accelerate the situation to the point of using force, the situation ends up bad. Cops are here to protect you, but their here to watch and aggress on Black people.
The past is only inconvenient for those who history makes to look bad. Germans want to forget about the Nazi takeover, and how a vast majority of their citizenry assumed a mob mentality and killed over 6 million human beings. They want to forget that, but ask a Jew if they forget it.
The Catholic church wants to forget the Inquisition and the string of child molestations coming to light recently. Ask the parents; did they forget? Should the children just "get over it?" Should the common folk forget that the church can give in to extremity and killed thousands of people on trump up charges of heresy and “Black” magic? Not at all, that knowledge should guide their interactions from then on. And the church should remember; so as not to make such mistakes ever again.
That's the purpose of remembering slavery; so that mistake can never happen again. But mentalities like yours that “just want to forget” run the risk of not learning the lesson. This COULD lead to some serious problems, and not just for you (see all of your FAIL(ures) above). You could come to feel like it’s REALLY ok to treat people like you think; that would be a problem for you.
Now "education" would dictate that you learn something about your racist perspective on the matter. Hopefully, you have received your "education" well.
What a dumb article, this Nasheed seems like an idiot, "I am black before a Democrat." If I ever said "I am white before a Republican", it would definitely not be looked upon as positive. She brings race into issues that it should not be brought into. Way to look out for your constituents Nasheed, you moron. You voted on certain things just because you were mad at people that didn't vote for your cause. That is the worst kind of representative!! Why don't you make your decisions based on the actual facts of the issue, not on whether you dislike someone that week or because of the color of your skin. This is one of the reasons St. Louis is the way it is, you vote for representatives because they are black...not because of their education or knowledge. She doesn't know what the hell she is doing.
Until there is recognition that blacks can be as racist as whites and the term "race relations" should not mean whites giving stuff to blacks, there will be no movement forward between the races.
I would be curious to know from this woman what made her join a gang when she was younger and if while in that gang she committed crimes against her own neighborhood, her own neighborhood's economy by stealing retail or other crimes. If she would use her past experiences to help kids avoid falling into the same trap, then more power to her. I just don't think that going on the offensive against the mayor would be the best approach to the issues of her area. In retrospect, she seems to be relying on her old gang methods of trying to get something.
What a brave woman, fighting against the tide. Too bad not many democrats listen to her wisdom. Thats what party members should do, regardless if you are dems or repubs. Whats right is right and whats wrong is wrong. You dont have to vote party lines.
Fortunately, for her sake, the people who she is looking to represent are neither educated NOR informed.
Black people can't be racist......primarily because none of them even know what that word means. It is just something they cry when they want to get their way.
The Black community is annoying......spend some time there and tell me if you do not agree.
Hey guy........ask yourself why so many people suspect blacks of crimes as a generalization? Is it because everyone in the world is an evil racist or is it because a lot of Blacks have no problem fully embodying these so called stereotypes?
I work for a charity that primarily benefits blacks from poor areas.......guess how many black volunteers we have?
Exactly one......he is a pretty cool guy.......
Why is it that you can sell out a Little Wayne concert in 20 mins, but you can't get more than 50% of your kids to graduate high school. It isnt like high school is difficult.
How can math, spelling or scientific principles such as those that apply to inert material be forcing a culture on someone for their own gain? Without such basic knowledge you will be a failure regardless of your skin tone. So forcing me to learn about slavery and Martin Luther King would be forcing your culture on me. I don't mind because I get a free day off of work for MLK day. Remembering a movement such as slavery is guaranteed in just about every history book. To suggest that it could happen again is outrageous. To use it as an excuse is destroying the black culture. I know black doctors, nurses and department managers who are very successful so obviously it didn't hold them back. Obviously the mentalities of north St. Louis "just want to forget" the mistakes of Vick and still run the risk of not learning a lesson that dog fighting is illegal but it is inconvenient to them, evidenced by all of the abused, tortured and injured dogs brought in to shelters on a regular basis from their areas. How do I know this??? I volunteer at one.
