A 16 year-old kid named Derrion Albert was beaten to death in Chicago this week and it was captured on video tape for the world to see the epitome of ignorance plaguing our community. I did not blog on it sooner, because I needed to cool off a little, before I wrote something that I might regret later. But this black on black violence thing is getting old. Barack wants Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics; Chicago need to be hosting a gospel revival and a G.E.D. program.
Three teens arrested in the young man’s death — Silvanus Shannon, 19; Eric Carson, 16; and Eugene Riley, 18 — were seen on the videotape attacking Albert, and were charged with first degree murder and held without bail, Simonton said. Monday night authorities said they charged a fourth suspect, 17-year-old Eugene Bailey, with murder.
The entire incident was captured on video and the person who taped it had the nerve to put it on YouTube. Seriously, is it even legal for someone to film a crime and post it on the internet? Can I film someone stealing a car or robbing a bank and post it on Facebook. I think that is ridiculous. If you are video taping the crime, it means that you were obviously around during the time of the crime, so that means that you could have done something that may have saved the young man’s life. Stop filming with your camera phone and dial 9-1-1.
I really feel bad for the mother. She had to watch her son be murdered, and watch all those people standing around doing nothing. I even saw adults passing in cars on the street where the fight was taking place. I am not saying that they should have jumped in the scuffle, but call the police, blow your horn, flash your lights, do donuts in the intersection….do SOMETHING. What if it was your kid out there getting beat down with pipes and sticks, wouldn’t’ you want someone to help your kid? The only good that came from taping it, is that the prosecutors will have more concrete evidence on his killers.
So you got one black youth dead, and three going to the State Pen instead of Penn. State. And the cycle continues.
To make matters worse, Fox News was using the footage to report on the story. Although the goons that were out there fighting, clearly don’t’ represent all the youth in Chicago, they were making us all look really bad. You would think that having an African American man win the United States Presidential Election, thing would be a little better.
A lot of the youngsters today are out of control. They are not scared of anything and don’t value anthing. I am not saying al of our kids are losers, but there is a good amount of them that are. Just like Joe Clark said in Lean on Me, “They say one bad apple spoils a bunch…but what about 200?”
In the video, these kids looked like savages on a deserted island fighting for their lives. The problem is that they are not fighting for the right things. Here’s a thought, why not fight for better schools, better after school programs, parenting classes, trade programs. Why not learn how to box and get paid to fight? Why not join the Marines and you can carry your gun around every time you go out.
Our future is not looking very bright if these kids are going to be running things. I am about to get those Rosetta Stone CDs and learn to how to speak French. I’m moving my family to France. The only thing I will have to worry about is running out of butter for my croissants.
The other question I have is where are all the African American celebrities and athletes at? Jay Z was all over the country promoting the Blueprint 3, Oprah was chillin’ with him in Marcy projects. (She had 900 police officers and the S.W.A.T. team with her).
She can go all the way to Africa and start a school, she can “speak out” against Chris Brown for washing up Rihanna, but something this major happens in Chicago where Harpo Studios her beloved studio is, and she hasn’t come out to say anything. I am bashing Oprah as a person, or telling her what to do, I am just saying that my hope is that people like her would take this opportunity to help uplift our people. Here is a great time to use your influence to help the community. I wish Oprah could channel “Sophia” from the Color Purple and go off!
There is nothing wrong with Alicia Keys going help the women in Africa fight AIDS and oppression, but we got some serious problems on the home front.
Where is Kanye West with his big mouth? He usually always has something to say.
Diddy tweets about nonsense all day. He tweets about taking a crap, he couldn’t tweet “Stop the Violence” or something? Maybe we need to get Dr. Dre to produce a “Self Destruction” video or “We All in the Same Gang” video. Maybe that would help.
What can we do as a whole? For starters, we can try to unify as a community to try to take back the streets. Go out and talk to some kids, help mobilize the community to work toward curbing the violence. Talk to our own kids; explain to them that what they hear on the radio and see on T.V. is not real. We also need to start talking to them earlier about life and what’s going on in the world. Let them know that there is a whole world outside of the hood. Let them know that keeping real is a lie. Bring them to church, bring them to school, and listen to what their problems are.
The most important thing for us is to do after all that is be consistent. Don’t try to be the president of the “Big Brother Program” every time something bad happens. Do it while Pookie chilln’ on your couch playing Madden. We have got to get involved.
I remember that episode of Good Times when they tried to make J.J. join the Satan’s Knights and go to a gang fight. James Evans Sr. stepped in and at least tried to help his son. J.J. still got a cap busted in his ass, but at least they tried.