Blair says his biggest concern is children, to the point that he’s planning to leave.
“If there’s somebody being careless and coming around here and do something like that, while these kids are out here, I don’t want to be here,” said Blair.
That’s where Michael Irby’s anti-violence organization, 100 black men is trying to step in.
“One of our main focuses is to try to catch the kids at a young age”
But as the president of the group he says Akron isn’t like other cities, like Cleveland. They’re having to play catch up with the recent crime and it’s been a struggle to get people organized around the effort.
“Hopefully things will get better,” he said.
100 black men hopes to get their group up and running in the next few weeks, so they can start mentoring kids, hoping to put a dent in the city’s violence.