@Collective Agenda....When you are edu-ma-cating someone, it is always a good idea to chek yur spelin'. Freaking moron.
I have never, ever heard any Jewish person say "I get picked on by the police, live in a crime neighborhood, can't finish high school or get a job because I am scarred from Auschwitz" Many now you will understand how ridiculous your claims are.
What utter nonsense. I assumed nothing with regard to your race. Nor did I say or imply that the purpose of education was to make people be more like me. Also, I never so much as inferred that slavery should be forgotten.
My ancestors would not be spinning in their graves because of anything I have said or done. In fact, they would agree with me. They put their lives and finances in jeopardy to do the morally correct thing and help free and educate a people so they could become the best and most responsible people that they could be. They did not do this so that those same people could sit on their butts wallowing in self pity and blaming everyone else for their shortcomings.
You are also wrong about the police. To pull you over they have to have a thing called “probable cause.” This goes beyond the simple suspicion that someone may have committed a crime. Probable cause has nothing to do with being black or white.
You will not educate anyone with your ranting. You are much more transparent than you think. When your arguments fail you try to change what people have said by giving your revisionist interpretation to what they said in an attempt to validate your own drivel. In short, don’t try to put words in my mouth… you’re simply not that good.
I also notice that you respond to me indirectly in a whole new disjointed post rather than back where I responded directly to you. Did you think it would go un-noticed. It wasn’t a very slick move. It didn’t make you come off looking any smarter. And… it didn’t minimize the risk of me coming back with a sound rebuttal to your silly BS.
The only question left to ask of you is: Do you have any independent thoughts of your own or are you only capable of spewing liberal pap?
Your comprehension of what I said – FAILYour knowledge of what my ancestors either thought or would think – FAILYour knowledge of police procedures – FAILYour notion that no one knows real education except yourself – FAILYour attempt at intellectualism – FAILYour thought process—FAIL!!!
I work with a large percentage of black people. I have reached out to them and ignored what color their skin was. I have made several black friends and have had them to my home for parties. They were invited to my wedding. However, if we pass in the hallway at work and there is another black person or black people that they don't even know, they will completely blow me off and acknowledge total strangers just because they are black instead. I don't get it, I don't treat friends of any color like that and that kind of behavior is like an ever present underlying racism that black people keep alive within themselves.
Her "wisdom" would be more effective if it were brought up from a ghetto style of conversing to a normal conversation. Her style should be "what are WE going to do about it" without an amen or das right response.
You don't hear them harping on being slaves in Egypt, or Persia or any other place, or as being an excuse for not having a job either. They have been slaves in many places and yet thrive and excel at what they do...
thats probably because they can see the racism in you that you cannot. dont call them friends if your going to say you dont trust them behind their backs on the internet
I never said I didn't trust them, YOU did. What does acknowledging a stranger over someone you hang out with on a regular basis because they are the same color as you have anything to do with trust. Quit putting out negativity I never said or implied. To turn it back on me with lies is typical of a person who won't accept responsibility or accept the shortcomings of others or is a moron. That kind of mentality will keep you down to a loser status in some fairytale world where everything is always somebody's fault.
By the way, I did ask my black friends why they do that when we were out to lunch one day, and the response was "I didn't realize I did that".
Its fine if she wants to speak like she does to the people who speak that way too, but she will never be taken seriously among the educated if that's the way she chooses to get her political views across. That's not racist, that's fact.
True ignorance is thinking you can succeed without efforts to better yourself. Try interviewing for a job in any professional business or corporation today and you will never get a job speaking her ghetto style or having piercings all over your face or using bad grammar or going in with dirty clothes on or talking the trash you would to your friends or have yourself covered in tattoos. You will never be taken seriously. There is a professional bias regarding the minimally acceptable standard to succeed professionally which is unrelated to race given the examples mentioned. Until ignorant people such as yourself quit making excuses for people who think they deserve everything and won't reach up to an acceptable professional behavior, you and they will never, ever succeed.