“They shooting in Compton on Mother’s Day…in BROAD daylight” was the distress call sent out by a former, Mayor of the infamous “Hub” City this past Sunday, May 9.
This is the message that is slowly making its rounds of ‘Compton’ community chat rooms, as the residents continue to wait for a for a response from elected officials as a violent crimes and murders has taken a firm grip on the City.
You may ask is the former Mayor crying wolf? I guess you can reasonably say in this city, with a storied and checkered political history. But no one can argue the crime stats released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department showing 22 murders since the beginning of the year, in a city close to 10 square miles.
To put in in proper perspective, since the beginning of the pandemic, Compton is on pace to record over 300 deaths by the end of this year either to Covid-19 or to the hands of a violent murder.
Why are these numbers important you may ask 2urbangirls?
Because amongst these over three hundred deaths that will be recorded by years end it appears that the attitude and the general perception that is given by those whom are elected to solve these problems and slowly gripping the community is that death, hope and despair is part of the ” package” deal of being a Compton resident.
2UrbanGirls, I’m prayerfully hopeful I’m way off base in my assessment and optimistically hopeful that the Mayor and Council will in the very near future address the murders and violence that has taken grip on this community but if Mayor Aja Brown response to 22 murders and counting is merely providing the residents of Compton to have their homes remodeled with famed Director Ava DuVernay merely supports the theory that Mayor Brown puts her “Brand” above the people of Compton.
Maybe it’s me but this ” Black Girl Magic” persona and the need to market this brand for her own self-serving purposes supersedes the needs to address the issue of violence, and as a result the residents of Compton should brace themselves for a violent and deadly summer.