West Houston Homeowner Association Director: Call Police If You See Black Youths in the Neighborhood

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Look out for the black youths!
If there's one lesson we've all learned from the Trayvon Martin controversy, it's this: Young black males are generally up to no good.

This appears to be the message one of the Walnut Bend Home Association directors sent to fellow Walnut Bendians Tuesday.

Under the subject heading "Suspicious Black Males in the Neighborhood," Paul Faucher's e-mail addresses an alleged assault of a local teenager by a black male. Per the e-mail, the teenager was at a convenience store when the aforementioned black male "asked to see his iPod....When the teen asked for it back, the black male [led] him down the path next to the drainage ditch north of Briar Forest. At that point several black males assaulted the teen and took his iPod and cell phone."

After a few paragraphs about how Harris County Precinct 5 constables are "keeping an eye" on black males with criminal records who live in the area, Faucher delivers the money-sentence: "If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons to the Constables [sic]."

Oh my!

When contacted by e-mail, Faucher told Hair Balls that he wouldn't comment unless we told him who forwarded his e-mail our way. When we told him we were going to write something regardless, he wrote, "I doubt seriously that my comments would make it into your article in context."

So to reiterate, Faucher first declined to comment on the grounds that we wouldn't divulge our source, as if that's even relevant, and then he expanded his decision to pre-emptively accuse us of mangling the essence of anything he'd say. That's pretty odd for a dude who advises his neighbors to call the cops any time they see a group of young black males in the area.

Speaking of context, it's not like this heightened sense of danger (or paranoia) came out of nowhere:

Located in west Houston, near Westchase, Walnut Bend is close to a large apartment complex where many Katrina evacuees moved, upsetting some of the locals. In 2006, the Houston Chronicle reported that Houston Police Department statistics showed a crime increase in the apartment complex in the year following Katrina.

Craig Rench, then the president of the Walnut Bend Home Association, was quoted in that story as saying, "There's a reason to be stirred up in our area....Statistically, I don't think the crime rate inside the bounds of our neighborhood is any higher....(But) there is no doubt there is a lot more loitering and a lot more people walking around, and many who speak (Louisiana) accents."

If anything, we just hoped Faucher could clear up the part of that sentence about seeing young black males hanging out "after school." Is 3 p.m. some sort of Negro Witching Hour? What if a group of black males is spotted being all black and male at 5 a.m.? Would that eliminate all suspicion?

And since his warning applies to "any group of young black males," does that mean residents should call police if they see a black church youth group selling lemonade to raise money for starving orphans and puppies, and orphaned puppies? And for that matter, what constitutes a "group"? Is three young black males a group or merely a gaggle? What if two of the young black males are conjoined twins -- are they counted as one young black male, or two?

Seriously, the least Faucher could've done is clarified what he meant by "if you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good...." Because we're obviously missing the context on that one.


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devildog1775
devildog1775

"this is 911 whats the emergency?"

"HELP!, I see two black males walking down the street, and I think theyre between 16-25 years old, They look like theyre wearing baggy clothe too! PLEASE send help right away!!!"

"sir, did you say they were wearing BAGGY CLOTHE??"

"Yes! For God's sake please hurry!!!"

"just hang tight sir, patrol cars are on the way..."

Moriah_am_i
Moriah_am_i

We are having to suffer socially in this country because we have the equivalent to a social Chernoble; While prior generations profited from the plant's operation we are suffering side effects and cleaning up from the risk they took (& we are also still profiting from it too).

I am caucasian and I know darn well that whatever ethnicity is marginalized for too long will become violent; --Impoverished back country whites (who were once called Irish & Italian) who have less of a sense of collective identity & collective persecution will target the government & family & cause incidental more hidden isolated crime while --dark skinned youth with 200 years of generational pain and deprivation, 200 years of being unable to hide will be more brazen in their violence and will profile their victims as our ancestors did to their ancestors.  

Its just a sort of social physics, a morality issue that we can complain about or understand and thereby avoid in the future.

Jcp_3
Jcp_3

Dirk...

 You do realize it is a "youth thing" to have your pants sagging....or have your hat on cocked to the side or wait tattoos. I see just as many white kids...hispanic kids hell I have seen Asian kids that do all of that...soooo you might want to include all the groups that fall into that category and not just single out the black individuals you are eluding to. Ohhh yeah and last time I checked....there are OTHER people that do wear HOODIES...you do know that right ....just wanted to make the clarification... 

