Letter to the Editor

Random Assault Puts Community on Edge

Recently, I received an email telling of a vicious, random attack of an unarmed man on his way home in the Mid-City neighborhood. Days later, I learned that unarmed man was actually a friend, Jim, whose attempted walk home from a bar earned him five steel plates in his head and potential permanent vision loss.

While we all agree that the outcome could have been far worse, I know I am incredibly thankful for our city that we did not lose Jim that night. Since Katrina, he has worked tirelessly at multiple non-profits and is single handily responsible for rebuilding hundreds of homes, as well as guiding millions of dollars of funding into some of our hardest hit neighborhoods.

While I do believe that our city has taken amazing strides since Katrina, specifically in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Affordable Housing, the one area that is most important to our continued growth and recovery continues to lag well behind other areas of progress: Crime.

Nothing is more important! Nothing!

Let’s take a stand! Let’s not continue to stand by and let crime tarnish the good work of people like Jim. How many emails do we need to read? How many stories do we need to hear? This story shouldn’t discourage us and it shouldn’t deflate us; it should only motivate us to work longer, speak louder, and fight harder.

We must continue to advocate for solutions, not stop-gaps. Now, more than ever, we must fight for our youth. It is our duty to ensure that every child has access to a quality education. We need to create meaningful, well-paying jobs for young people. It is essential that we liquidate the forty thousand blighted and abandoned homes that create safe havens for criminals and damper community development. Lastly, we must fix a broken criminal justice system that rewards professional criminals, whose mastery of the system undermines the entire process.

Jim can’t do it alone!

Sincerely,

William Stoudt

Executive Director