Black S.F. Leader On Crime: “We Have To Look Inside Our Own Homes”


San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed has a pointed message for the African American community regarding gun crime: “When you know your kids are involved in this violence, let's turn them in.” “I know it's not popular to say,” Breed said at a Martin Luther King day observance Monday, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. She said, it's essential “to save their lives and somebody else's life.” Her remarks came a few days after four young African American men were gunned down in a stolen car at the corner in an area Breed represents on the board.

“If we are going to change the problems, we have to look inside our own homes and see if we have problems with our own children,” Breed said of her tough-love stance. Breed, who is African American and grew up in San Francisco's public housing, speaks from personal experience. One of her brothers, who was drug addicted, is in prison for robbery and other crimes, and her younger sister died of a drug overdose a decade ago. “When my brother was selling drugs and doing his thing out there (on the streets), my grandmother found some drugs and flushed them down the toilet,” Breed said. “She's like, ‘This is not what's going to happen in this house.'”

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