Trevor Holtzworth
Trevor Holtzworth

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West Houston Homeowner Association Director: Call Police If You See Black Youths in the Neighborhood

Christina Lynn Hildebrand
Christina Lynn Hildebrand

Here's a thought: why don't they look for the actual person who committed the crime, not just a group of people based on the color of their skin? When you lump one bad apple in with a group you are essentially saying that all the apples within that group are bad based only on the characteristics of that bad apple. When you do that, that accomplishes nothing.

Thekid
Thekid

blacks who represent about 15% of the population are responsible for about 52% of all murders. you tell me, statistically speaking, who is more likely to kill you a group of black men or white men?   given that most murders occur in the 16 to 30 year old range and that would represent about 4% of the black population, it is quite telling that about 4% of the us population is responsible for about half of all murders...    

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/conte... 

Mommycaz
Mommycaz

I am a non-caucasian resident of Walnut Bend and agree with and support Paul Faucher 100%. I am thankful that my family resides in a neighborhood where the homeowners care about and look out for each other. There was no racist intent, this was merely a bulletin encouraging the residents to remain cautious and aware of our surroundings. The bottom-line is that most property crime is opportunistic and occurs by those who reside within a nearby area. The description provided was of a group of KNOWN perpetrators, as a warning, to the individuals who reside in the adjacent neighborhood. If the KNOWN perps had been white, black or yellow, the description would have stated such. The person who sent this email is a coward, and obviously more concerned about stirring up an outcry over something that's nothing, as opposed to protecting his/her community. Thank you Paul Faucher!

VonHaupstadt
VonHaupstadt

I don't see what the fuss is about. Knowing that the Arabs caused a calamitous loss of life and inflicted grievous harm to Americans on 9-11, I never hesitate to call the Constable when I see a group of them in my neighborhood. I'm sure we all know that they're up to no good!

Master Dragon
Master Dragon

I agreed most of that until the remark about tattoos. I don't have any, but I would never turn a lady down on ink alone.

Mstrdrgn
Mstrdrgn

I consider racism to be wrong, and have many friends of many ethnicities (I don't like using "race", as there is only one race on earth, and all are humans), I live in an area where we never see black people and none live here. We have everything but, but no blacks (this may be related to the number of Confederate flags out here). If I saw a black person  running down the road or driving through, regardless of age or gender, I would pretty much ignore them. Just another person. A group of any ethnicity comprised of people that do not live in the area I would be highly suspicious of. Yes, blacks tend to commit more crimes than other groups, and there are many known reasons for this, but you cannot just assume a group of young black men is trouble waiting to happen - if they live in the area. If I was black living in an all black area and saw a group of young white/asian/hispanic/native american/arabic, etc. people I would certainly wonder why they were there.

At this point I would have to ask - do no blacks live in Walnut Bend? Black families live in every area of town, what do the black families that live there have to say about this? Do they consider their black lower class neighbors possible criminals too? How about the children of the blacks in that area - will they automatically be considered possible criminals just walking down the street?

The HOA is wrong in issuing that sort of statement, but it also appears that several crimes have been committed there by young black males that are not from the area. If no blacks at all live in Walnut Bend, then this sort of profiling, while it isn't right, will occur simply because the bad guys are making the good guys look bad as well. Thousands of years of evolution still has not eliminated the tendency to profile according to personal experience.

Zone5
Zone5

If there is one lesson learned from the Trayvon Martin slaying has tought us, it's that nothing sells better than yellow journalism.

TexasNobody
TexasNobody

If you don’t live inWalnut Bend how can you comment on this? Let me give you a few FACTS.

100% of the thief’sconvicted, prosecuted, arrested, chased, and seen breaking into and runningfrom houses here were all black males. That’s not profiling that’s fact. When you have witnessed 3 black males jumping fences running from HPDand Precinct 5 constables that just broke into a house on your street is alsoFACT.  Recently my neighbor’s son wasbeaten, robbed and hospitalized by 3 black males FACT.  We didn’t hear much about that until therewas an email addressed to Walnut Bend residents that described the individualsso people could be aware. Again, not profiling but just the FACTS.  Yes black! If they were white, yellow, brown or purple that email would have hadthat description.  The description is to alertthe good people of the neighborhood of the low life maggots invading ourdwellings.  

  I take my hat offfor the email that was sent to protect our neighbors and families. Too bad if itoffends people because it spotlights the cockroaches that wave a tsunami ofcrime in our neighborhoods. 

I can’t wait until these convicts knock on a door, noanswer and then they go into their

routine heading to the backdoor,  kick in the door and burglarize the home but Mr.Homeowner is home and shoots them in the face. If the facts from the email upset a few bleeding heart

liberals then stick your heads back in the sand and waitfor these low life turds to come visit your daughter, son or wife.   

