As Maher and other celebs, including some high profile black Democrats, imagine racism on every corner, teens are dying in the streets, but racism has nothing to do with it.
A shooting occurred in Nashville on Saturday night in the same neighborhood where 17 year old Antwand Covington was killed the previous Saturday as he arrived at a Sweet 16 party.
The story I did on Antwand has drawn a lot of attention. When a reader told me another shooting occurred in the area where Antwand’s funeral was being held, I didn’t want to believe it.
WSMV-TV Nashville reported:
“The neighborhood where a funeral was being held for a murdered teen became a crime scene Saturday night…According to Metro Police Capt. Kenneth Walburn, a shooting occurred across the street from Watson Grove Baptist Church on Horton Avenue just after 8 p.m.”
WTVF-TV Nashville said the 19 year old man was shot in the neck as he stood on the sidewalk across from the church.
Nashville wasn’t the only city where teens died this past weekend. President Barack Obama was in the city where his political career was launched. As the president and his family attended a wedding, NBC Chicago summed up what was going on elsewhere in the Windy City:
“At least seven people were killed and 35 were injured since Friday night. The youngest victim was a 16-year-old girl who died after she was shot three times in the chest Saturday evening in the Englewood neighborhood.”
There’s no breakdown on the races of the dead and injured—the 16 year old girl was named Shakaki Asphy. The Sun Times said police thought the killing might be related to “rival factions” of a longtime street gang whose members are black, but that’s just a guess at this point. Children as young as 10 have been gunned down in the same neighborhood.
How much money does trauma care cost for cities where there’s widespread violence? That’s one healthcare cost you won’t hear politicians estimate. Add up trauma care for 35 shooting victims and 7 more who ended up dying. Consider the only healthcare messaging you hear out of Washington has to do with obesity and the anti-fossil fuel lobby’s claims about outdoor air.
Nor will you ever hear politicians talk about what a culture of violence does to an innocent teen who just happens to be standing on a porch where a boarded up window may be the last thing she sees forever.
For an interview about respect killings, a veteran cop in Oakland told The San Francisco Chronicle:
"There are more and more families where there's less and less structure," he said. "Talking to these suspects day in and out, there's a higher percentage today with no sense of right and wrong. It's frightening, but we are creating super-criminals."
Yet all we hear from the Bill Mahers of the world and the politicos is racism, most likely because this is a General Election year and Democrat policies haven’t produced the miracles promised in 2006 and 2008.
Racism didn’t kill Antwand, and it didn’t kill Shakaki or the 10 year old who died in the same neighborhood.
A social culture that disrespects life based on twisted notions of respect killed these teens. No one's talking about it because all the money we’ve thrown at it hasn’t fixed it and the best leaders and celebs can do is clutch theories about racism to their chests with the ferocity of a thug holding on to his pistol on a dark street where he’s out to get some respect, and too bad if his aim is off and the bullet hits a 10 year old.
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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 18, 2012)