I was gonna go to bed – had a long day at school, stressed out and tired. I was reading more tweets about Derrion Albert and got worked up all over again. Then I read another article on CNN about the murder and how they’re trying these 4 teens as adults and I get to bottom and read
Albert’s aunt, Rose Braxton, told CNN affiliate WGN-TV that the family was hurt again when a memorial in Albert’s honor was burned down.
“To go and burn a memorial after such tragedy, then that just speaks for itself to what kind of people they are,” she told WGN-TV.
Pardon my french (and sorry Mom because I know you read this) but WHAT THE FUCK?
What is wrong with us? How you gonna be fighting some rival “gang” and then just beat down other kids who happen to be outside. How you gonna clobber people with railroad ties (where in the world did they even get those)?! How do you stomp someone’s head? Repeatedly. Apparently both “gangs” beat on Derrion, which shows they don’t even know who in the world their “enemies” are. What is wrong with these kids?
So now kids can’t even leave school without worrying about getting beaten down to a bloody pulp? Kids can’t stand outside their community center anymore? What the fuck?
We can’t even mourn people who were killed? We have to now worry if the memorial we create for our loved one is going to be BURNED down because some “gang” members are upset their homeboys are in jail.
It’s enough. It’s too much. It’s senseless.
I don’t even know what the answer is. People want to blame the parents. I used to do that until my brother went through his “I’m a thug/I wanna join a gang and be an asshole” phase. My mom raised both of us in the ‘burbs. She sent both of us to private school. She’s involved in his life and constantly keeps him involved in sports so he’d have no time for that foolishness. But somehow his sophomore year in college he got in with the wrong crowd and lost his ever loving mind. He was out of control. For once in my life, I was scared of my little brother. It was truly a dark time. I don’t know what brought him back – disappointment from his family, disapproval from his peers, hell, maybe even God. I don’t know what bought him back but I’m thankful it did.
My other brother, not so sure where that will end. Do I love him? Of course. Is he a good kid? Around me he is. Do I think he could get caught up in a group mentality and do something completely stupid and senseless and violent. Yes. And that’s what scares me. These kids out here terrorizing Chicago, and New York and Newark and Hartford are our brothers. They are our sons. And we gotta figure out a way to bring them back. Because this shit has got to stop.
Nas wrote a letter to these “warriors” telling them “killing is played out.” Bow Wow made a video telling kids to increase the peace and urged his celebrity peers to speak out. I hope other men that these kids look up to also condemn this senseless violence. I know open letters and PSAs aren’t going to do much. But at least they show these men that yes, you are hurt and upset about the hand you’ve been dealt, but you gotta handle things differently.
I’ll end with this video courtesy of Baratunde of Jack and Jill – This is not normal.