Wyatt
Wyatt

 "Ladies, there is NOTHING attractive about a tattoo!"

You suck. Sorry, it's a fact. If you CHANGE your STUPID opinions you might cease sucking, you NITWIT.

David Houston
David Houston

Some people in the new townhomes have formed an HOA near my home and wonder why it is that I have no intention of joining their association, in an area which never had an HOA until they showed up.  Well oddly enough, I don't see the point of allowing and paying for yet another tier of 'unwelcome' government (unelected) telling me what to do with my property.  HOA's suck and the people who join them and allow these muppets to rule over them suck even more. 

This story reminds me of something my elderly uncle told me; he was a humble Carpenter by trade, but lived in a 'posh' area on account of his parents home.  He told me that when he was young he'd have to change out of his working clothes before walking down his own street, in case someone called the police...

Slickster2
Slickster2

Fact of the matter is that ...stereotypes are there for a reason.You want to be perceived different then change the way you act in society.Till then you will always be a slave of your own image.

Observer
Observer

If your house had been burglarized, a family member assaulted or had creeps(of which could be any color or race) you would be upset. When a person know that a specific race is the culprit of assault then why is it wrong to be on the look out. I commend the association for taking action to help notify the residents of problems near them and who or what to be on the look out. Get your belogings taken that you worked hard to earn and beaten up and you would feel the same way.

Real Issue Missed
Real Issue Missed

 Sadly the real issue at hand has been missed!   In broad daylight, a teenage boy in the neighborhood was assaulted and two (resident and author of HP) chose to zero in on a phrase of a Security Bulletin.  If you review all of the security / police reports taken in the Walnut Bend and Lakeside one would understand the intent of this security bulletin.  This was not an “alleged assault” as there is a police and EMT report on file and for it to be called such, well that is as offensive as you making reference to Mr. Faucher. Sadly the real issue at hand has been missed!   In broad daylight, a teenage boy in the neighborhood was assaulted and two (resident and author of HP) chose to zero in on a phrase of a Security Bulletin.  If you review all of the security / police reports taken in the Walnut Bend and Lakeside one would understand the intent of this security bulletin.  This was not an “alleged assault” as there is a police and EMT report on file and for it to be called such, well that is as offensive as you making reference to Mr. Faucher. 

Tony
Tony

I live in Walnut Bend. The fact is, there are black families who live in HOUSES in Walnut Bend and Lakeside Estates. They have teenage children. Now what? 

Also, many apartment residents walk, jog, ride bikes, and drive through Walnut Bend and Lakeside Estates to get to Westheimer Rd @ Walnut Bend (there are lots of stores and restaurants) now what?

Guest1011
Guest1011

This HOA president isn't very wise or must not receive good counsel. If something like the Trayvon Martin case happened in his neighborhood, this would provide documentation that the HOA was racist and predisposed to profiling on the basis of color. Not smart.

TOLDYA
TOLDYA

Damn it Wyatt I'm agreeing with you twice in the same day, I really should check my meds.

Pchatelle
Pchatelle

Would this be a story for you if the alleged email, was from a black neighborhood watch group stating "look out for groups of white males, walking around after school"? How about that email, anybody can fake or alter an email. As for context, how would you phrase the email to convey that there is a group of black males roaming the neighborhood and they already beat/assaulted a child? Would you be all outraged if he didn’t warn his community, and someone died in the next assault? So are you cheering for the Black teens that assaulted the child? What is the point of your article?

junior
junior

Youth is youth, no matter the color of the skin. It is how the child was raised and the circumstances around them which affect the decisions they make. If they are running around looking for trouble in my neighborhood I don't care what color they are. The black/white thing...that's ignorance. Come on people.

Christina Lynn Hildebrand
Christina Lynn Hildebrand

in fact, this reminds me of a teacher I had in highschool. In highschool I had this really terrible teacher who essentially hated me. She hated me due to some characteristics about me: I was a wannabe punk, not into sports - more into drama and music (I sang in choir), played bass (and still do), and I was not very good at math. The first day she ever saw me I had some big metal beads on my neck and I tried to be a bit of a cutup. Her opinion of me: troublemaker. 

However, her stereotype of me was 100% inaccurate. I had lots of trouble with the materials as far as understanding it - but she thought I was just plain dumb. I looked high but I wasn't - I was sleepy because I did try to study real hard (which prevented me from alot of extracurricular activities mind you). Oh and finally I took voice lessons to make me a better vocalist and practiced my bass - I wanted to be the next tina weymouth or pat benatar. Also, since she claimed to be a christian, I was pretty active at my parents church. I never smoked, drank, or any of that since I knew it would get me kicked out of the private school I attended. I wanted to graduate and go to college, which I did: BA in communications at UH 2010!

