Monday, August 18, 2014
No Justice! No Peace!
Let me begin this post by saying that I truly believe ALL Life has value. GOD created each person in his own image and NO ONE under any circumstances can claim for himself the right to destroy the life of an innocent person.
The ten commandments spells this out clearly when it states "THOU SHALL NOT KILL". This commandment proclaims the Lord denounces murderous anger and proclaims hatred as immoral.
While the glaring hot spotlight of the media shines on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, I wonder where the calls for justice are for these victims of violence.
On August 16th a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot on Chicago's South Side.
Police say that the girl was standing outside around 12:45 a.m. with a man when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots. She was shot in the head and was unresponsive at the scene.
In Philadelphia death of a 3-year-old sitting on a front porch was decried as senseless violence with one family friend saying, "No baby deserves to die like that."
Police identified the girl as Tynirah Borum. She was shot in the chest by a stray bullet while getting her hair braided about 9:40 p.m. in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.
In Baltimore a 3-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet after gun fire erupted in her neighborhood. The child died in the hospital after police said.
Police in Prince George's County, (Md) say that, Knijah Amore Bib, 3-year-old is dead after being struck by gunfire.
Shamiya Adams was sitting on a bedroom floor in her best friend's home making s'mores during a sleep-over with her friends when a shot ripped through the Garfield Park home. Shamiya was pronounced dead at 7:33 am the next morning.
Sixteen month old Drew Jackson was killed while sleeping with his family at their Brookfield Village home. Someone fired shots into the bedroom from outside the home.
Hiram Lawrence Jr, 23 months old, was with his father as he left a West Okland liquor store about 6 PM. Three men fired into a crowd in the parking lot and a bullet struck the child leaving him in a coma for eleven days. He was taken off life support and succumbed to his injuries.
The list goes on and on.
My heart cries out for the death of these children but apparently the sensationalism of a cop-shooting does not seem to capture the interest of the media. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson just can't seem to be bothered by these senseless murders not when they can garner more fame by showing up at incidents like Ferguson.
Where are the nightly chants for "No Justice! No Peace!"?
Looting and bedlam does NOT engender sympathy for a cause. Instead these actions do more to help perpetrate the misconception that African-Americans are violent people. Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall understood the power of a picture and it's important for those involved in the rioting and looting to understand also.