Three ways to save your hood today

Self-defense. Private security. Police-community unity. These are the three pillars that comprise my strategy for successful anti-crime activism.


Nadra Enzi

Notice that none of these three suggestions require blessings from on high (or low) from the bureaucrats who often are either indifferent or hostile toward citizens who are seeking safer streets, especially if those concerned citizens happen to be residents of the inner city.

In my opinion, “hood crime” is too often deceptively used as a cash cow by what I call “white power liberals.” They don’t talk very much to the black activists who live in dangerous neighborhoods, but they nonetheless do seek to use our problems, such as high murder rates, to boost their political careers and land crony capitalist contracts.

So, in the end, the act of really saving the hood is almost always going to end up the duty of its own concerned residents. This is the case, even if, our tax dollars are being withheld by those same liberals because they know that keeping the hood under-funded is what keeps their cash cow of hood crime fattened.

Self-defense is self-love, sisters and brothers! Being aware and being prepared for your own benefit as well as the benefit of others shows that you have reverence for and value all concerned.

Walking high-crime areas as a citizen on patrol also means that you also consider these zip codes to be as important as some people consider five-star hotels and gated communities elsewhere to be.

And hiring private security for inner city neighborhoods and the businesses located there also indicates a resolve to not allow violence and blight to destroy a community’s stakeholders.

There’s the notion of police-community unity. This is probably the most difficult part of my three-part strategy, as compared to the self-defense and private security portions, because such unity is often actively resisted in liberal-run cities.

While street cops and some of their supervisors are undoubtedly comfortable uniting with communities held hostage, it could be that their superiors don’t want this relationship to flourish into real culture change, in which youth stop seeing criminals as role models and cease considering all cops to automatically be their enemies.

The inevitable result of real and successful police-community unity, one figures, would probably cost these white liberals and their black flocks in the government offices and pulpits the stranglehold they currently have tightened around the residents of the hood because of inner city violence.

Once we understand this sad state of affairs and what needs to be done, conscious black citizens— whether you’re a conservative, a liberal mugged by reality or a nationalist demanding accountability for our safety— must promote self defense, private security and police-community unity. We must even realize it knowing that it’s a steep, uphill climb!

These three ways to save the hood today won’t change things overnight, but it can, alongside other efforts, make things livable in the zip codes where black life is now a desperate gamble.

Nadra Enzi is a member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21 and a community-policing activist in New Orleans. Comments may be sent to:

COMMENTARY: Cult of the blameless black

Pro-crime black folk are an existential threat not only to law-abiding American blacks, but to law-abiding Americans of all races and creeds— period!


Nadra Enzi

“Ohhh, you racist,” spit some, appalled that I’d dare speak such heresy. Maybe they think it’s a perverse form of self-hatred against my own race.

With one sentence, I’ve defiled modern progressives’ most (un)holy of holies when it comes to public safety/civil rights issues: The Cult of the Blameless Black.

The Cult of The Blameless Black decrees that black-on-black crime is “victimless.”

The origins of the Cult of the Blameless Black lie in the fiery crucible of the 1960s, when major urban centers burned as bias met Black Power. There was also some free wealth redistribution (via looting) thrown in.

Another flashpoint, provided by the 1992 Rodney King riots, was merely called an “uprising” by the pro-crime crowd, who overlooked the death and theft that resulted.

And then there is the 2005 chaos in New Orleans following the Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures.

The Cult’s latest edict on the quiet riot, known as the “knockout game” is that it’s simply right-wing propaganda to be dismissed.

Dismissed, for the most part. We will likely see more hype about the Justice Department’s indictment of a white perpetrator as something to rival the George Zimmerman case. The rest? Propaganda!

The Cult has used the very real threat of unemployed black felons to force

re-entry programs into becoming affirmative action bribes in exchange for non-existent urban peace.

Right now, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants to keep employers from inspecting both the financial and criminal backgrounds of prospective hires.

Unbeknownst to cultists, what they’ve really done is light a smoldering fire of resentment among otherwise amiable whites who thought such naked racial aggression was a thing of the past.

And imagine how those who aren’t so amiable are feeling these days?

The threat posed by the Cult of the Blameless Black is this: The cultists will eventually destroy law-abiding American blacks culturally (perhaps literally) and spark a wave of retaliation from other Americans who believe, justified or not, that there are no law-abiding blacks left. All of us will become the enemy!

Obviously, I’m not a white nationalist— so this grim vision isn’t born from the mind of an anxious Aryan! It is born from knowing full well that holding black criminals blameless insures all blacks are eventually going to be blamed in return.

Unlike Santa, be he white or black, panicky people often don’t take time to determine who’s naughty and who’s nice when they are bombarded by bad news about groups with whom they have little contact. It’s even worse when they have little positive interaction at all.

I, for one, seek to be a voice for those blacks, among others, fighting the Cult of the Blameless Black as a genuine threat to our community. I see this fight as a possible prelude to something that may eventually menace the entire nation as such wrongdoing becomes mistaken for our authentic behavior.

Many conservatives say we’re already at this point while liberals are simply in denial.

Quite frankly, this Cult has all but claimed black America’s cultural high ground. It is vital that we reclaim this ground before it is too late.

That is, if it isn’t too late already.

Nadra Enzi is a member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21 and a community policing activist in New Orleans. Comments may be sent to