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Time To Get Involved Before It's Too Late For Our Youth/Us
If you missed the jail house interview of James Broadnax and his cousin Demarius Cummings, you need to see and hear it.
The two teens are charged with murdering two men outside a Christian music studio in Garland. They admitted killing and robbing Matthew Butler and Stephen Swan.
Here is a small capsule of the interview:
"One of the best spots is Garland because that's where all the rich, white people stay at," Broadnax said.
The 19-year-old said he and Cummings spotted the victims outside the Zion Gate recording studio and approached them, asking for a cigarette before opening fire and taking off in the victims' car.
"I had this little pistol or whatever … shot they bitch head. Popped in their s--- and rolled up," he said.
Broadnax said his life has been hell and that he did not regret the killings. In fact, he cussed the victims' families.
"F--- them. Straight up," he said before breaking down in tears and abruptly ending his interview. "I did tell him you probably have to pop them a few times,"
Cummings said. "But still, I didn’t think he was going to do it."
Nothing points to the need for strong Black men to step forward and volunteer in an effort to reach some of the wayward, lost youth in the community.
At this point, we are in a juvenile emergency. We must reach this generation before it is too late. It is time to set aside differences and roll up our sleeves.
Black youth are angry about everything from lack of opportunity to economic poverty and when you see Broadnax, you see firsthand the kind of frustration, anger and evil that is combining to cause the kind of deep fault lines that will someday unleash its energy against a society that has turn away and neglected to tell and show our young people the kind of quality attention they need to be nurtured towards success.
It’s my opinion that no one needs to miss this. Every Black man and woman bears this cross and must carry it now before we are all crucified….
Here the interview in its entirety at:
Black Leaders Today: Carolyn R. Davis
Carolyn R. Davis was elected to her first term on the Dallas City Council in May 2007 for Council District 7.
Her leadership style in bringing people together to address the city’s problems is a key reason for her solid support at the polls.
Carolyn believes strongly in community service and volunteers by serving on
Below are some highlights points of her commitments and interactions:
Life long resident of South Dallas
Attended Charles Rice Elementary, Pearl C. Anderson & James Madison High School
President – Queen City Neighbors in Action/Crime Watch
Former Board Member, Community Development Commission
Former Board Member, North Texas Housing Coalition
Former Board Member, Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board
Board Member, African-American Museum of Arts
Former Board Member, Preservation Dallas
Recipient of Allstate Community Service Award
Named as “D” Magazine “50 Who Make Dallas Work”
Advisory Committee “forward dallas” Comprehensive Plan Vision
Task Force Member, Single Family Housing Standards
PTA President, Pearl C. Anderson and Honorary Life Member
DISD Area 2 Representative for District 9 elected by parents and teachers
What she will work for:
Neighborhood preservation and protective zoning
Non-profit housing organizations to build safe and sound single family affordable housing for home ownership
Programs for persons who are homeless
Programs to support our seniors citizens
Neighborhood friendly economic development
Existing businesses that provide good and safe services
New jobs for area residents and increased business ownership
Summer job training for our youth
Code enforcement, crime prevention and crime control
Enhancement of art funding to reflect the diversity of the city.
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 5FS
Dallas, TX 75201-6390
Photo by Gittings