Shoes placed atop school desks are part of a memorial to 20 Chicago Public School students
It‘s a nightmare just to hear of this victimization-the brutal beating of this beloved young man headed home. Can you just imagine the promise and hope that Demon’s folks had for his future? And what of his own aspirations; possibly he dreamt of becoming a pharmacist, a chemist, a teacher, a musician, an anthropologist, an architect, and a loving parent? I don’t know? But I do realize that scholars are on a mission envisioning a life of promise. Yes, he was robbed of the opportunity to live out his destiny. Walking home from school?
Yesterday, I opted not to watch the news clips, or Google the “bystander’s” video and then share this horror in an email. I didn’t tout my outrage and trade messages with my online friends. Instead I purposely ignored the news and went about my workday, wondering when is this madness going to end? This self hated; this violence, and these out of control inhumane, despicable acts that fracture and break down countless families and communities.
But who’s to blame, where’s the solution? I am not sure, but our children can’t thrive in chaotic environments. Young men like Courtney and Demon, and the college kids massacred in a play ground during their summer vacation, and the young girls assaulted, and toddlers tortured and the kids tainted, in Washington, DC, Rockville, Chicago, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Peoria, West Chester County, Douglasville, and Water Town are dying in droves. Pick up the papers, click on the news, it’s the headliner news!
I am praying that the Lord gives us wisdom on what to do!
Friends I want to believe we are supposed to change things for the better, not simply chant, “Stop the Violence”, then bolt our doors, and activate our burglar alarms. Maybe we could start with community organizations like Back to Basics which can point the way? It’s time!
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Demon Albert; may God comfort you during this very difficult time.
Shared in Love,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
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