My point is that stereotypes are usually gross misrepresentations that aren't always true. 

Devonlangoria
Devonlangoria

yeah, but even I accept your stats: 90% is black on black violence

Krogensagen
Krogensagen

I don't think you read the author's comment about this, so to repeat it and I think you'll probably agree with him

"Actually, I quote the bit about the alleged assault, and how the suspects are black males. That's pro-forma in any suspected crime. "Police are looking for a black/white/Hispanic male/female between the ages of...." That's giving the public necessary identifying characteristics of a person or persons suspected of a crime, and is a public service.If you'll notice, though, I'm addressing one particular sentence: "If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons..."That sentence, on its own, encourages the presumption of guilt. Again, ANY group of young black males is presumed to be guilty of something. He didn't write: "As a reminder, because of the rash of recent break-ins, please notify authorities if you see anyone acting suspiciously."Do you see the difference between the two? One identifies suspected criminal behavior as the catalyst for calling police; the other identifies skin color as the catalyst."So, you might be in agreement with both Faucher and the author here. I hope you can at least see both points. 

Candace2
Candace2

Oh! Zone5! Are you now against the Asians too?!!?What is this Yellow Journalism?

Wyatt
Wyatt

First off, you need to take some more time when composing comments. You sound barely literate. FACT.

Second, you missed the entire fucking point. No one is saying it's wrong to send out an alert that includes a description of the shitheads who jumped the kid, or to implore residents to call the cops if they see anything suspicious.

What us non-racists are saying is that it's beyond fucked up to say that certain people should not be allowed to walk down certain public streets because of their skin color. If there's any other way to interpret "if you see any black youths, call the police" line, I'd love to hear it. Because it clearly doesn't say "if you see black youths engaging in suspicious activity."

Damian50
Damian50

 If you don't live in the Soviet Union, how can you comment about it?

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

So if you're a well-bahaved young black male, you should... change your skin color?

Gerontion
Gerontion

'Mr. Dukakis, if your wife, Kitty Dukakis had been raped, would you feel differently about capital punishment...?'

Sorry Observer, you can't make a general rule that broadbrushes everyone based on a specific instance, or even a hypothetical. You can feel pity however, and sadness. That is life.

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

Where do YOU get your "belogings," (sic) Observer:  etsy, eBay or thrift stores?

Houstess: THAT'S how you use  quote marks/sic. Snap!!

RestVet
RestVet

 I think I've missed your point. Could you please try to make it again.I think I've missed your point. Could you please try to make it again.

dieseldriver
dieseldriver

I know some of these black families who live in that neighborhood, and they certainly are in support of Faucher, they will call the cops if a group of black kids are causing problems just like they would to white kids, just like everyone else in the neighborhood.  This email was not well written, and easily taken out of context as this article shows, but this was not by accident, this article is written to purposefully take this out of context, not to read the real meaning. 

Craig Malisow
Craig Malisow

Clearly, Tony, those parents should tell their (male) teenage kids not to hang out outside in the neighborhood after school, because a director of the HOA has advised residents to call the cops on any group of young black males.

This of course does not apply to white parents. 

dieseldriver
dieseldriver

Are you kidding me??  If the same thing happend in Walnut Bend that happened to T Martin, while tragic, would hopefully be nobilled like Zimmerman would be.  It would be terrible for someone to start a fight with a neighborhood watch person and have that watchman defend his life and have the youth be killed in the process.  That is tragic.  Luckily this neighborhood has Constable's patrolling it, so it would be a minority police officer who does the defending of his life, not a regular law abiding armed citizen.  There is no connection here and the fact that this "journalist" tried to make a connection is just disgusting.

Craig Malisow
Craig Malisow

1.) Yes, of course it would still be a story if the races were reversed. 

2.) If you'll notice, I contacted Faucher about the e-mail. His authorship is not in dispute. That's a non-issue.

3.) The e-mail, as written, is not about warning about a particular group of suspects. It is warning of ANY male black youths. Please, please, please re-read the previous sentence. Now please read it again. Meditate on it for a little while. Have a relaxing evening and a sound sleep. In the morning, please read that sentence again. That's all I ask.

4-5.) These questions are so preposterous that I'm not even sure how to answer them. They're coming from a dimension that exists outside the framework of the story, and perhaps the known universe itself, and the best response I can come up with is -- with apologies to Douglas Adams -- is: "42."

