Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two boys, ages 7 and 8, shot in Southeast D.C.: Where's Jesse, Rev Al and the black social media?

I read the following story in the Washington Post yesterday. After my first read, I continue on, unfazed, to the next item in the paper.

But then I caught myself and internally inquired: have I become so immune to these types of stories that I am unmoved -- I accept it without outrage?

Are these stories more or less the normalcy for urban black America? Are we as a people and community only pissed off when the shooters are from another ethnic group? And, do we realize when we are not alarmed at these crimes, we signal the low value of black urban life?

Where is the outrage? Where is the rally? Where is Rev Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? And, where are you and I?

Our urban communities are killing fields more deadly than many war zones. The mentality is kill or be killed.

Two young boys waiting in line for a summertime lunch program were shot Monday afternoon in Southeast D.C. by a gunman who was aiming at another man, police said.
A counselor, a man in his 40s who was with the boys — who were ages 7 and 8 — was also shot, police said. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening. Police were still seeking both men Monday evening.
Joel Maupin, commander of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 7th District, said the boys were in a group of about 30 children lined up for the program near the intersection of Savannah and 19th Streets about 12:30 p.m.
About 50 yards away, on a grassy hill in front of an apartment building, one male began firing shots at another male, Maupin said. The target fled in the direction of the children, Maupin said.
Maupin said the 7-year-old was struck in the back of his right shoulder and was in serious condition. The 8-year-old was hit in his right ankle, and the counselor was struck in his left thigh.
Police said that as the incident was unfolding, someone ushered the children into an apartment building across the street.source

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