Guest Blog: What about US? by: Eric Blair
On January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, an assassination was attempted on U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner. During this assassination attempt six people were killed, including Christina-Taylor Green, age 9. President Obama stated the event was an “unspeakable tragedy” and added that “such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in free society.” President Obama attended a memorial ceremony on January 12, 2011 for the victims. The event was titled “Together We Thrive: Tucson and American”. President Obama upheld Christina-Taylor Green and her interest in civics and leadership as examples for how American politics should function. President Obama stated:
“I want us to live up to her (Christina-Taylor) expectations… I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us—we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.”
This is such tragedy and I’d never wish this on any human. BUT what about the urban youth that’s gunned down by crossfire from thugs? What about the inner city youth’s future? What about us?
I am not saying to disregard the voice of Christina-Taylor Green and the other victims of the Arizona tragedy. This was truly a vicious act of evil, but what about the countless children that receive the same fate as Christina-Taylor in the urban community? Why is it when Caucasian children are killed, rather it’s an accident or a high school shooting, the nation mourns? The incident is all over the news, newspapers, internet headlines, word of mouth, etc. Inversely, when minority children are murdered it’s a flashed headline. Its details are mentioned less than a minute before the ten minute sports segment. Why is it that Americans are unaffected when an inner city child is murdered in an urban community? Almost like its protocol. It’s over looked, whispered about in the streets. It’s sad because children are being murdered and the killers are never being caught or get sixty years in prison for man slaughter. Did you know there are talks about Jared Lee Loughner getting the death sentence? Wait! Jared Lee Loughner will be getting the death sentence when the incident was just a few weeks ago. But we can’t catch the killer of a child that was gunned down on a playground in Chicago? How can Americans be so comfortable with our future being destroyed by some ignorant human being? This is not normal. Inner city children are being murdered but when a rampage happens in a suburban area its breaking news for the next week. This is not fair. I am speaking up and letting America know that inner city children are Americans too; regardless of their skins’ complexion.
I don’t have anything against President Obama, but how could you quote Christina-Taylor as if she was a martyr for patriotism? What about the children in the urban communities? Their lives and minds are just as bright as those outside of their community. I don’t see him coming to South Los Angeles to deliver a eulogy at Aaron Shannon’s funeral. Aaron Shannon was a five year old boy, playing with his Grandfather and Uncle in his yard on October 31, 2010 when gang members opened fire on the group. Aaron was shot in his head and died. Brandon Thompson was a four year old boy who was caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Camden, New Jersey on August 5, 2008. Mario Alvilez was fourteen year old boy who was caught in the crossfire when a gun battle broke out after a fight between two girls in Brooklyn, New York on December 2, 2008. These names were not all over the news, newspaper, or internet. Suburaban children are gunned down and it’s anarchy in the U.S. I am tired of my fallen urban youth not having a voice to speak for them. Not having a voice to tell the world how beautiful these children were; a voice like President Obama. Sorry, his voice is reserved for these suburban children and warfare. Mothers are left to mourn while they’re burying their children. This can’t be life. Aaron, Brandon, and Mario, I never met you but I am you guys’ voice. I am the voice for the people that want to hear me. I am the voice for many urban children that have received the same fate. Their life shouldn’t end so abruptly and violently. A child should be able to enjoy their childhood, not live in fear about being a child.
In conclusion, it’s not snitching when a child’s life is cut short. This mentality of seeing all but speaking nothing is ridiclous. I don’t condone taking any human being’s life but if you live by that lifestyle then you die by the sword. But if children are dying by the sword, something needs to give. If it was your son, daughter, sister, or brother wouldn’t you want someone to tell you who murdered your child? It’s not fair to ruin someone’s life because a self proclaimed rule of the streets. This isn’t a game; our future is dying each day. President Obama, Congress, Washington, Governor, and Mayor…HELP! We need help in the urban communities. We need more law enforcement. Our children are being murdered! Why is it that law enforcement can make sure regular minorty men can stay out of their “suburban utopia”, but they can’t stop the crime that will save countless lives? President Obama, I know you may never see this, but I am putting this out in the air. I know you’re trying your hardest to be a good president. I am stating that those of us in the urban cities, ghettos, hoods, slums, etc. are Americans just like the people in Arizona and the suburbs. Why is it that we have different forms of protection? The urban community barely has any protection from chaos and anarchy. No American is above or more important than the other and that includes you, President Obama. Come down from your White House. Don’t just pass through the slums, ghettos, or hoods. Come see how we’re living and how our future is dying endlessly. Until he comes down from his White House, people remember this; “There ain’t no asylum here; Barak Obama don’t live around here.”