Teen’s Slaying Inflames Anger, Fear

What I am about to say may seem insensitive, but I have to put it out there.  Why was a 17 y/o girl outside with a baby that late at night?  Where were the parents of this baby?  It is tragic that this young girls life was taken, and so violently.  I have to get this off of my chest.

Every time a black youth dies in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, the first thing black people do is have candle light vigils and place teddy bears and posters where the victim was shot.  Where is the activism?  Where is the call for responsibly?  Instead of having candle light vigils, the community should be come together to get the trouble makers out of their neighborhoods.  This statement really set me off:

“As long as blacks are killing blacks, nothing is going to happen,” said Claudette Hall, 60, who served four years for second-degree murder and who attended the vigil. “If we started shooting whites, the National Guard would be out here. This is a black genocide. Why are we sending people to fight overseas when this is happening here?”
This has nothing to do with white people.  White people are not putting guns in our hands making us shoot one another.  That is a cop out.  I guarantee that someone at that candle light vigil or in the community knows who killed this young girl.  I am sick of my people making excuses. 

In the article, it states that her boyfriend Ronnie Garner was murdered previously.  Ronnie’s aunt says that her nephew wanted to die just like his father did, with a bullet in his head. 

What in the hell is going on with the black family?

There is a new breed of black parent, the responsible parents of the 80’s and early 90’s have been replaced with dysfunctional, ghetto adults who do not understand the importance of parenthood, and being responsible for the upbringing of their children.  We need to go back to the basics.  Back to the time when you saw a neighbor that wasn’t doing well, the whole community pitched in to help.  We need to get back to the time, where black parents actually monitored their children, not allowing them to hang out in the streets at all hours o the night.  It is a damn shame that D.C. has to implement a curfew to pick up children under the age of 18 because they do not have the proper parental units at home.  My parents knew where I was 24/7. 

It all starts at home folks, no matter what the situation is, it starts in the home.  The reason why some parents are not taking their parental responsibilities seriously is because there are no real consequences.  We need to start hitting the parents in the pockets with fines, and make them take mandatory parental classes if their underage children get in trouble.  Remember when we were growing up?  The worst thing in the world that a teacher or adult could do, was to call mom or dad; having them take time off of work to come up to the school.  Remember that?  You got your butt whipped if hat happened.  These days you can’t get parents to pick there kids up from the holding place when they break curfew.  The new wave of black parents needs to wake up and get back to basics!!!!

Teen’s Slaying Inflames Anger, Fear

By Robert E. Pierre and Allison Klein

Antonio Jackson hates the street culture that killed his cousin: hard stares, petty beefs after go-gos and the code of silence that rules in murder’s aftermath.


2 Responses

  1. Somebody cue the violins… Your bit about the “responsible parents of the 80s and early 90s” was almost amusing. Consider that what you are witnessing to an extent are the fruit of those you just referenced. Many of these kids that are caught up are the result of the crack epidemic. The crack babies didn’t stay babies forever. They grew up and by now are having kids of their own. Also consider that those who were of age in the 80s were tagged the “me generation.” It was about conspicuous consumption and immediate gratification. Not that much has changed, but there’s not much room for cultivating the next generation when you stuck on retail.

  2. The young sister that was murdered wasn’t on crack. They didn’t say her parents were on crack either. So what happened in her situation? Were her killers on crack? We don’t know because they haven’t caught them yet (and I pray that they do.) When the youth get picked up for violating the curfew, are all of their parents on crack? For years we have used the crack excuse for the downfall of black people in the D.C. area. The crack epidemic played a role to a certain extent, but we can’t keep using that as an excuse (you talk about cue the violins, you just finished the symphony with that line)

    I will agree with you on this point. I think a lot of adults failed some of our kids and those who are raising kids today in 2006. But I am speaking to my experience growing up. The parents seem to be more in tune and in touch with their kids. I know my neighbors and friends I went to school with were very in tune with one another. Of course they were not perfect, but I do believe that we can only blame some of what is happening now on the adults of the 80’s and 90’s.

    Whatever reason why our people are in the state they are in, I think we can both agree that things are not looking good right now. And even though drugs, institutional racism and other social ills exist, it didn’t stop our ancestors during slavery and it didn’t stop those who fought during the Civil Right’s Movement. We have to better. We know the pitfalls, why do we keep falling into them?

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