6.) Again, I must apologize, because I'm at a bit of a loss. The point is inherent. I don't think you're missing the point, you just don't see anything wrong with Faucher's e-mail. Which is fine, and we encourage all points of view and welcome your comments.

Thanks. 

Wyatt
Wyatt

"So are you cheering for the Black teens that assaulted the child?"

Shut up.

Gremillion
Gremillion

 God god, what's this you want? A War on Youth?

First, the piece about the child caught in the Hyatt's revolving floor, and most people blaming the kid and the parents, now this pathetic comment.

Get off my Lawn!!

Wyatt
Wyatt

That's what I'm saying. Most reasonable adults can discern when someone is doing something suspicious, black or white. I take issue with the letter-writer and RoadGeek because they automatically assign suspicion based on race alone, regardless of activity.

Think about it in simple terms. You're advocating treating people like criminals not because of what they're doing, but solely because of their race.

That seems all right to some of y'all?

TexasNobody
TexasNobody

I guess your just a big ol dumb ass.  You missed the whole fucking point dik head.  What YOU are saying is not what the whole thing is about and you shouldn't speak for the "non racists" because well your an idiot.  Show me where anything was said or printed "that certain people should not be allowed to walk down certain public streets because of their skin color". Thats your own delusional interpretation and not anyone else's.  Again it was a description of the "shitheads" that jumped and beat our neighbor and took his property. Go hide behind your computer and read your Houston Press.  Your obviously a weak person and it makes you feel good to post your comments to make you feel more secure. You my little bed wetting friend aren't worthy of breathing my air.       

Eastsider8
Eastsider8

Has nothing to do wth the color of your skin...BUT it has to do wth the way you present yourself in society.Perception...once you have a bad one,its hard to change that.

Observer
Observer

Sad you can only comment on one word. Maybe you should grow up and realize that you are making generalizations about all and probably don't even care about the facts. Get your butt beat and then let everyone sit back and not worry about catching that person. I would bet you change your mind then. A tunnel Mole is one that tries to hide from the light so open your eyes up and get out of the dark.

Real Issue Missed
Real Issue Missed

Sadly the real issue at hand has been missed!   In broad daylight, a teenage boy in the neighborhood was assaulted and two (resident and author of HP) chose to zero in on a phrase of a Security Bulletin.  If you review all of the security / police reports taken in the Walnut Bend and Lakeside one would understand the intent of this security bulletin.  This was not an “alleged assault” as there is a police and EMT report on file and for it to be called such, well that is as offensive as you making reference to Mr. Faucher. 

GingerW
GingerW

Help us again with 'the real meaning' if you don't mind. I'm easily confused.

Joe
Joe

In a city that is minority majority, one would think that the mindset of the majority minority in Walnut Bend/Lakeside Estates needs be adjusted.

At which point do the residences of Walnut Bend/Lakeside Estates believe they will stop seeing blacks, Latinos, Asians, and a host of other non-whites in the area after 3pm?

Gerontion
Gerontion

I hope you're kidding us, dieseldriver. Using your logic, you could say that a black cop could never inflict wrongful brutality on a black suspect. And that a Muslim US soldier could never be accountable for slaying an innocent Muslim family in Afghanistan. Not to mention, Irish strikebreakers who were killed by Irish cops in the past century. We know by experience such assertions to be sadly incorrect, if not downright silly. 

If you're not kidding us, and really believe what you write, you sorta miss the employer/employee relationships, and the human dynamics during the period of recorded history.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Also, see Craig Malisow's long post from just now toward the bottom. Sums up pretty well why someone might have a problem with "If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons to the Constables."

Wyatt
Wyatt

 "I guess your just a big ol dumb ass."

That's pretty funny.

Ventedolce
Ventedolce

Perception? Image? Who does the perceiving and the judging? Presenting 'yourself in society'? What does that mean? Which society? If I present myself a KKK member in Black 'society', then I deserve to be shot? If I march as a Nazi in Jewish 'society', killing me is justified?If I'm gay in an antigay neighborhood, am I presenting myself in a way that justifies violence against me?

This is just silly rationalization. Fine, Walnut Bend has some crime. Some recent crime. Some that has identified black males as the suspects. Say that. But don't suddenly class all black males as 'up to no good, who should be reported'.

Everestbabystep
Everestbabystep

So there was a *specific* crime committed and some guy's email went out asking everyone in the neighborhood to generalize based on race. That's not really a tough issue in my opinion. Are there nuances that maybe I'm missing?

DolphL
DolphL

ALERT: (this is a little nuanced for the one known as dieseldriver: stay tuned folks, as diesel revs his mental engines to reply)

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