Sunday, October 4, 2009

Can't Get Right

I was avoiding this one because, quite frankly, it exhausts my soul. However, the truth rarely presents itself in a neatly packaged form with a nice bow on top, but that doesn't stop it from being the truth. By now you have likely heard about the senseless school killing of 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert of Chicago. But if you haven't heard about it, Derrion Albert was a student at Christian Fenger Academy High School on the South Side of Chicago on his way home from school when he got caught in the cross fire of a fight between other area teenagers. Derrion was Black and the teenagers who beat Derrion were also Black. They beat him with planks and railroad ties until he died and apparently for no better reason than the fact that he happened to be walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. We've heard tragic stories like these too many times, but what made this tragic story a little different this time is that somebody actually caught the whole thing on video:

(First 2:20 is Derrion Albert footage)

So far, four Black teenage boys have been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder in Derrion's death: Silvanus Shannon, Eric Carson, Eugene Riley, and Eugene Bailey. President Obama announced that Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will go to Chicago this week to look into the incident. And Obama's spokesman has indicated the administration is preparing an initiative to address the national issues of youth crime and violence. Jesse Jackson and Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan attended Derrion's funeral and called for an end to youth violence.

One word: PARENTS!

Two more words: HOME TRAINING!

Can anybody even argue with Cosby anymore about the Black Community's failure to take responsibility for the problems with the Black youth? At what point do we really start making changes? Granted we've just seen a powerful video above that may unfairly influence your answer to what I'm about to ask, but which one is the bigger problem for the Black Community: External Racism or Internal Violence?
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