Humanity Needs To Fight Back
Humanity needs some wins. Is it finally time to look past one person's race. This Sunday I spent my morning as I normally do, perusing the urban online newspaper dailies. Because of my blog that I try to keep current. I also feel the need to see what is happening in other cities across the country in relation to blacks. What is happening, what is fresh, and what is causing the most pain. Well in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sunday's headline was about 10 black children who were murdered this summer and only one of those murders has been solved. In the Los Angeles Times, one of the main headlines was how police shootings of young black males were one of the leading causes of death according to verifiable statistical data. Also, in the LA Times, a gangland shooting took the life of a black male. In the Chicago Tribute, a woman driving her Lexus was mistakenly fired upon and murdered according to a police spokeswoman. In the Atlanta Constitution, two teenagers were shot while attending a high school football game. In the Baltimore Sun, the headline was directed at the murder of the son of Coppin State University's head baseball coach. In the Detroit Free Press, one person dead, one person wounded in a drive-by shooting near Seven Mile and Southfield. In the Philadelphia Inquirer along with the rehashing of the mass shooting that occurred last week. There was a double shooting last night that took one black male life and injured another black male.
This seems to be an everyday occurrence now in our major cities across this country. Gun violence and murders are some common that they have desensitized to the prevalence of these acts that take the lives of our young population. How can we address these acts and erase these acts if they flow so freely on our streets each and every day? I think we need to somehow change the dynamics, check out different approaches. I don't know but something needs to happen. I mean if we collectively put a running count of killing in the nation in each and every newspaper and on each and every television newscast maybe, just maybe, that will shake up the communities to erase these horrendous killings. You can't blame all these killings on the blue force although the blue force contributes to the higher percentage of black youths killed. You cannot blame these killings on gun manufacturers even though gun manufacturers produce the weapons used in the killing. You have to, of course, put direct blame on those who kill because it is their acts that produce these insane acts of violence. One thing is for certain, we as a black community must find a way out of this vicious cycle of violence because if we don't we are facing a dilemma of possible extinction. I mean we simply cannot erase our young black male numbers daily without having some catastrophic effect on our communities. How many potential leaders, inventors, business magnets have we already erased?
I remember watching the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite growing up and every evening the newcast would have a board of US Military Killed or Injured in the Vietnam War. They also have done a running board for those servicemen killed or injured this War in Iraqi and Afganistan. Seeing those numbers on a daily basis inciting many to find a way to end the senseless killings in those military hot spots. Well, maybe it's time for the running board to be placed on cable and national newscasts and online news dailies that registered the numbers of people killed in violent acts across this nation. Maybe this will register some action towards humanity's gains in saving lives. Right now humanity is losing and losing badly. There must be something drastic to occur to erase the amount of violence that is occurring on a daily basis across our cities and towns related to gun violence. We cannot look simply at race and say it's a black thang, or white's and say they are the mass killers. In order for our nation to beat back this massive uptick in deadly violence, it has to be attacked on a level of humanity. We are possibly desensitizing ourselves to this violence and that is absolutely unacceptable. We have to move into a realm of humanity that will allow our best intentions to be released and these murders to eventually, hopefully, cease.