"The Jewish neighborhood watch group at the center of an incident that had inflamed black-Jewish tensions in Northwest Baltimore posted a photo of an African American man this week on its Facebook page that led many commenters to critcize the picture's implication of wrongdoing."
Baltimore Patch reports:
The Jewish neighborhood watch group at the center of an incident that had inflamed black-Jewish tensions in Northwest Baltimore posted a photo of an African American man this week on its Facebook page that led many commenters to critcize the picture's implication of wrongdoing.
The photo that was posted on Shomrim of Baltimore's publicly-accessible Facebook page is simple enough: It shows a young, black male riding a bicycle and towing along another, riderless bike.
The photo—posted without a caption, credit or explanation—drew nearly 20 comments, some of which implied the unidentified black youth of being a thief. The photo, like most on the page, was posted by someone with administrative privileges to the site—and not by a fan of the page, whose purpose is to report anything "suspicious."
Many commenters questioned why Shomrim posted the photo on Tuesday. It was still on the site as of 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Some asked if it would increase existing tensions spurred by an incident between a Shomrim member who was convicted earlier this year for assaulting a black teen he suspected of a crime.
After Pikesville Patch contacted Shomrim about the matter, all the comments were removed from that post. The seven "likes" remained.…
Shomrim added an explanation for the photo only after Patch posted its article about one hour ago:
Shomrim of BaltimoreWe received several phone calls regarding a group of individuals that initially each had an individual bike and then after riding in circles around the same several blocks ended up with a another bike as seen here. We observed from the distance and did not witness the group do anything that warranted any further observation. If anyone recognizes that it is their bike in the photo and that it was taken without permission they should call 911 to report the theft and contact Shomrim. (As always all photos are taken by volunteers and/or community members and are not an indication or comment on a person’s guilt or innocence. All incidents reported on this site are for informational purposes only and all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.)
Put quite simply, Shomrim's behavior here reinforces the claims I made about the Werdesheim brothers during their trial several months ago, and shows why neighborhood watch groups and neighborhood patrols should not be allowed to form if they are made up of primarily one race or religion.
Shomrim's behavior on its Facebook page is dishonest and atrocious, and it is also racist and irresponsible – and it shows why the judge who decided the Werdesheims' fate was too lenient.
Eliyahu Werdesheim should have been jailed. Probation was simply not punishment enough for beating a black teen.
What Eliyahu and his brother did was a hate crime pure and simple.