By now you have all seen this video on Fox News or YouTube (h/t to Arlene Army who told me about it late last night) so I am not going to replay the gruesome scene again.
When I first saw the video, all of the obvious things ran through my head. The senseless gang violence, the destruction of our youth, our over violent culture and so forth. However the thing that angered me was that once again here were black youths savaging one another. Have we no respect for ourselves?
I cannot tell you how sick and tired I am of seeing, hearing or reading about black on black violence. Look up the statistics of black on black crime and your eyes will pop out of your head. Despite these alarming numbers, black leaders of today seem to have the most tepid response to the issue.
If this gang fight did not happen to throw a disparaging shadow on Chicago’s bid for the Olympics, would Darrion’s senseless death ever have made national news? From what I have heard, this is the third such gang fight to happen in that area since school started.
Now if Darrion were killed at the hands of white teens, the entire world would have come to a sudden stop. The so called leaders of the black community would have flown out of the woodwork to protest, demand justice and scream to the high holy heavens. But let a bunch of black kids tear themselves apart and destroy their lives and you hardly hear a peep out of anyone. Paging Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, where are you?
Glorification of the “gangsta life” is everywhere in black culture. It is in the music, the videos and almost everything else our youth consume. Where are the black parents, teachers and leaders to say; “enough of this shit”! Where is the Congressional Black Caucus or the NAACP to speak out on the destruction of our people from within? Again, all they offer are tepid responses.
As you are all well aware, I have no love for Obama’s whacked out Socialist polices. However, I do have great respect for Obama as a role model for the black community. He is educated, he clearly loves and respects his wife and he is a good and providing father to his children. He has spoken to blacks about the importance of education, the need to strive and fatherhood. As President of the United States, Obama is in a unique and possibly once in a lifetime position to finally bring attention to black on black violence.
Others have tried to raise the awareness of this subject, but none have had the soapbox Obama has. With such overwhelming support of blacks, I hope Obama takes advantage of this opportunity to speak out on this dire issue.