leave the sheets on the bed

I recently blogged about the senseless murder of a young man who was a fixture at the local Community Arts center when I spend a lot of my time in rehearsals for shows. I was, and still am appalled at the randomness of the crime.  The killers (4 people) made off with two  five dollar bills and a sandwich. Wilmington ( where I live) is a microcosm for the country.  The second worse thing that has come out of this is the fact that racism has once again reared its ugly head.  A local TV station has posted information on the capture and arrest of the perpetrators of the crime and have even posted jailhouse confession video of one of the people involved.  They did something stupid, there’s no doubt about it.  It was a heinous act of random violence that has ended the life of a very bright young man and ruined the lives of 4 other people who range in age from 17-23.  The perpetrators are African America, the victim was white.  When a white man commits a crime, say, goes into an elementary school and kills children and teachers and school administrators after having killed his mother it doesn’t reflect on the entire white race. He is categorized as mentally ill.  When a black man commits a crime, say, shoots an innocent young man and leaves him in a parking lot to die it becomes a racial issue.  Some of the comments left on the TV stations and the victims Facebook pages reflect racism  “those animals” is one comment, I don’t even want to say the rest.  The senseless and indefensible acts of the perpetrators of this crime have nothing to do with their ethnicity.  This crime was not racially motivated, it was a random act of stupidness; a senseless murder and the perpetrators should suffer the consequences.  Why then does it become a racial thing because the perpetrators were African-American?  It is the legacy of the history of this country.  Whether we want to believe it or not, we,( and that includes people of color) are indoctrinated in this country to believe that if it’s not white it’s not right.  We cannot go on in this country carrying around those old stereotypes from two centuries ago.  But we still do.  We allow someone else to tell us what to believe whether it’s the media or family members or peers. Don’t let someone else or the actions of a few tell you what to believe about a person that you don’t know.  Make your own decisions, open up your mind.  Come into the twenty-first century.  I am so sorry for the families who have lost loved ones.  I don’t know what it’s like to lose someone to an act of senseless violence, but I know what it’s like to lose a loved one.  It hurts.  I pray that Joshua’s family finds peace eventually.  I pray that his killer(s) are brought to justice.  I pray that our community would stop making this a racial issue.  It was a senseless act of violence.

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~ by Diva2de on December 19, 2012.

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