By Charles Rex Arbogast, AP Shoes placed atop school desks are part of a memorial to 20 Chicago Public School students killed by gunfire since last September, displayed at a rally in downtown Chicago April 1.
My stomach was in knots yesterday morning as I mentally recounted the horrific news heard on Black America Web of the young man; a child really, 16 year old Demon Albert an Honors student navigating his way through what must have been a living hell!
A hell, an animalistic saga which violently targeted anyone in its path. It‘s a nightmare just to hear of this victimization-the brutal beating of this beloved young man headed home.
Can you just imagine the promise and hope that Demon’s folks had for his future? And what of his own aspirations; possibly he dreamt of becoming a pharmacist, a chemist, a teacher, a musician, an anthropologist, an architect, and a loving parent? I don’t know? But I do realize that scholars are on a mission envisioning a life of promise. Yes, he was robbed of the opportunity to live out his destiny. Walking home from school?
Lord today what a tragedy! Yesterday, I opted not to watch the news clips, or Google the “bystander’s” video and then share this horror in an email. I didn’t tout my outrage and trade messages with my online friends. Instead I purposely ignored the news and went about my workday, wondering when is this madness going to end?
This self hated; this violence, and these out of control inhumane, despicable acts that fracture and break down countless families and communities.
The violence is holding us hostage and strangling the life out of us. How could school be the wrong place! It’s disheartening, truly sad that here’s another dreaded statistic, a “man child” murdered at the hands of his peers. This must not become another urban “story” that numbs our psyches and makes us feel hopeless and indifferent.
Yes, shaking our heads in disgust and wondering what ever happened to valuing life can’t only be the answer for addressing this may lay! Our kids life shouldn’t be in vain.
Our family faced this dreaded consequence; my step son, Courtney suffered death at the hands of another young person. This is so raw, so brutal! Oh it’s easy to get angry at the police, the schools, the government, the nebulous moral decay, the underfunded scholastic programs, the absence of what?
Well friends, you fill in the blank_______. But who’s to blame, where’s the solution? I am not sure, but our children can’t thrive in chaotic environments. Young men like Courtney and Demon, and the college kids massacred in a play ground during their summer vacation, and the young girls assaulted, and toddlers tortured and the kids tainted, in Washington, DC, Rockville, Chicago, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Peoria, West Chester County, Douglasville, and Water Town are dying in droves.
Pick up the papers, click on the news, it’s the headliner news!
I am praying pray that this nation, this community awakes and understands that although we are focused on a possible pandemic, right here and now we are plagued with an epidemic! It’s tragic and our children are dying, dying at the hands of their peers.
This is warfare, spiritual and natural!
I am praying for a change in the land and action of a unified cause to address and eradicate this senselessness because right now it’s just insult added to injury when the victims are buried and the perpetrators are tried as adult offenders. And the bloodshed continues! Nothing good results, the pain is simply compounded.
I am praying that the Lord gives us wisdom on what to do!
Friends I want to believe we are supposed to change things for the better, not simply chant, “Stop the Violence”, then bolt our doors, and activate our burglar alarms. Maybe we could start with community organizations like Back to Basics which can point the way? It’s time!
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Demon Albert; may God comfort you during this very difficult time.
Shared in Love, Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
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